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What's the difference between a reminder and an alert?

Reminders are helpful for remembering planned events like birthdays, holidays or appointments. You can set up reminders to remind yourself to pick up the dry cleaning or to remember your anniversary. Alerts let people know about unplanned events as soon as they happen. You can arrange to receive an alert when a certain stock price goes up or your team wins, or you can send an alert when your baby is born or you get that big promotion.