Lowcountry, Firefighting, WeMo, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, February 19, 2014

Hey – using Google Glass for firefighting. Wow! “[Patrick] Jackson, a 34-year-old member of the Google Glass Explorer program, has developed an app that displays incoming emergency dispatches, shows maps of where incidents are, nearest fire hydrants, and even building plans.”

Speaking of Glass, Google has released a list of Glass do’s and don’t’s. Surprised this wasn’t done a while ago.

The Royal Society will launch a new open access science journal. “Royal Society Open Science (RSOS) will be the first in the Royal Society’s family of journals that will publish research in all the sciences — life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.”

Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would create a database of houses once used as meth labs.

And our latest entrant in the “vulnerable hardware” parade is WeMo. I got one to do IFTTT experiments… grrr…. “IOActive researchers published a five-page report [pdf] detailing the WeMo flaws, but warned in simple terms that the WeMo vulnerabilities ‘expose users to several potentially costly threats, from home fires with possible tragic consequences down to the simple waste of electricity.'”

The College of Charleston has launched a lowcountry digital history initiative. “Many of the first online exhibits for LDHI deal with the history of slavery and African Americans’ long struggle for civil rights in the Lowcountry, including: African Passages, Lowcountry Adaptations; After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas; The Orange Massacre; the Charleston Hospital Workers Movement, 1968-1969; A History of Burke High School in Charleston, South Carolina since 1894; African Laborers for a New Empire: Iberia, Slavery, and the Atlantic World; and Forgotten Fields: Inland Rice Plantations in the South Carolina Lowcountry.”

AT&T has joined the transparency report parade. “In 2013, AT&T received between 2,000 and 2,999 National Security Letters, impacting 4,000 to 4,999 customer accounts.”

I always love reading about new Web scrapers. This one’s called Kimono. “…Kimono is materially different from earlier efforts like Dapper or Needlebase, because it’s outputting to APIs and is starting off by focusing on the developer user base, with an expansion to non-technical users planned for the future. (Meanwhile, older competitors were often the other way around).” Good morning, Internet…

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