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Boxcar for Mac now available for beta testing

Boxcar, the push notification application that has a great number of fans on iOS, has just made it to the Mac, though in beta form for now. Essentially, Boxcar allows you to get push notifications for many different services, and lets you organize those messages and deal with them in a less stressful way than, say, the notification system that Apple has built into iOS. About a couple of months ago...

MobileNotifier dramatically improves iOS push notifications, requires jailbroken device

One of the things that, while not broken, but surely ripe for some improvements in future iOS versions, is the notification system. Not the idea itself, which is great, but the way that notifications interrupt anything you're doing and demand your immediate attention -- unless you dismiss them, which means you may never remember that you've received a particular message. MobileNotifier aim...

Boxcar expanding push notifications to the desktop via the Web

Boxcar is heading to the desktop courtesy of your browser. It's bringing the custom, real-time push notifications that brought it fame on iOS to the Web using WebSockets. Essentially what Boxcar will do now is pipe the notifications that you receive on your iOS device concurrently to its website for reading and clearing in the browser in real-time. They're using the same technique as Twitter does...

Gmail enables HTML5-powered desktop notifications

Google has just flipped the switch on a new feature in Gmail: desktop notifications for new email and instant messages. It only works in Google Chrome at the moment, but Google plans to bring it to other browsers that support HTML5, like Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9. If you reload your Gmail tab, you should be prompted to enable the desktop notifications -- otherwise, head into Settings, sc...

Notificant delivers Growl-like notifications across multiple Macs

Notificant is an OS X reminder app designed to work with multiple computers. It's not vying to replace Growl on your Mac; it's more of a complement to the venerable notification app. While Growl lets you get alerts from apps on your local machine, Notificant lets you create new alerts and reminders and send them to any of your computers. Sure, with a little bit of tinkering in the Terminal, G...

Quora Q&A site gets a powerful Chrome extension

Fans of Quora, the web's most useful and addictive question-and-answer site, now have a new way to get their fix: a Quora Chrome extension. Developer Andrew Brown recently posted his spiffy Chrome add-on in response to (what else?) a Quora question. It adds a Quora button to your toolbar, giving you one-click access to the Quora search field, as well as showing your current number of unread Quo...

Twitter introduces push notifications for mentions and direct messages

Twitter has finally introduced instant notifications for @mentions, starting with SMS users and the Twitter iPhone app. By default, push notifications from the iPhone app will only work when you get a mention from someone you're following. You can change your settings in the iPhone app to receive notifications for all mentions. To do the same for SMS, text "set mentions all" to Twitter. Instant...

Google Calendar gets Chrome desktop notifications, tempts Outlook users to switch

Google Chrome. Google Calendar. They're two great tastes that now taste even better together, with the addition of Google Calendar desktop notifications for Chrome. Notifications are still in Labs, but you can turn them on right now to get Outlook-like alerts for your calendar events. Just make sure desktop notifications are on in your Chrome settings, and then enable the "Gentle Reminders" item i...

Alarms app is the reminder system you never knew your Mac was missing

If you're on Mac OS X and iCal's notifications just aren't slick or powerful enough for you, you might want to try a new app called Alarms. It's a simple and clean way to set timers, alarms and other notifications, without using iCal. I'm more of a Google Calendar man myself, so I'm finding the lightweight, pretty Alarms app quite useful. It's extremely easy to get started with Alarms. Everyth...

WordPress for Android is the smoothest and most functional smartphone app I've ever used

I had actually intended to try out TweetDeck for Android today, but it turns out it only works on smartphones sporting Android 2.0 or newer. Thus, with my weak, little Android 1.6 phone I've been left out in the cold, tweetless and lonely. But hey, it ain't all bad: I've been playing with the official WordPress app instead, and damn it's good! First things first, though: you'd have to be an utt...

Facebook comments just got a lot more 'like'-able

Facebook's universal "like" button is all over the web, but until today, there were still some important things on Facebook itself that you couldn't like: people's comments! That just changed, though, because there's now a "like" button on every comment. You may already be getting notifications that people have liked old comments you've made -- in fact, that's how I noticed the feature. This i...

Boxcar push notification app for iPhone and iPad is now totally free

Boxcar manages all the push notifications on your iPhone, letting you add sources like Twitter, Facebook, email and RSS feeds. It's an extremely useful app, and the latest version also comes at a useful price: FREE. That's right: Boxcar 3.0 has a completely revamped appearance, an iPad version, and some new alert sounds, and it's available at the lowest of low prices. Boxcar's new pricetag c...

5 desktop apps that'll make swift work of FaceVille -- er, Facebook!

I originally intended this to be a guide on Facebook gaming. Then I realized that if I inducted you all into the bottomless and eternal pit that is social and casual multiplayer online games, you'd never have time or the willpower to come back to Download Squad. So first I'm going to show you some neat desktop apps that might make your Facebook experience more streamlined, and certainly more en...

Shocker: study shows visual alerts distract you from doing work

The results of a new study show that you could get serious productivity gains by disabling visual alerts on incoming email, tweets, instant messages and the like. This isn't a big surprise I'm sure -- companies have been stamping down on 'rampant email reading' throughout the work day for a while now -- but what is surprising is just how much a single alert window can throw you off-track. It's no...

10 hot Growl styles to make your pop-up alerts really pop

Growl provides customizable pop-up alerts for hundreds of Mac apps, making sure you never miss an important chat message or completed download. You can use Growl to set an alert for just about anything, and you can also make Growl notifications look practically any way you want. The built-in themes and the list on the official Growl Styles page don't even begin to cover all the options for gorgeou...