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Best apps with Notification Center widgets for iOS 8: All the things at a glance!

One of the best new features of iOS 8 is the ability to add widgets for your favorite apps to Notification Center. Since iOS 8 is brand new, not all apps have added widgets just yet. However, we've found some that we think are particularly great and worth your attention right now. So if you don't want to search for apps that support widgets, these are the best apps that not only support widgets, but will provide useful utility in your daily life!

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Widgets in iOS 8: Explained

Widgets are part of Extensibility, one of the biggest new features in iOS 8, and one of the most important, most enabling new technologies to come to the iPhone and iPad since the launch of the App Store. With Today view extensions, any app can present a widget that displays information and offers a small amount of interaction right in Notification Center. That makes them only ever a swipe away. So, how do widgets work?

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OS X Dashboard: Apple's oft-ignored widget interface — do you use it?

OS X's Dashboard has been around for almost a decade, a repository of "Widget" mini-apps. Do you use it or do you ignore it completely?

Dashboard is a special app built into OS X that features "Widgets." These mini-applications combine HTML, CSS and JavaScript to provide limited functionality compared to full-blown applications, but still offer plenty of functionality that's only a single key-click away. Apple really hasn't made any innovations to it in years, so it's easy to ignore the Dashboard. That's probably why many of us ignore Dashboard completely, though based on my unscientific survey, many of us still depend on it daily. I know I do, which is what got me wondering if and how you use it.

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iMore show 339: Innovative widgets

Jim Dalrymple from The Loop joins Rene to talk about stupid Apple headlines going mainstream, journalistic responsibility, responsive design, what's really challenging Apple, and vacationing down south in Montreal.

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HTC learns in 2013 what Apple knew back in 2007: Widgets aren't widely used

For years there's been angst over iOS' lack of Home screen widgets. Nokia/Symbian/Meego/etc. has had them for what's probably been decades. Android has had them for years. Even Apple had widgets on OS X going back to Dashboard in OS X Tiger in 2005. iOS on the other hand has eschewed them completely until 2010/2011, and even then restricted them to the fast app switcher, Notification Center and Siri. That Apple had Dashboard should show they, as a company, didn't have an aversion to widgets, they just avoided them on the iOS Home screen. And a post on the HTC Blog today by their head of design, Drew Bamford may give some context as to why:

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iOS 6: Higher hanging fruit

What will Apple bring to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with iOS 6? What will be the "tentpole" features to take Apple's mobile software into 2013? With WWDC 2012 coming in just over a week, and an iOS 6 beta widely expected to come with it, now's the perfect time to take a look and see what makes sense.

We've already seen some of what is likely coming in iOS 6, including a new version of the Maps app that replaces Google data with Apple data. It wouldn't surprise us in the least if it brings turn-by-turn navigation with it either, by way of Siri...

But what else could Apple bring with iOS 6?

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Quickly multitask between Twitter, Facebook, RSS, the web, and more with Panes for iPad

Panes is an iPad app that lets you easily multitask between Twitter, Facebook, RSS, the web, and more. All of your widgets can be found at the bottom of the screen, like a dock, so that the one you want to switch too is literally just a tap away.

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iPhone & iPad Live 290: iPhone 4S six months later

Georgia, Seth, and Rene discuss the iPhone 4S six months later, widescreen iPhone rumors, widgets on iOS, best free iPhone apps, Draw Something updates, and furniture from the future! This is iPhone & iPad Live!

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Daily Tip: How to configure the iPhone's Weather and Stock widgets in Notification Center

Curious how to setup notifications in iOS 5? With all the various banners and popups, badges and sounds, widgets and lock screen options, it can be a little tricky for first-time users, but worry not -- we have you covered! First up, here's how the new Weather and Stock widgets work!

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Daily Tip: How to get custom Notification Center widgets in iOS 5 [Jailbreak]

Jailbroken iOS 5 and curious how to get custom Notification Center widgets up and running? Right now, Apple has only included weather and stocks widgets and hasn't shown any signs of extending an API to 3rd party developers for building their own. However, as soon as iOS 5 was jailbroken a few developers started tinkering around and found it was rather easy to build their own custom widgets, and we're already starting to see some interesting things come out of developers. We'll show you how to add them to your custom Notification Center... after the jump!

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