10 Useful iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks

Amy-Mae Elliott

Whether you’ve taken to the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard like a duck to water, or are more of a one-finger-at-a-time typist, there are plenty of shortcuts, tips and tricks that can improve your iTyping experience.

Here, we’ve rounded up ten useful ways to be faster and more productive with your iPhone’s keyboard. We hope these tricks are handy for anyone new to the platform, or those who have not had the time to really experiment.

Ranging from basic how-tos to more advanced trickery, have a read of our ten tips below, and do share any keyboard-, language- or other text entry-related hints you’ve discovered on your iDevice in the comments.
1. HOW TO: Add an International Keyboard

iOS4 has more language options than ever before. If you’re bi-lingual, there’s an easy way to add an international keyboard to your iPhone’s set-up so you can switch between English and Chinese — for example — on the fly.

From the home screen, go to “Settings,” then “General,” then scroll down to see “Keyboard” and tap this option. You can then select “International Keyboards” and scroll through the list to add the language you need.

Now, for all iPhone OS versions, when you have the keyboard on the screen, if you hit the little globe icon next to the space bar, you can switch between languages at the press of a button.

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Amy-Mae Elliott

Whether you’ve taken to the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard like a duck to water, or are more of a one-finger-at-a-time typist, there are plenty of shortcuts, tips and tricks that can improve your iTyping experience.

Here, we’ve rounded up ten useful ways to be faster and more productive with your iPhone’s keyboard. We hope these tricks are handy for anyone new to the platform, or those who have not had the time to really experiment.

Ranging from basic how-tos to more advanced trickery, have a read of our ten tips below, and do share any keyboard-, language- or other text entry-related hints you’ve discovered on your iDevice in the comments.


1. HOW TO: Add an International Keyboard


iOS4 has more language options than ever before. If you’re bi-lingual, there’s an easy way to add an international keyboard to your iPhone’s set-up so you can switch between English and Chinese — for example — on the fly.

From the home screen, go to “Settings,” then “General,” then scroll down to see “Keyboard” and tap this option. You can then select “International Keyboards” and scroll through the list to add the language you need.

Now, for all iPhone OS versions, when you have the keyboard on the screen, if you hit the little globe icon next to the space bar, you can switch between languages at the press of a button. Leer más “10 Useful iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks”

Getting Started with the iPhone SDK

This article is a general overview of making iPhone apps using the iPhone software development kit (SDK).

In order to start making your own iPhone apps, you’ll need to sign up for a free Apple Developer account and download the iPhone SDK.

What’s the iPhone SDK?

Apple has bundled a ton of great resources into a mega 2GB download that contains help files, documents and three very important apps: Xcode, Interface Builder and iPhone Simulator. All of these apps also work for the creation of iPad apps.

Let’s take a quick look at the three apps and see what they do.


by Amber Weinberg

Getting Started with the iPhone SDK

This article is a general overview of making iPhone apps using the iPhone software development kit (SDK).

In order to start making your own iPhone apps, you’ll need to sign up for a free Apple Developer account and download the iPhone SDK.

What’s the iPhone SDK?

Apple has bundled a ton of great resources into a mega 2GB download that contains help files, documents and three very important apps: Xcode, Interface Builder and iPhone Simulator. All of these apps also work for the creation of iPad apps.

Let’s take a quick look at the three apps and see what they do. Leer más “Getting Started with the iPhone SDK”

Mobile Marketing with the new iPhone 4

If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard about the new iPhone 4. After weeks of anticipation and swirling rumors of an abandoned iPhone 4 lost in a bar in Redwood City, CA in mid-April, it’s. finally. here. With HD video recording, video chatting, and a multitude of sleek features, it’s not surprising that industry experts are calling it Apple’s most successful launch to-date. The question remains whether the device will live up to the intense hype that surrounds it but one thing is for sure, it is likely to revolutionize the mobile commerce experience.


If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard about the new iPhone 4. After weeks of anticipation and swirling rumors of an abandoned iPhone 4 lost in a bar in Redwood City, CA in mid-April,  it’s. finally. here. With HD video recording, video chatting, and a multitude of sleek features,  it’s not surprising that industry experts are calling it Apple’s most successful launch to-date. The question remains whether the device will live up to the intense hype that surrounds it but one thing is for sure, it is likely to revolutionize the mobile commerce experience. Leer más “Mobile Marketing with the new iPhone 4”

Ya puedes actualizar tu iPhone/iPod Touch a iOS 4


Por @marcosesperon

ios4 Ya puedes actualizar tu iPhone/iPod Touch a iOS 4

Ayer a última hora de la tarde Apple ha puesto a disposición de todos los usuarios y de forma gratuita la actualización del sistema operativo de los iPhone e iPod Touch a iOS 4. Los usuarios solo tendrán que acceder a iTunes (conviene actualizarlo a la versión 9.2) con el dispositivo conectado y automáticamente le preguntará si desea actualizar la versión del sistema.

Tras instalar el iOS 4 los usuarios podrán disfrutar de las siguientes nuevas características:

  • Unificación de cuentas de correo en una misma bandeja de entrada.
  • Organización por conversaciones de los emails.
  • Folders, la posibilidad de agrupar varias aplicaciones dentro de un mismo icono.
  • Multitarea, permite saltar entre aplicaciones sin tener que cerrarlas.
  • iBooks, para comprar y leer libros electrónicos.
  • Cambiar el fondo de escritorio de tu pantalla de inicio.
  • Posibilidad de buscar con las sugerencias de Google, Bing o Yahoo!
  • Compatibilidad con teclados inalámbricos bluetooth.

El software iOS 4 es compatible con iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS e iPhone 3G y con los iPod Touch de segunda y tercera generación. Pero no todas las prestaciones son compatibles con todos los modelos. Por ejemplo, la multitarea solo está disponible en los iPhone 4 e iPhone 3GS.Si iTunes no te detecta automáticamente la actualización puedes bajar la versión correspondiente a través de los enlaces directos: Leer más “Ya puedes actualizar tu iPhone/iPod Touch a iOS 4”

Why So Many B-School Grads Suck At Starting Companies

MBAs tend to prioritize funding over execution. In May of 2009 Postabon was a 30 page PowerPoint presentation full of research and ThinkCell graphics on why local would be the next big thing. No one bought it.

It’s not 2002. Tech trends like cloud computing, coding frameworks and better browsers means most consumer facing start-ups (without inventory) are really cheap to start. With three months and ~$10K, we created a bare-minimum website and iPhone app that allowed us to iterate daily based on consumer feedback. No amount of time in Baker Library would have substituted.


Stuart Wall
I began working on Postabon, a bootstrapped start-up, after I graduated from Harvard Business School last June. For eight months my co-founders and I slept on lots of couches, worked from coffee shops, and invested in a minimum viable product. Last month we closed our Series A round with a Boston-based VC.

It’s been an awesome experience. The past eight months changed my view of entrepreneurship, the value of a degree, and a few mistakes that recent grads (myself included) seem make. Here are a few observations from the left-most section of the start-up learning curve. Leer más “Why So Many B-School Grads Suck At Starting Companies”

Where Does Location Fit into the SEO Equation?

By Chris Crum
Targeting Consumers Where They Are and Where They’ve Been

We’re living in an increasingly open and revealing world where people are eager to tell you where they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Not everyone is so eager, but location-sharing is a rising trend that is not to be ignored. Naturally, the phenomenon will have a growing impact on search.
Remember when the industry was still trying to make sense of how social media and search fit together? It’s now fitting together in a variety of ways, and now we’re at a similar point with location and search.

Google Has Its Own Significant Amount of Location Sharers

At the Web 2.0 Expo this week, Google Product Manager Steve Lee revealed some interesting info about Google Latitude, the company’s location-sharing service, which has been around since long before location-sharing became such a huge trend. Foursquare – the location-sharing service you hear about most these days, has a million users. Latitude has 3 million active users, and this year it’s grown 30% per month each month so far. [Más…]

MG Siegler at TechCrunch says Lee hinted that Latitude would soon have a check-in component, something that has made services like Foursquare so popular, and of great use to local businesses. He also said that Latitude has taken some time to gain ground because of iPhone’s lack of the ability to run services in the background (so there isn’t a Latitude iPhone app), but the iPhone OS will have that ability, and Android usage is on the rise (apparently BlackBerry has been big for the service as well). Over 10% of All Android users are using Latitude.

Location as a Search Signal

Google has been very open about how much emphasis it is placing on mobile, and mobile and location-sharing go to together like corn flakes and milk. Smartphone usage will continue to grow. Therefore location-sharing will continue to grow. Android usage in particular is growing rapdily.

Diana Pouliot, Director of Mobile Advertising at Google recently said a third of all Google searches via the mobile web pertain to some aspect of the searcher’s local environment. The company has also been quoted as saying it thinks of location as a “hugely important signal.”

With Google’s newly redesigned SERPs, location-based searches will increase, or rather filtering searches by location will. With the “nearby” option more visible, it stands to reason more people will use it. At this point, I’m not seeing real-time location-based info here, but that may change in the future. Google will continue making tweaks and adding features, and having real-time info here may begin to make sense.


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Targeting Consumers Where They Are and Where They’ve Been

We’re living in an increasingly open and revealing world where people are eager to tell you where they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Not everyone is so eager, but location-sharing is a rising trend that is not to be ignored. Naturally, the phenomenon will have a growing impact on search.
Remember when the industry was still trying to make sense of how social media and search fit together? It’s now fitting together in a variety of ways, and now we’re at a similar point with location and search.

Google Has Its Own Significant Amount of Location Sharers

At the Web 2.0 Expo this week, Google Product Manager Steve Lee revealed some interesting info about Google Latitude, the company’s location-sharing service, which has been around since long before location-sharing became such a huge trend. Foursquare – the location-sharing service you hear about most these days, has a million users. Latitude has 3 million active users, and this year it’s grown 30% per month each month so far. Leer más “Where Does Location Fit into the SEO Equation?”

Are you Wasting 50% of your Time?


In today’s constant-distraction-and-huge-todo-list culture, it’s extremely easy to get sidetracked by things that aren’t vital to achieving your goals.

Here are some simple tips for making sure you’re not wasting a large percentage of your time on things that don’t matter.

#1 Gather Your Todos

I use Remember the Milk to record all my todos. I group them by projects and then assign due dates and priorities. They also have a great iPhone app which syncs automatically with the web app.

Whether you use Remember the Milk or another tool, it’s super important to write things down as soon as you think of them. If you don’t, then you’ll constantly be plagued by the feeling that you’re forgetting something (I have over 500 tasks currently active in Remember the Milk).

#2 Organize Your Todos on Monday Morning

A sure-fire way to waste 50% of your time is to charge into the week without organizing your todo list and inbox. There will be hundreds of things shouting for your attention and you need to proactively choose which things are important to you – not things that other people say are important for you to do. As someone once said …

Your email inbox is a todo list that anyone can write to.

Here’s how to organize your todo list:

  1. Block off the first hour of every Monday to organize your todo list. Turn off instant messenger, close email and silence your phone. You need absolute silence so you can focus. I tend to do this from 5am – 6am on Monday mornings, before my wife and son wake up.
  2. Go through the todo lists for all your current projects (in Remember the Milk in this example) and pick important things that you need to do this week. Prioritize them and assign them a due date this week, or tag them with ‘thisweek’.
  3. Use a tool like TadaLists.com and create a list called ‘This Week’. It’s important that this is separate from your main repository of todos (Remember the Milk in this example).
  4. Take a deep breath and ask yourself “What are the things that I could work on this week that will get me closer to my longterm, important goals?”. (These things may not even be on your Remember the Milk todo lists.)
  5. Put several of these things on your ‘This Week’ list in TadaList and prioritize them by putting the most important things first. Make sure these are atomic, do-able things (not big concepts like ‘Increase signups by 3%’).
  6. Go back to Remember the Milk (or whatever tool you’re using) and filter it by tasks due this week.
  7. Pick several of the important ones and copy them over to your ‘This Week’ list in TadaList.
  8. Close Remember the Milk and only refer to the small ‘This Week’ TadaList for the rest of the week. Leer más “Are you Wasting 50% of your Time?”