Glacierized Volcanoes, Amazon Sidewalk, Instagram Apps, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2020


Columbia University: Fire and Ice: New Database Maps and Classifies the Dangers of Glacierized Volcanoes. “Destructive volcanic mudflows, huge clouds of volcanic ash that ground flights, and catastrophic floods when natural glacial lake dams fail — these are all examples of the dramatic interactions between volcanoes and glaciers. To help others study, and hopefully predict, dangerous glaciovolcanic activity, researchers have created a new database that combines existing global data.”


Neowin: Amazon Sidewalk is coming to turn your network into Amazon’s. “Today, Amazon started notifying Echo and Ring users of a new service that it’s rolling out this year called Sidewalk. Sidewalk is essentially a proprietary shared network that runs on top of your personal network. According to the company, it uses a ‘small portion of your Internet bandwidth’, although it obviously won’t help you out with your internet bill.”


MakeTechEasier: Top 6 Apps You Should Use If You Are an Instagrammer. “Instagram is not limited to what its official app offers. If you’ve been using only the official app to manage your Instagram account, you’ve missed out on many of the things you can do, as there are a number of third-party apps that help you manage your Instagram account more conveniently.”

Digital Inspiration: Lite YouTube Embeds – A Better Method for Embedding YouTube Videos on your Website. “Learn how to embed YouTube videos on your website in a fast, lightweight manner that loads the embedded video on demand thus reducing the size of your web pages and improving your core web vitals score.”


CNET: The biggest tech fails of 2020. “If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s that we’re more divided than ever. Whether it’s fanboy arguments over Android versus iOS, Republicans versus Democrats, or shutdowns versus opening the economy, we seemingly can’t agree on anything. Well, except for one thing: 2020 is a dumpster fire that we all can’t wait to see in our rear view mirror.”

BBC: Isle of Man ‘rich sound archive’ to be digitised . “Recordings of the last native Manx speakers and wartime internees from the Isle of Man’s ‘rich sound archive’ are to be digitised and put online as part of a British Library project. About 600 recordings held in the Manx National Heritage (MNH) archives will be converted as part of the £9.3m Unlocking Our Sound Heritage scheme.”


ZDNet: Russia wants to ban social media sites discriminating against Russian news outlets. “The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia’s territory as repercussions for ‘discriminating’ against Russian news outlets operating abroad.”

TNW: How to build a search engine for criminal data. “Data analysis platforms are becoming increasingly crucial in the fight against crime. We spoke with two forensic software experts from Hansken about how they support law enforcement agencies, like the Dutch National Police and the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service.”


MIT Technology Review: What is AI? We made this to help.. “Defining what is, or isn’t artificial intelligence can be tricky (or tough). So much so, even the experts get it wrong sometimes. That’s why MIT Technology Review’s Senior AI Reporter Karen Hao created a flowchart to explain it all. In this bonus content our Host Jennifer Strong and her team reimagine Hao’s reporting, gamifying it into an audio postcard of sorts.”

NiemanLab: How much political news do people see on Facebook? I went inside 173 people’s feeds to find out. “Between October 1 and 31, 2020, I surveyed the Facebook habits of, and got real News Feed samples from, 306 people aged 18 or older in the United States. I reached them using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, asking them to send me screenshots of the first 10 posts in their Facebook feeds. (I used the images for classification purposes only. No identifying information is referenced in this story.) After cleaning the data and removing entries that were submitted incorrectly, I had data from 173 people — a total sample of 1,730 Facebook posts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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