Tech Tuesday: Apps that give back

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by SHANNON POWELL

WFAA

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 1:08 PM

Most people love to give back. Texans are very generous. But here's a win-win once you shell out your money.

The nice part is some apps will allow you to give back even if you are on a budget.

"TangoTab is a dining resource," said Andre Angel, TangoTab. "When you eat, they eat."

The app, created by Dallas resident Andre Angel,  is a free download, Sign up and receive information about discounted meals. You can search for offers or check out the ones that arrive in your e-mail. But ultimately, you are helping to stamp out hunger by feeding your own belly.

"Hunger is a major problem in the U.S.," Angel said. "One in six go to sleep hungry. One in five go to sleep hungry. Fifty million people are on food stamps assistance. We can eliminate hunger."

Angel says right now more than 500 restaurants in Dallas are utilizing the services of TangoTab. Bailey's Prime Plus is one of those restaurants participating. Guests can have a delicious meal at a high end restaurant during off-peak times. It is a win-win for customers, feeds the hungry and benefits the restaurant.

"TangoTab is an incredible application that drives people to restaurants. Real time, social media. They are donating to fight hunger in North Dallas."

TangoTab is only one of dozens and dozens of apps designed to give to the needy.
Thirteen-year-old Cameron Cohen has gone from being a cancer patient to a survivor, and now he's a philanthropist.
 
His app is called iSketch, drawing software that costs just 99 cents in the app store.

Cameron has raised and donated more than $20,000 to help support kids at Mattell Children's Hospital UCLA.   

Cameron Cohen is still at it. He is working hard. He has created the AnimalGrams app. Again, only 99 cents. Nearly 50 percent of proceeds will go to the same hospital.
 
Those are just two apps. One gives back to fight hunger, the other offers hope to cancer patients.

If you have other causes that you would like to give back to. The Apps that Give Back website tells you about numerous apps that return some of their profits to charity.

E-mail spowell@wfaa.com

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