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Pick an apple! 
 
Verify Turned-Off Apple Wireless Keyboard

Can't tell if you've turned off your Apple Wireless Keyboard to prevent it from waking up an iOS device or running down its batteries? Tap the Caps Lock key, and if it illuminates, the keyboard is on; otherwise not.

 
 

Stop Your Glottis

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Stop Your Glottis -- In response to our GIF pronunciation pronouncement in FAQtoids 003, Joe Clark <joeclark@interlog.com> wrote us a stern note about phonology that makes everything much clearer.

There is no such thing as a hard or soft g, no matter what your second grade teacher told you. The sound represented by g in the word gift is a voiced velar stop, while the sound represented by g in the word gentle (and GIF) is a voiced palato-alveolar affricate. Calling these phonemes hard or soft g is like telling your mom you just bought a computer with 20 MB of storage and 2 GB of memory.

 

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