All of My Gadgets Are Screaming at Me and It's All My Fault

If you were to send me an email right now, a number of things would happen. My wrist would vibrate. My pocket would vibrate, light up, and make a sound. A pop-up would appear in the corner of my laptop screen. A counter next to a small icon of an envelope would increase in my Google Chrome window. I'll twitch and… » 12/18/14 12:43pm 12/18/14 12:43pm

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… » 9/04/14 5:00pm 9/04/14 5:00pm

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? » 8/20/14 1:36pm 8/20/14 1:36pm

Apple Overhauls Desktop Notifications So That They're Actually Useful

A centralized Notification Center was a great addition to OS X. The problem? Based on their original design, they caused more problems than they solve. In OS X Mavericks, Apple's fixing the notifications so that you can deal with the notification right from a dialog rather than needing to fire up a whole application… » 6/10/13 1:49pm 6/10/13 1:49pm

How to Be the First to Know When Arrested Development Is on Netflix

The Internet is all about being first. Who wants to be second? You want to be the person who screams FIRST. You want to be the douche who calls something that popped up an hour ago OLD. You want to know immediately when the new episodes of Arrested Development will be uploaded to Netflix. Here's how. » 5/02/13 9:24pm 5/02/13 9:24pm

Facebook for iOS Is Testing an Obnoxious New Feature That Harasses You…

Facebook is notorious for testing all sorts of wild and crazy ideas before implementing them site wide—assuming they ever even make it that far. So for the sake of everyone's sanity, we hope that this newest venture will soon make its way to The Graveyard of Horrible Facebook Features Past and join the others.… » 3/20/13 6:20pm 3/20/13 6:20pm

Your Phone's Low Battery Warnings Should Look Like These Hilarious…

Because batteries enjoy dying so much when we really need that last little bit of juice, low battery warnings really should be more animated than the plain "20% of battery remaining". I don't know how many times I've ignored that message. But if the alert made fun of me and said something like, "Oh I'll just charge it… » 2/28/13 11:00pm 2/28/13 11:00pm