App Wrap: "CharityMiles," "Budge!"
Updated: Updated 11/26/2012 09:39 AM
By: Adam Balkin
NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
This is how you kill two birds with one app: the bird that's probably still in your belly from Thanksgiving while helping to donate to a good cause this holiday season.
When you start up CharityMiles, you first swipe to select a charity you'd like to help. Hit the info button in the corner to learn more about each charity. Once you've done that, choose what type of exercise you'd like to do to: walk, run or bike. Then, hit start and as you walk, run, or bike, money is donated to your cause based on how well you do. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile, while walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile.
Developers say they have enough corporate sponsors at the moment to cover up to $1 million worth of donations, but they're hoping that as more users jump onboard, so, too, will more sponsors to help up that amount.
CharityMiles is a free app for iPhones and Androids.
Budge! lets you place bets with your friends, for real money, only the money doesn't go into the winner's pocket but instead towards a charity.
You start by challenging a friend. Then, you either choose a challenge or type in your own, then place your wager: $1, $2 or $5. Once a winner has been determined, the other person, aka the loser, makes the donation through the app. The app also integrates with Facebook, giving the winner bragging rights as well.
Budge! is a free app for iOS devices.
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