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How to Turn Off the Frequent Locations Feature on iPhone

Apr 14, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Frequent Locations is an intelligent feature on the iPhone that allows the device to track where you go and learn what places are frequently visited. Once the iPhone has determined some locations that are most common, say your home or work, the iPhone will then report to you some personalized data about that location, like … Read More

Change How Long Notification Banners Persist for in OS X

Jan 29, 2014 - 7 Comments

Banner notifications pop up on the side of the screen in OS X and disappear on their own within a few seconds. Some users may find that banner persistence time to be either too long or too short, and that is what we’re going to focus on changing here, giving you some control over how … Read More

Send and Respond to Messages from Notification Center in Mac OS X

Dec 4, 2013 - 5 Comments

Need to quickly send out a message from your Mac to one of your contacts with iMessage, someone on AIM, Yahoo Messenger, or Facebook messaging? So long as the messaging service is configured for use with the Messages app on the Mac, you can quickly send out a new message directly from Notification Center in … Read More

Schedule Do Not Disturb in OS X to Stop Nagging Notifications on the Mac

Nov 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Notification Center in OS X sends a little pop-up alert in the corner of the screen when an event occurs. These are often in the form of a reminder originally made on an iPhone, a new inbound iMessage, a persistent software update or twenty, new emails, almost anything really. While obviously useful for many occasions, … Read More

Quickly Clear Notifications from the Lock Screen in iOS

Nov 2, 2013 - 1 Comment

Have a bunch of Notifications and Alerts sitting on the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad that you don’t want on there anymore, but don’t want to unlock the device or leave the lock screen? No sweat, rather than swiping to unlock the iOS device and then manually addressing the notifications, you can shuffle … Read More

Customize “Today View” in Notification Center for iPhone & iPad

Oct 31, 2013 - 5 Comments

Swiping down from the very top of your iPhone screen (or iPad), you’ll find Notification Center swoops on down, where alerts, notifications, iMessages, and missed calls appear. There’s also the “Today” tab, which aggregates information from your Calendars, Reminders, Stocks, and destinations, and puts them into an active days summary of what’s on tap for … Read More

Change the Notification Center Background Pattern in Mac OS X

May 2, 2013 - 1 Comment

Tired of seeing that linen wallpaper in the background of Notification Center of OS X? You can change that linen pattern to something else, giving a nice customized appearance to the Notifications panel when you’re checking alerts on the Mac. There are actually two ways to swap out the Notifications background, the harder manual way … Read More

How to Remove “Tap to Tweet” & “Tap to Post” from Notification Center in iOS

Apr 29, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Notification Center in iOS has both Twitter and Facebook integration and the ability to post to either service with a “Tap to Tweet” and “Tap to Post” button. On the iPad and iPhone these are accessed with the rest of Notifications by using a downward swiping gesture from the top of the screen. If you’d … Read More

Disable the Red Badge Alerts on Dock Icons in Mac OS X

Apr 29, 2013 - Leave a Comment

The little red badges that appear on app icons stored in the OS X Dock are intended to provide a quick alert and overview of some important notification pertaining to the respective app. Whether it’s the new unread email count, new iMessages, a Calendar event, unfinished Reminders, missed FaceTime calls, or any other number of … Read More

Change the Notification Center Alert Sound in Mac OS X

Mar 21, 2013 - 4 Comments

As you know, OS X plays a sound when a new Notification pops up in Notification Center. That default sound is called “Basso”, a low toned sound effect that is kind of like a short tap on a low note piano key. CultOfMac hilariously describes the sound as a “frog fart”, and if you aren’t … Read More

Get RSS Feeds in OS X Notification Center with RSS.app

Oct 16, 2012 - 18 Comments

Mac OS X no longer includes a native RSS reader in Mail or Safari, something that just about no one is particularly pleased about, but a new free app brings RSS functionality back to OS X in perhaps the most logical new way: by embedding feeds into Notification Center. Aptly named “RSS.app”, it’s a lightweight … Read More

How to Restart Notification Center in OS X

Sep 18, 2012 - 2 Comments

Notification Center in OS X is great but it can act up every once in a while and either stop updating completely or freeze up and become inaccessible. If you encounter any such issue, or modifications were made to Notification Center and just need to reset it, here’s all you need to do: Hit Command+Spacebar … Read More

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