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Athlete Development, Facebook Timelines, Skype, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 18, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

University of Arkansas: New Journal to Bring Insight Into Athlete Development. “The journal’s goal is to give new voice and insight to the athletic experience from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. A long list of potential topics include nutrition, healthy eating and disordered eating; injury and recovery; substance use and abuse; mental skills for athletic performance; career development for elite and professional athletes; financial education and literacy; and race, gender, identity, culture and sports.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Nieman Lab: One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged! — News Feed. “It’s been a little over a year since Facebook announced major algorithm changes that would decrease the amount of news in News Feed, instead prioritizing non-publisher content that spurs engagement and provokes comments. Fourteen or so months in, what does the news environment on Facebook look like?”

Engadget: Microsoft is testing Skype group calls for up to 50 people. “Skype conference calls could be about to get a whole lot busier. Microsoft is planning to bump up the maximum number of group call participants from 25 to 50 (18 more than can fit into a Group FaceTime call). The audio and video buttons will be enabled for larger groups, so people can more easily mute their microphones or turn on/off their webcam.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Download Any Social Media Video on Your iPhone for Free . “You thus might want to download your favorite videos from Instagram or Twitter. But not many iPhone apps let you do that. And the few available options are riddled with ads and popups. Fortunately, there’s a better way. Using Apple’s own automation app Shortcuts, you can download videos from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as automate everyday tasks. It’s quite simple. Let me walk you through it.” It looks like this requires iOS 12.

Search Engine Land: A WordPress safety plan for SEOs and developers . “WordPress powers an astonishing one-third of all websites these days. It has been the CMS platform of choice for our community since the mid-aughts when many of WordPress’s SEO features were implemented. It is therefore relentlessly attacked, largely for SEO spam reasons, but attacks can escalate to much worse. Here’s a look at some WordPress fundamentals and ways to ensure your WordPress site stays safe.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

University of Iowa: Professor Warren gifts Shawnee Tribe with extensive archive. “Since he was an undergraduate, University of Iowa Professor of History and American Studies Stephen Warren has devoted much of his research to the Shawnee Tribe. His work took on special significance when he recently gifted the tribe with an extensive archive of materials that he has compiled over years of work, which will increase the materials’ reach and allow tribal members to speak on their own terms about their cultural identity.”

The Verge: How Facebook helps people with HIV shed the stigma and shame. “Just before Brian Sheldon turned 50, he came out as a gay man. He lived in the suburbs of Brisbane, on Australia’s east coast, with his wife of 25 years. He had two adult kids. When he and his wife separated, he had no gay friends. And the first time he had a sexual experience with another man, Brian Sheldon contracted HIV.”

RTE: Rare medieval manuscripts answer prayers of researchers into history of Irish saints . “Research into ‘forgotten’ medieval chants and prayers is shedding new light on the history of the cult of Irish saints, including St Patrick. Trinity College Dublin’s Amra project is aiming to digitise and make freely available over 300 manuscripts containing liturgical material associated with some 40 Irish saints.”

Poynter: Africa Check has a new director. Here’s his vision for fact-checking on the continent.. “The promotion to director wasn’t a big shock for Noko Makgato of Africa Check. ‘It’s a strange situation where you have been at the front of a lot of stuff and you’re just trying to reason in terms of title and a few other new responsibilities,’ he said. ‘I feel like I’ve been at it for some time.’ That’s saying something considering Africa Check, the first fact-checking project on the African continent, has only been around for seven years.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ubergizmo: A Worrying Two-Thirds Of Android Antivirus Apps Are Apparently Frauds. “Antivirus apps are meant to give you peace of mind where in the event you accidentally click on that suspicious link or email, you know that your device should be somewhat protected. Unfortunately there are so many antivirus apps out there that it can be a bit difficult to choose which one to go for, and the sad thing is that most of them are apparent frauds.” Good evening, Internet…

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