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Bing, Taylor Swift, Minecraft, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 23, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Bing Blogs: This holiday season from Bing: flight booking and expanded visual search. “The holidays can be a busy time, but at Bing we hope to make your holiday season easier and more enjoyable! Today we’re excited to announce an advanced flight booking experience as well as expanded visual search shopping scenarios.”

CNET: Taylor Swift is still the most influential person on Twitter in 2019. “It’s hardly a surprising result given that Swift came out on top last year, even though she only tweeted 13 times in total. This year she’s seriously upped her Twitter game, crossposting almost everything to Twitter that she also posts on Instagram and Tumblr — her favored social media platform.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The Minecraft Commands Cheat Sheet. “Whether you’re trying to manage a server or you just want to give yourself a bunch of diamonds, Minecraft commands are a useful tool. You can type them into your chat, or load them into a command block for automated use.”

Lifehacker: Add Speech-to-Text to Any Website With This Extension. “Voice In is a Chrome extension that adds speech-to-text to most any website. That means you can do things like respond to Slack messages or send emails using your voice rather than typing all the words out.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Wired: On Farming YouTube, Emu Eggs and Hay Bales Find Loyal Fans. “YouTube is home to influencers from nearly every professional and cultural niche, from crystal healers to fast food connoisseurs, and farming is predictably no exception. In fact, agrarian content is growing: Creators uploaded 61 percent more farming-related videos to YouTube this year than the one before, and views on farming content are up 69 percent, according to Madeline Buxton, a culture and trends manager at the company. Buxton traveled to Nebraska last week to give a keynote presentation about the phenomenon at the annual Farmer2Farmer conference, an industry event put on by the Farmers Business Network.”

Getty Iris: Highlights from Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs. “In 1969, after serving as a medic in the Vietnam War, Anthony Hernandez began roaming the inner-city neighborhoods of his native Los Angeles with a 35-millimeter Nikon in hand, looking to capture aspects of L.A.’s distinct urban landscape. A brief encounter with a camera-shy man distributing religious flyers yielded a successful ‘photographic moment,’ according to Hernandez, and helped to launch his long career as a street photographer.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

EurekAlert: ‘Inconsistent and misleading’ password meters could increase risk of cyber attacks. “Password meters are frequently made available to help users secure their personal data against the threats posed by cyber criminals. However, the ‘inconsistent and misleading’ advice offered on some of the world’s most popular websites could actually be doing more harm than good, according to new research.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Short story collection to entangle readers in the quantum world. “Are you ready to get entangled in the science of the very small? That’s the thread running through a new anthology, Quantum Shorts: Collected Flash Fiction Inspired by Quantum Physics. Available to download as a free e-book now, the anthology presents 37 stories shortlisted in three editions of the international Quantum Shorts competition.”

Penn Today: ‘May the force be with you’ and other fan fiction favorites. “As a new Star Wars movie hits the multiplex, Penn researchers are launching a new computer-based tool to better understand fiction written by fans based on that blockbuster series and several other famous film franchises.”

The Next Web: Humans should get the credit for AI-made art. ” ‘Computer art’ doesn’t really exist in any more provocative sense than ‘paint art’ or ‘piano art’ does. The algorithmic software was written by a human, after all, using theories thought up by a human, using a computer built by a human, using specs written by a human, using materials gathered by a human, at a company staffed by humans, using tools built by a human, and so on. Computer art is human art – a subset rather than a distinction. It’s safe to release the tension.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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