Apple Services Status Monitor, Macs Users the Most Charitable, and More Mac News
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- Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud Status Monitor
- Donation Data Suggests Mac Users Are the Most Charitable
- Yahoo Mail Benefits from Being 'Switzerland of Internet'
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Apple has posted a quick, comprehensive status monitor of the current status of its various online services. The new Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud Web page provides displays either a green square when a service is operating normally, or an orange triangle if it's currently offline or experiencing issues.
PR: Qgiv, an online and mobile donation solutions, has released "Technology's Impact on Charitable Giving Trends," its first annual report highlighting how a donor's technology choices impact charitable giving. Based on analysis of more than 320,000 donations across 165,000 users, Qgiv found that Gmail, Safari, and Mac OS users averaged more per donation than other technology platform counterparts.
The findings are based on sampling a year's worth of individual donations to more than 1,000 charitable organizations of all types. Qgiv analyzed the connection between donation amounts to all charities using the Qgiv platform and the donor's technology choices, highlighting related giving trends. Charities on the Qgiv donation platform include religious organizations, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and more. The findings include:
Charitable Giving Unique Domain Email Users Most Generous
Donors using a unique domain name - one for personal domains or corporate email addresses - gave 13% more per donation than the next highest per donation amount, generated by Gmail users. Average donation amount by email type from November 2011 November 2012:
- Unique/Corporate/Other email: $165 per donation
- Gmail: $143 per donation; (13% less than unique email donors)
- AOL: $138 per donation; (16% less than unique email donors)
- Hotmail: $128 per donation (22% less than unique email donors)
- Yahoo: $120 per donation (27% less than unique email donors)
Mac-based Giving Outpaces Other Operating Systems
Donors using a Mac OS gave 25% more per donation than Windows OS users. Average donation amount by OS from November 2011 - November 2012:
- Mac: $182 per donation
- Windows: $137 per donation (25% less than Mac users)
Safari Users Win the Charity Browser War
Donors using the Safari browser gave 9% more per donation than the next highest per donation amount, generated by Chrome users. Average donation amount by Browser type from November 2011 November 2012:
- Safari: $168 per donation*
- Chrome: $153 per donation (9% less per donation than Safari users)
- FireFox: $140 per donation (17% less per donation than Safari users)
- Internet Explorer: $138 per donation (18% less per donation than Safari users)
Gmail Biggest Drop in Average Donation Year over Year from 2011 - 2012
Despite giving more per donation than donors using other branded email services, Gmail users have experienced the biggest drop in per donation totals from 2011 to 2012. The following data represents the average donation for the January through November time periods, measured year over year:
- Unique/Corporate/Other email: 2011 - $155; 2012 - $156
- Gmail: 2011 - $153; 2012 - $132
- AOL: 2011 - $135; 2012 - $134
- Hotmail: 2011 - $128; 2012 - $133
- Yahoo: 2011 - $111; 2012 - $116
"The data on the giving trends by technology indicators can help organizations maximize value from their current marketing and outreach campaigns. Combining email, browser, and other key indicators with existing demographic data has the potential to help these organizations more accurately target the appropriate donors," says Todd Baylis, president of Qgiv. "It's not enough anymore for organizations to offer just one giving option. With today's diverse donor base and evolving technology, charitable organizations need to provide a broader cross section of options, like online, mobile, and on-site to maximize the value they're getting back.
* Publisher's note: Since Apple no longer supports Safari for Windows (development ended at version 5.1.7), which was never very popular (0.33% of visitors to Low End Mac are using Safari for Windows vs. 34.2% using Safari for Mac, 9.6% Safari for iOS, and 11.0% Chrome for Windows, the most popular Windows browser in our site logs), and since Safari is Apple's default browser, Safari's top spot here should be no surprise. dk
ZDNet's Liau Yun Qing reports that Yahoo's nonalignment with any mobile operating system makes is easier to cooperate with third parties such as telcos, OS players, and Internet service providers, which don't perceive it as a competitor. That's according to Vivek Sharma, general manager for Yahoo Mail and Messenger, who has designs on making Yahoo!'s email service the default choice for cross-platform email.
Ms. Qing cites Mr. Sharma commenting: "Yahoo is increasingly the Switzerland of the Internet. We are available across all platforms. We're also everybody's friend because we do not compete with the operating system providers or the original equipment manufacturers."
Yahoo has revamped its Mail service for the Web and released apps for the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8, with Mr. Sharma noting that that Yahoo is the only Webmail provider with branded apps for all the three most popular mobile OS platforms.
The iMac EFI Update 2.0 update is recommended for all iMac (Late 2012) models. This update contains general performance fixes pertaining to sleep and Thunderbolt, and improves compatibility when using the 5 GHz band in Wi-Fi.
Boot ROM or SMC Version Information: After Update is complete:
- Build version: 010A.05
- ROM version: IM131.88Z.010A.B05.1211151146
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.8.1 and greater, EFI version 010A
Mac Wi-Fi Update 1.0 is recommended for all late 2012 Mac systems. This update improves compatibility when using the 5 GHz band in Wi-Fi.
Boot ROM or SMC Version Information: To confirm the update has been applied, the CFBundleVersion string of the AirPortBrcm4311.kext will need to be checked.
New driver delivered in update:
- CFBundleVersion = 612.20.15
System Requirements: OS X 10.8.2 (specifically build version 12C2034)
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PR: Pixelmator has released a version 2.1.4 update for its image editor program, that features layer support, GPU-powered image processing, and many other features.
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Pixelmator 2 is currently priced at $14.99 for Mac OS X 10.6.8 through 10.8, and is exclusively available for purchase on the Mac App Store.
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