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Google Pixel, Productivity, Vivaldi, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, October 23, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Verge: Some Google Pixel owners’ camera photos aren’t saving. “Some owners of the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are experiencing an issue in which taking a photo using Google Camera occasionally fails to save. Users on Reddit and Google’s support forums are sharing their experiences, and the issue appears to be widespread, affecting original Pixel phones as well as the Pixel 2 / 2 XL. Several members of The Verge’s staff who own Google Pixel phones have confirmed they’ve experienced the issue as well.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Printable Productivity Planners and Templates to Get Things Done. “Technology is great, but sometimes you need the feel of pen on paper. These printable planners and sheets will help you get things done without needing an app or computer. There is a simplicity to printable planners that apps can’t match. These are more flexible, and they don’t send you notifications that distract you from what needs to be done. Plus, there is no learning involved. Print out the planner, fill in the blanks, and you’re ready.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Ars Technica: Vivaldi 2.0 review: The modern Web browser does not have to be so bland. “Vivaldi first came upon the Ars radar in early 2015. And given that uniformity mentioned above, it stood out quickly. Led by CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera, the primary goal seemed to be rebuilding the browser that Opera once was—the power user’s browser. And by the time its 1.0 came around the following spring, Vivaldi appeared to be on the right track. This could be the cure for the common browser.”

AnOther Mag: The Instagram Account Sharing Terrible Pictures (of Great Clothes). “‘We see a lot of shit pictures,’ says Gill Linton, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Byronesque Vintage. The company, which Linton founded in 2013 alongside creative director Justin Westover, prides itself on an ability to source some of the rarest vintage designer clothes in the world. From original Vivienne Westwood Seditionaries to coveted pieces by Margiela, if it was made between the 1980s-2000s, Byronesque either already has it, or can source it for you via its network of collectors, archivists and amateur fashion enthusiasts. It was the latter that became the starting point for Byronesque’s new project…”

Mashable: Japan challenges Facebook to improve its users’ security. “The latest Facebook data breach is prompting scrutiny on the world stage. On Monday, the Japanese government asked Facebook to be more proactive and transparent about protecting its users’ data. Reuters learned of the request via a statement from Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Buggy software in popular connected storage drives can let hackers read private data . “Security researchers have found flaws in four popular connected storage drives that they say could let hackers access a user’s private and sensitive data. The researchers Paulos Yibelo and Daniel Eshetu said the software running on three of the devices they tested — NetGear Stora, Seagate Home and Medion LifeCloud — can allow an attacker to remotely read, change and delete data without requiring a password.”

The Next Web: The 7 deadly sins of email security. “Email is one of the most fundamental forms of business communication today. Not many of us can imagine our lives without it. But with one in every 100 emails disguising a hacking attempt, what can we do to better protect ourselves against those nefarious bandits wanting to get to our sensitive data?”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Database funded to help researchers understand bipolar disorder throughout adult lifespan . “Under the grant, [Dr. Martha] Sajatovic and her colleagues, aided by a steering committee of other bipolar experts, will aggregate and standardize data from more than 1,000 bipolar patients worldwide who have been previously studied. But most findings from these studies are based on research samples of no more than 50 participants from a relatively narrow geographic and age representation. By creating a single comprehensive data set, the scientific team aims to overcome these shortfalls and increase knowledge about BD, its symptoms, and changes in behavior at different stages of life.”

New York Times: Who Will Teach Silicon Valley to Be Ethical?. “I think we can all agree that Silicon Valley needs more adult supervision right about now. Is the solution for its companies to hire a chief ethics officer?”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Artsy: Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” will remain on public display while it’s restored.. “Beginning in July 2019, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will offer the public a unique glimpse into a process that usually happens behind closed doors. A restoration team will work in a ‘state of the art clear glass chamber’ so museum patrons—and those tuning in to the live online stream—can witness how the exacting process is performed.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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