How to display your Calendar events as list view in iOS 7.1 Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2014

As is our wont, we’re covering iOS 7.x quite extensively here on iDownloadBlog, with Jeff doing roundups of stock apps and features such as Clock, Messages, Music, Siri, Mail and Notification Center (and more to come soon) in excruciating detail. But despite our laser-sharp focus on these things, every once in a while we learn about a new nice-to-have.

This one flew under our radar but thanks to the eagle-eyed iDownloadBlog reader Garen, we now know of yet another gem in iOS 7.1: if you switch your Calendar app to daily agenda, your Today section in the iOS Notification Center adapts its layout accordingly to display your daily agenda as a list.

It’s yet another reminder that even the tiniest details matter… Read More


Customize Notification Center with BetterNC7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

BetterNC7 is a jailbreak tweak geared towards the Notification Center in iOS 7. It’s one of those tweaks that contains a ton of different toggles to disable or enable certain features.

I’ve never been a huge fan of tweaks like this, just because they seem to add features just for the sake of saying they have a lot of features. That said, there are some nice settings to be found within BetterNC7′s preferences, so it’s worth checking out. Have a look inside to see some of the details on video. Read More


iOS 7: The ultimate Notification Center guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 15, 2014

Notification Center first appeared in iOS 5 as a way of receiving and accessing notifications from anywhere. It consists of an overlay slide down menu interface, banner notifications, and other types of alerts. Prior to iOS 5, notifications were extremely intrusive and clunky. Notification Center solved many of the issues stemming from receiving notifications on iOS.

Over the past two iOS iterations, Notification Center has been streamlined and improved. iOS 7 brought about several new changes to Notification Center, including the new Today View, which provides users with an overview of the pertinent appointments, stock prices, and even driving alerts.

Needless to day, Notification Center has evolved into a significant feature in iOS with many moving parts. To assist you, we’ve created this ultimate Notification Center guide in order to help you understand how to benefit most from this handy feature. Read More


iOS 8: better inter-app sharing, improvements to Messages, Notification Center, CarPlay and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2014

Continuing on his series of iOS 8 scoops, the usually reliable Apple blogger Mark Gurman is out with a new story offering alleged new findings pertaining to iOS 8′s Notification Center, Messages, Game Center, Voice Memos, CarPlay and inter-app communication.

The latter is obviously the highlight of the report because unlike Android, iOS has been plagued with very limited inter-app sharing. As a result, operations that are normally trivial on Android are virtually impossible on iOS.

For instance, there’s no way to edit a photo in one app and send it, say, to the Instagram app without having to go through the cumbersome process of exporting the image to your Camera roll first and then manually importing it into Instagram.

According to the report, iOS 8 could finally fix this problem. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


How to get iDownloadBlog headlines in Notification Center or Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2014

If you’re an avid iDB reader, and let’s face it—you should be—then I suggest you check out two recently released jailbreak tweaks that allow you to add our headlines to Control Center or Notification Center in iOS 7. Aptly entitled iDownloadBlog for Control Center and iDownloadBlog for Notification Center, these new jailbreak tweaks make it easy to stay up to date with all of the latest Apple news.

We’ve taken both tweaks for a spin on video, and while we weren’t blown away by the presentation, we did find them to be pretty handy additions for iDB fiends. Have a look inside as we step through the features. Read More


NoGrabber: how to hide Notification Center and Control Center grabbers

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

Grabbers, like the one in the photo above, appear while trying to invoke Notification Center or Control Center in a full screen app. The grabbers essentially force you to perform two invoking gestures in order to launch Control Center or Notification Center. The grabber feature is there to prevent accidentally launching the aforementioned overlays while using a full screen application or game.

Some people, apparently, find the grabber feature annoying, and they want to launch Notification Center or Control Center like they normally do, even while using a full screen app. If you’re one of those people, then NoGrabber is something you should consider using. It forces the overlays to behave like normal, eliminating the grabber while in full screen applications. Take a gander at our video walkthrough to see how it works in action. Read More


Problems with Notification Center not properly showing Today view? Try this fix

By Sébastien Page on Jan 25, 2014

Jailbreaking has so many benefits that we often forget the drawbacks of it all. When you jailbreak your device, you basically put yourself at risk of breaking little things here and there. That’s exactly what is happening with the recently released evasi0n7 jailbreak for iOS 7. On the surface, everything is ok, but when you start digging, you might notice that a few elements aren’t working the way they should.

One problem that I and many others have experienced is an issue with Notification Center not showing the Today view information properly. In some cases, it won’t show any weather or calendar data. If you’ve been affected by this issue, read on for a short tutorial on how to fix it… Read More


How to remove Yahoo branding from Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2014

NC Cleaner is a brand new jailbreak tweak that does one thing, and one thing only: It allows you to remove the Yahoo branding that appears in the bottom of Notification Center’s Today view in iOS 7.

If you have a special hatred for the Yahoo branding, then this is one of the tweaks that you can use to get rid of it. We’ve got a before and after comparison video inside for you to check out. Read More


Apptray lets you launch apps directly from Notification Center

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 15, 2014

There have been a handful of jailbreak tweaks released for Notification Center in the past few weeks, but perhaps none more visually appealing than Apptray, by software engineer Joshua Lee Tucker.

The tweak, compatible with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, adds a fourth tab alongside Today, All and Missed in Notification Center for opening apps directly from the notifications pulldown. An unlimited number of apps can be added to Apptray, configurable from the tweak’s dedicated menu in the Settings app…  Read More


How to access your calendar app from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 6, 2014

You’ve probably noticed how you can access the Weather app just by tapping on the weather condition in the Today tab of Notification Center. If you’ve tried to do the same with the calendar app, then you probably realized that tapping on today’s date in Notification Center doesn’t do anything.

This is a minor annoyance that a new jailbreak tweak called TapTodaysCalendar is now eradicating… Read More


How to bring Twitter and Facebook share widgets back to Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 5, 2014

Share widgets have been gone from the iPhone and iPad since the first beta release of iOS 7. Some thought that they would return with the official release of iOS 7, but as we were all able to verify, that was never the case.

Of course, share widgets have nothing to do in Notification Center in the first place. After all, the goal of Notification Center is to notify you, not to provide ways to share to Twitter or Facebook. Still, that was a great loss for many users.

Jailbreakers rejoice, because today, you can easily bring back those share widgets thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called Share Widget for iOS 7Read More


Pebble update goes live with full iOS 7 Notifications support

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2013

Pebble has had basic support for iOS Notifications in place from day one. The implementation, however, left a lot to be desired as the Pebble smarwatch could only relay the most basic of iOS notifications through a companion iPhone app.

Eagle-eyed readers will remember that the company last week confirmed an upcoming update would enable additional iOS 7 Notification Center alerts.

And just like clockwork, a new version of Pebble’s iOS app has gone live now in the App Store, introducing full integration with the iOS 7 Notification Center. This allows Pebble owners to receive any alerts enabled in Notification Center on an iOS 7 device and have them displayed on their $150 smartwatch.

Yes, this includes alerts from third-party apps such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and lots more. Go past the fold for more… Read More


Safari push notifications going live ahead of OS X Mavericks release

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2013

In a rare move, Apple last week issued a silent update to OS X Mavericks Gold Master as the company is supposed to share pricing and availability information about the software at today’s iPad event. And conveniently just a few hours ahead of the big reveal, a few high-profile websites have now flipped the switch on Safari push notifications.

For those uninitiated, this is a new feature of OS X Mavericks that allows web applications to send alerts which go straight to the Notification Center, even when Safari isn’t running.

Only a handful of websites have activated the feature, though others are expected to follow suit as soon as Mavericks goes public, which some watchers think might happen during today’s event… Read More


How to bring the iOS 7 Notification Center look to lesser firmware

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2013

Like every other facet of iOS, Notification Center received a significant visual overhaul in iOS 7 when compared to iOS 6 and below. Gone are the opaque linen textures in favor of a simple and clean semi-transparent overlay.

If you’re running a jailbroken iOS 6 installation, then it’s possible to gain some of Notification Center’s new visual cues. SevenCenter is a new jailbreak tweak that brings the iOS 7 Notification Center experience to iOS 6, and iOS 5 devices. Have a look inside to see what I mean. Read More


How to add ‘TypographyTime’ to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 8, 2013

If you’re a fan of the legendary TypographyTime lock screen add-on for LockInfo, then perhaps you’ll be interested in adding a TypographyTime clone to Notification Center? That’s the exact premise behind TypographyTime for Notification Center, a jailbreak widget that adds a stylized clock to iOS’ pull down information panel.

We’ve taken some, ahem, time to go hands-on with the widget. Check inside for the full video walkthrough showcasing all of the pertinent details… Read More


How to view all upcoming calendar events in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2013

NCCalendar+ for Notification Center is a recently released jailbreak tweak that makes Notification Center a lot more useful when it comes to viewing upcoming calendar events. Instead of only being able to see 1 day of events, NCCalendar+ allows you to set specific timeframes for events. Instead of only being able to see 10 events at any given time, NCCalendar+ allows you to go beyond iOS’ stock arbitrary boundary. Have a look inside as we showcase NCCalendar+ on video… Read More


How to run a terminal session via Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2013

It’s neat to see the terminal get lots of love from the jailbreak community this week. We just got the new MobileTerm Backgrounder tweak, and now we have another new tweak related to the terminal — NCTerminal. As you have probably figured out by now, NCTerminal allows you to run a terminal session directly in Notification Center. That being said, I will say that the tweak is a bit on the peculiar side, as you’ll see in my full video walkthrough. Read More


‘ayra’ brings slick new features to the iOS Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 18, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, ayra, one of the more polished tweaks that we’ve seen in recent weeks, has finally touched down on Cydia. This is a tweak for users of iOS 6, and among other things, brings an iOS 7 inspired Lock screen to the table. Along with its gorgeous Lock screen design, comes the ability to open Notification Center directly from the Lock screen to interface with toggles and notifications.

This is a tweak that has been developed by two well known figures in the jailbreak community — Surenix, the designer of many things, but best known for his legendary ayecon theme, and Bensge, a great developer in his own right, and the mind behind the uber-popular Velox. When you combine good design with good development, then the results are usually more good than bad, and that’s exactly the case with ayra. It may not knock your socks off like some of the other projects that these two have been involved with, but it’s a solid jailbreak tweak for those of us who are still proudly using iOS 6.1.x as our daily driver.

Of course, I previewed ayra a week ago, but now I’ve had the oppurtunity to play around with the completed version of the tweak. What did I find? Have a look past the break as it’s all broken down via our video walkthrough… Read More


Add a standalone calendar widget to Notification Center with ‘CalendarX’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2013

CalendarX is a recently released jailbreak tweak that serves as a widget for Notification Center. It’s a very interesting tweak that can be enabled by using the standard Notifications panel in the stock Settings app. The thing that makes CalendarX so unique is that it is a standalone self contained calendar app that doesn’t rely on any outside functionality. In fact, none of the calendars or events that you setup within CalendarX will be displayed in the stock Calendar app or vice versa. Again, think standalone here. Depending on your outlook, that could be perceived as either a positive or a negative. Have a look past the break as I go more in-depth with CalendarX on video. Read More


‘YouSearch for NC’ brings YouTube search to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2013

YouSearch for NC is a brand new jailbreak widget available on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. The widget, which is free of charge, allows you to search the entirety of YouTube directly from the Notification Center window in iOS. Take a look inside for our hands-on video walkthrough… Read More

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