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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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SETI Brings Space Exploration to Home Macs

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SETI Brings Space Exploration to Home Macs -- The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project is now offering a Macintosh version of its SETI@home client, an idle-time screen saver application that crunches data collected from the Arecibo radio telescope in 340K "work units" downloaded from SETI's servers. Faced with an enormous amount of data collected (about 35 GB per day), SETI is hoping that the search for distant communication signals will be speeded by the distributed computing power of thousands of personal computers. The SETI@home client, a 210K download, can be run as a screen saver or stand-alone application and requires a PowerPC-based system with at least System 7.5.5 and 32 MB of RAM. We've always looked for intelligence within the Macintosh and Internet worlds; now you can help us search for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe by joining the SETI@home TidBITS team. Just visit the second URL below and sign up so the work your Macs do with the SETI@home client is registered with our team. [JLC]

<http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/>
<http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/cgi? cmd=team_join_form&id=3308>

 

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
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>