1930s British Cinema, Google Stadia, Smartphones, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2021


Lancaster University: Lancaster project captures the glamour and glitz of cinema in the 1930s and beyond . “Photographs of fabulous film stars and fascinating interviews form part of a stunning new online showcase to capture 1930s cinemagoing in Britain. The website, to help researchers and the public in their quest for information about the silver screen in the 1930s and beyond, has just been launched.”


TechCrunch: Google shuts down its internal Stadia game studios. “When Google originally announced Stadia, its cloud gaming service, the company also announced a first-party game studio. Stadia Games and Entertainment was supposed to release exclusive titles for the new platform. And yet, Google has changed its mind and is now shutting down its internal game studios.”

The Register: Google’s Pixel phones to measure heart rate and breathing, other ‘droids coming soon. “Google has announced that its own Pixel Android phones will soon gain the power to measure users heart rate and respiratory rate. With the help of the Google Fit app, Pixel phones will measure breaths if users ‘place your head and upper torso in view of your phone’s front-facing camera and breathe normally.'”


Good Housekeeping: Everything You Need to Know About the Clubhouse App, Including How to Get Invited. “Forget everything you know about editing or using special effects: Clubhouse is a live, audio-only platform where people gather to discuss a variety of topics. There are no written comments or messages — all interaction is voice-based, and nothing is recorded. Users must be at least 18 years old to use the app, and as of now, Clubhouse is iPhone-only.”


NiemanLab: Daily Nation, the largest newspaper in Kenya, adopts a paywall — and predicts more African-owned publications will, too. “To read Nation articles more than seven days old — like this report that thousands of students have failed to turn up at schools after their nine-month closure due to Covid-19 or a viral column asking ‘Who is the banana republic now?’ following the U.S. Capitol riot — users will have to pay up. Subscriptions start at 50Ksh for one week, 150Ksh for one month, or 750Ksh for one year. (50Ksh is about 45 cents USD.)”

Metro: Beyond Reddit, day traders turn social media platforms into squawk boxes. “Social media chatrooms are beginning to resemble the squawk boxes on old-fashioned trading floors, as a new generation of retail traders continues to gain influence over the stock market.”

NC State University Libraries: Libraries receives archive of photographer John Mark Hall (‘75). “From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Yale University Art Gallery to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, whether working in Paris or Milan or London, John Mark Hall, born on a farm in rural NC, ascended to the top of his field. His architectural and interior photography graced the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Veranda, and his discerning eye and sophisticated taste left a lasting impression on the photography world.”


The Advocate: Attorney General Jeff Landry sues Advocate reporter over public-records request. “Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Friday sued a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune over a public-records request she filed, asking a judge to issue a declaratory judgment denying the request and seal the proceedings. The unusual action came a few days after the newspaper warned Landry that it intended to sue him if he didn’t turn over the requested records.”

CNET: Identity thieves raked in billions with your data, even as breaches fell in 2020. “About 1,100 data breaches were publicly disclosed in the US in 2020, according to the report. Those breaches affected about 300 million individuals, the lowest number since since 2015. The number of people caught up in data breaches dropped from more than 2 billion in 2018 to about 880,000 in 2019 before falling again last year. There are some big caveats in the numbers, however.”


Tech Xplore: Researcher uses machine learning to identify mood swings through social media. “Researchers showed long ago that artificial intelligence models could identify a person’s basic psychological traits from their digital footprints in social media. That may be just a start. A new study, co-authored by Stanford’s Johannes Eichstaedt and Aaron Weidman (University of Michigan), provides strong evidence that machine-learning models can also map a person’s mood swings and volatility from week to week.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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