Nahuatl Folktales, Video Game Packaging, San Francisco Pride, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, May 19, 2020


Language Magazine: Nahuatl Folktales Translated into English. “The Latino Book Review has released a free online archive of English translations of Nahuatl folktales. The stories were translated to English from the native Nahuatl folktales collected by Pablo González Casanova in Cuentos Indígenas, which was published by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Cuentos Indígenas, which was originally published in 1946, features Nahuatl folktales translated into Spanish.”

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games. “Video game box illustration is a bit of a lost art. Years ago, the physical retail package that a game came in was arguably just as important as the title itself. Quality box art could help a game stand out among the sea of otherwise mundane choices and even influence purchasing or rental decisions on the spot….With that in mind, we have to give a huge nod to the curator over at Big Box Collection. A lifelong gamer, Benjamin Wimmer has set about collecting all of the big box PC games he has enjoyed since the late 80s, scanning them into a 3D database and sharing them with the Internet at large. The result is a digital collection of more than 600 titles for your perusing.”

KPIX: Photo Tribute To 50 Years Of San Francisco Pride Celebrations Goes Online. “The exhibition features photojournalism, portraits, posters and magazine covers from prior Prides. Many images came from the GLBT Historical Society’s archives but others are from other institutions and more than a dozen independent queer photographers.”

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms. “Popdog brings collectively streamers from all completely different platforms into one easy-to-find area. On Popdog, you could find standard streamers, type by games, or search for esports competitions which can be dwell. The web site even features a trending part that exhibits which streamers are outperforming their traditional view counts, one thing that would assist smaller streamers who’re on the rise.”


TechHive: Spotify rolls out curated podcast playlists for true crime fanatics, foodies, and more. “Spotify’s new podcast playlists feature categories ranging from celebrity interviews and climate change to dating advice and true crime, with playlist selections updated on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.”

State of Maryland: Appellate court case information now available on Maryland Judiciary Case Search. “The Maryland Judiciary has expanded its public access database, Maryland Judiciary Case Search, to include remote access to case information from the Court of Appeals (COA) and the Court of Special Appeals (COSA), in addition to existing access to cases in the trial courts. The appellate case information is now available online. Case Search now contains COA case information from term year 2015 to present and COSA case information from term year 2016 to present.”

Mashable: Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 more countries, adds new friending features. “In Dec. 2017, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, a special version of its messaging app aimed at kids under 13 years of age, in the United States. Now, the company is expanding the app’s presence in a big way by launching it in more than 70 new countries. The full list of locations where Messenger Kids is available can be found here.”


My Ballard: Bop Street Records collection bought by nonprofit digital library. “As we reported last month, Voorhees announced his plan to close his store this summer after taking an enormous hit from the pandemic closures. If he hadn’t found a buyer, [Dave] Voorhees was considering giving away part of his collection. But now, a digital media library will be giving his collection a new home. Internet Archive, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, will be buying the entire collection.”


Make Tech Easier: New Ransomware Tactic Called “Double Extortion” Discovered . “As you may guess from the name, “double extortion” works by attacking the business twice over. It still uses a database-encryption attack to extort money, but it adds an extra initial attack to ensure a backup doesn’t render the attack useless. First, before the malware developer attacks with ransomware, they breach in the company’s database. They extract as much data as they can and store it on their servers. After that, they conduct the ransomware attack as normal.”


Phys .org: High five! It’s possible to create proximity online . “Touching a beloved family member, or even making eye contact, is impossible online. Still, it’s possible to feel close to them. Anna Martín Bylund and Linnéa Stenliden have studied the social and emotional challenges that geographical distance can create among family members who are spread out in different countries, and how longing is expressed in video calls. Their study has been published in the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.”

Rice University: Early Bird uses 10 times less energy to train deep neural networks. “Researchers from Rice and Texas A&M University unveiled Early Bird April 29 in a spotlight paper at ICLR 2020, the International Conference on Learning Representations. A study by lead authors Haoran You and Chaojian Li of Rice’s Efficient and Intelligent Computing (EIC) Lab showed Early Bird could use 10.7 times less energy to train a DNN to the same level of accuracy or better than typical training. EIC Lab director Yingyan Lin led the research along with Rice’s Richard Baraniuk and Texas A&M’s Zhangyang Wang.”

EurekAlert: Who’s a bot and who’s not. “A new study in Frontiers in Physics has revealed the presence of short-term behavioral trends in humans that are absent in social media bots, providing an example of a ‘human signature’ on social media which could be leveraged to develop more sophisticated bot detection strategies. The research is the first study of its kind to apply user behavior over a social media session to the problem of bot detection.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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