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If you have a house, you need to sort through your mail.

If you have a phone, you need to listen to your voice mail.

If you have an email address, you need to check your inbox.

and

If you text, you need to check your messages!

Seems obvious to those of you who check your messages often. But for those of you who don’t — or admit you don’t hear the “ding” of an incoming text — you should make a habit of checking your phone more often.

Why?
Texting is often used for communication that warrants a timely response.

  • Do you need anything from the store? (While your spouse/parent/child/friend is still at the store)…
  • I’m near your house and can stop by to drop off what you wanted to borrow. Are you home?
  • We need a 4th. Any chance you can play this morning?

If you are thinking that someone who wants this immediate information should just call you, you may be right. However, the information is no less urgent/important/helpful to you if they choose to text instead. Don’t miss out.

A Remote Idea

Can’t find your channel-changing television remote? Don’t worry. It will turn up eventually.

But you may be out of luck until then. (Gone are the days when TVs had actual buttons.)

Unless … you use your smartphone as a remote. Brilliant! The major television service providers offer free apps that can turn your smartphone into a remote control.

If, for example, you’ve misplaced the remote that came with your Comcast cable box, download the free “Xfinity TV Remote” app and use your phone as a remote.
It’s almost that easy.

  • You will still need the remote that came with the tv (you know, the one you never use) to turn the tv on and off.
  • You will need to sign in to your Xfinity account when you launch the app on your phone.
  • You may not have all the remote features on the app, but the basics are there.

To see if your TV service provider has a remote app, search the App Store (Apple) or the Google Play Store (Android) on your phone for the name of your provider, or search the internet for your provider and any information about a remote app.

If it works, you won’t miss what you want to watch. Unless you also lose your phone.