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Bradley Chambers

@bradleychambers

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 has worked full-time 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, 85 access points, 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.

At 9to5Mac, Bradley covers HomeKit technology, enterprise software, enterprise hardware, and how Apple fits into the enterprise environment.

Bradley holds a B.S. in Management from Covenant College.

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

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CarPlay is becoming an essential part of using iOS. What started as something only in high-end aftermarket stereos has turned into the default for new cars. Unfortunately, my car from 2017 doesn’t have it, and I am not interested in completely ripping the factory display out—as it’s a pretty unique shape and I am concerned it will look a little out of place. However, there’s a new solution for my situation, and it’s the perfect way to add CarPlay without replacing your existing stereo system. For the past few weeks, I’ve had the Car and Driver Intellidash Pro in my car, and it’s the perfect way to use your iPhone if your vehicle doesn’t include CarPlay.

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September 25

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Kandji, a modern, cloud-based platform to manage and secure your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices. Kandji saves IT teams hours of manual work with features like one-click compliance templates and 150+ pre-built automations, apps, and workflows. Request access.

In a recent Forrester study, research came out about the updated total cost of ownership for Macs running Apple Silicon vs. the competitors on the market. The study finds that organizations could save over $800 over three years compared to a PC. How is this so? Are Macs cheaper in the long run? Let’s look at the report in further detail.

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September 24

A few months ago, I reviewed Qingping’s e-ink temperature tracking device. I loved the look of it, as it didn’t follow the trend of high-resolution screens. For the past few weeks, I’ve had Qingping’s Air Monitor Lite, and it brings another unique style to HomeKit.

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September 23

Survey finds 89% of employees would take a pay cut to choose their own work device

Jamf, the popular Apple MDM platform, has announced the results of an independent global survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne, of 2,000 employees and 500 IT decision-makers on how important device selection is at their jobs. The key findings reveal that 89% of respondents said they’d be willing to sacrifice part of their salary for the ability to choose their own device.

September 21

Apple’s Claris launches Smart Pack to help K-12 schools and libraries reduce administrative demands

Apple subsidiary Claris has announced the release of ECF Records Manager. It’s an app created to help K-12 schools and libraries meet the requirements of a new $7 billion federal program to support remote learning.

September 18

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the leader in modern mobile device management (MDM) and security for Apple enterprise and education customers. Over 22,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the 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 small businesses have followed the digital transformation trend of large businesses, having reliable technology has become ever more important. When devices run into issues, business owners need repairs, and they need them fast. Apple’s growing footprint Apple Store and the genius bar have become a lifeline for small businesses without dedicated IT departments.

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September 17

I’ve written about a handful of HomeKit compatible light strips in the past few months, but a new model looks to be the best yet. The Onvis Kameleon Smart Light Strips bring some unique features to HomeKit that are worth checking out.

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September 14

In this episode of the Apple @ Work podcast, long-time Mac Admin Tom Bridge from JumpCloud joins the show to call real or fake on Apple’s 11 reasons for using a Mac at work.

Sponsored by Mosyle: Managing Apple devices at work shouldn’t be difficult. Mosyle makes it easy.

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September 13

JumpCloud raises $159M in funding on strength of Apple enterprise adoption

JumpCloud has announced a $159 million series F round led by Sapphire Ventures, with additional participation in the round from Owl Rock, Whale Rock Capital, Sands Capital, and Endeavor Catalyst. Existing investors General Atlantic, BlackRock, and H.I.G. Growth Partners participated in the funding round, as well.

September 12

Spotify’s ambitions from expanding from primarily a music platform to leveraging podcast and audiobooks are well known. Music royalties are expensive, so it makes sense for Spotify to focus on getting listeners to spend more time listening to content that isn’t as costly to the company. As Spotify seeks to become a destination for all audio content, I spent time using it as my primary podcast player to see how it stacks up compared to apps like Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, and Player FM.

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I’ve been listening to podcasts since 2004, and the industry has grown up a lot during that time in terms of variety, but also in production quality. While most people think of podcasts as non-fiction talk show style, but there is a fast-growing industry fictional storytelling that is rising to the level of being considered a “movie in your ears.” QCODE’s new show, Electric Easy, is quite possibly the highest level of audio production I’ve heard in my life, and it’s worth checking out.

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September 11

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has announced that it will spend $4.4 million on iPads to help subscribers transition to a digital-only version for its newspaper. The only printed edition of the paper that will continue after the project is finished will be the Sunday version. The paper will spend an additional $1.7 million on training and marketing to make sure its customers can continue to enjoy the newspaper.

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Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the leader in modern mobile device management (MDM) and security for Apple enterprise and education customers. Over 22,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the 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.

Over the last 15 years, Apple has seen continued strong growth in the enterprise. On the strength of the iPhone, the iPad and Mac have been favorites for IT and end-users alike. In pondering the next 15 years of enterprise trends, I believe Apple is poised to pick up even more of the market share.

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September 10

The August Lock is one of my favorite HomeKit devices I own, so when I came across the Yale Smart Cabinet Lock, it was something I was immediately curious to try to see how it worked with HomeKit, as I’ve not used an indoor lock before.

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September 7

Thinka has launched their new Z-Wave Controller Thinka Z-Wave. The new controller is the first Apple HomeKit-certified Z-Wave controller and is designed to add more than 3,300 smart Z-Wave products for HomeKit users.

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September 4

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the leader in modern mobile device management (MDM) and security for Apple enterprise and education customers. Over 22,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the 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.

If you weren’t in the workforce before the iPhone was released, you don’t remember that Apple products used to be shunned by most IT professionals. Using a Mac at work was only for “designers” and “creative people.” IT wouldn’t offer much support on using them, so Mac users were left on their own. Today, a lot has changed. Macs are not only accepted, but many IT professionals also prefer to deploy Macs over PCs as well. I’ve been using a Mac at work since 2008, so I want to look at something fun today: the best Mac apps for work.

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September 3

Since I’ve started working from home full-time as the Senior Digital Web and Marketing Manager for Cribl, I’ve had to rethink my desk set up in the short term. My wife and I are currently in the home building process, so this setup isn’t permanent, but it’s what I have for now. A few weeks ago, I added the HomeKit compatible Meross Smart LED Floor Lamp to my home office, and it’s become the perfect way to brighten up my video calls.

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September 1

Backblaze teams up with Vultr for new cloud storage competitor to Amazon, Google, and Microsoft

Many people think of Backblaze as just a cloud backup provider for Mac users looking to have an offsite copy of their photos, movies, documents, etc. The company also offers some robust business solutions as well. Today, Backblaze is announcing a new Backblaze B2 partnership with Vultr that gives organizations a storage alternative to the big three technology companies.

August 31

JOBY introduces new MagSafe-compatible accessories for the iPhone 12 lineup to help content creators

MagSafe has turned out to be one of the most popular features for the iPhone 12 lineup. Accessories makers are presently coming out with new products on a weekly basis. JOBY is introducing the all-new GripTight system for MagSafe that’s aimed to give content creators the opportunity to use iPhone 12 without needing another complicated locking system.

iCloud Photos is probably one of the most impressive services that Apple is currently running. It’s built into every iOS, macOS, and tvOS device (and iCloud.com), and Apple has to be syncing billions and billions of photos and videos across its data centers. As good as iCloud Photos is, it still lacks a proper family sharing feature to help families unify their photo libraries. Another year of iOS announcements has come and gone, but yet we’re no closer to the ability for families to properly share their libraries – particularly among spouses.

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