MyHeritage, Ohio Tourism, Times Literary Supplement, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, July 5, 2018

MyHeritage: Happy July 4th: Enjoy Free Access to U.S. Newspapers. “In honor of July 4th, we are delighted to announce FREE access to all U.S. Newspaper collections on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™, for a limited time. From July 3, 2018 through July 8, 2018, we are providing free access to all 33,591,658 U.S. Newspaper records – no data subscription required!”


Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s new online tools put variety of trails at fingertip. “I love tourism ‘trails.’ The listings and maps of related travel-oriented sites promote local businesses and organizations, and they encourage travelers to seek out interesting stops they might otherwise miss. Visiting most of the stops on a particular wine trail or history trail or shopping trail can be a fun goal and can provide a bit of direction to a trip that might otherwise devolve into a bunch of purposeless noodling about — although noodling about certainly has its place.”

The Bookseller: TLS launches new digital archive with Exact Editions. “The Times Literary Supplement has launched a digital archive with publishing company Exact Editions to showcase more than 300 of the literary journal’s issues stretching back to 2012. TLS’ 327-strong back catalogue and all of its latest issues will now be available across web, iOS and Android platforms, marking a milestone in the life of the TLS, which has never to date been made available to institutions and individuals in this format.” As you might imagine, not free.


The Next Web: A beginner’s guide to AI: Neural networks. “Artificial intelligence has become a focal point for the global tech community thanks to the rise of deep learning. The radical advance of computer vision and natural language processing, two of AI’s most important and useful functions, are directly related to the creation of artificial neural networks. For the purpose of this article we’ll refer to artificial neural networks as, simply, neural networks. But, it’s important to know that deep learning techniques for computers are based on the brains of humans and other animals.”

Smashing Magazine: I Used The Web For A Day With Just A Keyboard. “This article is part of a series in which I attempt to use the web under various constraints, representing a given demographic of user. I hope to raise the profile of difficulties faced by real people, which are avoidable if we design and develop in a way that is sympathetic to their needs. Last time, I used the web for a day without JavaScript. Today, I forced myself to navigate the web using just my keyboard.” A technical, but informative, deep dive.


Tactical Tech: What’s Up with WhatsApp: The Widespread Use of WhatsApp in Political Campaigning in the Global South. “The past few years have seen WhatsApp become an increasingly powerful and influential tool for political campaigns in the Global South. For many people in the Global North, it may come as a surprise that participation in large WhatsApp groups constitutes the majority of online communication for many users in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. While WhatsApp helps politicians reach voters and constituents in areas that don’t otherwise have access to the internet, it also extends the reach and primacy of Facebook (who own the platform) in the democratic process in these countries. This article reveals some of the many ways WhatsApp is being deployed as a major part of the political process in countries including Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and Malaysia.”

All3DP: Manacor Museum Exhibition Encourages Visitors to Touch 3D Printed Replicas. “At Manacor History Museum in Mallorca, Spain, a temporary exhibition enables visitors to not only view the twelve pieces on display but also to touch them. These pieces are replicas which were created through photogrammetric digitization and 3D printing.”


Ars Technica: Tech-support scammers revive bug that sends Chrome users into a panic. “Con artists pushing tech-support scams are once again exploiting a Chrome bug that can give users the false impression they’re experiencing a serious operating-system error that requires the urgent help of a paid professional, according to a Google developer forum. A Mozilla developer forum indicates a similar bug may also be present in Firefox.”

TechCrunch: New malware highjacks your Windows clipboard to change crypto addresses. “In what amounts to be an amazingly nefarious bit of malware, hackers have created an exploit that watches 2.3 million high-value crypto wallets and replaces the addresses in the Windows clipboard with an address associated with the hackers. In other words, you could paste your own wallet address – 3BYpmdzASG7S6WrpmrnzJCX3y8kduF6Kmc, for example – and the malware would subtly (or unsubtly) change it to its own private wallet. Because it happens in the clipboard most people wouldn’t notice the change between copying and pasting.”


University of Southern California: Data-Crunching Class Looks to the Skies to Explore UFO Sightings. “Working in small teams, students in the class sifted through thousands of documented sightings of UFOs using techniques like data mining and feature extraction to discover how factors such as movie releases and weather events influenced sighting patterns. So, what did they discover? While they didn’t find any conclusive evidence of alien life visiting our planet, the students did unearth some interesting patterns hidden within the data.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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