12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 12: Christmas Lights


Well friends, today marks the end of our #12HacksOfChristmas, and what better way to end then to turn the lights out. Our first post was an SMS christmas tree and our last hack we hope will inspire an SMS christmas house! If only Clark Griswold had been able to trigger his epic light display with his telephone?! I think the old Uncle Lewis might have kicked… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 11: SMS Laundry Alerts


Worse than a lump of coal in your stocking is the terrifying experience of discovering your clothes in a wet pile on the floor at your local laundromat or the shared laundry room in your dorm or apartment. Many of us have been there – maybe we forgot to set our alarm or simply fell asleep. Instructables user MakerBee knew there had to be a way… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 10: Mortal Combat


It turns out to be very difficult to work Mortal Combat into a Christmas reference so I’m not going to try (slay bells ring?). Instead I will remind you that even though ‘tis the season to be jolly, you may nonetheless find yourself frustrated, annoyed or just plain exhausted. In those times there is one sure way to work off the holiday jitters and get back… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 9: Call Congress


Frosty the congressman, was a busy hard-to-get a hold of soul… well, that certainly doesn’t roll of the tongue, but at least it’s topical. Welcome to another installment of the #12HacksOfChristmas. I hope by now you are listening to festive tunes, sipping festive beverages, relaxing next to a warm fireplace with your pet ferret snuggled on your shoulders. But if you, like me, live in a… Read More

Twilio Client Android Update Completes Automated Low Latency Routing Availability Across All Twilio Client Platforms

Twilio Client Sdk 1.2

Today, we’re happy to announce that v1.2 of our Twilio Client Android SDK is now available to all. This release brings our Global Low Latency (GLL) technology to the Android SDK Client, rounding out our 2014 for Twilio Client nicely as GLL is now available on each of Twilio Client’s supported platforms: Web, iOS and now Android. To take advantage of the new features, all you… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 8: Christmas Carol Lyrics by Text Message


My wife and I took our newborn daughter out shopping on Michigan Ave last weekend. Walking out of Macy’s, I saw a bunch of carolers holding sheets of paper with song lyrics. I thought, “Who has printers and copiers anymore?” But most everyone’s got a cellphone these days. Maybe they don’t want to install an app. Maybe they don’t have a data plan. But most folks these… Read More

Introducing Twilio Developer Evangelist Marcos Placona

Sao Paulo, Brazil 08:30am It was a sunny Friday morning. The Macromedia meetup on the previous night had been a blast. I was super pleased with the feedback I had on my presentation and was already planning the next meeting. Suddenly the telephone rang… The HR lady on the other side of the line was asking me to pop into the boardroom. She finished the call… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 7: Spread Christmas Cheer With littleBits, Laravel and Twilio


My mom’s favorite Christmas song is “I’ll be home for Christmas” which means I’m in major trouble since I won’t be making the trip to KC to visit her this year. I imagine many of you, like me, may not be able to spend the holidays with your families. I wanted to build a hack that helps people feel connected to the ones they love no… Read More

TalkLocal Automates Your Search For Local Vendors Using Twilio

photo via washington post

Oh the joys of automating nagging tasks. For example: That pipe is leaking. You have to find a plumber, you’ve known this for a while. However, the existential dread of sifting through  plumbers’ Yelp interviews might make you delay that task. TalkLocal has a solution. Submit a short request with what you need done, where you need it done, and when you need it done. They’ll… Read More