South Asia Birds, Yahoo Mail, Instagram Stories, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, July 3, 2017


The Hindu: A birder gives wings to three centuries of South Asian ornithology. “Mr. [Aasheesh] Pittie has spent long and absorbed hours in them, poring over dusty journals for papers on birds. His little-known labour of love has resulted in … a bibliographic database with the mandate of indexing everything that has been published on the birds of South Asia in the printed or electronic form since the mid-eighteenth century onward, made searchable with keywords.”


Techvicity: Yahoo Mail Gets a Makeover & A New Ad-Free Service. “Based on customization and minimalization, the new design features lots of spaces between UI elements. It will also provide its users with the opportunity to use different skins in the inbox (multiple layouts and colors). Another attractive aspect that is coming up with the new design is that depending on the time of the day, the themes can change between dark and light.”


The Verge: How to use Instagram Stories like a pro. “In April, Instagram Stories usage surpassed all Snapchat activity, with Instagram Stories users surpassing 200 million, and Snapchat stories rounding up to 160 million (both numbers are likely higher now). Even if you’re not ready to fully move away from Snapchat, I’m here to teach you the ins and outs of Instagram Stories, and how to become a true pro on the stories platform that people are increasingly starting to explore.” Extensive!

PC World: 10 supremely useful Microsoft OneNote add-ins and tools. “Microsoft OneNote can do just about anything to help you stay organized and productive. That utility doesn’t end with the core features in the desktop and mobile apps, either. OneNote also hooks into a ton of different services, so it’s easy to save everything from meeting notes to recipes and even emails to your digital notebook. And with Microsoft’s cross-platform strategy, OneNote is available on every platform. We’ve gathered together the most powerful ways to augment your OneNote experience no matter what device or third-party service you’re using.”

How-To Geek: The Best Linux Distributions for Beginners. “If you want to try Linux, you’ll need to choose a Linux distribution. There are hundreds of different Linux distributions, but some are better to start with than others. ‘Linux’ is actually just a kernel, the core part of the operating system. The graphical desktop, command-line utilities, and other parts of the system are separate projects. ‘Linux distributions’ take open source software from different projects and combine it into a complete operating system you can install and use.”


Tubefilter: This 106-Year-Old Cooking Show Host Is The Oldest Creator On All Of YouTube. “At VidCon over the weekend, YouTube announced that the oldest creator on its platform is a 106-year-old Indian cooking show host named Mastanamma, whose Country Foods channel counts roughly 450,000 subscribers. YouTube took the opportunity to spotlight Country Foods on its official blog, where it sat down with the channel’s creators, Srinath Reddy and Laxman Karre, who left their jobs in media to launch the traditional Indian recipes channel in 2016 in partnership with Karre’s grandmother.”

Warwick Daily News (Australia): Hikers rely on Google, sparking dramatic rescue. “The men, both aged 29, left their homes in Brisbane yesterday morning planning on a day walk to an area of the national park known as ‘the Steamers’, a spectacular craggy outcrop east of Yangan. Police say the men were relying on Google to guide them and were reportedly sent in the wrong direction, becoming lost.”

Neowin: Browser market share reports emphasize that Microsoft Edge just isn’t good enough for users. “With the start of the new month, market share reports have started to come in. However, these reports don’t bring encouraging news for every company, especially not Microsoft. Data from two separate firms shows that the company’s Edge browser is only trudging forward, even though it comes bundled with Windows 10.”


Politico: Trump voter-fraud panel’s data request a gold mine for hackers, experts warn. “Cybersecurity specialists are warning that President Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission may unintentionally expose voter data to even more hacking and digital manipulation.”


New York Magazine: Tumblr’s Unclear Future Shows That There’s No Money in Internet Culture. “The future of Tumblr is still an open question. The site is enormously popular among the coveted youth crowd — that’s partly why then-CEO Marissa Mayer paid $1 billion for the property in 2013 — but despite a user base near the size of Instagram’s, Tumblr never quite figured out how to make money at the level Facebook has led managers and shareholders to expect.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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