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Greece History, Lithuania History, New Jersey Veterans, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 17, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Greek Reporter: Tour Ancient Olympia from Home Via New Digital Platform. “Created at no cost for the Greek state, the app was developed as part of Microsoft’s ‘AI for Good’ Corporate Social Responsibility program. Not only can users explore ancient Olympia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the fifth-most visited area in Greece in pre-Covid times, they can also contribute to the platform by adding their own personal content, communicate with other virtual visitors, and even network with others from all around the world.”

Delfi: Lithuania launches new website with detailed list of anti-Soviet resistance participants. “The Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania has launched a new website… that contains the first publicly-accessible detailed list of participants of the Lithuania’s anti-Soviet resistance war of 1944-1953. The list is not final, the center says, and now includes 12,799 names, including those of people killed in the battlefield, executed by firing squad or those who died in prison.”

North Jersey: Roger that: New database helps veterans navigate assistance available throughout NJ. “More than 200 nonprofit, government programs and private companies that offer free services to veterans are in the database, and 150 more are being added. Organizations are also able to upload their own information. Roger currently features only New Jersey-based services, but the plan is to expand coverage.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Redesign Is Pushing Its TikTok Clone. “Instagram is rolling out a redesign today that puts Reels, its TikTok clone, literally front and center. The new layout puts the Reels icon — a little movie clapper — in the center bottom spot, where the + button to upload a photo used to be. Next to Reels is the shopping icon. Notifications and the upload button have been moved to the top corner.” If the headlines in my Google Alerts are any indication, the redesign is … not loved.

Neowin: Facebook Messenger now lets you send disappearing chats with Snapchat-inspired feature. “The new capability was first unveiled in September when Facebook introduced cross-platform messaging for Messenger and Instagram. It’s designed to let you send disappearing texts, images, emoji, and stickers when these are viewed by the recipient or when you close a chat window.”

USEFUL STUFF

Tom’s Guide: Best photo cards in 2020 . “Choosing the best photo cards service for your birthday party, bridal shower or some other special event isn’t as simple as choosing the least expensive option. You want to find a service that will help you create the card that is most representative of who you are, and what you want to celebrate. It should be easy to design, and offer you plenty of flexibility in terms of where you want your photos to go, and what you want to say.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Baltimore Sun: John Waters bequeaths his art collection to Baltimore Museum of Art, whose bathrooms will be named in his honor. “John Waters, Baltimore’s self-proclaimed ‘Pope of Trash,’ announced Wednesday that he’s bequeathing some of the most precious things he owns — approximately 375 prints, paintings and photographs — to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In a show of appreciation, museum officials will rename two bathrooms in the East Lobby ‘The John Waters Restrooms’ in honor of the cult filmmaker and visual artist.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they’re not even in use? . “Google on Thursday was sued for allegedly stealing Android users’ cellular data allowances through unapproved, undisclosed transmissions to the web giant’s servers…. The complaint contends that Google is using Android users’ limited cellular data allowances without permission to transmit information about those individuals that’s unrelated to their use of Google services.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Guardian: Scents of history: study hopes to recreate smells of old Europe. “From the pungent scent of a cigar to the gentle fragrance of roses, smells can transport us to days gone by. Now researchers are hoping to harness the pongs of the past to do just that. Scientists, historians and experts in artificial intelligence across the UK and Europe have announced they are teaming up for a €2.8m project labelled ‘Odeuropa’ to identify and even recreate the aromas that would have assailed noses between the 16th and early 20th centuries.”

AP: Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope. “The giant, aging cables that support one of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in this U.S. territory, pushing an observatory renowned for its key role in astronomical discoveries to the brink of collapse.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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