Historic Books, Connecticut Newspapers, Google Podcasts, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 4, 2020


From a month ago and I just found it. Fine Books & Collections: Discover the UK’s Historic Books . “Discover Historic Books was put together during UK lockdown this year by the team behind the Unlocking The Archive project, a collaboration between the University of East Anglia (UEA), the National Trust’s Blickling Estate property, and Norfolk Library and Information Service. Visitors to the website can explore ancient books such as Daniel Heinsius’ 1629 In Praise of the Ass (Laus asini) and A History of Lapland by John Scheffer (1674) using interactive hotpoints to explain the text and all the nuts and bolts of the physical books, from Renaissance typefaces to yapp edges and printers’ marks.”


Connecticut State Library: Connecticut State Library Announces Historic Newspaper Titles to be Digitized. “The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that with a fourth grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the following newspaper titles have been selected to be digitized for the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP), and made freely available online.”

Google Blog: Playlists that bring the news home. “Podcasting is more popular than ever, and news is the fastest-growing category in podcasts. But there often tends to be a focus on national and broader news topics; it’s harder to find on-demand quality audio journalism at the local level, or about things that are personally relevant to listeners…. Last fall, we launched our smart audio news playlist Your News Update on Google Assistant. Now, Your News Update is coming to Google Podcasts to make it easier for millions of podcast users in the U.S. to easily discover and listen to the news that’s especially timely and relevant to them.”

BetaNews: Sony’s latest free app lets you use your digital camera as a webcam. “Sony has released a new app which makes it possible to use your regular digital camera as a webcam. The app is called Image Edge Webcam and it is only available for Windows 10 — it’s not clear if Sony intends to release a macOS or Linux version as well.”


Lifehacker: 66 Useful Things to Ask Google Assistant. “Google’s voice-activated AI tool — AKA Google Assistant — is getting smarter and more useful with every new update. If it’s been a while since you used it last, you might be surprised by the huge number of tasks it can now help with. Here are 66 useful questions and commands to try today.”


UMass Lowell: Saab Center Grant Will Help Shine Light on Portuguese-American Experience. “Students, faculty and researchers interested in the rich cultural and historical tapestry of Portuguese-Americans in the Merrimack Valley and beyond will soon have access to a digital archive chronicling generations of immigrants, thanks to a $300,000 grant received by the university’s Saab Center for Portuguese Studies. The grant, from the William M. Wood Foundation, is spread over three years.”

BuzzFeed News: A Man Who Gained A Million Followers On TikTok Overnight Has Been Homeless And Filming In His Car. “Oneya Johnson, a 22-year-old who currently lives in and around the Lafayette, Indiana, area, gained over 1 million followers on his TikTok account in a matter of 24 hours. In late August, Johnson created the account @angryreactions as a running joke and pseudo social media personality where he reacts angrily to other people’s content.”


New York Times: Three Charged With Leaking Movies as Part of Global Piracy Ring. “Three men are facing federal charges of participating in an international piracy ring that distributed popular movies and television shows online before their release dates, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The men, who have been charged with copyright infringement conspiracy, were accused of being members of the Sparks Group, a sophisticated piracy outfit spanning several continents.”

Reuters: Four state attorneys general back Trump on social media regulation push. “Four Republican state attorneys general led by Texas backed President Donald Trump’s push to narrow the ability of social media companies to remove objectionable content and require new transparency rules.”


EurekAlert: ‘Attack Helicopters’ an online sub-culture to watch out for. “While ‘trolls’ have been around almost as long as the Internet, ‘Incels’ are a more recent and distinctly different cyber sub-culture which warrants more study says a QUT researcher. QUT behavioural economist Dr Stephen Whyte has co-authored a new paper which examines data collected during the national online Australian Sex Survey in 2016, a research collaboration with and the Eros Association.” Good evening, Internet…

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