9 great reads from CNET this week: Supply chain, Steve Jobs, Facebook and more

When you click a purchase button, the products you’ve ordered don’t just magically appear at your door. It takes ships, cranes, trains, trucks and more. And when there’s a hiccup in one spot, the ripple effects go on and on. That’s the uncomfortable new reality of the consumer economy: higher prices, long delays and just plain frustration.

In his story for our Road Trip 2021: Made in America series, CNET editor Kent German walks you through the many transport links of the global supply chain, starting with the port of Oakland, one of the busiest in the US. “Without the ports,” says a manager there, “you don’t have those products, or they’re very expensive, because you have to fly them in.” 

That story is among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss:

The complex global system that transports products largely worked — until the pandemic. Now the system needs to change.

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Apple’s co-founder changed how we look at tech. A decade after his death, the tech industry is changing how it looks at itself.  

Steve Jobs demos FaceTime video-calling feature at WWDC in 2010

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Michael Dell talks about his memories of the tech icon, including when Jobs tried to convince Dell to license Mac software to run on Intel-based PCs.

Steve Jobs introduces candy-colored iMacs in 1998

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Commentary: This week’s massive outage is a reminder that you should have a few backup chat apps ready to go.  

WhatsApp logo on a phone screen

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Half-connected virtual reality, nonfunctioning smartglasses: This is what a future of Facebook-connected products could look like when Facebook is down. 

Oculus Quest 2 headset and Facebook Ray-Ban Stories glasses

Scott Stein/CNET

We still can’t prove whether the world is a video game, but what if a simulated reality is the best case scenario?



Commentary: The iPhone 13 Mini is a big improvement, but it hasn’t convinced me to embrace smaller phones.   

iPhone 13 Mini

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Commentary: Could the Pixel 6 leap forward the way the iPhone X did?

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Commentary: The Netflix special came out five months ago, and I’m still thinking about it.  

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