TUTORIAL: Use APIs to Mail Invoices Programmatically [Rails]

Emailed invoices are easy to ignore. But a physical letter? Mailed invoices can earn higher response rates–especially for overdue payments. One brand study reported that the majority (59%) of its customers  failed to pay on first billing when emailed and needed additional reminders. Yikes. On the other hand, only 29% of those billed by direct …

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Build an Alexa Flight Departure Time Skill [TUTORIAL]

We’ve all been there. You *think* your flight is on time. But sure enough, by the time you get to the airport, you find that it’s been delayed for hours. What if you could ask Alexa about your flight status before heading out the door? We built a skill that connects Alexa to the Laminar Flight …

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Microsoft Emotion and Spotify “Mood Music” Project [API Smash]

One of coolest things about APIs is seeing what you can build when you smash them together. We built a script that identifies an emotion from an image (with Microsoft’s Emotion API), then recommends a musical playlist based on the emotion identified (using Spotify’s Public API).  We’re calling it Mood Music after the team universally …

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