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Huawei, Google Hire, Flickr, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 30, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BBC: Huawei’s next phone will not have Google apps. “Huawei’s next flagship smartphone will not come with Google’s popular apps including Maps and YouTube. Google confirmed that due to a US government ban on sales to Huawei, it could not license its apps to the Chinese smartphone giant.”

The Quint: Google to shut down online job service ‘Hire’ in 2020. “Google will shut down its job application tracking system ‘Google Hire’ that was launched just two years ago, the company said in a statement. The company had built ‘Hire’ with Diane Greene, a former Alphabet board member.”

Digital Trends: Flickr now lets you order prints through its site in a few quick clicks. “Browsing through your own Flickr photos, you may have occasionally thought how an image might look great as a print — but you couldn’t be bothered to sort out a third-party printing service to get the job done. Well, a new feature launched by Flickr on Wednesday means you can now complete the task in just a few quick clicks.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Use a Chromecast as a Second Computer Monitor . “If you’ve got a shiny new Chromecast. right now you’re wondering what this little gadget can achieve. Not only is it easy to use, but it has a lot of handy functions to make your life easier. Casting your Chrome browser or duplicating your desktop to another display is one of its productivity tricks. Here’s how you can turn your Chromecast-enabled TV into a second computer monitor.”

Missouri School of Journalism: Missouri School of Journalism Launches Online Learning Tool to Help Teach Journalism, Strategic Communication to Junior High, High School Students. “The Missouri School of Journalism has launched a free, 25-module online learning tool for middle school and high school teachers who want to teach or revamp their journalism or strategic communication lessons.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Be warned, this is a family-sized bucket of bugnuts. Mashable: The 7 best Tumblr scams of all time . “For me, and at least a few others, it’s hard to leave the bizarrely unique social sphere of a site like Tumblr. The news that Verizon recently sold the website to Automattic (the owners of WordPress) barely fazed us. There are legitimate reasons why we’ve stuck around for so long, most of all for the personal, tight-knit community early internet message boards and fan sites were known for. It’s almost like a semi-private group chat, where you can be out as LGBTQ, hyperfixate on weird shit, and openly kin Naruto (do not ask). The nature of the Tumblr ‘bubble’ also allows a lot of messed-up shit to breed like crazy.”

Ars Technica: Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure. “Maybe its pervasiveness has long obscured its origins. But Unix, the operating system that in one derivative or another powers nearly all smartphones sold worldwide, was born 50 years ago from the failure of an ambitious project that involved titans like Bell Labs, GE, and MIT. Largely the brainchild of a few programmers at Bell Labs, the unlikely story of Unix begins with a meeting on the top floor of an otherwise unremarkable annex at the sprawling Bell Labs complex in Murray Hill, New Jersey.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Facebook acknowledges flaw in Messenger Kids app. “Facebook Inc (FB.O) acknowledged a flaw in its Messenger Kids app, weeks after two U.S. senators raised privacy concerns about the application, and said that it spoke to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about the matter.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations. “Now, with colleagues from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and others, senior authors Sheldon and Subhransu Maji and lead author Tsung-Yu Lin at UMass’s College of Information and Computer Sciences unveil their new tool ‘MistNet.’ In Sheldon’s words, it’s the ‘latest and greatest in machine learning’ to extract bird data from the radar record and to take advantage of the treasure trove of bird migration information in the decades-long radar data archives. The tool’s name refers to the fine, almost invisible, ‘mist nets’ that ornithologists use to capture migratory songbirds.”

New York Times: The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter. “I’m neither a Luddite nor a cheapskate. But after testing hundreds of tech products — and buying some along the way — over the last dozen years, I’ve come to a conclusion: People will almost always get more joy from technology the longer they wait for it to mature. Cutting-edge gadgets can invoke awe and temptation, but being an early adopter involves risk, and the downsides usually outweigh the benefits.” Right there with him; I still use an iPhone 5S. Of course, I have to upgrade this fall when Apple stops supporting it…. Good afternoon, Internet…

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