iPhone SE review: Classic iPhone design, but with 2020 function

There are a lot of ways to think about Apple’s new $399 iPhone SE. One is that it’s a more affordable option than the iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple), with surprisingly similar camera specs, which it is. Or that it’s the 2020 sequel to the original SE from 2016, which it also is. Or, at 4.7 inches, that it’s the smallest and cheapest iPhone you can currently buy (though it’s not that small). Or (and this is my favorite way to think about it) that it’s an iPhone 8 with the brains and power of an iPhone 11. In fact, the new iPhone SE is all these things and that’s why I’m enamored with it.

Like

  • Affordable price
  • Long battery life so far
  • Great rear camera
  • iPhone 11 Pro-level performance

Don’t Like

  • Old iPhone design
  • Selfie camera is mediocre

Read more: iPhone SE 2020 is proof that Apple won’t actually bring back the tiny phone

The new iPhone SE has the classic design that defined the iPhone for its first 10 years. The design, the body and the camera lenses are all the same as 2017’s iPhone 8. But Apple performed a

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HBO Max review: 10,000 hours of great TV and movies but still incomplete

HBO Max, HBO’s entry into the streaming wars, is a slick app chock-full of popular TV shows and movies. It’s got HBO’s entire catalog, along with favorites such as Friends, Rick and Morty, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies, and almost every Studio Ghibli film — making it a solid streaming collection for adults and children, with the ability to control ratings on kids’ profiles better than most other services. 

Like

  • Large, varied content catalog for the same price as HBO Now
  • Simple, easy-to-navigate interface
  • Large children’s catalog and customizable rating settings
  • Ability to see what movies and shows are coming and going

Don’t Like

  • High price
  • Not yet available on Roku or Amazon Fire TV
  • No 4K HDR
  • Can’t import watch history or personalized recommendations

If you already subscribe to HBO or the HBO Now streaming service (or, let’s be real, mooch off someone else’s account), HBO Max is a great upgrade that gives you a nice new interface and loads more content for the same $14.99 a month. But if you’re a brand-new subscriber, that price is at the high end — especially if you already pay for Netflix, Hulu, Disney

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10 reasons why your stimulus check hasn’t arrived: Dead ends, form issues, delays

The IRS has been making stimulus payments since April. Has yours arrived?


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If you’re not in the group of more than 152 million Americans who have already received their coronavirus stimulus checks, you’re may be feeling anxious about the status of your payment. We get that.

The relief money from the IRS is part of a sweeping economic package intended to help bolster a US economy staggering from the effects of the pandemic. The checks are being processed on a schedule, which could be one reason why yours hasn’t arrived. We’ve found other reasons, too, that could explain the delay with your payment. 

A little more information about the relief checks before we begin. Your stimulus money could arrive through direct deposit to your bank account, if you set that up before the May 13 deadline. At this point, however, it’s more likely you’ll find it in the mail, as either a paper check or a prepaid debit card. It’ll be your money to spend, free and clear. (Meanwhile, a bill for a second round of stimulus checks

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How to manage different configurations in Apple Configurator 2

Use different organizations in Apple Configurator to differentiate multiple configurations between each group of devices, separated by sites, buildings, or locations.

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It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer in working smarter, not harder, and I try to incorporate that into everything I do. From time to time a problem will come up that simply requires putting in the hard work–and that’s OK. Even in those times there could be a thing or two that can be used to make even the most daunting of tasks a little less intensive.

SEE: Cheat sheet: Apple macOS Catalina (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

One area I find this at times is in mobile device management, specifically referring to iOS-based devices. Though much of the heavy lifting can be pushed onto a well-designed zero-touch deployment consisting of Apple School or Business Manager and a solid MDM, there will be times when devices won’t cooperate or services will be offline, and devices still need to be provisioned. And if you’re tasked with managing devices from different departments or entirely unique organizations, Apple Configurator 2 can be configured to handle it all with aplomb.

The key here is to use the Organizations

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