Google, Fonts, Broadcasting, More: Morning Buzz, April 8, 2015


There is a new American Archive of Public Broadcasting. “The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, launched a new website at today, providing the public with access to a collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. These audio and video materials, created by more than 120 public broadcasting organizations across the country, have now been digitized and preserved, and will be a resource for scholars, researchers, educators, filmmakers and the general public to delve into the rich history of public broadcasting across America. The website will initially provide access to 2.5 million inventory records created during the American Archive Content Inventory Project.”


Want to make your own fonts? Noupe suggests 10 free tools.

Noupe again, with a review of a free image editor called Fotor. It’s not really for “any device,” because there’s apparently not a Linux version, but there are versions for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, and it sounds like a very useful editor.

His Amitness, Mr. Agarwal, has an article providing useful resources for learning regular expressions.

Sometimes I save stuff because I’m going to need it later: How to set up iPhone location-based reminders.

Last week Google announced the Chromebit, which is a computer on a stick, basically. These are not new and Google doesn’t have a lock on the market. ReadWrite has a roundup of stick computers.


What happens when a cow walks in front of a self-driving car? Google’s working on it.

More Google patents: Google now has an anti-spoiler patent. “The patent suggests that the system would track your TV or movie viewing progress—what episode of Orange Is the New Black you’re on, for example—and filter out information on what you haven’t yet watched.”

From The Guardian: What’s the future of the academic journal? “Researchers are estimated to waste 15 million person-hours a year on unpublished submissions to scientific journals. How can we make scientific communication more efficient? This was one of the questions raised at a recent debate at a conference celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions, the world’s oldest scientific journal, published by the Royal Society. I am in the team of historians from the University of St Andrews who ran the conference, and writing a history of the journal and its editorial practices. We want to bring this history right up to the present day, and so invited four experts in scientific publishing to discuss the present and future of the learned journal.”

Apparently over 3000 people responded to Matt Cutts’ AutoSEO April Fool prank.

Are Google’s wireless plans going to include free roaming?


Wow: a huge analysis of pro-Kremlin Twitter bots. “With the aid of open-source tools, Internet researcher Lawrence Alexander gathered and visualised data on nearly 20,500 pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts, revealing the massive scale of information manipulation attempts on the RuNet. In what is the first part of a two-part analysis, he explains how he did it and what he found.” Good morning, Internet…

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