Steamship History, Programming Trends, Climate Services, More: Thursday Buzz, May 11, 2017


Warwick Post (Rhode Island): Steamship Authority Raises $60,000 for Interactive Web Archive. “The Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA), dedicated to the history of engine-powered ships, raised $60,000 at its April 8 Titanic Dinner, which, combined with a grant, will fund an interactive web archive of the Warwick based non-profit’s extensive records.” The new archive is expected to take about a year.

From Fossbytes:
Stack Overflow Trends: A New And Free Tool To Track Programming Languages And Technologies
. “Stack Overflow has launched a new and free to use tool to give you a better idea of current programming and technology trends. Called Stack Overflow Trends, this tool basically measures the interests of users based on the number of questions each month.”

University of Arizona: Climate Services Database Now Available for the Western States. “The NOAA Western Region Climate Service Providers Database is a searchable directory of climate service providers in the west that makes climate services easier to find. Its powerful search function allows users to customize their search based on the type of service, the geographic area, stakeholders served, and several additional parameters. It’s a match-making app for the climate world.” If, like me, you’re not 100% clear on what a climate service provider is, you can get a good overview from the AMS.

University of Queensland: PNG history makers tell their stories. “A new website hosting interviews with prominent Papua New Guineans on the period leading up to and following that nation’s independence from Australia in 1975 has been launched today.”


BetaKit: Unsplash Releases Free API To Give Devs Access To Over 200,000 Photos. “Unsplash said the API will allow developers to quickly source photos without having to pay a fee. While crediting Unsplash isn’t required when using one of its images, the Unsplash API will require developers to credit the photographer.”

CNET: Opera’s new browser lets you chat on WhatsApp while you work. “Opera today introduced a new browser that integrates messaging apps to its sidebar. Codenamed Reborn, the browser lets you chat with friends through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram on a side window while you work on the main browser. Other apps such as Viber and WeChat are not yet included in the support, although the company tells CNET it is working to make them available soon.”

Internet Archive: Over 200 terabytes of the government web archived!. “Between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, the Internet Archive archived over 200 terabytes of government websites and data. This includes over 100TB of public websites and over 100TB of public data from federal FTP file servers totaling, together, over 350 million URLs/files. This includes over 70 million html pages, over 40 million PDFs and, towards the other end of the spectrum and for semantic web aficionados, 8 files of the text/turtle mime type. Other End of Term partners have also been vigorously preserving websites and data from the .gov/.mil web domains.”


MakeUseOf: How to Get the Most Out of Google Photos Movie Editor . “…if your smartphone or tablet is already capable of editing movies together, what is the point of a desktop app? This is the approach taken by the developers of the Google Photos app, which has an excellent movie editor built in. Capable of creating movies while you sleep from the clips in your library, or letting you do the hard work, it’s available absolutely free to iOS and Android users. Basically, if you have the Google Photos app (available free from your mobile app store), you have the movie editor. Want to find out more?”


Digiday: Now profitable, Patch wants to be a platform for other local news outlets. “Patch used to be a cautionary tale of the perils of solving the thorny problem of doing local news in digital media. But AOL’s onetime struggling experiment in hyperlocal news has returned to its feet after the portal sold it in 2014. Now profitable, it wants to help other local news outlets fight for survival.” This is amazing. I thought Patch had died.


ThreatPost: Microsoft Plugs Three Zero Day Holes As Part Of May Patch Tuesday. “In total, Microsoft released patches for 55 unique CVEs for Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Windows and the .NET Framework as part of its May Patch Tuesday release. Fourteen of vulnerabilities were rated critical.” This does not include the Google Zero Day which I mentioned a couple days ago, because that was already addressed with an emergency patch..


Digital Trends: Be Careful! More And More Apps Are Silently Listening To You. “A device tracking technology called SilverPush has been thrust back into the limelight, following several years of concerns, after a team of researchers found that, even though most users are unaware of its presence on their smartphones, its use is on the increase.”

Ubergizmo: Facebook Uses Deep Learning To Make Faster Translations. “If you’ve tried translating anything online, you know that sometimes the results are either slow or a inaccurate, although we guess for the most part you should get the gist, but if you wanted something more accurate then it can be rather hit or miss. However that will be changing thanks to Facebook’s efforts.” Good morning, Internet…

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