Alzheimer’s Caregiving, Instagram, Microsoft Edge, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, September 14, 2018


KTVZ: New free resource for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. “Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge, but AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association have announced an enhanced online tool to make it easier to find information and resources. The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.”


The Verge: Instagram will send a pop-up about opioid addiction support if you search certain hashtags. “Instagram says people are using the platform’s hashtags to find addiction support and communities as well as illegal drugs. So, in response, the company is rolling out a pop-up today that’ll provide users with drug addiction resources if they search certain hashtags, like ‘opioid.'”

BetaNews: Microsoft quietly stops interfering with Chrome and Firefox installations on Windows 10. “If you attempt to download and install Firefox or Chrome on an Insider build now you no longer see the message that appeared yesterday (see below). The software simply installs as you would expect it to.”

CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch. “YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. The new parental controls are available worldwide on Android and will launch soon on iOS.”


MakeUseOf: 10 Tools to Make a Bootable USB From an ISO File . “Installations from a USB flash drive have become one of the easiest ways to update your computer with a new operating system. A USB installation is quick, extremely portable, and has the bonus of reverting to a storage device following the install. You’ll find a fair few ISO to USB tools out there, and they feature a range of tools for beginners and advanced users.”


TechCrunch: 10 critical points from Zuckerberg’s epic security manifesto . “Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know he’s trying his damnedest to fix Facebook before it breaks democracy. Tonight he posted a 3,260-word battle plan for fighting election interference. Amidst drilling through Facebook’s strategy and progress, he slips in several notable passages revealing his own philosophy.”

Vietnam+: VNAT, VnTrip team up in digitalising Vietnamese tourism database. “The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the firm VnTrip recently signed an agreement on building a database of 360 degree pictures of tourism destinations.”

Nieman Lab: Here’s the next round of VR journalism innovation ideas (and the ideas for the tools to make it happen). “Virtual reality and augmented reality were pushed as new frontiers for journalism — and then the roadblocks came. Maybe the next round of new ideas could help freshen up the space.”


The Register: Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS. “A Javascript library hosted by Feedify and used by e-commerce websites globally has been repeatedly infected this week to potentially siphon off countless victims’ bank card details to crooks.”


Syracuse University: ORI Grant Funds Automated Tool to Detect Potential Fraud in Scientific Papers. “The Office of Research Integrity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded funding to a School of Information Studies (iSchool) professor to further automate the detection of fraudulent material in scientific papers. A grant of $149,310 has been awarded to Daniel Acuna, assistant professor. His project aims to advance the detection process by developing tools and systems, including scalable software and infrastructure and statistical feedback, to be used by integrity investigators. The award was presented for his project, “Methods and Tools for Scalable Figure Reuse Detection with Statistical Certainty Reporting.” Acuna plans to develop a data-searching tool that will boost the scale at which articles are automatically searched to detect figure reuse, thus finding cases of potential inauthenticity and inappropriate reuses much more quickly and across broader repositories of information. ” Good afternoon, Internet…

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