TodayRemote is a widget with iTunes playback controls

By Lory Gil on Jan 28, 2015

With Apple’s Remote app, you can access your computer’s iTunes playback controls so you don’t have to get off the couch to switch songs. But, unlocking your iPhone, opening the app, and selecting your device is still just way too much work.

TodayRemote lets you control playback of iTunes right from the Lock screen of your iPhone. You’ll never have to work for your music again. Read More

 

This widget lets you play Minesweeper directly from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2015

Minesweeper Widget Edition is a new app launching in the App Store today that, as you might have guessed, brings a playable Minesweeper widget to the Today tab of Notification Center. Developed by the same guy who made Overglide, another playable Notification Center widget, Minesweeper Widget Edition promises to offer short and quick gaming to make your wait in line at the grocery store ever so enjoyable. Read More

 

Thermos lets you control your Nest from Notification Center on iPhone and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2015

Thermos for iPhone and iPad is the first application to let you control your Nest thermostat directly from your iPhone or iPad’s Notification Center. Already available for Mac (read our review), Thermos has now made its way to iOS with a Notification Center widget that allows Nest user to adjust the temperature of the thermostat, as well as setting it to Away, or turning it off altogether. Read More

 

How to remove all pending notifications at once

By Sébastien Page on Jan 6, 2015

Notification Killer is a new tweak released in Cydia that lets you remove all pending notification that are in Notification Center at once, saving you dozen of potential taps on the screen. The concept isn’t new by any means, and many other tweaks have offered similar functionality in the past, but Notification Killer appeared at the right time in my Cydia feed, as I was recently looking for a tweak to do exactly what it does. Read More

 

Split screen multitasking tweak ‘ReachApp’ gets an app selector in big update

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

If you’re running the ReachApp beta—the jailbreak tweak that brings true split-screen multitasking to iOS—you likely noticed the update that just recently hit Cydia. The update adds a lot of new switches to the tweak’s preferences, and fleshes out the description of each switch.

With ReachApp 0.1, you’ll find the ability to view the Notification Center in split-screen view, enable a much-requested app selector (yes!) and more. Check out our new video walkthrough, which highlights many of the new features in this highly anticipated update. Read More

 

Spotify4Me, the Spotify Notification Center widget for Mac

By Lory Gil on Dec 31, 2014

Ever since Apple updated iOS and OS X with the ability to add extensions to Notification Center, I’ve been all about the widgets. On my Mac, I’ve got weather widgets, to-do lists, countdowns, and package trackers. I love them. I want more.

Spotify4Me is a Notification Center extension that adds song skip and volume controls to your Today View. It may not do much, but what it does, it does right. Read More

 

The best Notification Center widgets of 2014

By Lory Gil on Dec 27, 2014

When Apple first revealed that iOS users would be able to access information from the Lock screen in iOS 8, I wasn’t that excited. I’ve never had a problem just unlocking my iPhone and opening the app I want to get information from. However, once Notification Center extensions became available, I was hooked. Now, I’ve got to-do lists, weather forecasts, news updates, and all kinds of widgets sitting on my Today view.

Everyone at iDB is excited about widgets, so it was pretty easy to come up with a big list of nominations. However, it was hard to narrow it down to the best one. With much hair pulling involved, we came to a final vote. The list below reveals our winner for best Notification Center widget, as well as the runner-ups. Since the feature has only existed for a few months, we are not going to name any “best ever” widget this year. Read More

 

DockPhone lets you easily place phone calls from your Mac

By Sébastien Page on Dec 22, 2014

DockPhone is a new app that lets you dial and call any number directly from your Mac. Based on FaceTime’s capabilities, and taking advantage of the new Continuity feature found on OS X Yosemite, DockPhone lets you make calls via your iPhone cellular connection right from the Mac, effectively adding a simple feature that users would have expected Apple to ship with Yosemite in the first place. Read More

 

Nest Notification Center widget Thermos gets a warm update

By Sébastien Page on Dec 19, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I told you about Thermos, a widget for Notification Center on Mac that lets you adjust the temperature of your Nest thermostat. At the time, I was quite impressed with the widget, despite the fact that I felt it was a bit limited and contained a minor bug. This is now a thing of the past as Thermos was just updated with new features, and a fix for the pesky bug. Read More

 

Glimpse lets you check your favorite webpages from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Dec 18, 2014

Glimpse is a new app that lets you pin one or more favorite webpages to the Today tab of Notification Center, allowing to have a quick glance at your most visited websites, without having to launch Safari. The Notification Center extension is particularly handy to check news-focused websites where information is often time sensitive, and where a quick look is usually enough to get an idea of what is going on, without necessarily unlocking the device and opening up the full web browser. Read More

 

Share Widget for iOS 8: add sharing options for Twitter, Facebook, and more to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Share Widget for iOS 8 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to add a handy share widget to the Today view in iOS 8’s Notification Center. The tweak, which contains options for Twitter, FaceBook, Mail, Messages and others, also allows you to attach images to outgoing messages using a simple tap and hold gesture. Read More

 

My Verizon Mobile app lets you track your data usage from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Dec 9, 2014

Verizon customers who use the official My Verizon Mobile app can now track their data usage directly from the Today tab of Notification Center. The app was updated yesterday with this new feature that should allow users to keep their data usage in check. The widget is updated automatically based on users’ plan and usage, showing the total data allocation as well as currently used data. Read More

 

Thermos lets you set your Nest thermostat temperature from OS X Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Dec 3, 2014

Thermos is a recently released Mac application that works hand in hand with Nest to allow you to set the temperature of your thermostat right from Notification Center. Additionally, and if you also have Nest Protect smoke detectors in your home, the app will be able to send you push notifications in case smoke or carbon monoxide has been detected by the devices. Read More

 

Apple threatens removal of another Notification Center widget from App Store, this time Drafts

By Jake Smith on Dec 2, 2014

Apple is about to force the removal of yet another Notification Center widget from the App Store, this time saying the Today view is for information presentation only and not buttons.

The Drafts 4 app, which contains the widget in question, once enabled users of the app to create new documents by simply pressing a button in Notification Center to launch the text editor app. Not anymore, says Tim Cook and Co.  Read More

 

Music Center lets you view your entire music library from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Nov 24, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to be able to browse your entire music library from Notification Center, then you should check out Music Center in the App Store. Developed by jailbreak alumni Akhil Tolani, Music Center is a great idea that is unfortunately handicapped by Apple’s restrictions on what you can do with Notification Center extensions. Read More

 

Apple asks ‘Neato’ to remove keyboard in ongoing war on widgets

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Apple is once again going after a Notification Center widget for overstepping its bounds. Neato, a popular note-taking widget with a built-in keyboard and share controls, says the Cupertino firm has threatened to remove the app for violating its App Review Guidelines.

More specifically, the developers behind Neato told Gizmodo that Apple has asked them to remove the keyboard from their widget, or else. The team tried to appeal, but Apple wasn’t going to budge, and gave them two weeks to submit an update to correct their issue. Read More

 

Say ‘hello’ to Overglide, a tiny game playable from the Lock screen and Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2014

I should have suffixed the headline with “no jailbreak required” for added punch. Yes, Overglide for the iPhone and iPad indeed is a tiny game that you play within iOS 8’s Notification Center and right on the Lock screen, even while your iOS device is locked.

This cave flyer has you piloting a paper plane as far as possible while dodging the obstacles, and it even comes with Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

How’s that possible? Read on or grab Overglide for 99 cents in the App Store and see for yourself. Read More

 

IntelliScreenX 8 teaser

By Sébastien Page on Nov 11, 2014

Mario Ciabarra, the man behind IntelliScreenX among others, recently tweeted a photo of an iPhone 6 running ISX8, an updated version of the feature-rich tweak compatible with Apple’s latest mobile operating system. While there is no specific ETA for ISX8 to hit Cydia, it appears that the tweak is in late development stage and could potentially be available sooner than later. Read More

 

Mooncast adds the current moon phase to Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Nov 6, 2014

In general, most of us take the moon for granted. It’s always there. All we have to do is look up at night to see it (depending on the time of the night and the moon’s phase). Some people claim that it has an effect on how we act.

Mooncast is a simple app that displays an image of the moon in its current phase with a few additional bits of information about its status in the night’s sky. The app recently received a major update that adds the moon’s phase to your Notification Center’s Today view. Read More

 

Neato lets you jot quick notes directly from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Nov 4, 2014

Neato is a new application that mostly consists of a Notification Center extension that lets you quickly jot down quick notes from anywhere on iOS. After installing the free app from the App Store, simply add the Notification Center extension to start typing in notes from the Lock screen, Home screen, or directly from within an application.

Notes can be synced with Evernote or with Dropbox. Additionally, whatever you type can be easily shared to Twitter, or via email or text message. Read More

 
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