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Kennedy Family Photos, Opera Touch, Beauty in Art, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, September 20, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

ABC News: Rare Kennedy photos go inside America’s most famous family. “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has completed an 18-month project to catalog and digitize more than 1,700 vintage family snapshots, and they’re now all viewable online — a photographic fix that’s sure to feed the nation’s continuing obsession with Camelot.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: Opera announces Opera Touch for iPhone, due October 1 with private beta open now. “Opera has announced that its new Opera Touch browser, that launched on Android back in April, will be arriving on iPhone on October 1. In addition, those who are eager to get the browser now can request to join the beta programme.”

The Cut: If You Love Art History, You’ll Love Gucci’s New Instagram for Beauty . “Gucci launched a new Instagram account today… It’s an intersection of beauty, art, history, and culture, all coming together in an easily digestible, scroll-friendly way. Now you can take a mini art-history lesson on your commute and arrive in the office feeling like you just came from the Met.”

TechCrunch: Evernote just slashed 54 jobs, or 15 percent of its workforce. “It’s no secret that Evernote, the productivity app that lets people take notes and organize other files from their working and non-work life, has been trying to regain its former footing as one of the most popular apps in the U.S., and that doing so has been an ongoing struggle.”

USEFUL STUFF

Georgia Tech: New Visualization Tool Helps Non-Experts Understand Neural Networks. “‘Visual analytics helps people make sense of complex systems that use large data and discover insights by effectively visualizing them and let people interact with them,’ said Minsuk (Brian) Kahng, a Ph.D. student in the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). Kahng has recently been working alongside Associate Professor Polo Chau to build visualization tools for deep learning models, with an emphasis on public accessibility. Two examples of his work are ActiVis, a visualization system for industry-scale deep neural network models that is deployed at Facebook, and the newly released GAN Lab, which is now available to the public online.”

Digital Inspiration: The Best Places to Download HTML Templates for your Website. “Are you looking for responsive, beautiful and professional looking HTML templates for your next website but don’t have the budget? Well, here are a couple of free resources on the Internet where you can regularly find good templates for use in your web projects without restrictions.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Computer Business Review: A Lion That Eats Words, Roars Poetry, Is Powered by Google’s Neural Network. “Visitors to Trafalgar Square may have noticed an extra lion sculpture at the foot of Trafalgar Square this week — not to mention one loaded with a neural network, painted bright red, and roaring algorithm-inspired poetry. The party partly responsible for the latest member of the pack? Google.”

Library of Congress: Science Blogs Web Archive. “This guest post is an interview with Lisa Massengale, Head of the Science Reference Section, with contributions by the Web Archive’s creator Jennifer Harbster, a Science Reference and Research Specialist for the Science, Technology and Business Division from Oct. 2001- Dec. 2015. Along with her reference duties for the Library’s Science Reference Service, she created Everyday Mysteries an online collection of fun and scientifically interesting questions and answers about everyday phenomena. Jennifer is the author of the Saving Science Blogs which provides additional information about the collection.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Guardian: Campaigners begin action against male-targeted job ads on Facebook. “Facebook and a group of 10 employers are being sued by workers for alleged gender discrimination after job adverts on the social media site targeted male users and did not appear to women.”

Today Online: Thai police charge founder of new party over Facebook speech. “Thai police on Monday charged the founder and two members of a new political party opposed to military rule with violating a computer crime law, an offense that could result in a five-year jail sentence, a fine of 100,000 baht ($3,062.79) or both.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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