New Zealand Land Wars, Portugal Newspapers, HydroATLAS, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 10, 2019


Radio New Zealand: Online resource journeys through hidden history of Waipā. “Te Ara Wai Journeys is a self-guided tour of New Zealand Land Wars battle sites, landscapes and early settlements around the district. The website was launched on Friday by the Waipā District Council.” If you’d like an overview of the New Zealand Land Wars, check out This page from Christchurch City Council Libraries.

Portugal Resident: Algarve’s digital archive dating back to 1810 launched. “The Heremoteca Digital do Algarve, a digital archive of newspapers and magazines published in the Algarve between 1810 and 1974, was officially unveiled to the public last Sunday (December 8) in Querença, Loulé…. However, many of the 300,000 editions of around 400 publications are still to be uploaded to the website. For now, the website only includes newspapers and magazines published up until 1949, due to ‘copyright issues’, although the full collection, which includes publications up to the year of 1974, can be viewed at the University of the Algarve’s library.” The Algarve is the southernmost part of Portugal. More information and heart-stopping, envy-producing travel photography here.

McGill Newsroom: World’s most detailed database maps characteristics of Earth’s rivers and catchments. “Two researchers and friends from opposite ends of the Earth have created a world-first high spatial resolution atlas that maps the environmental characteristics of all the globe’s rivers and catchments. HydroATLAS was co-developed by Bernhard Lehner and his team from McGill University’s Department of Geography and Simon Linke from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute.”


Ars Technica: Verizon reportedly blocks archivists from Yahoo Groups days before deletion. “An ad-hoc group scrambling to archive as much content as possible from Yahoo Groups ahead of the site’s final demise next week is running into trouble as more than a hundred volunteer archivists say Yahoo’s parent company, Verizon, has banned their accounts.” This is a big steaming pile of you know.

TechCrunch: Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos. “Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Snapchat Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an emotion, reaction, or silly situation in Snapchat messages.”

Bing Blogs: Routing made easier with traffic camera images and more. “After launching traffic camera imagery on Bing Maps in April, we have seen a lot of interest in this new feature. You can view traffic conditions directly on a map and see the road ahead for your planned routes. This extra visibility helps you make informed decisions about the best route to your destination. Based on the popularity of this feature, the Bing Maps Routing and Traffic team has made some further improvements to this routing experience.”


Washington Post: Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’ . “Facebook users have been bombarded with misleading ads about medication meant to prevent the transmission of HIV, according to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say the tech giant’s refusal to remove the content has created a public-health crisis.”

Forward: Happy Ladino Day — How To Celebrate An Endangered Language. “Also known as Judeo-Spanish, or Judezmo, Ladino is a Romance language — a variety of Spanish that includes both words and phrases from Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, French, and Italian. It originally developed in medieval Christian Spain; after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, it developed independently of Iberian Spanish. Spanish speakers can often understand Ladino, despite the centuries of distance, and some important differences.”

PC Magazine: Shutterstock’s Image Censoring in China Sparks Employee to Resign. “An employee at Shutterstock, a stock image provider, has resigned due to the company’s decision to block Chinese users from querying images on sensitive political topics, including the ‘Taiwan flag,’ and Hong Kong’s ‘umbrella movement.'”


CNET: Facebook’s new card-playing bot shows AI can work with others. “Facebook has already built artificial intelligence-powered bots that can crush pros in popular games such as Texas Hold’Em poker and the board game Go. On Friday, the company’s AI researchers said they’ve conquered another challenge: creating a bot that can achieve high scores in a card game called Hanabi that involves teamwork.”

Hongkiat: Bring VR Experience in Your Browser with WebVR. “The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and other VR products have changed the future of technology. We may scoff at the idea of VR headsets but much like the Internet in the 1990s, VR is the way of the future. And thanks to WebVR we already have a way to merge the Internet with VR using a powerful JavaScript API.” I’m having VRML flashbacks.

The Conversation: Why all children must learn code. “Coding language develops the software that can effectively deal with problems and challenges – for instance, because of coding, people who couldn’t get a bank account can now keep, send and borrow money using mobile phones. It’s an important skill to have as countries develop. In the past four decades, several studies have assessed the effect of learning code on primary school children – usually between the ages of six and 13. In each case, the findings show that it is beneficial to children, irrespective of their career path later on in life.” Good morning, Internet…

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