Art Fairs, Feedly, Google: Friday ResearchBuzz, October 18, 2019


PR Newswire: New Website Slated to Become Benchmark Site for Information on Art Fairs (PRESS RELEASE). “Art fairs appeal to collectors, dealers, curators, artists and art lovers alike, showcasing a wide range of genres. Over the last two decades, fairs have become the key element of the international art market and their number has increased from around 50 to almost 400 all over the world. aims to give art fairs greater visibility, promoting not only large, well-established shows, but also regional, young and emergent ones.”


Feedly Blog: Hey Google, Talk to Feedly. “Have you ever wished Google Assistant could read you the articles in your Feedly? Now it can. Nick Felker has created a Google Assistant Action that integrates Google Assistant and Feedly.”

Search Engine Land: Google may be having issues showing new content again. “Google seems to be having issues showing new and fresh content from web sites and publishers. This seems to be impacting both large and small publishers, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN and even this site, Search Engine Land.” Man, this seems to be happening *a lot*…

CNN: Giphy feature lets anyone develop games without knowing how to code. “The free new feature, called Giphy Arcade, runs on a web browser and features about 100 games. People can play these original titles or customize their own with the help of 10 templates, music and stickers. The games, which are about 10 seconds in length and feature retro-style graphics, can be shared with friends.”


MakeUseOf: 8 Obscure Social Media Apps for When You Get Bored . “After a while, mainstream social media apps like Instagram or Snapchat can get a little boring. So wouldn’t it be nice to try something new? As always, we’re here to help. That’s why we’ve found the best obscure social media apps that you can use to meet new people in new ways.” Some of these do look pretty interesting…

TechCrunch: This brilliant app waits on hold for you. “DoNotPay helps you get out of parking tickets and cancel forgotten subscriptions, and now it can call you when it’s your turn in a customer service phone queue. The app today is launching ‘Skip Waiting On Hold.’ Just type in the company you need to talk to, and DoNotPay calls for you using tricks to get a human on the line quickly. Then it calls you back and connects you to the agent so you never have to listen to that annoying hold music.” It’s not free, but $3 a month could pay for itself depending on how often you have to wait on hold.

Social Media Examiner: How to Use YouTube and Instagram to Establish Authority. “Want to be known as the expert in your field? Wondering how video on Instagram and YouTube can help? To explore how to build rapport with any audience using YouTube and Instagram Stories, I interview Amanda Horvath on the Social Media Marketing Podcast.” I liked the tips on how to present a polished YouTube presence.


Route Fifty: The Legislative Push to Bring Back Cursive. “Loop the T, hold the pen just so, practice writing, ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’: if legislators in Wisconsin have their way, elementary school students will soon become versed in the lost art of cursive handwriting instruction.”

Berkeley Library News: Rock ‘n’ roll, clowns, and Roberta Flack: An inside look at a massive new collection of music photography at The Bancroft Library. “Looking through the photographs is like flipping through stacks of vinyl at Amoeba Music, a satisfying exercise in nostalgia. Scanning through the folders, you’ll see Judy Collins, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, and so many in between… The photographs, 60,000 in all, make up the Howard Brainen photo archive. A recent gift to Bancroft, the archive is a time machine into a moment in music history, offering a glimpse into the local scene and the larger-than-life figures who came through the Bay Area.” It’s worth reading the article just to see the pictures included with it.


ZDNet: Linux security hole: Much sudo about nothing. “At first glance the problem looks like a bad one. With it, a user who is allowed to use sudo to run commands as any other user, except root, can still use it to run root commands. For this to happen, several things must be set up just wrong.”

Geek: UK Abandons Controversial Porn Age Checks. “The U.K. government has ditched plans to age-check visitors to pornographic websites and apps. The policy, part of 2017’s Digital Economy Act (DEA), was designed to protect minors from accessing adult content.”


Straits Times: National AI database gains 1,000 hours of local English voice samples. “Speech apps and tools such as voice transcription apps could soon be able to pick up Singapore English more accurately, as their developers can now access better data from an expanded corpus of local speech. Some 1,000 hours of natural conversations on topics such as favourite foods and holidays have been added to the National Speech Corpus (NSC), an artificial intelligence (AI) database of locally accented speech maintained by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).” Good morning, Internet…

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