Emma Boyle for Tech Radar: Though adding new devices such as Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, LIFX, and Geeni to Cortana's roster is a positive step, it's IFTTT integration that will really give the assistant a boost.
Rita El KhouryÂ for AndroidPolice: Â Ever since I got my Wink Hub 2, one of the services I kept seeing in conversations when trying to bridge together different smart appliances and services was Stringify. The app was limited to iOS though, so I never got to use it because I wasn't going to carry my iPad around all the time to toggle a light bulb. But at CES, Stringify made a few announcements that we just came across (excuse the delay,Â we had tons of emails and releases to sift through) and that are sure to please Android users.
Before going further, here's a quick rundown of what Stringify is for those of you who'd never heard of it. Think of it asÂ a more powerful IFTTT. You're not limited to linking one trigger to one action, instead you can build flows that involve many services, conditional circumstances, and successive triggers and actions, like so: turn X onÂ andÂ Y offÂ whenÂ I am home andÂ only ifÂ it is night time. This kind of flow is impossible with IFTTT now. And for those of us who are Wink users, Stringify hasÂ a much better integration than IFTTT with Wink, letting you use your connected Wink things as triggers too, not just as actions, so you can have Stringify trigger a flow based on a door sensor being open in Wink, something thatÂ Wink's IFTTT collaboration doesn't do at all. However, the downfall of Stringify is that while it supports a lot of services and gadgets, it doesn't have as many partners as IFTTT.Â Â Cont'd...
Andrew Gebhart for CNet: Back in 2014, Bosch introduced the Home Connect app with the intention of making it an all encompassing solution. At this year's IFA trade show in Berlin, the German company is bringing that dream closer to fruition.
Bosch showed off three new products and announced integration with online rules platform IFTTT at this morning's press conference. It shows the company's intention to make a concerted push into the smart home with its own products, while allowing the system to remain open to wider integration. Cont'd...
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