Apple closing down internal Slack channels where employees debate remote work

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Solve the problem or delete the channel?
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Apple is closing down internal Slack channels to stop employees discussing remote working options, reports Zoe Schiffer from The Verge.

Many Cupertino employees are currently engaged in a Cold War of sorts with their employer over the remote working arrangement coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. As the arguments flare up among staff, Apple has taken the step of shuttering the Slack channels where these are taking place.

How to schedule messages to send later in Slack for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Avoid sending important messages at inconvenient times.
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Not a good time to send that important message to a colleague? Slack lets you schedule messages to send later on desktop and mobile. You simply choose the date and time, and Slack takes care of the rest.

Here’s how to use the feature on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

How to use Slack’s new Huddles feature on iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Host casual conversations, share your screen and more.
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Slack is rolling out its new Huddles feature in an effort to bring the office environment to wherever you might be working. The feature lets you hold “quick, informal discussions” with other members of your team.

You can also use it to share your desktop screen, which makes it great for demonstrations. We’ll show you how to use Huddles on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Beeper app promises to bring iMessage to Android and Windows

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Beeper brings iMessage to Android and Windows
15 different chat platforms in one.
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Beeper is a new all-in-one chat app that merges 15 different platforms into one. That sounds pretty interesting already, but what makes Beeper really exciting is its promise to put iMessage on Android and Windows.

The app, from Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and his team, is “using some trickery” to make the impossible possible. But you’ll have to cough up a monthly subscription fee if you want to take advantage of it.

Fresh iOS 14 concept brings big changes to Calendar, iMessage, Music app and more

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Another iOS 14 concept to get you hyped for the real thing.
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Some of the most anticipated iOS 14 features that allegedly leaked though an early beta build of the upcoming software are on full display in a fresh iOS 14 concept that’s full of stuff like widgets on the home screen, list view for apps, new call alert screen and more.

The new iOS 14 concept created by Jack Phillip imagines how Apple’s planned mentions feature for iMessage would work, while also tossing in some new ideas, like a list view in Calendar, a Habits app, an overhaul of the Music app’s UI and so much more.

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Using Zoom? Take these steps to protect your privacy [Updated]

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Zoom lets you keep attending your local yoga class, but at what cost?
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Video-conferencing tool Zoom is seeing a surge in use during the coronavirus pandemic, due to people being stuck at home and unable to meet in meatspace groups. I’ve read about people using Zoom to drop in on yoga and pilates classes, as well as for more usual business-related activities.

Slack rolls out biggest redesign with simplicity, customization in mind

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Slack rolls out major update as coronavirus forces more to work from home
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Slack, the workplace chat and productivity platform used by more than 12 million people worldwide, is getting a major upgrade soon with a simpler and more organized layout, the company said in a Wednesday blog post.

The announcement comes as more people are working from home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.