Google, Historical Radio, Yelp, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 17, 2014

THIS IS POST TWO THOUSAND Y’ALL! Of course this incarnation of ResearchBuzz only goes back to 2006 and is very incomplete. Moving from FrontPage, to Movable Type, to self-hosted WordPress, to has made things a bit chaotic. I’ve been doing ResearchBuzz since 1998 (sixteen years!) and I still love it and I’m still crazy about search engines and I’m still so grateful you’re reading!

Historical radio site ReelRadio has been forced to gut much of its archive because of the RIAA.

All sessions from Google I/O 2014 are now available online.

Apparently if you use Windows, Chrome is rough on your laptop battery. Apparently Mac and Linux machines don’t have the problem.

More Google: Google is teaming up with Novartis to make “smart” contact lenses. Should be on the market within five years.

The “Rickmote” pranks people using Chromecast. Use your powers for silly.

This is a very Googly ResearchBuzz — Google is now cataloging Chromecast apps.

Yelp is opening up its API. “Yelp wants as many inroads and reminders for its service around the web as possible, so today it upped the limit on its API for pulling nearby places, ratings, and photos from 100 calls a day to 25,000 without the need for pre-approval.”

Microsoft has restored its security alert e-mail service. Here’s how to sign up.

Keeping this handy: How to install, remove, and manage fonts on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Fonts, Twitter, House of Commons, More: Morning Buzz, July 17, 2014

Twitter is apparently cracking down on companies which provide information on its user base. If the facts are as they’re presented in this article it makes me really wonder about Twitter.

Yoiks, looks like CNET got hacked.

Google has finally dropped its real name requirement for Google+. “After three-plus years of restricting users to their real names on the network, Google+ announced today that it is abandoning the policy and allowing people to use any username they choose.” This may be too little too late…

Fun: check out these very brilliant Facebook profile/cover pages.

The NOAA has improved its wrecks and obstructions database. “Historically, Coast Survey has maintained two separate sources of information on wrecks. We recently combined the sources, bringing together information on nearly 20,000 wrecks and obstructions.”

Google is now letting you schedule events directly from its search page.

More Google: Google has added Bitcoin exchange rates to instant search results.

More More Google: it has disabled discussion search — for real this time.

Now available: a new open source font for the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages. “Adobe and Google today announced the launch of a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages that covers 65,535 glyphs, making it one — if not the — largest font to cover these languages. The font, which was optimized for both print and screen, is now available for free through Google Fonts and through Adobe’s Typekit, where it is included in the free tier.”

Remember that Twitter account that tweets when edits to Wikipedia are made from Congress-related IP addresses? Now there’s one for the House of Commons in Canada.

Useful information: Going beyond 1922: Finding periodicals with (and without) renewed copyrights.

30 social media monitoring tools for businesses. This goes deep… Icerocket‘s in here….

Yahoo’s most recent quarterly results were not all that.

Possibly useful: How to mute, unfollow, and ignore people on social media.

Do you want to make comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality? You have until the end of the day Friday.

As you may have read, Yelp is not happy with how Google displays search results for local businesses. There are leaked documents allegedly from Yelp in this article, but more interesting are some of the comments. Some of them are positively vicious towards Yelp. I had no idea. Good morning, Internet…

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Copyright, Snapchat, HMS Beagle, More: Morning Buzz, July 16, 2014

Do you (still) hate the new GMail compose window? Do you wish you had the old compose environment? There’s an extension for that.

Mozilla has launched an improved JPEG encoder. “Mozilla promises that version 2.0 of its encoder reduces the file size of both baseline and progressive JPEGs by about 5 percent on average. Depending on the image, that number can be significantly higher (up to 15 percent) or slightly lower. Unlike the first version, which only focused on progressive JPEGS, this new version also improves images saved in the baseline format.”

There’s a new digital preservation tool available – CSV Validator. Article here.

How do you feel about the SCOTUS Aereo decision? The US Copyright Office wants to know.

Nifty: Snapchat has added filters that unlock art based on your location. “Snapchat users can now add specific art and labels to snaps take in certain cities and destinations. For example, if you’re taking a photo at Disneyland, you’ll be able to swipe right to see art related to the amusement park; if you’re passing through a particular area of New York City such as the Flatiron District, you can add an overlay label to your picture based on that neighborhood.”

Kingston University in the UK has launched a new digital archive. “The Collection currently features more than 500 historic images with many more to be uploaded in the future.The archivists have put out a call for more historic photos of the University and help with background information on items currently in the collection.”

The library of the HMS Beagle has been reconstructed and is now available online. “Led by John van Wyhe, a historian of science at the National University of Singapore, a research team compiled digital copies of what they believe to be the complete set of 404 books, including thousands of stunning illustrations, that accompanied Darwin aboard HMS Beagle.”

Read your Reddit, via Google Glass, with Monocle. I am more amused by this than I should be. Maybe I just dig monocles.

The Digital Library of Georgia has added WSB Radio logs to its archive. “The radio logs document programming in the early years of WSB Radio, Atlanta’s first radio broadcast station. The logs, which span 1922 to 1949, document WSB programming during the ‘Golden Age of Radio.'”

A GMail concept redesign. Always amazes me how deep designers can get.

Genealogists, FamilySearch has a couple of new mobile apps available.

Is Yahoo thinking about buying AOL? Oh no. No no no no no no no. Pardon me while I facepalm. Good morning, Internet…

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Screenshots, Savage, Mars, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 18, 2014

10 Google Autocomplete Search Fails… illustrated! (Warning: very silly.)

The Internet Archive has started adding screenshots for its video games collection. “To celebrate this, we’ve created a compilation of all the Sega Genesis screenshots generated by the project so far. … Be warned – it’s 4.3 gigabytes of 16,900 screenshots of 573 cartridges!”

Just because Google is forced to forget a Web site doesn’t mean everybody is. “Hidden From Google, the brainchild of a web programmer in New Jersey, archives each website that Google is required to take down from European Union search listings thanks to the recent court decision that allows people to request that certain pages be scrubbed from Google’s search results if they’re outdated or irrelevant. That decision has resulted in takedown requests from convicted sex offenders and huge banking companies, among thousands of others.”

Hey! Adam Savage is on Google Street View.

Ooo! Chrome Remote Desktop — now in Linux flavor!

Now available: a new global geologic map of Mars. “The new map brings together observations and scientific findings from four orbiting spacecraft that have been acquiring data for more than 16 years. The result is an updated understanding of the geologic history of the surface of Mars – the solar system’s most Earth-like planet and the only other one in our Sun’s “habitable zone.” The new geologic map of Mars is available for download online.”

Author of over 2.5 million Wikipedia articles, a man and his bot.

Fold3 is making its Revolutionary War collection free through the end of July. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Civil War, World Cup, Electricity, More: Morning Buzz, July 15, 2014

A collection of Civil War letters has been digitized by a group of students in New Hampshire.

Is there a new Google Alerts interface afoot?

YouTube is thinking about funding premium content sources… again….

In case the sudden dearth of soccer in the world is giving you the heebies: every World Cup 2014 Google Doodle. Google also looked at the World Cup through search.

Not surprisingly, the World Cup broke Twitter and Facebook records.

Why Google+ is still a ghost town. Chris Abraham gives G+ a thumping.

The guy behind Google Glass has gone to Amazon. Drones with hipster glasses….

There is now a database of electricity rates across the US. “Electricity rates from nearly 3,500 utilities across the country are now available in a free online database developed by Illinois State University in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.”

From Social Media Examiner: How to use Facebook Pages to Watch to track competitors. Ooooo….

Sotheby’s is going to start streaming some of its auctions live on eBay. MMmkay.

Should tech giants be regulated like utilities?

Hey, the Raspberry Pi has a new version! “The new board costs the same $35 (£20) as the original but has two more USB ports, bringing the total to four, a microSD card slot for memory and a neater design, which should make fitting the board into custom projects easier and Raspberry Pi cases smaller.” The extra USB ports will come in handy.

From PC World (Warning! PC World!) – How to find anything in Evernote.

Theodore Roosevelt is getting a digital library. Good morning, Internet…

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LastPass, MyHeritage, Skybox, More: Sunday Buzz, July 13, 2014

Google has launched an “advisory council” page on the right to be forgotten. “Google launched a dedicated page on Friday to publicise its advisory council on the right to be forgotten case which invites the public to submit their comments on the ruling and how the search giant should apply it.”

Digg has relaunched as a news alerting service. “… is being rebranded as ‘Digg Deeper,’ and is designed to alert you to the best stories from your friends and trusted sources on Twitter. After logging in, Digg Deeper dives into your Twitter timeline to surface the links being shared the most, then offers these as a scrolling list on the Digg homepage, as real-time email alerts, and as mobile notifications from the Digg iOS app.” I would be very interested in this if Nuzzel wasn’t around.

From Mashable: 7 Things We’d Change About Google Hangouts.

Google-owned Skybox has released images from its new satellite. Wow!

More Google: Google has started rolling out desktop home screens for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

YouTube is getting a new radio show on SiriusXM.

Search Engine Land tested Google vs. Bing on which search engine was better at showing movie show times. Guess who won? (Hint: not Google.)

MyHeritage is offering free access to WWI collections through the end of the month.

Wow, I had no idea that there was such a huge time lag between an article being pulled from a journal and then retracted in PubMed.

Were you disappointed the the number of Android devices that the Chromecast is initially supporting for mirrored screening? An experimental hack increases the number of Android devices available… but your device does have to be rooted.

I hope you never need this, but just in case: How to bypass and reset the password on most operating systems. The headline reads “every operating system” but that isn’t really the case…

LastPass apparently had a couple of security holes but doesn’t think anyone exploited them. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Twitter, YouTube, More: Short Saturday Buzz, July 12, 2014

Twitter has released a new set of analytics tools. The article I’m linking to makes them sound kind of like they’re just for advertisers only, but really they’re not. Looking at this and comparing it to Facebook (where the ResearchBuzz fan page has many more “fans” than my Twitter account has “followers” makes Facebook look really, really sad.

From Digital Trends: How to download YouTube videos. (Note that this is not necessarily legal and you should proceed at your own risk.)

Genealogy blogger Myrtle is having a geneasleepover for the FamilySearch worldwide indexing event. It’s a Google Hangout and everybody’s invited.

Google is predicting Germany will win the World Cup.

From Amit: The best services for sharing large files over the Internet.

Saturday fun: a Twitter bot will generate your very own emoji doll. Good afternoon, Internet…

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