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Yacht Club, Trees, iPhones, More: Short Morning Buzz, September 28th, 2014

Yahoo is closing its directory, the thing that started Yahoo in the first place. That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone; Yahoo had been letting the directory fall apart for years. The core of the company died an extended death due to neglect. The stupid thing about it is that with Google’s frequent algorithm changes, spammers, and the sheer ridiculous size of the ‘net, there is a place for a well-maintained searchable subject index. In fact, there’s investment money going into link directories, as I mentioned just a few days ago. But link directories aren’t sexy, so in the bin it goes…

Here’s something you don’t read about every day – a digitized collection of yacht club yearbooks. “The Avalon Library is pleased to announce the Avalon Digital Archive and its first collection: 1953 to 2007 Avalon Club Yacht Club yearbooks, digitized with cooperation from the Avalon History Center and the Avalon Yacht Club.”

Limerick (Ireland) has a new online archive of photographs. “A NEW WEBSITE featuring 25,000 photographs of life in Limerick during the 1970s has been launched as part of the Limerick City of Culture. ‘From Limerick with Love’ contains images from the archives of The Limerick Leader newspaper, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.”

I love this: British Columbia has a registry of big trees.

The Guggenheim free online modern art book collection is up to 109 volumes. “Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky.” And more, as they say.

Amazon has expanded its Twitter integration. “Today, the company is expanding on its Twitter functionality with the introduction of a new hashtag, #AmazonWishList, which – as you can guess – will post a tweeted product to your Amazon Wish List.”

This hoax keeps coming up over and over again. Hopefully you know better, but in case you don’t – or you know someone who doesn’t – please do not try to charge your iPhone in the microwave. Good morning, Internet…

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Minecraft, Google Maps, DuckDuckGo, More: Morning Buzz, September 23rd, 2014

Check out this cool-but-simple chart of educational Web tools! Lots of stuff to see here.

Adobe has acquired Aviary. I remember how cool Aviary used to be, back in the day….

Be careful: Marketing Land has the skinny on a very dodgy Google “support” service.

The British Museum in London — AND all its exhibits — will be recreated in Minecraft.

Washington University Libraries is building Ferguson archives. (Hat tip @LibraryStuff). “The library at Washington University in St. Louis is building a digital repository called ‘Documenting Ferguson.’ The collection will provide the community with a space to save the media they’ve captured since the death of Michael Brown. The online collection is open for anyone to contribute material.The archive will accept photos, audio, video, and written stories.”

Oooh, check out this Forbes article on Dadaviz. Looks like a fun curated collection of data visualizations. “Online since June 11th, it’s a collection of the best dataviz selected from different sources by an invite-only community.”

Wow, Windows XP really is the OS that won’t die.

Yossarian is a search engine that wants to make you more creative.

Google Maps Navigation has expanded to 19 new countries.

They’ve hit the big time: DuckDuckGo is being blocked in China.

You can now sign up for a Google account without having to get a Google+ account. “Prior to this, anyone signing up for a Google account was obligated to create a Google+ account as well. Now, users can simply click a ‘No, thanks’ button when prompted to join the three-year-old social network.”

PACER is going to restore deleted documents to its repository. Good.

The Pantagraph is getting a digital archive.

Nerd Titan has a roundup of golden age comic digital archives. Good morning, Internet…

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Apps, GPO, GIFs, More: Morning Buzz, September 11th, 2014

From an archiving point of view — physical diaries versus digital calendars. This is “diaries” in the British sense… I think we’d say “appointment books” here in the US.

Like something you see on Google Hangouts? Now you can applaud.

The first digital library from the GPO depository program has gone live in North Dakota. “The library, part of North Dakota’s Sitting Bull College servicing the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation community, ‘is opting to meet their community’s needs by developing an online government information collection,’ a release from the GPO said. ‘In choosing this format, the library will not receive print materials from GPO.'”

Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls. “Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.”

Adobe and Microsoft have both pushed out a bunch of critical fixes — get patchin’ y’all!

Well, crap. There’s been a leak of 5 million GMail names and passwords. Based on an article in The Mary Sue, however, looks like this data might be pretty old. Still… turned on 2-factor lately?

The state of Florida has created an online database of prison deaths. “The database lists inmates by name, prison, race and manner of death, and supplies other details that the Miami Herald had been trying to obtain from the department since May, when the newspaper began a series of articles about prison deaths.”

Wow! Check out these animated GIFs made from archival photos at the Library of Congress. Creeeeepy.

Facebook is apparently testing a feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance.

Can you imagine getting coupons or other promotional material based on predicted behavior? Using tweets and other data to forecast behavior. “Some people are very careful about what data they give out, but the algorithms can work pretty well with anonymized data. Usable predictions can be made more than 60 percent of the time, if the right data are aggregated. And that data isn’t just coming from social media: Think about sources such as credit card transactions, monitored telephone calls, e-mail, GPS data.”

From Hongkiat: 10 Handy Pinterest Tools for Business.

CTIA has tested 1,000 apps for KnowMyApp.org (PRESS RELEASE). “Launched in December 2013, KnowMyApp.org informs customers how much data their favorite apps use before they download them while also providing app developers with resources to build more data-efficient apps. Testing the top paid and free apps from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores as well app submissions directly from developers, Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, tests and provides information to consumers on: How the app was tested; How much data is used when downloaded, when opened initially, during active run time and background time; How the app impacts data plans (i.e., 300MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB); and How users can conserve data usage.” Good morning, Internet…

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IoT, Maps, Group Study, More: Morning Buzz, September 10th, 2014

Did you get to watch the Apple livestream yesterday? If you didn’t, you didn’t miss anything; it was a real clusterpuddle. Here’s a roundup from Wired.

Speaking of Apple, it has lowered its iCloud pricing.

Wondering what the Internet of Things is all about? IEEE has you covered (press release). “The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is a bi-monthly, technically focused online publication that highlights important, current IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world’s top subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners.” A Webinar series is starting too.

Malicious advertising is showing up on big Web sites. (Warning! PC World!) “When encountered, the malicious advertisements cause a person to be redirected to a different website, which triggers a download based on whether the computer is running Windows or Apple’s OS X, wrote Armin Pelkmann, a threat researcher.”

Mapperz hipped me to this online translater for GIS data. “The Easy Translator is available as a free web service, for immediately translating data into your required format and coordinate system.”

Speaking of maps, Larry Ferlazzo has an overview of easy map making site Heganoo.

MMmmkay: Amazon has launched a drone store.

Bloomberg is helping museums and other cultural institutions go digital. “Today, we announced the expansion and rebranding of Bloomberg Connects (formerly known as the Digital Engagement Initiative), which provides funding for cultural institutions to enhance the visitor experiences and increase access to culture using innovative technology tools.”

Do you remember the Ellis Island Passenger Search site? It’s gotten an extensive revamp and more records.

From Hongkiat: 5 Useful Tools for Online Group Study.

The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts has joined the Flickr Commons. “Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts supports the music faculty of the college and contains a small but important collection of special collections and archives. The majority of this collection relates to the former Trinity College of Music (founded in 1872), its staff and students.”

Archiving challenge: What does Duke University do with 12,000 VHS tapes? Good morning, Internet…

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Greek Manuscripts, Downtown Atlanta, Craigslist, More: Big Buzz, September 9th, 2014

Want to keep up with the big Apple news today? Yahoo’s got you covered.

Google has launched the School of YouTube. “The School of YouTube will see many of your favorite YouTube stars learn or teach something new. From figure-skating to salsa dancing, baking a cake to landing a plane, you’ll be able to watch a whole range of weird and wonderful lessons during the week of September 8 to 12.”

The British Library has put another 44 Greek manuscripts online.

Speaking of British, FamilySearch is doing a free Webinar for British Isles research.

From Greenbot, for all your returning students: manage your school day with Google Now.

It’s amazing and a bit scary to learn that just five gangs in Nigeria are behind most Craigslist buyer scams. “Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they’ve taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a new study.” (Warning! PC World!)

Now you can visit the “Destiny” universe via Google Street View.

How-To Geek has a beginner’s article on creating using virtual machines.

Want to boot Google Glass and similar devices off your WiFi network? There’s a gadget for that (or there will be soon, anyway.)

The Georgia State Library has digitized a small collection of glass plate negatives of downtown Atlanta circa 1927. “The collection of nearly 100 images consists of downtown Atlanta storefronts and streets before the viaduct construction of 1927-1929. Later, some of these covered streets became part of what is now known as Underground Atlanta.”

This is interesting: Google Chrome is testing a more visible in-browser password generator.

More Google: Google has settled with another group over its Google Books program. “The agreement, reached late last week, is with a group of photographers, including the American Society of Media Photographers Inc., and settles charges filed in 2010 that Google’s scanning project was copyright infringement.”

Twitter has officially begun testing a “Buy” button. “The button will roll out to a select group of users first before being introduced more broadly. The initial sellers range from brands like Burberry and The Home Depot to artists like Ryan Adams and Megadeth.” Hmm… Home Depot?

Facebook video appears to be getting really popular, but I’m a bit cynical about how video “likes” are counted. “This spring, those clips started ramping up, because Facebook changed its algorithm to start showing more videos to people who like videos. But Facebook doesn’t require you to actively ‘engage’ with a video — by turning on the sound, or sharing it, or anything else — to decide that you like videos. All it needs you to do is watch a portion of the clip — Facebook won’t say out loud how long that is — without scrolling past.” Uh-huh.

Bing launched the Image Widget Tool, Getty sued, and now the Image Widget Tool is offline. The comments noted that it was working, but when I tried it myself it didn’t work. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, Nest, IFTTT, More: Morning Buzz, September 5th, 2014

Twitpic is shutting down. This service, which has been around since 2008, is being forced to shut down because Twitter has suddenly gotten a bee in its bonnet about TwitPic’s trademark application, which has been in process since 2009. Twitpic doesn’t have the resources for a legal fight with Twitter. Barf.

Speaking of barfing, Twitter is apparently going to ram a filtered feed, Facebook style, down the throats of its Twitter users. From the article: “The impetus for Twitter to filter is obvious: the service needs to show growth in both number of users and engagement in order to satisfy investors, and finding relevant content as a new user can be a challenge, which is why the company recently updated its so-called ‘on-boarding’ process.” You know, I get that. I really do – Twitter needs new users. But filtering feeds should be an option, not the only way a user’s Twitter feed is available. Otherwise, Twitter is attracting and integrating new users at the cost of alienating and angering its established user base. And there’s a word for that kind of strategy: stupid.

Apparently Google Glass’ partners aren’t all that thrilled about Google Glass either. Too bad we can’t harness PR spin to engage turbines and power cities.

More Google: Google has revealed The Cartographer, its indoor mapping backpack. “As the backpacker walks through a building, the floor plan is automatically generated in real time, Google says. The wearer also uses a tablet to add points of interest while walking around the building (say room numbers in a hotel or the exhibits in a museum).”

WordPress has released WordPress 4.0, “Benny”.

IFTTT now has a Best Buy channel. “The Best Buy Channel enables you to catch products as they become available in stores, follow when their prices change, and watch what the world is browsing today.” Hmm.. dear IFTTT, I would like a Tiger Direct channel, please.

Nest has released a 2.0 software update to its smoke alarm. “In the first major update to its smoke alarm software since the system was introduced last October, Google-acquired Nest Labs has developed a spate of new features designed to keep homes safe from fires and carbon monoxide, and to keep annoying alarms from going off when they shouldn’t be.” Good morning, Internet…

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Baidu, FamilySearch, More: Brief Buzz, September 4th, 2014

FamilySearch, which is really busting out the Webinars lately, is going to offer one on doing Danish research.

Baidu is building its own version of Google Glass. Sort of. “The device does not feature a screen, and instead just beams information to a user’s smartphone.”

Microsoft’s Cortana can now predict NFL games.

Krebs on Security did some more research on the Home Depot breach: apparently it’s pretty huge. Good morning, Internet…

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