The Up-Song Edition Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Apple’s Holiday Commercial Is A Live-action Version Of The Saddest Scene In Up, by Julia Alexander, The Verge

Apple’s annual holiday advertisements are designed to make people tear up, and this year’s is no different. The only noticeable change between this new commercial and those from years prior is the addition of Pixar’s incredibly popular Up theme song, part of the Oscar-winning soundtrack created by longtime Pixar collaborator and composer Michael Giacchino.

Apple Donating $1 To (RED) For Every Apple Pay Purchase Made At Apple Stores And Online, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple says that from November 25 through December 2, it will make that $1 donation for every purchase made with Apple Pay by customers at Apple Stores, on Apple․com, and in the Apple Store application on iOS. The donations are going to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS with (RED).


2019 16-inch MacBook Pro Review: Bye-bye, Butterfly, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

The Mac is still not for everybody, and it likely never again will be. But the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro is now a better fit for the users Apple has been trying to reach. Bye bye butterfly; hello faster render times.

Actions By Moleskine Adds Reminders Import, Shortcuts With Parameters, And Context Menus, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Reminders import works just as you would expect: upon hitting the Import button in the sidebar menu, the app displays all of your Reminders lists, and you can choose some or all of them to import into Actions. Each full list gets added, along with its reminders and their metadata, assuming that metadata is supported by Actions.

Heart Analyzer For Apple Watch Updated With All-new Design, New Data And Graphs, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The latest Apple Watch app makes it easier to view additional detail on this type of data. There’s also new support for choosing complication preferences directly from your Apple Watch.


Why Isn't Apple (Yet) Supporting Tim Berners-Lee To 'Save The Web'?, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

I don’t know why Apple hasn’t yet lent its support to what seems at first glance to be quite positive commitments around the future of the web. After all, I feel that the vast majority of the commitments made in the contract seem to reflect Apple’s public commitments and activities around privacy – promises I sometimes feel its competitors match, at best, reluctantly.

That’s why it seems strange Apple isn't in the vanguard of these commitments – instead allowing others to burnish their reputations with lip service to such support. After all, when it comes to accessibility, multiple language support, and user privacy Apple has a strong story to tell.

Apple Settles Allegations Of US Sanctions Violations, by Mengqi Sun, Wall Street Journal

“In 2017, we found that we had inadvertently paid a developer on [the] U.S. Treasury’s List of Specially Designated Nationals,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement Monday. “We reported it to the authorities and fully cooperated with their investigation, which has now been completed.”

The settlement amount is small for a company the size of Apple, which has a market cap of about $1 trillion. But the case illustrates how compliance efforts by even sophisticated multinational companies can break down.

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I'm grateful that my legs can still take me for walks. I just wish that, sometimes, I don't live in a crowded city filled with too many people every which way. I love to be able to get lost in a good audiobook, or a good podcast episode, or, gasp!, just my own thoughts. Having people around just ruin the experience.

And that's why walking in National Gallery Singapore is great: less people, less interruptions, and I can walk real slow. All the art around is a bonus.

Until I read Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, only did I realize why being alone is so good for me. Now, when I am sad, or frustrated, or just plain tired, I make an appointment with myself to go walking.


I have no idea why Steve Jobs like to take walks. Actually, I don't even know if Steve Jobs liked to walk. But, then, there are so many walking in the Walter Isaacson's book.

I'll probably not enjoy walking in the park inside Apple's spaceship campus. I'll probably feel like being constantly watched, from all over, 360 degrees.


Thanks for reading.