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Chris Pepper is a Unix system administrator in New York City. He spends his days sitting in front of Macs, making Linux servers sit up and do tricks. Chris edits and occasionally writes across the Web. He blogs at Extra Pepperoni. (January 2010)

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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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Beware Bluetooth Keyboards with iOS Devices

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How to Schedule Software Update Downloads

Send SMS Messages for Free on the iPhone

Securing Communications with SSL/TLS: A High-Level Overview

MacFUSE Explodes Options for Mac File Systems

Mac OS X: Breeds of Programs, Part 3

Mac OS X: Breeds of Programs, Part 2

Mac OS X: Breeds of Programs, Part 1

Unix Coming to a Mac Near You, Part 2

Unix Coming to a Mac Near You, Part 1

What's a Firewall, and Why Should You Care?