Apple’s iOS platform may be famously closed-off, but with iOS 8, the Cupertino giant has opted to relax its borders somewhat and allow third parties to develop their own keyboards, widgets, and integrate their apps with Siri, Safari & Photos Extensions and Touch ID. Not only is this great news for authors of such apps, but it’s also a sure-fire win for functionality, and if you wish to make the very most out of iOS 8 – specifically, the Notification Center – then we’re going to point you in the direction of some of our favorite widgets.

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Weather Widget ($0.99)

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The Weather Widget is great because it lets you check specific details at a glance. Whether you want to know if you will need to take a scarf out or simply wish to check the wind speed and direction, this widget has you covered.

Download it on iTunes here.

TapToShare (FREE)

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This widget brings those Facebook and Twitter share buttons back to the NC. For more details, check our full-on coverage here.

Download it on iTunes here.

Forecast+ ($0.99)

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As you’d imagine, this is another weather widget, and as with the aforementioned option, Forecast+ is awash with options.

Download it on iTunes here.

Widgets Pro ($0.99)

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This all-in-one supports widgets for a number of your favorite apps, including Twitter, as well as offering quick access to utilities like Calculator, Compass, and many others.

Download it on iTunes here.

World Time Widget ($0.99)

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Frequent traveller? This app presents you with the times of any location you so desire, and does so inside a neat, stock-like interface.

Download it on iTunes here.

Favorites Widget (FREE)

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This widget lets you add your favorite contacts right in the Notification Center, making it easy for you to quickly call them up.

Download it on iTunes here.

Wdgts ($0.99)

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Wdgts adds widgets for calculator, currency converter, time zone, calendar and photo frame, all in one price.

Download it on iTunes here.

iMonitor for iOS 8 (FREE)

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iMonitor helps you to keep abreast of your device’s memory, storage, CPU and more.

Download it on iTunes here.

ESPN SportsCenter (FREE)

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A must-have widget for sports fans.

Download it on iTunes here.

DataMan Next ($1.99)

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Keeping track of your cellular data usage in real time has never been this easy, and with a few themes to boot, it’s a must-have app + widget combo.

Download it on iTunes here.

And that’s our list for today. We don’t expect that every single widget took your fancy, but there’s something there for everyone, so grab the ones that pique your interest, and be sure to leave your comments below.

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