Blackfeet Nation, Razer Smart Glasses, Instagram Bots, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 9, 2021


KULR: Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information. “A Blackfeet woman has started a non-profit organization to gather and share information, resources, and history of the tribe with travelers across Montana and Canada. The project promotes interaction and contribution from the public. Souta Calling Last collects centuries worth of information through storytelling, factual data, and social trends to help tribal members and tourists better understand the area where they live or explore.”


Ubergizmo: Razer Launches A Pair Of Smart Glasses. “Razer is a company known for their gaming peripherals and computers, but it seems that the company is expanding on the products that they offer. In fact, it looks like the company has decided to get in the wearables space by announcing the Razer Anzu, a pair of smart glasses.”


D Magazine: 20 Best Instagram Bots to Try Right Now. “When used wisely, bots can be vital to helping kickstart your social media presence and build your brand. However, used irresponsibly, bots can be a source of annoying spam that will get your account banned. In 2017 and 2019, Instagram cracked down on bot-based spam. The Instagram bots in our list are designed for responsible use that will allow you to succeed on the platform in 2021.”

Neowin: Here’s what you need to know about FLoC: Google’s alternative to individual tracking. “Google made some waves earlier this week when it boasted that it will soon stop tracking individuals via ads and their browsing activities. Many have understandably been wary about this announcement and believe that there must be a loophole which will still allow Google to track you and present you targeted ads. As usual, it is important to look past the headlines, as the devil is in the details. In this piece, we will take a look at what Google is proposing as an alternative to its usual tracking capabilities.”


Telengana Today (India): Mammoth digitisation drive at TS Central Library. “Established in 1891, the State Central Library also known as Asafia Library is one of the biggest public libraries in the country with a collection of over 5 lakh books, newspapers and other periodicals. Over the last two decades, the digital library staff has scanned and digitised 45,704 books and now are in plans of making that digitised collection available online at a nominal cost.”

PetaPixel: First-Ever Hologram to be Auctioned as Crypto Art Popularity Grows. “Hologram company Looking Glass Factory has announced a collaboration with musician Reggie Watts and electronic band Panther Modern to create a hologram crypto art piece to be auctioned through Zora on March 11 called ‘The NonCompliance of Being.’ The crypto art market is exploding, with non-fungible tokens (NFT) becoming a commonplace term. According to Looking Glass Factory, the popularity of the format is a long time coming.”

Yahoo News: Booming industry for fake Google reviews has ‘evaded detection’. “A booming industry has emerged in fake Google (GOOGL) reviews, with businesses across the UK paying to artificially boost their ratings online. According to an investigation by consumer group Which?, fake reviewers were employing similar manipulative tactics for a wide range of businesses – from a stockbroker in Canary Wharf to a bakery in Edinburgh.”


Ars Technica: Egyptologists translate the oldest-known mummification manual. “Egyptologists have recently translated the oldest-known mummification manual. Translating it required solving a literal puzzle; the medical text that includes the manual is currently in pieces, with half of what remains in the Louvre Museum in France and half at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. A few sections are completely missing, but what’s left is a treatise on medicinal herbs and skin diseases, especially the ones that cause swelling. Surprisingly, one section of that text includes a short manual on embalming.”

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers. “Applying machine learning to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative reveals how key design elements determine what communities bear the burden of pollution. The approach could help ensure fairness and accountability in machine learning used by government regulators.”


Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series. “Ryan Bradley, marketing coordinator for Jackson County Library Services, has spent months leading development on an original animated series where that happens to the main characters — literally. And soon anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch it. The series, aptly titled “Lost in a Book,” concerns Daisy and Zak, two kids who get sucked into a book while visiting the library, resulting in an adventure through multiple genres, characters and stories as they try to make their way home.” Good evening, Internet…

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