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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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Snow Leopard to Be Released August 28

Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will become available on 28-Aug-09. And yes, we plan to have two Take Control ebooks about it available by then as well.Show full article

Apple Responds to FCC's App Store Questions

Apple has responded to the FCC's questions surrounding Google Voice and the App Store. Most of the answers are as we'd expect, but a few offer an interesting glimpse behind the App Store curtain.Show full article

Mailsmith 2.2 Released as Freeware from New Firm

Rich Siegel likes working on the Mailsmith email client so much, he's giving it away. The head of Bare Bones has turned the 2.2 release into freeware and spawned a new firm to support his labor of love.Show full article

Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?

After watching a Google video in which people in Times Square prove almost entirely incapable of answering the question, "What is a browser?", Adam muses about where this lack of technological literacy came from and what it means for the future.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24-Aug-09

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2.0.1, BusySync 2.2.1, TextExpander 2.7, Hazel 2.3.2, Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.3, Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.3.1, OmniOutliner 3.9, Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1, and iPhoto 8.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 24-Aug-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 24-Aug-09

The number of topics this week is low, but the amount of discussion isn't: Adam's article, "Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?" dominates TidBITS Talk this week, with some side discussion about pre-paid iPhone data plans.Show full article

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