I keep finding cool uses for this automation software when I'm on the road. There's a bit of a learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to say goodbye to many mundane tasks and let the phone handle them itself. Perhaps the best way to explain what Tasker does is with an example of how I use it.
First I set a condition--for example, whenever my phone is connected to a non-PC power adapter. There are all sorts of conditions to choose from, encompassing nearly every variable that the phone is able to sense. Next, I set an action to be triggered by the set condition. In this case, I'd like my phone to activate its Bluetooth antenna and connect to my car's hands-free system. Again, there are hundred of actions to choose from with even more variables for each. You truly are limited only by your imagination (well, mostly, anyway).
Now, whenever I hop into my car and connect my phone's charger, it automatically turns on Bluetooth and connects to the car's hands-free system. Easy, right? After a bit more tinkering, I was also able to set it to automatically turn off the Bluetooth antenna when I exit the vehicle for a bit of power savings. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I've also got tasks that automatically put the phone into silent mode when I'm at work, activate the speakerphone when I place the phone face-down during a call, and many more.
July 19, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
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