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Android already gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to managing notifications — and more features are on the way — but if you really want to tailor these pop-up alerts to suit your own tastes there are third-party apps around to do the job, and we're here to introduce one of the best.

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A few days ago Pebble's wonderful smartwatches got updated with the power of Android Wear notifications when the feature rolled out to all users. I've been using it for a few days now, and while it's definitely not a perfect implementation, it does make one of the best smartwatches out there even better.

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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 squirm and swear in frustration but I need all these things to happen, I swear. Still, I probably won't answer your email.

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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 tonight" You idiot, then my God I would listen to it so much more.

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We're all so use to having our smartphones close at hand that we can occasionally tune out and miss a call or notification that's right in front of our faces. So what's the solution? Obviously an iPhone 5 case with a blinding 8x16 LED grid on the back that mirrors and emphasises on-screen notifications.

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With WWDC around the corner, iOS 6 rumours are coming in waves. 9to5Mac is reporting that iOS 6 will have a useful 'Do Not Disturb' feature, iCloud Tabs and Mail VIPs. Do Not Disturb looks especially useful, as it would be able to hide all alerts and banners from taking over your phone while you're playing a game or when you just don't want to be bothered.