Going to the effort of setting up a smart home just so you can turn your lights on and off from your phone may not seem like the best use of your time and resources, but with the right gear and apps you can put together some routines that really will impress family, friends, and occasional Airbnb guests. Here are five of our favourites.
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We're just a week or so away from the end of daylight savings which means the biannual mantra of "Change your clock, change your smoke detector battery" is about to be replayed in homes across the country. But I don't have that problem anymore. I swapped out my old smoke detectors for a couple of Nest Protect devices.
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.
The Star Wars Force Band is a cute little gadget. It's fun for controlling your BB-8 robot by waving your arm around, even if it does make it run into walls a little more than we'd like. Today, Sphero has switched on IFTTT support for the Force Band, so you can use it to switch on your lights or play The Imperial March on your stereo.
If you're listening to music from your phone while you're out in the car, or while you're commuting home on the train or bus, it makes sense that you should share it with everyone in your house once you get there. With that as our criteria, we've built a short list of five of our favourite Android apps that take streaming music, radio and audio out from your earphones and pipe it into the real world through your house's wireless speakers and your TV.
Fitbits are a great way to track your activity and encourage yourself to get off the couch. 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.
Whether you're constantly searching your own name online (you know who you are) or there's a topic you want to follow closely, Google Alerts lets you know when new pages hit the web that match your query -- and you can convert these results into an RSS feed (or something else) to make them easier to manage.
Expanding on its range of smarthome accessories introduced at CES last year, D-Link is introducing a new device this year that makes it easy to integrate your existing 'dumb' smoke and carbon monoxide detectors into your smarthome setup.
IFTTT (IF This Then That) is an incredibly useful tool for all kinds of tasks, which is why we talk about it so regularly. The platform continues to expand its smartphone integrations for Android and iOS users, and one of the best ways you can take advantage is by automatically alerting your significant other when you're heading home.
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 kidding on that last one.
Good news! One of our favourite 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 potential of the new tools.
Are you spending too much of your time burrowed away in the office? Did you waste more hours at your desk in December than you did in November? Just how much overtime pay does your boss owe you? Keeping a log of your work hours can be helpful for all kinds of reasons and you can automate the whole process using your phone and IFTTT.
IFTTT, one of our favourite 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 specific hashtag.