Twitch, Google Docs, Blocking Content, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 12, 2020


The Gamer: Twitch Is Rolling Out The Beta For Soundtrack, A Collection Of Free Music For Streamers. “There is great news today for streamers as Twitch begins to roll out Soundtrack, a new collection of free music that can be used while broadcasting that is fully licensed, removing the potential for copyright claims. The new tool is a great addition for all streamers and offers a new way for artists to be discovered by audiences.”

Chrome Unboxed: Google Docs rolls out built-in citation and bibliography tool for all users. “I’m pleased to announce today that Google Docs finally has their own built-in tool for quickly adding citations and bibliographies to your research papers! Also, it’s free.”


Wired: How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done. “Maybe you’re spending too much time doomscrolling on Twitter, or maybe you’re doing a bit more online shopping than your bank account can handle. Maybe you’re spending too much time on that one game everyone’s playing. There are plenty more examples. These might be sites that you know you should avoid entirely, or just at certain times of the day. Whatever your particular need for supplementary discipline, there are tools that can help.”


Thrillist: Facebook Rejected a Photo of Onions for Being ‘Overtly Sexual’. “Earlier this week, a Canadian store — known around St. John’s, Newfoundland as the Seed Company by EW Gaze — shared a perfectly innocent promotional photo of some Walla Walla onions (this is not a euphemism. They were really just onions). Facebook, however, did not agree and flagged the post for being… too sexy.”

The Next Web: From Yahoo! Pipes to Zapier: A brief history of web app automation. “In 2020, just about everyone has used — or at least heard of — apps like Zapier, IFTTT, and Integromat, or at least used built-in automation tools and workflow builders inside apps like Slack. For many businesses, automation is a non-optional investment. If they want to compete in their industry, then automation is a must. But how did we get there? How exactly has business process automation evolved? When did it take over the workplace? And what’s next, now that seemingly every app has automation built-in?”

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks. “In a Google Maps update rolled out in July, it concedes a number of driveways and private tracks have been listed in ‘error’, despite not appearing on council or LINZ records. Whangarei farmer James Buckland said he had made many attempts to get his 2 kilometre driveway removed from the app with Google’s Report a Problem tool. He said it was disconcerting not knowing who might be up the back of his property with guns, or bringing dogs near his livestock.”


Politico: Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup. “Justice Department and state prosecutors investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering whether to force the company to sell its dominant Chrome browser and parts of its lucrative advertising business, three people with knowledge of the discussions said Friday.”


NPR: Good News Story: Nigerian Irish Teen Girls Win Prize For Dementia App. “Memory Haven can be used by both patients and caregivers. Its six features target three problems faced by those with dementia: memory loss and difficulty with recognition and speech. A reminder feature, for example, alerts both the patient and caregiver that it’s time for medication, while photo albums allow users to flip through tagged photos identifying who is in the image.”

Elemental: What Doomscrolling Does to the Brain. “We’re taking in more media than ever. And often, that means reading or watching gloomy story after gloomier story, or, as New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose called it back in March, ‘doomsurfing.’ Taken together, this is a dangerous formula. Consuming too much bad news on your phone or the TV can be harmful — studies find it’s bad for your physical and mental health — and the constant bombardment only raises the risk.”

US Army: AR dog goggles could help protect Soldiers. “Through a project funded by the Small Business Innovation Research program and managed by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, a new technology has been developed by Command Sight, Inc., to provide military working dogs with augmented reality goggles that allow a dog’s handler to give it specific directional commands while keeping the warfighter remote and out of sight.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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