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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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iOS 6.1.2 Fixes Battery-Draining Exchange Bug

The latest version of iOS fixes a bug that caused excessive battery drain on iOS devices communicating with Exchange Server, but it doesn’t patch the recently discovered passcode security exploit.Show full article

MacTech BootCamps Add Microsoft Accreditation for Consultants

Consultants looking to promote professional credentials can now get Microsoft’s “Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional” accreditation in a free half-day course that precedes each of the MacTech BootCamp II training events in 2013.Show full article

Mailbox for iPhone Eases Email Triage but Lacks Key Features

Mailbox makes processing incoming email easy and fun on the iPhone, but its innovative interface approaches may not be sufficient to make up for the app’s lack of key capabilities and worrying requirement that all your email go through the company’s servers. Show full article

It’s Not Email That’s Broken, It’s You

Feeling overwhelmed with email? That’s a genuine and common problem, but Joe Kissell takes umbrage with those who complain about email as a medium or look to a new email app to be a magic bullet.Show full article

LiveCode Crowdfunds Free, Open-Source Update

LiveCode, a development environment inspired by HyperCard, may add a free edition and release its code under an open-source license, if owner RunRev meets the goal for its Kickstarter campaign by the end of February. For many, the promise of a free version of LiveCode and its code being available to view, modify, and distribute in changed form is compelling; others find controversial the amount of money sought and other details about the project.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 February 2013

Notable software releases this week include TextWrangler 4.5, Adobe Acrobat XI and Reader XI 11.0.02, Transmit 4.3.2, KeyCue 6.4, Java for OS X 2013-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13, iTunes 11.0.2, Firefox 19, and BusyCal 2.0.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 February 2013

New hardware from Google monopolizes this week’s ExtraBITS, with an eyes-on report on Google Glass and an overview of Google’s new high-end Chromebook Pixel.Show full article

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