Tip: Keep Notifications From Constantly Interrupting You

Notifications keep you in touch with your friends, breaking news, the weather, and much more, but you don’t necessarily want them arriving all through the day—when you can be interrupted at any moment, your attention and productivity are always going to take a hit. Here’s how to get notifications delivered on a schedule of your choosing. Read More >>

How to Keep Phone Notifications from Ruining Your Life

Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, getting an email or a weather forecast popping up on a smartphone felt like magic—but now the technological novelty of these alerts has worn off. We’re growing sick of the constant interruptions. Mobile notifications are undoubtedly useful, but you need to make them smart. Read More >>

Reminder: Blindly Trusting Google Cards Can Make You Miss Your Flight

It's pretty handy that when Google knows you have a flight to catch, it'll pop up little updates on your phone reminding you of when to leave and what the travel situation is (assuming you're opted in). But a letter in the Guardian today serves as a useful reminder not to put all your trust in automated notifications. Read More >>

How to Hack Notifications on Your Android Phone

Android already gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to managing notifications — and more features are on the way — but if you really want to tailor these pop-up alerts to suit your own tastes there are third-party apps around to do the job, and we’re here to introduce one of the best. Read More >>

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Android Users Could Soon Respond to Notifications on a Windows 10 PC

Microsoft has revealed plans to bring Android phone notifications to the desktop. The new feature, which was demoed this week at Build 2016, will rely on the Cortana app, and allow users to view, dismiss and in some cases even respond to Android notifications, such as missed calls and messages, directly from a Windows 10 computer. Read More >>

Facebook to Ruin Friendships With Event Invite Read Reciepts

The little [tick/seen] notification that lets you know people have received your plea for help/intervention is making its way to new parts of Facebook, with the social network currently adding the looked-at receipt system to event invite notifications for a small testbed of users to try. Read More >>

Use Your iPhone’s LED Flash as a Notification Alert

The iPhone has never had an LED notification light like some Android handsets have, but you can use the flash around the back of the phone instead to alert you to new messages and updates. Read More >>

Pebble’s Fantastic Android Wear-Powered Smartwatch Is Now Better Than Ever

A few days ago Pebble's wonderful smartwatches got updated with the power of Android Wear notifications when the feature rolled out to all users. I've been using it for a few days now, and while it's definitely not a perfect implementation, it does make one of the best smartwatches out there even better. Read More >>

Set This Flashing USB Dongle to Notify You of Just About Anything

We live in an auditory landscape populated by dings, blips, and jangling; constant reminders of the probably-dire messages you're missing on your phone or computer. If you're like me, your stomach drops a little bit each time you hear those familiar bleeps. Which is why Blink1, a notification device that gives you a visual cue instead, is so great. Read More >>

Skype Just Fixed the Single Most Annoying Thing About Notifications

Skype just announced a great new feature that should be part of every single app, plugin, or digital service you use: When you're actively Skyping, the app's notifications will only go to the device you're currently using. Why didn't this kind of setup become a universal standard, like, five years ago? Read More >>

North Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow Testing Nationwide Mobile Emergency Network

The government seems to be expecting something bad to happen in Easingwold, Leiston and Glasgow, as these are the three areas that'll be testing two new emergency alert systems for mobiles. Read More >>

TweetDeck Just Got Worse and Twitter Blames Google

If you're a heavy TweetDeck user—we are bloggers, and thus, we are heavy TweetDeck users—you might've noticed that notifications got way crappier this week. It turns out, it's not Twitter's fault, it's Google's. Hmph. Read More >>

Android 4.3 Notifications System Exposed, Possibly Opened up to Other Apps

A quite technical disassembly job on a leaked build of Android 4.3 has found some interesting changes inside Google's Notifications feature, which appear to suggest that third-party apps may soon be able to read and interact with your phone or tablet's system messages. Read More >>

Facebook Home Download Ignores Android’s Notifications

There's going to be one big difference between the downloaded Facebook Home and the one that arrives pre-loaded on the HTC First -- Notifications. The HTC First eats them all up and spews them out in the Facebook Home style, but the downloadable launcher for other phones can't intercept the standard Android news updates. Read More >>