VR Arcades, Decoration and Glass, WWII Women, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, July 5, 2017


UploadVR: This Website Helps You Find Your Closest VR Arcade. “This new website is compiling a list of VR arcades, cinemas and other types of facilities across the globe, and making them discoverable to anyone interested in them. Simply head to the site, select your country and the types of experiences you want to see, and you’ll be shown a long list of all the locations available to you.” Didn’t expect to see a lot of listings but was surprised to see so many in my state!

State Library of New South Wales: Decoration And Glass Magazine Now Online. “Over 120 issues, incuding 8,538 pages, from 1935-1949 have been digitised making it a rich resource for information on building, architecure and interior design. Each issue is also full of advertisements for building products and services.”

The Guardian: Women’s Voluntary Services records reveal grassroots wartime life. “Among thousands of second world war records available to the public for the first time, detailing the activities of more than 1 million women who joined the Women’s Voluntary Services to help with the war effort on the Home Front, there are glimpses of how desperate life was for many among the jolly accounts of mended toys, gloves knitted out of recycled scraps of wool, darned jumpers and cakes improvised from improbable ingredients.”


Techradar: Bing search has taken over a surprising amount of Google’s turf. “Microsoft’s search engine Bing has made some seriously surprising inroads into Google’s territory, managing to snatch a considerable chunk of the search market in the US and UK. According to comScore’s figures for desktop PC searches in March of this year, Bing has managed to capture no less than 33% of the market over in the States. And it’s not far behind that in the UK, with a 26% share.”


Thorough stuff as usual from Social Media Examiner: How to Repurpose Videos Into Many Forms of Valuable Content. “Want to create a wide range of content without a lot of effort? Is it easier for you to create videos than the written word? In this article, you’ll discover how to use video to produce up to eight different types of content for your business.”


Smithsonian Magazine: Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts. “The Newberry Library in Chicago is home to some 80,000 documents pertaining to religion during the early modern period, a time of sweeping social, political, and cultural change spanning the late Middle Ages to the start of the Industrial Revolution. Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits—and the Newberry is asking for help translating and transcribing them.”

O’Reilly Radar: From binoculars to big data: Citizen scientists use emerging technology in the wild. “For years, citizen scientists have trekked through local fields, rivers, and forests to observe, measure, and report on species and habitats with notebooks, binoculars, butterfly nets, and cameras in hand. It’s a slow process, and the gathered data isn’t easily shared. It’s a system that has worked to some degree, but one that’s in need of a technology and methodology overhaul.”

CCCB Lab: The Dark Web, between the Myth and the Promise of Anonymity. “However little you’ve heard about the dark web, it’s impossible to navigate around it without preconceived ideas. The media relate it to drug trafficking, terrorism and child pornography; meanwhile, activists and journalists defend it as a tool for social change. Beyond the myths, navigating around the dark web turns out to be much more prosaic than one would expect, and its political potential resides in a practical aspect: recovering the right to anonymity in the era of digital surveillance.”


IBS Intelligence: 65% of major US banks have failed web security testing. “Websites run by some of the largest banks in the US have scored the poorest in a new security and privacy analysis audit. The non-profit Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Alliance anonymously audited more than 1,000 websites, ranking their security and privacy practices.”


Digital Trends: Hot Dog! Yelp Photo Classification Makes Food Shots Easier To Browse. “A picture may be worth a thousand words — but it can also be worth lunch. Yelp visitors often rely on photographs to determine their next dining spot, and now, updated artificial intelligence is helping to both prioritize the best images and categorize each shot.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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