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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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Larry Leveen

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iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 6.1.5 Fix FaceTime Calls

Apple has updated both iOS 7 and iOS 6 (on the fourth-generation iPod touch) to address issues with FaceTime calls. Show full article

Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

Now that the first few chapters helped you set up and control your Apple TV, Josh Centers turns his attention to all the content that Apple makes available, explaining what you can watch for free and what requires a separate subscription or — inexplicably — a cable TV package.Show full article

Cute Doxie Flip Scanner Has Its Uses

Michael Cohen couldn’t see what the new Doxie Flip scanner was good for, but the universe quickly helped him figure it out.Show full article

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Tags in OS X 10.9 Mavericks is one of the new operating system’s most touted, but least-discussed new features. Josh Centers shows you how to use tags, and what they’re useful for.Show full article

FunBITS: What the Heck Are Bitstrips?

If you use Facebook, you’ve probably seen Bitstrips cartoons plastered all over your news feed. Where the heck are they coming from, and how can you block them out? Josh Centers investigates.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 November 2013

Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.7 and Keyboard Maestro 6.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18 November 2013

This week, Apple quietly released the iPad mini with Retina display, we find out how long hard drives last, and, in a pair of podcasts, Sharon Zardetto, author of “Take Control of iBooks,” joins host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices and Adam Engst talks about Mavericks with host Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl Live.Show full article

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