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Practicality reigns in this issue, with an article from Sharon Zardetto about how to use Keyboard Viewer to access special characters and Matt Neuburg’s review of Fake, a Web browser that can be used in an Automator-like fashion to automate actions on a Web page. Also, Adam examines EPUBReader, a Firefox add-on that makes it easy to take a quick look at an EPUB file, and Glenn Fleishman shares details about a pair of iPad apps that take RSS feed reading to a new graphical level. Finally, we have a new Take Control ebook for you: Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ.” Notable software releases this week include Dialectic 1.7, Transmit 4.1.1, MarsEdit 3.1, Savescreenie 2.0, and 1Password 3.4.1.

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EPUBReader Displays EPUBs in Firefox

Sure, it's easy to view EPUB-formatted ebooks in iBooks on an iOS device, but what if you want to look at one quickly on your Mac? iTunes won't help, and Adam's new favorite tool for this is a Firefox add-on called EPUBReader.

Sharon Zardetto 16 comments

Use Keyboard Viewer to Type Special Characters

As a new school year dawns, Sharon Zardetto contributes Keyboard Viewer 101 - how to turn on and use one of Apple's character discovery and entry tools. It's an excerpt from her "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard," a 225-page ebook that's the definitive word about fonts in Mac OS X.

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ExtraBITS for 20 September 2010

Did Google pressure handset makers to use its own geolocation features? A lawsuit by Skyhook Wireless claims the Android platform isn't as open as Google says it is. If you're headed to the MacTech Conference in November, check out new sessions on virtualization and Apple Certification Exams. While there, you can carry your iPad (and everything else) in a Scottevest, and dream up clever effects like the 3D light painting achieved by Dentsu London. And take heart, our friends at the Joy of Tech have identified the 12 most annoying types of Twitter users. Lastly, an in-the-wild security exploit in Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 can lead to arbitrary code execution in Windows, but the vulnerability is present in all platforms. If you're worried about malware and see this in time, you can get MacScan for free on 20 September 2010.