Ohio Wood Products, WordPress, Patreon, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 9, 2019


Woodworking Network: Appalachian Partnership launches new Ohio Wood Products website. “Transforming standing timber into these products and services requires a diverse group of talent, transportation, and technology. The Supply Chain Database on the site has more than 1,600 companies and 300 sawmills represented, and steadily growing. The directory’s GIS-enabled map pinpoints and connects hardwood suppliers, master loggers, craftsmen, and products.”


WordPress: WordPress 5.2.3 Security and Maintenance Release. “This security and maintenance release features 29 fixes and enhancements. Plus, it adds a number of security fixes—see the list below. These bugs affect WordPress versions 5.2.2 and earlier; version 5.2.3 fixes them, so you’ll want to upgrade.”

Variety: Patreon May Start Providing Loans to Creators, Among Other New Services. “Patreon, the subscription-based fan platform, is eyeing a range of new services to support creators — including potentially providing loans at some point, CEO Jack Conte said. Conte, speaking at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit in L.A., said Patreon is considering ways to provide capital funding and other financial services to artists, as well as services like health insurance and HR support.”

University of Maryland Archives: New UMD Story Map Unveiled. “Today, in partnership with the University of Maryland Libraries’ GIS and Spatial Data center, we debut a new story map entitled ‘From MAC to UMD: How the University of Maryland became the campus we know today.’ This new online resource visually chronicles the development of the UMD campus from its earliest days as the Maryland Agricultural College to the present. ”


Lifehacker: How to Access Google’s Secret Easter Eggs in Android 9 and Android 10. “Google, in its infinite capacity for silly, has dropped a fun hidden feature into Android 10 that you should spend a little time exploring. (At the very least, you’ll be a hit at your next party when you pull out your updated phone and show off your secret knowledge.)”


Bournemouth University: The importance of preservation and sustainability of digital data in the arts. “The AHRC research project, ArtoP: The Visual Articulations of Politics in Nigeria sets out to collect and archive visual material that is produced by artists, animators, filmmakers, photographers in Nigeria around and following the elections in February 2019.”

Recode: Dozens of Google employees say they were retaliated against for reporting harassment. “Nearly a year after Google’s #MeToo walkout, a previously unreported internal document details dozens of employees’ stories of harassment and retaliation for reporting workplace issues.”

BBC: Why people pay for the perfect Instagram wedding. “Many couples have forgone wedding planners in favour of taking the reins themselves, turning to social media sites and apps such as Pinterest to plan their big day. With the price of weddings on the rise, is it possible the pursuit of the perfect Instagram wedding is responsible?”


Digital Trends: U.S. government orders Google and Apple to identify users of a gun scope app. “The app, Obsidian 4, is used to remotely operate rifle scopes and is made by by American Technologies Network Corp (ATN), a manufacturing company that specializes in thermal rifle scopes. As of Friday, it had been downloaded more than 10,000 times on the Android Play Store. The app enables users to watch a live stream or take pictures and videos from the scope using their Android and iOS phones.”


US Department of Energy: Secretary Perry Stands Up Office for Artificial Intelligence and Technology. “Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the establishment of the DOE Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office (AITO). The Secretary has established the office to serve as the coordinating hub for the work being done across the DOE enterprise in Artificial Intelligence.” Good evening, Internet…

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