Waikato River (NZ), Black Country (England) Photography, Google Play, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 5, 2019


NZ Stuff: New Zealand’s longest river on Google street view. “Every kilometre of New Zealand’s longest river can now be explored through Google street view. The 425km virtual tour of Waikato River launched on Tuesday. It means all pockets of the river, including the Huka Falls, Lake Arapuni and Whakamaru Dam, can be traversed from the couch.”

Shropshire Star: Shropshire photos preserved through Express & Star archive project go live on new website. “About 3,000 images of the history of the industrial past of the Black Country and its surrounding areas have been preserved for future generations… The Express & Star Photographic Collection partnership received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to produce a website and digitise photographs dating back over the past century.” My knowledge of England’s geography is woeful but the BBC gave me an overview of some opinions on what makes the “Black Country” of England. (like many geographical areas, there are disagreements.)


The Quint: Google Won’t Pull App That Lets Men Track and Control Women. “Google has declined to remove controversial Saudi Arabia app Absher from its Play Store, Business Insider reported. The all-purpose government app also offers features that lets men track and control the movement of women. Google declined the removal of the app saying that it does not violate any of its agreements and hence, continues to stay on Google Play Store.”

Archaeological Institute of America: Launch of New Website for Cultural Property Protection Groups . “The new website of the Cultural Heritage by Archaeology and the Military Panel (CHAMP) is now active! CHAMP’s sister organization, Military Cultural Heritage Advisory Group (MilCHAG), is now sharing the website. MilCHAG has the same overall goal of protecting endangered cultural heritage, but the group focuses on directly helping military personnel plan, train, and operate to protect cultural property in areas in conflict”

CNET: Royal Family’s new social media guidelines want people to stop being jerks. “The Royal Family kindly asks that you show some decency on its social media accounts. On Monday, the family tweeted a link to newly published social media community guidelines for channels run by The Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.”

BetaNews: Facebook is adding a Tributes section to memorialized accounts of deceased users. “When a Facebook user dies, it is possible to transform their profile into a memorialized account. Facebook describes this as a ‘place for friends and family to gather and share memories after a person has passed away’. Now the social network is rolling out a new feature for memorialized profiles: Tributes. This is essentially a new section that appears on the page of deceased users where friends and family can post new content about their loved ones.”


Lifehacker: Rediscover Random Netflix Episodes With This Web App. “Shufflix is a web app that randomizes a number of popular shows on Netflix, and offers a suggestion for what you should watch right now. For instance, clicking on Friends suggests that I watch Season 6, Episode 22: The One Where Paul’s the Man.” The tool doesn’t cover all series on Netflix, but apparently a bunch of them. I really need to watch an episode of Friends one day. Or Seinfeld.

MakeUseOf: The 5 Best RSS Reader Apps for iPhone. “Once you choose to go back to RSS (or get started with an account), you’ll need a news reader to go with it. Thankfully, there are some amazing RSS readers on the iPhone. But how do you find the right one for you? We’ve narrowed down to the top five choices below.”


The Intercept: Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work On Censored China Search. “GOOGLE EMPLOYEES HAVE carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian regulators prepare for Facebook, Google turf war. “Australian media and communications agencies are gearing up for a turf war over who gets to police Facebook and Google as part of the competition regulator’s world-first inquiry into the digital platforms. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released almost 90 submissions from media companies, lobby groups, academics and digital platforms on Monday morning as part of its investigation into the impact of the US-based tech giants on news organisations and advertising revenues.”

Reuters: From birth to death: an archive of vanishing African rituals seeks a home. “Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have traversed 44 of Africa’s 54 countries over four decades, documenting rituals used to mark milestones such as birth, death, and courtship, the graduation of girl to woman or the moment a warrior becomes a respected elder. Now their archive – comprising more than a million images, hundreds of artifacts and field diaries, and thousands of hours of video – is looking for a home.”

Gizmodo: Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files. “When it comes to their stuff, people often have a hard time letting go. When the object of their obsession are rooms full of old clothes or newspapers, it can be unhealthy—even dangerous. But what about a stash that fits on 10 5-inch hard drives?” Good morning, Internet…

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