Porsche Colors, Microsoft Flow, YouTube, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 11, 2019

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CNET: Nerd out on Porsche’s extensive color catalog with the Rennbow wiki. “The only thing longer than Porsche’s exhaustive options list is its catalog of colors. From mass-market monochromatic options to one-off, paint-to-sample creations, Porsche’s colorful history is one of the most vibrant. That’s why the Porsche Club of America has created Rennbow, which launches Tuesday.”


PC World: Microsoft adds AI capabilities to PowerApps and Flow to automate business tasks. “Microsoft said Monday that it’s adding intelligence to its Microsoft Flow application as well as PowerApps, giving those apps to see the world—quite literally, in some cases. While end users are quite familiar with the standard Office apps—Excel, PowerPoint, and Word—Microsoft is trying to encourage end users to adopt PowerApps and Flow.”


As you might remember I watch a lot of YouTube. (No worries about political stuff, though Self Sufficient Me might have radicalized me to plant collards in raised garden beds.) Over the weekend, I saw TED-Ed’s video This one weird trick will help you spot clickbait . It’s just over five and a half minutes long and looks at different ways to spot problems with stories based on medical research. It’s simple but well-presented and got my husband and I into a good conversation about headlines and news stories. Recommended.

Tow Center for Digital Journalism: A Guide to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). “Every time we go online, we give up part of our identity. Sometimes, it comes in the form of an email used to make a Twitter account. Other times, it’s a phone number for two-factor authentication, or days’ and weeks’ worth of timestamps suggesting when a user is awake and asleep. Journalists can piece together clues like this and use them to tell stories which are of interest to the public. The following guide is written to provide a basic foundation not only for doing that work, but also for verifying the information, archiving findings, and interacting with hostile communities online.” If this dive was any deeper it’d be coming to you from the Mariana Trench. So much to explore here.

Search Engine Journal: The 9 Most Useful Google Chrome Shortcuts You’ll Ever Need . “To get the most out of your Google Chrome experience, here’s a list of the most useful Chrome shortcuts that will boost your productivity when browsing the Internet.”


CNET: The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030. “At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration will help connect every adult to a ‘digital network’ by 2030.”

Mashable: Welcome to ‘Deep Bookstagram,’ where dark, book-based comedy thrives . “Instagram has always been a safe haven for book lovers, a place where people can show off their private libraries full of white oak bookshelves, novels organized by color, aloe plants, and inspirational coffee mugs. But there’s a deeper, stranger, and far murkier part of book Instagram, known colloquially as ‘Bookstagram.'”

Federal News Network: NARA considers blockchain to verify records amid rise in deepfake videos. “The National Archives and Records Administration is exploring whether blockchain technology can help records management officials keep track of their vast stores of information, following the successful rollout of the emerging technology elsewhere in government.”


New York Times: Images of Travelers Stolen in Cyberattack on Border Agency. “Tens of thousands of images of travelers and license plates stored by the Customs and Border Protection agency have been stolen in a cyberattack, officials said Monday, prompting renewed questions about how the federal government secures and shares personal data.”

BetaNews: Over three billion fake emails sent out daily. “At least 3.4 billion fake emails are sent around the world every day, according to a new report from email verification company Valimail, with the majority of suspicious emails coming from US-based sources.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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