The Remote-Collaborative Edition Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Apple Makes Final Cut Pro X Work Better For Remote And Collaborative Video Editing, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Apple has announced a new major update to Final Cut Pro X that adds several new improvements to proxy workflows, making the software far more suited to remote and collaborative editing for videos. The 10.4.9 update also adds several other useful new features, including a machine learning-powered “Smart Conform” feature that can automatically crop videos for social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Apple Updates iMovie For iPhone, iPad, And Mac With New Filters, Soundtracks, And More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

iMovie for iPhone and iPad has added new filters, 25 new soundtracks, and more. iMovie on the Mac has also added new filters as well as improved integration with iMovie for iOS.

On Security

Security Researcher Discloses Safari Bug After Apple Delays Patch, by Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet

Wylecial initially reported the bug to Apple earlier this spring, in April, but the researcher decided to go public with his findings today after the OS maker delayed patching the bug for almost a year, to the spring of 2021.


Wylecial described the bug as "not very serious" as user interaction and complex social engineering is needed to trick users into leaking local files; however, he also admitted that it was also quite easy for attackers "to make the shared file invisible to the user."

Report Claims A Popular iOS SDK Is Stealing Click Revenue From Other Ad Networks, by Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet

In an email today, Apple said it has spoken with Snyk researchers about their report, and that they have not seen any evidence the Mintegral SDK is harming users, at least for the time being.

The OS maker said that app developers are responsible for the SDKs they put in their apps, and that many third-party libraries may include code that may be misinterpreted and abused due to its specific functionality, situations that Apple has seen in the past.

Coming Soon

Apple Maps Launches In-house Ratings And Photos System For Points Of Interest, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

iOS 14 beta 6 includes new UI that lets users recommend a place with a thumbs up or thumbs down. The rating system can differentiate between categories, so users can rate the quality of purchased products in a shop highly even if they didn’t get the best service.

Apple Plans Augmented Reality Content To Boost TV+ Video Service, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

In the new feature, elements of a TV show, like characters or objects, would be displayed on a viewer’s phone or tablet and integrated into the surrounding environment. [...] The option would serve as bonus content akin to the director commentary or trailer that accompany a movie download and would be accessed from Apple’s TV app on the iPhone or iPad.

Pressuring Apple

Apple And Epic Have To Win Over More Than Just A Judge, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

Unless somebody blinks, the court battle between Epic and Apple is going to take a very, very long time. Due process is a slow process. The various juries outside the courtroom, however, could start making up their minds a whole lot faster.

Epic Versus Apple? I’m Rooting For The Users, by Jason Snell, Macworld

I’m hoping that the judges, along with the legislators and regulators, don’t get distracted by the sight of two large, profitable companies squabbling in court and lose sight of the most important party in this case—the people who use these products every day.


Level Debuts New Level Touch HomeKit-enabled Touch-sensitive Smart Lock, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

Level Touch is designed to be inconspicuous thanks to a design that tries hard not to bring attention to itself.

Mactracker: An App Only A Mac Geek (Or Tech Journalist) Could Love, by David Gewirtz, ZDNet

This thing is exhaustive. It contains a detailed database of all Apple desktops, notebooks, and servers, along with all the various OS releases. It also catalogs all of Apple's iPads, iPhones, printers, displays, iPods, and even cameras and Apple TV models.


Apple Buys Spaces, VR Startup That Blends Avatars With Videoconferencing, by Todd Spangler, Variety

Spaces was founded in 2016 by two former DreamWorks Animation execs. The company created several location-based VR experiences installed at theme parks and theaters, including multiplayer game “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future.” During the pandemic, Spaces launched a new VR extension for videoconferences that created real-time animated virtual avatars of speakers for meetings and presentations.

Bottom of the Page

Sometimes, just talking about something in my heart makes my heart goes just a little lighter. And I am grateful for that.


Thanks for reading.