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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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Time Machine Support Added to iPhone and iPod Touch

An undocumented change discovered in the beta iPhone 2.0 firmware may indicate that Apple plans to turn the iPhone and iPod touch into portable backup destinations for Time Machine. Could this presage versions of these devices with dramatically more storage?Show full article

Merriam-Webster Accepts Sponsorship to Redefine Unlimited

Not happy with the meaning of a word? Change it! Merriam-Webster launches a new "wik-tionary" with corporate sponsorship. The first word to receive an... adjustment in definition? "Unlimited."Show full article

iPhone Goes International with Iridium

3G cellular technology has been widely expected for the next iPhone revision, but that's not all. Sources indicate that Apple will buy Iridium Satellite and incorporate the satellite phone technology into the iPhone, making it work anywhere on the planet.Show full article

Mac Users Affected by New Virus

A new virus has struck, specifically affecting Mac users. Researchers suspect the cause may be retaliation brought on by the general smugness Mac users exhibit when confronted with viral threats.Show full article

U.S. Federal Court Declares Email Bankruptcy Illegal

Overwhelmed by email? Considering just deleting all those unread messages in your inbox? Not so fast - doing so may put you in a legally precarious situation.Show full article

TidBITS Introduces New Subscription Mode

TidBITS extends a wrinkled, trembling hand to today's youth by creating a new subscription mode that is sure to appeal to those with short attention spans.Show full article

Take Control News: New Title Suggestions

Read on for a look at some suggestions for future Take Control titles. Finding authors to write some of these may be tricky, but we'll do our best.Show full article

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