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Stylin' a Word Comment Balloon

If you work with Word's Comment feature, you may find that the comment-balloon text is too small to work with, or you may just want some variety. To modify the style, choose Format > Style. From the List pop-up menu, choose All Styles. Select Balloon Text from the Style list. Modify the style as you like, and then click Apply. I like Arial Narrow, 12 point.

 
 

Talking Your Way Out of a Plastic Bag

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TidBITS honcho Adam Engst called me the other morning as I was about to hop on my bike for my commute to work with the news that Apple had just announced there would be a real iPhone software development kit. That was good news, as I had a scoop on the topic a week before, but the secondary news was that an iPhone works in a plastic bag.

Covered in spandex and space-age water-resistant fabrics, I stuck my iPhone in a plastic Ziploc bag - brand names are a must for an iPhone - to prevent it from getting any water in it during my expected wet ride. The microphone and ear speaker (does that have a special name?) worked just fine. Another scoop!

 

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>