By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015
It might seem fairly obvious, but it might be a good idea to assign a keyboard shortcut to Notification Center on the Mac. Perhaps you already have, or maybe you still haven’t. I hadn’t, at least not up until a few days ago when a reader suggested that I do so, and I honestly can’t come up with a reason as to why I waited so long. I think it’s because I just never thought about doing it.
Assigning Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut just makes sense. It especially makes sense if you use a keyboard and mouse combination on your Mac, instead of a trackpad. Granted, MacBook users might not be so easily convinced, because invoking Notification Center can be accomplished via an effortless two-finger swipe on the trackpad.
But if you’re working on an iMac, or if you’re using a traditional mouse and keyboard combination with your MacBook, as I am, then I definitely recommend that you follow this uber-simple tip. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2015
Like its iOS counterpart, Notification Center for OS X Yosemite comes bundled with several stock Today widgets to get you started. However, it’s possible to add third-party widgets to Notification Center’s Today View by means of the Mac App Store and via direct download. Inside, we’ll highlight how to add new widgets to Notification Center along with several widget recommendations. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2015
Like its iOS counterpart, Notification Center on the Mac features a Do Not Disturb mode for suppressing notifications at inopportune times. The great thing about Notification Center on iOS is that it can be quickly enabled via a handy Control Center toggle. But did you know that there’s a quick and easy way to enable Do Not Disturb mode on your Mac, as well? Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015
SimpleCenters is a $1.00 jailbreak tweak that brings tons of customization options to both Notification Center and Control Center. The tweak features a bevy of switches in its preferences that allow you to toggle on or off nearly every facet of both overlays. Read More
By Lory Gil on Feb 18, 2015
There are dozens of apps out there that offer a streamlined interface so you can find contacts and make phone calls quickly and easily, but how many can you count will put a widget on your Lock screen so you can make phone calls in Notification Center?
YoBu is a Notification Center extension that allows you to search for contacts by name or number, and then call them right from the Today view on your Lock screen. Read More
By Lory Gil on Feb 9, 2015
How people keep track of finances is a personal preference. Some like complex, feature rich programs that allow them to connect and follow all of their income and expenses meticulously. Others are happy with simplicity.
1SecMoney is a simple finance-tracking app that lets you add daily additions and subtractions for your bank and credit card accounts. You can also input items directly from Notification Center using the Today widget. We’ve got a hands-on app review of 1SecMoney for you today. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 6, 2015
NCBrowser 8 is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to browse the web via Notification Center in iOS. The most obvious benefit to being able to do this is that the web is now instantly accessible from any app courtesy of the Notification Center pull-down interface. In a nutshell, NCBrowser 8 provides you with pseudo-multitasking ability between an app and the web browser in Notification Center, and it can be customized to your liking via the tweak’s preferences. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 5, 2015
Your license plate, your driver license number, your hotel room number, the combination of your locker at the gym. All these are little things that we sometimes need to have quick access to but not necessarily remember. This is where an app like Cheatsheet comes in handy. Simply write things down in Cheatsheet and refer to them at any time directly from the widget in the Today tab of Notification Center. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2015
If you’re looking to simplify the look of Notification Center, then SimpleNC is probably up to the task. It is a tweak that features tons of switches, which allows you to disable specific Notification Center assets individually. The wonderful thing about SimpleNC is that it gives the user choice. You can go the subtle route, and only simplify bits and pieces of Notification Center, or you can go to extremes, and give it a makeover that you won’t soon forget. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 3, 2015
Up until a few months ago, if you wanted to have a Twitter widget in Notification Center, you would have had to go the jailbreak way and find a tweak that would allow you to do just that. But since the release of iOS 8, and Apple opening up its mobile operating software for developers to create extensions, we’ve seen some really neat apps and widgets taking advantage of the new possibilities. NC is one of those.
NC is a new app that lets you add a Twitter widget to the Today tab of Notification Center, and from our usage of the app for the last few days, we can say it works as advertised. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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