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Arrange Icons on the iPhone/iPod touch Home Screens

Unhappy with the arrangement of your icons? You can move them around as follows: First, hold down on any Home screen icon until all the icons wiggle. Now, drag the icons to their desired locations (drag left or right to get to other screens). Finally, press the physical Home button on your device. (Unlike earlier releases, iPhone Software 2.1 doesn't move just-updated apps to the end of your Home screens, so your icons should be more stationary once you've installed the update.)

Remember that you can replace Apple's default icons in the four persistent spots at the bottom of the screen with your four most-used apps!

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'Take Control of iWeb '08' Updated for MobileMe and Twitter -- For people still using iWeb '08, we have released a free update to "Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition." (If you own it, click Check for Updates in your copy to update.) In it, author Steve Sande swaps .Mac for MobileMe and explains how to add a Twitter feed to an iWeb page. The iWeb '09 edition of the book is also underway and will be a free update for anyone buying the '08 edition in 2009. (Posted 2009-03-16)


Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter Causing Problems? -- Michael Tsai, the Macintosh developer behind such utilities as SpamSieve and DropDMG, discusses on his blog his problems in getting a Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to work properly with his 15-inch MacBook Pro. According to Tsai, the $99 adapter, released back in December 2008, creates various screen distortions and Apple, while acknowledging the issue, has yet to provide a solution. (Posted 2009-03-09)


Security Glitch in Google Docs -- A number of users recently received notice from Google that some of their Google Documents had been accidentally shared with collaborators who had previously lacked access. The security glitch, apparently affecting .05 percent of all Google Docs, underscores the concerns some have with cloud-based computing, though others have noted that documents stored on stolen laptops have also been implicated in significant security and privacy breaches. (Posted 2009-03-09)


Doug Talks iMacs and Safari 4 on Tech Night Owl Live -- Making his maiden voyage into the world of Internet radio, Doug McLean spoke with Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl Live (in the second third of the 05-Mar-09 show) about the refreshed iMac line, the recently updated Safari browser, and what his Apple dream machine would look like. (Posted 2009-03-09)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>