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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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Apple Gains Larger Slice of Computer Sales

Apple sold 30 to 40 percent more computers in the second quarter of 2008 than in the previous year, becoming third largest seller of computers in the United States.Show full article

MobileMea Culpa: Apple Apologizes and Explains Tiger Situation

The MobileMe transition didn't go smoothly, and Apple admits as such in an email to its subscribers. Money talks, so Apple's adding 30 days to all subscriptions and trials as part of the apology. Plus, they won't call their desktop sync software "push" until it really pushes changes.Show full article

MSN Music Doesn't Kill Future Playability of Purchased Tracks

Microsoft decides to continue allowing music purchased from its MSN Music store to be transferred among legitimate machines until 2011.Show full article

Go, Go, Boingo Gadget Hotspot Application!

Boingo's new application simplifies logging into their meta-networks of 60,000 U.S. hotpots and 100,000 international hotspots, all for flat monthly rates.Show full article

Precipitate Shines Mac Spotlight into Google's Cloud

If you're using Google Docs, a new Mac OS X preference pane called Precipitate enables you to find text in them with Spotlight or Google Desktop.Show full article

Vanity Spreads to Top-Level Domain Names

Have you ever wanted to see your name in dot-lights? The group that oversees domain names will allow vanity and corporate top-level domain registration. Are .coke, .pepsi, and .7up in our future?Show full article

Hands-Free iPhone Options for the Car

California, Washington, and other U.S. states have instituted bans on having a conversation on a cell phone while holding it; a hands-free approach is de rigeur (and de jure). Rick Fay tried out several hands-free options for his iPhone.Show full article

Symbian Smartphone Platform Goes Free, Partly Open Source

Nokia buys out its partners in Symbian, by far the world's most popular smartphone platform, and may change the whole nature of competition for these intelligent communicators by making it even more accessible to more handset makers. It's a shot across the bow to Apple, RIM, Microsoft, and Google, but it won't reach fruition til 2010.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21-Jul-08

This week's watchlist begins with the iPod touch 1.1.5 update from Apple, for those who are holding off on the 2.0 update, and continues with new HP printer drivers from Apple and three updates from Rogue Amoeba: Airfoil 3.2.1, Audio Hijack Pro 2.8.2, and Nicecast 1.9.3.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/21-Jul-08

This week brings a varied menu of TidBITS Talk discussions, as readers troubleshoot problems with Mail, MobileMe syncing, and the iPhone, and discuss recent articles.Show full article

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