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How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want

Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of these AI-powered hubs and get them to do your bidding. Here’s how to set up your own custom voice commands on Google Home or the Amazon Echo. Read More >>

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Sphero’s Wearable Now Lets You Control Your Home Like a Real Jedi

Sphero’s Force Band, a gesture-based wearable remote that made you feel like an actual Jedi while you controlled its wildly popular BB-8 toy, is now further increasing your ‘mastery’ of The Force with the addition of IFTTT support letting you control other things in your home, including your smartphone, using simple arm motions. Read More >>

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15 New IFTTT Triggers to Make Life Easier

Earlier this month, IFTTT (If This Then That) changed its automation platform into a more sophisticated tool. Rather than using one-dimensional “recipes” that trigger actions when certain conditions are met, the company launched something entirely new called “applets.” The new applets allow users to create multiple actions from a single condition and filter conditions. In short, it makes it easier to create complicated conditional statements. Read More >>

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7 Fitbit Features You Need to Unlock

Fitbits are a great way to track your activity and encourage yourself to get off the sofa. Now, popular web service IFTTT (If This Then That) is getting in on the action. Here’s how you can use IFTTT to plug fitness data from any Fitbit into a host of other services and apps. Read More >>

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Five Apps to Give Your Phone Extra Superpowers

If you’re wanting to go beyond the basic stuff everyone does with their phone — either by extending its capabilities or by taking more control over what it already doe s— we’ve got just the collection of tools for you. These automators, taskers, and shortcut makers can quickly hack Android or iOS to do your mobile bidding. Read More >>

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Nine Tricks You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Just an Email

There's more to email than missives to the boss and spam from strangers with an eerily accurate takes on your love life. From inside your inbox you can post to social media, share photos, fire off urgent texts, write up blog posts and even control your smart home. Here are nine clever ways to use email that you didn't already know about*. Read More >>

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Ford Puts Voice-Activated IFTTT in Your Dashboard

IFTTT is a simple yet powerful way to put your digital stuff to work making your life easier, automatically. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Automatic, drivers of some 2011 or newer Ford vehicles can summon IFTTT with the push of a steering-wheel button. Read More >>

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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 visual cue instead, is so great. Read More >>

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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 simplify your life. Here's where to get started. Read More >>

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How to Get More Out of Your Jawbone UP Using Third-Party Apps and IFTTT

So you've got a Jawbone UP. Congratulations. Now you’re rocking the dinky little fitness tracker on your wrist, you're well on the path towards healthier living. But did you know that, in addition to the standard UP app that is used to log your daily movement and sleep cycle (iOS/Android), there's a whole suite of apps to make it even more useful? Read More >>