Google Fit, UK Declassified Papers, Stolen Digital Archives, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 31, 2018


Ubergizmo: Google Fit Will Introduce Monthly Challenges For A Healthier 2019. “The new year is nearly upon us which means that there is almost a guarantee that we will see people making resolutions about getting in shape, although the question is whether or not these resolutions will be kept is a different story. However if you use Google Fit, it looks like Google wants to help you stick to your goals.”

New York Times: Clinton Envy, Mandela and a Horse: Glimpses From the U.K. Archives. “Every year, the British public gains access to declassified cables and sensitive memos from the top tiers of the government: glimpses of diplomatic outposts around the world, ministers’ thoughts scribbled in margins, and disputes between famous leaders, released by the country’s National Archives. And sometimes, the public gets to see notes about a horse.”

Yay! CBC: Hard drive full of Art City’s history returned after break-in. “A treasured backup drive holding more 20 years of history was returned to its rightful owners at Art City on Saturday afternoon. On Boxing Day, the non-profit organization’s office on Broadway was broken into; the archive was stolen, along with a 3D printer, several digital cameras and a scanner.”


Kevin Kelly: The Best Maker YouTube Channels. “Forget TV, movies, Netflix; I spend most of my discretionary media time watching YouTube tutorials. I go to them whenever I need to learn anything, and in particular when I need to make or repair anything. Nothing appears missing in the YouTubeverse. The most obscure esoteric subject, item, skill, technique, problem will have five videos dedicated to it. At least one will be good.”

Digital Trends, just in case you need a little bit more entertainment for the New Year: The best free movies on YouTube . “In order to help save you some time in your search, we’ve sifted through the site to bring you this list of the best full-length — and, of course, free — movies on YouTube.”


BuzzFeed News: These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2018. “For the third year in a row, BuzzFeed News compiled a list of 50 of the most viral false stories on Facebook and measured their total engagement on the platform. And in spite of a prediction from Facebook’s top anti-misinformation product manager that these articles would see a decline in engagement in 2018, this year’s top-performing hoaxes generated almost as many shares, reactions, and comments as last year’s.”


Techdirt: ‘Fake News’ Results In Real Jail Time For Ohio Woman. “It appears fake news is a crime in the United States — at least in Ohio. Jacob Sullum at Reason reports an Ohio woman has just been jailed for repeating an unfounded rumor about a gun being found on school grounds.” The discussion in the comments is fairly heated but worth a read.

Julia Reda: In January, the EU starts running Bug Bounties on Free and Open Source Software. “In January the European Commission is launching 14 out of a total of 15 bug bounties on Free Software projects that the EU institutions rely on. A bug bounty is a prize for people who actively search for security issues. The amount of the bounty depends on the severity of the issue uncovered and the relative importance of the software.”


Laughing Squid: A Clever Interface That Transforms 2D Photo Subjects Into 3D Animations That Can Walk Off the Image. “Researchers Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman from the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington have created ‘Photo Wake Up’, a very clever interface that creates the ability for a single 2D human subject within a photo to become 3D animated with an ability to stand, walk and run outwards away from the photo’s background.”


Not at all relevant to this newsletter, but I think it’s nifty, and it’s New Year’s Eve, so… from TechCrunch: The Very Slow Movie Player shows a film over an entire year. “It seems someone took Every Frame a Painting literally: The Very Slow Movie Player is a device that turns cinema into wallpaper, advancing the image by a single second every hour. The result is an interesting household object that makes something new of even the most familiar film.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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