Newcomb Archives, Chrome Tabs, Pinterest, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2019


Tulane University: Newcomb Archives now accessible online through Digital Repository. “The Newcomb Archives and Nadine Robbert Vorhoff Collection preserve, collect, and share manuscripts, books, and other materials that document the history of women and gender in the Gulf South. The archives are now accessbile through its Digital Repository online.”


The Next Web: Chrome finally introduces a visual tab switcher that’s easy to use on mobile. “We all have been in the situation where we’ve lost count the number of browser tabs we’ve opened on our phones. To help you solve that problem, Google just introduced a bunch of clever new features for tab management in Chrome on mobile and desktop, including a tiled tab switcher and tab grouping.”

Digital Trends: Pinterest Lens update keeps inspiration flowing beyond the first search. “Pinterest is making visual searches faster — with results that stick around to generate even more ideas. On Tuesday, September 17, Pinterest launched a revamped Lens, speeding up the process of using the visual search while adding the ability to save those searches to your Boards.”

CNN: Alphabet’s Wing to make Walgreens’ drone deliveries in small Virginia town. “Drone deliveries are finally coming to the United States in a very limited way. The drone delivery service from Google’s parent company Alphabet will launch a delivery pilot in a small Virginia town next month.”


Reuters: In tech ‘awakening,’ U.S. workers at Google, Amazon join climate protests. “Hundreds of workers from Google, Amazon and other technology companies on Friday joined climate-change marches in San Francisco and Seattle, saying their employers had been too slow to tackle global warming and needed to take more drastic action.”

Playbill: Betty Corwin, Creator of the Theater on Film and Tape Archive, Dies at 98. “If you have watched a Broadway show from before you were born, you probably have Betty Corwin to thank. The force of nature behind the Theater on Film and Tape Archive, who earned a special Tony Award for her efforts in 2001, died September 10 at the age of 98.”

Mashable: New website lets the internet settle your arguments. “Let’s Settle This plays host, judge, and jury to your argument on the online stage. The free site allows you to write a post describing your situation, where you can detail exactly what’s going on. Below, site users can vote for who they think is right. The site then calculates a percentage based on peoples’ votes, and boom! Argument solved. Right? After voting, you’re presented with a new argument, which seems like it can easily lead to hours of playing jury.”


Devdiscourse: Europe’s top court to rule on ‘right to be forgotten’ Google case on Sept. 24. “Europe’s top court will rule on Sept. 24 whether Alphabet Inc unit Google must remove links to sensitive personal data worldwide or in Europe only in a case that pits privacy rights against the right of free speech.”

BetaNews: New open source tool helps prevent brute force and ransomware attacks. “Ransomware attacks are a major problem and they often gain access to systems via brute-force attacks against open and exposed remote access points such as Remote Desktop Protocol. Cloud-native virtual application delivery platform Cameyo is launching its new RDP Port Shield security technology, along with a free, open source monitoring tool that any organization can use to identify attacks taking place over RDP in their environment.”


ZDNet: Google’s public image disconnect: Smart engineers and dumb algorithms. “Google looks smart and its people behave smart, but that doesn’t mean its algorithms are smart. Machine learning works well when it comes to images, not language. Google’s dirty little secret is that its algorithms are quite dumb and have trouble understanding what they see and read.”

Natural History Museum: Where to report birds tangled in plastic rubbish. “Birds and Debris was set up by Dr Alex Bond, Senior Curator of Birds at the Museum, and collaborators at the Environmental Research Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The website allows people all over the world to report birds endangered by not only plastic but any type of debris, such as glass, fabric and metal.” The image with the story is a graphic one, of a bird with a fishing hook caught in its mouth.

University of Arkansas: Study Co-authored by UAMS Doctor Shows Benefit of Facebook Patient Support Groups in Rare Cancer Research. “An article co-authored by Jerad Gardner, M.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) demonstrates the ability to use international Facebook patient support groups to rapidly reach large numbers of rare cancer survivors.” Good morning, Internet…

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