If IFTTT rolls out an iPhone app, then expect much rejoicing from web addicts. Today IFTTT, the service that lets you create useful hooks between a wide variety of web products (i.e., if you upload a new photo to Facebook, copy it to a DropBox folder), did just that. The free IFTTT for iPhone app serves as a way to tap into your iPhone’s contacts, photos, and reminders for its recipes (what the service calls the tiny programs that enable interoperability between services). So now you can set up a spreadsheet to track all your iPhone reminders, or log your completed tasks in Google Calendar. Additionally, the app serves as a way to monitor your existing IFTTT recipes, as well as explore new recipe picks. IFTTT has built up a loyal fanbase of web geeks since it launched in late 2010, but the new iPhone app has the potential to make the service more useful to general users. Indeed, the service has focused on simplicity with the app: You can create new recipe combinations within just five steps, its design is minimalistic, and it constantly recommends recipes that you may be interested in. You can think of it like a slightly friendlier version of IFTTT (that also serves as a gateway to the service’s more powerful recipes). Don’t have an iPhone? You can still take advantage of IFTTT on your mobile device: The service launched a new responsive design for its website last month, which makes it easily accessible on just about any modern smartphone or tablet. While the responsive site is a decent compromise, it doesn’t let IFTTT take advantage of any local information on your device like the iPhone app. “IFTTT for iPhone is our first step towards bringing the power of IFTTT to all of your devices,” the IFTTT team noted in a blog post. San Francisco-based IFTTT raised $7 million from Andreessen-Horowitz in a first round of funding last year. Filed under: Media, Mobile
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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand
Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.
How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability
A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.
The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.
Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.
In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.
While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.
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