HIV Prevention, Humanist Funerals, Bento Browser, More: Thursday Buzz, April 26, 2018


HIV .gov: Comprehensive PrEP Provider Database and Locator Widget Now Available. “CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) and Emory University have integrated data to provide a comprehensive, national directory of health service providers in the U.S. that offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. Emory’s Prep Locator , created and launched in 2016, is now powered and maintained by NPIN. The integrated database includes more than 1,800 public and private PrEP providers from all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories.”

Politics. co. uk: Humanists UK launches first ever funeral tribute archive. “The life stories of ordinary people who have their death marked with a humanist funeral are to be immortalised for all time, thanks to a new initiative from Humanists UK. Working with the Bishopsgate Institute, they have created the first national online archive of funeral tributes from the thousands of funerals conducted by their celebrants each year. The Humanist Funeral Tribute Archive is being launched today and will be accessible through the Bishopsgate Institute’s online Catalogue.”

EurekAlert: Bento browser makes it easier to search on mobile devices. “Searches involving multiple websites can quickly get confusing, particularly when performed on a mobile device with a small screen. A new web browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University now brings order to complex searches in a way not possible with conventional tabbed browsing.” This looks really interesting, but it appears to be mobile-only at the moment with other options on the way.


CNET: The new Gmail has arrived: Expiring messages, smart nudges and more. “Rumors of a major Gmail update have been floating around for a while, and while these new changes are primarily aimed at business customers, many of them will be coming to the free consumer version of Gmail as well.”

TechCrunch: Opera launches a new mobile browser . “Opera today announced a new mobile browser, Opera Touch, that shows that there’s still plenty of room for a competitor in the mobile browsing world. Opera Touch takes some ideas from the company’s experimental Opera Neon desktop browser and packages it into a highly usable package for Android, with an iOS version coming soon.”

BetaNews: WhatsApp raises minimum user age to 16 in Europe and announces data download tool. “The Facebook-owned messaging tool has made the change in order to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force on May 25. To continue to use WhatsApp, users must now confirm that they are at least 16 years old and agree to the privacy policy and terms of services of the newly-created WhatsApp Ireland Limited.”

Inc.: Facebook Released Its Content Guidelines for the First Time. Here’s What You Need to Know. “For years, Facebook has faced harsh criticism for not doing enough to moderate hate speech, promote terrorism, or broadcast violence on its site. Now it hopes to clear up any confusion about its post-removing policies, guidelines for which were just released.” This is fine, I suppose, but my problem is that Facebook never consistently followed the content removal guidelines THAT WERE ALREADY AVAILABLE.


Popular Science: Think you’re too busy to journal? These apps let you do it on the go.. “Keeping a daily journal lets you practice writing, organize your thoughts, and preserve your habits and events for posterity. But who has the time and energy to sit down for a dedicated recording session every day? Instead, jot down your entries on the go—by keeping the tome on your phone. These five apps will let you journal at any time or place.”


Gulf Times: QNL launches Traditional Gulf Architecture Week. “During the week, expert panellists will explore the Arabian Gulf’s architectural identity and its wider cultural and economic history through the story of its traditional architecture from the 1700s to the 1960s. These events form part of the QNL’s Traditional Gulf Architecture Project, which seeks to create a digital archive of historical photographs, architectural maps and drawings, and publications relating to the region’s architectural heritage.”

The Guardian: Cambridge University rejected Facebook study over ‘deceptive’ privacy standards. “A Cambridge University ethics panel rejected research by the academic at the centre of the Facebook data harvesting scandal over the social network’s ‘deceptive’ approach to its users privacy, newly released documents reveal.”


New York Times: How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google. “In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy. But new rules may instead serve to strengthen Facebook’s and Google’s hegemony and extend their lead on the internet.”


Oil Review Africa: Total, Google ink AI deal aimed at faster oilfield assessment. “France’s Total and search engine giant Google have signed an agreement to use artificial intelligence (AI), enabling the oil major to assess oil and gas fields faster.” Good morning, Internet…

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