Irish Genealogy, Korean Literature, Hate Crimes, More: Tuesday Buzz, March 14, 2017

Genealogists! FindMyPast is making its Irish genealogy records freely-available through March 17th, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “Unique records from World War 1 and the Easter Rising, extensive travel and migration collections, as well as detailed Irish court and prison registers are all available to help you add colour to your discoveries.”


Korea Herald: KTLI digitalizes classical, contemporary Korean literature. “Classical and contemporary Korean literature will be available electronically through the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, which has digitalized 33 masterpieces. The project involved digitalizing 28 classical pieces, which had been previously translated into English, French and German from Korean, as well as five works which were translated through the institute but had not been published abroad.”

USA Today: Rise in hate crimes spurs launch of database and hotline. “A coalition of civil and human rights groups are striking back against a surge in hate crimes since the 2016 election by creating a national database and a hotline aimed at getting victims help — including lawyers.”

The Telegraph: BBC launch archive of memorable programmes to help dementia sufferers. “…fond memories inspired by footage of Sir David Attenborough’s encounter with gorillas, Kenneth Clark strolling through Civilisations and the theme tune to the Old Grey Whistle Test have been shown to have a greater purpose: helping those with dementia. The BBC has launched a permanent archive of pictures, audio and video clips as part of a project to help people with dementia, their family and carers, using their extensive archive to spark conversation.”


Neowin: Microsoft expands Chrome extension to add a bit more Skype to your life. “Microsoft has released the latest update to its Skype extension for Google’s Chrome web browser, helping to more deeply integrate its communication platform across more of your web experiences.”

The Hindu: Google in talks with China to stage a comeback: Report. “China and Google are in talks for the Internet giant’s return to the Chinese mainland after it was pulled out seven years ago following a bitter spat with Beijing over censorship rules.”

CNET: Uptime app lets you watch YouTube vids with friends. “Uptime lets you share videos and respond while watching them, as well as get recommendations from your friends and other users you follow on the app. You can also react to videos with things like emojis and hearts. While you watch a video, you can see an icon from your Google account moving around the screen to signify progress in the video.”


Gizmodo: The Best Add-ons For Protecting Your Gmail Account. “There’s no doubt Google runs a tight ship as far as security goes, if you’re hacked using Google services its usually (but not always) because of something you did, not Google. If you want to keep your emails on Google’s services more secure you’ll need to do more than just enable two-factor authentication. You need to practice safe browsing, steering clear of sites and emails that could steal your info. Below are five third-party add-ons you can plug into Gmail to help your navigate the internet a little more safely.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Best Microsoft Office Tools to Create Accessible Documents . “Microsoft has equipped its products with built-in accessibility tools to support dyslexic or visually impaired users. You can also use these tools to create more inclusive documents.” There’s nothing earth-shattering here but it’s a good overview.


SiteProNews: Google Partners With Levi’s on High-Tech Jean Jacket. “Google has a new take on wearables. The tech titan has teamed up with retail heavyweight Levi’s to produce a technology-enhanced denim jacket that gives the wearer the ability to connect to a number of services, such as music or maps, directly from the garment.” Only (!) $350.


Naked Security: Researchers find 38 Android devices shipping with pre-installed malware. “SophosLabs cited a rising tide of Android-based attacks in its 2017 Malware Forecast last month, and the problem was further illustrated last week in a report that Windows-based malware was making its way into Android apps during development. And now researchers have discovered another security issue: devices shipping with pre-installed malware.”


Northern Star: Over 65s take up social media to avoid loneliness, study finds. “2.7 million Australians aged over 65 are avid users of the internet each day, according to a study by Whiddon’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Report. The report states this embrace of new technology helps them stay connected with loved ones and the community and less likely to experience feelings of loneliness than those who log on less.” Good morning, Internet…

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