The Wizening-Hipsters Edition Saturday, May 22, 2021

How Did ‘Mind Your Own Business,’ Delta 5’s 40-Year-Old Cult Hit, End Up In An Apple Ad?, by Jem Aswad, Variety

It’s safe to assume that the mouths of wizening hipsters across the country dropped open with astonishment when they heard “Mind Your Own Business,” a relatively obscure, 40-year-old song by short-lived British post-punk quintet Delta 5, blasting from their TVs when a new Apple ad aired during the NBA play-ins.

Piazza Liberty Apple Store Amphitheater Transforms Into Public Art Installation, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan, Italy is celebrating creative exploration with a new art installation at the store’s public amphitheater. The Moral of the Story, a work by French artist Neïl Beloufa, will be displayed from May 21 through September 20.

Hockney And The Art Of Making A Splash, by Joy Lo Dico, Financial Times

But he’s also playing the youngsters, a generation who use their iPads as a signifier of cool, who bestride the digital realm. Here’s an old boy who has abandoned the higher subtleties of painting for the pixel — as momentous a moment as Dylan going electric — and who can own Twitter for an afternoon. After six decades in the game, getting yourself talked about is an art form in itself.

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HomePod To Gain Support For Apple Music Lossless Audio In Future Software Update, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

The HomePod and HomePod mini will gain support for playing back Apple Music Lossless audio in a future software update, according to a newly published Apple Support document.

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In Antitrust Trial, Tim Cook Argues Apple Doesn’t Hurt App Makers, by Jack Nicas, Erin Griffith and Kellen Browning, New York Times

The trial will wrap up Monday, but Judge Gonzalez Rogers said a ruling would not come that day or the next one. She noted that the verdict on a recent tech antitrust case was longer than 200 pages. “I have a very tiny team,” she said. She also said her decision would probably be appealed, meaning the trial could be just the first chapter of a longer fight.

Judge In Fortnite Case Holds Tim Cook's Feet To The Fire, by Nick Statt, Protocol

The general takeaway is that Gonzalez Rogers expressed deep skepticism of Apple's claims that it operates the App Store the way it does out of the goodness of its heart. Apple executives, including Cook, have reiterated that they built iOS and the App Store this way out of concern for user security and privacy. But Gonzalez Rogers says there were also clear financial incentives to do so and that it appears Apple is incapable of responding to any concerns that may threaten the benefits it receives.

Tim Cook Plays Innocent In Epic V Apple’s Culminating Testimony, by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch

Not having a hard number removes a potential foothold for Epic, which could use it either way: If it’s big, they’re protecting their golden goose (enforcing market power). If it’s small, they’re just collecting the eggs (collecting rent via market power). Apple’s only winning move is not to play, so Cook plays dumb and consequently Epic’s argument looks like speculation (and, as Apple would argue, fabulation).


Apple Launches New Webpage With An Elevator Pitch On Why You Should Buy A Mac, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The new marketing features updated imagery of the current Mac lineup, a short pitch on why it thinks Mac is the best choice, and five aspects that set Mac apart from the competition.

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Today is the first full day after my second dose of Moderna. And I am not feeling so good. Besides the sore arm, I'm also tired and sleepy.

I drank so much water today. But I definitely feel like a fever is coming my way.


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