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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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MyAlltop Enables Personal News Aggregation

Guy Kawasaki's Alltop news aggregation site has now added the capability to create your own collection of headline feeds as a way of focusing on just the sites that interest you.Show full article

AirPort Firmware May Resolve Time Capsule Disk Problems

The latest version of Leopard combined with a firmware update for AirPort base stations may fix a problem with Time Machine that led to corrupted backup disk images on Time Capsule drives.Show full article

Sony Reader Gets 500,000 Free Public Domain Titles from Google

Google tries to insert itself into the electronic reader market by making 500,000 copyright-free titles available for the Sony Reader Digital Book. Titles, all dating from before 1923, are free to download.Show full article

Kodak Gallery Joins Parade of Free-with-Payment Services

Those photos you thought were safe forever online could disappear in a puff of electrons. Kodak Gallery becomes the latest service that will require regular purchases to keep storage accounts active.Show full article

WeatherCal Inserts Updating Forecasts into iCal

In a break from the geeky tradition of BBEdit and Mailsmith, Bare Bones Software has released WeatherCal, a streamlined utility that adds updating weather forecasts into iCal.Show full article

Apple Previews iPhone 3.0 Software

iPhone developers' heads were exploding as Apple unloaded a truckload of new capabilities in the Developer Beta of the iPhone 3.0 software, now available. The built-in iPhone apps will also gain numerous welcome enhancements, and we can all look forward to trying them out mid-year.Show full article

EMC Ships Modernized Retrospect 8

EMC has finally released Retrospect 8, the long-awaited update to what used to be the king of Macintosh backup programs. The feature set of the new version looks good, but there are a few holes, most notably support for running the server on PowerPC-based Macs.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23-Mar-09

Notable software releases this week include Espresso 1.0, PDFpen 4.1.1, and Apple's Mini DisplayPort to VGA Firmware Update.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 23-Mar-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 23-Mar-09

Apple announced the iPhone 3.0 software last week, but iTunes is on readers' minds this week as several problems crop up in the latest 8.1 update. Other topics of discussion include preferred hard drive manufacturers, issues with the latest AirPort firmware update, Bare Bones Software's WeatherCal software, and spam filtering.Show full article

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