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  • By Megan Speir
    Add a Little AI to Your Love Letters This Valentine’s Day tQT7Fjh9VmiIHe6rW8JUWcOrGP2_Jg7bnUDWnQpIVjT5AZRfXjxKynunxm5TtWuIuAL_AHozRoXXZXbbkcgmjH900ABMN8kmm8JE4CKhlcJTqtSOt_FNlmg0tZgbOhxrQUM94W4u

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! There is a lot of love floating around today and you might be looking for a way to tell that special someone exactly what you think of them through the power of prose.

    If Shakespeare isn’t your thing, Michael Jordan (of Gifted) is back with another artificially intelligent hack that will help you say all the right things today.

    You can give it a try right now by texting a picture to (267) 422-7066.

    Love Letters from Her

    After a successful holiday season, Michael was asked by many people if there would be a Valentine’s Day rendition of Gifted. He immediately began to brainstorm ways in which he could update the artificial intelligence text messaging service to write love letters.

    Michael turned to Hollywood for inspiration and rediscovered the critically acclaimed 2013 film, Her. At the beginning of the movie, Joaquin Phoenix’s character …

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  • By Megan Speir
    Gifted: Artificial Intelligence to Hack Gift Giving AOJ_h3Q2ClGuT5_iDbswNoKyCPiekP3Hr6I55VfXnRXy67kWFoZRtO_sGw_DsauB_uQDgXwJPk-KULHttypdhW_Zi0zuygOLf2sfe8B-0BP_K4xKez_af5xLEpapycbbjQ2OQ9A2

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming for us all. Michael Jordan, a mechanical engineer by trade, came to this realization while working as the director of energy and sustainability at a New York City based firm serving large real estate clients.

    While busy building energy models, Michael thought that much of his work in applied engineering was actually an optimization problem. Eventually, AI will solve most of these problems through automation.

    Sometimes it’s best to face the inevitable and dive head first into the unknown. Embracing the future, Michael decided to do just this by studying more about machine learning and AI.

    His tutelage ran the gamut from text-based learning with scikitlearn to genetic algorithms. He was excited by the idea that you could take a product specification and learn the math behind it. This exploration led him to image analysis with the Google Vision API and finally to …

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  • By Megan Speir
    Giphy and Twilio Text A GIF Using RapidAPI BnahX_uCdHudQKftbH2T7EktG_vZACJZOSQ9vJxnfQE3KeWC9mpzYL5_yF2HtRvhtKJYnl33832jN2J0zDlEVE4_Kl7WFWSWQvH3gWcV6M-pQCjrUhxnIFQYbjMjMBegGCmJY54f

    This post originally appeared on the RapidAPI blog by Lindsey Kirchoff. RapidAPI is a marketplace where developers can test and connect to multiple APIs from one endpoint. Lindsey created an API Smash using Twilio SMS and Giphy to text GIFs.

    One of the reasons that we built RapidAPI is to make it easier to call multiple APIs through one console. No more juggling multiple API libraries!

    We’re starting a series where we smash two APIs together to make a project. Today? We’re putting together Giphy and Twilio to make “Text A GIF” script that texts someone a GIF based on a user-input phrase.

    Demo: “Text a GIF”

    We created a “Text a GIF” app that runs in the Terminal. The user types in a phra …

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  • By Megan Speir
    HTTP Requests in Python 3 header

    The Python Package Index (PyPI) is home to almost 100,000 code library packages that help Python programmers accomplish many tasks ranging from building web applications to analyzing data. PyPI is also home to many helper libraries for APIs such as Twilio.
    Let’s demonstrate the power of PyPI packages by taking look at how to retrieve and parse JSON results from a RESTful API using four different Python HTTP libraries.
    Each example in this post will:

    1. Define a URL to be parsed. We’ll use the Spotify API because it allows requests without authentication.
    2. Make an HTTP GET request to that URL.
    3. Parse the JSON result.

    All four of these libraries provide a different path to the same destinatio …

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  • By Megan Speir
    How to Send an SMS from iOS in Swift tJS8Rkosi8UoWVPQEW6gP0sV-BqAlTztUseWJNg-4h9oyFminiaq4HAYeJx21u5xo-ulf_w8N1VvP7jSJNoT-wj4rALUZwswRoHxJlRKo079_5dk7Dh6MLlG2ZTX_hMIaZVqclqz

    Sending text messages from your iOS app might be something you need or want to do and we’ve seen this problem solved for our friends on Android. It’s time to solve it with Swift.

    Why Shouldn’t I Send SMS from the REST API in Swift?

    While Twilio is a REST API and you could make an HTTP request to it directly, you would need to store your Twilio credentials inside your app which poses a serious security issue. An attacker could decompile the application, extract your credentials and use your Twilio account for anything they liked.

    I bet @SwiftOnSecurity would have a few things to say about that.

    To avoid this we will create a backend application that implements the Twilio REST API, wraps up your credentials and sends SMS messages for you. Then you can call your backend application from your Swift application and send SMS messages without …

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  • By Megan Speir
    Identity Management in Spring Boot with Twilio and Stormpath in 15 Minutes twilio-speculative-white

    4d3a7b598434110ef3a0d44f96817185This is a syndicated post, originally posted by Micah Silverman, Developer Evangelist at Stormpath, an api that lets developers add authentication, authorization, and user management to any web or mobile app in minutes. Micah created a Spring Boot application that uses Twilio’s Java Helper Library and Stormpath to send login notifications.

    Today, in less than 30 seconds or so, I was able to set up a Twilio account and send myself a text message using httpie. Another few minutes work (fewer than 5) and I had a Spring Boot application doing the same.

    In about the same five minutes, you can get set up with Stormpath’s Identity Management as a service platform and learn to love auth.

    We are …

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  • By Megan Speir
    Ryan Leslie is Coming to SIGNAL London DSC_8792

    Who knew an artist could change the trajectory of their career one SMS at a time?

    Ryan Leslie, the Harvard educated, grammy-nominated rap and hip-hop artist did just this. He created SuperPhone, a platform that enables him (and you) to connect with an audience on a more personal level.

    Ryan will be joining us for SIGNAL London on September 20th, 2016. You don’t want to miss it.

    This is SuperPhone

    We recognized Ryan as a DOER at SIGNAL, our annual conference for developers. DOERs are folks in the Twilio community who’ve done something to change the world with a text editor.

    I texted +1 (646) 887-6968 in October 2015 to ask Ryan what he thought about being a part of SIGNAL. But I never e …

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  • By Megan Speir
    Shahzeb Khan Builds Frank Ocean Album Detection FO-homepage

    Looking for a reason to start playing with Twilio’s PHP Helper Library, Shahzeb Khan built (650)82OCEAN while anxiously awaiting the release of his favorite artist’s latest album.

    Boys Don’t Cry is the long suspected second studio release from that of one Frank Ocean. Why a project around Frank Ocean? Shahzeb says, “I mean, it’s become a meme right?”

    Fans of the rap artist are all too familiar with the waiting game as the album has been a tease since mid 2013.

    Are You There Frank, It’s Me Shahzeb?

    Tired of watching Twitter and music blogs so closely for any news of a release, Shahzeb thought he would save time on this effort for himself and two or three friends.DSC_1850

    The Junior at UC Davi …

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  • By Megan Speir
    How to Set Up Your Own Twilio Conference Line with TwiML Bins twimlconf

    You never know when having a conference line is going to come in handy. Here at Twilio, we’ve even used them to record podcasts.

    Would you believe me when I say it’s super easy to set one up? And the process just got even easier with the new Console and native TwiML Bins. All you need to get started is your free Twilio account and a phone number.

    You might be familiar with TwiML – Twilio flavored XML used to create voice and SMS apps. The pure magic of TwiML Bins for Voice and SMS is to be able to quickly host static TwiML without having to get a server up and running.

    Let’s break down a simple <Conference> example. Create your bin called, Super Awesome Conference Line, which l …

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  • By Megan Speir
    Sara Chipps is Building Smart Jewelry for a Smarter Generation Sara Chipps-4

    Sara Chipps is the Founder and CEO at Jewelbots which builds friendship bracelets for the iPhone era. She also co-founded Girl Develop It, a non-profit that helps women become software engineers, and she served as the CTO of Flatiron School, a developer bootcamp in NYC. Sara will be speaking at SIGNAL, our developer conference for communications May 24-25 in San Francisco. Join us at SIGNAL and meet Sara along with 2,000 other developers. Register here and use code RADIO for 20% off your ticket.

    Recently, my colleague Greg Baugues caught up with Sara on Twilio Radio and learned about how she got into software engineering as a home-schooled kid (learning C), finding community, and transitioning from software to hardware at Jewelbots. She tells us about programming the friendship bracelets using the Arduino IDE and inspiring teen girls’ interest in STEM through her own company and other organizations like First Robotics. …

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