Tag Archive: automate


How to automate your morning routine with the Amazon Smart Plug

Alexa routines are incredibly powerful, and if you have an Amazon Smart Plug, integrating it into an existing routine is dead simple and a great way to make your mornings go even smoother. Here’s how to do it!

Products used in this guide Amazon: Amazon Smart Plug ($ 25) Amazon: Echo Dot (3rd Gen) ($ 50) How to use a Smart Plug with your morning routine

For this guide, we’re going to assume you already have an existing  [Read More…]

How to automate your evening routine with the Amazon Smart Plug

The Amazon Smart Plug is a helpful little accessory for making dumb things around your house smart. Here’s how to integrate one into your evening routine!

Products used in this guide Amazon: Amazon Smart Plug ($ 25) Amazon: Echo Dot (3rd Gen) ($ 50) How to use a Smart Plug with your evening routine

For this guide, we’re going to assume you already have an existing evening routine and an Amazon Smart Plug connected to your Amazon account.

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How to use Tasker to automate Bluetooth connections

Tasker makes managing Bluetooth a breeze.

If you want to connect and disconnect from a Bluetooth device, usually the easiest thing to do is power the Bluetooth device off, but that’s easier said than done for some Bluetooth devices, such as Bluetooth-enabled audio-video receivers and out-of-sight Bluetooth adapters. For those, you usually have to dip into Settings and manually disconnect. Thankfully Tasker, a handy plugin, and a good launcher can make connecting and disconnecting a breeze.

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4 Tips To Automate Your Halloween Scare Tactics

Use your Connected Home tech for evil.

Most of the time your Connected Home tech is busy lighting your home, pinging your phone when there’s a water leak, and letting you know who is at the front door.

While any Halloween supply store will gladly sell you something that will flicker a strobe light from a remote control while you’re hiding in the bushes dressed as a murderous clown, some of your Connected Home tech could  [Read More…]

Inbox by Gmail wants to automate your emails even more

Inbox by Gmail was updated today to bring you several cool new features. Google wants to help you easily sort through your emails, and this latest update lets you keep better track of events, newsletters and links. Google Calendar Events When you’re planning an event with friends and family, you’ll often get a barrage of

Automate your home or business with the Nyrius Smart Outlet

Tired of having to get out of bed to turn off the lamp or television? Yeah, the days of The Clapper are behind us with the announcement of the Nyrius Smart Outlet. The Smart Outlet can turn any existing outlet into a Bluetooth controlled source, for controlling any device that is plugged into it using the Android or iOS app.

The Nyrius Smart Outlet was another successful Kickstarter campaign and early adopters saw the true value in a product like this one.  [Read More…]

Hands on with AutoMate Beta — Android Auto for your phone

Android Auto is a great experience, but it’s not particularly easy to make a part of your life yet.

There’s no denying how cool Android Auto is. As a concept, it’s everything we’ve wanted out of car stereos since everyone figured out Google Maps was infinitely better than whatever was living on your “infotainment” system. Toss in compatibility with a healthy number of music and podcast apps, a self-imposed limit on notifications while driving and the  [Read More…]

The Fitbit channel on IFTTT lets you automate based on your activity

One of the leading fitness bands out there, Fitbit, now plugs into the service that plugs into everything else, IFTTT. Between these two, you can set up handy if-this-then-that tasks that automagically kick in with the right triggers. New Fitbit triggers include daily activity summary, daily goals achieved (steps, distance, calorie burn, etc.), and sleep data. On the action side, outside applications can now log heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight from connected channels  [Read More…]