Have you ever wanted to strangle the guy that leaves his phone on his desk while he’s getting coffee and you have to hear it ring over and over again? You know him, the one who still has Crazy Frog as his ringtone and his ringer is never muted. Don’t be like him. For that matter, you also don’t want to be the one getting a call during a meeting and your phone blasts out “I’m Too Sexy“ (apologies to any Right Said Fred fans).
Amazon Smile is a convenient way to have Amazon make donations to a charity of your choice. The problem is remembering to use the Smile URL instead of the default Amazon URL. Glen shares some browser extensions to force the Smile address every time.
Facebook is rolling out new stuff. Job postings and messenger stories, yes like Snap Chat. Discover people is also a new feature that is coming to Facebook.
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I’ve been using these ringtones from Joel Hladecek and Jeff Essex for close to 10 years. In their own words,
iRingPro iPhone and Android ringtones were specifically designed for use by professionals and adults. So you’ll find no annoying songs, and no grating or silly sound effects. Each iRingPro ringtone is the result of painstaking engineering, and over 3 years of real-world testing and optimization.
iRingPro consists of several collections:
- Zen, which is the original set and I consider more business-like. Some sound like the paging tones you’d hear in airports and the naming acknowledges that. This is the set I choose from for incoming calls.
- Origin, described as “inspired by the origins of music” and “evoke the dust and adventure of a distant place and time.” My one-word description of them is aboriginal. I use a couple of these for missed call notifications.
- Tek, which I’d say are “space age” sound effects, aren’t as high on my list of favorites. I use one for incoming text notifications. YMMV.
All sets have Meeting Grade ringtones, which are a lower pitch and subdued. They’re good for in the office or a meeting room. The sets also have Active Grade, which is a high pitch and cuts through noisy environments better, be it a crowded bar or walking on a busy street.
There’s extended silence versions in each set too. While there is already a pause between when the sound loops back to play again, the extended silence versions add even more quiet space between rings. All versions, thanks to the silent gaps, give the ringtones a distinguished request for attention rather than the frantic, repeated hectoring of normal ringers.
Price: Free. There’s a story behind this, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast or visit the website.
Amazon Smile Extensions
Amazon Smile is a service (feature?) of Amazon that will donate a portion of your purchases to a charity of your choice. The catch is you have to remember to go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com (or www.amazon.com, if you’re still into that dubba dubba dubba thing). The solution? Nice people have written browser plugins to send you to the Smile site every time you type the conventional Amazon address. It works when you click links too, so this is as transparent and painless as it can get.
Safari has KeepOnSmiling [edit: I swear I saw a version for Firefox, but I can’t find it now. There are several for Firefox, and Just Keep Smiling is the most widely used]. Chrome has Smile Always. Edge/Internet Explorer, sadly, doesn’t seem to have anything I could find.
Price: Free. All extensions have their source code on GitHub or Mozilla so you can review it if you fear it might do something nefarious.
New Facebook Goodies
Facebook is rolling out some new stuff over the next few weeks or maybe months (always hard to tell with FB).
Job openings are rolling out across the country. No, Facebook is not competing with LinkedIn. Just an interesting option that might just help a few to get new jobs.
Facebook Messenger is going to have a Stories option just like Snap Chat! Yes, this is competition!
Discover People is another new option that will allow you to connect with people that might not be your friend but you have things in common.
Links from the Show
iRingPro – http://www.iringpro.com
KeepOnSmiling – Download and source code: https://github.com/bosmacs/KeepOnSmiling
Smile Redirect – Mozilla Add-Ons Manager: Mozilla Add-Ons Manager link
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