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Wednesday November 4

Office 365 admin updates—from portal enhancements to...

If you are an Office 365 administrator, there are a number of new tools, reports and resources coming to help save you time when managing Office 365. On today’s Microsoft Mechanics, Lawrence Chiu joins me to take a tour and review Office 365 updates for admins. We take a look at the latest tool updates, including the new simplified portal design, an early look at upcoming reporting capabilities, updates to the Office 365 Admin app and new PowerShell resources for managing Office 365 and Office 2016 deployment.

If you missed the recent announcement about updates to the Office 365 Admin Center, Lawrence provides a visual drilldown of the enhancements we’re making to save you clicks. The workflows for password changes and acquiring new user licenses are highlighted as examples where significant optimizations have been made.

The new Admin Center also provides a...

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Install Apps On The 4th Generation Apple TV

The most substantial part of the update to the 4th generation of the Apple TV is the addition of an App Store. Awesome! There are a nice number of apps so far. Not too many, just yet. Let’s look at installing an app. To do so, start your Apple TV and from the home screen, click on the App Store icon.

From the App Store, search for an app and click on it. If you like the screenshots, click on the Get button (it’s a free app so it says Get).

Once installed, click on Open.

The app opens. Yay. Very easy.


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Automate MDM Enrollment Using Apple Configurator 2

I’ve written a number of articles on automating MDM enrollments using Apple Configurator in the past. In Apple Configurator 2, there are some new options that make the process much easier than it’s ever been in the past. To get started, let’s open Apple Configurator 2 and click on a Blueprint we’d like to apply to devices being prepared during a mass iPad or iPhone enrollment through Apple Configurator. Control-click on the Blueprint to set up for automated enrollment and click on the Prepare button.

At the Organization screen, select the organization you’d like to enroll your device in and click on the Next button.

At the Server screen, select to enroll in an MDM server.


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Tuesday November 3

What’s new: October 2015

The Office 2016 launch in September was followed by a steady stream of improvements in October. The Skype for Business iOS app is here, and the preview of the new Skype for Business voice and meeting capabilities is now more widely available. FastTrack evolved from an onboarding service to a customer success service to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud. Compliance updates include enhanced service organization controls (SOC) audit reports and the launch of local datacenters in India. OneNote inking is better than ever, Sway and Office Lens got enhancements and mobile updates, and the new Office was updated as well. For developers, there’s new on-demand video training, updates from the PnP team and more.

Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: September 2015.

Office 365...

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Put your Apple TV in sleep mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV, because it sleeps or enters standby mode after a period of inactivity. You can also turn on sleep or standby mode manually.

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OneNote as a school platform

Today’s post was written by Brad Shreffler, digital instructional coach at West Orange High School.

At West Orange High School, we have launched into OneNote as a school platform with both feet. At this point, just nine weeks into our one-to-one program, we have roughly 80 percent of our teachers using OneNote Class Notebooks for their day-to-day activities and 97 percent of our staff using the devices every period of every day.

We believe that the biggest reason for this success is the use of OneNote Staff Notebook at the administrative level. As an admin team, starting from the principal down, we believed that the only way to get our teachers to use Class Notebooks was to model proper use and notebook setup. To do this we started thinking about the systems we previously...

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Take Screenshots On The 4th Generation Apple TV

The new Apple TV has a USB-C port. It’s got some great uses. One of which is that you can use it to take screenshots through Xcode. To do so, you’ll either need a USB-C MacBook or a USB-C to USB adapter. Once you’ve plugged your computer into the back of the Apple TV, open Xcode and choose Devices from the Window menu at the top of the screen.

From Devices, click on your new 4th Generation Apple TV. You’ll then be greeted by a Take Screenshot button. Click on it.

You should then see the screen from your Apple TV. Now, good luck with that pose… Now that I can take a proper screenshot of an Apple TV I’ll have to meditate on whether or not I’ll someday write a book on the darned things…


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Sway Use Case series #4: Travel Sways

Sway is a digital storytelling app that makes it easy for people to bring all sorts of stories—educational, professional and personal—to life in a new and interactive way. This blog series highlights the great examples of Sways made across different categories by all sorts of people to make their ideas shine.

In the last Sway Use Case blog, we highlighted some of the many ways that small businesses and professionals alike are using Sway to share ideas internally and with their customers. In today’s blog, we’ll hit the road and check out many ways that travelers and adventurers are using Sway to share the secrets, wonders and adventures they’ve experienced around the world. Check out the highlights below!

Swaying your vacation and adventures with interactive multimedia

Dexter L. (...

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tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

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tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

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iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

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iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

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Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

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Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

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Configure The New Apple TV 4

The new fourth generation Apple TV is everything I hoped the third generation would be. We have a touch remote with a Mic, great video, USB-C, and most importantly, an App Store! And while I have security concerns around the setup process, I am sure Apple has thought through the myriad of questions I have surrounding sharing Apple ID keys over bluetooth from a phone to the Apple TV to streamline the setup process. So about that setup process. Configuring the new Apple TV is pretty straight forward. To get started, get your phone out. Yes, your phone. Then unwrap the Apple TV and plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and the AC adapter (which is the same as the second and third generation Apple TVs).

Once plugged in, boot up your Apple TV. When prompted, click Set Up with Device on the fancy  new remote.


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Monday November 2

Install Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves a number of tasks:

  1. Restore: Restore an operating system to an iOS device
  2. Duplicate: Similar to imaging (but not), restore various options on a device so it is similar to a previous device. There are limitations to this feature as any data stored in the secure enclave will not be duplicated
  3. Application Assignment: Install apps on devices with or without an MDM solution to manage the devices
  4. Supervise: Enable supervised mode on the devices so that you can prove ownership and therefore unlock additional restrictions on devices
  5. Manage: Deploy profiles on devices to control the features used on devices and automate configuration

However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is...

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Sunday November 1

Restrict Access To Sites On iOS Devices Using Apple...

One of the more common requests we get for iOS devices is to restrict what sites on the web that a device can access. This can be done in a number of ways. One is using the content filter option in Apple Configurator 2. The second is using a Global HTTP Proxy. We’ll cover both here, using custom profiles. Both require the device be Supervised.

Use the Content Filter

To enable the Content Filter, open Apple Configurator and click on the New menu. From there, click on Content Filter in the sidebar. You have three ways you can use the Content Filter. These include:

  • Built-in: Limit Adult Content: A basic profile that allows you to specifically whitelist and blacklist sites. This gives you very basic control of sites. Here, use the plus sign to enter a URL, as you can see here.
  • Built-in: Specific Websites Only: This option only allows certain sites, and creates a badge for each in the bookmarks list of Safari.
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Saturday October 31

Don’t Have Time To Make A Halloween Playlist: Use...
Make Your Bash Prompt Into A Smiling Pile Of Poo (

Did you know that bash supports emojis? So do SSIDs. Let’s run a quick and easy command so that bash can enjoy the same holiday that you’re enjoying. Let’s say the name of an emoji. To do so, open the and paste this command in:

say 💩

You can also easily edit your .bash_profile. To do so, run the `vi .bash_profile` command and paste this line in:

PS1="💩   $"

Note that I put a few spaces here, after the smiling pile of poo (which I really just like to type and verbalize while sitting next to people on airplanes). The reason for the spaces is that otherwise your text might overlap with the emoji. The $ allows me to know I’m at a prompt rather than just looking at an otherwise smiling pile of poo. Anyway, save and open a new Terminal prompt. Boom. Poo. In the Edit menu of the Terminal app, there’s an “Emoji & Symbols” option, which lets you pick many, many more emojis. So you’re not just stuck with the poo I left for...

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Friday October 30

50 Choices For Your Halloween Party Background...

My Top 10

The Lost Boys: Thow shall not kill is still in my head from last night. Seriously, my favorite movie to throw on in the background when throwing a Halloween party. You can do this one with or without audio. It’s not so scary, it moves quick enough, and it can be watched for just a few seconds or minutes without someone becoming engrossed and not socializing. Regrettably not available on Netflix.

The Crow: An instant classic. A love story. A ghost story. So many things are kinda’ creepy and kinda’ awesome about this movie, including an amazing soundtrack. And it’s available on Netflix.

Underworld: Vampires vs werewolves. Kate Beckinsdale. Guns. Leather. Did I mention vampires vs werewolves? Available on Netflix. Basically I’d watch the whole series again. Worth it.


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Word real-time co-authoring—a closer look

Now that Office 2016 is officially here, we are giving a special nod to one of our coolest features within the suite—real-time co-authoring. The Word team is honored to debut this new capability in Office 2016 for Windows.

We work and live in a world where collaboration can’t always happen in person and sharing ideas and information can’t always wait. In fact, a lot of real-time collaboration went into delivering this very blog post—weaving comments and content together between engineering and marketing teams located in different buildings. At times, multiple people were in the document making changes at the same time.

Real-time co-authoring in Word 2016 allows for this and, in fact, has been available since 2013, when we introduced real-time collaboration in Office Online. But with Office 2016, we take real-time collaboration to the next level by offering it within the client, delivering a ton of flexibility. In the client, users don’t need to go back and forth...

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Migrate Settings From Apple Configurator 1 to Apple...

The first time you open Apple Configurator 2, if you’ve been using Apple Configurator 1, your settings will be upgraded from the old sqlite3 database in Apple Configurator 1 into the Apple Configurator 2 decentralized file structure. To get started, first backup your computer. I’d recommend a clone as with certs and profiles and databases and all that fun stuff. Once you have a solid backup, open the new Apple Configurator 2 app and then click on the Next button at the Introduction screen.

At the Library Migration screen, select each of the types of data that you’d like to migrate and click on the Next button.

At the Device Backups screen, you will have the option to select any backups that should be migrated...

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Office 365 news roundup

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.
—Paul J. Meyer, entrepreneur and founder of Success Motivation International

It’s no secret that Office 365 is one of the fastest growing businesses in Microsoft’s long history of providing innovative technology products and services that change lives and help organizations succeed. And when Microsoft announced its first-quarter earnings last week, the numbers clearly showed that people everywhere are choosing Office 365 to enhance their personal and professional productivity.

Office 365 revenue grew nearly 70 percent in constant currency (a calculation that reconciles the...

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Wednesday October 28

Om du inte kan ringa eller ta emot samtal på iPhone

Du kanske inte kan ringa eller ta emot samtal på din iPhone om vissa inställningar är aktiverade, om du inte har uppdaterad programvara eller om det är fel på nätverket.

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Wednesday October 21

About the security content of OS X Server 5.0.15

This document describes the security content of OS X Server 5.0.15.

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About the security content of Xcode 7.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.1.

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About the security content of Mac EFI Security...

This document describes the security content of Mac EFI Security Update 2015-002.

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About the security content of iTunes 12.3.1

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.3.1.

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About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.1 and Security Update 2015-007.

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About the security content of Safari 9.0.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.0.1.

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About the security content of watchOS 2.0.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.0.1.

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About the security content of iOS 9.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.1.

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Thursday October 15

About the security content of Keynote 6.6, Pages 5.6...

This document describes the security content of Keynote 6.6, Pages 5.6, Numbers 3.6, and iWork for iOS 2.6.

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Thursday October 8

OS X El Capitan : liste des certificats racine de...

Le magasin de certificats sous OS X inclut des certificats racines de confiance préinstallés.

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Aide à l’installation d’une application tierce sur...

Si vous ne parvenez pas à installer une application tierce, procédez comme indiqué ci-dessous.

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About Wi-Fi Assist

With iOS 9, you can use Wi-Fi Assist to automatically switch to cellular when you have poor a Wi-Fi connection. 

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Wednesday September 30

About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.

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About the security content of iOS 9.0.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.0.2.

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Tuesday September 29

Edit your photos using third-party extensions in...

With OS X El Capitan, you can install third-party photo editing extensions on your Mac and use them right alongside the built-in tools in Photos.

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Monday September 28

Challenges My Organization Faces Upgrading to OS X...

As if you haven’t heard, there’s something new this month to cause drama on the Apple upgrade treadmill (just as nefarious as Slack dragging everyone’s communication watering hole into the future). This time it’s the coming System Integrity Protection and other tightening restrictions we’re all dealing with. I wanted to share our current blockers to replicating the workflow we support for customers on 10.10, which comes down to two attitudes displayed by one vendor in particular (that will remain nameless): apathy, and ignorance

‘I don’t know’

The vendor could have corrected course or known to not write to certain paths that the impending SIPocalypse will disable by relocating errant files from, and will fail for new installs. This one vendor in question bundles a whole bunch of packages as one, so if I wanted to deploy the parts of it that CAN run while waiting for other components to...

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Thursday September 24

If Safari displays a blank page or quits on your...

If you can't load a website or webpage, or Safari quits unexpectedly, follow these steps.

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Monday September 21

About the security content of watchOS 2

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.

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Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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Friday September 18

About the security content of iOS 8.4.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.4.1.

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Wednesday September 16

About the security content of OS X Server v5.0.3

Learn about the security content of OS X Server v5.0.3.

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About the security content of iTunes 12.3

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.3.

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About the security content of Xcode 7.0

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.0.

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About the security content of iOS 9

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.

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List of available trusted root certificates in iOS 9

The iOS Trust Store contains trusted root certificates preinstalled with iOS.

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Tuesday September 15

Set up and use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your...

With HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to control any of the "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessories that you have in your home, like lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more.

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Monday May 3

iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...

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Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
The best games like Animal Crossing on m...
Animal Crossing amiibo Festival is out right now for the Wii U, reminding us of just how much fun that world can be. Or at least to go back and check in on our villages once in a while. [Read more] | Read more »
Between 2 Taps - Tap for Tap interview M...
Hello, and welcome back to Between 2 Taps, Tap for Tap’s Indie Dev interview series. [Read more] | Read more »
Facility 47 (Games)
Facility 47 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: You wake up alone and freezing in an icy cell. You try the cell door but it’s locked, it seems that you are stuck with no... | Read more »
The best Photoshop alternative on iPad
Instagram and Lightroom are great and all, but sometimes people need to get extra creative with their image editing.Like, Photoshop creative. If you're one of these people, take a look at our pick for the best mobile Photoshop experience on iPad... | Read more »
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land guide -...
A new update for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land was released last week, making it the perfect time for you to head back to your base and take out some walkers. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new to the game, and how to take advantage. [Read more] | Read more »
Goat Rider guide - Tips and tricks to st...
We've all been there. One second, we're riding high on a crazed goat, and the next, we've been tossed off it like someone who's no good at goat ridin'. [Read more] | Read more »
Real Boxing 2 CREED: How to become a gre...
Just in time for Rocky fans who can’t wait to see CREED, the latest movie, we have the official tie-in game,Real Boxing 2 CREED. It builds on the success of its predecessor and there’s lots to take in so we at 148apps thought we’d run you through... | Read more »
CoinOp Heroes 2 guide - How to build an...
CoinOp Heroes 2 justlaunched and, like all clickers, it's dangerously addictive stuff. You have to furiously tap your screen to defeat wave after wave of foes and earn an insane amount of cash to spend on character upgrades and an army of minions... | Read more »

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Best Buy Black Friday deals: Up to $200 off M...
Best Buy has posted their Black Friday sale prices for 2015. Save on MacBook Pros, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, iMacs, iPads, and Apple Watches. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more
Save $30-$40 on new Apple TVs after rebate
Adorama has new Apple TVs on sale for up to $40 off MSRP after mail-in rebate, good through December 15th. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 32GB Apple TV: $119.99... Read more
13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more
Target Black Friday Early Access deals: $100...
Target is offering early access to their Black Friday deals on Apple products on their online store for today, the 25th, only. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - Apple... Read more
BlackBerry Q3 Mobility Index Report Finds iOS...
BlackBerry has announced results of its thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report, showing that organizations are increasingly building custom secure apps. Among Good Powered by BlackBerry (formerly Good... Read more
Wednesday roundup of early Black Friday Mac s...
Save up to $500 on a new Mac with these early Black Friday deals from Apple resellers, currently the lowest prices available for these models: (1) B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $... Read more
iPod nano on sale for $119, $30 off MSRP
Walmart has the 16GB iPod nano (various colors) on sale for $119.20 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $30 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale... Read more
Adorama Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off Ma...
Adorama has released their Black Friday deals for 2015. Save up to $400 on MacBook Pros, $200 on MacBooks and MacBook Airs, and $270 on iMacs. Use code RYBFDEAL during checkout to see these prices.... Read more
B&H Photo Deals: $200 off 12-inch 1.2GHz...
In addition to the B&H Photo Black Friday week sales we posted yesterday, B&H has lowered their price on two products to $200 off MSRP: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1399 save $200 - 13... Read more
Best Buy Early Access: Today only, Up to $125...
Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $125 off MSRP and Apple Watch models on sale on their online store for up to $100 off MSRP with special codes through midnight CT tonight. Choose free... Read more

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Hardware Systems Integration Engineer - *App...
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Sr. Technical/Project Manager, *Apple* Educ...
# Sr. Technical/Project Manager, Apple Education Job Number: 36588557 New York City, New York, United States Posted: Jul. 30, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Merchant Operations Manager: *Apple* Pay -...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more than Read more
*Apple* Pay QA Manager - Apple Inc. (United...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more than Read more
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