Veteran Benefits, TranscribeNC, Minecraft Earth, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, November 13, 2019


Stars And Stripes: New study shows veteran benefit discrepancies between states. “Several years ago, Iraq War veteran Kayla Williams and her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she and her husband received $500 each semester toward her two children’s school costs, thanks to a statewide benefit. The only problem? They had relocated from Virginia — a state that provides free tuition to children of disabled veterans. Williams’ husband, also a veteran, has a 100 percent disability rating from the VA.” A new database allows veterans to compare benefits offered by state governments.


State Archives of North Carolina: There’s Still Time to Help Improve Access to NC’s Historic Documents. “Great news! TranscribeNC, the crowd sourced transcription program by the State Archives of North Carolina, has reached a milestone. Over the last six months, over 100 volunteers have dedicated their time to complete over 1600 page edits. The local draft board project will close on November 30. You still have a chance to make history! Beginning in December, TrasncribeNC will debut new projects focusing on WWI letters and diaries and women’s history. More information coming soon!”

PC World: Minecraft Earth goes live in preview for the entire United States. “Microsoft has pushed Minecraft Earth live to iOS and Android users in the United States in early access, meaning that pretty much anyone can download the preview and start exploring Microsoft’s virtual world.”

The Verge: YouTube enters the live-streaming fight (again). “Juiced by the impending arrival of Google Stadia, the company’s first foray into cloud gaming, YouTube’s been on a hunt for talent it can use to draw new viewers to its platform. It’s especially wild when you consider that YouTube — the most popular video platform on the planet — already has stars with millions of followers. That, combined with the fact that the platform also has the most effective video distribution network on the internet, means that YouTube could reshape live-streaming in its image. That is, if it learned its lessons from the last go-round.”

Ubergizmo: Twitter Now Lets Users Follow Their Favorite Topics. “Twitter lets you follow users where you can get updates based on their tweets. However, not everyone posts things that you might be interested in, in which it would then be easier to try and sort news and topics through hashtags. However, the good news is that Twitter will be making some changes on that front.”


MakeUseOf: 20 Common Snapchat Terms You Need to Know. “Snapchat can be intimidating. The social media platform has a language all of its own, with various Snapchat terms meaning users can struggle to understand what’s going on. Whether you need help getting started with Snapchat or you’re a longtime user who has encountered a new phrase, here are the common Snapchat terms you need to know.”


Herald News: Tool in development to plug rental information gap. “State officials and nonprofit housing organizations plan to develop a second-in-the-nation online tool over the coming year to make every affordable rental unit listing available on a single platform. Plans call for the Housing Navigator Massachusetts tool to list the state’s entire inventory of affordable rentals, current openings and lotteries under one umbrella. It would give property managers a simple way to manage their listings online.”

Japan Times: Art gets a second life via digitized showcasing. “NTT East Corp. has launched a project to preserve Japan’s cultural properties in an effort to conserve assets susceptible to damage from natural disasters or deterioration over time. Under the project, the telecommunication firm plans to digitalize cultural properties, such as paintings, architecture and historical documents, and store the data on the firm’s server.”

Tubefilter: IGTV Is Funding Creator Content — When It Doesn’t Touch On Politics, Social Issues. “Bloomberg reports that Instagram is offering to cover production costs for celebrities and influencers to post to IGTV, so long as their content doesn’t touch on politics or social issues. Such a move could be percieved to be at odds with parent company Facebook, which has controversially opted to continue to run political ads even when they contain lies.”


Slate: The Furor Over TikTok Is About Something Much Bigger. “The fear is that TikTok serves as a vessel that extends Beijing’s influence and control outside of China. And it’s a legitimate concern. TikTok is perhaps the first Chinese tech export with the potential to reshape the global internet. Unlike Alibaba and Tencent, TikTok does not just cater to overseas Chinese users or focus on expanding in emerging economies. Teenagers in democracies across Europe as well as India, South Korea, and Australia are flocking to the app to record 15-second video clips of themselves singing and dancing.”


Northern Arizona University: Oak tree tells its own climate stories on Twitter, Facebook with help of NAU, CCC researchers. “As oak leaves rattle and pool beneath trees in Arizona’s high country, one 100-year-old oak tree in Massachusetts is attracting a crowd of admirers online thanks to the work of NAU researchers and a Coconino Community College student. The tree is a scientific wonder—not because of its unique looks or a special way it grows, but because of its voice.”

Phys .org: Recreating Earth through code. “The first Earth System Model developed and based in Africa are creating one of the most reliable and most detailed modulations of climate change. What does it take to recreate Earth? A couple of thousands of line of code, throw in some data from all the weather stations around the world, and a supercomputer.” Good morning, Internet…

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