Mathematica, GoFundMe, Free Datasets, More: Tuesday Buzz, June 26, 2018


Wolfram: We’ve Come a Long Way in 30 Years (But You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet!). “On June 23 we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of Mathematica. Most software from 30 years ago is now long gone. But not Mathematica. In fact, it feels in many ways like even after 30 years, we’re really just getting started. Our mission has always been a big one: to make the world as computable as possible, and to add a layer of computational intelligence to everything.”

Digital Trends: GoFundMe debuts Team Fundraising to let groups raise money for the same cause. “GoFundMe is capitalizing on the social aspect of its cause-based fundraising platform by launching GoFundMe Team Fundraising, a new initiative that lets multiple people raise money for a single entity or effort. The popular service hopes this new offering will make it easier for schools, sports teams, or other groups to create fundraising campaigns on its platform.”


Gengo: The 50 Best Free Datasets for Machine Learning. “What are some open datasets for machine learning? We at Gengo decided to create the ultimate cheat sheet for high quality datasets. These range from the vast (looking at you, Kaggle) or the highly specific (data for self-driving cars).”

Social Media Explorer: 5 Social Listening Tools That You’ll Actually Want to Use. “A social listening tool allows you to see what people are saying about you or your business on the internet. These tools are powered by a network of scrapers which crawl the internet in hopes of finding mentions of your brand name or whatever keywords you typed into the tool. When they find them, they show them to you in the dashboard, giving you the ability to react to them far before they get out of control.”

MakeUseOf: The iCloud Photos Master Guide: Everything You Need to Know for Photo Management. “Apple’s cloud-synced photo management system for your Mac and iPhone, iCloud Photo Library, provides powerful tools for your pictures. We’ve already outlined a few important traits of iCloud Photo Library. Now it’s time to dig deeper into that system.” No kidding; very extensive. Also available as a free PDF.

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Resources For Teacher & Student Podcasting. “I’ve had a bunch of podcasting resources at The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English, and thought it would be useful to move them over to their own ‘Best’ list, as well as add new resources (please suggest more).” A new list from Larry! Not much here yet but he’s looking for more resources.


ENDI: Map for community management. “[Vivian Moreno] is concerned about the reliability of the statistics provided by the government of Puerto Rico and the political-partisan perspective for many public issues. Yesterday, the goal behind a workshop organized by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College was to work, somehow, the data issue. The idea was simple: to create a database between different Puerto Rican communities in order to stop relying on government information, and move aid and resources where they are needed.”

Slate: How Will Voice Control Change the Web Browser? “We all know how to use a desktop browser. You type in a URL or search term, head to the website of your choice, and read the information it serves up. While browsers have added some bells and whistles—additional security features to protect your data while browsing, for example, or things like Reading Lists to circle back to longreads when you’ve got extra time—their general operation and navigation hasn’t changed much over the past decade. Now, a new trend is gaining traction—voice control—and it could give us a new way to browse the internet.”

Engadget: Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes. “Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The Intercept claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, planned to sell social media surveillance tools to governments still known for suppressing free speech, including Tunisia and the UAE. Circinus’ tools harvest sites like Facebook and Twitter in a bid to find and identify ‘detractors’ — that is, political dissidents. While the software only sifts through public data, it’s likely this information would be used to punish critics who could otherwise count on a degree of anonymity.”


Times of Israel: Cryptocurrency-related crime will surpass all other cyberattacks in 2018: expert. “Cryptocurrency-related attacks will surpass all other types of cyberattacks in 2018, a leading expert warned. Issuing the bleak prediction, Lotem Finkelsteen, a threat intelligence analyst with the Israeli cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies, said ‘not a day goes by without our hearing about a new ICO [initial coin offering] scam or mining attack.'”

Phys .org: Oregon email restored; official says hack fed scheme . “After a multi-day freeze triggered by a wave of spam messages, officials confirmed late Thursday that Oregon government emails could once again reach the public—and described the attack as part of a sophisticated scheme. The freeze, initiated by providers at four popular email servers including Hotmail and Outlook, had blocked all messages from official Oregon.Gov email addresses from being delivered. But the attack that led to the state’s email service being temporarily blacklisted likely wasn’t targeting government data.”


Boing Boing: Wildbook: facial recognition for critters in the wild. “The Wildbook project conducts wild animal population censuses by combining photos of animals taken by tourists, scientists, and volunteers and then using their distinctive features (zebra stripes, whale fluke shapes, leopard spots, etc) to identify individuals and produces unprecedented data that uses creepy facial recognition tools for non-creepy purposes.” Good morning, Internet…

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