App: Text Later

 —  January 28, 2014 — 1 Comment

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I get pretty excited when I download a new app that actually finds its way into regular use. My latest fave is called “Text Later.” Every once in a while I have something I need to text, but it is not the right time. But too often, when the right time hits I forget to do it.

The other day I asked my friend if he would email me a file, he said “sure” and to send him a text reminder. I could have been “that guy” and text him on the spot (Ha, ball in your court), but that is lame. What I normally would do is put the message in my phone as a reminder, but now I use “Text Later.”

With “Text Later“…
• I enter my message in the app.
• Schedule when I want to send the text.
• At the time I scheduled the app forces open iOS Messages app with the message in it.
• If I am ready to send, I hit send.
• That’s it.

There are a few apps in the app store like this, and they all seem to get a few bad reviews because they do not actually “send” the text at the time scheduled, they place the message in a text and remind the user to send it at the designated time. This is a restriction with Apple–not app developers.

 

Dear Reviewers ★☆☆☆☆,

I am thankful Apple does not let 3rd party apps control this feature. I do not want apps rooting through my contacts and spamming in my name.

Truly Yours,
Brandon Early
@uthguy9

I have, but is wasn’t for the last Bible I purchased. This was pretty cool to watch, but also pretty convicting, I am sure it will make it’s way into a future message.



You’ve heard of heart monitors and devices that enable doctors to keep track of brain activity.

Did you know that you can keep track of the activity in your soul?

soulpulseApparently, that’s the premise behind SoulPulse.org – an ongoing research study conducted by a team of sociologists and psychologists. Even noted pastor and author John Ortberg is one of the team members supporting this. According to the website, SoulPulse “explores the role of spirituality in everyday life and how it relates character, health, well-being, and daily circumstances. It also gives participants a way to grow personally by learning more about their own spirituality.”

SoulPulse primarily relies on collecting data through smartphones or tablets (or email, if needed) as participants record how they’re feeling from one moment to the next. This data is then matched to their profile, creating an understanding of any trends that show when they’re most apt to connect with God or experience a fruit of the Spirit. After fourteen days, a summary report maps out the trends so people can better understand which activities best foster spiritual awareness.

ABCNews.com covered the story. noting the spiritual journey of the project’s head researcher Bradley Wright, a University of Connecticut Professor and author of “Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told,” The website itself also adds in its FAQ section, “SoulPulse is open to all people regardless of religious belief. Participants who don’t believe in God can respond about a higher power or whatever is holy to them.”

What do you think of this?

dropbox_logoIf you have not heard about Dropbox it is an incredibly versatile online storage tool. It is like having a 2 GB thumb drive with you all the time and it is free.  If you do not have a DropBox account get one here.

I’ve recently started saving all of my working documents (sermon prep, message outlines, letters to staff or parents, etc) directly to my Dropbox folder and NOT to my computers hard drive. This helps me access that file on my phone, my laptop, or at the office. Plus, if my computer shuts down, battery dies, or the software crashes I don’t have to worry about whether my document is saved or not.

Intrigued? What to know more? Watch the video below and download Dropbox!

-Brandon
@uthguy9



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I had 10 webpages open in Google Chrome on my iPhone and another 7 on my iPad that I wanted to have open on my Mac. I was studying in too many locations and I needed to bring it all together. If it is one or two pages, I would typically email a link to myself. I could have done that or saved these URLs to my bookmarks in the cloud but I wanted something faster, and something I would not have to clean-up later.

With a quick google search I found that I can see any open tabs on any device. All I needed to do was have Google Chrome installed and running on each device and be signed into my Google account within each browser. This beats bookmarking or emails link after link to myself. If you are syncing on all devices, here’s how it works…

  • Open your Chrome browser on your computer, click the tabTHIING then click RECENT TABS > MORE to view all your synced devices and the tabs they have open.
  • Likewise, on your iOS or Android devices open your Chrome browser and look for this same button tabTHIING, click it and choose “Other Devices.” You should be able to see a list of all open tabs on your Mac and/or any other devices where you are signed in to Chrome browser.

If you need to sync, check out this short Google “how to.”

-Brandon
@uthguy9



I am always looking for cool videos to show in our ministry, this will become an opener as a Christmas countdown! Enjoy

Christmas Song TriviaIf you’re looking for a last minute addition to your weekend programming, try this game created by our student ministry team.

Merry Christmas!

 

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