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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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Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple’s Current Designs

If you’ve ever found yourself stymied in trying to use Apple’s current apps, a Fast Company article by design gurus Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini lays out some of the mistakes Apple is making.

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Swift: Who Is Apple’s New Programming Language For?

FCC Moves Ahead with Internet “Fast Lanes”

Europe’s Highest Court Upholds Internet “Right to Be Forgotten”

Fire Watch with Me: Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple TV

Explaining the ComiXology In-app Purchase Debacle

The Care and Feeding of External Hard Drives

Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?

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Microsoft Surface: A Tale of Two Computers

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Google’s Chromebook Makes for a Fine Auxiliary Laptop

The Future of Apple TV

iPad Versus MacBook for the Mobile Writer

How Apple Protects Your iPhone from Your Employer

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