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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.

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Adobe Announces Major Security Breach

Attackers have stolen Adobe source code and information on 2.9 million customers. How did this happen and how can you protect yourself?Show full article

“Take Control of 1Password” Documents 1Password 4 for Mac

If you’re upgrading to the recently released 1Password 4 for the Mac, or if you’re using its release as an excuse to get your passwords in order (a good idea!), Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of 1Password” is here to provide all the help you need.Show full article

FAA Panel Recommends Easing Restrictions on Electronics in Flight

With any luck, the FAA will accept the recommendations of a panel that has recommended allowing passengers to use electronic devices before reaching cruising altitude… as long as those devices are prevented from generating wireless signals by airplane mode.Show full article

MacTech Conference Adds Tesla Test Drives and Enterprise Bridge

You won’t attend MacTech Conference because of these opportunities, but if you’re on the fence about going to the conference for IT professionals and developers, the chance to test-drive a Tesla Model S and sit in Captain Picard’s chair on the restored bridge of the USS Enterprise-D might influence your decision.Show full article

U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace Slammed Under Demand

Americans are storming an online marketplace, but this time for health insurance, not iPhones. If you currently lack health insurance, check out healthcare.gov to see what’s available.Show full article

VidBITS: Opinions on iOS 7

Watch (or listen) to a special TidBITS staff roundtable, where we discuss what we love — and hate — about iOS 7.Show full article

1Password 4 for Mac Better Than Ever

AgileBits has updated the Mac version of its venerable 1Password password management utility to version 4, with a number of new features and refinements that keep it on top. Strap on your tinfoil hat and join Josh Centers for a tour of what’s new.Show full article

Four Problems with iOS 7: Crashing, Messages, Siri, and Audio

With the perspective of several weeks of usage by tens of millions of users, we look at four notable hassles we and other iOS 7 users have experienced, including crashes under low battery, iMessage not sending messages, Siri failing to respond, and some subtle audio-playing bugs and design problems.Show full article

FunBITS: Why Apple May Win the Gaming Market

Apple has come a long way when it comes to gaming, and the company is now in position to take the market by storm. Josh Centers explains why, with some exclusive inside information.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 07 October 2013

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 and Express 3.4.5, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.5.2, Yojimbo 4.0.1, SMC Firmware Updates for MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, and MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 Supplemental Update, iTunes 11.1.1, and Dropbox 2.4.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 07 October 2013

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Apple’s rescue of iOS developers from patent troll Lodsys is thwarted, we learn what 64-bit really means for the iPhone 5s, a developer dissects the iOS 7 date picker, the woman behind the original voice of Siri comes forward, and Fraser Speirs notes that putting games on educational iPads helps with discipline problems.Show full article

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