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How to Use Automateit to Simplify your Android

How to Use Automateit to Simplify your Android

Browsing through the “productivity apps” section of the Google play store, you’ll come across a few common types of apps.

While there is nothing wrong with these programs and they do (sometimes) offer different features from each other, there are a lot of very similar apps that do very similar things.

What about productivity apps that are different from the usual lot? What about productivity apps that can save you time, speed up your workload, or just simplify things?

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Automateit is a productivity app with a difference. It isn’t the same as these other apps. Instead, you can set it to automatically do tasks for you.

The basics

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        Automateit is basically like IFTTT for your Android instead of across the internet. You can set a trigger (such as a time of day, getting a text message with a subject on it, etc.) and then an action to do.

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        There are 6 sample settings that are automatically built in (to clarify I’ve highlighted the triggers in red and the action in blue)

        • Turn on silent mode after 10:00pm
        • Turn on normal mode after 8:00 am
        • Show a low battery notification when the battery is at 35%
        • Unmute you phone by getting an SMS with the text “Unmute” (very useful if you lose it)
        • Lower volume when you plug in your headset
        • Max volume when you unplug your headset

        You don’t have to keep these rules, and you can customize them (I have changed the time of silent mode and also the volume levels on my phone when I plug in/unplug my headphones).

        What’s more, you can create your own rules as well to really personalize your android to your taste. The simple and easy-to-use user interface helps you to create custom rules without any hassle of programming or other ways to get similar effects.

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        Advanced features

        But that’s not all — once you have set up your own settings, you can upload your rule, or download settings that other users have uploaded. Some of the top rated include sending you the last known position when you text it “find me” as well as getting your phone to tell strangers to leave it alone when they turn it on.

        The difference between pro and basic

        There are certain extra “triggers” you can only get in the pro version such as the calendar, the recurring event, the sensor trigger, and extra events as well like composite events (where you can do multiple actions) and enable/disable the lock screen.

        However in the basic version you can still get triggers based on:

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        • the time of day
        • SMS (when you get an SMS, any SMS)
        • sound mode (if you change from silent to normal)
        • boot
        • usb status
        • wifi status
        • screen on/screen off
        • power connect/disconnect
        • NFC
        • outgoing call
        • location
        • headphone plug in/out
        • GPS status (turns on or off)
        • cell ID (get a call from a certain person or people)
        • bluetooth status (connect or disconnect a device)
        • battery level
        • airplane mode
        • SMS text (text your phone a command)
        • SMS from a contact
        • Application status (turn an application on or off)

        So there are quite a few ways you can activate a service.

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        All of this means you can save yourself time by thinking about the common things you do with your device to save power or rig up a cleaver trick.

        You don’t need to worry about turning notifications off at night, you don’t need to think about turning off your mobile data when you get near your homes Wifi, you can turn on your mobile data when you are away from home, or you can text your phone “where are you” and get a response telling you the last known GPS position of your phone.

        Automateit is a great break from the millions of online notebooks and similar apps, gives you the option to free yourself from all those boring functions you have to do with your phone, and hacks your productivity. Give it a try today (oh, and share your favorite settings below).

        Download AutomateIt [Google Play]

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        How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

        How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

        Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

        Many people look up to master typists and wish that they could handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

        How can you learn how to type faster?

        In this article, you’ll learn 12 useful fasting typing tips and techniques.

        1. Improve Your Workspace

        Many people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. However, the truth is that you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not work with your laptop or computer on your lap.

        If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

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        2. Fix Your Posture

        If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

        Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture[1].

        Learn how to type faster with correct posture.

          3. Hold Your Posture

          It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

          Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

          4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

          The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several things.

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          Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

          Work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

          5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

          Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you learn how to type faster.

          6. Start Slowly With Touch-Typing

          Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your muscle memory over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be learning touch typing[2]. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type key combinations without looking at the keyboard layout, your speed will increase.

          7. Don’t Look at Your Hands

          The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

          Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

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          8. Practice, Practice, Practice

          Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

          Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

          9. Check out Some Online Typing Games

          There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here are some of the best sites:

          10. Dictation Practice

          If you don’t know what you can write, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can write, and you can even make the practice process more fun.

          Get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a TV show or talk show.

          11. Monitor Your Progress

          Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. However, it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you’re practicing. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

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          12. Get Some Formal Training

          There are many specially designed courses and typing lessons that will boost your abilities. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

          The Bottom Line

          Typing is a skill that takes time to develop, but with practice and dedication, you can learn how to get faster at typing and improve your productivity on a day-to-day basis.

          One day, you may even improve your typing so much that you reach 40 wpm!

          More Tips on How to Type Faster

          Featured photo credit: Cytonn Photography via unsplash.com

          Reference

          [1] Well: Working WELL anywhere
          [2] Techopedia: Touch Typing

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