What if you could create a button on your phone that did whatever you wanted? That's the idea behind "Do," IFTTT's new suite of apps that includes Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note, all of feature a simple button that can be customized into a time-saving shortcut. IFTTT is the startup behind the popular If This Then That (IFTTT) web and mobile app that allowed users to create "recipes" of actions strung together to perform automated tasks.
As people have grown more accustomed to touch-screen controls on their iPhone, Apple has slowly begun to take the training wheels off, simplifying and introducing new gestures for people to learn. The easiest example would be how the iPhone's lock screen design changed after Apple's introduction of iOS 7. Before iOS 7, the slide-to-unlock button was bounded by a concrete border and rail for you to swipe left-to-right. But once Apple felt confident the gesture was second nature to users, they removed the guides in favor for a subtle arrow and instruction.
News had barely broken that Gilad Shalit, 26, the Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas and traded for prisoners, will make a speaking tour of Canada in the fall, before it became the latest flashpoint in the competition for influence among Canadian Jewish advocacy groups.