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The 6 Levels of Extreme Apple Fandom

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For some people, Apple is very much a religion. At least that’s what neuroscientists said after a study found that viewing Apple products caused the brains of "Mactivists" to act in a way usually reserved for people in prayer. Here are the different ways these Apple fanatics demonstrate their devotion.

Level 1 - The Average Apple Fanboy

How to spot a level 1 Mactivist: They somewhat ironically show appreciation for Apple products with Jewelry, dishware, clothing and pastries.

Level 2 - The Macaholic

How to spot a level 2 Mactivist: They decorator their home with Mac-themed furniture and art, and repurpose their old Macs.

Level 3 — The “Machole” or “iHole”

How to recognize a level 3 Mactivist: The hair.

Level 4 - The “iCurious”

How to spot a level 4 Mactivist: They're on Cupidtino, a dating site exclusively for Apple users.

Or they've brought Apple into the bedroom in other (Not-Suitable-for-Mental-Floss) ways.

Level 5 - The Applecore

How to spot a level 5 Mactivist: The Applecores are, as the name suggests, the central most loyal group of the Apple Empire. You can tell who they are because they have permanently branded themselves.

Level 6 - The iPerson

How to spot a level 6 Mactivist: They have literally become an Apple product.

Links: Battery Icon Mug, Power Icon Earrings, Cursor T-Shirt, "Apple" Pie, iTable, Icon Pillows, Mac Paintings, Mac Mailbox, Mac Keg, Cupidtino.

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How To Get Past the iPhone-Crashing 'Death Emoji'
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The rapid churn of new smart phone hardware and software gives consumers more tech choices at a faster clip. Unfortunately, that schedule can also mean glitches slip through the cracks.

TechRadar is circulating word of the latest bug to affect iPhone and iPad models running iOS 11 software. If a user receives a text message containing a black dot sandwiched between the less-than and greater-than symbols (< >) followed by a left-facing pointing finger emoji, the Messages app will freeze. Quitting and re-opening the app will just return you to the last message viewed.

The bug originated on WhatsApp but migrated to iMessage. If someone with malice on their mind sends you the emoji string, your phone’s text functioning shuts down.

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The software gives up because this unique emoji string contains a very long run of invisible Unicode that it simply can’t process all at once.

Fortunately, there's a solution. After your Messages app crashes, use 3D Touch on the Messages icon on your home screen. From there, you can select New Messages and bypass the corrupt emoji string. When you swipe left from the main Messages menu, you’ll be given the option of deleting the problem text. That should restore function.

The bug isn’t strictly limited to iPhones and iPads. Some Macs could be temporarily corrupted by the string as well. Now that Apple is aware of the issue, users can expect a fix shortly.

[h/t TechRadar]

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Apple Is Offering Free Battery Replacements for Some MacBook Models
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Want to extend the life of your MacBook Pro battery? A new offer from Apple might let you replace it for free.

Some non Touch Bar, 13-inch MacBook Pros that were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 are eligible for the program, and you can see if your computer qualifies by entering your serial number on Apple’s website.

The company said some of the batteries in models manufactured during this one-year period may be faulty, which is what prompted the offer. Although it’s not a safety issue, a component in the battery could fail, causing the battery to expand. Affected customers who already paid to have their battery replaced can also contact Apple for a refund.

The service takes three to five days to complete and can be done at any Apple-authorized service provider or retail store. Computers can also be mailed in to a repair center.

Before sending it away for repairs, though, it's important to check for other issues with your computer. Apple notes, “If your 13-inch MacBook Pro has any damage which impairs the replacement of the battery, that issue will need to be resolved prior to the battery replacement. In some cases, there may be a cost associated with the repair.”

[h/t The Verge]

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