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Visual effects and animation divisions also moved to remote work setups early on and were able to continue working through the shutdown, keeping the lights on B.C.’s film sector.
While B.C.’s film industry was never subject to an official order to close by health officials, studio heads, local health authorities and unions were in communication throughout the shutdown to ensure a return to filming could be done safely.
“As a collaborative, agile and adaptable business sector, we are in the fortunate position to help restore the productivity and optimism that characterizes our region, as we navigate recovery from an extraordinary global crisis together,” said Peter Leitch, chairperson of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C. and president of North Shore Studios.
Prior to 2020’s unpredictable storyline, research conducted by the Vancouver Economic Commission also notes that B.C.’s film industry had set a new record last year, with more than $4.1 billion spent in the province (all figures in Canadian dollars).
Of that total, $3.1 billion was on physical production alone, with the remaining $1 billion on post-production and animation, much of which also takes place in Vancouver.
The $4.1 billion figure nearly triples 2012’s $1.6 billion. In the period between 2012 and 2019, film activity has translated into $22.7 billion for the provincial economy in the areas of hospitality, tourism, material suppliers, transportation and construction, including $12.5 billion alone in wages for British Columbians. It’s estimated that the film industry supports more than 70,000 jobs across B.C.
Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad is up to $70 off in Best Buy’s Black Friday sale – The Verge
Best Buy is offering a pair of great deals on Apple’s recently-released 10.2-inch iPad, with offers of up to $70 off. The retailer has knocked $50 off the price of the base 32GB model, which is now $280 compared to its usual asking price of $330. Meanwhile the 128GB model, which is the model we recommended most people should buy, is $70 less than its usual price of $430 at $360. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen the 128GB model sell for since its launch.
Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad sits at the bottom of its tablet lineup, but it’s still very good at doing the kinds of things iPads have always done well. This year’s model comes with a faster A12 Bionic processor that means the tablet still feels fast and sprightly to use, even if its outward appearance is starting to look a little bit dated. It lacks some of the features of more expensive iPads like a USB-C port or a 120Hz screen, but depending on your needs that might not matter. Here’s how Dieter summed up the performance of the tablet in his review:
“As I use it, I am continuously impressed with how well the iPad works and how much I can do with it. No other computer makes it as easy or as fun to bounce from editing photos to playing games to kicking back and watching some Netflix. And though there’s a bit of a learning curve, even this iPad can be used to do real work.”
If you want to grab the deal, head on over to Best Buy’s site. Here’s a link to the 32GB model, and here’s a link to the 128GB version. Otherwise, check out our guide to Best Buy’s best Black Friday discounts, our roundup of the best Black Friday Apple deals, and our page on the best early Black Friday deals overall.
Amazon dumps driver who drove off with boy's birthday PS5 – Eurogamer.net
Amazon says it will no longer work with a courier who drove off with at least one of the company’s many missing PlayStation 5 consoles.
The unnamed driver was captured on CCTV by Oxfordshire mum Jenni Walker, who had bought a PS5 as a birthday gift for her son.
Speaking to Eurogamer this afternoon, Walker said her son – who turned 16 the day PS5 launched in the UK – had not wanted the driver to get into any trouble.
But CCTV footage, shared on social media by Walker’s husband Richard, appears to show the driver handling a large PS5-shaped box at the back of his van. After delivering other packages, the driver then puts the big box back and drives away.
The Walker family initially contacted Amazon, and went through a similar process with customer support I’ve now heard dozens of times in the past week from the many, many people similarly affected.
In short, Amazon initially said it would investigate, gave some hope of a replacement being delivered, then later issued a refund.
Walker told me she, like many others I’ve spoken to, tried to refuse a refund for some time, believing this would end the contract between her and Amazon, and their responsibility to deliver the console she’d paid for.
She was initially offered a £5 gift voucher in compensation, though this was eventually raised to £50.
Walker’s daughter, meanwhile, drove in person to the local Amazon depot and confronted the site’s boss with the CCTV footage, saying it showed one of his drivers speeding away with the £450 next-gen console. The site’s boss confirmed the driver shown on camera was one of his employees, and said they would be fired.
“We have very high standards for our delivery service providers and how they serve customers,” Amazon said today in a statement to Walker’s local paper, Oxford Mail, which also picked up the story. “The delivery associate will no longer be delivering on behalf of Amazon.”
As for Walker and her son, the hunt is on again for another PS5 – though she has decided to avoid the scalpers on eBay. Not only are the consoles there overpriced, but it may be that’s where her son’s original PS5 ended up.
Last week, Amazon promised to “put it right” for every PlayStation 5 customer who did not receive the console they’d paid for, after many received alternative items or simply nothing at all.
Yesterday, we checked in with some of those affected to see how things are going, and if Amazon had kept its word…
The Best iPhone 8 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals (2020) Identified by Retail Fuse – GlobeNewswire
The top iPhone 8 and 8 Plus smartphone deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020, featuring the best unlocked and carrier-locked Apple iPhone discounts
Compare the top Apple iPhone 8 deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday, featuring iPhone 8 Plus and 8 smartphone (unlocked and carrier-locked) sales in 256GB, 128GB, and 64GB storage configurations. Find the best deals in the list below.
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- Save up to 75% off on a wide range of Apple iPhones at ATT.com – Black Friday deals are here! Check the latest deals including trade-ins on the iPhone 12 & 12 Pro, SE, 11 Pro & Pro Max, iPhone XS, XR & more
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