Widgets: Everything you need to know!

How to add speed-dial to your iPhone’s Notification Center in iOS 8

How to add speed-dial to your iPhone’s Notification Center in iOS 8

As you probably know by now, it is a lot easier to access favorite and most recent contacts in iOS 8.

All you need to do is, double click on the Home button, tap on the Contact, and select how you want to contact them. 

Apple cracks down on Neato, tells developer to remove note taking feature from Notification Center

Apple cracks down on Neato, tells developer to remove note taking feature from Notification Center

As Apple showcased widgets within Notification Center, the possibilities seemed endless for developers to extend an app’s ability. For some, though, it hasn’t been a smooth road.

Apple reverses controversial decision banning calculator Notification Center widget

Apple reverses controversial decision banning calculator Notification Center widget

Yesterday, the developer of PCalc received a message from Apple asking him to remove the calculator widget from his app within three weeks. The decision was quite surprising, not only because of how useful the widget was, but also because Apple had featured PCalc in the App Store under the Great Notification Center widgets section.

Apple asks PCalc developer to remove calculator Notification Center widget [Updated]

Apple asks PCalc developer to remove calculator Notification Center widget [Updated]

With iOS 8, developers can create widgets for their app, that are shown in the Today section of the Notification Center. One widget that caught our eye was PCalc, that let you quickly access a calculator widget.

New in OS X Yosemite: Today Widgets in Notification Center

New in OS X Yosemite: Today Widgets in Notification Center

OS X Yosemite will be launching this month, possibly as early as this week, and one feature we’re looking forward to is Today widgets.

How to quickly post to Twitter and Facebook from Notification Center in iOS 8 with TapToShare widget

How to quickly post to Twitter and Facebook from Notification Center in iOS 8 with TapToShare widget

In earlier versions of iOS, Apple provided a quick way to tweet or post a Facebook status right from the Notification Center. It later pulled this feature from iOS, but you can get it back with TapToShare, a new Today widget that brings back the same buttons to iOS.

Instapaper goes free, adds widgets in Notification Center and more

Instapaper goes free, adds widgets in Notification Center and more

There is a lot of content out there, and sometimes you don’t have time to read it all when you’d like. So, saving it to read later has become a norm for some people. Instapaper has been making reading things later easier for quite some time, and now with the latest update, even more features have been tossed into the mix.

How to use Today Widgets in iOS 8

How to use Today Widgets in iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8 publicly earlier today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update adds a ton of new features, one of which is the ability to add widgets to the Today tab in Notification Center.

iOS 8 Notification Center widgets roundup

iOS 8 Notification Center widgets roundup

iOS 8 is the biggest release for Apple’s mobile operating system since the launch of the App Store, and accordingly there are quite a few new features to go along with it. In June, Apple announced widgets within the Notification Center, and now that iOS 8 is available for the masses, the apps that support the functionality are readily available and ready for users to dig into them.

iOS 8 Widgets Explained

iOS 8 Widgets Explained

iOS 8 finally brings a feature that we had long been waiting for: Widgets. Widgets are a part of Apple’s larger emphasis on letting third-party developers extend certain parts of the system using Extensions, which we covered in detail last month.