Pacific Aid, City Violence, Chromebooks, More: Tuesday Buzz, August 14, 2018


Radio New Zealand: New database to improve aid transparency in Pacific. “Last week the Institute’s [Lowy Institute] Pacific Aid Map was released, covering close to 13,000 aid projects from 62 countries. Jonathan Pryke said governments, civil society and other stakeholder groups in the Pacific would benefit from the online resource. ‘The real aim of this project is to just enhance transparency of all aid flows in the Pacific, which will hopefully contribute towards making this aid better,’ he said.”

Phys .org: Are US cities getting more or less violent? New database offers mixed picture . “Violence has fallen in nearly all major U.S. cities since 1991, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York University. However, recent fluctuations in violence in selected cities point to temporary disruptions in this 17-year decline.”


Neowin: Chromebook users might be able to dual boot with Windows 10 soon. “According to a report from XDA Developers, Google is working on a project codenamed Campfire that will allow users to dual boot Chrome OS with Windows 10. Rumors have been popping up for months now that the firm is adding some sort of dual boot functionality, but it’s starting to become clear what that actually is.”


How to Convert YouTube Videos to MP3 for Offline Listening
. “By converting and downloading YouTube videos as MP3 files, you can listen as often as you want without wasting any data. Here are the best online YouTube to MP3 converters for music.”


British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Visualising the Endangered Archives Programme project data on Africa, Part 1. The project. “… I am currently half way through a three-month placement at the British Library working with the Digital Scholarship team on data from the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP). This is a programme which gives grants to people who want to preserve and digitise pre-modern archives under threat anywhere in the world. The focus of my placement is to look at how the project has worked in the specific case of Africa over the 14 years the programme has been running. I’ll be using this data to create visualisations that will help provide information for anyone interested in the archives, and for the EAP team.”

The Smithsonian is looking for crowdsourcing assistance in transcribing some Chinese coins. From the project page: “During 2017-2018, the NNC [National Numismatic Collection] digitized more than 8,000 of its East Asian Coins, making them publically accessible and available for research worldwide. The NNC is now working to digitize 6,000 Chinese notes and paper transactional objects that range from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. One of the main challenges to the digitization process is transcription, transliteration and translation of several Asian alphabets. Sometimes this can be done quickly, but often the process is too lengthy for NNC team members to complete while moving the project forward efficiently. In order to continue to share these objects rapidly, we need your help! The 50 coins here are a pilot project that will help our team (and you!) figure out how best to make these objects available and more easily searchable online.”


AP: Google tracks your movements, like it or not. “Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.”

CNET: This location-sharing app exposed 1.7 million passwords — and some nudes. “Apps that allow you to share your location and activity can leave your data and personal information exposed, according to a recent finding by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, which is based in Darmstadt, Germany. As reported by Forbes, the study found that tracking apps made for families and couples to monitor their loved ones can easily be intercepted and allow hackers to spy on the phone user.”

New York Times: Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap. “The way you press, scroll and type on a phone screen or keyboard can be as unique as your fingerprints or facial features. To fight fraud, a growing number of banks and merchants are tracking visitors’ physical movements as they use websites and apps. Some use the technology only to weed out automated attacks and suspicious transactions, but others are going significantly further, amassing tens of millions of profiles that can identify customers by how they touch, hold and tap their devices.”

Washington Post: Fax machines may be vulnerable to hackers, new report finds. “The fax ma­chine is wide­ly con­sid­ered to be a di­no­saur of in­ter­of­fice com­mu­ni­ca­tions, but it may also pres­ent a vul­nera­ble point where hack­ers can in­fil­trate an or­gan­i­za­tion’s net­work, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from Israel-based soft­ware com­pany Check Point. The com­pany said that the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty was iden­ti­fied as a re­sult of re­search in­tend­ed to dis­cover po­ten­tial se­curi­ty risks, and not as the re­sult of any attack.”


Bloomberg Quint: Google’s DeepMind To Create Product to Spot Eye Disease. “DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence company that is owned by Alphabet Inc., plans to develop a medical product that will help doctors to detect more than 50 sight-threatening conditions from a common type of eye scan.”

Edscoop: Gen Z strongly favors learning through YouTube and video, report says . “Generation Z is significantly more interested in learning through YouTube and videos than the millennial generation that preceded it, according to research released Wednesday. In a new report entitled ‘Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners,’ digital education company Pearson trains its sights on the educational perspectives of people born after 1995.” Good morning, Internet…

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