Product Recalls, IoT Security, Irish Language, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2019


This launched in late July but I missed it. From SGS (Standard Global Services): SGS Launches New Product Recalls Online Platform. “The platform, which launches on July 12, generates a searchable database of all unsafe product notifications compiled by official surveillance authorities operating in the European Union (RAPEX and RASFF) and United States (CPSC and FDA); with data from Australia and Canada to be incorporated into the site later this year.”

Newswise: Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices. “Consumer-grade internet of things (IoT) devices aren’t exactly known for having tight security practices. To save purchasers from finding that out the hard way, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have done security assessments of representative devices, awarding scores ranging from 28 (an F) up to 100.”


I apologize in advance for this headline from Phys .org: Lost Irish words rediscovered, including the word for ‘oozes pus’. “Researchers from Cambridge and Queen’s University Belfast have identified and defined 500 Irish words, many of which had been lost, and unlocked the secrets of many other misunderstood terms. Their findings can now be freely accessed in the revised version of the online dictionary of Medieval Irish.”

BetaNews: Firefox Quantum 69 strengthens default anti-tracking protection, can block all autoplay content. “Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 69.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.1 and Firefox ESR 68.1.0. The new release switches on Enhanced Tracking Protection features by default, extends block autoplay to cover all videos (not just those with sound) and improves performance on Windows 10 machines. The Android release marks the browser’s move to the ESR channel.”

The Verge: YouTube changes community translation system to contain trolls. “YouTube has changed its rules around community contributions after the feature was misused for a harassment campaign. Under the new rules, contributed translations won’t be published to YouTube until the channel owner has manually approved them, making it harder for trolls to sneak abusive or self-promoting translations onto a popular channel.”


Lifehacker: Rewatch the Most Popular YouTube Videos From Exactly a Decade Ago Using This Site. “Without fail, I’m delighted when Facebook resurfaces a picture I posted a decade ago of friends, and I like it when Instagram reminds me of a picture I posted a few years prior. That said, I was also pretty excited to discover YouTube Decade this week, a site that resurfaces the most viewed videos exactly 10 years ago today.”

KnowTechie: 10 free image hosting sites you can blindly rely on . Blindly rely on? I don’t even blindly rely on gravity. “Of course, there’s more to image hosting websites than just giving you some free space. In addition to being a reliable hosting option – many of these platforms help you develop your network as a photographer, and connect you with potential clients. What are some of the best image hosting websites up and running today? Let’s break them down.”


Bloomberg: U.S. Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation . “The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. If successful, the system after four years of trials may expand to detect malicious intent and prevent viral fake news from polarizing society.”

New York Times: Dr. Donald Lindberg, 85, Dies; Opened Medical Research to the World. “Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, who as director of the National Library of Medicine — the world’s largest — computerized its vast holdings and made them accessible to researchers around the world, died on Aug. 17 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was 85.”


Joplin Globe: Area students partner with Smithsonian for nationwide research project. “The project, called Snapshot USA, is a partnership between the museum and one university from each of the 50 states with students capturing photographs and collecting research for a national wildlife database. The goal is to analyze nationwide trends in mammal communities, as well as the influence of human beings on nature.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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