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    I'll be the first to admit: "Use your smartphone to remind yourself of things" seems like a story that doesn't need to be written. Of course you can use it to keep track grocery lists, to-dos, reminders, and calendar entries. But I bet you didn't know that there are gobs of other tricks for keeping track of things with your phone. Most of them don't even require any apps--you can use your phone's built-in features. Here are a few of our favorite ways to augment your forgetful biological brain with the synthetic brain in your pocket.

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