Keyboard Shortcuts Will Finally Sync Across All Your iOS Devices In iOS 6

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Shortcuts were a nightmare to manage across iOS devices... until now.
Shortcuts were a nightmare to manage across iOS devices... until now.

After being introduced in iOS 5, keyboard shortcuts is a feature I could no longer live without on my iOS device. I use it for all kinds of things, including email addresses and usernames, so that I never have to type out the full thing 30 times a day. There is one thing the feature has been lacking, though, and that’s the ability to sync your keyboard shortcuts across all your iOS devices.

That is until now; the feature was finally added to iOS 6, which was released to the public yesterday.

Instantly Type Handy Phrases In Mountain Lion WIth Text Expansion [OS X Tips]

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One of the 200 new features touted by Apple for OS X Mountain Lion is a boon to those of us who have to type the same text string or phrase over and over, including email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, and the like. It’s also a great way for people with motor disabilities to be able to type at a much faster rate than otherwise. Here’s how to set it up.

Make A DIY Website Login Autofill On The iPhone [iOS Tips]

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Oh, yeah! That makes total sense.
Oh, yeah! That makes total sense.

Tired of typing in your email address to login to websites on your iPhone? I know I am. Heck, even typing on the iPad can get to be a pain, with every site LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and the like asking for log in credentials – most of them wanting my email address or login name. Or, heck, password.

Just like changing the default “OMW” text message auto-correct, here’s another idea on making the most of your iPhone time, rather than spending it typing in your email address, password, or street address.

TextExpander 4 Forced To Depart Mac App Store Over Apple’s Sandboxing Rules

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TextExpander becomes the first high-profile casualty of Apple's sandboxing rules.
TextExpander becomes the first high-profile casualty of Apple's sandboxing rules.

TextExpander from Smile Software is a wonderful tool that turns text strings and images into tiny little shortcuts, saving you time and effort every time you type. It’s a little like the Shortcuts feature Apple built into iOS 5, but a million times better. You can currently find it in the Mac App Store, but we’d advise you not to buy it there.

Why? Because the Mac App Store version is the older version 3.4.2 release, and Smile Software has chosen to depart Apple’s marketplace for version 4.0. It turns out that the Cupertino company’s strict sandboxing rules, which went into effect on June 1, don’t allow some of TextExpander’s core features.