Geneva Conventions, Gas Compression Magazine, Snap Spectacles, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, August 14, 2019


International Committee of the Red Cross: Digitalizing the Geneva Conventions – giving greater access to the rules of war. “70 years ago today, on 12 August 1949, the Geneva Conventions were adopted in Geneva. Since then these Conventions have formed the cornerstone of international humanitarian law (IHL), and have been pivotal for the protection of people affected by armed conflicts worldwide. Celebrating this milestone, the ICRC has launched a new digital app enabling users to browse key IHL treaties and texts, anywhere and anytime on a mobile or tablet device.”

Gas Compression Magazine: Fully Searchable Digital Archive. “Gas Compression Magazine’s online archive is now fully searchable. Can’t remember which issues we featured company XYZ? See them all with a single search. Don’t recall when we ran the article on that new 123 technology? Find it with a single search. Want to find a specific data point from a past ‘Forecast For Compression?’ You guessed it. It’s searchable.”


Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.

The Economic Times: Google expands partnership with Prasar Bharati for live, archival content digitisation . “Tech giant Google on Tuesday announced a continued long-term collaboration with Prasar Bharati for live coverage on YouTube and Google Search for events of national importance such as the National Independence Day and Republic Day telecast.” Prasar Bharati is a public broadcasting agency in India.


Search Engine Watch: Boolean search for social media monitoring: What to track, how to track, and why. If you have any experience with social media monitoring platforms, you know that getting precise results may be tricky at times: Apps can show a lot of noise for brands with common names or, quite the contrary, miss some valuable data behind due to the restrictive filters. That’s when Boolean search fits in perfectly.”


Reuters: Exclusive: Google’s jobs search draws antitrust complaints from rivals. “Google’s fast-growing tool for searching job listings has been a boon for employers and job boards starving for candidates, but several rival job-finding services contend anti-competitive behavior has fueled its rise and cost them users and profits.”

BalkanInsight: Bosnia Failing in Fight against Extremism Online. “Amir Haskic called himself ‘Allah’s slave’ when chatting with fighters in Syria via the encrypted messaging apps Telegram and Viber. This, the trial demonstrated, was the climax of his radicalisation, a process that began with viewing hardline Islamic sermons on YouTube and graphic videos shared on social media.”

CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings. “The White House met with tech giants Friday to discuss how tools might be developed to scan social media posts and predict mass shootings, according to a report by The Washington Post. The meeting, which followed two such shootings last weekend that have left 31 people dead, included Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, all of which were asked to make suggestions in the next few weeks, the Post said.”


Ars Technica: Hacker site’s incriminating database published online by rival group. “Hackers from Raidforums recently breached the site of rival hacking forum and spilled data for more than 321,000 of its members. The hackers did so while some of their victims were discussing cracking Fortnite accounts, selling software exploits, and engaging in other potentially illegal activities.”

Digital Trends: Google flags preinstalled malware as hidden threat on millions of Android phones . “Maddie Stone, a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero and a former tech lead on the Android Security team, flagged preinstalled malware on millions of new Android smartphones as a hidden threat that requires more attention.”


The Irish News: Citizen scientists track humpback whale travels with help of social media . “Humpback whales are known to make vast migrations between their breeding and feeding grounds, and are increasingly being seen in UK seas. Now the first ever confirmed record of a UK-sighted whale hundreds of miles away in its summer feeding grounds in the high Arctic has been revealed, after its picture was spotted on Facebook by volunteer ‘citizen scientists’.”

CNN: Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says. “Social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls. But a new study argues that the issue may be more complex than experts think.” Good morning, Internet…

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