Small Apple-related companies grappling with COVID-19 impact

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WaterField Designs
Self-isolation orders in San Francisco emptied this studio at WaterField Designs.
Photo: WaterField Designs

Gary Waterfield should be collaborating with colleagues today over the hum of sewing machines producing an elegant leather crossbody laptop bag.

The small-batch tech backpacks and shoulder bags of WaterField Designs since 1998 have attracted discerning Apple users. Waterfield likes to time a new production run with an Apple product launch.

But when Apple unveiled the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard this week, the handful of WaterField employees were stuck in their San Francisco-area homes on one of the strictest lockdowns since the coronavirus invaded American soil.

Luminar 4 adds AI tools to transform skies and faces in photos

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Luminar sky enhancement
New AI sky enhancement tools are a blast.
Screenshot: Skylum

Imaging software brand Skylum announced new tools to its popular editing app Luminar to support creative digital artists and enhancements to help portrait photographers create more flattering images.

Luminar 4.2 features an AI Augmented Sky tool, allowing artists to seamlessly add objects to create unconventional composite images. Photographers can now remove excessive shine and add slimming effects to the faces of their subjects.