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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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AV Corrections

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AV Corrections -- First, we accidently flipped the code names. The Centris 660AV was originally known as the Tempest, and the Quadra 840AV was known as the Cyclone. The GeoPort Telecom adapter isn't bundled, costs about $130, and based on early reports, hasn't appeared on shelves quite yet. Second, although the GeoPort architecture will handle ISDN, modems, and other "telecom" type things, it isn't how the Mac will connect to Ethernet networks, as we implied. The DAV (Digital Audio Video) connector is an internal connector much like a NuBus slot. It's designed not to connect directly to VCRs and video cameras (which attach via standard composite and S-Video input and output jacks on the back panel) but to NuBus cards so that a card can tap into the audio and video data streams within the machine. Uses for this might include JPEG compression hardware. Finally, Michael Shannon <datamike@aol.com> clarifies the method of recording from an AV Mac. "Actually, you MUST have a TV connected to do any kind of composite or S-video recording. The built-in video can only drive one display at a time. Therefore, to record video you must hook the AV to a VCR and then the VCR to a TV. There is no way to watch the display on the computer's monitor while recording."

 

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