Beats, Texas, Manuscripts, More: Fat Monday Buzz, March 10, 2014

Eight state parks in Texas are getting real-time RSS feeds.

There is an online database planned for public sculpture in the UK. “The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) and the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) are planning to work together to create a searchable online database of the UK’s public sculpture from the 11th century onwards. The comprehensive database, entitled Your Sculpture, will be freely available to the public online.”

Hawaii now has Google Street View – or maybe it’s Google Beach View. “Starting today, you can take a trip to the Aloha state and explore even more of Hawaii’s hiking trails, parks, historical sites, and beaches using Street View on Google Maps. Last summer we announced our Trekker Loan Program with our first partner, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). Since then, HVCB has been collecting Street View imagery of many popular and special places across the islands of Hawaii (the Big Island) and Oahu.”

Want to learn more about Linux? Here’s your chance. “The Linux Foundation announced today that it will be offering its $2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course for free through edX, the Harvard/MIT online learning platform that supports massive enrollment.”

Lovely, just what we always needed — not. A $300 tool can turn Android apps into malware. “First discovered by security research firm Symantec, Dendroid is a remote access tool (RAT) that “trojanizes” legitimate apps by inserting its malicious code into the application package file, or APK.”

More security: are you still using Internet Explorer? Microsoft will be fixing security issues on Patch Tuesday. “The first bulletin rated critical addresses a zero-day attack that was discovered last month and for which Microsoft has already issued a formal Fixit, ‘but this will be the permanent patch reaching a much larger audience,’ says Wolfgang Kandek, the CTO of Qualys. It affects IE versions 6 through 11.”

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is launching a new Twitter account, Art140. “To start, MoMA will post images of six pieces of art. They will represent a wide range of work, including abstract and landscape art… Hashtags beneath each piece will link conversations on the feed.”

There is a new digital archive of illuminated manuscripts on the way. “The Digital Layers online archive will explore stunning images of illuminated manuscripts using layer and zooming techniques inspired by internet mapping tools to show their historical, cultural and scientific secrets.”

Flickr’s going to get an interesting feature: “Now when a user posts a photo to the site, the camera’s EXIF (exchangeable image file format) data won’t just appear as a text description of the camera’s model and lens type, it will also include a slick line drawing of the uploaded information.”

From Lifehacker: did you know Google Docs has an extensive gallery of resume templates?

Wow, even Pinterest is releasing a transparency report. Not that it’s getting a lot of requests.

Beats Music has taken its API public. Good afternoon, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

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