Linux-Capable Smartphones, Challenge Coins, Twitter, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, November 12, 2019


Liliputing: Database of 200+ smartphones that can run Linux (unofficially). “In a nutshell all you have to do is type your phone’s model number into a box at… and if your phone is one of the 200+ models in the database, you’ll see listings for the GNU/Linux distributions that support your device. Have a Nexus 5? It’s supported by all three of the Linux-based operating systems mentioned above. Have a first-gen Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S7? Then your phone can run postmarketOS.”

WABI: Maine Troop Greeters add online database for challenge coins. “More than 6,000 challenge coins line the wall at Bangor International Airport. It’s a collection that has been growing since 2003 as returning troops leave the tokens that represent their military unit. Now, it’s large enough that the greeters have added an online database to help people find specific coins.”


Ars Technica: Twitter wants your feedback on its proposed deepfakes policy. “A lie has always been able to travel faster than the truth, and that goes double on Twitter, where a combination of bad human choices and bad-faith bots amplifies false messaging almost instantly around the world. So what should a social media platform do about it? The question is not rhetorical. Twitter is trying to come up with a policy for handling ‘synthetic and manipulated media,’ the company said in a blog post today, and it wants your input.”

CNET: Google reveals Stadia game lineup: Everything we know about price, launch and speed requirements. “Google dished the pricing and launch partnership details about Stadia, the cloud-gaming platform it formally announced in March, at its E3 event in the summer, but we got the firm launch date of Nov. 19 at the company’s annual Made by Google event. Twelve games will make the lineup for launch day, including major titles such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Mortal Kombat 11 and the recently-released-for-PC Red Dead Redemption 2, which has had a slew of issues since its Nov. 5 release.”


Hongkiat: How to Apply Instagram Filters on Web Images . “Many love using Instagram and the filters that come with the app, to make their photos more interesting and beautiful. So far though, the use of these filters are restricted to use inside the app. What if you want to use Instagram filters on web images, outside of the app, like photos you want to put up in your personal blog or website?”

Lifehacker: Five Custom Searches You Should Enable In Your Browser Right Now. “Custom search engines are one of the coolest features of any modern browser. With just a few keystrokes, you can search Wikipedia right from your address bar, do a custom Google search for Lifehacker articles, or even get driving directions to a specific location.”

The Next Web: Here’s how you can see all quoted replies to a tweet. “Twitter launched its ‘Retweet with comment’ feature in 2015. Since then, it’s been hard to track down all people who quoted the tweet. Thankfully, a tool called Quoted Replies will help you out.” I tried this a couple of times and I couldn’t get it to work. Posting it here because it could be a great tool and maybe I’m not using it correctly. UPDATE: It apparently works, but I wasn’t seeing the replies in TweetDeck.


Wired: New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don’t Have to Be. “When you think of emoji, you don’t think of a laundry list of random objects. You think of iconic, sometimes weird, expressive faces, like the face with tears of joy, the thinking face, the angry devil, the smiling pile of poo, and the see-no-evil monkey, plus classic symbols like the thumbs-up and the heart. But the latest batch includes just three new faces and one new hand shape, compared with 49 new objects, from a roller skate and a rock to a plunger.”

New York Times: On the Internet, No One Knows You’re Not Rich. Except This Account.. “In February, an Instagram account called @BallerBusters cropped up and began wreaking havoc on the flashy Instagram entrepreneur community. Its goal: To expose phony entrepreneurs. Using a mix of screen-shotted receipts, memes and crowdsourced information from followers, the account seeks out people who don’t ‘act their wage.'”


Torrent Freak: USPTO Questions if Artificial Intelligence Can Create or Infringe Copyrighted Works. “There is no question that artificial intelligence is destined to replace some human work in the future. But can something that’s created by AI technology be copyrighted? And can AI creations infringe copyrights of others? These are questions the US Patent and Trademark Office would like to have answered by asking the public for input.”


Newswise: Social Media Alternative Facts on Food Allergies Can Negatively Impact Medical Decisions. “The social media stream on food allergies is never-ending. Your Facebook and Twitter friends seem to know what they’re talking about. And why shouldn’t you believe all those news articles – even if you’ve never heard of some of the sources? Is there any harm in listening to what they have to say? Yes, according to a presentation at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston.”

EurekAlert: Putting a conservation finger on the internet’s pulse. “Scientists from the University of Helsinki have figured out how to mine people’s online reactions to endangered animals and plants, so that they can reduce the chance of pushing species toward extinction.” Good morning, Internet…

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