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AutomateIt is a light-weight and free Tasker clone for Android

AutomateIt, as the name so handily implies, is an automation app for Android. The basic premise is that you have events, such as receiving an SMS or a certain time of day, which are triggers. These triggers then fire off one or more actions, which can start applications, set your phone's volume, and so on. AutomateIt is, basically, a free version of Tasker, but with a much-reduced set of...

Automatically download torrents with uTorrent and RSS feeds

This week's series of tips is all about downloading files via BitTorrent. We'll highlight ways in which to torrent more efficiently, obtain higher download speeds, and generally make the whole process easier. For more tech tips, check our Tips index. If you've decided that text-based console torrenting isn't for you, the next best solution is automating your torrent downloads with RSS. Most...

Tasker for Android lets your phone react to its current state or environment

There's a new, interesting and quite unique Android app on the market. It's called Tasker, and it gives your phone the power to react to its current state or environment. It gives your phone the ability to work autonomously without your direct input -- in effect, Tasker gives your phone rudimentary artificial intelligence. It works by creating rules that question your phone's current "context"...

TimeComX lets you execute operations based on computer use

TimeComX is fairly similar to Shutdown Timer; the main differences are in the UI and the name. So, in a nutshell, it lets you perform an operation (run a program, restart, shutdown, lock the computer, play an audio file, etc.) when something happens. That "something" can be a timer running out or some "usage threshold" being crossed (for example, CPU level exceeds 25%). If I recall correctly,...

Computerized detection of sarcasm is closer than you think

"In many cases, sarcasm is difficult even for people to recognise," says Ari Rappoport of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. No shit, Ari, really? Given a sample set of Amazon product reviews and random Twitter posts, the new sarcasm software agreed with human analysis more than 75% of the time! While this is a pretty nifty advance for natural language processing, the implications...

Sikuli uses screen shots to run scripts, is amazing

If you ever find yourself doing repetitive task on your computer, pay attention. Sikuli is an important step toward removing the barrier between the average computer user and programming. Normally, to make a computer do a repetitive task, you'd need to understand a programming language like Java, Objective C or C#. To perform some remedial task like starting iTunes and kicking off a play...

Automate your drive re-organizing with Download Mover

I've been writing about plenty of manual ways to keep your hard drive neat and clean recently. That's a nice start, but what about some automated help along the lines of Auto-Delete? While Download Mover is no longer actively developed, it's still good at what it does. Download and extract the zip file and launch the executable, and DM will ask you where and what you want to monitor. Specify the...

Your very own personal assistant

Having a personal assistant is great. If you need a cup of tea, your dry cleaning done or someone to walk the dog simply send your personal assistant out to do those things. If you lack the finances to retain the services of a personal assistant you can get one for free from macscheduler. Unfortunately, Scheduler for Mac will not get get you a cup of tea or any of the other stuff that a real live...

Mobilizer: location-based actions for Mac OS X

If you're a Mac laptop user who is often mounting different network shares or picking different printers depending on which network you connect to, then you may want to checkout the free utility Mobilizer Lite. Mobilizer lets you add locations (in this example we've used "Home" and "Work") which would be different networks that you may use. Mobilizer can determine your location in a few ways: when...

Just type the letters you see in the box

CAPTCHAs. You've probably seen them. They're those little boxes that show you a picture with some letters and numbers. You're supposed to type those characters in a box to prove that you're a human leaving a comment on a blog post or news website, and not a spambot. CAPTCHA stands for "Completely Automatied Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart." And since most websites don't have...

Imaging tip of the day: Automation

Automation seems to be all the rage in computing these days. I guess making computers do more of the work is finally catching on. A couple of weeks ago I posted an Imaging Tip on OSX Tiger Automator actions for Photoshop CS/CS2, and I figured it was time to expand our horizons to include a few more programs and and get Windows users in on the fun. More after the jump....