Abbey Dufoe is a graduate student in environmental journalism. Her friends call her the "app monster" and she's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the iPad Air). She loves concerts, the environment, and ice hockey, but loves tweeting about them even more. Follow her on Twitter @abbeydufoe or visit her blog at abbeydufoe.com.
Find it frustrating that you have to go back into your clock app to see how much time is left on your timer? Ever wondered if there was another way to check you timer's status? Well, look no further than your lock screen.
If you're a shift worker, look no further than Shifts for your scheduling needs.
Some weeks, I babysit, and others I don't. Every week, I have classes, except during holidays. Sure, these aren't shifts, but they provide the perfect example. With the calendar app Shifts ($1.99), I can create a "shift" programmed with the hours I work every week.
Nobody likes to think of herself as lazy, but everybody loves those iPhone tips that let them save a few microseconds or use one less tap or swipe. Here's one more to add to your arsenal. If you use Apple’s iBooks, there are two easy ways to close a book. First, tap the book to open.
Widgets and interactive notifications in iOS 8 make everything a lot easier, including answering reminders. Now, you don’t have to unlock your phone to mark a reminder as complete. First, set a reminder in the native app. When the reminder goes off, just swipe left.
Many people have different alarms for different days. Maybe you need to get up at 5:30 a.m. for work, but like to sleep in until 8 a.m. on the weekends. Maybe you need more motivation to GET UP!!!! before work in the morning. Never fear: you can name your alarms for that extra boost, or to remind you which one you need to use that day.
Do you find yourself heading back to the same websites over and over again, especially those which update often?
Arno Appenzeller has developed a new new app called Glimpse ($2.99) that let's you see all your favorite websites in one quick glance. Once you download the app, you can add web pages into it that will then show up as a widget in your Today view, located in your Notification Center.
Apple doesn’t often allow you to modify user experiences. I'm not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s even more fun when you can! iOS users are now able to modify the “Today” view in the pull-down Notification Center in iOS 8.
Don’t want to get constant notifications from Facebook or a guilty pleasure game (cough cough Candy Crush)? There are two ways to adjust the settings for your app notifications. The first way is to access the app’s settings. The second way is through the notification settings on your device.
Some notifications on iOS 8 have become interactive! With most, you can swipe left and delete unwanted notifications in seconds, but they don’t delete from the app (so you can go back later and check them out). Here’s how: