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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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GarageBand 1.1 Released

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GarageBand 1.1 Released -- Apple tidied up the garage a bit today with the release of GarageBand 1.1. The new version addresses a number of issues, adding per-track Echo settings and support for unprotected AAC audio files. The update also supports loop libraries located outside GarageBand's default disk location, and provides fixes related to moving GarageBand songs between different computers, the timing of individual notes and regions, and support for Propellerhead Software's ReWire (which provides a mechanism for transferring audio data between applications - like GarageBand and third-party software instruments - in real time). GarageBand 1.1 also now has the capability to rearrange tracks by dragging them. The update is a 37.5 MB download via Software Update or Apple's Web site. [JLC]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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