WWII Veterans, Facebook, Google, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, August 19, 2019


Digital Library of Georgia: Oral histories from Georgian WWII veterans now freely available online. “Video recorded recollections from 50 World War II veterans originally from the Bainbridge, GA, area are now available online through YouTube and the Digital Library of Georgia. The interviews, which were originally captured on VHS and VHS-C tapes, were digitized as part of a summer student practicum program sponsored by Georgia HomePLACE, a unit of the Georgia Public Library Service, the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System, and the Clayton State University Master of Archival Studies program.”


Mashable: Facebook pop-up cafes will teach users about their privacy settings . “According to the Evening Standard, the social media behemoth is getting all trendy and opening five ‘pop-up cafes’ in the United Kingdom between Aug. 28 and Sept. 5. They’ll serve free coffee and are meant to help UK users set up their privacy settings. ” I wonder if they could give us an update on Facebook’s Clear History tool.

TechCrunch: Google discloses its acquisition of mobile learning app Socratic as it relaunches on iOS. “Google publicly disclosed its acquisition of homework helper app Socratic in an announcement this week, detailing the added support for the company’s AI technology and its relaunch on iOS. The acquisition apparently flew under the radar — Google says it bought the app last year.”

Search Engine Journal: New Google Easter Eggs: Multi-Sided Dice. “Now, users can roll 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 20 sided dice. Previously, this Easter egg was limited to a single six-sided die.”


British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Creating Geo-located Digital Sound Walks. “A few months ago, here at the British Library we held an interesting Exploring with Sound Walks event, that discussed digital projects that connect literature, sound recordings, place, technology and walking. Several digital tools were mentioned by the presenters at this event, so this post, by Marcin Barski, is a practical guide for creating geo-located sound walks.”

PC Magazine: How to Download a Web Page or Article to Read Offline. “Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.”

Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: My Digital Photo Organization: Principle 1 – Gather Into One Place. “Last week, I posted about a presentation I did for the Genealogical Society of Maury County on digital photo management and shared some of the details of my presentation. In follow-up, I thought it would be helpful to share details of my specific approach. This is the first in a series of posts where I will share what I do and perhaps it will spark some ideas for you.”


Mashable: The hidden, magical, inclusive world of Fairytale Instagram . “A sprawling and slowly growing niche of different fantastical subcommunities, Fairytale Instagram fully embraces the fact that social media is a platform for illusions. Yet unlike regular Instagram, its content creators, artists, photographers, and performers don’t care about tricking you into thinking it’s real.”

Ok Whatever: Visiting Dead Relatives on Google Street View. “When looking up her mother’s address last year, a Taiwanese woman found snapshots of her mother, who died in 2014, tending to her potted plants. During a bout of nostalgia, a British expat lurked on her childhood home through Street View and discovered old photos of her deceased mom walking down the driveway, carrying a blue watering can. And, for years, a Kentucky man named Bill Frankel frequently visited his dead father online, scrolling back in time to see the images a Google Street View car captured three years before his father’s death, back when he was still healthy and happy.”


ZDNet: Google: You’re sticking with passwords that have already been hacked . “Google has released the results of a large-scale study about password habits that shows why hackers use ‘password-spraying’ attacks on online accounts: many users stick with the same password, even when they’re warned it’s been compromised.”

The Next Web, and did you really need that image?: Critical KNOB exploit penetrates gaping Bluetooth vulnerability. “Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Bluetooth’s authentication protocols which, if properly executed, could allow an attacker to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack between two paired devices. This could see an adversary intercept and alter files while they’re in transit, as well as potentially listening in on conversations conducted via Bluetooth.”


New York Daily News: CUNY researchers seek to create first database of New York City English. “Five linguists are nearing the end of a three-year project to create the first ever ‘Corpus of New York City English’ – an online database composed of hundreds of audio interviews documenting the city accent in all its variations.” Good morning, Internet…

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