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Monday, January 2, 2017

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Wrap-up for Monday, January 2, 2017

The story of how Steve Jobs saved Apple from disaster and led it to rule the world, in 39 photos
It's been nearly 10 years since the iPhone debuted — look how terrible the first one seems today
MacBook Pro review: Lovable despite the short battery life
I really like this laptop, even with its imperfections.  It’s the finest laptop I’ve ever used.
9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
5 easy ways to make your iPhone storage go the distance

With its non-expandable memory, one of the major bugbears for iPhone owners is the storage capacity. Whether you've got a 16 or 64GBer, you just know that dreaded "Storage Almost Full" message will pop up at exactly the wrong moment.
Here are some things you can do to at least delay the day that happens.
The 17 best Apple Watch apps (that we’re actually using)
How to fix a sticky Digital Crown on your Apple Watch
Apple recommends a simple and quick fix that should return it to normal.
Apple recommends powering off and holding the Digital Crown under lightly running, warm, fresh water from a faucet for just 10 to 15 seconds. Simply rotate and press the Digital Crown as the water runs to help push out any substances that have collected underneath.
There's no need to use any cleaning products, like soap, when repairing the digital crown —just water should do the trick.
Today in Apple history: Apple II gets its ‘killer app’
This New iOS Exploit Breaks the Messages App
There’s a new iOS exploit doing the rounds that will render the Messages app on your iPhoneunusable. Thankfully, there are a couple of workarounds allowing victims of this particular “prank” gain access to their Messages again. Unfortunately, there are no workarounds for having friends dumb enough to send you this in the first place.

This article also has instructions on how to delete an offending message.
All the ways iOS has gotten worse in recent years
Even Apple’s harshest critics can generally agree that there are a few areas where Apple shines brighter than most companies. The first is customer service, which is one area where Apple is without question unrivaled. 
Another ... is user experience. 
Since it was first introduced back in 2007, Apple’s iOS platform has always been the simple, streamlined alternative to more complex and overbearing smartphone operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile.
But fast-forward to 2016, and iOS 10 was the latest in a number of steps backward for many fans.
Every OS Sucks — Even Mac OS — Sing it to me
Social Media & the Mob Mentality

What makes social media engage in 'bashing' and how is it different from mobs who destroy public property or beat up an innocent human being? Not much because social media has the same psychology as mobs.
Crowds are strange, pathological and monstrous. Members of a crowd are social actors, looking to play a part in any incident that can hurt an individual or society in general.  

 Groups have incredible effects on individuals’ behaviours, and have been an area of interest in social psychology for years.
Social Media groups follow Mob Psychology in general. Just think of it as a mob on the world wide web.
Most social media mob behaviour is headed to obscurity in a few hours. So if someone is trolling you and you are really upset just go off on a short holiday. The internet mob exhausts itself quickly, unlike the real mob, and will never be back!
An iPhone’s Journey, From the Factory Floor to the Retail Store
Parts from more than 200 suppliers go into each iPhone.
Apple orders many of the components from global suppliers, and then sells them, en masse, to one of its contract manufacturers based in China.
The Chinese manufactures perform what is called F.A.T.P., or final assembly, testing and packaging.
After the iPhone leaves the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, it takes two days, on average, to get to a store in Shanghai, a 590-mile trip. It takes three days, on average, to get a store in San Francisco, some 6,300 miles away.
How China Built ‘iPhone
City’ With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partner

A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, the world’s biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple’s most profitable product.

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