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Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Lumin Turns Your iPhone into an Illuminated Magnifier

If your eyes aren’t what they used to be, a $1.99 app can turn your iOS device into an illuminated magnifying glass that can also take pictures. Lumin is simple, effective, and oh-so-useful for dealing with anything that’s too small to see easily.Show full article

Snapseed Displays Innovative Touch Techniques

An impulse purchase of Snapseed, an iOS photo-enhancement app, shows Michael Cohen some new twists on the touch interface.Show full article

Calepin: Simple, Minimalist Blogging with a Twist

Want to blog occasionally, without the fuss of learning new software or setting up a complex account with a blog posting service like WordPress? Calepin, a free blogging service that leverages Dropbox and relies on text files written with Markdown formatting, may be just the ticket.Show full article

How I Dared to Try iTunes Match and Actually Enjoyed It

Read all about one man’s bold steps to enjoying his music on the go. It doesn’t have much to do with matching anything, though.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 9 January 2012

We have lots of great additional reading for you this week, with an in-depth article from James Fallows about what it was like to have his wife’s Gmail account hijacked, Amazon’s “Best of 2011” lists, a Web site that relives the startup sequences of vintage computers, and the EFF’s guide to defending your privacy at the U.S. border, plus Adam’s podcast appearance on the Tech Night Owl Live.Show full article

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