Qur’an Manuscripts, China Speech Crimes, Google Live Caption, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 26, 2021


British Library: Qur’an manuscripts from Southeast Asia digitised by the Endangered Archives Programme. “I have recently been writing on the British Library’s collection of eight Qur’an manuscripts from Southeast Asia, which have all been digitised. These eight manuscripts represent three regional traditions in the Malay world, with one fine Qu r’an from Patani on the East Coast of the Malay peninsula, three from Aceh and four from Java. However, many more Qur’an manuscripts, mostly still held in private collections in Southeast Asia, are available digitally on the British Library website through the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP).”

New York Times: China Punishes Those Who Question ‘Martyrs.’ A Sleuth Keeps Track.. “At least seven people over the past week have been threatened, detained or arrested after casting doubt over the government’s account of the deaths of Chinese soldiers during a clash last year with Indian troops. Three of them are being detained for between seven and 15 days. The other four face criminal charges, including one man who lives outside China…. Their punishment might have gone unnoticed if it weren’t for an online database of speech crimes in China.”


Gizmodo: Google’s Live Caption Tool Is Now Available as a Hidden Feature in Chrome. “Live Captions is one of the most useful features on Android phones, allowing your mobile device to automatically transcribe any audio it’s currently playing. And now it seems Google is bringing Live Captions to Chrome, with the feature already available as a hidden option in the browser.”

Nerdist: New Twitter Features Includes a Paid “Super Follow” Option. “Twitter is implementing a new feature that will let you charge subscribers for your tweets. But while we doubt we’ll ever pay anyone for their tweets, two other new options actually sound pretty good.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Make Private Browsing Mode the Default in Various Browsers. “To activate private browsing mode, you’ll typically need to start the browser in normal mode first, then activate this feature. Here we show you how to configure all the major browsers to launch in private browsing mode by default. By the end of this article, you’ll have made incognito, InPrivate, and private browsing the default for Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Safari.”

MakeUseOf: This Tool Can Turn 2D Pixel Art Into 3D Models . “On Wednesday, game asset artist Kenney Vleugels released KenShape, a new tool that turns your 2D pixel art into 3D models. It’s as easy and groundbreaking as it sounds: you first create your 2D pixel artwork, then you set the depth for each pixel. KenShape will then generate an extruded 3D model based on your settings.”


Reuters: From Clubhouse to Twitter Spaces, social media grapples with live audio moderation. “The explosive growth of Clubhouse, an audio-based social network buoyed by appearances from tech celebrities like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, has drawn scrutiny over how the app will handle problematic content, from hate speech to harassment and misinformation.”

BuzzFeed: Everything You Need To Know About Dispo: The New Social Media App That’s “Anti-Instagram”. “Dispo is a new social media app inspired by a physical disposable camera that comes with the tagline, ‘Capture and share moments.’ What sets it apart from Facebook and Instagram, which also let you capture and share moments, is that any photo you take has to be through the app — and it ‘develops’ the next day. Oh, and you can’t edit the photos that you’ve taken with Dispo or upload your own photos.”

Pace University: Press Release: Pace University & UCLA Partner To Explore Digital Mapping In Latinx Studies. “The neighborhood surrounding Pace University’s Lower Manhattan campus was once home to a thriving Spanish-language publishing community that—like many such publishing centers located throughout the United States in the nineteenth century—has largely been forgotten. Associate Professor of English Kelley Kreitz, PhD, also an affiliate faculty member in Latinx Studies, has been working to recover that history with her students.”


NiemanLab: New research shows how journalists are responding and adapting to “fake news” rhetoric. “Researchers Hong Tien Vu and Magdalena Saldaña use a nationally representative survey of U.S. journalists to examine how newsroom practices have changed (or not) amid the rise of misinformation and the rhetoric of ‘fake news.’ Specifically, the authors focused on whether journalists reported having either adopted new approaches or intensified existing ones as a way of ‘preventing’ misinformation and thereby avoiding complaints of spreading fake news.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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