MakeUseOf: How to Use IFTTT Applets With Advanced Filters to Superpower Your Tasks . “IFTTT is a great way to automate your everyday processes on your computer, your phone, and your smart home. But its basic functionality is somewhat limited. There is a way to create more advanced IFTTT applets that only run under certain conditions. We’ll show you how, using an option called Filters in the IFTTT developer platform.”
Hackaday: Bots That Snag The Hottest Fashion While Breaking Social Trust In Commerce. “At DEF CON 27 [FinalPhoenix] took the stage to share her adventures in writing bots and uncovering a world that buys and sells purchasing automation, forming groups much like cryptocurrency mining pools to generate leads on when the latest fashion is about to drop. This is no small market either. If your bots are leet enough, you can make a ton of cash. Let’s take a look at what it takes to write a bot, and at the bots-for-sale economy that has grown up around these concepts.”
Inoreader: Automate Like a Boss With Zapier and Inoreader. “By creating Zaps with Zapier you can automate an endless amount of different actions – for example if you broadcast an article within Inoreader, you can send it to Buffer or automatically save your starred articles to Instapaper. Or even the other way around – you can save stuff in Inoreader from other apps. For example you can save YouTube videos matching certain search term into an Inoreader tag. Neat huh?” Argh. I want to try this but Zapier ain’t cheap.
PC World: Microsoft adds AI capabilities to PowerApps and Flow to automate business tasks. “Microsoft said Monday that it’s adding intelligence to its Microsoft Flow application as well as PowerApps, giving those apps to see the world—quite literally, in some cases. While end users are quite familiar with the standard Office apps—Excel, PowerPoint, and Word—Microsoft is trying to encourage end users to adopt PowerApps and Flow.”
How-To Geek: How to Create a Flow From Scratch. “Microsoft Flow is a trigger-based system for creating automated workflows. There are lots of templates available, but if they don’t fit the bill for you then here’s how to create a brand new Flow from scratch.”