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Get to know iOS 8: Customize your Notification Center with handy new widgets

Derek Walter | Sept. 22, 2014
Among iOS 8's many new features are some cool ways to let you interact with your apps without actually having to open them. Interactive notifications are one example, and another is the brand-new widgets available in Notification Center. Apple is a little late to this game--Android has had widgets for years, and users can put them right on their home screens--but at least what we have is both elegant and functional.

Just touch one of those commands to make a new note focused on that task. Given that Apple's stock Notes app doesn't do this and the Reminders can be a little buggy, Evernote is an excellent choice as a go-to app for lists, notes, to-dos, and reminders.

Yahoo Weather

Yes, Apple puts weather information by default as part of the Today Summary. Instead, spruce up your widget space by adding in Yahoo Weather

It puts a bright, well-designed notification that gives you the current temperature and the forecast for the next day. The background images come courtesy of Yahoo's Flickr service, and they're usually gorgeous.

Kindle

The Kindle widget lets you quickly jump right back into a book you're reading. When you add the widget to the Notification Center it adds in your most recent tomes, a cover icon, and a progress bar indicating how far you have read. 

It makes it super convenient to just swipe down and then tap the book you want to jump back into.

Dropbox

If you are a heavy Dropbox user this will be an extremely useful addition to your workflow. When adding the Dropbox widget it will show the five most recent changes to your files.

If you have a shared folder or file it is a great way to quickly glance and see when the most recent changes happened. Just touch on the one you want to see and Dropbox will take you right to it.

 

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