My Year With A Distraction-Free iPhone

In 2012, I realised I had a problem. My iPhone made me twitchy. I could feel it in my pocket, calling me, like the Ring called Bilbo Baggins. It distracted me from my kids. It distracted me from my wife. It distracted me anytime, anywhere. I needed to take control.

Plane Finder Tracks Your Flight In Real Time

Web/iOS/Android: Plane Finder delivers next-level flight tracking in real time. You open the app to a world map of 12,000+ planes moving in real time, complete with a search feature, so you can see where the flight you’re tracking is at at any moment.

Pushbullet Can Now Reply To SMS From The Desktop Using Any Texting App

Pushbullet can’t seem to stop rolling out useful updates. Users can now reply to SMS messages from the desktop, regardless of what app you use for texting.

Poppy Provides Email Popup Notifications With Quick Actions

Android: Your phone gives you a pop-up when you get a new text message, with the ability to quickly reply or delete it. Poppy works similarly with emails, and lets you do a lot more than just reply or delete.

Floatify Adds Customisable Pop-Up Notifications To Android

Android: The notification shade is easily one of the best innovations that Android brings to mobile. However, it’s not perfect for everyone. Floatify offers an alternative: pop-up notifications that are even available in immersive mode.

Notific Smartly Switches Screen On And Off For App Notifications

Android (4.3+): Notific is a new lock screen app that shows your notifications in a tabbed banner message and lets you interact with each one. It also knows if the phone is in your pocket and intelligently switches the screen on or off.

Floatify Brings Android L's New Notifications To KitKat Handsets

Android: There are some great new features coming up in Android L, but you can bring some to your phone right now. Floatify lets just about any KitKat Android handset take advantage of the new notification system — and there’s no need to root your phone.

ACDisplay Updates, Adds A New Interface, Lock Screen Options

Android: The last time we mentioned ACDisplay, we praised it for bringing Moto X-style notifications to any Android phone. The app has updated since then, and while it has shed the Moto X style, it makes up for it with a new look, the option to replace your lock screen, and an active mode that wakes when you pick up your phone.

Todoist Unveils Location-Based Reminders For iPhone And Android

iOS/Android: Todoist, one of our favourite to-do list apps, took the wraps off location-based reminders today. Now you can create to-dos that trigger reminders when you enter or leave a specific area. Remembering pick up milk when you pass the supermarket has never been easier.

Get Facebook Notifications Without The Mobile App Using IFTTT

Android: You can use Facebook’s mobile website than the official app for better battery, faster performance and to get rid of all the privacy permissions the app needs. But it doesn’t give you notifications. IFTTT for Android can solve that.