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New IFTTT Channel Adds Spotify Integration To Enhance How You Use Your Online Music Library

IFTTT's web service can automate your life. You create recipes that do what you want done using simple if this then that commands. But to get cooking, you need to have on the right channel.

Today IFTTT has announced a new Spotify channel that lets you integrate your music library. Examples of what you can do include automatically posting to your social network accounts whenever you add a song to a playlist and emailing yourself a summary of all the tracks you save over the course of a week.

If your home is particularly smart, you can set your Philips HUE lights to match the album art of your most recently saved track.

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Sony And IFTTT Want To Automate Your Life With New Lifelog Channel

IF This Then That, or IFTTT for short, lets you automate the way products and services interact with one another. Want to receive an email every time your camera uploads an image to Dropbox? Go right ahead. Want to adjust the thermostat when your car nears the home? You can do that too.

Now Sony and IFTTT have worked together to produce a new channel using the Lifelog API. The channel lets you integrate the activity tracking you've done from a SmartBand or the Sony app with other services to accomplish all sorts of things. Some of the examples provided include posting a Facebook status every time you take a certain amount of steps, automatically sharing calories burned to Google Drive, and receiving an email summary of your daily Lifelog activity.

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IF Hits Version 1.4 While DO Button, DO Camera, And DO Note All Go 2.0 With Unlimited Recipes And Other New Features

IFTTT updates DO come in sets these days. Though the developers separated DO Button, DO Camera, and DO Notes into individual apps, they tend to release new versions at around the same time so that none of them get jealous. Some of the latest changes are similar across the three DO apps, such as the inclusion of unlimited recipes. Other tweaks are unique. So let's pay attention to what the updates DO and see why each app is special in its own way.

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Version 1.4 of IF places recipe recommendations in your feed that are tailored to suit your interests. They also appear if you're creating an account for the first time and haven't yet told IFTTT anything about yourself.

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Amazon Echo Update Adds Support For Select IFTTT Voice Triggers And Audible Playback

Amazon's HAL 9000-style voice controlled gadget thing, the Echo, (yes, that's the best way to describe it in a single sentence) is gaining more capabilities with each software update. If you can get over the creepy implications of that, it's amazingly cool. The latest update adds the capability to interact with user recipes from the popular IFFT (If This, Then That) web service. At the moment it's mostly requests for music, to-do functions, and connected gadgets.

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The practicality of this is dependent upon which recipes you've created or imported. The example from Amazon's promotional email is an Alexa song request that's automatically funneled through IFTTT and shared on Facebook.

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IFTTT Do Button, Camera, And Note Apps Gain New Docsend, Ecobee, Greewave Systems, And Wink Shortcuts Channels In Version 1.1

Not long ago each of the T's in IFTTT left IF behind and formed their own little Android apps that had nothing to do with the letter T: Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note. Today the IFTTT team has pushed out an update for these three apps.

Version 1.1 provides each Do app with access to four new Channels. You can now interact with DocSendecobeeGreenwave Systems, and Wink Shortcuts when pressing a button, taking a picture, or creating a note.

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DocSend Channel being used in IFTTT.

This release shows off a new creation flow when inserting channels into recipes and a number of other enhancements.

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IFTTT Android App Becomes IF—Joined By New 'Do' Button, Camera, And Note Apps

IFTTT is changing things up. The company has renamed its existing Android app to IF, leaving us to wonder what happened to the This Then That part of the formula. Functionality-wise, nothing. The app is largely the same as it was before, but it's now joined by three companions that are all focused on DOing. More on them in a second.

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Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note take IFTTT's trademark approach of combining different services together to create desirable automated outcomes and channel it into more specific directions. Here's the gist of each.

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Do Button lets you control things with just the tap of a button, such as adjusting a Nest thermostat, dimming Philips Hue lights, closing the garage door, or starting up a video camera.

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Official LIFX Bulb App Updated To Version 2.0 With Support For Android Wear And IFTTT, A Refreshed UI, And More

LIFX is another one of those "smart bulbs," an LED light bulb with some basic electronics and a Wi-Fi connection built in, competing with platforms like HUE from Phillips. Today the manufacturer's official app gets a significant update to version 2.0, focusing on more connectivity options and integration with other software systems. Owners of the pricey bulbs can download the updated app now and connect individual bulbs to their LIFX account.

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IFTTT 1.2 Brings Tweaked Look, Over A Dozen New Channels, And More

Version 1.2 of the IFTTT Android app has appeared on Google Play, and its developers have touched up the visuals a bit. We're not talking a big redesign here, but sometimes that's a good thing. Here the UI for tweaking recipes has changed ever so slightly. You can see the difference below.

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IFTTT App Updated With Android Wear Compatibility, New Channel Added For Wear Recipes

There are a flurry of Android apps being updated to support the new Wear watches, but perhaps none of them has as much potential for genuine utility as If This, Then That (IFTTT). The popular service-linking system just launched its Android component back in April, but they're wasting no time in jumping on the Android Wear platform. The app has been updated to include Wear support, and the service itself is adding recipes for actions started from Wear.

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The IFTTT blog has a post to address this, suggesting both actions that you can send to your Wear watch from IFTTT itself and actions that you can initiate from the watch.

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IFTTT Introduces New Integration With The Nest Thermostat And Protect

Nest Labs only released its Developer Program just yesterday, which opened up its hardware to third-party developers, and IFTTT has already introduced new channels and recipes for use with the company's thermostat and smoke alarm. This integration will allow users to tie their devices to over 100 other products or services. Now you can have your thermostat turn on your fan shortly after sunrise, for example, or let your lights inform your Nest devices that you've turned them off and left the house.

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With this kind of turnaround, the IFTTT folks probably had early access to the development program, as there are no shortage of combinations already available.

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