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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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DealBITS Drawing: disclabel from SmileOnMyMac

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If you burn a lot of CDs or DVDs, you should take a look at SmileOnMyMac's elegant utility disclabel, which helps you design your own professional-looking stick-on labels. Even if you prefer not to stick stuff on your discs, you can also use disclabel to design jewel case inserts and DVD case covers for printing on commercial stock. You can buy labels from within the program, print to direct-to-disc printers like the Canon i875 and those from Epson, and print on plain paper. disclabel imports track lists from iTunes, can be automated with AppleScript, imports images directly from iPhoto and iTunes, and lets you include and edit text in a circle. disclabel requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

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