Get Notified When Someone Posts An Article From Your Domain on Hacker News Using Node.js, Firebase and Twilio

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Last October Hacker News launched their official API and I’ve been trying to find an excuse to play with it ever since. The idea finally hit me last week: what if I built an application that notified me via SMS whenever someone posted a link to my domain on Hacker News? Hacker News is known to drive a ton of traffic and I probably want to… Read More

Building your own personal assistant with Twilio and Google Calendar

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Being a developer evangelist means I get to work from anywhere. Often times I find myself on the road going to wicked events and having great conversations with developers from all around the world. The flipside is that most of my colleagues are also remotes and are usually doing the same things around the communities they serve. It can be difficult to have meetings with them,… Read More

Answering Health Questions via SMS with IBM Watson and Twilio

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Q: “Combining these two APIs can let you quickly query a complex health data set via SMS.” A: “What are IBM Watson and Twilio?” You probably remember IBM Watson battling humans in Jeopardy. Now developers can access this same power via the Watson Question and Answer API. Currently IBM has exposed the health and travel data sets via the API. I wanted to build an app… Read More

The Drama of Data: Whirligig Productions Builds An Interactive Theater With Node.js, Drones, and Twilio SMS

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Nothing spells drama like actors and audience both vying for power from a Greek oracle. Deus Ex Machina, isn’t your typical theatrical production. Robert Matney, Co-Artistic Director at Whirilgig Productions, built out an entirely new way for audience and actors to not only interact with a story, but build it in realtime via Twilio SMS. Robert Matney was inspired by the work of his peers and… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 10: Mortal Combat

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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

Set Phasers to STUN/TURN: Getting Started with WebRTC using Node.js, Socket.io and Twilio’s NAT Traversal Service

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It’s been an exciting few weeks of launches for Twilio. My favourite was the launch of our Network Traversal Service. Whilst that may sound a bit dry it’s an important service for WebRTC applications as it removes the overhead of deploying your own network of STUN and TURN servers. I’ve been dying to find an excuse to get playing with WebRTC and this was a great… Read More

Go Old School: Build a Pager Using Arduino, Node.js and Twilio

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I remember when I got my first mobile device… a pager. Like many kids who grew up in the ‘90s I wore that pager proudly on my belt. Over a decade later I still miss getting a “911” message from one of my friends and rushing home to call and see what happened. In case you’re wondering, most often I got those messages when someone had gotten… Read More