IFTTT Launches Three News Apps to Make Your Life Simpler

IFTTT’s new DO apps – Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note – are easy to use tools for simplifying your every day life. These new apps are well-designed, fun to use, and a true testament to how far the re-branding of this once standalone web service has come.

IFTTT is best known for their “if this, then that” functionality, which is now applied through “Recipes in each of their Do apps. Recipes are the formulas that IFTTT uses to complete an action. When you press a button in one of the Do apps, the recipe tells that app what to do in response.

Do Button (Play Store/App Store)

You can’t send a message with the Do Button yet but you can send an email, Tweet, and turn your lights off without getting out of bed. The Do Button is the most versatile of all three apps and allows users to create the most custom recipes. Do Button actions (just a few of the most popular) can be performed using your Gmail, Twitter, and Phillips or WeMo channels.

For those of you unfamiliar with how IFTTT works, channels are the services connected to IFTTT and they include DropBox, FitBit, Google Drive, Instagram and an additional 165 more in all. You activate channels by signing into your accounts.

Do Camera (Play Store/App Store)

Do Camera has made it simple to share photos to Facebook and other forms of social media, back up and organize your digital photos, and remember restaurants and other points of interest. Do Camera does this by utilizing your Facebook, DropBox, and Evernote (among other social media) channels.

Do Note (Play Store/App Store)

Do Note has improved upon your already great Evernote app and Google Calendar by making it even easier to log and keep track of to-do lists and important dates and events. Almost every recipe created within any of the Do apps channels require two steps or less and your done.

Like I said before, you have over 169 channels to choose from so these are all just examples of some the new and exciting things you can do with the latest and greatest app pack from IFTTT. The number of Recipe’s you can cook up is almost endless.

These new apps are a huge step forward in IFTTT’s re-branding as a multi-service company. All of IFTTT’s new apps can be downloaded for free from both the App Store and Google Play store.

Tantalizing Reads – Tuesday

Sometimes it’s nice to just sip some coffee and read the work of super awesome journalists from sites like <re/Code>,  DIGITAL TRENDS, and engadget. Enjoy

NSA Can Hide Spyware in Hard-Disk Firmware -Um…awkward.  Great read from <re/Code> regarding breaking news and the latest info released from Kaspersky Labs.

VAIO Z and CANVAS Look to Revitalize the Brand Sony Left for Dead – Vaio, now separated from Sony, is back and DIGITAL TRENDS has the latest on the company’s plans to “dust off the dying brand.”

Dell has a new Chromebook and a tablet that runs your choice of OS – On February 12th Dell announced four new products that run your choice of either Android or Windows 8. engadget has the story.

 

Hackers Steal Hundreds of Millions with Malware

In what could be one of the biggest bank heists of all time, hackers have reportedly siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from over 100 banks in 30 nations. And according to the Kaspersky Lab report, this could be

the most sophisticated attack the world has seen to date.

The analysis from the Kaspersky Lab report will come out Monday (tomorrow, 2/16/2015) and was acquired by The New York Times, comes after the cybersecurity firm was called in to investigate a rogue, cash-spewing ATM in the Ukraine a little over a year ago. But according to The Times, this was only the beginning:

The bank’s internal computers, used by employees who process daily transfers and conduct bookkeeping, had been penetrated by malware that allowed cybercriminals to record their every move. The malicious software lurked for months, sending back video feeds and images that told a criminal group – including Russians, Chinese, and Europeans – how the bank conducted its daily routines, according to the investigators.

Once they had all the necessary information, the hackers were able to impersonate bank officers, leaving them free to transfer money from banks in the US, Russia, Switzerland, and Japan (among others) to numerous international dummy accounts. While the cybercriminals siphoned nearly $300 million globally, Kaspersky Lab believes the total could be nearly three times that amount.

So far, none of the banks have been named, but it is known that the majority of them were located in Japan, Russia, and the US. The hackers only swiped $10 million (ha, only) at a time so they didn’t arouse any suspicion while the attacks were being carried out.

Even more disturbing about the whole situation is that the banks involved have been made aware but they have yet to inform their customers. Even worse, the hack is apparently still ongoing.

According to the Kaspersky report, it all started the same way practically every other major hack starts: email. You can read more about the hack over at The New York Times here, and in the meantime, for pete’s sake – stop clicking sketchy emails.