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Searching YouTube, iPhone Apps, Facebook, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 26, 2018

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 New Ways to Search YouTube and Find Trending and Awesome Videos . “Given the amount of great content on YouTube, you’d think it would be easier to find a video you want to watch. If you are frustrated with YouTube’s limited search functions or weird video suggestions, here’s how you can search for videos or find amazing things to watch.” I want to try most of these.

Business Insider: The first 33 apps you should download for your new iPhone. “We’ve rounded up 33 of the best apps you should download first on your iPhone. There are some obvious choices on this list, but we’ve also chosen a few hidden gems that the Tech Insider staff uses and loves.” Minimal annotation, lots of screen shots.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism . “After the driver of a speeding bus ran over and killed two college students in Dhaka in July, student protesters took to the streets. They forced the ordinarily disorganized local traffic to drive in strict lanes and stopped vehicles to inspect license and registration papers. They even halted the vehicle of the chief of Bangladesh Police Bureau of Investigation and found that his license was expired. And they posted videos and information about the protests on Facebook.”

MIT Technology Review: How Google took on China—and lost. “Observers talk as if the decision about whether to reenter the world’s largest market is up to Google: will it compromise its principles and censor search the way China wants? This misses the point—this time the Chinese government will make the decisions.”

SF Examiner: When rebuilding SF’s 100-year-old cable cars, carpenters turn to new digital photo archive to nail the details. “The subtle sloping arch of its windows. The layered wooden brow extending from its roof. The swelling outward curve of its back panel, where a conductor may stand on any given day. These are just some of the countless little details Muni’s cable car carpenters obsess over to achieve millimeter-perfect historical accuracy. They only have one chance to get it right. Barring major collisions, Muni reconstructs each cable car just once every 50 years. Now these wood-working artisans have been armed with a new tool to ensure every screw, and every nail, is placed more accurately than ever before: Photos.”

Pacific Standard: Rising Sea Levels Are A Threat To World Heritage Sites. “New research finds that rising sea levels due to climate change will put dozens of World Heritage Sites in the Mediterranean region at increased risk of flooding and erosion—threats many of the sites are already facing.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Why you need to use a password manager. “Nobody likes passwords but they’re a fact of life. And while some have tried to kill them off by replacing them with fingerprints and face-scanning technology, neither are perfect and many still resort back to the trusty (but frustrating) password. How do you make them better? You need a password manager.”

CNET: Net neutrality battle heads to court in 2019. “Time’s run out for net neutrality supporters hoping to restore Obama-era regulations using a legislative loophole, but the fight’s far from over as it heads to federal appeals court.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Telegraph: UK’s biggest library of plants under threat from biscuit beetles as RHS freeze pest off leaves before cataloging them. “The UK’s biggest plant library is under threat from biscuit beetle as the Royal Horticultural Society has had to freeze all its plants to kill off the pest. The RHS is due to launch its new, digitised, herbarium which will help gardeners plan their blooms with helpful depictions of species and plant guides.”

Ars Technica: Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads. “University of Sydney archaeologist Gino Caspari and his colleagues searched for Scythian burial mounds, or kurgans, in high-resolution satellite images of a 110 square kilometer (68.4 square mile) area of the Xinjiang province in northwestern China. They mapped their findings and noted how many of the burial mounds looked like they’d been disturbed by looters. When looters dig up the contents of the grave pit, the center of the mound usually collapses. Observers who know what they’re looking for can spot that from above; imagine looking at a sheet of bubble wrap to see which ones have been popped. Although the satellite images weren’t as precise as a detailed ground survey, they offered a pretty accurate estimate of the general situation on the ground—and the news wasn’t good.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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