Star Wars, Science, Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, November 15th, 2014

Why yes, there IS an online archive of Star Wars art. I love the steampunk AT-AT.

UNESCO has launched the World Library of Science. “The library will be accessible to internet users everywhere in the world, at no cost. The majority of the content is for university-level students, giving them resources to ‘complement their learning’.”

Now available: an online archive of 1950s health and medicine broadcasts. “The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and New York Public Radio (NYPR) have digitized and released a treasure trove of 1950s WNYC radio broadcasts that feature significant voices from the past and provide a unique view of the medical and health concerns of American in the 1950s. The broadcasts brought lectures from the groundbreaking NYAM series Lectures to the Laity and For Doctors Only out of the halls of the Academy to a broad public audience, offering a new form of access to timely discussions on medicine, health, and culture.”

FamilySearch has added more good stuff. “Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760-1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed recordsfrom the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed records from the South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 collection.”

Twitter wants to get back together with Google. If this happens – and I’m not optimistic – Google will soak Twitter. Twitter needs Google a thousand times more than the other way around.

UCLA has created a new tool to let searchers get California health statistics by zip code, city, or legislative district. “AskCHIS NE covers a wide range of health topics, including rates of health insurance, chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, and behaviors like smoking and physical activity; quality of children’s health; and access to health care and mental health care; and much more.”

Microsoft has joined Instagram.

From Razor Social, a roundup of The best podcast software and tools.

Buffer, which I use every day, has a free eBook of Twitter tips available. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Kickstarter, TIME, Montevallo, More: Short Saturday Morning Buzz, November 15th, 2014

BusinessWire and ITDatabase have teamed up to launch TechCalendar for tech events (press release, of course). “TechCalendar features a number of options for tech companies to track events important to their brand: one-click ‘following’ of relevant opportunities, the ability to search, find and track specific consumer and enterprise topics of interest, easy options to follow specific event organizers, and a variety of sharing and exporting tools for easy data integration.”

Google has launched a new tool to track illegal fishing worldwide. “Google Inc. has teamed up with mapping company SkyTruth and marine-advocacy group Oceana to create a prototype interactive tool, aimed to track illegal fishing world-wide. This new tool called Global Fishing Watch was launched in Sydney.”

TIME Magazine has opened a digital archive. It looks like everything back to 1923 is available, and access is $40 a year – and that includes a subscription to the magazine.

The University of Montevallo (Alabama) has launched a digital archive for local newspapers. “The W.M. ‘Mack’ Wyatt Digital Archive will serve as a repository for archived newspapers printed in Montevallo and Shelby County, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

The City of Baltimore will begin building an online database of police brutality lawsuits. “Baltimore officials will begin this month posting the outcomes of all civil lawsuits alleging police brutality and will reconsider their policy of requiring plaintiffs to keep silent after settlements are reached — part of a series of changes made in response to a six-month Baltimore Sun investigation of police misconduct.”

Now there is an online archive of Kickstarter projects which received absolutely no funding. As in zero. There are over nine thousand projects here.

WordPress has released WordPress 4.1, beta 1. Good morning, Internet…

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Adobe, Facebook, Google, More: Morning Buzz, November 13th, 2014

Google has launched Fiber for Small Business.

Adobe has done a big patch update for Flash player, so be sure to update.

Yahoo has purchased ad company BrightRoll. And apparently has no plans to shut it down!

Google Trends now shows what’s trending on YouTube.

From Search Engine Journal: Google News drives more traffic than Facebook. “Digiday reports that Google still sends 35% of a publisher’s total referral traffic, while Google News makes up 10% to 25% of a publisher’s total traffic.” This doesn’t surprise me at all, as Facebook seems more focused on keeping people on-site while Google News is more of a waystation.

YouTube has finally launched its music service. At the moment it’s invite-only.

Using the Twitter firehose to find out how late people sleep on Sundays.

The Twitter timeline is going to get some changes. Because apparently just giving us lists of recent tweets is too easy.

Facebook has launched a new Places directory but apparently it’s not ready for prime time. “The new directory invites a Place lookup by city name or other place name. The search box doesn’t respond to all queries and even common local queries. For example, ‘best sushi London’ doesn’t deliver any results. In my tests I also couldn’t look up individual businesses that I knew had Facebook Pages.”

Google has already created a doodle for the comet landing. Good morning, Internet…

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Wolfram|Alpha, Fold3, Flickr, More: Morning Buzz, November 12th, 2014

From How-To Geek: How to find and remove duplicate files on any operating system.

Wolfram|Alpha now offers step-by-step solutions for definite integrals.

Greenbot compares Google’s Inbox to the regular ol’ GMail app. Haven’t tried Inbox yet. After reading this article I’m not rushing off to do so, either…

Marketing Land looks at a possible different direction for Google Glass. “Whether or not Google wants to publicly admit it, the company knows it’s not a home run in its current form. Perhaps that’s why Google is taking a big gamble on a shadowy little startup called Magic Leap. Magic Leap, Inc., a Florida-based software development company, has raised $542 million in series B funding led by Google Inc., with participation from several other well-known venture capital firms.”

Amazon Cloud Drive now has its own API.

Mozilla has launched an Oculus-compatible virtual reality site. Anybody remember VRML?

YouTube has struck a licensing deal with many small record labels. I guess this means we’ll be seeing a streaming music service any day now —

Yahoo Japan has started a genomics analysis service.”The service allows users to investigate disease risk factors including 22 different kinds of cancers, diabetes, cardiac infarction, cerebral stoke, etc. as well as physical condition factors such as muscle strength, blood pressure, amount of alcohol intake, blood urate level, etc. It can analyze about 290 items, and even conduct family analysis telling where a group with the same gene as yours originated and its migration over time.”

Fold3 is offering free access to its World War II collection through the end of the month.

Interesting! Flickr is offering a free travel photography Webinar. Good morning, Internet…

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Chromecast, Shutterstock, Ocho, More: Tuesday Evening Buzz, November 11th, 2014

From The Technology Review: mining Twitter to see how weather affects mood.

Instagram has launched a people discovery tab. “Your friends may not be the best photographers, so Instagram today launched a second ‘People’ Explore tab that highlights great Instagrammers and three of their recent pics. Instagram also now lets you edit old captions in case you had a typo or want to be more poetic.”

Google will be leasing Moffett Field from NASA for the next 60 years.

Shutterstock has released an online video editing tool.

The British Library has provided an update about its collecting of World War I Web sites. “The collection has been growing steadily over the past few months and now totals 111 websites. A significant subset of the WW1 special collection comes from the output of the Heritage Lottery Funded projects. The collection also includes websites selected by subject specialists at the British Library and nominations from members of the public.”

An interesting Tumblr documents human errors (and interesting doodles) in Google Book scans.

Are you feeling limited by the six seconds of Vine videos? Need more horizons in which to expand? Okay. How about eight seconds?

Chromecast, now with family-friendly games. Good evening…

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Bing, LinkedIn, iOS, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, November 11th, 2014

(Due to a computer problem, yesterday’s ResearchBuzz will not be posted until this weekend. The resources were all tweeted by @ResearchBuzz if you can’t wait.)

The Obama administration is making a big push for net neutrality. I have incredibly ambiguous feelings about net neutrality, though in the light of NSA monitoring revelation and security issues, I’m a bit flabbergasted at the White House calling out a tech sector for more transparency.

Google is launching a public campaign to fight Ebola.

There’s a plug-in available that Removes all numbers/metrics from Facebook. “By removing the metrics, [Benjamin] Grosser found that people were less competitive, anxious and preoccupied with the numbers.”

Hey! Is there an Apple Web crawler running around out there?

Raspberry has announced a new Pi model. “While the processor and RAM — a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC and 256MB, to be specific — remain the same as its predecessor, the new model is far smaller at just 65mm (2.6 inches) in length versus the old model’s 86mm (3.4 inches). It also draws less power and has improved audio circuitry.” 20 bucks.

Bing is bragging on its prediction powers. “We weren’t perfect but we are proud to report that we got it right in more than 95% of the races – and we did better head-to-head than renowned forecasters including Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.”

LinkedIn is getting integrated with the Veterans Employment Center. “LinkedIn will also be integrated with the Veterans Employment Center, the online database system the VA launched this year to help veterans connect with employers. Veterans will be able to upload their VEC profile to LinkedIn as well as access resources specifically for veterans.”

Are you a breaking news junkie? Here are five browser extensions for you.

There’s a very serious iOS bug out there. “Cybersecurity firm FireEye published details about the vulnerability on its blog Monday, saying the bug enables hackers to access their devices by persuading users to install malicious applications with tainted text messages, emails and web links. The malicious application can then be used to replace genuine, trusted apps that were installed through Apple’s App Store, including email and banking programs, with malicious software through a technique that FireEye has dubbed ‘Masque Attack.'”

I have never thought much of Google Glass as a consumer device, but I really like its potential for medical and industrial application. Researchers at the University of Kansas are looking at its potential for training caregivers to autistic people. “Currently, a parent being trained remotely through OASIS [Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills] has to be in a room with a computer and a two-way video hookup to get the teleconference training. Google Glass would make the training mobile…. [Jay] Buzhardt explained that a mom wearing Google Glass during an actual daily routine could get live feedback from an instructional coach, who is getting live video and sound from the mom’s point of view back on his own computer.”

From Business Insider: the 20 most popular YouTubers. The only one I’ve heard of is PewDiePie because I’m old.

It’s always a nice day when Amit Agarwal updates his blog: how to Add the Same File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without Copying

Mozilla is celebrating 10 years of Firefox with a “Forget” button. “Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity. Instead of asking a lot of complex technical questions, Forget asks you only one: how much do you want to forget? Once you tell Firefox you want to forget the last 5 minutes, or 2 hours, or 24 hours, it takes care of the rest. Many of our users share a computer with friends or family, and it’s easy to forget to open a private browsing window first; with Forget, clearing that information is quick, and easy to understand.”

Just in time for Veterans Day, FamilySearch has added three World War I collections. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, IFTTT, GEDCOM, More: Sunday Buzz, November 9th, 2014

Twitter may be getting topic-based timelines.

Facebook has released new tools for fine-tuning your feed. I’m annoyed I have to do this.

More Facebook: did you miss Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A last week? Here’s a roundup.

You remember that Google Barge that was there, then vanished? It was scrapped because of fire safety concerns.

Interesting tip on Lifehacker: how to resume a failed Chrome download with Firefox.

Apparently Verizon is asking customers for their account PINs in Twitter DMs. Which is a terrible idea and a bad precedent. But hey, this is Verizon, home of the injected perma-cookie, so I had already stopped thinking they cared about customer privacy and security.

DPFOC has an infographic guide to Google Helpouts.

I have stopped mentioning every time IFTTT adds a channel because it is adding so many all the time, but Digital Trends has a good article on how IFTTT is becoming a great tool for smart homes.

Remember that huge Home Depot hack? Apparently 53 million e-mail addresses were stolen. Watch out for phishing attempts.

More developments in Google’s Project Ara: a module that will track your blood oxygen level.

I know a lot of folks from non-profits read ResearchBuzz, and it’s an interesting article: 10 Pinterest Boards Your NPO Should Have. (DISCLAIMER: I still don’t get Pinterest.)

Genealogists, you should find this useful: a freeware tool that finds GEDCOM files on your computer. “It’s a nice little program that does just one thing: It finds and classifies all the GEDCOM files (or GEDCOM variants) on your computer. It is simple and only has one screen, allowing you to set the starting directory, filter the filename and include files that contain some desired text.”

Google has made a doodle commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall. Good morning, Internet…

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