New-to-me, but apparently launched in 2016: mu:zines. From the About page: “mu:zines is a non-commercial, labour-of-love archive project to collect, scan and re-publish old music production magazines in an accessible, and searchable form, for reference and general interest purposes. It is also a crowdsourcing effort to obtain the issues we are missing, to help us to build up a complete archive of issues for archival purposes.”
Tricycle: New Retreat Search Site Helps You Find a Place to Find Some Peace. “RetreatBase currently lets users browse more than 750 retreats at 150 centers, making it more straightforward for people to find programs that fit their schedules, budgets, and traditions. While similar services already existed for yoga retreats, creator Alan Ni said that there was no centralized resource for silent meditation retreats.” Currently the database covers the US only.
How-To Geek: How to Back Up Android Photos and Videos to the Cloud. “If you’re like most people, your phone is your primary camera. As such, it contains highlights of your life or your children’s lives, and you don’t want to lose those memories. If your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken, all of your photos and videos may go with it. But there are a few services out there, most of which are free, where you can safely store your photos and videos in the cloud. One of the best parts about cloud storage is you can pull up those photos or easily share them from anywhere.”
Lifehacker: How to Start Your Own Podcast . “Podcasts are now firmly established parts of pop culture, and chances are you probably have a favorite (or seven) that help make your commute more bearable. And while every armchair broadcaster with a voice recorder app is eager to get in the game, creating a professional-sounding podcast isn’t as simple as it might seem. Here’s how to create, record, and publish your own basic podcast—and get people to listen.” This is apparently a regular Lifehacker article that’s been updated a couple times. It has TONS of information.
MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Avoid Facial Recognition Online and in Public. “Many people are concerned about facial recognition software being used to track their movements and the threat to civil liberties that this software poses. While this issue is being debated, there are steps you can take to avoid some facial recognition software, both online and in person.”
Make Tech Easier: 6 Amazing Note-Taking Alternatives to Evernote. “Whether you are working on your own or collaborating as part of a team, Evernote is a flexible tool that can be used for everything from project management to storing recipes. But it is not going to be to everyone’s taste. If you are looking for something that can be used to store notes online, take a look at these Evernote alternatives and see what you think.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
CNET: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how.. “Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference took place in May and there was a lot of smart home news. Apple’s own yearly conference, WWDC, just happened too. And Amazon’s re:MARS conference is currently underway. That makes this a particularly busy time for smart home announcements, particularly related to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Let’s explore the most recent changes to get a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work — and what we hope to see in the future.”
Mashable: Chernobyl is now an Instagram hot spot thanks to the HBO show . “Leave it to Instagrammers to make a literal nuclear disaster a popular spot for photo shoots. Thanks to HBO’s riveting historical drama Chernobyl, the real Chernobyl — the Ukrainian nuclear power plant that was the site of the April 1986 disaster which remains the worst of its kind — is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide. “A university in the UK announced that it will surveil student social media posts, among other data, to try and determine whether they are suicidal. The project is part of a pilot program and will reportedly be deployed across all British institutions if it works as intended.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Harvard Business Review: When AI Becomes an Everyday Technology. “Deployed AI is about more than engineering — it’s about a shared vision. Engineering expertise will always play a role in AI. But in the age of deployed AI, our most important asset will be the vision that guides that expertise. What problems can AI solve, and what kind of data might the solution require? By what metrics will success be measured? And how can the result be integrated most effectively with the people and processes already in place in any given business? These are broad, organizational questions, and their answers won’t come from any single stakeholder. Every voice can contribute to deployed AI — technical and non-technical alike — and it’s vital that businesses establish workflows that empower everyone to play a role.”
Symantec: Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign. “One of the main talking points of the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign involved attempts to surreptitiously influence public opinion using social media campaigns. In the months after the election, it quickly became apparent that a sophisticated propaganda operation had been directed against American voters. Not surprisingly, news of these campaigns caused widespread public concern, prompting social media firms to launch investigations into whether their services had been misused. In October 2018, Twitter released a massive dataset of content posted on its service by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian company responsible for the largest propaganda campaign directed against the U.S.”
The Next Web: New algorithm allows researchers to change what people say on video by editing transcript. “For better or worse, it’s getting easier than ever to doctor video footage, and the latest development in this field is as scary as it is impressive. A new algorithm developed by researchers from Stanford University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Princeton University, and Adobe makes it possible to alter human speech in a video, just by changing the text in its transcript.” Good morning, Internet…
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