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Type an em-dash on an iPhone

Typography and punctuation geeks rejoice! It's easy to type an em-dash on the iPhone's or iPod touch's virtual keyboard. To do so, tap the .?123 key to switch to the numeric keypad. Then touch and hold on the Hyphen key to reveal a pop-up strip showing an em-dash. Slide to the em-dash and release your finger.

Note that this basic trick works with many other keys on the virtual keyboard.

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Sparrow 1.1

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iOS-inspired email software Sparrow has been updated to version 1.1. Starting with this incarnation of the software, Sparrow now supports many more types of email accounts; in addition to Gmail, you can now use the software with MobileMe, Yahoo!, AOL, and any IMAP account. Also new is support for Gmail’s Priority Inbox feature, an Unread View, per-account signatures, and a formatting bar for composing richer messages. Sparrow now offers support for multitouch gestures, contact groups, and Gravatars, too. In addition, close to two dozen bugs have been fixed. ($9.99 via the Mac App Store, free update, free lite version available, 10.2 MB)

 

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Comments about Sparrow 1.1

I would like to see a review on how to use it instead of Apples Mail. I never try alternative clients as they want to take over Mails mailboxes.

There are a couple of features I hope to see in an email client. One is to be able change the Subject to something meaningful (this was available in old Eudora). I would also like to, via rules and manually, set an expiration date for some mail (which would automatically delete the mail if it has been read.