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Imagine Dragons, Apple team up on charity single for refugees

10/12, 3:00pm

New effort comes on heels of iTunes-based American Red Cross campaign

As the ongoing refugee crisis as a result of the Syrian civil war continues to flood Europe with migrants, Apple has opted to step up relief efforts beyond the pledge page for the American Red Cross, which is helping with refugee camps and other aid, and has worked with information specialist firm SAP and the band Imagine Dragons on a new charity single, called "I Was Me." All proceeds from sales of the song on iTunes will go to the United Nations Relief Agency, with an additional matching donation of 10 cents per copy being donated by SAP for the first five million in sales.


Briefly: iTunes refugee donations open, Apple Company Store revamp [u]

09/18, 11:55am

Users can donate to American Red Cross to help European migrant crisis

[Updated with further details on Apple Company Store] Apple has set up a donation page in iTunes -- with a link to it from the main page of its website -- to help customers who wish to donate money to the American Red Cross to help ease the migrant crisis that is sweeping across the Mediterranean and Europe. The crisis, fueled by the Syrian civil war and other upheavals in the region, has put a strain on the resources of the host countries, and displaced nearly half a million people.


Reminder: Big Deal photography bundle ends Thursday

06/20, 11:56pm

Over $4,200 in downloadable plug-ins, tutorials, and more for $99

Earlier this week, Foto Promos announced its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,200 worth of downloadable products for just $99. The bundle, which runs through Thursday, has raised over $31,000 for charity, and features contributions from Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video, among others.


Cook donates 50,000 AAPL shares to unnamed charity

06/01, 12:21pm

Apple CEO's gift currently worth $6.56 million, according to SEC

A new SEC filing by Apple has revealed that CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock to an unnamed organization, which if sold now would be worth more than $6.56 million. Cook donated the shares out of his personal holdings of AAPL, and was required to file an SEC Form 4 to disclose the transfer, but did not specify which charity has received the gift. Cook has tended to donate to social justice and LGBT organizations.


Apple enlists iTunes to solicit American Red Cross donations to Nepal

04/27, 4:12pm

Series of earthquakes leave 3,600 dead, aid urgently needed in stricken country

Following a major earthquake and series of aftershocks on Saturday in the small nation of Nepal, Apple has set up a special iTunes page for donations to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief. Visitors can donate in denominations ranging from $5 to $200, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the charity to help survivors and the families of the estimated 3,617 who have been reported as killed by the quake.


Apple's Cook again offering lunch date for charity drive

04/15, 12:30pm

Proceeds again benefit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice, Human Rights

For the third year running, there is an opportunity for a winning bidder to have lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook, thanks to a Charitybuzz online auction. The lunch data and a pair of VIP tickets to one of Apple's future keynote events are on auction to raise money for Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Last year, a similar auction raised $330,000 for the center. Current bidding, with 21 days to go, is $37,500.


Briefly: Apple launches new volunteer program, revamps jobs site

03/16, 8:01pm

Company steps up community involvement initiative, soon to ramp to worldwide

On Monday, Apple launched a new program aimed at helping employees find ways to volunteer in their communities, which will further qualify to receive matching gifts from Apple's existing Matching Gifts Program, which has handed out more than $78 million to various charities and non-profits in the past four years. The Apple Global Volunteer Program will launch soon in the US and select cities in Australia and Ireland before rolling out worldwide, for both corporate and retail employees.


Beats executive Ian Rogers auctioning off private lunch date

01/22, 9:40pm

Apple music honcho raising money to fight pediatric cancer

Ian Rogers, who was previously the CEO of Beats Music and is still running the service now that it's at Apple, is auctioning a private lunch date in either Los Angeles or Cupertino as part of a charity fundraiser for The Pablove Foundation, a pediatric cancer research nonprofit. The auction, which is being run through, estimates the value of the lunch at $3,000 but is of course hoping to raise much more.


Apple expands matching-donations program, has raised over $50 million

10/02, 9:11pm

Original drive was one of Cook's first acts on becoming CEO three years ago

In the span of three years, Apple's matching-donation program -- which encourages employee giving to recognized charities by matching their donation -- has raised more than $50 million. On Thursday, Apple notified employees that it would expand the program worldwide, and will begin donating money to charities where employees volunteer at a rate of $25 per hour. The expansion will bring the program to nearly all countries where Apple has a presence, the company said.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month donation option appears on iTunes Store

10/01, 1:56am

First non-disaster donation portal, will be active throughout October

City of Hope, a research and treatment charity focused on cancer and diabetes among other life-threatening illnesses, will be the recipient of donations given by iTunes users through a new portal on the iTunes Store and available for iOS, Mac and Windows users. The move, the first time Apple has set up a donation system for a non-disaster relief organization, is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will be available throughout October.


Reddit to donate portion of 2014 revenue from advertising to charity

03/02, 2:25pm

Ten percent will go to non-profit charities decided by Reddit users

Reddit announced on its blog that it will be donating a portion of its 2014 advertising revenue receipts to non-profit charities at the end of the year. Users will be able to decide which charities receive funding after the company closes out its books.


Charity event to celebrate Macintosh's 30th anniversary

12/23, 8:08pm

Ridley Scott, original Mac team members among special guests

While not an official Apple event, a celebration of Apple's past and the specifically the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Macintosh -- Apple's second big "hit" product after the Apple II, that went on to define the company for more than two decades -- will be held at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California on January 25, one day after the official anniversary. The event will feature various original Mac team veterans, previously-unseen video, and other surprises.


Google releases 'One Today' charity app for iOS

12/18, 11:42pm

Invites users to learn more about and donate to charities

Google has brought its One Today charity app, which debuted originally on Android in July, to iOS devices. The app focuses on a different charity every day, presenting the user with information about its mission and easy ways to donate to it, encouraging users to give $1 (or more) to a charity that interests them. Donations can be shared with social networks or kept private, and are all tax deductible.


AmazonSmile will donate part of Amazon order value to charity

10/30, 11:21am

Customers can nominate charity to receive Amazon donation

Amazon has launched a program that will allow customers to donate money to charity using Amazon orders. AmazonSmile lets customers name a charity of their choice that will receive 0.5 percent of the price of their total Amazon purchase as a monetary donation, with the retailer advising that there is no cap on the amount that can be donated.


Charity auction for Tim Cook meeting hit with fake bid

05/01, 12:00am

Stolen credit card used to hike price even higher, retracted

A "coffee" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, an offer being bid on for charity fundraising, has been hit with credit card fraud. A previous high bid of $605,000 was retracted after it was discovered to have been placed using a credit card that turned out to be stolen. The site, Charitybuzz, said the issue came to their attention immediately was swiftly retracted, dropping the high bid back to $600,000. The Cook meeting is by far the highest-bid item in the auction.


Coffee with Cook breaks half-million dollar auction barrier

04/26, 7:10pm

Apple CEO meeting sets record for charity site

A chance to spend some one-on-one facetime with the CEO of the world's most influential and profitable technology company is worth a lot; far more than anyone expected, as it turns out. Apple head Tim Cook has offered a half-hour "coffee" at Apple headquarters to the winning bidder in a charity auction that was initially valued as being worth $50,000. As of 6:45PM ET on Friday -- with 18 days remaining in the bidding -- the bidding has reached $580,000 after 81 bids. The auction benefits the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.


Humble Bundle 7 launches with six cross-platform games

12/19, 9:48pm

Documentary Indie Game: The Movie included if median beat

The Humble Indie Bundle has fired up again for the last time in 2012. The new bundle brings four games for purchase, with an additional two games and documentary film if the average bundle purchase price is exceeded. As usual, the purchaser can divvy up the purchase price between the developers, charity, and the Humble Bundle purveyors themselves. Soundtracks for many of the games is also included (in lossy or lossless formats) in the purchase price.


Humble Bundle offers games for Mac, PC, Linux, Android

08/16, 12:00pm

Up to five DRM-free games available for charitable donation

The third Humble Bundle to feature Android games (as well as versions for Mac, Windows and Linux) has been launched, featuring up to five games in a bundle deal where users decide not only the amount they want to pay, but also what percentage of the price goes to the developers, the Humble Bundle team, or two charities -- digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Child's Play organization, which donates gaming equipment and games to children's hospitals.


Briefly: UPS Mobile updated, MAGFest charity auction

01/03, 12:00pm

MAGFest auction for Child's Play

UPS has launched an updated version of its free mobile shipment utility for iOS devices. UPS Mobile includes a number of features for tracking shipments, creating labels, finding UPS locations, and more. With the latest release, a new "Scan to Track" feature has been added, allowing users to scan package tracing numbers with a phone's camera to obtain updated information. In addition, the software will also search for any tracking numbers stored on the device and automatically add them into the UPS app for tracking.


Humble 'Introversion' Bundle launched for charity

11/22, 8:00pm

Name-your-own-price, DRM-free games

Days after the completion of the last Humble Bundle offer, developer Jeffrey Rosen has launched a new promotion, dubbed the Humble Introversion Bundle. As with previous offers, buyers set their own price for the bundle, which this time includes four games from Introversion (with an option to get two more games). All games work natively on all major platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux) and are DRM-free. The money raised is split according to the buyers' wishes.


Briefly: Developers remember Jobs, Frozen Synapse bundle

10/06, 1:35pm

Frozen Synapse bundle expanded

In memory of Steve Jobs' life, several Mac software companies are donating 100 percent of their profits to pancreatic cancer research. For the next two days, Realmac Software will collect all revenue generated by RapidWeaver, Analog, Courier and LittleSnapper and donate it to Pancreatic Cancer UK. Meanwhile, SmellyPuppy has announced that all of the profits made from QuickCal between now and October 14th will be given to the Lustgarden Foundation.


HumbleBundle returns with Frozenbyte games offer

04/13, 1:10am

'Pay What You Want' offer includes all platforms

A charity bundle offer of games for Mac, Windows and Linux called the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle is available on a "Pay What You Want" basis for a limited time, this time featuring games and games from indie developer Frozenbyte -- including their original hit game Shadowgrounds, the sequel Shadowgrounds: Survivor, the popular fantasy platformer Trine, a pre-order for a new game called Splot, and a Windows-only bonus of the never-completed prototype game Jack Claw.


Briefly: Obama inspired T-shirts, iRingPro gives back

01/20, 6:30pm

Adobe Sweepstakes

In brief: FastMac has announced that it is now offering a special line of Obama inspired T-shirts to celebrate his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. iRingPro has announced that they will now begin to donate a portion of every sale to a charity that seeks to provide education, meals and medical cares to children in Nepal. Meanwhile, Adobe has started a contest where users must use Acrobat 9 to create a media rich PDF to be entered into a gallery. Adobe is looking for a wide range of entries from general to industry-specific, allowing users of any experience level to win prizes.


Nike+ Human Race 10K

07/28, 7:05pm

Nike+ race

On August 31, Nike and Apple will be hosting one of the world's largest one-day running events, The Nike+ Human Race 10K. Individuals are able to either join together with large groups of runners in 25 different host cities or they may choose to run where they are and then upload their stats via Nike+. Runners can sign up for the event through Nike+'s website and are given the option to choose a charity that they would like to run for. Registered runners may run for the UN Refugee Agency, the Lance Armstrong Foundation or the WWF.


Briefly: Moshi Codex review

01/02, 8:00pm

CompUSA Mac discounts

In brief: We've published a review of the Wacom Bamboo series, there are 10 new ways to trick out your MacBook, a new tutorial explains how to make icons for Mac OS X, the Firefox 3 beta has debuted, and Apple ranks 11th in Web traffic for November ... We've posted a review of the Moshi Codex MacBook case.. Aevoe, creators of the Moshi line of products, have created an elegant product for any of the MacBook series. The rules of good notebook case design dictate that it should not be too tight and there should be a certain amount of glide when you put your equipment away. When you’re in a hurry, you shouldn't have to fumble about or struggle with the covering. Another rule is that it should project the right image, i.e. look good without much flash, unless that is your preference. A stylish design should be discreet or tastefully bold and the Moshi Codex holds your laptop with just that right amount of style.



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