Open Access Research, LGBTQ Zines, Hayward Gallery, More: Tuesday Buzz, July 10, 2018


Inside Higher Education: New Tool for Open-Access Research. “Get the Research will connect the public with 20 million open-access scholarly articles. The site will be built by Impactstory — the nonprofit behind browser extension tool Unpaywall — in conjunction with the Internet Archive and the British Library.” I’ve signed up to try to get early access.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The largest independent LGBTQ zine collection is stored in a Riverwest basement, and you can see some of it online. “In the garden level of a Riverwest house, there’s a collection of about 2500 zines — the kind of stuff you might not want to read with your mom. It’s called QZAP, and it’s an archive of queer-punk self-published zines.”

Google Blog: Celebrating 50 years of the Hayward Gallery. “In the early to mid-1900s, few would have imagined that the derelict space between Waterloo and Hungerford Bridge on London’s South Bank would become home to an iconic landmark, an integral part of modern British culture, and an enduring bastion of modern and contemporary art: The Hayward Gallery…. Now to mark the 50th anniversary of its opening, the Hayward Gallery is providing exclusive access to its archives for the very first time with a Google Arts & Culture project called Hayward Gallery at 50: Uncovering the Archive.”


TechCrunch: Snapchat code reveals team-up with Amazon for ‘Camera Search’ . “Codenamed ‘Eagle,’ Snapchat is building a visual product search feature that delivers users to Amazon’s listings. Buried inside the code of Snapchat’s Android app is an unreleased ‘Visual Search’ feature where you ‘Press and hold to identify an object, song, barcode, and more! This works by sending data to Amazon, Shazam, and other partners.’ Once an object or barcode has been scanned you can “See all results at Amazon.””


How-To Geek: The Best Firefox Extensions for Managing Tabs. “Generally, we don’t recommend using any extensions you don’t have to—they can be a privacy nightmare. But until makers of browsers build in some better tab management solutions, we tab hoarders have to rely on extensions to keep us sane. We’ve rounded up some of the best extensions for managing tabs in Firefox. And, while there are a ton of these extensions out there (and everyone has their favorites), we’ve tried to keep our list to well-regarded extensions without reported privacy issues.”

ReviewGeek: The Best Meditation and Mindfulness Apps For Soothing Your Mind. “Stress and anxiety are all to prevalent in busy modern lives. Mindfulness and meditation training can help put things into perspective and calm your mind. We’ve rounded up the best meditation apps to help you relax and refocus.”


Capital Public Radio: Dancer Preserves The Work Of Black Choreographers, In One Video At A Time . “When she was in her 20s, dancer Gesel Mason started emailing black choreographers she admired, asking them to create a solo for her. To her surprise, many of them said yes. ‘I did not know I was making my life’s work when I started it,’ she says. ‘I was just really interested in dancing with some choreographers.'”

Observer: Gawker Domain & Archive Is Finally Up For Auction Next Week. Who Might Win, and Why? . “The auction in the offices of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York City for the remains of Gawker—which include more than 50 domain names, an archive of some 200,000 articles, a handful of social media accounts with roughly 2 million combined followers, the copyright to a book published in 2007, Gawker’s trademarks and some miscellaneous sub-blogs—will determine what’s to become of the fallen blogging powerhouse. Will it be purchased as some kind of relic of a bygone era of the internet? Possessed by a philanthropist or a sworn enemy? Will an upstart publisher try to turn it into something new? Will a major media empire buy it and try to put flesh back on the bones and revive the corpse?”

BBC News: How WhatsApp has helped heroin become Mozambique’s second biggest export. “As many as 40 tonnes of heroin could be passing through Mozambique every year, making it the country’s second biggest export, in a trade that is boosted by the use of mobile phone apps, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon.”


Bleeping Computer: Timehop Security Breach Affects the Company’s Entire 21 Million Userbase. “Timehop, a mobile app that surfaces old social media posts from the same day but from previous years, has announced a security breach affecting its entire userbase of over 21 million users. Not all users were affected to the same extent. The company said a hacker gained access to its infrastructure and stole details on its users that included usernames, emails, telephone numbers, and access keys.”

TorrentFreak: Fake Kim Dotcom Twitter Accounts Still Scamming Cryptocurrency. “With an impressive 732,000 Twitter followers, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is no lightweight on the social networking platform. Unfortunately, however, some people are trying to exploit the entrepreneur’s popularity in order to scam cryptocurrency from the public. Thankfully, the tricks of the criminals are easily avoided.”


Digital Trends: When we run out of room for data, scientists want to store it in DNA. “First the apocalyptic warning: We’re running out of data storage. Chances are that this isn’t something you’ve had to worry about too much in recent years. There was a time, not all that long ago, when your computer’s finite hard drive was all the storage you had available. Hit that limit (which, in the case of my own first computer, was less than 100MB) and you resorted to floppy disks and other local external storage. When you ran out of that, too, you got deleting. We don’t delete any more.” Good morning, Internet…

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