Video Song: Natalie & Nat King Cole


How To Keep Your Money: Schedule Tweets with IFTTT + gCal


Several services (e.g., Buffer, HootSuite, SocialOomph) offer to schedule your tweets; in exchange, you pay an ongoing monthly fee. Or, you accept limitations to enjoy the free version. The same goal can be accomplished with an IFTTT-induced marriage between Google Calendar and Twitter. Cost? $0. Here’s how.

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HeadsUp: Jawbone Poised for Its “Bye Felicia!” Moment, Permanently

Rats! For about 2 years, I’ve relied on the UP2 for no-fuss sleep tracking, with the stats auto-tossed to my Fitness cal daily via IFTTT. Time to find a replacement, which I’ll save in my Amazon cart. With luck, the 11th’s Amazon Prime Day will smile on my selection.

Just two years ago, the consumer electronics startup was valued at $3 billion. Here’s what went wrong.

Source: Jawbone, Once Valued at $3 Billion, Is Going Out of Business. Here’s What Went Wrong |

Top 6 iOS Utility Apps for This Attorney/ Writer/ Bullet Journaler


The bullet journal crowd knows: handwriting promotes clarity and retention. Yet we also comprehend the convenience of apps chosen with care. This article details the “why” underlying this attorney/writer’s top six iOS apps within the Utilities category. The common thread: each continues to impress and delight, months/years after purchase.

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Sun. 6.25 4p ET: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar

If you, or anyone you know, needs step-by-step guidance on how to ship your first Alexa Skill, then join me for a free webinar this Sunday, June 25th at 1pm Pacific Time, 4pm Eastern.


Source: AlexaDev Tuesday: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar – Love My Echo


Introducing IFTTT’s New Data Access Project

Today’s eMail brings news of a new feature: the Data Access Project. Public / government data, created by workers paid by our tax dollars, stands ready for our ultra convenient manipulation. Quick example: you’re planning a trip outside the U.S.; you can now arrange receipt of travel alerts via SMS.

We want to bring you closer to the institutions and agencies that impact your life. So we’re launching over thirty new services today. Learn the details, and why it’s just the beginning of our new project.

Exploring the new offerings cries out for a high spot on your ToDo list.

Source: Introducing the Data Access Project


QuickNote: Alexa embraces reminders + named timers

And thus dies another app, as I move Pomodoro timing to Alexa, with related summaries populating part of my Bullet Journal tracker. Note: research confirms →  the reminder is tied to the device used to set the reminder.

One of Alexa’s more practical, everyday uses is setting timers – helpful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving its timers by allowing users to name their different ones. This will make it easier to use multiple timers simultaneously, Amazon says.

Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”

Source: TechCrunch


QuickNote: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

I’ve encountered many best-of-Chrome-extensions lists. This one from MakeUseOf rises above the rest.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? → Google When

Source: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions


Writer? Enable Alexa My Thesaurus Skill

Plucked an item off my Someday/Maybe list, then went hunting through the Alexa app. Turns out, there are several new skills claiming to play synonym king. Most lie. This one nailed my request, “…another word for travel.” Girlfriend showed off, announcing she had 13 total. As she rattled off each, my grin grew wider. It’s Mikey time, y’all: “try it, you’ll like it!” 🤗

My Thesaurus helps you find synonyms for words

Source: My Thesaurus – Alexa Skills Store


T-Mobile’s DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st

Business and personal number, ringing the same line for calls and SMS, among other handy configurations. Ahhh, competition can be sweet!

T-Mobile announced a bets test for its DIGITS service last year, and at long last the beta is over. DIGITS will roll out to all subscribers on May 31st, an… by Ryan Whitwam in Carriers, News, T-Mobile, Videos

Source: T-Mobile’s DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st