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This week, you wrote in to share some very useful typing shortcuts using the virtual keyboard. You taught us new ways of extending our battery life, how to make the external speaker louder, and how to download and read PDF files. We also really appreciated that tip for restoring music from our iPods back into iTunes after a computer crash wipes out our iTunes library. Here are this weeks tips submitted by you…
Submitted by Rajneel Gupta:
If you are desparate to increase the volume of your iPhone’s speaker, you can poke extra holes in the speaker cover using a needle.
Submitted by Jasper:
Hold down the HOME button when exiting applications instead of pressing it once. This will shut down that application completely when its not use, as opposed to just minimizing it. This stops that application using CPU cycles and sucking your battery dry in the background. Especially when you have many appz running. Also disable wifi when not in use, keep screen brightness below 60% and placing iPod into sleep mode while only listening to audio all help to increase battery life (press off button while using audio to but in sleep mode). Since I started manually killing applications when not in use my video/audio time has increase dramatically.
Submitted by Kaz:
To restore music from your iPod back into iTunes… Download ipodRIP to your computer. Plug in your ipod but be certain NOT to sync it with itunes. In IpodRip, click ‘restore all’ or similar and wait for your music to re-import to itunes. This will take a while, but it’s the easiest way. This software is available as a free 30 day demo for mac or a 10 use demo for PC.
Submitted by Sandeep Sharma:
While typing, keep holding any key on the keyboard for about 2 seconds and you see special characters associated with that particular character. This won’t work while typing URL’s though.
Submitted by Crushed Tilley Hat:
I have seen alot of different forums regarding unlocking the itouch to be able to download applications, in order to make the itouch/iphone more into a PDA. One of the concerns and one of mine as well is downloading and reading of PDF files. I have found that if I email the PDF file to myself and store them in lets say a mail folder called PDF files, then the email will read the PDF file. You can not book mark or go to chapters/search etc, but you can read it.
Another less agreeable way is to convert your PDF files to an image and download them to a photo directory. You can then read them as individual photographs.
Just a thought until the fine folks at Apple unlock the system so that we can make good use of the downloads available.
Submitted by D2k:
Stumbled across while putzing around the net. From the author of iPhone: The Missing Manual
McCallum’s Awesome iPhone Period-Typing Shortcut
THE most annoying thing, about typing on the iPhone:
The punctuation keys and alphabet keys appear in two different keyboard layouts.
Imagine how excruciating it is to type, for example, “a P.O. Box in the U.S.A.!” That’s 34 finger taps and 10 mode changes!
So here’s what you can do, all in one motion:
Touch the “.?123″ key, but don’t lift your finger as the punctuation layout appears.
Slide your finger a half inch onto the period or comma key, and release.
Incredibly, the ABC layout returns automatically. You’ve typed a period or a comma with one finger touch instead of three. In fact, you can type ANY of the punctuation symbols the same way.
This makes a HUGE difference in the usability of the keyboard.