LOL Yes I have went into settings and checked to make sure my notifications are turned to on. And yes I even went to individual apps within settings to make sure the settings were turned on. The only way I can get notifications to work is if I open the app itself. For instance I have to open the app store to see if I have updates or I have to open my local news station app to see if their is new news. A friend of mine has an iphone with some of the same apps and her apps always have the number of notifications at the top of her app. What gives? Take it easy on me if im doing something wrong. This is my first apple product.