The WFH-Movie Edition Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Making A Hollywood Movie, From Home: Using Cloud Computing To Film A Thriller In A Pandemic, by Daphne Leprince-Ringuet, ZDNet

For most office workers, the "stay at home" orders delivered by governments at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant lingering kitchen-chair backaches and awkward after-work Zoom drinks. For Max Votolato, the co-producer of Hollywood thriller Songbird, directed by Adam Mason, WFH has been an entirely different challenge: to manage the delivery of a full-length feature film from his own house, watching what was happening on set through the screen of an iPad Pro.

When on March 19th, California's 40 million residents were asked to stay at home, no exceptions were made for Hollywood. Film productions only re-started at the beginning of June, with very restrictive health and safety protocols that required crews to be as small as possible when shooting on set.

iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4.1, macOS 11.2.3 Big Sur, And watchOS 7.3.2 Address WebKit Security Vulnerability, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple has released updates for most of its current operating systems [...] to address a single security issue in WebKit that could let attackers execute arbitrary code from a Web page. Separately, Apple updated Safari 14.0.3 (8 March 2021) to new builds for both 10.15 Catalina and 10.14 Mojave.

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How To Enable ‘Your Watch Is Fully Charged’ Notifications In WatchOS 7 And iOS 14, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

It’s all a bit confusing, because I don’t think it makes intuitive sense that these notifications are filed under “Sleep”. Nor that you need to set up Sleep in one app (Health) to get features enabled in another app (Apple Watch).

I Love 'Ted Lasso,' But Man Do I Hate Apple TV Plus, by Grant Marek, SFGate

Here’s what it takes just to get to an episode of “Ted Lasso”.


Apple And Nonprofit Common Sense Media Team Up To Provide Kid Podcast Recs, by Ashley Carman, The Verge

Apple is making it easier for parents to find podcasts to listen to with their kids. The company is teaming up with nonprofit Common Sense Media, which specializes in age-based content reviews, to curate various collections that’ll appear in the Apple Podcasts app in the US and online. The initial four themes focus on narrative storytelling, shows that kids themselves recommend, mysteries and dramas, and Common Sense’s “all-time” picks.

The Circle View Doorbell Is One Of The First HomeKit-compatible Video Doorbells You Can Buy, by Dan Seifert, The Verge

The Circle View’s privacy features and platform limitations align so closely with the features of products that Apple itself produces that you could almost imagine an Apple logo on the front of the doorbell instead of Logitech’s. It’s fast, performs the basics very well, and provides a sharp, detailed view of your doorway from your phone. If that’s what you’ve been waiting for from a video doorbell, and you’re not turned off by its limitations, then the Logitech Circle View is an easy choice.


Apple Hit By Privacy Complaint By Leading French Tech Association, by Chris O’Brien, Sifted

“We are using all legal tools that are in our hands in order to make them sit at the table and realize that they need to reset their relationship with startups,” France Digitale CEO Nicolas Brien told Sifted. “The very first legal tool is this complaint with the privacy watchdog, but there will be others.”

Responding to news of the complaint, a spokesperson for Apple said: “The allegations in the complaint are patently false and will be seen for what they are, a poor attempt by those who track users to distract from their own actions and mislead regulators and policymakers.”

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