LGBTQ Cayman Islands, Religious Sounds, China Palace Museum, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 22, 2019


Cayman Compass: Colours Cayman launches ‘Allies’ network. “Rainbow turtles have begun appearing in the doorways of some Cayman Islands businesses. The decals represent efforts by Colours Cayman to identify LGBT-friendly organisations on island and create safe spaces for all residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Crux: Site records religious sounds, such as bells, birds and U2. “The jaunty sound of a puja bell rings during an offering at the Jain Center of Central Ohio in southern Delaware County. Birds chirp in the background of a Druid ritual at ComFest in downtown Columbus. And the rhythmic harmony made by musicians at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church performing a U2 song flows during worship at the Dublin Irish Festival. All of these sounds are part of the American Religious Sounds Project, a website and database of audio files from local religious experiences.”


China Daily: Palace Museum unveils digital products for cultural promotion. “The Palace Museum has unveiled a number of upgraded and newly developed digital products to promote the rich history and culture it represents. In the museum’s upgraded ‘digital cultural relic storage’, a large number of high-resolution images of cultural relics were added to its database, which already contained detailed information on 1.86 million cultural relics from the museum’s collection.”


Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: Exploring MemoryWeb – Captions on Print Photos. “Over the past couple of years, I have been working on organizing my photos, both print and digital. In particular, I am trying to ensure all of my photos are labeled with descriptive information so that the info out family collectively knows about them, is not lost. I have a specific approach that I use to label photos – which is to use a standard in the field, IPTC metadata. Not all photo management applications adhere to this standard, but I have found one, in particular, that does – MemoryWeb.”


South China Morning Post: China’s internet giants fight for dominance in smart speakers as they target half a billion users not yet online. “The stakes are high for Chinese companies as they see a shift away from computer and smartphone text input to voice-command methods that have the potential to tap into a huge new user base.”

Arab News: Ministry of Culture launches first national competition to document Saudi industrial heritage. “The Ministry of Culture launched the first day of the national competition to document the Kingdom’s industrial heritage on Sunday July 14. The competition aims to establish the first national database for all industrial sites that fall under this category, with the participation of Saudis and residents from all social segments.”

IT News Australia: Foundation laid for national building industry database. “Yesterday’s meeting of Australia’s Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) agreed to implement a raft of reforms that include major technology platforms to support the industry.”


ZDNet: Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more. “Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia’s national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency — including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.”

Wired: This App Lets Your Instagram Followers Track Your Location. “A new app knows what your Instagram-loving friends did last summer. Called Who’s in Town, the iOS and Android app is ostensibly designed to show you, well … who’s in town. But it does much more than that.”


Digital Trends: A.I. cameras could help stomp out wildfires before they become disastrous. “This summer marks one year since California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire season ever. And while not for a second diminishing the devastation caused by that disaster, it’s not an isolated event. Many countries around the world are experiencing unprecedented heat waves, which pose similar fire risks. Could cutting-edge technology help?” Good evening, Internet…

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