Get­ting pushy about no­ti­fi­ca­tions

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I can’t re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions from web­sites, although I re­ceive them from Mail, Cal­en­dar and other apps. It ap­pears my Mac al­ways au­to­mat­i­cally re­jects the re­quest from web­sites to send no­ti­fi­ca­tions, so I never get the popup win­dow ask­ing whether I want them. The ZeroPush Sa­fari Push No­ti­fi­ca­tion Demo (zeropush.com/ sa­fari) states ‘Push Re­quest re­jected by user’ with­out any op­tion to do oth­er­wise. It has been sug­gested that I re­set Sa­fari but that doesn’t seem to be (eas­ily) achiev­able on Sa­fari 8.0.3. Gary Druce I checked with the de­vel­op­ers at ZeroPush and they con­firmed that the only way to gen­er­ate that mes­sage is if you cancel the push re­quest your­self, or your Sa­fari no­ti­fi­ca­tion pref­er­ences are set to ‘Deny’ for that web­site. Since that doesn’t ap­pear to be the case, there are two pos­si­bil­i­ties: ei­ther some saved set­ting is over­rid­ing your no­ti­fi­ca­tion pref­er­ences, or some app or process run­ning in the back­ground is au­to­mat­i­cally re­fus­ing push re­quests some­how. The for­mer is easy to fix: choose Sa­fari > Clear His­tory and Web­site Data… For the lat­ter, try start­ing in Safe Mode and see if that makes any dif­fer­ence.

If you refuse a site’s re­quest to push no­ti­fi­ca­tions, you can re­verse that de­ci­sion in the No­ti­fi­ca­tions tab in Sa­fari’s pref­er­ences.

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