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Apple releases iTunes 12.1 with OS X Notification Center widget, syncing improvements, and more

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Apple has released a new update for iTunes on OS X that introduces support for a Notification Center widget. The widget will allow users to control their music and buy songs from iTunes Radio directly from the system-wide panel.

iTunes 12.1 also includes a “quick tour” feature that runs on the app’s second launch. It’s the same quick tour that has been available on Apple’s website since last year, but it is now included natively in the app to help users get acclimated to the new design.

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The update also improves syncing performance for iOS devices. You can get the iTunes 12.1 from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store now.

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Things for iOS updated with Notification Center widget, improved inter-app functionality

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Cultured Code released an update for its Things to-do list manager on iPhone and iPad today that added support for a Notification Center widget. The new plugin allows users to keep a list of reminders in the Today view, mark off completed tasks, or quickly access a shortcut for creating new to-dos.

The widget pulls its data from the app’s Today list, and can also let you know which items will be due soon so you can prioritize your activities.

The update also adds a new URI scheme that enables developers working on other apps to integrate their software easily with Things.

You can grab the iPhone version of Things for $9.99 on the App Store. The iPad version is available separately for $19.99.

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Review: Deliveries for Mac and iOS is the perfect way to track your online orders for the holidays

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With Cyber Monday coming up, a lot of us shop online, as opposed to going out to the store. It would be nice if there was an easy way to track all of your packages. Of course you could set up mail rules to filter any emails that contain the words, “the tracking number,” but all that does is put all of your emails into a folder without notifying you of any changes in the status of your package. After initially receiving the email most forget about it and never track their packages, which happens all the time to me causing me to not pick up my packages for weeks. Or you can be the type of person that can obsessively track your package by constantly pressing the refresh button hoping that there’s an update to no avail. Well there’s an app that can track your tracking numbers and keep you updated about the status of your order. Deliveries is powerful, handy and easily notifies you of your packages.

Deliveries can track packages that are shipped from UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, DHL and many others. For big companies like Amazon and Apple, it can even track orders before they ship. Updates include orders been received, preparing for shipment, to shipped and finally delivered.

Deliveries is available for both Mac and iOS devices. It syncs the data between the Mac and iOS version using iCloud without any setup, which makes it very easy to use. The Mac and iOS version function nearly the same way. When first opening it up, it displays a brief summary of your shipments and displays a count down of when you should be receiving your package. Selecting one of the packages shows you where the package is on the map, view the company’s website and allows you to share your shipment information via AirDrop, iMessage or email.

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Deliveries takes advantage of Today Widgets in Notification Center in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. On the Mac, you can even add another delivery to be tracked right from there.

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Other methods on the Mac to add packages to track include pressing the plus sign and type or copy/paste the tracking information into the field or use the share button in Safari and select Add to Deliveries. The same methods apply for adding deliveries to be tracked on the iOS version.

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Deliveries also supports 1Password‘s extension, making it easier to retrieve stored passwords. Also, it can add estimated delivery dates to your calendar.

As an avid online shopper, I have been benefiting from using this app to track my packages and gifts for the holidays. Deliveries is available for the Mac and iOS for $4.99 each. If you are just starting your holiday shopping make sure to follow 9to5Toys for the latest discounts and savings.




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