Google Maps, Browser Bookmarks, Audio Extraction, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 1, 2019

ResearchBuzz does not “do” April Fools Day. There should be nothing in here that’s fake/wrong/etc. If there is, please let me know that I got snookered and I’ll take it down. It’s not because I don’t have a sense of humor, but because deliberately promoting false information these days feels like a really bad idea.


Google Blog: Sssnakes on a map. “Google Maps shows you how to get around on foot, car, train and bicycle, and now, you can ssslither to your destination too. Starting today, you can play a twist on the snake game in different locations across the world—including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo–right from Google Maps. To start playing, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the menu icon on the top left corner, then select ‘Play Snake’ to get your daily dose of 90s nostalgia (boy bands, fanny packs and slap bracelets not included).” I played this on the standalone site to confirm that yes, it does exist.


MakeUseOf: How to Manage Years of Browser Bookmarks: 5 Steps to Tidiness . “If you’ve used the web for any amount of time, you’ve probably built up a huge collection of bookmarks. It’s easy to fill up your bookmarks bar with your most-visited sites, and before long you’ll have an overflowing list of favorite pages that are impossible to navigate. Now is the time to sit down and make your bookmarks more manageable. Let’s look at a process containing tools and tips to clean up, organize, and manage your bookmarks so they’re no longer a nightmare.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos. “Sometimes you might only need the audio clip in a video file. You can use the raw audio to create a remix, dub in another language or insert it in another program. Accordingly, here are a few ways to extract audio clips from any video file including MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG and more.”


The State Council, China: China to build online archive platform. “China will start to build a national online platform for archives, to make more documents available via the internet, an archive official said on March 29. Li Minghua, head of the National Archives Administration, said at a national conference attended by directors of local archive authorities that the project would be started this year with the building of the service platform.”

Business Insider: Years of Mark Zuckerberg’s old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it ‘mistakenly deleted’ them.. “Old Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared — obscuring details about core moments in Facebook’s history. On multiple occassions, years-old public posts made by the 34-year-old billionaire chief executive that were previously public and reported on by news outlets at the time have since vanished, Business Insider has found. That includes all of the posts he made during 2007 and 2008.”

Miami Herald: Fire burns archives at history-making social justice center. “A fire at a Tennessee social justice center that trained the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has destroyed a building and decades of archives. Nobody was injured. News outlets report officials are investigating what started the fire Friday morning at the Highlander Education and Research Center.”


CNBC: Tesla cars keep more data than you think, including this video of a crash that totaled a Model 3. “Crashed Tesla vehicles, sold at junk yards and auctions, contain deeply personal and unencrypted data including info from drivers’ paired mobile devices, and video showing what happened just before the accident.”


The Telegraph (UK): NHS to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in bid to stop children dying from pollution. “The NHS is to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in a bid to stop children dying from pollution and other preventable causes.” This article is paywalled, but you should be able to get the gist.

Gizmodo: RSS Is Better Than Twitter. “In 2019, social media is water in our lungs … With so many of us contemplating deleting our accounts or at least cutting down on that screen time, it’s time to reconsider something that feels lost in this era of algorithm-fueled newsfeeds and timelines: RSS.”

Washington Post: Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas.. “Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks. These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone.” This is written by Mark Zuckerberg. Good evening, Internet…

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