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HyperScience, Audio Recording, Mind Mapping, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 21, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B. “HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Capital, TD Ameritrade and QBE.”

The Verge: Dolby made a secret app for recording studio quality audio on your phone. “Dolby has been quietly testing a new mobile app for recording and cleaning up audio under the codename ‘234,’ as first spotted by TechCrunch. The app, which was available through a website sign-up form, lets you record audio (a la Voice Notes), cancels background noise, and then apply presets, with names like ‘Amped,’ ‘Thump,’ and “Bright,” to theoretically make your recordings sound more professional.”

USEFUL STUFF

PC Magazine: The Best Mind Mapping Software. “If your teams and key creative workers are getting bogged down by an increasing workload of rote tasks or maybe simply swamped by too much information in this new world of interconnected Big Data then mind mapping software might be able to help. These solutions focus on helping workers ideate, innovate, and even, eventually, execute.”

Digital Trends: How to add music to Instagram videos. “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes you need more than just a photo to stand out in a sea of well-crafted Instagram posts. If you want to grab the attention of your followers before they scroll past your post, some catchy music might be all you need.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Yorkton This Week: Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks. “A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it.”

Mammoth Gamers: Machinima Removes Video Archives, Erasing Years Of Video Game History. “Machinima, a long time multi-channel network focusing on video game content, has removed all video content from all of its channels. The video purge comes only days after Machinima was pulled into a larger Otter Media merger, says our source. The merger was announced in late November of last year, though what that really meant was unclear to many creators and consumers.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: Temporary fix available for one of the two Windows zero-days released in December. “In December 2018, a security researcher going by the name of SandboxEscaper published details and proof-of-concept (PoC) demo code for two Windows zero-days. Today, cyber-security firm Acros Security published a temporary patch for the second zero-day, a patch that protects Windows systems against any exploitation attempts.”

TorrentFreak: Facebook Sued For Refusing to Remove Copyrighted Photo. “Photographer Kristen Pierson Reilly has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for failing to respond properly to a DMCA notice. The social network refused to remove a copy of her photo, stating that it wasn’t clear whether its use was infringing. In a complaint filed in a federal court in New York, Pierson now demands compensation for the damage she suffered.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: New research finds that when it comes to crowdsourcing, less is more. “New research from Cass Business School has found a solution that deals with one of the primary challenges businesses face when they crowdsource innovation. Dr. Oguz A. Acar, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, analysed survey responses from more than 645 users of the global crowdsourcing platform InnoCentive. The results show that those who participate in crowdsourcing challenges because they enjoy it or because there is an offer of reward are the ones who submit the most appropriate solutions.”

South China Morning Post: Tens of thousands in Hong Kong to have their DNA sequenced in government-backed genome project. “Tens of thousands of Hongkongers will have their entire genetic code decrypted in a government-backed project aimed at building a database to boost diagnoses of rare illnesses and aid bespoke cancer treatments.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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