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TidBITS#1321/16-May-2016

Apple has updated all of its operating systems — OS X, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS — and Josh Centers explains what’s new (not much). Also this week, Josh reviews Google’s new Gboard iOS keyboard, which integrates Google search and other neat features. Our resident “bad cartoonist” Michael Cohen examines using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with the Procreate drawing app, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata compares the new iPhone SE to the larger iPhone 6s. Finally, Glenn Fleishman wraps up the serialized “Take Control of Slack Basics” this week, with a chapter for TidBITS members on being productive in Slack and another free chapter for everyone on starting your own Slack team! Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.4, Microsoft Office 2016 15.22, Fantastical 2.2.2, Default Folder X 5.0.4, Art Text 3.0, Pages 5.6.2, Numbers 3.6.2, and Keynote 6.6.2 for Mac, and Gemini 2.

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Wrapping Up “Take Control of Slack Basics”

We have two chapters for you this week, the latter of which is available for everyone to read. In Chapter 11, accessible only by TidBITS members, Glenn Fleishman explains how to tame Slack so it doesn’t make you less productive and how to use Slack as a central hub for all your online communications. Chapter 12, available for everyone, is actually the first chapter of Glenn’s companion book, “Take Control of Slack Admin” — it walks you through setting up your own Slack team.

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ExtraBITS for 16 May 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we ponder whether the Second Amendment applies to encryption, learn how Steve Jobs inspired the Apple Watch, see what happens when App Store search breaks, and hear about how Amazon is taking on YouTube.