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Enter Dashboard, Expose, or Spaces Temporarily

Hold down F9, F10, F11, or F12 (or whatever you've set for the Expose and Spaces keyboard shortcuts) for a few seconds, and then release the key to enter and leave the appropriate mode without having to press the key again. This is particularly useful for Dashboard, in which you can check the contents of a widget and then return to your work with only a single key press.

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Mactracker 7.3.3

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Ian Page has released Mactracker 7.3.3, which adds recent releases for the MacBook Pro (see “Apple Upgrades 2014 MacBook Pro CPUs and RAM, Lowers Prices,” 29 July 2014) and 21.5-inch iMac (see “Apple Introduces Entry-Level iMac for $1,099,” 18 June 2014). The popular encyclopedia of Apple products gains details about the latest OS X and iOS releases, the 16 GB configuration of the iPod touch (5th generation), and the Apple Lisa and Apple Lisa 2. It also updates Support Status for Apple’s latest Vintage and Obsolete products. (Free from Mactracker Web site or Mac App Store, 34.6 MB, release notes)

 

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
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