Patch Tuesday, WordPress, Hot Takes, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 9, 2019


Neowin: Patch Tuesday: Here’s what’s new for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. “It’s the second Tuesday of October, which means it’s time for another one of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesdays. Along with updates for every supported version of Windows 10, Microsoft has released updates for users on Windows 8.1 and WIndows 7 SP1.”

WordPress 5.3 Beta 3 is now available. 5.3 is still on track for a November 12 release date.


How-To Geek: What Is a “Hot Take,” and Where Did the Phrase Come From?. “Hot takes are everywhere online. You’ve probably seen the phrase ‘hot take’ thrown around, but what exactly does it mean? Where did it come from, and how do you use it?”

PetaPixel: Shutterstock Adds Background Removal to Its Free Online Photo Editor. “Shutterstock has rolled out a new background removal tool to its Shutterstock Editor online image editor, allowing users to quickly and easily extract subjects from their backgrounds in any photo.” You don’t have to use one of Shutterstock’s images with the tool – you are free to upload one of your own.

Digital Trends: The best virtual reality apps for 2019. “Some titles — particularly horror games — offer a certain je ne sais quoi that just can’t be equaled on a boring, old 2D screen. That said, gaming isn’t the only way to take advantage of that great new VR headset. The most exciting thing about VR is that we’re still just scratching the surface and discovering new ways to educate and entertain ourselves. With that in mind, here are 10 of our favorite VR apps.” Most of the apps were free.


New York Times: When Social Media Becomes a Wartime Necessity. “How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Vivian Yee and Hwaida Saad, who report on the Middle East and are based in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed the tech they’re using.”

Footwear News: How Digitizing Material Swatches Can Save Both Money and the Environment. “Some brands like Adidas and Rothy’s are making shoes out of recycled plastic. Others are turning to wine corks and organic cotton. As sustainability initiatives are accelerating throughout the footwear industry, experts suggest that there is still a lot of waste and inefficiency in the sourcing and production process. As a result, many companies are embracing digital solutions that allow them to explore materials without searching through pages of swatch books. With digitization, fewer samples need to be made and distributed from the outset; only the final selection of fabrics needs to be looked at in person.”


CNET: Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch. “A shooting Wednesday that killed two people outside a German synagogue during one of the most important Jewish holidays was livestreamed for 35 minutes on Twitch. The video has since been removed from the streaming platform, but it was uploaded to other video sites.”

Quartz: Zimbabwe is clamping down on social media use with a cyber crime bill set to become law. “Zimbabwe has inched closer to clamping down on citizens’ use of social media platforms and will likely fish out and penalize citizens who create and share what is deemed offensive or pornographic material over outlets including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.”


NiemanLab: A thumb on the scale: Research says hiding likes can make Facebook fairer and reduce misinformation. “Showing markers of content’s popularity makes a marketplace of information more unequal and less predictable. Hiding them strengthens the correlation between popularity and quality.” Good evening, Internet…

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