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  • Blog Post: LocalFreeWeb Combines Digital Inclusion with Public Transportation

    Q: What happens when you bring app developers together with nonprofits and libraries along with some coffee thrown in? A: Mobile apps with a conscience! Last October, I wrote about a breakfast co-hosted by Caravan Studios and Twilio for nonprofits and app developers. Caravan Studios, a division...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Tech Connects Kids to Summer Meals

    For many kids, summer means camp, the great outdoors, and best of all, no school! But for some kids, no school means no lunches — and that makes summer decidedly less fun. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) , only one in seven children who are eligible for free or subsidized...
  • Blog Post: Does My Nonprofit Need a Mobile App?

    To app or not to app? It's a question that never ceases to be raised and doesn't seem to have a definitive answer. I was lucky enough to attend this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas. When I wasn't meeting our amazing members at the TechSoup booth, I was running...
  • Blog Post: 75 Mobile Apps to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit's Productivity in 2015

    Your work doesn't stop just because you're out of the office. If you're traveling, attending conferences, or working in the field, you still need to get things done. TechSoup has put together a collection of nearly 80 great productivity apps that are available from our donor partners to...
  • Blog Post: App Review: When Instagram Isn't Enough, Steller Helps You Build Stories

    At TechSoup, we're all about using technology to tell your nonprofit, charity, or public library's story. So when a new digital storytelling tool comes along, we jump at the chance to test it out. Steller (free; Apple iOS) is an app that lets you build stories with your photos, videos, and text...
  • Blog Post: The Tech Nonprofits Need to Know About from CES 2015

    It's that time of year again! I'm not talking about resolutions (though those are great too!). Last week, companies, journalists, and enthusiasts convened in Las Vegas to showcase what's to come in technology. From new connected cars to "smart" baby pacifiers, CES (Consumer Electronics...
  • Blog Post: Community Tools Based on Community Listening

    A big part of our work with Caravan Studios is understanding a particular community's needs. What this means broadly is the tools we develop are informed by someone outside our team. What this means in practice is we listen. A lot. We hold events, we convene, and we leave our office to understand...
  • Blog Post: Developers and Nonprofits Come Together to Make Apps for Change

    One hour. Eight apps. Infinite inspiration. Last week, Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup, and Twilio co-hosted a breakfast for nonprofits and app developers. The event not only served as a networking opportunity for these two groups, but also showcased eight social good apps already in progress...
  • Blog Post: What Apple's Big Product Launches Mean for Charities

    The recent big Apple product launch has been getting lots of press, including some good coverage in Nonprofit Quarterly , Nonprofit Nate's post , and my colleague Ginny Mies' TechSoup piece, The Future of Mobile Video . I wanted to explore what Apple's new technologies, most notably the new...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Cloud Computing: 5 Startups to Watch from BoxWorks

    When I attended the BoxWorks conference in San Francisco in September, one extraordinary session I attended was on emerging cloud technologies. It featured five startup companies that gave a glimpse into where the cloud is taking us. BoxWorks is the annual conference for Box.com, one of the emerging...
  • Blog Post: Why Celebrity iCloud Hacking Should Matter to Your Nonprofit

    If you pay attention to the news, you may have recently heard about a major Internet hacking of celebrity phones and devices , in which hundreds of photos were leaked to the wider Internet. There was no intentional sharing by the celebrities — they were hacked. This may seem like just another...
  • Blog Post: Three Photo Editing Apps to Try Right Now

    In honor of the Storymakers kick-off, I tested out three brand new (to me) photography apps for iOS and Android smartphones. Which was my favorite? Read on to find out. Faded: Bust Out of Your Filter Rut Tired of the same old Instagram filters? Faded (iPhone; $0.99) is a photo editing app that...
  • Blog Post: Mobile for Good: Net Neutrality Threats and More Bad News

    The title of this column, Mobile for Good, seems like a bit of a misnomer for the crop of news I'm sharing this month. We've got net neutrality violations disguised as benefits, app security flaws, and a difficult-to-repair hot new phone. But being aware of all the negative news out there is...
  • Blog Post: Mobile for Good: Fire Phone, Locking Down Data, and Services for the Homeless

    It seems like every company wants a hand in the mobile game. From apps to new devices to connected home objects that can be controlled with your phone, the market is saturated with all things mobile. For this month's column, I'm going to dissect the latest entry into the smartphone field: the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar June 19: How to Raise More Money via Mobile

    In 2013, mobile donations on PayPal increased by over 200%. Nonprofits can expect that growth to continue to skyrocket in 2014 and beyond. How do you ensure your cause is ready for mobile fundraising? Join the digital giving experts from Network for Good and PayPal this Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. Pacific...
  • Blog Post: Word Lens: Your New Mobile Travel Companion

    Word Lens is one of those apps that seems, dare I say, magical. It's a straightforward translation app that translates printed materials, such as signs, menus, or books. Recently purchased by Google, Word Lens is free in a handful of languages for a limited time so stop reading this for a second...
  • Blog Post: 5 Ways to Protect Your Privacy on Every Device

    A little over a year ago, a former CIA systems administrator named Edward Snowden disclosed to The Guardian that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Americans by way of phone records and online communications. Reset the Net is an effort to provide individuals and organizations with...
  • Blog Post: Mobile for Good: May Edition

    June is generally a very busy month for mobile with Google I/O, Apple's WWDC, and lots of summer phone/tablet releases. May is when the news starts heating up, however, so let's take a look at what's happening – and what's coming. Legislation Beat There has been some interesting...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar May 28: Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer

    Join us next Wednesday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) in this free webinar, Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer , to learn about how you and your organization can increase the numbers of youth who benefit from free meals in your community. You can make a difference, even if you...
  • Blog Post: Apping Out Illegal Waste: Free Download to Target Illegal Dumps

    Written by Daniel Ben-Horin, Founder and Chief Instigator, TechSoup Global The Problem Illegal dumping can be viewed in two ways. On the most basic level, illegal dumping confronts us with garbage in public spaces, which is unpleasant and unhealthy. On a deeper level, illegal dumping can be...
  • Blog Post: Caravan Studios for the Win: ReImagine: Opportunity Winner!

    This post was written by Marnie Webb, who leads TechSoup's newest division, Caravan Studios . There, she builds technology that connects local communities to resources that help them solve problems and impact issues. Marnie gets wonky about things like data, APIs and community organizing, especially...
  • Blog Post: Mobile for Good: Earth Month Edition

    Happy Earth Month! To celebrate, I've rounded up some of the latest news in green mobile technology news. As always, I'll also cover other mobile news and trends. Let's dig in! iFixit and Fairphone Our friends at iFixit recently teamed up with Fairphone , a Dutch social enterprise...
  • Blog Post: New to TechSoup: CDI Tablets

    TechSoup is proud to announce our newest discount partner, CDI. CDI is a supplier of recertified, brand-name computers, primarily to educators. They have partnered with TechSoup to provide new and recertified tablets for public libraries and nonprofit organizations of all types. TechSoup offers...
  • Blog Post: Moments in Mobile - Featuring Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

    There are easily more than 4.6 billion mobile telephones being used on the planet. Over 1 billion of those are smartphones. “In 2014, mobile Internet usage will overtake desktop Internet usage,” according to recent statistics released by mobiThinking . And already in 2011, “more...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Global at National Day of Civic Hacking

    On June 1, programmers, activists, and civic leaders participated in the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) across 83 U.S. cities. The weekend event was organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy , Code for America , Random Hacks of Kindness , and many other...