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Marvel Movie Quotes, Canadian Tornadoes, Facebook, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 15, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Comicbook: Marvel Fan Creates Website to Search MCU Quotes as If They Were Bible Verses. “In the digital age, You never know what you’ll come across on the internet, for better or for worse. In a post-Avengers: Endgame world, Marvel fans are clamoring at whatever Avengers-filled content they can get their hands on and thanks to programmer Sean Lennaerts, those die-hard MCU fans can now treat Marvel movies like their Bible…literally.”

Phys .org: Database helps put Canadian tornadoes on the map . “While approximately 60 tornadoes are confirmed in Canada each year, the actual number is closer to 230. Collecting data from these events will help researchers understand their frequency and severity, as well as their connection to global climate change. Capturing that information is the inspiration behind the Northern Tornadoes Project Open Data site, launched by Western Libraries this week.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: Facebook to launch new Portal devices this fall . “In November, Facebook launched the Portal and Portal+ smart speakers — its first hardware products outside of VR. Soon, Facebook will double down on its home hardware push. Reuters reported Tuesday that the company plans to unveil new Portal hardware, including devices with new form factors, this fall. ”

Poynter: Number of fact-checking outlets surges to 188 in more than 60 countries. “The number of fact-checking outlets around the world has grown to 188 in more than 60 countries amid global concerns about the spread of misinformation, according to the latest tally by the Duke Reporters’ Lab.”

Search Engine Land: Google Trends gets integrated into Data Studio via free third-party app. “UK-based marketing firm StrategiQ has released a Google Trends connector for Data Studio. Initially developed for its own clients in July 2018, the now-free tool allows users to extract search trend information directly into their Data Studio reports.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Next Web: How to read a scientific research paper. “One of the most important skills any discerning media consumer can have is the ability to comprehend a scientific research paper. Reading a paper won’t imbue you with the ability to understand all the science behind it, but it could help you debunk BS when you see it on the news or social media.” Good for the basics, not a deep dive.

Forbes: How To Test Drive 200+ Linux Distributions Without Ever Downloading Or Installing Them. “I’ve written about two fantastic tools that help people discover the ideal Linux distribution tailored to their needs and expectations, but a new tool just materialized on my radar and frankly, it’s blowing my mind.” Apparently this enthusiastic review crashed the site being reviewed, so you might want to wait a day or so on this one.

MakeUseOf: 5 Instagram Photo Editors to Create Better Pictures. “While Instagram is the go-to platform for those who want to share their images online, it’s definitely not the be-all and end-all when it comes to photo editing. Luckily, there are multiple photo editing apps that allow you to share your edited snaps directly to Instagram. And here are the best Instagram photo editors available.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CoinGeek: Bloomberg, Reuters gear up for new cryptocurrency social media index. “Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters trading terminals are preparing to offer access to a new cryptocurrency index based on social media and news commentary, in a move aimed at providing more information for those trading crypto through their platforms.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Guardian: Cybersecurity giant Symantec plays down unreported breach of test data. “The American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government agencies.”

The New York Times: Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns. “Authorities in the United States and Europe recently staged a wide-ranging crackdown on online drug markets, taking down Wall Street Market and Valhalla, two of the largest drug markets on the so-called dark web. Yet the desire to score drugs from the comfort of home and to make money from selling those drugs appears for many to be stronger than the fear of getting arrested.”

Infosecurity Magazine: “Major Flaw” Discovered in Evernote’s Chrome Extension. “A major flaw has been discovered in the code of the Web Clipper Chrome extension of note-taking service Evernote. The flaw, a universal XSS marked CVE-2019-12592 which could have allowed threat actors to extract personal information from the browser environment, was unearthed by security company Guardio and disclosed to Evernote in late May. Within a week, Evernote addressed the issue and rolled-out a complete fix.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: One class in all languages. “Now anyone from around the world can listen live to a Nobel Prize Laureate lecture or earn credits from the most reputable universities with nothing more than internet access. However, the possible information to be gained from watching and listening online is lost if the audience cannot understand the language of the lecturer. To solve this problem, scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, presented a solution with new machine learning at the 240th meeting of the Special Interest Group of Natural Language Processing, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ SIG-NL).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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