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 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

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

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 6: Twilio Plays 2048


Today for the #12HacksOfChristmas we’re featuring a game that was built at the Hack the North hackathon in Waterloo, ON. Tejas Manohar, Jocelyn Lee and Cheng Wanli Peng won the Twilio prize, and our hearts, with their Twilio Plays 2048 project. If you can’t tell from the name, this hack lets you play the highly addictive game 2048 with the whole world using text messages. Not only… Read More

Abine Puts Privacy Back In Your Hands With Twilio SMS and Voice

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Buying a new pair of jeans should be simple. Bring them to the cash register, pay, and leave. When you hand the person behind the counter cash, and they ask you “what’s a good phone number to reach you?” something’s gone awry. There’s tremendous pressure on the everyday consumer to provide private personal information in the most basic transactions. The folks at Abine believe that everyone… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 5: The SMS Garage Door Butler


Deck the halls with Raspberry Pi’s, fa la la la la la LEDs! Today’s hack is another brilliant hardware hack that solves one of the more mundane and cumbersome interactions many car owners face everyday… the garage door. In this detailed tutorial instructables user AkiraFist explains how to harness Raspberry Pi, a webcam and Twilio to create a video-monitored garage door “butler”. AkiraFist even explains how… Read More

Gmail API and Rails – Get emails, labels and message details


I turned off Gmail notifications on my phone a while ago, mostly because this tweet accurately sums up my email situation: But there are some emails that you want to know about right now. For instance, say The Doggfather wants to invest your startup. That’s an email worth interrupting dinner for. Text messages are great for alerts like this. With Twilio and the GMail API you… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 3: Santa CLI

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Hi folks! Today we on the devangel crew wanted to sprinkle the 12 Hacks of Christmas with some holiday cheer. The following hack started out as a Santa location hack. Then we found out that there is no such thing as a ‘Santa API’, which means first we’re going to have build that API and then maybe next year we’ll build a tool for tracking Santa in… Read More

Forest Fires, Fax Machines and 40 Billion Dollars: WRI Stomps Out Illegal Forest Fires with Twilio, NASA, and Blue Raster

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Forest fires are burning in Singapore and Indonesia. Here in San Francisco, news about the fires is contained to climate change blogs and a few tweets. It’s easy to feel distanced from a problem when you’re 8,435 miles away. The fires aren’t a result of climate change, or a drought. They’re man made and illegal. They wreak havoc on the forest ecosystem and produce a toxic… Read More