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How to Clear Critical Data From Your Cell Phone Before You Get Rid of It

Tech Soup Blog

we get new cell phones on average every 18 months. One of biggest risks we face is the critical data stored in our old phones that we get rid of. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to do a hard reset and clear mobile phones of personal information. Clearing your personal data from a cell phone prevents anyone else getting your call history, contacts, emails, photos, text messages, calendar appointments, and many more things. But What About My Specific Phone?

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Why I'm not interested in an Android phone. Yet.

Judi Sohn

On Tuesday, Google is expected to publicly announce their Nexus One phone running Android. This is addition to a smattering of other Android OS phones out there, like the Droid , with many many more to come if you believe the techie sites. For starters, every carrier has or will have an Android phone available except AT&T. My iPhone is more than just a phone and web-enabled device. It took me over a year to jump on the iPhone bandwagon from my beloved Blackberry.

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Android — The new Google mobile phone OS | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

So, is it too much to ask for a decent interface on my phone? Still the most successful consumer product is clearly the mobile phone with around 3 billion users [ Source ]. t cell phones easier to navigate and customize to our needs, the way our computer operating systems are? Basically, Android will allow developers to create applications for phones similar to the way they create applications for any computer operating system.

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7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies

NTEN

But what you may not have anticipated was that $41m of these dollars flowed through mobile phones via “premium text messages.” As it turns out, The Red Cross used but one of several common methods to generate revenue from mobile phone owners. Using this simple method, your nonprofit advertises the availability of your designated fundraising phone number to potential donors. Using this method, you’d similarly promote your designated fundraising phone number.

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NTC Reflections: How many Smart Phones does it Take to Make a Dinner Reservation?

Allegiance Group

A few people had Smart Phones back then. They mostly used Blackberries and Palms. I had a phone that made phone calls. For me, not much has changed (although my phone does text). But now that I saw the ubiquity of Smart Phones at NTC, I’m ready for a change. I was jealous at all the Blackberries, iPhones, and Androids. I attended my first NTC conference four years ago.

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Cool App Roundup: Fundraising Edition

Tech Soup Blog

to your phone or tablet. PayAnywhere (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) is a mobile and web-based payment processing service that lets you accept donations from just about anywhere. Sage Mobile Payments (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) is another mobile payment service available through TechSoup. It converts your cell phone, smartphone, or tablet into a secure and convenient "use anywhere" credit card terminal to take donations on-the-fly.

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Stay Productive On the Road, In the Field, and Away from the Office

Tech Soup Blog

Adobe also has some nifty photo storage and sharing apps: Tired of digging through your computer, phone, and tablet for that one perfect photo you took at your annual fundraiser? Office Mobile is built right in to Windows Phones, and it includes: Mobile versions of Word , Excel , and PowerPoint , so you can view and edit Microsoft Office files using your Windows phone. Skype is also available for a variety of mobile phones.

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Apps for Disaster Planning

Tech Soup Blog

One of the big additions to the guide is a section on backing up a mobile phone or tablet. Android, iOS, Windows Phone) connects you with friends and family during a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. FEMA App (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) contains disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit and emergency meeting location information, and a map with open local shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.

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App Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

These app guides aren't specifically designed for nonprofits or libraries, but they're definitely worth looking into: Gizmodo and Wired's guide to 400 essential apps for Windows Mobile, Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices. libraries mobile phone mobile phones apps App It UpThere's a lot that an app can do for you. But getting started can be overwhelming. What apps are already out there? How would apps benefit your nonprofit or library?

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Five Task Manager Apps to Make Your Work Day Easier

Tech Soup Blog

Todoist: Free ($29/year for Premium); Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Mac, Windows, Web, various browser and mail extensions. Remember the Milk: Free ($25/year for Pro); Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Gmail and Outlook extensions, Web). social media mobile phone apps App It Up tssocialmedia tsmobiletechnology I used to have the terrible habit of writing out a to-do list in a notebook or scrap of paper and then completely neglecting or losing it.

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Losing Mobile Users? Easy Mobile-Website Builder Can Help You: New TechSoup Program

Tech Soup Blog

The mobile website developed on Guide by Cell can be accessed by any iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Windows smartphone platform. Guide by Cell has made two such offers available through TechSoup: a donation of a one-year subscription to the Cell Phone Audio Guide with up to 10 prompt numbers and a discount on the Cell Phone Audio Guide with unlimited. With these services, you can record an interactive audio tour that visitors can access with their mobile phones.

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A Field Guide to Mobile Payments

Tech Soup Blog

This technology basically turns your phone into a credit card, allowing you to make payments by simply touching your phone to an authorized hub. Microsoft added NFC functionality in their mobile OS with Windows Phone 8 , as well as the Windows 8 operating system. The Wallet hub in Windows Phone 8 supports multiple NFC payment services. Despite the cool factor of paying with a phone, the technology is not as widely-supported as other payment methods.

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Cool App Roundup: Arts Organization Edition

Tech Soup Blog

We thought, Oh, how cool that I can carry my phone around and I can have this conversation. device or operating system (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, etc.). mobile phone nonprofits mobile phones apps App It UpThis Cool App Roundup from the App It Up. project will focus on apps for arts organizations, with a practical. twist. We'll share some interesting apps developed for arts.

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Use Your Donation on the Go with TechSoup Donor Partner Mobile Apps

Tech Soup Blog

Office Mobile is built in to Windows phones, including the Dell VenuePro Smartphone available through TechSoup. Office Mobile includes: Mobile versions of Word , Excel , and PowerPoint , allowing you to view and edit Microsoft Office files using your Windows phone. Not using a Windows phone? If you have a Flickr account, you can manage, organize, and share images using the free Flickr mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows phone.

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OneNote vs. Springpad vs. Evernote: Which Notetaking App Is Right for You?

Tech Soup Blog

I started using it for the simple fact that there was an Evernote app for the BlackBerry (my phone at the time) and that I could use it on my work PC and my home Mac. Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Desktop (Windows), Web. You also can scrawl down notes on your tablet or phone with your finger or a stylus and OneNote will convert them into text. You can also use OneNote for free as a Web app through Microsoft SkyDrive, and on Windows Phone, Android, or iOS.

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Get Ready for Tax Season and Organize Your Finances with Mobile Apps

Tech Soup Blog

TaxCaster by TurboTax/Intuit (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) calculates an estimate for your tax returns before you even file. IRS2Go (Android, iOS) is your direct connection to the IRS, allowing you to request your tax return or account transcript, check your refund status, and receive other updates right on your phone. MileBug (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) makes it easy to track your tax-deductible mileage.

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Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

Additionally, FEMA's apps for Apple, Android, and Blackberry provide weather information as well as tips for what to do during and after a hurricane. social media disaster recovery mapping mobile phone appsRelief organizations and first-responders are working tirelessly to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The staff at TechSoup Global is keeping all those affected by the devastating hurricane in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts.

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Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

Tech Soup Blog

Once you've downloaded the app, all this information is accessible regardless of whether you have phone service or internet access during an emergency. The FEMA app is available in the Android marketplace , with iPhone and Blackberry versions coming soon. J-ResQ allows anyone in a disaster situation to easily record and send a voice message and email from their mobile phone, telling friends and family about their status.

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More good news from Google: Open Handset Alliance

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This means that anyone can hack their phones – and a raft of developers can create really interesting kinds of software for phones. Of course, the bottom line is that this makes it more likely that Google can get their ad platform onto phones. I’ll be watching the Open Handset Alliance, and wondering when I can replace my Blackberry with an open phone. {

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Scanning for Good: 5 Reasons QR Codes Are a Safe Option for Nonprofits

NetWits

With smart phone penetration in the US crossing 40%, QR code readers will soon be everywhere. iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry users can download one of many apps that will scan not only QR codes, but many types of bar codes. If you have BlackBerry Messenger 5.0, At last year’s Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits, Allison Nassour and I presented to a full room on the topic of QR codes.

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10 Essential Tools for the Nonprofit New Media Manager on the Go

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter Apps for Android and Blackberry are also available. Facebook has a mobile site ( m.facebook.com ), a touch site ( touch.facebook.com ), and Apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm, Sidekick and many more. Beyond adding your nonprofit on the desktop site, most of the ROI from using Foursquare comes from using it on an iPhone, Android phone, or Blackberry. The advent of the Mobile Web is slowly starting to permeate and transform nonprofit communications.

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HOW TO: Launch a Mobile Photo-Sharing Campaign for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter has a suite of exceptional apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Window 7 Phone, and iPad , as does HootSuite and TweetDeck , and although the tools listed below also allow uploading from your desktop computer, getting acquainted with sharing photos while on location and making that transition to using your smartphone for photo-uploading is a necessary one. Odds are a Web-based version of Instagram is coming, as well as apps for Android, BlackBerry, etc.

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The Good (and Bad) News About Mobile Security

Tech Soup Blog

While Android devices have been the most popular targets for mobile malware, all smartphones and tablets – including Android, Apple, Windows, and Blackberry devices – are at risk for theft and data loss. Blackberry and Windows phones have remote wipe capabilities. Security library libraries mobile phone mobile phones apps App It UpThere's good news and bad news about mobile security.

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iPhone owners: Anyone solved the multi-Mac dilemma?

Judi Sohn

Sure, I can charge my phone, but I have to be careful not to let iTunes sync, because it insists on only syncing to one iTunes Library at a time. This is something I still miss about the BlackBerry. I’ll meet folks on my trip, enter their contact info into my phone and have no way of transferring that info to my laptop until I get home. 10 reasons I still love my Blackberry even though it isn’t an iPhone So if rumors are to be believed, the Blackberry 9000.

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Goodbye iPhone – First 24 hours of Android

Judi Sohn

After reading reviews and getting opinions from friends on social media, as well as time spent just playing with different phones in the AT&T store, I decided on the Samsung Infuse 4G. It’s incredible how light and thin this phone is. I like that I can shop the Android Marketplace from my computer and a few seconds later the app is already on my phone. Moving from iPhone to Android was so much easier than going from Blackberry to iPhone.

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Which is a better investment for your nonprofit – an iPhone App or a mobile website?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

That said, here are a five reasons why it might make more sense to initially invest in a mobile website over an iPhone App: 1) Almost anyone with a mobile phone can access your mobile website whereas only iPhone users can access your iPhone App. Are you going to also create Apps for Palm, Blackberry, Android, etc.? When I bought my first iPhone in June 2009 I was absolutely blown away. Love my iPhone. What a miraculous little tool of technology.

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Accept Donations On-the-Go with Sage Mobile Payments

Tech Soup Blog

New to TechSoup’s Sage Payment Processing program, Sage Mobile Payments converts your cell phone, smartphone, or tablet into a secure and convenient "use anywhere" credit card terminal. 400+ devices are supported, including iPhone3, iPhone4, iPad, Droid, and BlackBerry.

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Credit Card Processing – Helping Nonprofits Raise More Money Wherever Their Fundraising Efforts Take Them!

Tech Soup Blog

PayAnywhere also offers: Compatibility with most Apple, Android, and BlackBerry devices. Live customer support via phone, email or chat. Accepting credit cards is a great way for nonprofits, charities and public libraries to increase their fundraising efforts. These days you can even get a mobile credit card processing solution that will allow you to accept credit and debit card payments anytime, anywhere.

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Nonprofit Technology News for March 2013

Tech Soup Blog

mobile carrier, AT&T has created an Android and Blackberry app that addresses the problem of driving and texting, arguably the most lethal aspect of mobile technology. You can vote on your favorite apps for good for Windows 8 and Windows Phone in our Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest now through March 15. Winning apps can receive $15,000 cash prizes and Windows 8 phones! video cloud computing mobile phones NTEN tsdigs tsfeatured

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CRM Apps: Manage Donors on the Road

Tech Soup Blog

DonorPerfect Mobile (Android, iOS) brings the power of DonorPerfect's web-based program to your phone or tablet. The app taps into your phone's GPS to locate potential donors near you. Zoho Mobile (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) keeps you in the loop on important constituent emails and calls. Like some of the other CRM apps noted here, it can also use your phone's GPS to find nearby donors and prospects.

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Using your browser to test what sites look like on a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc)

Allegiance Group

Specific device testing: There’s a good iPhone tester available, as well as Blackberry emulators to mimic individual phones. Be aware that the Blackberry emulators are very large downloads. Most mobile sites will focused more on Safari/iOS and Android phones, as that is the devices used for browsing on most US based sites. You shouldn’t lose sight of Blackberry and Windows mobile, however, and perhaps even Nokia if you have a more international reach.

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The Rise of Mobile

NetWits

Personal computing, the internet and telecommunications have made such significant advancements over the past 25 years that we can now hold a device in one hand that’s capable of making phone calls, sending text messages, taking and viewing pictures and video (HD video that is), browsing the internet, sending email, playing games (any Angry Birds fans out there?), iPhones, Thunderbolts, Blackberrys, etc are becoming commonplace in a lot of ways.

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Wisdom 2.0: Living Consciously In A Connected World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Summit Organizer I am filled with gratitude to Soren Gordhamer for his vision of bringing together an amazing group of people who work in the area of mindfulness and technology for Wisdom 2.0 , a three-day event aimed at addressing an compelling issue: "The question for most of us is not if we will use the technologies of our age, from cell phones to social media, the question is how can we do so with mindfulness, meaning, and wisdom?" Soren Gordhamer, Wisdom 2.0

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My iPhone 3G

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The iPhone 3G had some compelling features and 3rd party apps (like Pandora , which, I have to admit, is about 1/2 the reason I got the phone.) In general, the phone actually works quite well. The phone interface is great, visual voicemail rocks, reading email is really good, and surfing the web is decent – way better than on a blackberry. I know some folks are holding out for an Android phone, which, from what I can tell, are going to be pretty similar. {

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A Better Way to Produce Nonprofit Annual Reports

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The same design and the same code works on PCs, Macs and Linux desktop computers or Apple, Android, and Blackberry smart phones and tablets like iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. researchers suggest Apple could sell 25 million units in 2011 — or even their smart phone. Not to mention Blackberry users and all these new tablet computers.”.

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Are Nonprofits Wasting Time Developing Mobile Apps?

Care2

There are too many barriers to using your app So, first someone has to have a phone that works with native apps–for the most part, that’s an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and maybe a Windows phone or other smartphone. Then, assuming your app works on all of those phones, they have to download the app. As nonprofit campaigners, it's our job to engage our constituency, move them up the ladder of engagement, and of course raise more money.

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The Mobile Web: Consider the User

NTEN

Thirty-eight percent of American mobile phone users -- 120 million people -- access the web via their mobile device; fewer than 30 million are iPhones or Android phones. This approach misses two key facts: one, users are already using your website on their phones, and two, mobile web users have different needs than desktop users. Mobile browsers, even on smart phones, are not conducive to searching, browsing, or exploration. Mobile phones come in all shapes and sizes.

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CRM Apps: Manage Donors on the Road

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft recently released a mobile version of Dynamics CRM (available through TechSoup's donation program) for iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets. DonorPerfect Mobile (Android, iOS) brings the power of DonorPerfect's web-based program to your phone or tablet. The app taps into your phone's GPS to locate potential donors near you. Zoho Mobile (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) keeps you in the loop on important constituent emails and calls.

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Social Media is Going Mobile, and So Should Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Have you considered how your current Website looks on a mobile phone? To do this, you need to make sure that your key communications staff are empowered with a smartphone, such as an iPhone, BlackBerry, or PalmPre. As the Web goes mobile , so does social media… and so should your nonprofit.

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Video Conferencing Apps: Take Virtual Meetings on the Road

Tech Soup Blog

The app syncs with your phone or tablet's address book as well as your other email or social media accounts so you can easily connect with your colleagues and constituents. Tango (Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7.5) You just need to ensure that they also have Fring installed on their phone. Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone) is the mobile version of the popular face-to-face video calling service (we use Skype here at TechSoup).

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