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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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Subscribe to the TidBITS Events Calendar

So you can more easily participate in our online and real-world events, we’ve created the public TidBITS Events calendar in iCloud. Subscribe and you’ll never miss one of our presentations.Show full article

Discover Safari’s Finer Details in “Take Control of Safari 6”

We’re sure you can basically get around on the Web with Safari, but if you want to learn all that Apple’s powerful Web browser can do, check out Sharon Zardetto’s 143-page “Take Control of Safari 6” ebook.Show full article

“What Makes a Technology Cool,” According to Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jeff Porten shares an interesting insight from a talk by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — we can identify abandoned or stagnating technologies when examples of that technology remain cool decades later. How might this inform our view of today’s cutting edge devices?Show full article

Think Like a Publisher

Thanks to the personal computer and the Internet, anyone can be a publisher today. But while our software may now solve basic visual design problems for us, most people don’t know how to think like a publisher, which results in information that’s poorly designed and conveyed. Adam Engst explains how to do a better job. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 October 2012

Notable software releases this week include TweetDeck 2.0, Firefox 16.0.1, and Voila 3.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 15 October 2012

We have two multimedia ExtraBITS for you this week — a video of a Saturday Night Live sketch that pokes fun at the fuss surrounding the iPhone 5 and a Macworld podcast with Glenn Fleishman that discusses some of the real quirks and problems in iOS 6.Show full article

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