Apple's page has a nice summary of the feature:

OS X Mavericks introduces a powerful new way to keep users engaged with your website. You can now use the Apple Push Notifications Service to send notifications to your website users, right on their Mac desktop — even when Safari isn’t running. Safari Push Notifications work just like push notifications for apps. They display your website icon and notification text, which users can click to go right to your website.

Any chance Stack Exchange could add support for this, so new items in our SE inbox or new SE notifications could be pushed to Macs running Mavericks?

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    Doubt there are enough mac users to warrant it. + considering the dev todo is likely growing each day already.
    – James
    Oct 22, 2013 at 17:24
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    While this sounds good it's a shame this isn't a cross platform feature Oct 22, 2013 at 17:25
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    One would hope you could direct an RSS feed into such a notification tool, and SE already provides RSS feeds that may be of interest to you.
    – Servy
    Oct 22, 2013 at 17:36
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    We might not get to it for a while (if ever), but it's not a bad idea.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Oct 22, 2013 at 19:03
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    What, as opposed to an entire app for a specific platform, @HugoDozois?
    – jscs
    Oct 22, 2013 at 19:35
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    If you have Chromium / Chrome, then you can already get these notifications with this extension even when Chrome is closed. There's also a Firefox addon, in case you don't like Chrome. More info: stackapps.com/questions/3780/… (disclosure: I created the extensions).
    – Rob W
    Oct 22, 2013 at 20:25
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    I'm against implementing anything so heavily browser dependent. Not only here. Anywhere. Ever. I don't think that encouraging browser developers to introduce incompatibility is a good thing to do.
    – Mołot
    Oct 22, 2013 at 21:25
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    @James, "Doubt there are enough mac users to warrant it", or: enough Mac users who care for this feature. (I am on a Mac, but I would not enable such notifications.)
    – Arjan
    Oct 22, 2013 at 22:36
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    I don't see what speaks against this at all. It's just a new notification channel, like E-Mail, RSS, Chrome's desktop notifications... (although the latter is a separate app and maybe this should be, too)
    – Pekka
    Oct 22, 2013 at 23:06
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    I voice my support for this idea.
    – Undo
    Oct 22, 2013 at 23:18
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    @James: In general? No. On SO and on SE? Yes. There are a lot of iOS/Mac developers on SO, Ask Different draws a lot, and so on.
    – Linuxios
    Oct 22, 2013 at 23:30
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    It'd be beautiful to get instant notifications. Maybe the percentage of the Mac users on SO is not much (it's still quite high though) but it'd be a very helpful feature for those users (like me and many others) who are waiting for answers to their questions to continue their work when they are stuck. What's wrong with implementing it? Okay of course it wouldn't be on the top of the todo list of SE staff, but it's a nice addon, and I'm sure many people will find it helpful and use it. Nov 3, 2013 at 1:31
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    I would love this on my Mac, mainly because I don't want to install Yet Another App that lives in my menubar just for the purpose of providing me with Inbox notifications. Nov 16, 2013 at 0:19
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    Enabling this feature would definately be good for SO because it helps to decrease the delay with which people answer questions. It could even encourage nearly realtime conversations and it will increase the interactions with this platform. Think of it as an investment into marketing.
    – B. Martin
    Dec 13, 2013 at 11:13
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    Yes, I agree. With iOS being one of the most prolific developer communities, the robust OS X developer community, and not to mention everybody else who uses Macs to develop. It seems to me that SO has plenty of Mac developers who would benefit from this.
    – PopKernel
    Apr 14, 2014 at 19:59


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