Fenimore Art Museum, British Library Collections, Vivaldi Browser, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2021


Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online. “Fenimore Art Museum has announced the launch of a digital database showcasing the museum’s collections of fine art, folk art and The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The site ‘dramatically improves online access and representation of the Museum’s holdings consisting of more than 2,000 objects and works of art,’ presenters said in a media release.”


British Library: Digitisation in Asian and African Collections 2019 to 2021: what’s new online and where to find it. “In the past year and a half we’ve made over 650 items from the Library’s Asian and African collections newly available online. To make it easier for you to find and explore our wonderful collections, we’ve put together a list of recently digitised items with links to their online versions for you to download here… They are arranged by collection area/project, so you can easily search and filter to your heart’s content!”

BetaNews: Feel the need for two layers of tabs in your browser? Vivaldi has you covered. “While the likes of Google have been experimenting with tab grouping and pinning to make room for more open tabs in a browser window, the latest version of Vivaldi has taken a new approach. With the new release you have two layers of tabs to play with, doubling your browsing opportunities.”


How-to Geek: How to Use Signal on Your Desktop Computer. “Signal is a popular app for those looking for a privacy-focused alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger. It has many of the features you’d expect from a messaging service, including a desktop app. We’ll show you how it works.”


Mashable: Lips is a new social network where sexual expression is welcome. “There are fewer and fewer places for sex workers, sex educators, and adult content creators to find a home online. Lips, a new social network geared towards free sexual expression, aims to provide that space. Founder Annie Brown and her team want users — sex workers, erotic artists, queer people, activists, and more — to post without fear of censorship or harassment.”

Poynter: How The Star Tribune is building its YouTube and social media video presence from scratch. “Over the course of 12 months, The Star Tribune went from having no visible content on its YouTube channel to publishing videos that have amassed thousands of views. Tribune staff did this while covering an intense news cycle, including the killing of George Floyd in their community. We’re breaking down how The Star Tribune spun up a new social-first video series, how they managed their workflow, and what major takeaways they’ve had from the process.”

MIT Technology Review: The future of social networks might be audio. “Audio messaging has been available for years; voice memos on WhatsApp are especially big in India, and WeChat audio messages are popular in China. And during the pandemic, these features have become an easy way for people to stay in touch while bypassing Zoom fatigue. But now a new wave of hip apps are baking the immediacy and rawness of audio into the core experience, making voice the way people connect again. From phone calls to messaging and back to audio—the way we use our phones may be coming full circle.”


ZDNet: Apple’s new privacy tool lets you choose which apps can see and share your data. Here’s what you need to know. “Coming in early spring as part of a new release of iOS 14, iPadOS14 and tvOS14, the feature will require apps to get users’ permission before tracking their data across other companies’ apps or websites for advertising purposes. When asked by users not to track their data, apps will also have to refrain from sharing information with data brokers.”

The Globe and Mail: Heritage Minister says takedown rules coming, welcomes calls for new social-media regulator. “Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says government rules are coming that will require social-media companies to take down illegal or hateful content. On Wednesday, Mr. Guilbeault welcomed federally funded reports from the Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation that urge the government to act because they say internet giants like Google and Facebook are not doing enough to review and remove dangerous content on their platforms.”


Engadget: The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR. “Like most major events over the last year, the esteemed Sundance Film Festival is going virtual. But it’s going beyond just letting you watch films at home. Sundance is building an extensive virtual reality platform for all attendees, which can be accessed with or without a VR headset. You can think of it as an evolution of the festival’s experience highlighting groundbreaking VR and new media projects with its New Frontier exhibition. Now, Sundance is transforming itself into a virtual reality destination.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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