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The best Notification Center widgets in iOS 8 right now

Leah Yamshon | Sept. 29, 2014
I was always a little envious of my Android-touting friends who had custom widgets with handy info on one glanceable screen, so I'm thrilled that widgets finally got the iOS treatment.

Hours: Hours is a timer app for time management, and lets you set multiple timers so you can keep track of how much time you spend on certain tasks throughout the day. It quickly became one of my favorite apps for work, and now I can start, stop, or switch timers straight from its widget. I'd call it a keeper.

Personal Capital: This is a financial management app with the investor in mind, thus showing your recent transactions across accounts in your Today view. If you like having quick access to that info, than this widget is for you.

LinkedIn: For LinkedIn's widget, the company focused on just displaying who has viewed your profile recently. Maybe this is helpful if you're actively on the job hunt, but I personally don't think this is widget-worthy info.

Task managers
Having your to-do list in widget-form is super efficient, but if you use more than one of these apps, be wary of information overload. I'd suggest choosing only one or two of these to include in Notification Center, depending on your needs and workflow. 

Clear: I love Clear, a color-coded gesture-based to-do list app, but its widget only shows tasks you've marked with a time or due date, then displays only tasks with upcoming due dates. That's not how I use Clear, so I won't be keeping it in Notification Center.

Wunderlist: Wunderlist, on the other hand, displays to-do lists marvelously in Notification Center. It shows four to-dos at a time, and you can check them off as you complete them from within the widget itself.

Study Cal: If you're a student, you'll like Study Cal, widget and all. This study-planning app displays your weekly tasks in its widget, which you can check off as you complete them.

Calendars 5: This all-in-one task manager and calendar shows what's on deck for the day in its widget. It is clearly presented, and surely a welcome addition to Calendars 5 users.

OmniFocus 2: OmniFocus 2 is the ultimate task manager, and its widget almost mirrors what's listed in your daily Forecast within the app: It shows just what's due today.

Finish: Finish shows the next three items in your to-do list, and you can check them off from within the widget.

Gneo: Another task manager, Gneo displays the next few items on your list within Notification Center. Like the others, you can mark items as complete straight from the widget.

Slice: We've raved about Slice and its usefulness before, and its widget sticks to that promise. It shows only package delivery statuses and pinned orders so you can monitor its price. This isn't information that I absolutely must have in my Notification Center, but if you're a heavy Slice user, you might be into it.


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