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Three Tip Thursday: 02/23/17

Today’s T3 includes tips for an emergency messaging service, Alexa for Apple fans, and a time-limited online course deal.

1. Emergency Messaging Service

Not to be too morbid or anything, but I’m one of those people that if something bad happened to me at home, it could be days or longer before someone found me. And while I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it, I’m glad I found an online service called Ghost Memo that will help prevent that situation.

The way it works is it sends me an email every day (or whatever time period I select) with a link I need to click. If I don’t click it by my own designated deadline, it will send a message to my listed contact(s) with whatever instructions I want. You can attach documents and customize each message’s content and schedule for individual recipients.

In my case, an email will first go to a friend asking them to phone or text me to confirm I’m okay (in case I’ve just been away from my computer) and if I don’t get back to them, I ask them to come to my house to check on me (and my cat, who to be honest I’m more worried about than myself!). If they’re out of town, the message includes contact info for a couple of neighbors who have keys to my house.

There are two plans available with a 30-day free trial period. The Basic plan costs $5/month and the Premium one, which includes more emergency contacts and attachments, is $7/month. Either way, that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Tip: If you sign up for the service, the phone number field doesn’t accept hyphens.

Check out Ghost Memo now. >>

On a related note, The Digital Beyond website offers great resources for end-of-life planning, funeral services, memorializing people online, and more.

2. Alexa for Apple

Owners of Mac computers and iOS devices can now take advantage of some of Amazon Alexa’s voice-activated capabilities thanks to a new app called Reverb. Here is the description from the App store:

“Reverb allows you to interact with Alexa from anywhere. Via Alexa, Reverb answers questions, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service.”

I just learned about the app yesterday so I haven’t had a chance to test it out myself yet, and the reviews seem to be mixed, but here are the links if you want to give it a try.

NOTE: You need to have an Amazon account to log into the service.

Get the Reverb app for Mac. >>

Get the Reverb app for iOS. >>

Learn more about Amazon Alexa in this T4L post. >>

3. Time-Limited Deal: $10 Courses at Udemy

Until the end of February, online course provider Udemy is offering many of its top Business, Design, and Development courses for just $10 with promo code BREAKTHRU. Here are a few of the classes available through this deal:

See all $10 courses at Udemy. >>

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