Moving your iTunes account to a new machine De-Authorise the previous PC/Mac account in iTunes. You are limited to 5 authorised accounts so its always wise to De-Authorise previous machines before moving to a new one. Load up iTunes on the new PC/Mac that will be managing content for your devices, sign in using your …View full post
it’s just another creative advertising done by apple. It sure does it’s purpose, and that is to drive people’s attention. Some people think this is brilliant and works to make you look at the store and drive your attention towards a product you don’t need to buy… Its made me wonder why they didn’t just …View full post
How One Company Made A Multi-Million Dollar Blunder In Buying 14,000 iPads What can businesses learn from a company that spent millions of dollars on thousands of iPads without knowing how they’d be used? I’ve been a big proponent of the iPad in business since Apple first announced its tablet more than two and a …View full post
Given the enormous popularity the iPad has enjoyed within the past few years, it seems inevitable that these devices will eventually saturate the workplace. But even when tablets begin to flood your network, there are tools available that can make your workload lighter, including the iPhone Configuration Utility (iPCU), which helps secure and manage both …View full post
Moving your iTunes account to a new machine
- De-Authorise the previous PC/Mac account in iTunes. You are limited to 5 authorised accounts so its always wise to De-Authorise previous machines before moving to a new one.
- Load up iTunes on the new PC/Mac that will be managing content for your devices, sign in using your Apple Store credentials and in the same way as above Authorise this account.
- Once Authorised select the store link from the left hand side of iTunes
- You will be required to enter your Apple Store credentials at this point and after entering them you should see the below App Store window load up.
- From here using the quick links on the right hand side of the Store window select ‘Purchased’
it’s just another creative advertising done by apple. It sure does it’s purpose, and that is to drive people’s attention. Some people think this is brilliant and works to make you look at the store and drive your attention towards a product you don’t need to buy… Its made me wonder why they didn’t just stand a few mannequins at the front window with massive tits holding the latest fan-dangled apple product….
What can businesses learn from a company that spent millions of dollars on thousands of iPads without knowing how they’d be used?
I’ve been a big proponent of the iPad in business since Apple first announced its tablet more than two and a half years ago. In that time, the iPad has more than proved its value in companies of all different sizes and across virtually every industry. That said, the iPad isn’t a fit for every job within every workplace. If a company is considering investing in iPads for its employees, one of the first things that company and its IT leaders need understand is how the iPad will be used.
That seems like a pretty basic step in the procurement process, but it’s one that seems to be getting overlooked by some companies – including one very large enterprise company that should have known better.
Gartner enterprise software research director Nigel Montgomery was recently interviewed by ZDNet Australia about enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps for the iPad and other mobile devices. While the focus of the interview was on the challenge that software vendors have had adapting ERP tools to mobile devices, one comment from Montgomery was a bigger story.
A company I spoke with last week bought 14,000 iPads for its management team, and 40 per cent of them had sent the devices back because they don’t have a clue what to do with them. The company never considered what the value was and what was going to be delivered [through the iPads].
This story is so mind-boggling at first that it’s almost hard to believe. This was obviously a very large company and most likely a multinational corporation if it has at least 14,000 managers. It almost certainly had a large and skilled IT staff and the type of technology procurement system common in large companies – ones that require multiple people from various divisions to sign off on major purchases. That usually adds a layer of bureaucracy that slows down the process, but it also ensures that purchases aren’t made on a whim.
Despite that, this company somehow spent at least $5.6 million on iPads without an understanding of how they would be used by the staff that received them.
And that’s the most conservative estimate possible. It presumes that all 14,000 iPads were 16 GB iPad 2 models without 3G support purchased for $399 after the new iPad’s release. The cost could have been as much as $11.6 million if they were all 64 GB new iPads with LTE.
The scale of this purchasing fiasco is enormous and I can’t help assuming (and hoping) that it will result in much tighter procurement policies and probably a few people being reprimanded, fired, or losing the authority to authorize such purchases.
There is, however, a lesson here that applies to the iPad as well as other mobile technologies and to the entire bring your own device (BYOD) trend that allows or encourages employees to use their personal iPad, iPhones, and other devices at work. Before you implement any mobile technology program, you need to have a clear understanding of some basic facts.
What problem or need will a device, app, or service solve or fulfill? Who will use it? If there are security concerns, how will you mitigate them? What type of training and support will you offer? How will you determine if the solution is a success?
You also start with limited testing and a pilot project – even if your company is a small to mid-size firm with as little as a few dozen employees. That process helps you determine if the solution does what you bought it to do, how easy it is to use, whether it integrates with your other technology systems, and the level of support and troubleshooting you may be taking on if you move forward with a wide scale deployment.
These are all steps that this company clearly skipped when it bought the iPads, but the simple fact is that many organizations are moving fast towards the goal of empowering workers through the use of iPhones, iPads, and other mobile technologies. Many are moving just as fast towards universal BYOD. In the process, too many are skipping these kinds of steps and rushing forward with no clear idea how, or even if, their employees and bottom line will benefit. It may not be buying thousands of iPads at every business, but this story should serve as a cautionary tale to any company racing towards mobility like a man racing to a mirage in the desert. Despite the hype and excitement, mobility initiatives — all business initiatives, really — need to start from a clear and level-headed mindset.
Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/184246/how-one-company-made-a-multi-million-dollar-blunder-in-buying-14000-ipads/#FPfLwdbYBxHagQ5E.99
Given the enormous popularity the iPad has enjoyed within the past few years, it seems inevitable that these devices will eventually saturate the workplace. But even when tablets begin to flood your network, there are tools available that can make your workload lighter, including the iPhone Configuration Utility (iPCU), which helps secure and manage both iPhones and iPads.
If you already have it, download the iPhone Configuration Utility. Fortunately, this is a multi-platform tool and will work on Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or later and .NET 3.5 framework or Mac 10.6.8 or later.
Within the initial screen, there are several different options to chose from — such as Importing Apps and Provisioning Profiles — but the primary role of iPCU is setting up Configuration Profiles. With these profiles, you can secure the device with passcodes, set options for remote wiping, disable cameras, and even disable other software features like YouTube or iTunes. Once these profiles are created, they can be pushed onto devices that are connected to the computer through USB, exported and emailed to a user, or made available through a web site. (Ideal for locking down / limiting ipad use within a school environment)
To begin, there’s some different vocabulary that you should be aware of. The configuration profile is the actual profile that will be distributed to the iOS devices. The payload is an individual collection of features that create the profile, such as VPN, Wi-Fi settings, and so on.
General: Within this section, you’ll need to setup and create the name of the profile along with the identifier. The identifier will need to be unique and follow a naming structure of a reverse DNS format (ie: com.company_name.identifier). You can also input information about the organization name, a brief description, and set the security for the profile. You can specify that a password be entered before the user remove the profile. Within this option, you should know that the Never option will specify that the option can be updated, but never removed.
Passcode: Here you can set the requirements for the passcode, specifying how long the passcode should be, how often it should be changed, and other parameters to ensure the iOS device is following company guidelines.
- Device Functionality: All physical and other such features that you can enable or disable. Have a policy against cameras? Disable the camera.
- Applications: Features like YouTube, iTunes, cookies, and other browser features can be controlled here. Turning off the appstore all together, stopping in app purchases ect..
- iCloud: In my experience – this has been turned off depending on how you plan to deploy and use.
- Security and Privacy: Here you can select whether or not diagnostic data is sent to Apple, or specify if the user can install their own certificates.
- Content Ratings: Here you can specify whether explicit music or podcasts can be purchased or downloaded from the iTunes store, you can also set an age rating limit for apps if the appstore has been left on, no adult based content apps ect..
Wi-Fi (Enterprise Settings): Setup the WIFI AP’s all in one go add all the AP’s located on site to later have this pushed to every ipad – Proxy settings can be added here also to solve the headache of adding them individually later in my case this saved me manually entering the proxy connection details to 80+ iPads.
VPN: Here you can setup the VPN along with the credentials, certificates, and other such required pieces in order to make the VPN readily accessible for your users.
Email: This is used for any email account that uses IMAP or POP3 specifications. If you use an Exchange server, use the Exchange ActiveSync settings below.
Exchange ActiveSync: Exchange / Active Sync if the organisation requires.
LDAP (Attribute Alias): This is especially useful if your company utilizes LDAP for contacts. You can map the contact fields to the corresponding iOS contact fields.
CalDAV: This contains the settings for any calendar that uses the CalDAV specifications.
CardDAV: For any contacts that are synced through the CardDAV specification, the information for syncing can be established here.
Subscribed Calendars: If any CalDAV calendars are setup, this is where you can define read-only access to others’ calendars.
Web Clips: The settings here are useful for adding Web Clip shortcuts to users’ iOS desktop screens. For instance you can add the webmail https://insertwebmailname.org as a home screen icon and then also set an image for this icon maybe an envelope or a smiley face. This was a must for myself as users can only access via WebMail so this came in handy to make accessing mail as simple as possible.
You could keep adding here… Anything useful to the particular School / Organisation – Extranet Pages / Useful .Gov websites.
Advanced: Data GSM Settings – Only really useful to anyone with iPads that come with GSM / Sim Card.
I have decided to compile a list of primary school iPad applications due to the fact that I initially and intentionally left this decision of what went on the iPads to the School themselves while I only dealt in the technical and setup side of things.
This lead to a very slow list of apps being asked for because to many finding out what’s available to install is daunting and many aren’t aware of what to search for and how to check reviews from other users. It doesn’t help that at the time of writing this Apple still haven’t really done enough to capture this area of the market properly using its store although I believe an education section is now available it’s still not the best. I am sure this will change very soon but until that time comes I’ve compiled a list below that should help you get a better start at using the iPad for child friendly applications in a learning environment rather than an expensive way to do google searches & browse the web.
I will complete other areas as and when i can
Click the links below for application descritptions.
Romeo & Juliet
Skill Builder Spelling
It’s an obvious hint for those who are using Mac from ages, but for someone who just migrated from Windows will Google a third party app like Nero or Power ISO to burn .ISO or Image files in Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard. Mac OS X has a inbuilt Disk Utility created by Apple for performing disk-related tasks in Mac OS X. Disk Utility is able to create, convert, compress and encryption of disk images from a wide range of formats read by Disk Utility to .dmg or—for CD/DVD images—.cdr, which is identical to the .iso format. So if you ever need to burn a Image file or .ISO file then simply launch the Disk Utility and perform the following steps.
- Insert a blank disc in your DVD Drive and start Disk Utility.
- From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned.
- In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the ISO file. Select it.
- Click the Burn button and follow the instructions.
Insert blank Disc & wait for Disc to burn…. Done.
Belkin Conserve Smart AV Energy Saving Power Strip 7 Plug PDU
Picked up one of these because the power strip I was using had 4 dead sockets on it and I decided it’s time to replace. I did 2 minutes of looking through on Amazon and settled for one of the Belkin Conserve power strips.
TV gets plugged into the lime green socket, when you turn the TV off at night anything plugged into the surrounding lime green box section of plug sockets turns off completely, I always try to turn the main socket off at the wall but so many times I forget to turn off at the wall switch and I was amazed when I found out how much electricity is still being used when devices are in standby through the night.
If you are changing the multi socket adapter sat behind your TV that’s running a DVD player, Skybox and the usual under the TV items then get one of these… very much worth it.