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See All Your Books in iBooks

The iBooks app for iOS lets you assign your books to different collections, but does not have any obvious way for you to see all of your books, regardless of the collection you have put them in. There is, however, a workaround that can show you just about all of your books at once: reveal the search field at the top of any collection in iBooks and type a single space into that field.

With this search, iBooks lists all of the books that have a space either in the title of the book or in the author's name. Other than the rare book that has a one-word title and a single-name author, you end up with a list of all of your books.

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Michael E. Cohen

 
 

J-Key Mouse

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At the Special Interest Group for Computers and Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Home Row Inc. demonstrated the technology for a replacement for the standard mouse or trackball. The pointing device mounts under the "J" key on the keyboard and provides mouse functions. Rocking the "J" key provides directional information, and other keys can act as mouse buttons.

Unfortunately, the device is modal, so the user must keep the current mode in mind at all times. Otherwise, the device is ideal, especially for laptops, which have little room to spare for a mouse or trackball and for people who dislike moving their hands from the keyboard.

Some thought would have to be put into the final design, but a truly useful and space-saving mouse replacement would not be hard. In addition, it could be customized to individual users, so left-handed people could use the "F" key instead. Keytronic, of Spokane, Washington, has licensed the technology and a keyboard employing it may appear soon. Keytronic makes a Macintosh keyboard and might be looking for a feature to compete with Datadesk's Switchboard, which accepts a number of different keyboard modules. However, Keytronic also makes a keyboard for PC-clones that includes a touch sensitive digitizing pad that has never been ported to the Macintosh.

Keytronic -- 800/262-6006 -- 509/927-5515
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