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Constant Dictionary Definitions

If you hold down Command-Control-D in a Cocoa-based application that supports AppleSpell, you'll see little dictionary pop-ups for each word that you mouse over. Neat, eh?

 
 

Bonjour Update 2010-001

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Apple has quietly released Bonjour Update 2010-001 via Software Update, saying only that "This update improves the reliability of connections between iTunes and Apple TV." Previously known as Rendezvous, Bonjour is Apple's implementation of the Zeroconf protocol for discovering network services. Oddly, Bonjour Update 2010-001 hasn't yet appeared on the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 959K)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>