Live Caption, North Carolina History, Ubuntu, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 17, 2019


Google Blog: If it has audio, now it can have captions. “With the launch of Pixel 4, Live Caption is now officially available to make digital media more accessible. With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos and spoken audio on your device (except phone and video calls). It happens in real time and completely on-device, so it works even if you don’t have cell data or Wi-Fi, and the captions always stay private and never leave your phone.” There are plans to work with other Android phone manufacturers to roll out this feature to other phones besides Pixel.

State Archives of North Carolina: Connecting the Docs Podcast Episodes Available October 21. “We are excited to announce a forthcoming podcast from the State Archives of North Carolina. ‘Connecting the Docs’ will use archival materials to introduce listeners to fascinating and true stories from around the Old North State. ”

The Register: This fall, Ubuntu 19.10 stars as Eoan Ermine in… Dawn of the Stoats. “Canonical has released Ubuntu 19.10, codenamed Eoan Ermine for some reason. Ubuntu 19.10 is only supported until July 2020. The next LTS (Long Term Support) release will be 20.04 next year. Businesses using Ubuntu in production may prefer to wait for 20.04, for which 19.10 serves as a useful preview.”


MakeUseOf: The 8 Best YouTube Channels for Kids to Watch . “Do you need to entertain and inform your children, but want to avoid the trash on TV? Then YouTube is the answer. If you want a blend of informative and entertaining programming, here are the best YouTube channels for kids. All of which are suitable for younger children.” Well annotated.

IFL Science: Twitter Thread On How To Delete Yourself From The Internet Goes Viral. “Whether you’re a spy, someone worried about data privacy and security, or just a regular person with a backlog of terrible memes, it may have crossed your mind that you might one day want to delete every last trace of yourself from the Internet. It would appear you are not alone, as a Twitter thread explaining precisely how to delete yourself from 99 percent of the Internet has gone mega-viral.”


Slate: Is Hong Kong the Battleground for a New Cyber Cold War?. ” In Hong Kong, where Beijing’s political sovereignty does not come with direct control over the internet or local police, Beijing is reluctant to active the most draconian option: deployment of the People’s Liberation Army to keep order in Hong Kong’s streets. While this could be done lawfully, it would be catastrophic—for global investor confidence, the regime’s credibility, and the assets of party elites and state-backed firms that rely on Hong Kong’s financial institutions. Instead, Beijing is exploring other options.”

Mashable: The Vatican wants you to pray with this smart rosary. “The Catholic Church is taking a page out of Silicon Valley’s playbook: inventing gadgets in hopes of attracting devoted followers. The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to ‘address the challenges facing humanity’ through prayer. ”

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Armando. info, recognized by the Cabot Prize, seeks to build great archive of corruption and human rights violations in Venezuela. “The year 2014 undoubtedly set the stage for the current situation in Venezuela. In that year, there were massive protests that began in February and lasted until June, with a balance of 43 people killed, 878 wounded and 3,306 detained, including opposition leader Leopoldo López, according to information obtained by the Inter-American Commission on Rights Human (IACHR).”


BBC: Dark web child abuse: Hundreds arrested across 38 countries. “More than 300 people have been arrested following the take-down of one of the world’s ‘largest dark web child porn marketplaces’, investigators said. The site had more than 200,000 videos which had collectively been downloaded more than a million times.”


TechCrunch: Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020. “A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower’ will make its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous. It’s a stark way to drive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also a key demonstration of autonomous seafaring technology, put together by marine research and exploration organization Promare and powered by IBM technology.”

The Verge: Why social networks keep tripping over their own content moderation policies. “…the swarm of headlines about content moderation over the past week should not be mistaken as a coincidence. What stays up — and what comes down — has never been a more salient question in people’s minds. And absent any meaningful regulation, expect the tech platforms to keep fumbling their way forward, trying to appease as many users as possible.” Good evening, Internet…

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