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Buycutt, Conscious buying, Align purchases with your conscience

Buycutt

buycuttJust ran across a little app called Buycutt. It’s a free app, on the Android (Google) and Apple platform, which allows you to figure out where and to whom your money is actually going when you purchase an item. In other words, it lets you do conscious buying. You go on the app, select which campaigns you support and then the scan items you’re about to purchase. This cool little app will tell you whether or not your impending purchase is “in line” with your values (aka – campaigns you choose).

Currently, the top campaigns are:

1. Demand GMO Labeling
2. Say No to Monsanto
3. Avoid Koch Industries
4. Boycott Monsanto
5. Local and Sustainable Food Initiative

They have groups of campaigns, 20 and counting, which include animal welfare, civic rights, food, health, human trafficking, social responsibility, veterans and women’s rights.

Guess people, myself included, don’t want their food created with chemicals.

Another cool feature of Buycutt is that it keeps a long list of your purchases, so you can go down the list instead of continuous scanning.

So, go shopping, scan products, and let Buyott align your purchase with your conscience.

iPhone vs Android – Which is Better?

Choosing a new phone is one matter, but selecting the right mobile device that has the features you want while also being versatile, robust and cost effective is quite another. For many people, these choices have narrowed down to selecting between the highly regarded iPhone and Android/Droid phone. Both phones come with a plethora of features and many advantages that make either one worthy of selection, but which one is better overall for your needs. This is truly the iPhone vs. Android contest with the winner being the one that best displays all the features you desire while combining reliability with robust design and polish. For much of  this discussion, I’ll be comparing the iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy III (Droid phone).

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Versatility

In this comparison between the iPhone and Droid or Android phone, we examine the types of phones you can get featuring either one of these platforms. Since Apple creates the iPhone (which runs on iOS – Apple Operating System), and it runs through their Apple Store, they have to approve all software that is made for the iPhone. At first this took a very long time, now it’s a much faster approval process. Conversely, the Android OS which is created by Google offers software choices from a number of manufacturers including Samsung, HTC and Motorola just to name a few. This means that the Droid phone you purchase may come in different sizes, use a number of different features and even varies in quality. This versatility makes phone running the Droid OS more prevalent worldwide than iPhones. As of September 2012, Droids are #1 smart phone at 52.4% , iPhones at 33.4% of the market.

However, a number of choices do not necessarily mean having an advantage. Some Android phones have built a reputation for freezing up or even overheating. The variance in quality does not affect the iPhone as it is of high quality albeit with fewer overall choices. The winner here is the iPhone.

Apps

Here is an area that is simply too close to call, while Apple does have far more app, the quality of many of the Droid apps can be a bit more spotty than then iPhone Apss. Although, now, you can get every popular app (Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, Words with Friends, Angry Birds, Song Pop) on each OS and they work identically. A good comparison of which Operating System does better per app is well document here.

Screen Size

While the iPhone 5, the screen size variability is less of an issue than it was in September of 2012, when you only had one choice. Now you have the iPhone 4s at 3.5″ and the iPhone 5 at 4″. Droid phones run the gamut of screen sizes. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8″ screen – better for watching movies, reading books, playing games.

English: Android Market on Samsung Galaxy S.

English: Android Market on Samsung Galaxy S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Networking / Cell Phone Carrier

Here, Android has been using the 4G LTE for at least a year and while not all areas of the US are 4G LTE yet, they will be soon. The iPhone just entered the 4G LTE market with the iPhone 5. You get the true 4G LTE speeds, currently, on Verizon and AT&T markets. I’m sure T-Mobile and Sprint will be live within next 12 months.

Author’s Note: Have been using the iPhone 4S for about a year. Enjoy everything except the keyboard, which is the worst keyboard I’ve ever tried. The voice recognition gets about a 70% grade. The Droid phones I’ve tested and installed for clients have a far superior keyboard (you can event get different versions of keyboards) and voice recognition, while texting, is an 90% grade.

 

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Fun with iPhone – iPhone App Selection

If you’re new to the iPhone scene, you might
want to jump right into the fun stuff without reading the whole manual.

With the analytical techie sitting on my left shoulder screeching, “NOOO!” I’m going to tell you how to get to the fun stuff because the fun stuff is what makes the iPhone worth getting. (The phone service ain’t so bad but with all this more fun stuff to do, you won’t want to chitchat so much anymore.) I’m willing to bet you’ve probably already figured out how to turn it off and on, so I’ll just skip ahead to the fun.

These are my most frequently used apps –  all of them are FREE!

Most of these applications will work on iPod Touch as long as you can hook up to wireless Internet. NOTE: Oftentimes, you cannot hook up to wireless Internet (as I found out at my gym), so if you want to use these apps, all the time, best to get an iPhone. Additionally, some of these apps require a microphone, which are very inexpensive, for the iPod Touch. The iPhone has built-in microphone (which you use for phone calls)

Amazon Mobile Read reviews, buy stuff, compare prices on Amazon. Kindle Who needs to buy $199 Kindle, when you can buy Kindle Books from Amazon this way. Just read books on your iPhone. Books are so 18th century!
Epicurious Free. Awesome recipe consolidator for the recipe collector. Also helpful: Woman’s Day Cooking Assistant includes a cook time calculator, prep guide and spice dictionary.
DizzyBeeFree Fun Crazy Game.

Jott Voice recognition notes. Try it, you’ll see. So much better than Voice Notes, or the old Keyboard Notes Bug. Free (however it does require a paid Online account). You could also try Evernote: Anything you need to jot down fast, be it in text, a photo, or a voice note, Evernote will keep it, index it, and sync it to the online subscription service.

Dragon Dictation Dictate voice messages and have them translated while you watch. Need to add microphone to iPod Touch for this to work.

Forsquare Super cool way to let friends know where you are by “checking in.” Also a good way to find reviews for wherever you are. Uses GPS in your mobile device. Avail for Android, Blackberry, Palm and others.

Paper Toss Very low tech game. You get to throw a piece of paper in the trash. Hours on mindless fun. One of my favorites!

BMW M Power Meter Very cool way to watch speed, distance and other car measurements – for BMW owners and BMW wannabe owners 😉
Fring – All the Instant Messenger Products in one cool program, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Chat, MSN.
Tap Tap Revenge Probably the best free game available now. Guitar hero for your fingertips.
AOL Radio This is the game changing app and the paradigm shifter in mobile. Free streaming radio, including internet radio stations (all Pearl Jam, all the time, anyone? Anyone?). Just wait until they have TV. AOL is cool again.
Yelp. Nice implementation of the restaurant, doctor, gym, coffee shop, bar, favorite IT Company (:-)) (and other companies as well) reviews site.
Loopt. Ping your friends and see where they are. Loopt Pulse, a newer feature, helps you find and plan events in your area.
Weather Bug. More accurate weather, weather web cams, and radar maps than the apple’s built in app, Weather.
SportsTap. Also free. Sports scores from all sports. (You could get MLB.com At Bat for $5 program lets you track games in progress, which is no big deal. The big deal is that you can actually watch video clips of key plays before the games are over. But SportsTap is freer and better.)

Baby Scratch. Who doesn’t need to scratch records hiphop style while waiting for public transportation? The least expensive DJ equipment available for $0.00! If scratchin’s not your thing but music still is, check out Karajan Beginner – Free, fun music lessons, tuning ear to music.

We plan on doing many of these “best of apps” blogs. What are you favorites and why? Which apps are you regretful you purchased. Leave a comment with your favorite app and of course, feel free to put a link to your blog or website.