Misfit Introduces New Link App and Flash Link Tracker

Misfit Introduces New Link App and Flash Link Tracker

Jul 17, 2015

If you’re into activity tracking with a mobile management bent — and you should be — the latest news from Misfit should be of great interest: it has just launched two new products which look to extend its reach with regards to fitness management.

First, we get a new app called Link, which allows users to take a selfie using an owned Misfit Flash and the hosting smartphone’s camera or Snapchat. It also allows one to control music via specific streaming apps, and we hear more functionality (like IFTTT integration) will be added soon.

The Android build is due out next month.

Next, we get a new tracker in the Flash Link. It looks to underscore the concept of ease of use in mind, and flash linkcomes with the aforementioned Link app compatibility out of the box.

Interestingly enough, the price might be the biggest coup: $19.99.

Misfit’s Vice President of Product and Design Tim Golnik leaves no doubt about the drive to merge affordability with functionality. “We’re focused on making products everyone can use,” he says. “Flash Link is not just a more affordable wearable, it’s a more powerful one.”

According to the press release, Flash Link will be available this quarter.

We’ve been big fans of Misfit, and can’t wait to see how their new products stack up.

[Source: Misfit Press Release]
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Easily Automate Tasks and Services with IFTTT, Now Available as an Android App

Easily Automate Tasks and Services with IFTTT, Now Available as an Android App

Apr 30, 2014

The popular automation service IFTTT has at last released an app for Android. Short for “If This, Then That,” what this app does is make it so that if an event is captured by IFTTT, then it will automate a certain action. For example, if you update your Facebook profile picture, you can have IFTTT update your Twitter avatar by enabling that specific recipe. A wide variety of services are available, and the Android version of the app offers additional power over the iOS version, as the app can change certain settings and send notifications. The app is available now for free from Google Play.

Pushover Review

Pushover Review

Sep 18, 2012

Notifications of Android phones have not always been the greatest. Sure it’s easy to receive notifications from applications installed on the phone such as text messaging, e-mail, instant messengers and so on. The problem has what if the service in question does not have an Android app As well, some Twitter apps are more usable than the official Twitter app, but have far inferior notifications. Enter Pushover to solve the problem of lackluster notification support.

Pushover is a notification application for Android devices that will when certain send a notification when certain tasks are complete. One of the most popular services that works with Pushover is If This Than That (IFTTT.com). For those who’ve never heard of IFTTT.com, is a service that pairs two web applications to create an action which they call a recipe. For example, Twitter and Evernote can be paired so that whenever a tweet is save as a favorite, the tweet will be sent to a note in Evernote. Pushover can send a notification when one of these tasks happen.

Other services such as Github, Adium, Sick Beard and Zapier can all receive notifications through Pushover. Say for example, Adium is used of the office for all instant messaging. Using the Pushover notification application for Android can send an alert to a phone message is received while the computer screen is locked or the instant message status is set to away.

Other services such as Zapier are similar to IFTTT with more businesslike web applications. Again notifications can be sent to an Android device when the criteria is met such as:

  • Create Zendesk tickets from email
  • Add notes to a Evernote from email
  • Sending alerts to Google Chat for new PayPal sales
  • Twitter to HipChat

Overall, Pushover is in enabling app. It does nothing more than brings notifications to an Android for applications that don’t have a standalone application of their own.