During the keynote this morning, I couldn't help but think that Apple's new notification system sounded strinkingly familiar. Android users have already been swiping down for notifications for quite some time now, and while the notifications panel is very bare bones, the Android market is chock full of widgets that display the weather, your email and calendar updates, and more.
It seems like the night before an Apple event, somebody somewhere leaks some kind of photo about a product or update that’s about to be announced. In keeping with tradition, late Sunday night an image surfaced that shows a pretty good concept for how notifications might work in iOS 5.
Research in Motion is finally launching their own answer to the iPad on April 16 in the form of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and if the rumors are true they’ll even be hitting iOS with a new BlackBerry Messenger app shortly thereafter.
There's something like 500 million Facebook users around the world, which means that at any given second someone is probably receiving a notification message in their inbox. And if this is correct, that means that the servers at Gmail, MobileMe, and University email accounts are flooded with notifications that announce the arrival of a new comment on a photo, video, or hilarious post that you published on a friend's page.
Simply put, those emails can be really annoying. And we're sick of them flooding our inboxes and distracting us from getting any work done around here. Chances are, you might be a little annoyed, too, and that's okay because we're here to tell you how to rid of these notifications, how to receive only the ones you really care about, and how to organize them in your inbox so that you can tackle them later.