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Apple’s iOS 8 supports widgets in Notification Center

It’s been a long time coming, but Apple is finally adding support for widgets to iOS. On stage at its Worldwide Developers Conference, the company’s Senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, revealed that devs can now start building widgets within the Notification Center on iOS 8. Unlike Google’s take on widgets with Android, Apple’s equivalent won’t have them living on the home screen of your smartphone or tablet. Instead, iOS widgets will share the drop-down hub with app notifications. Still, there’s a lot of potential here, as it’s going to let those of you with an iOS device have more interactivity and quick access to your favorite applications. iOS 8 will be available this fall.

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Watch the new, customizable Windows Phone 8.1 camera app in action (video)

Microsoft didn’t just equip Windows Phone 8.1 with a redesigned notification center and a Siri nemesis called Cortana, it also revamped its stock camera app. While many of the current app’s features remain intact, a video leaked by Unleash The Phones shows that the right side of the interface now features shortcut buttons for single photo, video and burst photo modes. The left side, however, is completely customizable, and a user can easily fill it with up to five shortcuts to settings (flash, lens picker, resolution, ISO among others) of their choice. Curious WP users who want to know how the updated app compares to Nokia’s camera software can watch the video after the jump. Of course, they might only have to wait a bit more to know everything about the OS… and to finally find out if they can install it on their WP8 devices.

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Here’s Windows Phone 8.1′s notification center in action (video)

Windows Phone users have been waiting years to have all their notifications in one convenient place, and over the past few months, there have been multiple reports that a notification center will come with WP 8.1. Today, a video showed up on Unleash the Phones that appears to confirm those earlier rumors. The feature apparently will be called Action Center, and packs many of the same capabilities that Android and iOS users have enjoyed for some time now — namely app and system notifications available via a swipe down from the top of the screen.

Additionally, users get quick access to four shortcut buttons for often toggled settings (WiFi, Bluetooth, screen brightness, etc.). The best part is, those shortcuts can be tailored to users’ preferences, unlike the set-in-stone settings toggles in Android and iOS. Oh, and speaking of WiFi settings, the folks at Windows Phone Central revealed that 8.1 will also allow users to switch it off for a set amount of time, after which WiFi will turn back on automatically. We aren’t sure exactly how such capability benefits users, but we’re sure you fine folks will figure it out, assuming it’s still around when WP 8.1 rolls out to the public.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Unleash the Phones, Windows Phone Central

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Windows Phone 8.1 leak reveals new messaging and storage settings, and more

Up until now, the most we’d heard about the next rumored update to Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS centered on two features: Cortana, the company’s Siri-like digital assistant, and Action Center, its native notification center. Today, however, we have a clearer idea of where Windows Phone 8.1 could be headed thanks to a Reddit user who’s allegedly gained access to the new SDK as part of Microsoft’s developer preview program.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Reddit

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Leak reportedly shows Windows Phone 8.1′s new notification center

Windows Phone 8.1's rumored Action Center

Wondering what Windows Phone 8.1′s rumored notification hub would look like? You may be looking at it right now. Winphollowers claims to have a leaked Microsoft presentation outlining the feature, which might be called Action Center. While Windows Phone’s approach to notifications would share much in common with what we’ve seen for a while in Android and iOS, it would have a few tricks up its sleeve. A driving mode shortcut would be available to (presumably) keep distractions to a minimum while on the road. Apps may also have more control over their notifications than you’ve seen on some other platforms. Alerts would silently appear, update or vanish, making it easy to deliver constantly changing information (think sports scores) or to clear out time-sensitive notices when they’re no longer relevant. There’s no guarantee that we’ll see Action Center in 8.1, but the historically reliable WPCentral vouches for its existence — we won’t be surprised if it’s part of the final OS release.

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Source: Winphollowers (translated)

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Pushbullet 13.2 Fully Syncs Desktop Chrome’s Notification Center With Your Android Notification Drawer

PushBullet-ThumbThe latest update to the immensely useful Pushbullet app introduces the ability to fully sync your Android device’s notification drawer with Chrome on your computer. Previously, users could only watch phone or tablet notifications pop up on their desktop, with a recent version adding the ability to dismiss them from either device. Now Chrome’s notification center will fully sync up with your phone’s drawer, allowing you to manage alerts even after they’ve faded from the screen.

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Windows Phone 8.1 rumors hint at personal assistant and notifications tile

Windows Phone 81 rumors hint at Cortana assistant, notification center

Windows Phone’s future may involve more than just a few more home screen tiles. Elaborating on rumors from the summer, ZDNet claims that the next version of Windows Phone (possibly 8.1) will focus on Cortana, a personal assistant that goes beyond the likes of Google Now or Siri. The Halo-inspired component is reportedly more of a shell than an app, and would integrate the OS with Microsoft services like Bing. Ultimately, Cortana would find its way into versions of Windows and the Xbox One’s Dashboard.

The assistant might not be the only major feature in 8.1. Windows-Phone.pl has posted what it says are photos of the OS running on a smartphone. They suggest that the previously leaked notification center would reside in a Live Tile, and that users could group-select tiles like they can with Windows 8.1. There’s no guarantees that the images or the Cortana rumor are authentic, although they’re consistent with Microsoft’s publicly stated desires for both a notification center and a “service-enabled shell.” We may not get any official details for a while, however — if real, Windows Phone 8.1 might not ship until sometime in early 2014.

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Via: Windows Phone Central

Source: Windows-Phone.pl (translated), ZDNet

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Notification Center settings in latest Chrome Canary for Mac

Chrome Canary for Mac

A way to shut off some of those Chrome Notification pop-ups finally lands on OSX

Chrome Canary, the bleeding edge version of Chrome designed for ultra-early adopters, is a great platform to preview features that will be making their way into the Chrome stable channel some day. The Notification Center for Chrome is one of those features, and now Canary for the Mac has a much improved version, complete with settings.

Chrome notifications are those toast message boxes that can appear for certain apps, like Gmail or Google Drive. They're designed to be a little bit of a nag so that you notice them, but quickly disappear after you've had time to look. They're generally a good thing, until you get overloaded by too many apps that want to tell you things. This has been in the Windows and Chrome OS builds of Canary for a while, and the improved Notification Center is expected to appear in the Linux beta channel and Canary for Linux soon. 

If you want to give Canary a try, you can safely install it alongside any Chrome channel. Click here to give it a look.

Via: OMGChrome

    

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Screenshots from eBay-bought Windows Phone hint at notification center, interface tweaks

Alleged screenshots from eBaybought Windows Phone tease notification center, interface tweaks

You know how it goes, you buy a phone on eBay, and it comes with a developer / pre-release version of a major mobile OS. Well, if these images are to be believed, that’s at least what happened to one bargain-hunting Windows Phone fan. The screenshots — said to be taken from a Nokia 920 — show Windows Phone 8, but with a few new tweaks and features. Most notable, will likely be the notifications, but other tidbits include App list ordering based on frequency of use, week view in the calendar and the option to kill apps from the multitask screen. The phone reports a build number of: 12084.WPMAIN(wpbldlab).20130509-1407 leading some to infer that this version could have been compiled sometime in May. A tease of something to come? As always, hard to tell, but expect the price of second-hand 920s to bump up a little, for the next few weeks at least.

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Floating Notifications Brings ChatHeads Functionality Without the Need of a ROM

If you have been looking for a Chat Heads-like notification center, but don’t find yourself comfortable with the custom ROM flashing, then you will be happy to hear that a standalone application is currently being developed called, Floating Notifications.  The application does not need root or any other special magic tricks. Once installed, simply select [...]
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Floating Notifications Brings ChatHeads Functionality Without the Need of a ROM

If you have been looking for a Chat Heads-like notification center, but don’t find yourself comfortable with the custom ROM flashing, then you will be happy to hear that a standalone application is currently being developed called, Floating Notifications.  The application does not need root or any other special magic tricks. Once installed, simply select [...]
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Floating Notifications Brings ChatHeads Functionality Without the Need of a ROM

If you have been looking for a Chat Heads-like notification center, but don’t find yourself comfortable with the custom ROM flashing, then you will be happy to hear that a standalone application is currently being developed called, Floating Notifications.  The application does not need root or any other special magic tricks. Once installed, simply select [...]
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Apple Files for Notification Center Patent, Android World Lulz

Back in 2009, Google filed a patent for Android’s “notification bar,” a feature that Apple wouldn’t figure out how to implement into iOS for another couple of years. Here we are almost four years after that patent was filed and Apple has decided that its “notification center” is worthy of its own.  Android’s “notification bar” allows [...]

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Apple Shared Few Features of OS X Mountain Lion

Apple has announced some features of the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC. Among these are a better integration with iCloud, a new notification center, a dictation feature, and a Game Center.

iCloud is Apple’s cloud computing service which allows users to save apps and content on the cloud and sync them across the Apple devices that the users own. On the OS X Mountain Lion, Apple is adding new apps that can be synced, including Messages, Notes, and Reminders. For instance, on Messages, users who had been sending messages via the iPhone can continue their conversation on the Mac. Users can also access their Documents and Game Center profile via the same service, enabling users to move work seamlessly from one Apple device to another.

Apple is furthermore adding a Notification Center which feeds to the Mac updates from other devices. This may be found on the top right position of the OS. Users can integrate this with Twitter and Facebook so that they no longer need to open extra windows simply to access their social networking accounts. To give users more control over the notifications, Apple created a disable function, so that the updates will stop once the user chooses to turn it off. This disable function is useful, for example, if the user is giving a presentation, or trying to focus on work and cannot afford to be distracted by the live feeds.

Another feature is the Game Center, which used to be available exclusively on the iPhone and the iPad. This feature allows users to play games online and compete with friends they have added, giving a social networking dimension to gaming on the Mac. The feature is comparable to Xbox Live, where users can also compare scores with other players.

A dictation feature also provides more options to user input. With this feature, users can give instructions to the computer via the built-in microphone, somewhat like the Siri feature in iPhones. Apple is making dictation available not only on Apple apps but also on Microsoft Word.

This update costs $19.99 and will be available starting next month.

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iOS 5 will be available October 12, iCloud launching the same day

Mark your calendars, kids. Scott Forstall’s on stage here at “Let’s Talk iPhone” and just gave a hard date for iOS 5′s arrival: expect it to hit next week, on October 12th, with Apple’s iCloud service launching that same day. Though developers have been playing with it for four months now, this will be the first time the general, non-tinkering public gets to taste its 200-plus new features — a list that includes Newsstand, Reminders, iMessage, WiFi sync, Find My Friends, split keyboards, AirPlay mirroring for the iPad 2 (and iPhone 4S!) and the Notification Center. (And, you know, greeting cards, if you’re into that sort of thing.) iOS 5 will be free for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, while iCloud’s standard 5GB of email / storage will come gratis to folks already using iOS 5 and Lion. Take note that if it’s iTunes Match you’re after (and you live in the states), you’ll have to sit tight a few more weeks yet.

iOS 5 will be available October 12, iCloud launching the same day originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Untappd now available as a native Android app — beer drinkers unite!

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There's two things we love around these parts — Android, and good beer.  Untappd just minced the two together with a native Android app for their popular social drinking platform.  With the native app, you'll be able to share photos with your check-ins, use the notification center to keep track of what and where your friends are drinking, and it's all done in an easy to navigate way.

While we don't condone doing anything silly while drinking a few beers, we do like to have fun while doing it.  If you feel the same way, you can grab Untappd for free from the Android Market (link after the break, works with ALL versions of Android) and look for us there. 

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iOS 5 turns Japanese iPhones into earthquake alarms

Following the devastation wrought by the recent Japanese earthquake, Apple has hooked the country’s early warning system into iOS 5. The tectonically-volatile nation has the most sophisticated alarm in the world, delivering life-saving warnings seconds or minutes before disaster strikes. iOS users already had access to this functionality via apps like Yurekuru, but iOS 5 will bring it directly into the operating system. The service can be activated in the Notification Center settings pane, accompanied by a warning that the constant connection will deplete your battery faster — a fair exchange if it saves your life.

iOS 5 turns Japanese iPhones into earthquake alarms originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iOS 5 for Japan will have Earthquake Warning System Widget

Apple, in response to the massive earthquake in Japan earlier this year, is including access to Japan’s earthquake early-warning system.  With the flick of a switch users can have their iOS devices poll the system (a near-constant connection) to alert them if an impending earthquake is due.

The setting will be found at the bottom of the Notification Center, the warning above is said to warn users of the excessive battery drain due to the need to stay connected.  As you probably learned following the huge earthquake, Japan has the distinction of being one of the most seismically active locations on the planet.  In 2007 Japan launched a sophisticated network of sensors that are spread throughout their country and can send a warning message across networked devices and television channels.  The warning messages go out prior to the earthquake giving anywhere between a few seconds and a couple of minutes before the ground begins to move.

Time did a number of articles focusing on the preparation and the technology behind it.  Japan leader in disaster preparedness and Early-warning system explained.  I think manufacturers should all make this a standard offering in Japan and other countries should they ever build such systems.

Source: TechCrunch

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Iterate Podcast Episode 1: SoftFacade

Iterate 1: SoftFacade

Welcome to Iterate, our new, design-centric podcast focused on user interface, user experience, and iconography from conception to realization. In our debut episode, Marc, Seth, and Rene talk Notification Center in iOS 5, webOS cards and stacks, Photoshop 5.5 and SDK, linen textures, justified text, and talk with Anton and Dmitry of SoftFacade. Loop until done.

If you’re one of the best-of-the-best-of-the-best in mobile design for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, or Windows Phone, we’d love to get you on the show, or if you’ve found a drop-dead gorgeous app on any platform and really want us to talk about it, contact us and let us know.

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iOS 5 Cuts Cord, adds Location-Based Reminders and Notification Center

Continuing its push for a post-pc market, Apple’s latest iOS 5 release is all about an all-in-one user experience right out of the box. It will allow iPhone, iPod and iPad device users the ability to start using their devices immediately without having to sync to a desktop or laptop. Among the other 200+ updates include [...]

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Apple iOS 5 hands-on preview

iOS 5 won’t be ready for the masses until this Fall, but lucky developers — and eager tech bloggers — are able to get in on the action right now. We just got done downloading the 730MB BETA, and have decided to turn our iPhone 4 and iPad 2 into guinea pigs for all the newness. Apple says that there are over 200 new features baked into the updated OS, and we’ve run through the biggies from Notification Center to Twitter to that oh-so-convenient split keyboard for you — all you need to do is click after the break.

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Apple iOS 5 hands-on preview originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Jun 2011 22:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple unveils iMessage, its BBM competitor, at WWDC

It’s here, the moment BlackBerry owners been waiting for since the original iPhone launched: iMessage. Apple has just announced its new data-based push messaging service at WWDC, which looks to be a full-on competitor to the venerable BBM. This service works on an iOS device of any flavor, and lets you send text messages, photos, videos, and contacts to anyone else with one too. It also supports group chats and integrates with the new Notification Center in iOS 5. According to Scott Forstall, it “works over WiFi or 3G, in case you were wondering,” which is yet another blow for RIM. The final nail in the coffin for those of you who simply ‘can’t live without BBM:’ delivery and read confirmations. Boom.

Developing…stay tuned to our liveblog for the latest.

Apple unveils iMessage, its BBM competitor, at WWDC originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple Copies Android, Introduces Pull-Down Notifications in iOS 5

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The Apple vs. Android battle is about to get a little more heated, as new elements introduced for iOS 5 at today’s WWDC do little but blatantly copy what Android has already perfected. Pull-down notifications will ship as part of Apple’s latest iOS, and guess what…they are almost identical to what we have had on Android phones for years. Apple’s “Notification Center” gathers all of the iPhone’s system notifications into a single location, one which can be dragged down from the top status bar of the iOS user interface. Sound familiar? Apple, of course, will try to package the new feature as if it is revolutionary and something altogether new. Wrong. But then again, isn’t imitation the most sincere form of flattery? It’s all good, while Apple struggles to implement new UI elements, Google is already looking forward to bigger and better things.

[via iSource, image via Engadget]


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OMG I’m Getting An iPhone iOS Has Notification Center

Sure I used to use an iPhone, heck I used a Blackberry too. One of the biggest things about iPhone that annoyed me was the bubble notifications that I’d get while surfing the web or playing a game.  I’m playing a game mom I don’t want a text message. Well today on stage at WWDC [...]

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