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Tech Minute: Tips for using Auto Text on iPhones, Androids

In our culture of constant texting and instant messaging, we've all gotten used to certain acronyms and abbreviations. Just about everyone knows LOL and OMG. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reveals a couple of tricks to creating your own shortcuts to make texting and e-mailing on your smartphone even easier.

May 10, 2012


Ten handy AutoText shortcuts you should create in iOS 5

The new Shortcuts feature (aka AutoText) is great for automatically inserting frequently used text blurbs. Here are 10 you'll want to set up right now.

By October 17, 2011


How to customize AutoText shortcuts on iOS 5

iOS 5 developer builds have been released by Apple, and with that come sneak peeks at the upcoming iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch OS. One of the new features in iOS 5 is called Shortcuts. Shortcuts allows you to set AutoText shortcuts for common words and phrases. Follow along as we show you exactly what it is, how to add your own shortcuts, and how to use it!

By June 7, 2011


MS Word Building Blocks outshine AutoText

Create Word documents faster by cobbling together prebuilt components that include images, formatting, tables, and pages in addition to text--all insertable with only a few clicks.

By October 5, 2010


Can this big red button really do it all?

A new Indiegogo campaign promises that you'll be able to do everything from starting the coffee maker to ordering pizza with the click of one big button.

By September 19, 2014


Utilities Updates: FWB Hard Disk ToolKit; KeyStrokes; Drag'nBack; AutoTextTyper; WebPrint Plus; more

Utilities Updates: FWB Hard Disk ToolKit; KeyStrokes; Drag'nBack; AutoTextTyper; WebPrint Plus; more

By January 9, 2002


Name your own price for a Mac software bundle

For as little as a buck, you can get six handy Mac apps. Beat the average, however, and you'll get three more. And 10 percent goes to charity!

By September 19, 2012


Five productivity-boosting iPad tips

Lock the screen orientation, turn off auto-correction (without sacrificing spell check), activate spoken auto-text, set the triple-click Home button, and view the iPad user guide in iBooks or a Safari window via a built-in bookmark.

By October 18, 2011


Good-bye iPhone, hello (again) BlackBerry

I am now a reverse switcher--I switched from a BlackBerry to an iPhone about six months ago, and now am switching back again. Why?

By September 13, 2009


Unlock the accessibility features on the iPhone 3GS

Use the new VoiceOver, Zoom, and Speak Auto-Text features.

By July 9, 2009