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Sandboxie, Twitter, PDFs, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 16, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Software isolation utility Sandboxie is now free; soon it will be open source too. “Sandboxie — the sandboxing tool with the tagline “Trust no program” — has been made into a free utility. But more than this, Sophos also plans to make the software open source in the near future.”

Reuters: Twitter restores some blocked Cuban official accounts. “Twitter Inc has restored some of the accounts of Cuban state-run media, journalists and government officials it had blocked on Wednesday, although others like that of Communist Party leader Raul Castro remain suspended.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Convert Multiple Webpages Into PDFs With Wget. “There are many online tools, browser extensions, and desktop plugins to turn a webpage into a PDF. If you regularly use these tools, you might come across a situation when you need to convert multiple links in one go. Doing them one-by-one is a waste of time and tedious. You can automate this task through a simple, command-line utility called Wget. With the help of a few scripts or apps and this tool, we’ll show you how to save multiple webpages into a PDF file.” This is a little technical – but not overwhelmingly so – if you’re used to graphic interfaces only (Windows as opposed to DOS.)

Mashable: 10 free audiobook sites for discovering your next literary obsession . “Great literature is closer than you think, and you don’t even need to visit a bookstore or pick up your e-reader to find it. If you haven’t got time to sit down with a book — or if you just like being read to — check out one of these sites, which allow access to thousands of free audiobooks. There’s the perfect one for you in the mix!”

Social Media Examiner: How to Create an Instagram Stories Content Plan: A Guide for Marketers. Really a guide for anyone who’s interested in consistent outreach and engagement. “Want to do more with Instagram Stories? Looking for a useful guide to help plan your Instagram stories? In this article, you’ll learn how to plan, create, optimize, and schedule Instagram Stories content for your business.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

AP: Virtual reality used to highlight uranium contamination. “Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination. The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how people and the land have changed since a 1979 uranium mill spill, Gallup Independent reports.”

Women Love Tech: Anzac Correspondent Lets You Learn About History With The Use Of AR. “With the use of augmented reality, Anzac Correspondent transforms your smartphone or tablet into a vintage 1918 camera that you scan the room with to snap pictures of people, animals, and events of interest from The First World War to relay back home. The app is in fact an expansion on the photos and stories that can be found in Queensland Museum’s Anzac Legacy Gallery, but in a way that is more engaging and dynamic; especially for the younger audience.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Hackers are exploiting a platform-agnostic flaw to track mobile phone locations. “Hackers are actively exploiting a critical weakness found in most mobile phones to surreptitiously track the location of users and possibly carry out other nefarious actions, researchers warned on Thursday.”

CNET: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google told to hand over documents in House antitrust probe. “Lawmakers on Capitol Hill sent letters to Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple on Friday requesting a trove of documents and other information as part of an antitrust investigation into online markets.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Elephant: Our Grandmother’s Miniskirt: A People’s History Through Photographs and Stories. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been inviting people to share photos of their mothers, grandmothers and aunties looking stylish in the fashion of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The idea, which we are calling ‘Our Grandmother’s Miniskirt’, is simple enough, crowdsource photographs from Kenyan homes of women dressed in the style of that era; the photographs will be accompanied by reflections, essays, short stories or poems. The aim is to capture a history of ordinary people and to share this history through physical exhibitions, an online archived exhibition, and a coffee table book.” Good evening, Internet…

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