The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record. “A light thump and/or slight crackle are often the first sounds heard when ‘Play’ is pressed for audio files on the Bandcamp page Kelly Russell established for his production company, Pigeon Inlet Productions. It’s an odd noise to hear on a WAV file or MP3. But there’s a reason. Russell recently uploaded his out-of-print vinyl collection to the internet as a way to preserve the songs, jigs, reels and recitations he had carved into wax beginning 42 years ago.”
Athletics Weekly: Museum of World Athletics is launched online. “The Museum of World Athletics – or MOWA for short – features 3D images of shoes, clothing and equipment, plus medals and more. It has evolved following the creation of the World Athletics heritage initiative in 2018 ‘to honour, preserve and promote the sport’s history’ and includes attractive computer-generated images combined with actual high-quality photographs of various items and artefacts.” I’m not 100% but I’m inferring from the article that “athletics” in this sense means track and field sports.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
State Archives of North Carolina: Get Involved with Talk Like a Local . “In an effort to emphasize holdings in our collection that relate to North Carolina localities, the State Archives of North Carolina is launching a series entitled Talk Like a Local. Our simple intent is to expand on this concept by providing a little background information about how the area was named, sharing an item from our collections, and recording the pronunciation of the place name – preferably spoken by someone native to that region and, where possible, including various pronunciations – all of which will be shared here with our blog audience.”
CNET: Twitter locks down logon with better hardware security key option. “Twitter has taken a significant step in helping you protect your account with hardware security keys, a top authentication technique when it comes to security. Previously, you could register one key for logging in, but now you can enroll multiple keys, Twitter said Monday.” Why would you want to do this? So you can have one on your keyring and one in a lockbox at home in case you lose your keyring.
Neowin: Microsoft issues a fix for Patch Tuesday printer crashes. “It should be available for anyone affected – specifically those on Windows 10 versions 1803, 1809, 1909, 2004, 20H2, and Insiders on 21H1 – but it’s not going to be installed automatically.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.. “TikTok, by design, is a place for millions of people to upload their own videos, without any requirement or even official suggestion to use captions. Videos include people dancing to music, ranting about their jobs, showing off new recipes and lip-syncing to the soundtrack of TV shows such as ‘The Office’ or ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ Even if users want to caption their videos, TikTok’s app doesn’t have a way to automatically recognize voice patterns and automate text to use.
That makes the wildly popular app — used by nearly 100 million people in the United States each month as of last June — and many other social media apps moderately usable and sometimes frustratingly inaccessible for millions of Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, several deaf creators said.”
Internet Retailing: Cadbury launches Google-map powered Worldwide Hide virtual Easter Egg hunt. “As Easter approaches, chocolate company Cadbury has launched ‘Cadbury Worldwide Hide’ – a virtual Easter egg hiding experience where consumers can hide an Easter egg anywhere in the world for someone they love. Using Google Maps Street View, the hider can hide an easter egg anywhere in the world and then share a personalised clue with a loved one to help them find their egg. The recipient will then be sent the clues to help them find the virtual Easter Egg.”
Scienmag: University Of Guam Receives $25K To Build Database Of CHamoru Language-Learning Resources. “Recognizing the need to make instructional resources about the CHamoru language and culture more accessible to the community, Inetnon Lalåhen Guåhan — the Young Men’s League of Guam — presented the University of Guam with a $25,000 grant on March 3 to develop an online open-access database for such resources.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
VICE: A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16. “While I was on a Google Hangouts call with a colleague, the hacker sent me screenshots of my Bumble and Postmates accounts, which he had broken into. Then he showed he had received texts that were meant for me that he had intercepted. Later he took over my WhatsApp account, too, and texted a friend pretending to be me. Looking down at my phone, there was no sign it had been hacked. I still had reception; the phone said I was still connected to the T-Mobile network. Nothing was unusual there. But the hacker had swiftly, stealthily, and largely effortlessly redirected my text messages to themselves. And all for just $16.”
Wired: The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool. “The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office, and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016. If successful, data collection systems could be rolled out nationally, creating one of the most powerful and controversial surveillance tools used by any democratic nation.”
Reuters: U.S. SEC sues California trader for alleged social media fraud scheme. “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it has charged a California-based trader for an alleged fraud scheme in which he spread false information about a defunct company on Twitter.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
New York Times: Who Is Making Sure the A.I. Machines Aren’t Racist?. “In the nearly 10 years I’ve written about artificial intelligence, two things have remained a constant: The technology relentlessly improves in fits and sudden, great leaps forward. And bias is a thread that subtly weaves through that work in a way that tech companies are reluctant to acknowledge.” Good morning, Internet…
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