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  • Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available
    Carrier s Use of Your CPNI Data With tvOS 9 2 the Fourth Generation Apple TV Hits 1 0 The Power of Preview Cropping and Resizing Images TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 28 March 2016 ExtraBITS for 28 March 2016 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Inside TidBITS 24 Mar 2016 Print Comment 0 Chapter 4 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available by Adam C Engst Slack is all about messages and that s where Glenn Fleishman takes us next in his serialized chapter from Take Control of Slack Basics Messages are of course tremendously simple at their core type something trenchant and hit Return but as you might expect by now Slack provides a deep set of features that take messaging to new levels In Chapter 4 Post Basic Messages Glenn touches on the ever important topic of etiquette before explaining composition related actions like how to format messages reference other people include images and links to Web sites and use emoji You ll also learn how to edit and delete messages navigate within the message list there are lots of shortcuts react to a message mark a message for later and even link to a specific message If you want to practice with Slack s message related features join our public SlackBITS group which has over 130 members and so far has hosted discussions of Slack the Mac

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  • DealBITS Discount: Save 50% on Get Backup Pro 3
    detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles DealBITS Drawing Win a Copy of Get Backup Pro 3 14 Mar 16 Published in TidBITS 1313 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Chapter 3 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available Apple Shrinks iPhone and iPad for Latest Releases OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support iOS 9 3 Works the Night Shift Protects Notes and More watchOS 2 2 Improves Maps Allows Multiple Watches Apple s March Event Reflects Increased Customer Responsiveness ExtraBITS for 21 March 2016 TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 21 March 2016 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Inside TidBITS 21 Mar 2016 Print Comment 0 DealBITS Discount Save 50 on Get Backup Pro 3 by Josh Centers Congratulations to Andrew Eisen at gmail com Kenneth Cotton at tidewater net Loren Celentano at gmail com Roger Galli at gmail com and Tom Burk at gmail com whose entries were chosen randomly in the last DealBITS drawing and who each received a copy of BeLight Software

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  • Chapter 3 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available
    an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles Take Control of Slack Basics Chapter 3 Master the Interface 18 Mar 16 Take Control of Slack Basics Chapter 2 Get Started with Slack 09 Mar 16 Take Control of Slack Basics Chapter 1 Introducing Slack 09 Mar 16 Published in TidBITS 1313 Subscribe to our weekly email edition DealBITS Discount Save 50 on Get Backup Pro 3 Apple Shrinks iPhone and iPad for Latest Releases OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support iOS 9 3 Works the Night Shift Protects Notes and More watchOS 2 2 Improves Maps Allows Multiple Watches Apple s March Event Reflects Increased Customer Responsiveness ExtraBITS for 21 March 2016 TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 21 March 2016 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Inside TidBITS 18 Mar 2016 Print Comment 0 Chapter 3 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available by Adam C Engst We re back with another chapter of Glenn Fleishman s serialized Take Control of Slack Basics The Slack group messaging service is notable for providing native apps for OS X iOS Windows Android and Linux along with a Web app that can be used on any platform Although the desktop and mobile apps look quite similar not all features are accessed in the same ways and some interface elements aren t available in the mobile apps at all Understanding what s where and learning the hidden swipes in the iOS app can make navigating within your groups more fluid In Chapter 3 Master the Interface Glenn examines each portion of the interface carefully before showing you how to access Slack s slash commands and keyboard shortcuts To ensure that everyone is on the same page Glenn offers a few quick FAQs surrounding messaging at the end of the chapter And remember you don t have to just read about Slack you can join our public SlackBITS group which has almost 100 members and so far has hosted discussions of Slack the Mac iOS and Apple TV Instructions on how to join are in Chapter 1 Introducing Slack Also available to everyone is Chapter 2 Get Started with Slack However Chapter 3 is accessible only by TidBITS members so if you re not currently a TidBITS member we hope this is incentive to join TidBITS members receive

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  • Save 50 Percent on All Books in Take Control’s March Spring Sale
    kicked in here at Take Control HQ this year but spring s sunny days and rising temperatures have now spurred the crocuses into action so we re celebrating with a sale Now s the time to beef up your Take Control reference library add any number of books for 50 percent off through 21 March 2016 All our books are DRM free and available in PDF EPUB and Mobipocket Kindle formats so you can read wherever whenever and on whatever device you like Remember there s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back instead each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need We ve been hard at work the past few months on updates to a wide variety of titles the tech world never sits still so if you re using any of these apps or services you can now benefit from updated advice and tips Check out Take Control of 1Password Second Edition provides extensive documentation of AgileBits hugely popular password management tool Put bluntly if you re not using a good password manager you should be and this book will help even experienced users make the most of 1Password s newest features Take Control of Dropbox Second Edition explains how to sync your own files through the Dropbox service and collaborate productively with other Dropbox users along with explaining the many changes to Dropbox in the past year It includes a cheat sheet you can share with colleagues who need Dropbox help Take Control of Your Apple Wi Fi Network is the most complete guide to setting up maintaining and troubleshooting a Wi Fi network with the Apple s current gear We refer to this book regularly whenever anything goes wonky with our wireless network Take Control of OS X Server covers Server 5 in El Capitan for anyone looking to turn a Mac into a server for a home small business or classroom It s an essential guide running a server requires a lot of knowledge Take Control of iTunes 12 The FAQ answers oodles of questions about iTunes 12 including the Apple Music streaming service and iCloud Music Library If you re confused by iTunes look here for help Take Control of iCloud Fourth Edition remains the canonical reference to everything iCloud can do If you re not sure which features go with iCloud how they work together or how best to use them read this book We also have books about El Capitan iOS 9 Apple Mail Audio Hijack iWork Pages Numbers and Keynote PDFpen Scrivener TextExpander Terminal and much more So stock your Take Control library today with the titles that you ve been wanting to read or that might be useful in the future Thanks so much for your continued support and the many useful questions and kind comments you ve sent over the years Please do us a quick favor and spread the word about this sale to your

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  • DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Get Backup Pro 3
    1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles DealBITS Discount Save 50 on Get Backup Pro 3 21 Mar 16 Published in TidBITS 1312 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Save 50 Percent on All Books in Take Control s March Spring Sale Google Docs Exports EPUBs But Not Well Take Control of Slack Basics Serialized in TidBITS MacBook Accessories Reduce Single USB C Port Inconvenience The Power of Preview Viewing Images and PDFs TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 14 March 2016 ExtraBITS for 14 March 2016 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Inside TidBITS 14 Mar 2016 Print Comment 2 DealBITS Drawing Win a Copy of Get Backup Pro 3 by Josh Centers Backup backup backup Yes I said that three times and for good reason As the saying goes two is one and one is none but three is even better All Mac users should use Time Machine or a comparable app that creates versioned backups for individual file recovery make offsite backups to protect against theft or catastrophe and create regular bootable duplicates sometimes referred to as clones Why clone your disk Let s say you have to take your main Mac in for repair and you ll be without it for a few days In the meantime you can plug your bootable duplicate in to another Mac perhaps an old machine or one you borrow from a friend and get right back to work My bootable duplicate has saved my bacon many times There are other utilities for creating bootable duplicates but if you re not currently using one or aren t happy with the one you re using check out Get Backup Pro from BeLight Software It makes clones with aplomb and does a lot more as well In fact creating a bootable duplicate is perhaps the simplest thing to do with Get Backup Pro You can also use it to make incremental backups along with compressed and encrypted archives of specific folders It features templates for data in certain apps so you can easily back up your favorite music in iTunes important messages in Mail precious memories in Photos and more Get Backup Pro can even do one way or bidirectional syncing of folders between disks or even between Macs Clones backups archives and syncs can all run automatically on a schedule so you can t forget I update my system clone every night BeLight Software wraps all of this up in a sleek package for the attractive price of 19 99 less than many

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16330 (2016-04-24)
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  • “Take Control of Slack Basics” Serialized in TidBITS
    a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Inside TidBITS 09 Mar 2016 Listen Print Comment 0 Take Control of Slack Basics Serialized in TidBITS by Adam C Engst We re pleased to kick off another serialized Take Control book Take Control of Slack Basics written by Glenn Fleishman Chapter 1 Introducing Slack and Chapter 2 Getting Started with Slack are available for everyone to start reading right now and future chapters will be available to TidBITS members Slack is an interactive group messaging service think of it as group chat on steroids that works on the Mac and in iOS Windows Android Linux and any Web browser Thanks to a generous free tier and compelling paid plans Slack has become insanely popular signing up over 570 000 paid accounts and boasting well over 2 million daily active users For many organizations focused Slack channels have taken over for out of control email threads offering instant communication while retaining the persistence and searchability of email Also helpful are Slack s notification settings which can be tuned to help people stay up to date without becoming overwhelmed Perhaps most compelling for many organizations though are Slack s integrations which enable hundreds of third party services to transfer data in to and out of Slack and bots that can interact with users directly We first heard about Slack when our friends Greg Scown and Philip Goward at Smile raved about it to us at the last Macworld Expo and although we tried Slack shortly thereafter it wasn t until Glenn approached us about writing a book that we delved in sufficiently to understand Slack s power Since then Slack has indeed reduced email traffic among the TidBITS crew significantly and we re wasting less time on slow back and forth messages Admittedly we spend a bit more time chatting but in a decentralized organization like ours it s important for everyone to feel involved Slack has proven particularly effective for book projects since it s so easy to keep everyone in the loop Because Slack has evolved so quickly the company added voice calling just a few weeks ago its documentation isn t always fully fleshed out That was the impetus behind Take Control of Slack Basics we wanted to help both new users who feel at sea after joining a team and current Slack users who want to dig into the many hidden tricks and techniques that will make them more efficient Since anyone can start a free Slack team Glenn is also working on a companion book called Take Control of Slack Admin which will walk you through setting up and configuring your own team for your business non profit academic department club or even family Slack s basic paid tier is free for qualifying non profits and all paid levels are heavily discounted for education users As we

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  • Catch Up with the Latest Dropbox Features
    forcing me to redo every graphic in the book grr but larger scale improvements include these Better previews You can now view previews of more file types and you can zoom and pan most graphics formats Editing Microsoft Office documents Even if you don t subscribe to Office 365 you can edit Office documents stored in your Dropbox from within a browser window So if you re a Dropbox user with the occasional need to edit a Word Excel or PowerPoint file and don t want to pay Microsoft for Office you now have an alternative Gmail integration Gmail users can now attach documents directly from a Dropbox folder as long as they use Google Chrome with a special plug in A similar capability is coming soon for Outlook com users Collaboration Features The biggest category of changes involves various forms of collaboration Those who use Dropbox for work or for other groups can take advantage of several new collaboration features Dropbox Team The Dropbox team feature enables coworkers to share folders with less friction and more control than conventional folder sharing People who are part of a team get a shared team folder the option to connect a personal Dropbox so you can easily switch between team and personal Dropbox accounts groups for designating different types of access for various sets of people finer grained control over editing privileges for shared items and team access to Dropbox Paper which I ll describe in a moment As useful as these features may be Dropbox Team can be confusing to set up and my book helps readers work through various potentially frustrating scenarios Editor s Note Joe s not kidding When I first set up a TidBITS Publishing team the scary sounding notifications from Dropbox caused everyone to freak out Adam Comments We mentioned comments when they first appeared last year see Dropbox Adds File Comments 1 May 2015 but Dropbox has continued to enhance and expand the ways in which you can leave comments for yourself team members and people with whom you re sharing any document Making comments doesn t change the original file in any way the comments are stored as metadata on the Dropbox servers Comments are also preserved when you move the file even if you move it out of your Dropbox and later move it back in File requests By requesting files with this feature you can provide a place for people whether or not they re Dropbox subscribers to upload files for specific projects Once you ve requested a file anyone can go to a special URL and drag in attachments of up to 2 GB each these are then stored in a Dropbox folder of your choosing File requests are private you can see the files people send you but someone uploading files can t see other people s submissions unless you decide to share them manually Dropbox Paper The final collaboration feature I d like to mention is still in public beta

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  • : Articles by Joe Kissell
    worthy addition to any Mac user s toolbox But he also points out that it s not a complete maintenance solution and that some of its recommendations should be skipped Problem Solving by Joe Kissell 28 Aug 2015 15 comments 11 Stupid Backup Strategies How confident are you in your backup strategy Confident enough to be certain that your data would be 100 percent recoverable even if a meteorite hit your house If you find yourself making any of 11 common mistakes when it comes to backing up your Mac Joe Kissell would like to offer you some advice and a book Safe Computing by Joe Kissell 21 Jun 2015 38 comments Joe Kissell s Reflections on His First 50 Take Control Books Joe Kissell has written 50 Take Control titles since 2003 and he s learned a thing or two from the experience He shares some reflections on the past present and future of Take Control and invites you to a party to celebrate Book 50 Inside TidBITS by Joe Kissell 15 May 2015 33 comments iCloud Photo Library The Missing FAQ OS X 10 10 3 brings the new Photos app to the Mac and with it the iCloud Photo Library sync feature that has been available to iOS users for months But iCloud Photo Library has turned out to be confusing to many users In this FAQ Joe Kissell answers the most common questions and points out some of iCloud Photo Library s surprising behaviors Media Creation by Joe Kissell 15 Apr 2015 113 comments Take Control of Security for Mac Users Chapter 12 Recover from a Disaster If you ve lost data or you ve discovered malware on your Mac or someone has stolen your personal information and applied for credit in your name you need to take action to fix the problem as soon as possible Regardless of the type of disaster your first step is not to panic Then you can methodically undo or repair the damage Although the exact procedure will depend on your situation this chapter contains some suggested general steps to get you started Safe Computing by Joe Kissell 13 Apr 2015 Take Control of Security for Mac Users Chapter 11 Keep Personal Data Private As we ve seen security and privacy have a complex relationship but improving your Mac s security can often increase your privacy and in fact keeping your data private is one of the most important reasons to take security measures Some of the steps that lead to greater privacy don t involve security in the strictest sense but they re no less important just because they fall on one side of that conceptual line This chapter explores several of those borderline topics Safe Computing by Joe Kissell 06 Apr 2015 IRS Offers iTunes Credit for Tax Refunds U S taxpayers expecting a small to medium refund this year can opt to receive it in the form of iTunes credit with some qualifications Tech News by Joe

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