How to use Apple Configurator 2 to import devices into DEP/ASM

With a Mac computer and Apple Configurator 2, an administrator can import devices into the Apple School (or Business) Manager application, even adding accidently deleted devices back to the database.

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In this age of many-to-one management suites, like Mobile Device Management (MDM) applications, a tool that is effectively one-to-one like Apple Configurator 2 (AC2) seems counter-productive at times–especially if your organization has more than a few dozen devices to manage. Indeed, when you’re managing hundreds or thousands of devices, the brilliant pairing that is Apple School Manager (ASM) and your MDM really shine when it comes to virtually zero-touch provisioning, deployment, and management are concerned.

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Formally known as Device Enrollment Program (DEP), Apple’s web-based database that contains entries for all of your organization’s Apple devices, including iOS, macOS, and tvOS-based devices. The database itself, populated automatically when enterprise purchases are made, allows devices to begin the provisioning process the moment they are taken out of the box when a match is made between the device’s serial number and one of the entries in the database. From there, the process is handed over to the MDM to complete

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How to use Meet, Google’s free Zoom video chat rival


Google is making more moves into the video chatting space during the coronavirus pandemic, soon providing its premium video conferencing service Google Meet free for consumers. Previously available only to organizations using G Suite, Meet will soon be open to everyone, in a move that puts Google in competition with rival video chat service Zoom

While Google Hangouts and Duo were previously available for casual video chatting, Meet allows up to 100 participants on a call at once, and includes features such as scheduling, screen sharing and real-time captioning. 

Read more: 10 free Zoom alternative apps for video chats

The free version of Google Meet will require you to create a free Google account. Video calls will have a 60-minute cap, but Google said it won’t enforce that cap until after Sept. 30. 

Google also laid out a number of default privacy protections in place with Meet, including host controls (like the ability to admit or deny entry to a meeting, and mute or remove participants), complex meeting codes and encryption in transit. This seems to be taking aim at Zoom, which saw a massive surge in users after the coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines started —

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DJI Mavic Air 2: Hands-on with DJI’s amazing new folding 4K drone

Right now, DJI’s new Mavic Air 2 camera drone can go where I can’t. I live near a county park in New Jersey where I’ve tested out drones in the past but, with it closed to help flatten the coronavirius curve, flying there was out of the question. For me, at least. 

The Mavic Air 2 can fly farther and for longer than the original from 2018, and that’s in spite of it being slightly larger and heavier at 570 grams (1.3 pounds). Its max flight time is now 34 minutes without wind, up from 21 minutes. (I got roughly 32 minutes of zipping around my backyard before it forced a landing.) Its max video transmission range has increased from 4 kilometers to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). With it I could stand outside the near-deserted 121-acre park — an odd sight for a sunny spring Saturday — and fly over its flowering trees and capture it all with the drone’s new 4K-resolution camera even if I couldn’t see them in person. 

The camera uses a larger 1/2-inch Quad Bayer image sensor behind an f2.8 24mm-equivalent lens. The sensor’s design allows it to capture 48-megapixel images (here’s a

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How to fight depression and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic

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In a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation published April 21, close to have of the people polled said that their worries and stress about the coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Even if you didn’t already deal with anxiety and/or depression, the stress of living your day-to-day life during a pandemic is likely wearing on you now.

Haley Neidich, a licensed psychotherapist, tells CNET that it’s completely normal to experience fear and anxiety right now.  It is perfectly okay to feel whatever you are feeling during this time, but there are things you can do to calm your mind and ease stress.

“My biggest concern about the panic is the stress that it causes for each individual,” Neidich says, noting that when panic occurs, events are canceled and shelves are cleared out of necessary items which only further increases stress. “Stress and panic begets stress and panic,” she continues. “Stress weakens our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness, which is the exact opposite of what we need right now.”

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5 ways to use Apple School Manager for distance learning

Apple School Manager can help bridge the gap between educational institutions and students while centralizing management of their distance learning initiatives in five simple, yet powerful ways.

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Apple School Manager (ASM), formerly known as Device Enrollment Profile (DEP), is Apple’s backend website that allows schools or districts to create an account linked to their Apple sales accounts, facilitating a seamless transition between new equipment purchased and configuration, then to the end user’s hands.

ASM aims to make managing Apple devices easier than ever before. Take MacBook Pro laptops, for example. Before ASM, IT typically configured a source device with all the software and settings required, then encapsulated all that data and captured an image, resulting in a large file that would be copied over to each target device, effectively cloning the original.

By using ASM, a new device gets automatically enrolled in the school’s ASM account (based on serial number). Enrolled devices are linked to a Mobile Device Management (MDM) server from the console within seconds. Upon powering on the devices for the first time, users must answer a few basic questions, such as selecting a preferred language, location, and establishing a network connection. The

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Moto G Power review: The battery actually lasted me four days without a charge

The Moto G Power ($250 at B&H Photo-Video) is one of the newest members of the Motorola G budget phone family. It follows in the same steps as last year’s Moto G7 Power with both a wallet-friendly price and a gigantic battery. At its core, the $250 Moto G Power is similar to the more expensive Moto G Stylus ($300 at Motorola). (It’s sold as the Moto G8 Power in the UK for £220. It’s not available in Australia.) Both come at a time when sheltering-in-place means many of us depend on our phones to stay connected with friends, family or work. At the same time, millions of people are in financial distress and can’t afford a new phone or to replace a broken one, especially when new phones can cost upwards of a thousand dollars.


  • Long battery life so far
  • Headphone jack
  • Low Price
  • Macro camera is so much fun

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  • Video recording is rough
  • Photos suffer from noise

And that’s where Motorola stands out from the growing crowd of budget phones by offering both an affordable price and premium features. That’s not to say that the Moto G Power isn’t without

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