Palaeotsunamis, Adobe Scan, Getty Museum, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, June 2, 2017


Scoop: New database sheds light on prehistoric NZ tsunamis. “The scientific records of palaeotsunamis to have affected New Zealand shores can now be accessed in a new one-stop information shop. A palaeotsunami is a tsunami that occurred before written records existed and has been discovered by investigating geological and anthropological evidence.”

CNET: Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free. “Adobe’s new mobile scanning app ups the ante on competitors and does away with paid subscriptions and upgrades. Called Scan, the free app for iOS and Android converts printed text into a PDF simply by snapping a picture of it. That’s not unusual for scanning apps, but Adobe’s including optical character recognition (OCR) for free.”

The Getty: 30,000 Getty Museum Images Published Online as IIIF. “Today we published more than 30,000 images from the Getty Museum’s collection on using IIIF. You can see and click on the red-and-blue logo underneath the main image of any of the Museum collections, such as Van Gogh’s Irises, to explore our content through any IIIF-compatible viewer….IIIF (pronounced ‘triple eye eff’) is the acronym for the International Image Interoperability Framework. This framework comes from a broad community of primarily cultural heritage organizations that are working together to come to practical consensus around the publishing of digital images.”


G Suite Updates: Visualize data instantly with machine learning in Google Sheets. “Explore in Sheets, powered by machine intelligence, helps teams gain insights from data, instantly. Simply ask questions—in words, not formulas—to quickly analyze your data. For example, you can ask ‘what is the distribution of products sold?’ or ‘what are average sales on Sundays?’ and Explore will help you find the answers.”

The Next Web: It’s the end of an era, as Pinboard buys and shutters “It’s the end of the road for social bookmarking website After almost fifteen years, the site has been acquired by rival Pinboard, and will be shuttered on June 15, when it goes into read-only mode. While the site will continue to be viewable, users won’t be able to save any new bookmarks.” Feelin’ OLD.

BetaNews: Microsoft unveils a massive redesign of Skype, heavily plagiarizing Snapchat . “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there’s a hell of a lot of flattery going on in the world of chat and messaging apps. Such is the level of feature borrowing and design inspiration that we’re entering a phase of unbridled homogeneity. This isn’t enough to put off Microsoft, of course, and today the company lifts the lid on its latest — and arguably most radical — redesign of Skype.” Poor Snapchat.


Daily Nation (Kenya): National Museums to attract youth through digital collections. “Soon you could take a tour of the National Museums of Kenya right from your hand-held mobile device, all from the comfort of your home, as the institution embraces the potential the Digital Age offers to reach more audiences.”

USA Today: Apple, Facebook, Google CEOs urge support for Paris climate agreement . “Tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and Intel are reminding President Trump about their support for the Paris climate agreement in advance of his expected announcement Thursday on the U.S. and its continued participation.”


NBC News: Kmart Credit Card Breach: What You Need to Know. “Another day, yet another retail security breach. Embattled retailer Sears said on Wednesday it found a security breach involving ‘unauthorized’ credit card activity following some customer purchases at its Kmart stores. It’s the second major security breach for the retailer in under three years.”

eWeek: Fireball Hijack Infects 250 Million Browsers, Check Point Discovers. “Security analysts at Check Point have discovered a browser hijacking operation called ‘Fireball’ that has already claimed 250 million victims globally. Fireball starts off as a browser hijack with the ability to manipulate page views and redirect users, but can also be used as a malware downloader, according to Check Point.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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