The Sitting-at-Nexus Edition Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Apple Celebrates The Best Apps And Games Of 2019, by Apple

Today Apple revealed the best apps and games and the most powerful trends that drove app culture in 2019. Apps help simplify our lives and express our creativity, connect us to friends, family and the world beyond, and of course, have fun. In 2019, apps made their mark by reflecting the zeitgeist of our society and sitting at the nexus of digital and pop culture.

“Developers around the world inspire us all with innovative apps that have the power to influence culture and change our lives, and this year that is as true as ever. The 2019 App Store Best Apps and Games winners reflect our global desire for connection, creativity and fun,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We are excited to announce such a diverse group of 2019 App Store winners, showing that great design and creativity comes from developers large and small, and from every corner of the world. We congratulate all the winners and thank them for making 2019 the best year yet for the App Store.”

Billie Eilish, Lizzo And Lil Nas X Are The Winners Of The First Apple Music Awards, by Catherine Shu, TechCrunch

Apple now has its own music awards, with winners picked by Apple Music’s editorial team or based on streaming data from the service. The first recipient of its top award, Global Artist of the Year, is Billie Eilish. The Apple Music Awards will be streamed live on Dec. 4 at 6:30PM Pacific Standard Time from the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, with a performance by Eilish.

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Apple Has Raised More Than $220m To Help (RED) Fight AIDS, Says Tim Cook, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that Apple's partnership with (RED) has allowed it to help raise $220 million to help fight AIDS throughout the past 13 years.

Tim Cook And Other CEOs Urge U.S. Government To Stay In Paris Agreement To Fight Climate Change, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple CEO Tim Cook and a group of other CEOs, including Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella, have jointly signed a letter urging the Trump administration to keep the United States a member of the Paris Agreement.


Apple’s Latest ‘Shot On iPhone 11 Pro’ Video Showcases A Cinematic Snowball Fight, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple’s new “Snowbrawl” video was captured by director David Leitch, who you may know from his work on films such as Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious, and more. The video was shot entirely on iPhone 11 Pro and packs elements like slow-mo, zooming, and more.

Express Mode For Apple Pay Now Available With Transport For London, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

When your device is set up for Express Mode, and its battery is close to depletion, iOS and watchOS will automatically save a certain amount of power so you can still use your device for transit access for another five hours after Power Reserve kicks in.


Create, Not Consume: A Mindfulness Manifesto, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

For the first time, I viewed creativity as a formula. Austin gave me permission to accept what I created because it was the natural result of the dots I’d collected. I didn’t have to be ashamed of the fact that it was similar to something someone else had made. I just needed to collect better dots.

Ever since, I have been on a quest to curate better dots. I do this by being intentional about what I consume and using it to create something original. I don’t worry about the end result — it’s the process of creating that’s natural and valuable.

The False Promise Of Morning Routines, by Marina Koren, The Atlantic

It makes sense to wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual because you want to fit in some yoga, an activity that you enjoy. But something sinister seems to be going on if you feel that you have to wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual to improve your wellbeing, so that you can also work 60 hours a week, cook dinner, run errands, and spend time with your family. In a culture obsessed with self-optimization, “we are being sold on the need to upgrade all parts of ourselves, all at once, including parts that we did not previously know needed upgrading,” wrote Alexandra Schwartz in The New Yorker last year.


The Apple Curtain, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

I understand! I understand why Apple PR and legal departments are the way they are. But I still feel a loss to the community every time somebody I know goes to work at Apple.

Apple Fails To End MacBook 'Butterfly' Keyboard Class Action, by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said Apple must face claims that its troubleshooting program did not provide an “effective fix” for MacBook design defects, or fully compensate customers for their out-of-pocket expenses while seeking repairs.

'The Banker' Cast And Director Defend Film After Apple Delays Release, by Brent Lang, Variety

In a statement, the film’s director, writer, and producer George Nolfi, as well as cast members such as Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, and other key talent say they stand by the film and “its positive message of empowerment.” While expressing sympathy for Cynthia Garrett, they note that the film is not based on the memories of Garrett’s children, but on interviews with Garrett himself, as well as transcripts, court rulings, and articles. “The Banker” tells the story of Garrett and his partner Joe Morris’s successful efforts to circumvent a racist establishment by convincing white man to be the face of their real estate and banking empire. Cynthia Garrett has said the film does not accurately portray her family’s story.

Bottom of the Page

Will Apple, perhaps with Netflix and Amazon and whoever else, ever do an Oscar replacement, so that they don't have to show their movies in a cinema?

And to promote Apple News+, will Apple do a Person-of-the-year à la Time?


Thanks for reading.