The Mobile-And-Fast Edition Thursday, July 13, 2017

How Editor Paul Machliss Cut Baby Driver In Real Time On Location, by Michael Maher, Premium Beat

For the film to work just right, Machliss had to be on set editing to verify that the timing of each shot was perfect: “To make it work you had to sort of be there at the moment of creation . . . I was there every day of every moment of every take. Edgar would do a take and yell ‘Cut!’ and then from the other side of the set go ‘How was that Paul?’ . . . and sort of wait until you went . . . ‘Yes it’s good.’ Then he felt he could move on. The advantage, of course being, we knew that six months down the line we weren’t gonna go ‘Ugh, we missed a trick here,’ ‘This didn’t work.'”

To keep up with the production, Machliss had to be mobile and fast. He managed to put together an editing cart, pictured above: “This was the edit cart, basically, which was loaned to me by the sound department when we very quickly learned that I had to be absolutely mobile.”

Microsoft Launches iPhone App For Low Vision Community: Seeing AI, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Today Microsoft introduced a new app exclusively for iPhone, Seeing AI. This app is designed as a tool for the low vision community; using the iPhone’s camera and its AI smarts, Seeing AI converts the visual experience of the world into an audible one. As you point the camera at things in the world around you, the app will describe that world in a quick, informative manner.


When identifying a document, Seeing AI will audibly guide you through the capture process to help you get the full document in view. After scanning a product’s barcode, in some cases you’ll receive additional information about the product beyond just its name. And if the app is scanning a person, it can even describe a best guess at their visible emotional state. It’s an impressive, deep experience that nevertheless remains dead simple to operate.

Apple Park Drone Footage May Be Ending, With Security Forces Seeking To Cease Flights, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

AppleInsider has also learned that there is a security force intended to halt these flyovers. Another drone pilot claims that they were stopped by a hired security guard who has the express purpose of shutting down drone flights over the campus.


Apple Launches Back To School Promo, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Apple has launched its Back to School promotion in the United States and Canada. Qualifying students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac (certain models of MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs) with education pricing have a choice of a free pair of Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 headphones.

OmniGraffle 3.0 Brings The Power Of Its macOS Counterpart To iOS, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The iOS version of OmniGraffle adopts the paneled design found on the Mac, which should make fans of that version feel right at home with the update. The app also brings the iOS version in line with the core functionality of the macOS version including features like artboards.

Combined Google Photos And Drive ‘Backup And Sync’ App Now Available For Mac, by Abner Li, 9to5Mac

With this revamped client, only one application is needed to back up files on a desktop to Google Photos and Drive.


The Pop-Up Employer: Build A Team, Do The Job, Say Goodbye, by Noam Scheiber, New York Times

At first glance, the organization chart for the maker of True Story, a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the packaging; developers to build the mobile app and the website. There was even a play-testing division to catch potential hiccups.

Upon closer inspection, the producer of True Story wasn’t really a firm: The workers were all freelancers who typically had never met and, perhaps more striking, the entire organization existed solely to create the game and then disbanded.


Apple Is Working Hard On An iPhone Rear-Facing 3D Laser For AR And Autofocus: Source, by Mark Sullivan, Fast Company

We speculated in June that Apple’s announcement of a new augmented reality development kit (ARKit) telegraphed the addition of new AR iPhone components in the very near future. This turns out to be exactly the case. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Fast Company Apple is working hard to add a rear-facing 3D laser system to the back of one of the new iPhones to be announced this fall.

The new sensor system will enable better depth detection for augmented reality apps, and a more accurate type of autofocus for photography, the source tells me.

Bottom of the Page

It is often a painful decision for me to abandon a book that I've read half-way. Just this week, it took me three-and-a-half days to finally say to myself, okay, I can stop listening to this audiobook because, even though the book has earned some good reviews among reputable newspapers, it really wasn't for me. I finally bought another audiobook, and I'll start listening to it tomorow monring.

I don't have this problem abandoning TV series in Netflix, though.


Thanks for reading.