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Digital Inclusion, Energy Conservation, and Accessibility Play Major Roles at Mobile World Congress
Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is held annually in Barcelona, Spain, sets the tone for the mobile industry for the coming year. It also influences other areas of the tech world and other industries — including the social sector. This year's MWC, held March 2 through 5, was especially...
What Digital Currency Could Mean for Nonprofits
The world seems to be changing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Now, with a post-wallet economy gaining popularity, consumers as well as businesses and organizations alike should be paying attention to mobile wallets, digital payment, and even cryptocurrency (a form of digital currency...
Can Mobile Phones Solve Homelessness?
Are mobile phones a lifeline for homeless people? Assuredly they are. Homeless people use mobile phones to break their isolation, find food and shelter, and connect with the people they care about. The Mobile4All project also sees mobile phones as a key to open the door to recovery and self-sufficiency...
Green Technology Summit Heads to Europe (and It's Kind Of a Big Deal)
It's been 12 years since our own Jim Lynch teamed up with Willie Cade at PC Refurbishers and Recyclers to start the very first International Computer Refurbishers Summit (ICRS). That's why we're so excited that the very first European version of the event is happening in Dublin, Ireland...
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...
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...
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...
Do You Need a New Website? Check Out Idealware’s New Free Workbook
Who doesn't need an improved website? If you suspect that your website is falling short, Idealware has created a free workbook to help you figure out if your website is doing what you need it to do. I like this workbook. It has 10 easy-to-follow worksheets that help you evaluate your website and...
The Future of Mobile Video: The Good, the Bad, and How It Affects Nonprofits
It has been a busy few weeks for mobile news … but then again, when isn't it busy? The much-anticipated Apple announcement coincided with the perhaps poorly timed CTIA mobile industry tradeshow. But there was a common thread between these two events: the future of mobile video. Net Neutrality...
Mobile Connectivity for Nonprofits: What’s Your Best Option?
Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re...
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...
Upcoming Webinar on July 10: Mobile Tech for Offices & People
Interested in learning how to pick wireless devices, make your office more mobile, and implement good mobile strategies at your nonprofit or library? Then Mobile Impact 401: Mobile Tech for Offices & People is the webinar for you! Join experts Matthew Bauer and Brent Muckridge on Thursday, July...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Introducing TechSoup's Data For Good Magazine
Nonprofits needs to understand how to use data in all its forms. The UN has already called for a data revolution in the development sector and the nonprofit sector has an essential role to play in this. There are increasing examples of how open data, big data and small data is being used to help the...
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...
Upcoming Webinar May 8: Mobile Impact 101 - Taking Your Cause Mobile
The mobile age isn't coming — it's here. But the real question is, is your nonprofit or public library ready to use the most popular tool in history to change the world? Join us next Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Mobile Impact 101: Taking Your Cause Mobile...
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...
How Cell Phones and Tablets Enable Telework
Telework (also called telecommuting) is where an employee regularly does their work outside of the office, usually at home or when traveling. To be able to telework, people usually need five things: a computer or tablet, broadband Internet, access to work email, access to work documents, and a phone...
iFixit’s Basic Phone Repairs that Most of Us Can Do
Reduce, reuse, recycle: Everyone knows the three Rs of sustainability. But at iFixit , we talk a lot about a fourth R—one that people often forget: Repair. In case you haven’t heard of us, iFixit is the free repair manual for everything. Our goal is to teach everyone how to repair the...
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...
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...