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Free app of the week: Hooks – Alerts for Everything

Get the notifications that matter to you


Notifications are useful, but they can be annoying when there’s an endless stream. It’s enough to make us disable them. If only there was a way to receive just the notifications you’re interested in.

Hooks gives you that option, without needing to install relevant apps to be notified about sports scores, news, weather etc. The alert screen features three tabs: Popular and Suggested list a range of existing alerts to add to your collection, all of which can be edited.

There’s also a search facility. The All tab lets you set up a custom alert by choosing a category (eg Events), a type (eg Music Band Concert) and details (eg Artist, Location), plus an alert time and sound.

It’s a great idea, although as you’re limited to categories and options, you don’t have complete freedom when to create alerts. In addition, it’s US-centric in some groups and would only notify us of US TV airings of Game of Thrones episodes.