Nova Scotia History, Sidewalk Labs, Opera Browser, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 26, 2020


Halifax Today: Nova Scotia Archives launching online resource with historical information relating to African Nova Scotians. “Archival records help people understand the who, what, where, when and why of the past. For that reason, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, Nova Scotia Archives is launching an online resource with a range of historical information relating to African Nova Scotians. The resource, Looking Back, Moving Forward: Documenting the Heritage of African Nova Scotians, includes court records, maps, photographs, newspapers, land records and rare published materials.”


Engadget: Toronto rejects some of Sidewalk Labs’ smart neighborhood ideas. “Sidewalk Labs will have to cede a little more ground on its vision for Quayside, a planned smart neighborhood in Toronto. The company, which is owned by Google-parent Alphabet, published a draft version of its Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) last June.”

Ubergizmo: Latest Opera Update Will Make Easier To Manage Multiple Tabs. “These days browsers pretty much all come with tabs. Depending on the type of user you are, you might be the type that has many tabs open at once. This can be rather confusing if you’re trying to sort between the tabs, but if you’re an Opera user, then you might want to check out the latest update to the browser.”


How-To Geek: How to Trim, Slow Down, and Edit Instagram Boomerangs. “Boomerangs are fun to shoot, but really hard to nail down. Now, you can trim Boomerangs and add cool effects to get that perfect bounce effect every time. Here’s how to trim and edit Instagram Boomerangs on iPhone and Android.”

The Next Web: No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter. “Twitter is kind of the wild west of social media. Everything’s thrown together in one big news feed, and even if you’re scrupulous with the use of lists, some things can still sneak through your filters. Twitter allows you to mute hashtags and accounts, but imagine my surprise when I discover you can do this with individual words — and without having to delve into the menu system either.”


University of Maryland: College Park Community Of Lakeland To Get New Digital Archive. “A National Endowment for the Humanities grant will enhance the ability of Lakeland residents to manage their cultural heritage. In the late 19th century, a small African American community named Lakeland took root just beyond the grounds of what was then called the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland. Lakeland thrived for decades, even in the face of historical forces like segregation, suburbanization, school desegregation and urban renewal, which plagued African American towns and cities across the nation throughout the 20th century.”

Marker: The Untold History of Facebook’s Most Controversial Growth Tool. “Officially launched in 2008, People You May Know is a feature that identifies personally selected prospects for one’s friend list. It wasn’t a Facebook invention — LinkedIn did it first — but PYMK proved to be one of Growth Circle’s most effective tools, and also one of its most controversial ones, a symbol of how the dark art of growth hacking can lead to unexpected consequences.”


CNET: How schools are using kids’ phones to track and surveil them. “Teachers often lament that phones can be a distraction in classrooms. Some governments have even banned phones outright in schools. But a few school administrations see phones in schools as a benefit because they can help keep track of students more efficiently.”

CNBC: Google reaches a settlement with state AGs after contesting consultants in antitrust probe. “The settlement means that potential roadblocks to the states’ probe may be cleared for now, allowing the attorneys general to continue digging into Google’s business. A delay to the investigation could hinder the states’ ability to uncover important information about Google’s competitive practices.”


EurekAlert: UTSA finds the best method to teach children augmented reality. “Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) identified the best approach to help children operate Augmented Reality (AR). According to UTSA computer science experts, a major barrier into wider adoption of the technology for experiential learning is based on AR designs geared toward adults that rely on voice or gesture commands. By conducting in-classroom testing among elementary school students, UTSA researchers uncovered that AR programs are best delivered using controller commands, followed by programs that communicate with age-specific language.”

Reuters: Global telcos join Alphabet, SoftBank’s flying cellphone antenna lobbying effort. “Alphabet and SoftBank’s attempts to launch flying cellphone antennas high into the atmosphere have received backing from global telcos, energizing lobbying efforts aimed at driving regulatory approval for the emerging technology.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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