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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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Security Update 2007-009 1.1 Released with Important Fixes

Apple has released Security Update 2007-009 1.1 to patch 41 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 10.5.1, some of which are rather serious. We recommend installing this update soon!Show full article

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Amazon Delivers Like It's 1999

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/07-Jan-08

There's plenty to talk about following our holiday hiatus. Readers discuss bugs ranging from Microsoft Office to Automator under Leopard, recovering a drive that's been accidentally erased by Disk Utility, and whether Twitter is useful or not. At the same time, people weigh in with suggestions of books for new Mac users and digital voice recorders.Show full article

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