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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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NewsGator Pushes Back Date, Sets Price

NewsGator moves the shut-off date for its in-house synchronization server to no earlier than 07-Sep-09 to ensure that shipping updates of its products are out. An ad-free release of NetNewsWire will cost $9.95.Show full article

Wi-Fi's WPA Encryption Is Not Broken (Yet)

News reports claiming that Japanese researchers had broken the Wi-Fi WPA encryption system are incorrect. WPA remains intact, but the researchers demonstrated a more efficient (if complex) way to exploit a tiny networking weakness in an older form of encryption.Show full article

What's New in Snow Leopard

While working on the just-released "Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow Leopard," Matt Neuburg has had to live with Snow Leopard for some time now, and he's brimming with impressions of what's new, what's not, and what it all means.Show full article

Examining Snow Leopard Installer Changes

Unsure about what installing Apple's Snow Leopard will entail? No need to worry - an excerpt from Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard" explains how the installer has changed from what we've become accustomed to in Panther, Tiger, and Leopard.Show full article

More Hidden Refinements in Snow Leopard

When Apple says Snow Leopard is full of "refinements," they're not kidding. The TidBITS staff has collected even more of the interesting details that may be easily overlooked.Show full article

Peering Inside Snow Leopard Security

Snow Leopard includes a bevy of important behind-the-scenes security updates, and one major feature we hope you never see. Rich Mogull details what's changed, how this affects your security, and the one improvement we're still waiting for.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31-Aug-09

Notable software releases this week include Things 1.2, WireTap Studio 1.0.12, WireTap Anywhere 1.0.5, Snapz Pro X 2.2.0, Sync'Em 1.40, TextSoap 6.3, Coda 1.5, Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.1.1, KeyCue 4.5, DragThing 5.9.4, and TextWrangler 3.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 31-Aug-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 31-Aug-09

Surprise! Snow Leopard dominates the discussions this week, as readers talk about the prices of the upgrade, the software's capability to screen for known viruses, the versions of iLife and iWork included with the Mac Box Set, and Snow Leopard compatibility with Adobe CS3, external trackpads, and PGP products. Also this week, suggestions for beginner Mac books for seniors, saving money by replacing an optical drive yourself, a discussion of what is meant by "technological literacy," and more.Show full article

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