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19th Century Amateur Newspapers, LED Lights and Wildlife, Sri Lanka Sounds, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, June 14, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

PR Newswire: Gale Introduces New Digital Archive on Amateur Newspapers From the 19th Century (PRESS RELEASE.) “Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing a new digital archive that’s considered the social media of the 19th century and gives students and researchers a unique inside look at how teens and young adults of the period expressed themselves and their opinions to the world. Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society is the largest and most extensive digital archive in the U.S., providing authentic newspaper writings published by the younger generation of the 19th century. The archive gives an unprecedented look at how youth viewed themselves, their hometowns, the country and the world around them during the era, drawing researchers into the world of America’s first youth subcultures.”

University of Southern California: Scientist’s new database can help protect wildlife from harmful hues of LED lights. “A new generation of outdoor lights spreading across landscapes require greater scrutiny to reduce harm to wildlife, says a USC-led research group that developed a new tool to help fix the problem. The team of biologists surveyed select species around the world to determine how the hues of modern light-emitting diode (LED) lamps affect wildlife. They found that blues and whites are worst, while yellow, amber and green are more benign. Some creatures, including sea turtles and insects, are especially vulnerable. The findings, which include the first publicly available database to help developers, designers and policymakers choose wildlife-friendly lighting colors, appear today in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Cities and Memory: Sri Lanka sound project launches today. “We’re happy to launch a new project today – Sri Lanka Sounds is a collaboration with field recordist Stephane Marin of Espaces Sonores, who provided us with this excellent collection of recordings from the country, covering everything from early morning dawn chorus soundscapes to hydrophone recordings of underwater shrimp.”

Gizmodo: Google Says Its Translate App Is Now A Lot Smarter When You’re Stuck Offline. “On Tuesday, Google announced it’s upgrading its own translation app specifically for offline use by incorporating previously online-only neural machine translation (NMT) technology. The change is rolling out to users in the next week with support for 50 different languages.”

USEFUL STUFF

PopSugar: 10 of the Best Apps For Book-Lovers. “As technology changes and evolves, so do our reading habits. While this age-old pastime used to mean trips to the library or bookstore, devices like smartphones and iPads have made reading a digital habit, one that’s accessible to virtually anyone, anywhere. Apps have especially influenced this new reading experience, thanks to capabilities that cater to the individual reader and put the entire experience in the palm of a hand. We’ve put together our 10 favorite book and reading apps for iOS. The best part is they’re all free — and guaranteed to be the new obsession of every bookworm out there.” This is a slideshow.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Dezeen: Instagram design guide shows architects how to create “a visual sense of amazement”. “Architects should make Instagram-friendly elements a central part of their designs for hotels, bars and restaurants to boost their chances of success, according to a new report. Created by Australian studio Vale Architects, the Instagram Design Guide says that the image-sharing platform now plays a key role in the success of hospitality projects.” Rarely have I read a story and felt so conflicted.

The Register: Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here. “An audit of the Royal Free NHS Trust and Google DeepMind’s controversial app to detect kidney disease has deemed its current use of confidential data from real patients lawful – going so far as to suggest findings from other watchdogs were misplaced.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Tom’s Guide: Watch Kodi on Amazon Fire TV? You’re About to Be Hacked. “Thousands of Amazon Fire TV devices are vulnerable to infection by a cryptocurrency-mining botnet, Tom’s Guide has discovered. The devices are vulnerable because their owners have disabled basic security protections to install Kodi and other piracy-related streaming apps. Doing so enables an Android diagnostic tool and opens up a specific port to the internet, which the botnet scans for and detects.”

Motherboard: Bugs Allowed Hackers to Make Malware Look Like Apple Software
. “For years, hackers could hide malware alongside legitimate Apple code and sneak it past several popular third-party security products for Mac computers, according to new research. This is not a flaw in MacOS but an issue in how third-party security tools implemented Apple’s APIs. A researcher from security firm Okta found that several security products for Mac—including Little Snitch, xFence, and Facebook’s OSquery—could be tricked into believing malware was Apple code, and let it past their defenses.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

NiemanLab: After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world. “People are becoming disenchanted with Facebook for news. The ‘Trump bump’ appears to be sustaining itself. And younger people are more likely to donate money to a news organization than older people. These are some of the findings from a big new report out Thursday from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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