If you’ve visited any of the 9to5 sites in Safari on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or 10.10 Yosemite since early 2014, you may have opted into website push notifications. Powered by PushUp Notifications, which integrates closely with WordPress, 9to5mac alone has over 400,000 subscribers receiving breaking Apple news the moment a hot story is published. On a busy news day, we’re delivering over 2 million unique notifications.
Unfortunately, the underlying Safari Push Notifications service on Apple’s end has some bugs on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. PushUp is reporting that many Yosemite users intermittently lose connectivity to APNS on a per site basis (the bug does not present in Mavericks). The bug has been reported to Apple, and appears to be confirmed by a few sources. The beta builds of 10.10.1 highlight Notification Center as an area of focus, although a fix is not definitively confirmed yet.
In the mean time, if you haven’t seen any 9to5 notifications for a while, and you’re already subscribed, there’s an easy fix.
Under Safari Preferences, open the Notifications tab. Find 9to5mac under the list of websites, and flip the toggle from “Allow” to “Deny”, and then back to “Allow.” That’s it.
If you still don’t see any notifications over the course of the next day, instead remove 9to5mac from the list of websites, and load any two pages on our site; the opt in dialog box will appear on the second page view. This also clears the local cache, so you’ll be sure to see our latest push icon.
We’ll let you know if and when the bug is confirmed fix.