Today’s eMail brings news of a new IFTTT.com feature: the Data Access Project. Public / government data, created by workers paid by our tax dollars, stands ready for our ultra convenient manipulation. Quick example: you’re planning a trip outside the U.S.; you can now arrange receipt of travel alerts via SMS.
We want to bring you closer to the institutions and agencies that impact your life. So we’re launching over thirty new services today. Learn the details, and why it’s just the beginning of our new project.
Exploring the new offerings cries out for a high spot on your ToDo list.
Source: Introducing the Data Access Project
And thus dies another app, as I move Pomodoro timing to Alexa, with related summaries populating part of my Bullet Journal tracker. Note: research confirms → the reminder is tied to the device used to set the reminder.
One of Alexa’s more practical, everyday uses is setting timers – helpful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving its timers by allowing users to name their different ones. This will make it easier to use multiple timers simultaneously, Amazon says.
Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”
I’ve encountered many best-of-Chrome-extensions lists. This one from MakeUseOf rises above the rest.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? → Google When
Source: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions
Quick courtesy FYI: The big thrill here → the new iOS Cal channel, unlike the gCal channel, permits targeting a specific calendar per applet/recipe, profoundly helpful for multiple tracking scenarios. Where there is (automated) tracking, there is enhanced accountability, the linchpin of consistent productivity! Examples, as each item is checkmarked as done:
- Task / iOS Reminders Work list (or ToDoist/ToodleDo) → iOS Work Done cal
- iOS Reminders Reading List → iOS Read It cal (wih option to add related notes later)
- iOS Location channel → in/out times tossed to iOS Out & About cal
IFTTT’s iOS Channel: https://ifttt.com/ios_calendar
Apple’s pre-made applets (some reflected below) are cool, but the true power lies in creating an applet from scratch. If you’re an IFTTT novice, know the system will walk you through the creation steps. Def worth your time.