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.
In honor of Independence Day, we have two essays about issues surrounding personal freedoms, copyright and encryption. If more technical information is to your liking, Mark Anbinder reports on the LaserWriter 810 coming off the disabled list and a new company being formed from the old Advanced Software. Finally, an article talking about all of Apple's Internet resources fills out the issue.
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