Google, Catan, Stock Photos, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 25th, 2014

Google Voice’s web site is getting integrated with Google Hangouts. “The new feature makes it easier to quickly call friends, family, and coworkers when you’re not close to a phone connected to your Google Voice account. Even better, the new Google Voice-Hangouts integration does not require a Google+ account or Hangouts in Gmail to work, Alex Wiesen, tech lead manager for Google Voice…”

Friday fun: Microsoft has released a Web-based came based on Settlers of Catan. The blog post I’m linked to says that it was released by Internet Explorer, but I tried it just fine in Chromium.

Did you know Wikipedia has pedigree charts?

Is Instagram working on a Snapchat competitor?

Noupe takes a look at two free stock photo sites. They’re small, but the photos are available even for commercial projects (they do require attribution.)

Didja get a drone and now want to take it for a walk/fly? Not so fast: check this map first. “This map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.”

Do you use Prezi? Hongkiat has an extensive article on becoming a Prezi master.

The New Yorker isn’t the only one: The Baffler has made its back issues free to read online.

Chromecast is a year old and Google is offering some goodies. Good afternoon, Internet…

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GeoCities, Google Maps, Yelp, More: Morning Buzz, July 25th, 2014

Fascinating! How to scan 50 miles of historical documents into an online archive.

The Britain from Above project is crowdsourcing comments on over 95,000 images relevant to World War I.

IFTTT now has a littleBits channel.

Now THIS is a pretty crazy GMail trick: Search GMail and compose new e-mails straight from Chrome’s address bar.

Your Google Maps app wants you to get out there and explore. “Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout your day. This also works when you’re browsing other neighborhoods and cities on the map so you can plan your day’s outing or daydream about your next vacation.”

More Google Maps: Google Street View is expanding in Asia. “As is so often the case with Google Maps and Street View projects in Asia, the internet giant has teamed up with the local government and tourism organization for what it hopes will ‘create new ways for people around the world to experience Laos, and by doing so, help create better awareness of this country and attract more tourism.'”

Yelp has launched a Trends tool. “Yelp has launched a new ‘Trends’ tool which allows users to enter search terms to compare 10 years of historical review data from around the world.”

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook search is a multiyear voyage. “In a leaky rowboat,” he did not add. Okay, Graph search is great, but a lack of a plain keyword search — even against your own wall! — is annoying. (I know there are third party tools, but why can’t it be built in?)

Google’s algos are not the same in all countries. Are you surprised? The issues seem to be languages and possibly niches.

Want to “Swipe” Reddit? You can do it with Karma Swipe.

LinkedIn, now with direct sponsored content.

Here ya go: FamilySearch’s latest big add. “Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection.”

WOW. There’s a Tumblr devoted to screenshots of old GeoCities sites. OH THE NOSTALGIA. Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, FamilySearch, Bing, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 24th, 2014

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Finance Contributors. “We are opening up the Yahoo Finance platform to a select group of leaders of finance from money and wealth managers to strategists and analysts to successful traders, where they will publish content directly to Yahoo Finance pages from Tumblr.”

Apple has sort-of responded to iOS security questions.

The FamilySearch indexathon was a huge success. “We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in one day! Incredible!”

Now available: a new LGBTQ digital library. “Thanks to a generous grant from The GRAMMY Foundation®, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently preserved and digitized nearly 200 hours of audio recordings from early LGBTQ activists, researchers, and other pioneers. The recordings are now available via the USC Digital Library.”

Did you ever want to download one of those cool pictures on the Bing homepage? Here you go.

I need to read this several times; I very rarely use images: How to use images on Twitter.

Speaking of visuals: how to make high-quality videos with an iPhone.

Okay, one more image-related article and I’m done for this Buzz. How to resize photos for online sharing. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Dollywood, Facebook, Skype, More: Morning Buzz, July 24th, 2014

Google Street View has gone to Dollywood (PRESS RELEASE). In a less high-profile event, Google Street also mapped Connecticut College. Dig the high-five with the camel mascot.

Reddit Live is now official. “anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit.Unlike traditional Reddit posts, these threads will update in your browser automatically and in real-time. They also support embedded tweets, which can in turn facilitate images, YouTube videos and article links.”

Mashable has a roundup of weird wikis on the Web. Weird is as weird does. What’s so odd about a sandwich wiki?

Stupid search engine tricks: 21 things you didn’t know you could do with Google.

Facebook made $2.91 billion in revenue last quarter. Read this article. I’ll be in the corner boggling. “Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users.”

Using Skype? Microsoft will be retiring old versions soon. Make sure you update before your next meeting.

Foursquare is literally rebranding itself. (Giant pink F logo.)

David Strom takes a look at three new team collaboration tools.

The Wall Street Journal has been hacked.

Web site OpenCurriculum has released a free online library. “In its effort to provide high-quality learning and an openness in K-12 education, OpenCurriculum released a 5,000-document library on its website for math teachers to use as lesson materials. Anyone can use the material on the website without logging in, but to get access to tools such as the lesson plan builder, you need to create an account. The tools aren’t tailored for a particular subject matter.”

Some of Google’s quick answers can get a little weird. Good morning, Internet…

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Wikia, Glass, Robocallers, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 23, 2014

Wikia has launched interactive, embeddable maps.

Google spent $5 million lobbying in the 2nd quarter (PRESS RELEASE). ” Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched its record amount for a single quarter, which was set in the first quarter of 2012. It was a 50 percent increase from $3.36 million in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter lobbying disclosure reports were due Monday night.”

The FCC has launched its second contest to get rid of robocallers.

NY Federal judge has ruled that GMail can be accessed by prosecutors. “A New York federal judge ruled on Friday that prosecutors have a legal right to access Gmail-based emails in criminal probes that involve money laundering, a sharp turnaround from previous rulings in comparable cases and an alarm bell for privacy advocates.”

Firefox 31 is now available. (Remember when a new browser release was A Big Deal?)

IFTTT has launched a Nike+ channel.

Are you still using Windows XP? AV-Test has released is final set of AV test results for XP. And remember, even if you’re not on the Internet, keeping some kind of AV is a good idea so that a couple of bad flash drive hookups don’t turn your machine into a petri dish of nasty.

From MIT, deep look at Facebook’s new feed and how algorithms might be calculated/estimated.

From The Atlantic: Is there a place for Google Glass in hospitals?. It’s a shame that such an interesting article only has three comments, and two of them are obvious spam. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Tennessee, Molecules, Jimmy Carter, More: Morning Buzz, July 23, 2014

The EFF’s Privacy Badger browser plugin is now in beta.

The state of Tennessee has put up a database of over 1500 family bibles.

More Tennessee: the state is putting daycare inspection reports online.

Aaron Tay, who has a lovely blog, wonders whether nested Boolean statements are useful anymore. I don’t use them as much as I used to, but they still come in handy on occasion.

Hawaii Business writes about a digital archive of Hawaiian-language materials.

Does iOS have backdoors built in?

Google has launched the Little Box Challenge. “Today, together with the IEEE, we’re adding one more: shrinking a big box into a little box….Of course, there’s more to it than that. Especially when the big box is a power inverter, a picnic cooler-sized device used to convert the energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles & wind (DC power) into something you can use in your home (AC power). We want to shrink it down to the size of a small laptop, roughly 1/10th of its current size. Put a little more technically, we’re looking for someone to build a kW-scale inverter with a power density greater than 50W per cubic inch. Do it best and we’ll give you a million bucks.”

The New Jimmy Carter Digital Library has gone live. “The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum is excited to announce the official start of its online Digital Library with the ‘release’ of approximately 89,000 pages of digitized textual records from the Presidential ‘Handwriting’ Files of the Office of Staff Secretary. These documents, previously only available in physical form, have been digitized and placed online for easier access. Each file unit has been digitized into a single PDF.”

Hey! You can get 3D molecules on Google’s Knowledge Graph now.

Twitter has apparently been playing Whac-A-Mole with bogus pro-China Twitter accounts.

Eeek: Tor may not be as secure as you think. “However, a presentation promising to detail flaws in the anonymising network has been cancelled, organisers of a major hacker conference have confirmed.”

Facebook, while throttling organic page reach almost to oblivion, apparently still drives more page traffic than any other social network. Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, Italy, Eye Strain, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 22, 2014

Yahoo’s search share just keeps dropping and dropping.

Italy is giving Google 18 months to comply with its privacy laws.

From GigaOm: how to fact check breaking news.

Google Maps is now available in Hindi.

From Ars Technica: Why did it take Google so long to address the Chome battery-drain bug?

Possibly useful from Hongkiat: 9 Free Tools to Reduce Computer-Related Eye Strain.

Now available: an e-book publishing platform based on Google Drive.

Direct messaging on Twitter is getting a tweak. “The update will synchronize conversations between web and mobile interfaces. ‘We’re also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history,’ Twitter support said in a Tweet.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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