From The Tips Box: Mac Autocorrect, iPhone Bluetooth

From The Tips Box: Mac Autocorrect, iPhone Bluetooth

Readers offer their best tips for editing on the Mac and using Bluetooth audio with your iPhone.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Auto-Suggest Words with Escape in OS X

Lensflare shares a useful keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X:

On Mac writing applications (Pages, TextEdit, etc.) you can use escape while typing to bring up a drop-down menu of the possible words. This is very useful when you are typing a long word or don’t know how to spell something.

Control Your iPhone and iPod Over Bluetooth in iOS 4

Photo by HighTechDad.

Doyledagain lets us know of a useful new feature in iOS 4.1:

If you use a Bluetooth connection to play your iPhone’s music through your car’s deck, iOS 4.1 apparently updated its profile to allow skipping forwards and backwards through the radio hardware. Previously, you had to do this through the phone, which was a pretty big distraction while driving.

I haven’t personally been able to test this myself, so let us know how it works for you in the comments.

Use Dropbox Public Links to Enhance Remember the Milk Task Lists

Josephsanta shares another neat way to use Dropbox with other productivity services:

Another great use for Dropbox—You can make it work with Remember the Milk. If you want a task in RTM to link to a file on your computer, drop the file that you want into your public folder, copy the public link and then copy the path to the task’s link. That way, you can click on the link and it will bring you right to the file on your machine… neato!

What’s nice is that this will also take you to the file if you’re reading your task list on a machine that isn’t yours.


  • I have been listening to music from my iPhone (iOS4.1) via bluetooth in my car. My Ford Fiesta Econetic supports bluetooth audio. I can confirm you can FF/RW tracks from the dash or steering wheel controls – the phone doesnt leave my pocket during the journey. It also stops playback when the stereo/car is turned off and starts again when you start up the car.

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