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T-Mobile will donate $1 to charity with every Android Pay purchase you make

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T-Mobile has announced a charity drive that will run through the Holidays, in partnership with Google’s #AndroidPay. As per this campaign, the company will offer $1 to charity when a customer makes a purchase using Android Pay. The proceeds go to Donors Choose which is a non-profit (US 501) that funds all schools in the U.S. by offering field trips, books and other essentials for the kids.

There’s not much the customers have to do and you can simply make a purchase using Android Pay and the carrier will do the rest. Perhaps you can use Google’s wireless payment service in lieu of a credit or debit card, just so that $1 goes towards a noble cause. T-Mobile hasn’t clarified if this only applies to payments made via the carrier’s retail outlets or every Android Pay transaction in general.

The carrier’s tweet doesn’t reveal much on this, so further clarification is awaited. Android Pay is accepted on all major retail outlets of the U.S. that have an NFC payment terminal, so you can simply walk over to your nearest store and check if you can pay for your purchase using Android Pay.

Source: @TMobile – Twitter

Via: Phandroid

Minecraft Xbox 360 Halloween Skins Available For A Limited Time Only, Earnings Will Go To Charity

Users have been wanting custom skins for the Xbox 360 for quite some time since the games release on the console. Users got their wish later on, but now Mojang has launched the Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Halloween Skin Pack on the Xbox Marketplace. Every last penny made off of the skin pack will be going to charity. The Skin Pack has a whopping 55 designs for your Minecraft character and costs a mere 160 Microsoft Points (again, every penny is going to charity). All of the proceeds from the sales will be split between a few different charities. One of them is Child’s Play, which you might be familiar with. Others include Macmillan Cancer Support, Sands Lothians (also offers support to bereaved parents) and Block by Block (a project that is trying to engage the younger generation in designing public spaces that uses Minecraft as a tool).

If you so desire, you can read a whole lot more about these charities by heading over to Play XBLA. There is tons more information that you might want to know about if you plan on buying this Skin Pack solely for the benefit of charity. All of that said, skins that you will find in the Halloween Edition (for the Xbox 360) are by 4J studios, 343 Industries, Rare, Mojang, Ronimo, Twisted Pixel, Tequila Works, and some other developers.

Skins from Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition developer 4J Studios are joined by creations from 343 Industries, Rare, Mojang, Ronimo, Twisted Pixel, Tequila Works and a whole lot more. Some of the skins that were made are actually really cool.  While Mojang, the owners of Minecraft, did not contribute a whole lot of skins, Climax Studios seems to have been the one that contributed the most. Not to mention that they also seemed to have made all of the cool ones as well! I mean seriously, how can you not resist dressing your character up as a Zombie Businessman or even a Headless Horseman?

Keep in mind that the Halloween Skin Pack will not be available forever. As it is going to be a seasonal addon, you will only be able to purchase it for a very limited time. You can hit the source link below to buy and remotely download the Skin Pack to your Xbox 360 if you so wish. The file is only 204KB so it will not be taking up a whole lot of internet data if you don’t have an unlimited plan either. Of course, if you don’t own Minecraft on your Xbox 360 yet, it is very possible that Mojang and 4J Studios will continue doing seasonal skin packs like this. So, if the lack of skins in the game has been keeping you from purchasing it, right now is the perfect time! You can also purchase and remotely download the game by heading to this link.

Have you tried out the Halloween Skin Pack yet? Which one is your favorite? I personally like the Headless Horseman the most.

Let us know in the comments below!

source: Xbox Marketplace
via: Eurogamer

EA Backs Down On Project Honor Charity

Electronic Arts has backed down from the Project Honor charity, where the complete goal was to raise money for soldiers’ families through the selling of real weapons that are featured in Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The press, for some reason, gave a negative response to Electronic Arts’ sale of real live tomahawks and some other weapons in order to “benefit the families of fallen Special Operations Warriors.” The negative response has caused them to abandon the project entirely.

Greg Goodrich, an executive producer at Electronic Arts, told Eurogamer at Gamecom, that due to the negative publicity it got, “the VooDoo Tomahawk has since been removed tom the website.”

Goodrich went on to defend the project:

“That was an effort to raise a lot of money for charity, and we were well on our way to raising a lot of money with that tomahawk, but I don’t know what will happen with that now…That whole effort, we’ve been working with those partners because we wanted to be authentic, and we wanted to give back to the communities. Every one of those partners, none of them paid a dime for product placement – all the money generated went to Project Honor.”

There seemed to be some seriously good genuine intentions behind the charity sale, but I am very surprised at the negative feedback that was given. Sure, the weapons are dangerous and all, but nowadays, you can buy weapons pretty much anywhere! It could be just a bunch of little kids whining because they weren’t able to purchase it, but I am genuinely surprised that this didn’t go through. Now the question is, what are they going to with all of those Tomahawks now (I will take one!)? As was reported last week, Electronic Arts has or could be looking for a buyer, so if you’re running short on your VooDoo Tomahawks, now might be a good time to think about putting a bid together (running out of VooDoo Tomahawks is serious business).

I’m kind of curious if Electronic Arts will be thinking of another way to do the Project Honor charity. Maybe they will make a cosmetic item, put it up for sale as a micro-transaction and then have all proceeds from that go to those that were in the U.S Army? Who knows that they’ll actually end up doing now. They might just throw the whole idea out the window after all of the negative feedback.

Way to go internet, you just completely wrecked a genuine charity fun. Coming out the Gaming Industry, this was one of those rare times that I thought that corporate companies just weren’t that bad. I’ve come to realize that it’s the internet who governs how they run things.

Anyway, what do you think about Electronic Arts and their sale of Tomahawks to make money to send off to charity? As you have probably gathered, I found that it was a fantastic idea. Hopefully they’ll be coming up with another idea, eh?

Snoball, Perhaps The Easiest Way To Donate Money (From TechCrunch Disrupt)

Here’s another great idea that came from TechCrunch Disrupt this week at Pier 94 in New York City.  TDG’s Cameron Wright came running down Start Up Alley on Tuesday to tell me about Snoball saying that it was “Bad Ass”, so of course I had to go find out what Snoball is.

Snoball is a new website that allows users to set up the ability to donate to their favorite charity by doing things they do in everyday life. Snoball starts when you sign up at snoball.co and create your own profile.  From there you create rules as to what you want to do to trigger your donation and how much you want to donate.  You can make up your own rules or do them based off a tweet or foursquare check in.

More plus a video interview after the break
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