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Bradley Chambers started his career in telecommunications working for the original IP TV provider in the US, and also was part of their fiber to the home roll out. From 2009-2021, Bradley worked for a private school in Chattanooga, TN running the information technology department and technology integration in the classroom. He manages a network of 15 switches, 100+ access points, hundreds of Macs and iPads, and multiple phone systems across four separate campuses across the city. He’s well versed in enterprise Wi-Fi, macOS and iOS system management, school technology, SaaS tools, and more. Currently, he works at Cribl where he runs content marketing helping companies understand how to best manage observability data. At 9to5Mac, Bradley covers HomeKit technology, enterprise software, enterprise hardware, and how Apple fits into the enterprise environment.

If you have any tips, feedback, corrections, or questions, they can be sent to Bradley@9to5mac.com.

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Eve HomeKit

Eve announces Matter firmware upgrades are coming on April 17 for a more reliable HomeKit experience

Eve has been at the forefront of the Matter upgrades for its products, and today, it has announced the release of its latest line of out-of-the-box Matter-enabled devices. Customers can now purchase the Eve Energy smart plug for North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom, while the Eve Motion and Eve Door & Window sensors will be available on April 17. Existing users of the latest HomeKit and Thread-enabled models of Eve Energy, Eve Motion, and Eve Door & Window can also upgrade their devices to Matter for free via the Eve app for iPhone and iPad starting April 17.

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Apple @ Work: Healthcare challenges with Apple devices

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Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, I talk with Rachana Vijayan from Hexnode about the challenges of managing devices in a healthcare environment.

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Apple @ Work: Pigs sometimes fly or Apple allowed IdP integration for faster and more scalable deployments

Mac IdP integration

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

As more and more businesses adopt Mac devices for their employees, the integration of identity providers (IdP) has become increasingly important for the enterprise. But what exactly is an IdP and why is it so crucial for Mac integration in the enterprise?

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HomeKit Weekly: Aqara brings HomeKit Secure Video to a battery-powered doorbell for the first time

Aqara Video Doorbell G4

Smart doorbells have become a popular option for homeowners who want to keep an eye on their front door while also triggering some HomeKit automation as well. Battery-powered doorbells are easy to install and offer a range of features that make them an excellent alternative to traditional wired doorbells. In this week’s HomeKit Weekly, we’ll look at the benefits of battery-powered doorbells and review the Aqara G4 video doorbell, a wireless smart doorbell that offers a range of features and benefits for folks looking for an easy-to-install HomeKit doorbell.

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Apple @ Work Podcast: Business banking made digital with American Express

Apple at work podcast

Sponsored by Kolide Kolide’s method means fewer support tickets, less frustration, and most importantly: 100% fleet compliance. Visit kolide.com/appleatwork to learn more or book a demo.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, I talk with Stewart Kendall and Catherine Lynn from American Express about “super apps” in finance and how business banking has evolved in recent years.

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Apple @ Work: 1Password gains deep integration with an Okta driven unlock option

1Password Okta

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Kolide, the device trust solution that ensures that if a device isn’t secure, it can’t access your cloud apps.  If you have Okta, Kolide can help you get your fleet to 100% compliance.  They’re Zero Trust for Okta. Learn more or request a demo today.

As remote work continues to become the norm, businesses are finding it increasingly important to have a reliable identity management solution in place. Okta, a leading identity and access management platform, has become a vital component of this infrastructure for many enterprises. With its ability to manage user authentication and authorization across multiple systems and applications, Okta has become an essential tool for businesses that operate remotely. Now, 1Password has gained deeper integration with Okta – making both platforms that much more valuable.

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HomeKit Weekly: This one HomeKit item might save you thousands of dollars

FIBARO water leak sensor

I’ve always been paranoid about water damage in my home. We have hardwood floors throughout our home. If you’re a homeowner, you know the cost of repairing them if you have water damage. A slow drip from a leaky sink can turn into thousands of dollars in repair costs. Thankfully, with a HomeKit-enabled flood sensor from FIBARO, you can easily know when there’s water where there shouldn’t be before it turns into a major issue. Read on to learn why the FIBARO water leak sensor is the ideal option to use under all of your sinks.

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Apple @ Work Podcast: Cisco and Apple – better together

Apple at work podcast

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, Kristyn Hogan from Cisco joins the show to talk about their latest iPad announcement, the Apple partnership, and more.

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Apple @ Work: Apple opens up sideloading devices to Apple Business Manager outside of Apple Configurator

Sideload Mac Apple Business Manager

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Apple has long been known for its sleek and user-friendly products, but it’s not just consumers who have been drawn to the brand. In recent years, Apple has also made significant inroads in the enterprise market, and one of the reasons for its success has been its willingness to open up its platforms to IT departments and third-party vendors. This has allowed businesses to customize and integrate Apple devices and software into their existing systems, making it easier for employees to work seamlessly across different devices and platforms.

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HomeKit Weekly: Onvis’s Thread-enabled HomeKit door sensor unlocks multiple automations

Onvis CT3 door/window sensor

Onvis has recently updated its door/window contact sensor, the CT3, to incorporate Thread technology. With this update, the Onvis CT3 contact sensor is now able to seamlessly integrate with HomeKit Over Thread for a more reliable experience via Siri and the home app. This contact sensor is designed to keep you informed of when doors and windows open and close as well as trigger automations.

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Apple @ Work: Why Wi-Fi 6E solves a major problem for IT professionals supporting remote employees

Apple Wi-Fi 6E

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Kolide, the device trust solution that ensures that if a device isn’t secure, it can’t access your cloud apps.  If you have Okta, Kolide can help you get your fleet to 100% compliance.  They’re Zero Trust for Okta. Learn more or request a demo today.

Wi-Fi 6E is the latest Wi-Fi technology that provides faster speeds, lower latency, and improved overall network performance. The latest MacBook Pros, Mac mini, and iPad Pro 11-inch (4th generation) or iPad Pro 12.9 inch (6th generation) are the only Apple devices that support Wi-Fi 6E, providing users with the ability to take advantage of this new technology. Wi-Fi 6E operates in the 6GHz frequency band, which is a newly available spectrum is essentially a new highway for Wi-Fi. In this edition of Apple @ Work, I want to explain why Wi-Fi 6E might be the new standard for remote work environments.

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HomeKit Weekly: Does Home Key support make the Level Lock+ the best smart lock?

Level Lock+

I’ve tried a number of smart locks over the years. I’ve typically always landed on the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock as my go-to recommendation because it was easy to install, didn’t require you to use a new key, and also let the outside deadbolt remain the same to fit in with the exterior of your home. I recently installed the Level Lock+ with Home Key support – keep reading to learn if it’s the best smart lock on the market.

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ClearVPN 2

ClearVPN 2 by MacPaw: The simple and user-friendly VPN solution with a brand-new interface

Today, MacPaw announced version 2 of its ClearVPN solution. It’s a reinvented VPN solution designed to help users easily and securely enjoy their online presence without the need for extra tech skills. ClearVPN was first launched in 2020 with the aim of providing users with a simple solution that would allow them to solve any online goal without a hassle. The team achieved this by creating Shortcuts that addressed the reasons why users chose VPN in the first place and eliminate the rest of the complexity.

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HomeKit Weekly: XOME Homebridge adds 3000+ compatible accessories to HomeKit

XOME

Homebridge is an open-source platform that allows you to control and automate your home using Apple’s HomeKit technology, even if the devices don’t support it natively. While it can be run on countless devices for free, there are times when you want a plug-and-play solution that’s low-powered and can be tucked out of the way. This problem is exactly what the IONEXX XOME Homebridge for HomeKit aims to solve.

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Addigy 2023 State of the Apple Device Management Industry Report

Addigy releases its 2023 State of the Apple Device Management Industry Report for MSPs

Earlier today, Addigy released its 2023 State of the Apple Device Management Industry Report for MSPs. The report is based on a survey of 480 managed services providers from around the world and covers various topics, including Apple device management pricing, managing Apple devices, and the growth of Apple devices in the enterprise.

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Apple @ Work Podcast: Where did the name Meeting Owl come from?

Apple at work podcast

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, Frank Weishaupt from Meeting Owl joins the show to talk about hybrid work trends, where Meeting Owl fits in, and where the name of the company originated from.

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Apple @ Work: Addigy expands MalwareBytes partnership with new OneView integration

Addigy MalwareBytes

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Addigy, a provider of cloud-based Apple device management software, has announced additional features for its integration with Malwarebytes. The integration provides users with the ability to deploy the MBOV antivirus solution to their entire fleet of devices and simplifies the management of the software through automation. Addigy has also added new device facts to its MalwareBytes integration, providing additional data for security monitoring and management.

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HomeKit Weekly: A review of the HomeKit-compatible SmartWings shades

SmartWings HomeKit Shade

One of the hardest things to balance when it comes to technology in the home is striking the happy medium between stylish and functional. Shades are a perfect example of that. Every technology person wants the latest bells and whistles, while someone who cares about design wants something that looks like it contains no technology. I recently installed a couple of the HomeKit-compatible SmartWings shades, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite smart home products. In this week’s HomeKit Weekly, we will be taking a closer look at the SmartWing HomeKit shade, diving into its features, benefits, and why they are designer-approved.

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Microsoft announces full support for virtualization of Windows on ARM through Parallels Desktop 18

Parallels on ARM

While there have been various workarounds, there’s always been a bit of tension in building workflows and enterprise activities around running Windows through virtualization software on Apple Silicon powered Macs. Today, Alludo (parent company of Parallels) has announced full support from Microsoft on virtualized versions of Windows on ARM platforms.

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HomeKit Weekly: Why the Google Nest doorbell might be the best HomeKit doorbell available

Google Nest Doorbell

As I was building my new house, I found myself struggling with the decision of which doorbell to go with. I have always been a fan of the privacy and security offered by HomeKit Secure Video, but I was also looking for a doorbell with 24/7 recording. I found myself torn between my love for the privacy of HomeKit and the need for 24/7 recording. After much research, I ended up on Google’s Nest Doorbell. It offered the 24/7 recording feature I was looking for, but I was hesitant about the lack of end-to-end encryption. But ultimately, I decided to go with the Nest doorbell because it’s not a camera inside my home, and the benefits of the 24/7 recording feature outweighed the concern about the encryption.

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Apple @ Work Podcast: Microsoft Policies are just IT Policies

Apple at work podcast

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices. Over 38,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management, and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, Jason Dettbarn from Addigy returns to the show to talk about System Updates, Conditional Access, and how Microsoft still runs the IT world.

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Aqara matter rollout

Aqara hub M2 firmware update adds Matter support, other hubs coming soon

Aqara is excited to announce the rollout of a new firmware for the Aqara Hub M2, Version 4.0.0 (beta), that adds Matter support to the hubs. Matter is a new standard for IoT devices that enables smart home accessories to work together across brands and ecosystems. This new firmware allows Aqara Zigbee devices to connect to third-party, Matter-ready apps over Wi-Fi. One thing to note, this firmware update does not include enabling of Thread.

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