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4 mobile ways to support your favorite nonprofits
So what’s your charitable cause? Is it animals like me? Or is it the homeless, women with breast cancer, children with learning disabilities, food for the elderly, or perhaps saving Mother Earth?
Regardless of the cause close to your heart, there is a charity to support it. It’s how you decide to give to your charity cause that really matters. Be it via volunteering, monetary donations, or maybe both, charities rely on the graciousness of other people in order to run and help those they represent. The good news is that your smartphone app can actually help you help your favorite charitable cause.
Here are four smartphone apps that you can download for free to support your favorite nonprofit.
1. VolunteerMatch (Free – for iPhone)
Any nonprofit organization will tell you that their volunteers are at the heart of their organization. Most charities don’t have the money or paid manpower to run charity events, get donations, and etc., so they depend on the goodness of volunteers to keep them lucrative. The VolunteerMatch app helps volunteers find charity opportunities in their area. And with more than 89,000 organizations and a variety of causes to give your time to, there’s no excuse not to get involved and start helping those in need of your special skills.
2. Global Giving (Free – for iPhone)
If you’re seeking specific grassroots organizations around the world in which to lend a hand (i.e., building homes for habitat for humanity) or give monetary donations then the Global Giving app can give you a global perspective. This app searches the map by theme so you can quickly find and donate to the cause of your choice. For those not sold on one particular charity, this app also features a different project regularly that you can explore and donate to if you deem them worthy. And a really neat feature is that once you give, you’ll receive updates on the progress that the charity has made so you can see the true impact of your kindness.
3. Charity Miles (Free – for Android)
If you like to walk, run, bike, or swim for charity then the Charity Miles app is right up your alley. So strap on those sneakers and use this tool to track how many miles you bike, run or walk and earn 25 cents per mile (for walking and running) and 10 cents a mile (for biking). The user can then apply their earning toward a charity. Organizations can sign up to be a part of the app by contacting Charity Miles. Currently this app is for iPhones on any service provider and on most Android devices, including the Android tablet from T-Mobile. The app is free and is constantly adding new charities and organizations to their list.
4. Instead (Free – for Android & iPhone)
If you don’t know what a micro-donation is, but have always wanted to give something other than cold hard cash to charities, check out Instead. This app asks for a different kind of monetary donations—items like coffee, food, toys, or any other such items. The reasoning behind Instead is that if you give coffee as your donation, you’ll give up your $5 frappacinno every day, and instead give that amount to your favorite charity. The same would go for eating out if you give food and buying expensive kid’s toys if you want to see your donation go to needy children. To use Instead, just fill out your credit card information to use the one-click donate button. My mom and I do this right from our T-mobile Samsung cell phones. This app really puts what we want and what we need in perspective.
Writing and publishing skills are no more restricted to writers alone. With many content publishing platforms available over the internet, writing has become more sort of public hobby. There are many free websites on the internet that allow us to open blog spots of our own. This has paved the way for many amateur writers and publishers who have an inclination towards writing to post their works online.
Also, the advent of mobile devices has allowed people to connect, communicate and update instantly from anywhere. And sometimes, we may be subjected to certain situations where we feel like making an instant post from wherever we are. As you know (us) bloggers usually share instantly any new information or incident that we come across. So, for those on-the-go Bloggers, here are some apps that can prove helpful.
A Google product! This app is designed for Android and allows you to type, modify, publish articles and upload photos directly to your blog spots. It also allows multiple users to use the app at once with some simple toggle options.
One of the largest websites on the internet that offers free blog spots to its users is also one of the leading blogging websites. WordPress apps are available for any Smartphone operating systems. But, the WordPress app for Apple allows you to edit, create and upload post to the WordPress website. It even allows you to upload the pictures you have taken from your iOS phone to your blog directly.
DroidEdit Pro App:
It is a text editing App that allows you to type in your posts first and then paste it on your blog page. Many bloggers find this App convenient due to its color coded features, easy shortcuts and a real -time Blog preview. It also offers connectivity to Dropbox, so that you can store your works and retrieve them whenever you want. The app is priced and you have to pay to utilize its features.
This is probably one of the dedicated blogging apps for an iOS device. It is often considered as a versatile App as you can upload your works to a number of spots like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Drupal and much more. Its incorporation with Picasa online allows you to upload and add pictures from Picasa.
The website’s legitimate App allows you to create, edit and even re-blog your posts. The App offers a more stylized way of uploading your works and gives an overall experience of working on a desktop.
It is yet another cross-platform, versatile app that supports any operating systems like Android, iOS, and much more. You can create a post and publish them immediately on websites like Joomla, Blogger, Drupal, WordPress etc.
This Blogging App is designed to work on Android and iOS platforms. An account with TypePad is necessary to create and upload posts to your blog spots. Once, signed up, you can make instant posts and even crop the pictures and images that you are about to upload.
There are several other Apps available on the internet for bloggers on the move. Just find the right one for you and start blogging.
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Smartphones have rearranged the pixel density charts this year, we take a look at the top 10 smartphones with the sharpest screens.
Anything above 250 ppi may seem like overkill but the boundaries continue to be pushed. For trivia junkies and those with 20/20 vision, we have ten recent smartphones with 300 PPI displays and higher.
When buying a smartphone, pixel density matters as much as screen size. You can use this simple calculator to know your phone’s pixel density.
BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha: 356ppi
The Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha was previewed recently, and provided to every developer who attended the event. Apart from the new beautiful OS, this device touts a marvelous 4.2-inch 1280×768 HD display with 356ppi, leaving the iPhone’s Retina Display a long way behind.
RIM recently unveiled its upcoming BlackBerry 10 (BBX) at BlackBerry World which took place last week in Florida. At the event RIM also handed out developer phones for the new OS and some of the developers who got their hands on the device discovered some codenames of future BBX devices somewhere in the BBX code.
Not much in known about these devices but six of them have been revealed and these include the BlackBerry Colt a device which has been rumored since late 2011 and it is believed to be the original name of the device which is now known as Dev Alpha. Apparently, this one was supposed to be the first BlackBerry 10 consumer standard device but it later got axed.
Next up is the BlackBerry London which is now supposed to be the first BBX smartphone for the masses and will launch sometime later in October. It also revealed another device which is a 10-inch BBX tablet known as BlackBerry Blackforest.
Other three devices include BlackBerry Nevada, BlackBerry Naples and BlackBerry Nashville and not much is known about these devices, but they will launch sometime after the launch of BlackBerry London.
All the names mentioned above are codenames and not what they will be known as once announced for the market. We are eagerly waiting for these devices as BlackBerry has managed to impress us at BlackBerry World.
Sony Xperia S: 342ppi
Sony has announced its first self branded smartphone at CES 2012 which is will be available in the market sometime later this quarter in select countries. This is the same device which was previously leaked as the Sony Ericsson Nozomi.
The Sony Xperia S has a 4.3-inch 720p Reality display and it is powered by a 1.5 dual-core processor. Additionally, the device sports a 12-megapixel camera, secondary 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with 720p video capture, NFC support and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
However it will receive an Android 4.0 ICS update sometime in Q2 2012. It will be a PlayStation certified smartphone and will be available in black and white colors.
HTC Rezound: 342ppi
The HTC Rezound is a powerful smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer, that comes with Beats Audio integration. The Rezound features a 4.3-inch 720×1280 HD display at 342ppi. This smartphone is not yet available in the Indian market.
Introduced first in early 2011, dual core chipsets are no longer exclusive to the superphone category. Listed here are ten recent smartphones with dual core CPUs, starting at mid-range prices.
HTC announces new Sensation XE with Beats Audio integration
Well, HTC has been quite silent about this, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has officially revealed its first smartphone with Beats Audio technology. We just would quickly like to remind you that HTC had recently acquired a part 51 per cent controlling stake at Beats Audio.
This new smartphone from HTC would simple be called the Sensation XE, which will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and would carry a similar design to that of the original HTC Sensation. One of the visible changes in the render appears to be the red backlit touch-sensitive keys.
The device will include 1GB of built-in storage, 768MB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, front facing VGA camera and a 4.3-inch qHD display. The device will come with its own customized Beats headsets and will also be able to identify when Beats headsets are plugged to improved the experience.
There is now word about the pricing for this smartphone. However what we know for now is that the device won’t take much time to hit the stores as it is expected to come to Asia and EMEA towards the end of September. Hopefully, India would be included.
The LG Optimus 3D
The LG Optimus 3D is just a phone in a league of its own. It’s just a sin to call it a superphone. This is the first of its kind. The LG Optimus 3D is a HYPERPHONE!
The 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen transforms into a glasses-free 3D experience. It’s beyond dual core technology, as its got tri-dual technology power packed in it. The phone runs on Android 2.2.2 Froyo and an upgrade to the 2.3 Gingerbread is available.
This phone is definitely a magical experience. People will just want it when it finally launches in India. The reason why I call it a hyperphone is because of its glasses-free 3D experience.
Gaming on this phone is just one great experience and the depth offered is brilliant. The easy access to 3D is also offered by a quick 3D space icon on the homescreen itself. The camera quality is brilliant as it’s capable of doing 720p HD video in 3D mode.
The 8GB internal memory makes you just go on and on shooting 3D content. To share all your 3D videos, there is a 3D YouTube channel icon pre-installed on the phone. The battery life on the phone is not that great, but it just manages a day somehow. The old Android 2.2.2 Froyo OS is also a bit of turn-off at present.
LG will soon be launching this phone in India and I am sure the pricing won’t be less than 35,000 INR. LG Optimus 3D has surely opened up a new league of phones that will just make the likes of Samsung Galaxy S2 and even the iPhones for a matter of fact, bite dust.
Motorola RAZR launched in India
As expected, Motorola has finally launched the much awaited Motorola RAZR in the Indian market. We have already talked quite a lot about this new smartphone from Motorola and now that it is finally available, we sure are excited.
The Motorola RAZR is priced at 33,990 INR and is a smartphone which is just 7.1mm thick and comes with incredible battery life.
The device sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display protected by Gorilla Glass, it has Kevlar Fabric on the back and it is splash proof smartphone. It is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS early-2012) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor from Texas Instruments.
There is an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a secondary front facing camera. Well, it sure has some sexy looks and good performance. However, as mentioned before, it has amazing battery life. The Motorola RAZR is rated to provide up to 12 hours of talktime using its 1780 mAh battery.
Samsung unveils new Galaxy R smartphone
Samsung has now introduced a new Galaxy smartphone and it is simply called the Galaxy R. The device was unveiled in Sweden is it is supposed to be a smartphone which fits between the original Galaxy S and the new Galaxy S2.
In regards to the specifications the Samsung Galaxy R boasts a 4.2-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD and is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread topped with Samsung proprietary TouchWiz UI, includes a 5 megapixel rear camera and has 8GB of in-built storage.
The availability of the device in other markets has not yet been confirmed, but we are quite hopeful that the device will eventually hit the Indian stores as a slightly affordable version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, and a possible competitor to the Optimus 2x.
The GALAXY R features:
1) Tegra 2 super chip.
2) 4.19″ WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen.
3) Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system.
4) 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback(Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only).
5) Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD.
6) Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm.
7) Weight: 131 grams.
Samsung Galaxy Note
The all new Galaxy Note from Samsung is a monstrous looking phone and yet is has definitely some x-factor, you can’t deny the love for it on first sight. The Galaxy Note represents the middle-ground between a slate and a smartphone, and is a category in itself.
Additionally, this hybrid also comes with something called the Smart Pen which gives the user a more old school user input. As it has handwriting recognition, you can make memos in your very own handwriting! The Galaxy Note features the world’s first 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display (800×1280 pixels), the largest yet!
It also houses a massive 1.4 GHz dual core processor, beating its own Galaxy S2 in computing power. The Note runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Memory is at 16GB internally, with a microSD that can expand up to 32GB. The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note are brilliant not just on paper but in real-world usage as well.
At the back, it has an 8-megapixel camera that does full 1080p HD video along with a front facing 2-megapixel camera for video calling. The video quality is superb, the videos shot from the Galaxy Note are totally broadcast quality! The Samsung Galaxy Note also comes with a capacitive pen for finer control.
For Rs. 35,000 you might as well go ahead buy a tablet. Right now, it’s a no buy for me just because of its price and somewhat because of its size too. Wait for its prices to go down and then it might be a good option.