Daydream View, Snapchat, Song Identification, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, July 31, 2018


Google Blog: Browse the web in VR: Chrome launches on Daydream View. “Chrome is built to be accessed across all types of devices and platforms, regardless of what operating system you’re on. And today, we’re launching Chrome on Google Daydream View and the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream. So if you have one of these headsets, you can launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.”

Engadget: Snapchat deals with NFL, NBC add more sports videos. “The jury’s still out on whether or not Snapchat Stories are successful, but giants in the sports realm are apparently happy. Snap has signed deals with the NFL and NBC that will bring more sports programming to your phone. ”


MakeUseOf: 5 Apps to Identify a Song by Humming, Tapping on Keyboard, or Asking Others. “When you come across a song you don’t know, you can usually use Shazam or SoundHound to find its name. But if the song is stuck in your head, these music identifying apps can’t work. That’s when you need something different.”


Mashable: Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook over artistic nudity ban. “Belgian museums are banding together to take on Facebook over the social media giant’s rules on nudity, specifically of the artistic variety. The Flemish Tourist Board is trying to convince Facebook to change its rules over how it treats artistic nudity from Flemish Masters such as Peter Paul Rubens. The tourist board, Visit Flanders, points out that its Facebook postings with images containing artistic nudity are often removed by the company when they try to promote them.”

TechCrunch: Fabric offers an alternative to Facebook sharing with a private timeline of personal moments. “Fabric, a personal journaling app that emerged from Y Combinator’s 2016 batch of startups, is relaunching itself as a Facebook alternative. The app is giving itself a makeover in the wake of Facebook’s closure of the Moves location tracker, by offering its own tool to record your activities, photos, memories and other moments shared with friends and family. But unlike on Facebook, everything in Fabric is private by default and data isn’t shared with marketers.”

NPR: Offensive Tweets Remind Major Leaguers That On Social Media, The Past Is Never Past. “For a brief while on the mound Sunday, Sean Newcomb stood atop the world. The young Atlanta Braves pitcher had thrown more than eight scoreless innings and allowed zero hits — until, with just one strike left to close it out, a line-drive single derailed his bid for the Braves’ first no-hitter in a quarter-century. Yet even as the 25-year-old starter walked back to the bench, deflated as the crowd clapped around him, another unpleasant reality was awaiting him.”


CNET: Russian hack targeting senator makes me want to break up with email. “Crappy email is everywhere. Worldwide, more than 281 billion emails are sent every day, according to market research firm Radicati. A large portion of that is spam, the messages that are the most common attack route for malicious software or links to malicious websites, according to cybersecurity firm F-secure. Spam filters and antimalware software can help protect us from the worst of these attacks. But there’s still one big trick hackers can use to access our accounts and hack our machines through email.”

ZDNet: Canberra still in denial over My Health Record concerns. “Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The Australian government’s response to the grief it’s getting over the controversial My Health Record is now up to stage three. Provided you call a PR barrage ‘bargaining’. Which is isn’t. No, they’re still just getting angry.”

New York Times: How to Fix Social Media’s Big Problems? Lawmakers Have Ideas. “Fixing the privacy and misinformation failures plaguing big tech companies is no easy task — but on both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers are attempting to jump-start policy conversations in a bid to tackle the issues.”

Yahoo News: Social Media Helped Italian Police Identify a French Skier Lost in the Alps for Decades. “The mystery of an ‘unknown’ French skier lost in the Alps for 64 years has finally been solved, with the help of some social media sleuthing, according to Italian authorities. The remains of 35-year-old French skier Henri le Masne were identified with the help of his family, who were finally reunited with their lost relative 64 years after he went missing in the Alps, Italian police confirmed on Saturday.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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