5 Notification Center widgets I use every day

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 25, 2016

When it comes to my own personal iPhone, many of the apps I use on a daily basis have Notification Center widgets that provide information to and even have shortcuts to different actions right from inside of Notification Center.

Apple originally introduced the ability for third-party app developers to create Notification Center widgets with iOS 8, so long as they follow strict guidelines, but that doesn’t keep them from being useful.

In this roundup, I’ll share my five favorite Notification Center widgets that I use on a daily basis and why I like them. Read More

 

Tip: send app crash reports to your Mac’s Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’m annoyed every time an app crashes on my Mac and OS X’s Crash Reporter interrupts my work with a pop up warning in the middle of the screen. Wouldn’t it be great if those crash reports were displayed as banner notifications?

As explained by LifeHacker, a simple Terminal command will override the default system behavior and send those app crash reports straight to OS X’s Notification Center, so they don’t interrupt your workflow.

In this tutorial you will learn about a Terminal command which will route crash reports through your Mac’s Notification Center rather than display them windowed in the middle of your screen. Read More

 

How to keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

Your iPhone is equipped with a feature called Frequent Locations, which slowly tracks your location in the background to keep you updated via Notification Center and the Lock screen on how long it would take you to get to your favorite places based on how often you visit them.

If you choose to enable Location Services during the initial iPhone setup, this feature will be enabled by default, so if you feel like it is a slight hindrance on your ability to remain private, you just might be right. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can disable the feature and keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next. Read More

 

Agenda Widget+ is a highly customizable calendar widget for Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 14, 2016

Agenda: Widget+ is an application whose sole purpose is to display a list of your future calendar events in Notification Center. The app itself, which actually acts as the preferences panel for the widget, offers multiple options to fine-tune the data displayed in Notification Center. Read More

 

Feeday offers a quick peek at Instagram from Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Jan 12, 2016

One of my favorite social networking sites right now is Instagram. I love looking at pictures more than reading about how someone feels about the weather today. Pictures really can be worth a thousand words and can make you feel more connected to friends than a sentence.

Feeday is a third-party widget that puts the last couple of posts from your Instagram feed right in Notification Center so you can get a quick view of your feed without having to open the app. Check out our app review of Feeday below. Read More

 

This tweak gives iOS notifications a makeover

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

iOS’ notification system it set up so when you miss notifications, they’ll stack up on the Lock screen and in Notification Center until you have a moment to look back at all of them.

The notifications are separated with padding and are plain Jane, but for those that want to switch things up a bit and make notifications look a bit more modern or appealing, a new jailbreak tweak called RedesignedNotifications will let you personalize the look of your Lock screen and Notification Center notifications to your own personal preference. Read More

 

NCCards: customize Notification Center notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 29, 2015

NCCards is a recently released jailbreak tweak that ushers in a new interface for the notifications shown in Notification Center. The $2.99 tweak, now available on the BigBoss repo, brings new visual cues to notifications, but retains much of the functionality that iOS users are familiar with.

Testing out NCCards reveals a promising feature-set with a few notable miscues. Watch our video walkthrough to see the tweak in action. Read More

 

Why are some Apple Watch notifications round and others are square?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

I was wondering about this for a long time, too. Some notifications that hit my Apple Watch are presented using a round app icon while the others embed a square one. But why is that?

Thanks to Mac Kung Fu, we now know that this simple yet subtle difference serves a very good purpose because you can decide whether the notification can be replied to or not by its attached app icon. Read More

 

How to sort iOS notifications

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

iOS has always grouped alerts in the Notification Center in the order they were received. If you’re overwhelmed with numerous notifications from apps and services on a daily basis, this can quickly clutter your view and push important notifications out of the view.

Starting with iOS 9, it is now possible to change grouping of push alerts to have them compartmentalized according to their respective originating app and listed in the order you define.

In this tutorial, we’ll detail how you can select, manage and adjust app grouping within the Notification Center on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More

 

iOS 9.1 enables quick-replying from notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015

At long last, iOS is allowing app makers to implement text replies in notifications, a feature Apple used to reserve exclusively for its Messages app.

Twitter was the first App Store app to gain this great time-saver of a feature. On iOS 9.1, WhatsApp for iPhone now supports a handy text field for quickly replying to incoming messages without leaving the app you’re currently using.

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 9.1 or later. Read More

 

New in iOS 9: two-column landscape layout in Notification Center on iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 packs in a whole bunch of nice-to-haves and small refinements that haven’t even made it into the official release notes.

Among other things, the operating system introduces a more streamlined Notification Center view in landscape mode which Apple designed to take advantage of the larger screen real estate on iPads.

The enhanced look is based on a two-column layout to allow the simultaneous display of your Today view in one column and your Notification Center widgets and app notifications in the other, so you don’t have to switch manually between them. Read More

 

How to monitor batteries of connected devices with iOS 9’s new Notification Center widget

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 promises to extend your iPhone’s battery life even further with features like Low Power Mode, which reduces or disables non-essential features when the battery falls below twenty percent to help your iPhone’s battery charge last longer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor battery status of other devices connected to your iPhone, like your Apple Watch and Bluetooth accessories?

Now you can, thanks to Apple’s new Notification Center widget. Here’s how to turn it on and enjoy battery readouts of your Apple Watch and wireless accessories such as Bluetooth headsets right from the Lock screen. Read More

 

eMail Widget lets you view and manage your inbox from Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Jul 22, 2015

When it comes to the daily task of rummaging through email messages, I spend the first 30-minutes of my workday just trying to get my inbox under control. I can quickly delete or archive more than half of them, which helps me feel like I’ve made some progress

eMail Widget is a Notification Center app that allows users, not only to see new messages in their inbox, but perform a few basic actions in order to keep things under control without having to open a dedicated app. Read More

 

This app injects your Instagram feed inside Notification Center’s Today view

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

There’s no shortage of apps on the App Store for browsing Instagram using your iPhone and iPad, and most let you enjoy snaps from people you follow far more elegantly that on Instagram’s official iPhone app. But wouldn’t it be great if you could check out the latest Instagram photos anywhere in iOS, with a simple pull-down gesture?

That’s what Feeday, a new Today Widget for the iPhone and iPad by developer Arcangelo Fiore, does.

With this app you can easily keep track of your latest Instagram feed right within the Today view of iOS’s Notification Center, and it’s free! Read More

 

Roundification tweak brings rounded corners to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 17, 2015

Roundification is a new tweak that adds rounded corners to the Notification Center banners, including the quick reply interface. It also rounds off the entirety of Notification Center itself.

The tweak brings an elegant look to Notification Center, and although it’s not yet available on the default Cydia repos, it is available on a special third-party repo. Would you like to try Roundification? In this post, we’ll share all of the details. Read More

 

A simple tweak that lets you change the ‘No Notifications’ text in Notification Center

By Josh Pasholk on May 30, 2015

Changing little things about iOS is one of the neat benefits that comes with jailbreaking, whether it’s the Slide to Unlock text, or getting rid of different blurs in the UI. NoNotificationsText lets you change the text that says ‘No Notifications’ in the second tab in Notification Center. Read More

 

Recents is a jailbreak tweak for viewing recent calls in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Recents is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to view recent phone calls and FaceTime calls directly in Notification Center. With the $1.49 package, which comes with a free trial, you can make calls directly from Notification Center, even if your device is locked.

By adding a tab next to the Today and Notifications tabs in Notification Center, Recents lets you view incoming, outgoing and missed calls with ease. It also lets you delete individual calls, all calls, and it works with a variety of other jailbreak tweaks such as Copic and LockInfo.

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MaterialOne for Vex: a new Android Lollipop-inspired theme for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Vex—the tweak that allows you to apply custom themes to both Notification Center and Control Center—features several built-in options that look great. But none of the built-in themes look as good as MaterialOne.

MaterialOne for Vex is a new third-party theme that’s available free of charge on the MacCiti repo. It allows you to apply an Android 5.0-inspired look to both Control Center and Notification Center. Watch our video and see how. Read More

 

NCMeters: add customizable system vital meters to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

NCMeters is a non-intrusive tweak for monitoring system vitals via Notification Center. It allows you to check CPU usage, memory and storage usage, and monitor both upload and download speeds.

NCMeters only runs when you have Notification Center open, so it’s not going to be overly taxing on system resources when going about your daily business. To ensure accuracy, data is collected using traditional command line tools.

Along with those basics, NCMeters features quite a bit of customization. Have a look at our video walkthrough and see for yourself. Read More

 

Vex brings Control Center and Notification Center themes to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2015

Vex, an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will soon be available on the BigBoss repo for $0.99, will let users add themes to both Control Center and Notification Center on iOS. The tweak, which features a host of themes for both interfaces, will even play nice with Auxo Legacy Edition once its released. Read More

 
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