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Tasker 5.12 gets a quick-access favorites menu and goes official with sleep tracking

Tasker 5.12 gets a quick-access favorites menu and goes official with sleep tracking

Tasker is any power user's best friend, making it easy to automate endless routines. The app has been around for a long time, but it's still getting new updates to help make your phone even smarter. With today's release, Tasker is taking advantage of Android's new Sleep API, so you can get ready for bed without having to lift a finger.

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If you've ever wanted to automate your spreadsheets, there's now an app for that

If you've ever wanted to automate your spreadsheets, there's now an app for that

Tasker is an incredible service that allows you to automate almost anything you could think of on your phone. The app only recently gained support for Google's new sleep tracking tools and learned to read JSON data and web pages this year, and now, Tasker can also automate Google Sheets with its latest plugin: AutoSheets.

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Tasker can read JSON data and web pages in latest beta

Tasker can read JSON data and web pages in latest beta

Tasker is one of the most popular automation tools on Android, allowing you to perform multiple actions on your phone or tablet automatically or by pressing a single button. The app is now receiving two important features that make it easier to integrate Tasker tasks with web services: HTML and JSON parsing.

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Wink slowly starts coming back online following week-long outage

Wink slowly starts coming back online following week-long outage

Wink has been battling a severe outage for about a week and a half now, but it finally looks like its servers are slowly coming back online. The company has updated its status page, saying, "A fix has been implemented and we are monitoring the results. Most Hubs are back online." However, many customers are ready to cancel their mandatory subscriptions due to the events, and there's not much the cash-strapped company can do about it.

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IFTTT finally adds much-requested features, but you'll have to pay up

IFTTT finally adds much-requested features, but you'll have to pay up

For years, IFTTT has been the easiest way to automate hundreds of smart home devices and software platforms, acting as a bridge between services that otherwise wouldn't work together. Now the service has released a Pro subscription with highly-requested features, but free accounts are also being limited more than before.

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Tasker competitor Automagic has been discontinued, pulled from Play Store

Tasker competitor Automagic has been discontinued, pulled from Play Store

Automagic first arrived on Android in 2012 as an automation utility, allowing you to run a series of actions from defined triggers. The app set itself apart from Tasker with its unique flow chart interface, but sadly, Automagic's eight-year run has now come to a close.

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IFTTT now connects to TickTick task manager, drops support for six other services

IFTTT now connects to TickTick task manager, drops support for six other services

If This Then That, or IFTTT for short, is the web that loosely connects dozens of smart home platforms and online services together. It can post a tweet when your laundry is done, make your lights blink when the International Space Station flies overhead, or send a notification when a game you want is on sale. Since the last time we covered IFTTT, 14 new services have been added, though there are a few removals as well.

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You can enable Bixby Routines on older Samsung phones like the Galaxy S9, and here's how (APK Download)

You can enable Bixby Routines on older Samsung phones like the Galaxy S9, and here's how (APK Download)

Samsung introduced a new feature called Bixby Routines to its phones last year, allowing you to set up simple automated rules for certain actions — sort of like IFTTT, or a less powerful, built-in version of Tasker for Samsung phones. Though it is available on devices like the Galaxy S10, Note10, and Galaxy Fold, Samsung never brought the feature to the older S9 or Note9, even in recent Android 10/One UI 2 updates. However, we have verified that sideloading the latest version of the Bixby Routines app brings the feature to older devices, including the Galaxy S9 and Note9, and it also works for some on older devices like the Galaxy S8 running Android Pie.

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Tasker picks up support for on-device ADB shell commands in v5.9.2 update

Tasker picks up support for on-device ADB shell commands in v5.9.2 update

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IFTTT now works with 12 new services including Nuki's smart intercom opener, but loses support for 11 others

IFTTT now works with 12 new services including Nuki's smart intercom opener, but loses support for 11 others

If you're unfamiliar with If This Then That, more commonly known as IFTTT, it's one of the best ways to automatize tasks and connect online services and smart home devices with each other. Even though many products can already intercommunicate, IFTTT lets you customize this and integrate personal triggers, without going through complex integration processes. The platform is constantly updated to support new applets, but also removes a few ones. Since our coverage in October, there have been a few changes we've listed below:

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