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Looking for more widgets for Yosemite’s Notification Center? There are quick ways to monitor your system’s status, find out what’s on TV, control your thermostat, and much more.

We highlighted a variety of today widgets for Yosemite These Notification Centre Widgets Make Dashboard Irrelevant These Notification Centre Widgets Make Dashboard Irrelevant The Dashboard is dying. Most users ignore it, and not many developers are building things for it. Replace all of your Mac's Dashboard widgets using the new Today view in Yosemite. Read More back in November – showing you how to track packages, currency prices, your email, and your to-do list. Since then developers have been hard at work making more widgets – here are some of the best.

TV Today: See When Your Favourite Shows Will Air

Wondering when the next episode of your favourite TV show is on? TV Today ($3) gives a quick way to see which of your favourites are on tonight.

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There aren’t a lot of shows included by default, but contact the developer on Twitter and he’ll add them quickly.

Monitor Your System With iStat Mini or Monity

Power users love knowing what’s going on with their machines, which is where system monitoring tools come in. If you want a quick overview of your system performance, iStat Mini ($2) lets you see a few things at a glance.

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This looks great and doesn’t take up a lot of space, but some users will want more information. If you’re one of them, Monity ($2) is the tool you’re looking for.

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There’s a lot of information by default, but you can configure what shows up and filter what’s not relevant to you.

See Your Battery and Memory Status With Diag

Maybe you don’t need to see every system stat: maybe you’re just interested in your battery and your memory. If this is you, a couple of free tools can provide you with widgets. Battery Diag, for example, gives you this overview of your battery:

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Memory Diag gives you a memory overview, pointing out how much free memory you have and which apps are using up the most RAM:

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You can configure this widget to show even more information, including the size of your virtual memory.

Silicio: Control iTunes, Spotify and Rdio

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A recent iTunes update brought a widget for controlling the music player, but most people use more than iTunes at this point. If streaming services Spotify and Rdio supplement your iTunes collection, the free Silicio widget lets you control all of your music players from one widget.

Thermos Widget: Control Your Nest Thermostat

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The Nest Thermostat can save you money 5 Smart Hacks To Save Electricity In Your Smart Home 5 Smart Hacks To Save Electricity In Your Smart Home he trick to saving electricity is in knowing where most of your energy is consumed. Read More by automating your energy use. It also lets you control your heating remotely, thanks to smartphone apps. If you’d also like to control the temperature from your Mac, Thermos Widget ($3) gives you a quick way to do so.

MonthlyCal: A Better Calendar Widget

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Yosemite comes with a “calendar” widget, but it only shows appointments for the current day – not useful if you want to see what day of the week the 16th is. MonthlyCal ($1) gives you a full view of the current month, and lets you browse calendar appointments as well.

If you’d rather not pay, free app Itsycal Itsycal: Tiny Keyboard-Friendly Calendar For Your Menu Bar [Mac] Itsycal: Tiny Keyboard-Friendly Calendar For Your Menu Bar [Mac] Read More does much the same thing but is not a widget.

More Commands For Today Scripts

A few months ago I pointed out that Today Scripts lets you display the output of any command How To Add Absolutely Anything To Yosemite's Notification Center How To Add Absolutely Anything To Yosemite's Notification Center Add anything to Yosemite's Notification Center – all it takes is the right command. Read More , meaning it’s a sort of Geektool alternative for the Notification Center. I showed you all kinds of commands in that article, but here’s a few more.

See The Headlines From Any RSS Feed

RSS is a great way to keep up with all sorts of information, even at a glance. The script SH RSS Feed makes it easy to output the headlines of any RSS feed. Combine with this Today Scripts and you’ve got a quick overview of any RSS feed.

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Just edit the script with your desired RSS feed, then point Today Scripts to it. As you can see, I used a sports score RSS feed Know the Score: Get Real-Time Sports Updates Using Twitter or RSS Know the Score: Get Real-Time Sports Updates Using Twitter or RSS Get the scores, and only the scores, of your favorite teams on Twitter, or set up an RSS feed providing you with the scores from a few more leagues. This will show you how. Read More so I can monitor the NHL, but you could use this for any RSS feed you can think of.

See The Last Successful Time Machine Backup

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If you want to know when you last backed up your files, use the following script.

tmbu=`tmutil latestbackup | grep -o '[0-9]\{4\}\-[0-9]\{2\}\-[0-9]\{2\}\-[0-9]\{6\}' | awk '{print $1,$2,$3,$4,$5}'`;
tmbudisplay=`date -j -f "%Y-%m-%d-%H%M%S" $tmbu "+%B %d, %Y at %l:%M:%S %p"`;
echo "$tmbudisplay"

via MacOSXtips.co.uk

See What’s Trending on Twitter

Finally, here’s a quick command for seeing the current trending topics on Twitter.

curl --silent "https://mobile.twitter.com/trends" | awk '/<li class="topic">/{getline n; getline m; print m}'

via MacOSXtips.co.yk

Which Today Widgets Did We Miss?

That’s my quick list of little-known Yosemite widgets. But I want to know what I missed. Point out your favourites in the comments below.

Alternatively: are there still Dashboard widgets that you prefer to use 11 Mac Dashboard Widgets You'll Actually Use 11 Mac Dashboard Widgets You'll Actually Use How long has it been since you used your Mac's Dashboard? If you're like most users, it's been a long time – and that's too bad. Read More ? Let’s talk about why you still prefer the Dashboard, and whether you think Apple will kill it off soon.

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  1. Max
    July 28, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I wish Apple was less lazy when developing widgets. iTunes for example, you can't rate or love a song. Calendar should collapse when there isn't any thing scheduled instead of have a blanked widget occupying useless space.

  2. Baduga
    March 11, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    My favorite widget is Plain Today Calendar, but I guess it for El Capitan only, not for Yosemite.

    • Justin Pot
      March 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      I'm not familar with that one, or are you talking about the built-in calendar?

      • Baduga
        March 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        I am talking about widget named "Plain Today Calendar" from this developer http://apprabica.com/apps/mac/plain-today-calendar/
        It's not a built in calendar, and it don't have events functionality etc. (I do not need stuff like this), but it have a good design and some other features.

  3. Stacy
    May 6, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I still love my widgets. Rather than constantly searching to open a program I may use for 10 seconds, I swipe my touchpad and swipe back, with the widgets constantly updating. Most used? TV Forecast, my Calculon calculator and the package delivery widget.

  4. Doc
    March 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Windows Vista "Gadgets" were cool when they first came out, but quickly faded, especially when Microsoft shut down the store because of security flaws. I imagine the same will happen here.

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      I mean, we'll see. I hope you're wrong, and the Dashboard on OS X has had a dedicated following since 2004, but we'll see how this all ends up I suppose.

    • Mark ter Luun
      May 29, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Well, the way that Microsoft implemented widgets at the time was very poor! They were very awkward to develop and they just sat there on the right hand side of the screen.. All the time! OS X widgets are nicer because they're there when you want them and they're gone when you don't need 'em anymore. I find it especially useful for looking at the artist and title of the song that I'm listening to. I use Spotify and iTunes both a lot (although I use Spotify more probably), and Spotify doesn't have a widget.. Nasty when you hear a nice song and you don't know the title! Silicio, which I just got from this list, is a small dream come true!

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