The 10 best iPhone widgets you should be using

Thanks to iOS 8, apps can now display helpful information right on your lock screen through widgets.

We’ve collected the 10 best apps that use widgets creatively to keep you up to date and entertained — all from your iPhone’s lock screen.

From alerting you to when you’ve only reached your data cap to showing you the best headlines from The New York Times, these widgets pack some power.

See the best of the New York Times with NYT Now.

Every day, the editors at The New York Times send their favourite stories to the NYT Now app, along with important articles from other sources. The app's widget shows you the most recent headlines so you can jump right into an article or just skim the day's news.

Price: Free

DataMan keeps you informed about how much data you have left.

If you're always worried about going over your data cap for the month, you should definitely try DataMan. The nifty little app keeps track of how much data you have left, and the app's widget makes checking your usage lightning-fast.

Price: $US1.99

Yahoo Weather is the most beautiful weather app out there.

Yahoo Weather has been updated to look incredible on the iPhone 6's bigger screen, and thanks to its iOS 8 app extension, you can now check out the current weather around you with a single swipe down of the Notification Center.

Price: Free

ESPN's new app is a sleek way to keep on top of your favourite teams.

ESPN's new app replaces SportsCenter, and it's a welcome change. The new app is faster, sleeker, and features a widget that makes seeing the latest scores or jumping into a live audio broadcast quick and easy.

Price: Free

Minesweeper Widget Edition lets you play from you iPhone's lock screen.

This clever game exists entirely as a widget. All you have to do is swipe down from your iPhone's lock screen and you're playing a game of Minesweeper. The game auto saves and even connects to Game Center for high scores.

Price: $US0.99

Evernote is the best collecting your notes and ideas in one easy-to-access place.

Whether you're writing, collecting pictures, making a list, or scanning business cards, Evernote is the best app for storing your projects, and they will sync across all devices. The widget lets you quickly create notes from the Notification Center, and you can now save content directly to Evernote using the iPhone's share menu.

Price: Free

Journal in style with Day One.

Day One is a modern journaling app that keeps journaling simple yet elegant. You can now see flashbacks of your previous entries directly from your iPhone 6's notification center, and the app extension lets you save and send photos and links right into the app without opening it.

Price: $US4.99

Stay entertained with BuzzFeed.

If you're in the mood for some quizzes or just want a laugh, BuzzFeed's app has your back. The app's widget will let you see trending posts in the 'Today' view of the Notification Center.

Price: Free

Overglide is another game that exists only as a widget.

Overglide is made by the same team behind Minesweeper Widget Edition. The game is rough interpretation of the popular helicopter and Flappy Bird-style cave games that ask you to stay alive by avoiding the walls.

Price: $US0.99

See how far you are in your favourite book with the Kindle app.

Besides offering the best selection of ebooks, Kindle's iPhone widget shows you a tidy summary of how far you've read in your current book. Tap it and you'll find yourself picking up right where you left off.

Price: Free

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