Zooniverse, Adobe, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, March 8th, 2015


Google’s knowledge graph now includes how to make mixed drinks. I found it a bit limited. It knew How to make a martini, but failed on How to make a melon ball.

Teachers using older textbooks to teach Common Core math have a new tool. “By logging into the Textbook Navigator/Journal, K-8 teachers can quickly find which parts of their existing math textbook cover a standard, or identify which standards are addressed in specific textbook lessons. Schmidt and his team developed the Navigator based on an in-depth analysis of 34 commonly used math textbook series comprising 185 individual textbooks. ”

The folks by Zooniverse have launched a new project — Science Gossip. “In the Victorian period, just like today, scientists and members of the public worked together to further scientific discovery. Before computers and cameras they had to draw what they saw. Their drawings are locked away in the pages of Victorian periodicals, such as Science Gossip, Recreative Science and The Intellectual Observer. Help us to classify their drawings and map the origins of citizen science.”

Haiku Deck has a new AI tool that can automatically generate presentations. “Starting in late spring, Haiku Deck Zuru users will be able to import an outline from Evernote or existing file from Powerpoint or Keynote and instantly create a new presentation. Zuru analyzes the content using natural language processing, identifying keywords to recommend images and fonts in a new slide deck.”


This would have really come in handy for me last week: 7 Best Sites to Check DNS Propogation.


Wikiwand is now available on iPhone. “Launching in August last year, Wikiwand has hitherto offered a web app and browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, which transform the main web-based Wikipedia interface into something more alluring. This includes immersive cover photos for articles, a fixed contents table that’s always visible when scrolling, link preview boxes, and more. It’s perhaps what a Wikipedia of 2015 should look like.”

Google suggest is now smarter, but not perfect.


You may have heard that Google Play has malware. Apparently you have to worry about Google Play Books as well.

In an astounding display of chutzpah, Adobe has launched cashless bug bounties. A quote from the article: “Bug hunters who identify a web application vulnerability in an Adobe online service or web property can now privately disclose the issue to Adobe while boosting their HackerOne reputation score.” Well, yay.


Researchers claim that they can geotag over 80% of user tweets. “As social ties are often formed over short geographic distances, it is possible to get an approximate geotag of a Twitter user by examining known locations of their contacts, according to the study from Ryan Compton, David Jurgens, David Allen from the Information and System Sciences Laboratory at HRL Laboratories. The team created a technique that looks at a certain Twitter user’s friends and how often they interact over @mentions, determining where contacts have either purposefully or inadvertently given away their location.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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