Seatback Safety, Africa Storybooks, Google AR, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 25, 2020


Spotted via Reddit: Seatback Safety. From the Why Page: “As a professional designer, it can be valuable to contemplate how practitioners solved the same problem over time with different fashions and different tools. Seatback Safety cards have been used since the dawn of commercial flight. While their pamphlet form has remained largely the same for a century, they have significantly evolved in ways that reflected broader social and technological trends.”

CNN: This 23-year-old Nigerian is creating a digital collection of African stories for children in different languages. “In May, with help from two friends, Fanan and Tolulope, [Dominic] Onyekachi launched Akiddie, a web-based platform providing access to African storybooks for children like his niece. Akiddie features storybooks based on African history and characters for children in different languages.”

The Verge: Google makes NASA artifacts and prehistoric crustaceans viewable in AR. “Google has made a number of prehistoric creatures and historical artifacts available to view in augmented reality in its Arts and Culture app, the company announced today. If you want to take a closer look at the ancient crustacean Cambropachycope from your living room without having to visit Moscow’s State Darwin Museum, for example, then now’s your chance. Or how about the Command Module from Apollo 11 or Neil Armstrong’s lunar spacesuit?”


AdNews: Google rules out closing Google News. “Google has again hit out against the proposed news media bargaining code, but says it would be too difficult to simply shut Google News in Australia, as it has elsewhere, to avoid the code.”

Bing Blogs: Introducing @MSBing_Dev: Your new way to learn all things Bing. “Our goal is to create a community-oriented space for users to ask questions, learn, engage, and interact with the people who put time and effort into making Bing possible. Be the first to know what is going on in the world of Bing. Learn some new tips and tricks, watch some demos, and have your questions answered. Whether you’re a webmaster, a tech enthusiast, or just a lover of Bing, our Twitter handle will be a great place for you to learn useful information to enhance your search-life.”


The Register: Taiwan turfs out video streamers run by China’s web giants. “Taiwan has moved to turf out Chinese video-streamers operated by Tencent and Baidu. A [August 18] notice from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs makes it an offence for local businesses to facilitate Tencent’s WeTV and Baidu’s iQIYI in the nation. Neither operates in Taiwan, but both have found local proxies that bring their services into the island nation.”

The Cut: Un-Adopted: YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer shared every step of their parenting journey. Except the last.. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, anywhere from one percent to 5 percent of the more than 100,000 adoptions in the U.S. each year are legally terminated in what’s called a ‘dissolution’ — making the Stauffers’ decision to relinquish custody rare but not unheard of. Had they not shared Huxley’s adoption with the world, building an audience from videos about everything from his medical diagnoses to his food anxiety, they would be dealing with a private family tragedy rather than a public scandal. Instead, the Stauffers have been held up as examples of what is wrong with both influencer and adoption culture — and what can happen when a child is caught at the intersection.”

ITV: Mr Punch is back! Traditional seaside entertainment returns to Teignmouth as lockdown eases. “Mr Punch may have begun performing in the 17th Century but Dr [Tony] Lidington has updated his story for the modern age. The seaside and people’s enjoyment of it has also changed. Dr Lidington says ‘I’m interested in the way that seasides have evolved over the last 250 years for the British as a kind of playground. They were designed as somewhere that people could play and have fun. They would have exercise and fresh air but also a place of sanctuary and excitement and romance’.” Dr. Lidington has gotten funding for a digital archive.


BBC: Egypt TikTok and Instagram stars pay heavy price for ‘indecency’. “‘We were left in utter shock. She did nothing wrong – my sister is not a criminal,’ says Rahma al-Adham, talking of her younger sibling, a social media influencer in Egypt. Mawada, a 22-year-old university student, was last month sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of violating Egyptian family values. She was arrested in May after publishing videos on TikTok and Instagram where she lip-synced to famous songs and danced in fashionable clothes. The prosecutor found her videos indecent.”

CanIndia: Tech group files complaint against Google’s in-app payment system. “A group of major South Korean online companies said Monday it has submitted a complaint to the country’s telecommunications regulator against Google for potential changes to its app store policies that would force local developers to only use its platform’s payment system.”

The Guardian: Google giving far-right users’ data to law enforcement, documents reveal. “A little-known investigative unit inside search giant Google regularly forwarded detailed personal information on the company’s users to members of a counter-terrorist fusion center in California’s Bay Area, according to leaked documents reviewed by the Guardian. But checking the documents against Google’s platforms reveals that in some cases Google did not necessarily ban the users they reported to the authorities, and some still have accounts on YouTube, Gmail and other services.”


Phys .org: New study: Eyes linger less on ‘fake news’ headlines. “The term ‘fake news’ has been a part of our vocabulary since the 2016 US presidential election. As the amount of fake news in circulation grows larger and larger, particularly in the United States, it often spreads like wildfire. Subsequently, there is an ever-increasing need for fact-checking and other solutions to help people navigate the oceans of factual and fake news that surround us. Help may be on the way, via an interdisciplinary field where eye-tracking technology and computer science meet. A study by University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University researchers shows that people’s eyes react differently to factual and false news headlines.” Good morning, Internet…

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