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North Carolina Newspapers, Suffragist Laura Clay, Project Tempo, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, April 11, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

DigitalNC: The Daily Record from Dunn, NC Now Online. “A new newspaper title, The Daily Record, has been added to the DigitalNC collection thanks to our new partner, the Dunn Area History Musuem. 1134 issues spanning the years 1950-56 are available to view online, expanding our coverage of Harnett County, North Carolina.”

H-Kentucky: Laura Clay Papers now digitized and online at ExploreUK. “The Laura Clay papers (dated 1819-1959, bulk 1906-1920; 13.63 cubic feet; 34 boxes, 2 folders, 3 items) consists of correspondence, pamphlets, periodicals, organizational records, petitions, scrapbooks, broadsides, programs, legal documents, and suffrage pins and ribbons, which document the career of Kentucky suffragist Laura Clay.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechRadar: Amazon’s Project Tempo could arrive this year to take on Google Stadia. “We now know quite a bit more about Amazon’s push into video games: the tech giant is planning to release its first big budget video games next month, is developing interactive Twitch experiences, and has a cloud gaming platform called Project Tempo in the works.”

BetaNews: With app-free, account-free Meet Now option, Skype is a viable alternative to Zoom. “While there has been a good deal of controversy about Zoom lately, the video conferencing service remains incredibly popular. This is at least in part because of its ease of use, and the fact that it can be used without having to create an account. Well aware that the privacy and security issues that have plagued Zoom have left many people considering alternatives, Microsoft has issued a timely reminder about the Meet Now option in Skype. This feature makes it possible to use Skype without having to install any software, or even sign up for an account.”

CNET: Google hides real Easter eggs for Easter, delivers AR Easter bunny. “Users who search for ‘Easter,’ ‘Easter 2020’ and other Easter-related topics will see a banner in the top-right corner of their search results page that illustrates some of the adorable animals associated with the holiday, including a pink bunny and a chick hatching from a decorated egg.” There’s also an AR bunny.

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: Social Media Image Sizes 2020 Guide. “The bad news? No two social platforms have the exact same rules for image sizes. The good news? We’ve come up with a completely updated guide on how to size social media images for the social networks that matter. Here it is.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Magdalen College: New archive of T.E. Lawrence biographer, Jeremy Wilson. “Over the next three years, Dr Lucy Smith will be cataloguing the archive of Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017), the authorised biographer of T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935, Senior Demy 1911-1914). Lucy joined Magdalen College as the Wilson Project Archivist this month. As Wilson was a dedicated and pre-eminent Lawrence scholar over a fifty-year period, the acquisition of his research papers should prove an invaluable resource to scholars of Lawrence, and a substantial addition to the growing Lawrence collections at Magdalen. ”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea approves 680 mln won for digital archiving of inter-Korean excavation project . “The government on Monday approved the spending of 688 million won (US$565,000) on creating a digital archive of relics found from a historical site in North Korea through an inter-Korean excavation project, the unification ministry said. The Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council approved the expenditure plan necessary to build the archive, including fees for data processing, creating content and consulting, according to the ministry.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BetaNews: Security researcher discovers vulnerabilities in iOS and macOS that could be exploited to hack webcams. “Ryan Pickren, a former Amazon Web Services (AWS) security engineer, found a series of security flaws in Apple’s web browser, some of which could be exploited to hijack the camera of a Mac or iPhone to spy on users. The webcam hacking technique combined a total of three zero-day bugs.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: NASA created a game that lets you help map the ocean’s coral reefs. “Specifically, researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California have spent years canvassing the ocean floor using special cameras mounted to drones and aircraft. The unique lenses on the cameras give the researchers a clear view of the ocean floor, including coral and other wildlife with 3D imagery from locations in places like Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa. Now, NASA has a huge job on its hands — combing through those images and identifying everything that’s in them. NASA’s solution? A new game for Mac and iOS called NeMO-Net, which you can play right now (an Android version is still in the works).”

Analytics India: How Google Is Teaching Robots To Be Agile Like Dogs. “With Google AI conducting many studies, a considerable amount of research has gone into understanding how machines can imitate human – or animal – behavior. Most recently, the company developed a system that learns from the motions of animals to give robots greater ‘agility’.”

Algorithm Watch: Google apologizes after its Vision AI produced racist results. “In an experiment that became viral on Twitter, AlgorithmWatch showed that Google Vision Cloud, a computer vision service, labeled an image of a dark-skinned individual holding a thermometer ‘gun’ while a similar image with a light-skinned individual was labeled ‘electronic device’. A subsequent experiment showed that the image of a dark-skinned hand holding a thermometer was labelled ‘gun’ and that the same image with a salmon-colored overlay on the hand was enough for the computer to label it ‘monocular’.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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