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A wireless square with sensors and a simple web app to set rules, Twine tells you what your things are doing by email, text or Twitter.
A wireless square with sensors and a simple web app to set rules, Twine tells you what your things are doing by email, text or Twitter.
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Update 1.3.0, Improved SMSs, and Calls

Twine’s got a few new tricks up its sleeve, and no, this isn’t an early April Fools joke!

Twine 1.3

Spring brings a new update for your Twine. Here’s what’s included:

- Twitter support. Now your Twine can tweet to your friends that the basement is flooding (or just @you that the laundry is done).
- Support for Cloud Shield ( http://supermechanical.com/cloudshield/ ). Get your Arduino project on the Internet and trolling forums in a few minutes.
- HTTP action improvements: We've been listening - you can now use POST, any port, and looooong URLs.
- Sensor values in all notifications! Previously, you could only include values in HTTP requests. Now your Twine can email you its temperature when triggered.

As always, to get the update, clear the cache on your browser, reload the site and resave the rules on your Twine.

Universal SMS and voice calls
That's not all we've been working on. We've always focused on making Twine simple — our original promise was "Connect your things to the Internet without a nerd degree." But you might have had an experience with sending text messages that didn't meet this promise. We relied on carriers to support their email gateways to send free SMS, but the fact that it's worked inconsistently for some people hasn't been acceptable.

So we've invested time into rewriting this, and now Twine can send text messages to virtually any number, regardless of carrier or country. Unfortunately, each message costs us money, so we're making this a paid option for Twine to cover these costs. But this allows us to add some new features, too: all texts and calls will come from one number so you can save your Twine as a contact; and your Twine can optionally call you and speak notifications with the new phone call action.

We're not taking away anything — the Twine account you have now will always be free, and as you read at the top of this email, continues to get new features. If the previous email-based SMS works for you, you can continue to use it through the email action.

Learn more about the SMS/voice call upgrade — it's pay-as-you-go and you can cancel anytime. Try it, and if you aren't happy with it, we'll refund the cost of the account — just let us know within the first month.

Please email us at help@supermechanical.com if you have any questions or feedback!

-Christina

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    1. Cam MacDuff on March 30, 2013

      Yah, big thanks Re: the long Urls!