Osman Hamdi Bey, Revolutionary War, NYPD, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 18, 2020


Daily Sabah: ‘Osman Hamdi Bey Beyond Vision’ on Google Arts & Culture platform. “Leading digital art platform, Google Arts & Culture has introduced six works by Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey and their conservation work and scientific findings conducted by Istanbul Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s (SSM) Painting Collection.”

WYDaily: Revolutionary War buffs rejoice: New app lets you explore Yorktown virtually. “People missing Yorktown Battlefield can now check out the location –– virtually…. The tour guide app has three different tours with a total of 21 stops from the historic town to the battlefield and allied encampment with photos and historical facts, according to the news release.” The app is free.


KOB4: NYC to give greater access to police disciplinary records. “In his latest push for police reform, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city is launching an online database that will let New Yorkers track disciplinary cases against police officers accused of excessive force and other violations and view their administrative records.”

AdWeek: PicsArt Video Editing Platform Has a New Copyright-Free AI Music Generator. “Artificial intelligence composers will soon be scoring videos with a new tool from photo- and video-editing platform PicsArt that taps the latest research on machine-learning-powered music generation. The feature, rolled out in partnership with AI music startup Mubert, will generate an instrumental track in any of more than two dozen musical styles designed to match the mood of a given clip.”


Business Insider: Kiddie pools are the new Instagram status symbol and are being resold on eBay for over 300% their original value. “Unfortunately, it may be slim pickings for those just starting to look for an inflatable pool for the summer. Amazon’s selection is limited. Many of Walmart’s options are sold out or nearly sold out. Home Depot is completely out of stock of all its aboveground pools. eBay, however, has become home to a flourishing resale market for aboveground pools.”

ABC News Australia: Like MySpace before it, TikTok is putting music discovery back into fans’ hands. “Platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and even Vine (R.I.P.) weren’t specifically built for the purpose of sharing and discovering music, but that element has always been wrapped up in the DNA of social media. So what makes TikTok different? It’s hardly the first app to allow users to wear their music like a badge of honour. But in terms of music discovery, it’s arguably the closest successor to the grandpa of social media: MySpace.”


CNET: Facebook sues developer over alleged data scraping abuse. “The social network announced on Thursday that it was filing a lawsuit against Mohammad Zaghar and his website, Massroot8, claiming that the service was grabbing Facebook users’ data without permission. The lawsuit filed in the northern district of California alleged that Zaghar’s website offered its customers the ability to scrape data from their Facebook friends — including their phone numbers, gender, date of birth and email addresses.”

Reuters: Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness. “A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.”


BetaNews: The secret life of discontinued apps. “When a book goes out of print the publishers don’t pop round and remove old copies from your shelves. Similarly, when an app is discontinued it can be taken off the app stores but continues to linger on users’ devices. Mobile security company Wandera has been taking a look at what happens to these with an analysis of six-months’ worth of apps that were removed from the app stores, along with apps that were installed on customer devices prior to the six-month period and, subsequently, removed.”

FedTech: Quantum Computing Gains More Support and Funding from Federal Agencies. “Hoping to leverage the superior analytical power of quantum computing, the federal government is putting even more resources behind the nascent technology. Early 2020 saw requests for increased funding and the creation of new programs and scientific benchmarks.” Good evening, Internet…

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