Automatic Just Made The Connected Car Really Compelling

The original pitch for Automatic was simple: plug this thing into the port underneath your dashboard and keep track of everything from fuel economy to fault codes. Now it’s out with a new device, developer tools, and an app store that lets you pre-heat your house, log lap times, and even send a Yo.
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Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Hello fellow app enthusiasts. This week was a good one for smartphone app stores across the board. An automation juggernaut makes putting your digital life on autopilot even easier. Sending short video messages is now as easy as texting. Sending email is as easy as texting. Sending texts is as easy as texting! Just… » 2/26/15 3:03pm 2/26/15 3:03pm

15 Clever Recipes to Try With IFTTT's New Do Apps

Good news! One of our favorite web services—IFTTT—has been updated with some extra features making it more useful than ever before. The new Do apps bring one-tap magic to your phone (or smartwatch) and can be used to quickly push out photos, trigger actions and create notes. Here are 15 Recipes that show off the… » 2/20/15 9:40am 2/20/15 9:40am

Use IFTTT To Supercharge Your Twitter Alerts

IFTTT, one of our favorite apps for doing just about anything, just got updated with a bunch of new Twitter triggers—if you want to stay on top of tweets that mention your name, you now have a much wider choice of ways to do it. These same alerts can also be set up for tweets from a particular @name or using a… » 10/22/14 12:10pm 10/22/14 12:10pm

Set This Flashing USB Dongle to Notify You of Just About Anything

We live in an auditory landscape populated by dings, blips, and jangling—constant reminders of the probably-dire messages you're missing on your phone or computer. If you're like me, your stomach drops a little bit each time you hear those familiar bleeps. Which is why Blink1, a notification device that gives you a… » 9/04/14 5:00pm 9/04/14 5:00pm

15 Dead Simple IFTTT Recipes That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

IFTTT—If This Then That—is an automator that links different internet connected services (think: Gmail) and devices (think: your smartphone). After turning on each service, or channel, you can use it as a trigger for another service, or vice versa. It may sound complicated, but it's actually a nice, intuitive way to… » 7/10/14 3:20pm 7/10/14 3:20pm

Change Your Android Phone's Settings Based on Where You Are

While you're waiting for Android L to come down the pipe, here's a useful hack you can apply to your current Google-powered phone or tablet. You no doubt spend much of your day switching between locations, from home to work to the gym, and reconfiguring your device each time can be a chore. » 7/01/14 9:22am 7/01/14 9:22am

How To Check Facebook Without Going on Facebook

Here's the situation: you're interested in what's happening in the lives of a few of your friends, but you're reluctant to open up Facebook lest you get submerged in the usual tide of branded offers, game requests, and inane updates from people you haven't seen for several years. Don't worry! There are ways to check… » 6/10/14 12:21pm 6/10/14 12:21pm