Friday , August 17 2018

ifttt

IFTTT, which re-branded as IF, and now seems to be back to IFTTT again, is one of those online bits of glue that’s really helpful for some, and completely confusing to others. Basically it’s useful for connecting things — for example, you can use it to get a weather forecast pushed to your phone each morning, through to more complex actions like turning on your lights when a sensor detects that you’re home.

In an update pushed to its web and app properties, the name IFTTT is back, and Recipes (the connections to you make to make things happen) are now called Applets, which is probably a slightly more appropriate name — these are, after all, little tiny apps which are supposed to make things easier or more useful.

The new interface, though, might take some getting used to for existing users. The opening window is now Discover, which shows a list of popular Applets, and you can expand each one or turn them on/off as you wish.

Users can then use the navigation bar to flick between Discover, Search, and My Applets, which is where you’ll be creating all the useful connections that IFTTT has become known for.

In short, the update is a welcome lick of paint, but really is little more than this — the functionality of the service remains essentially unchanged.

IFTTT
IFTTT
Developer: IFTTT
Price: Free

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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