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Ben Patterson: Welcome to here's the thing, your source for practical tips, advice, and how-tos about the gadgets you use every day.

Give your fingertips a break.

Both iOS and Android devices will let you create your own, custom keyboard shortcuts for … well, just about anything. Once you’ve tweaked the right settings, you can ask “you there?” in a text message by simply tapping, say, “yt”. You could also conjure your street address, your official title, or a phone number in just a few keystrokes.Read More