January 6, University of Maryland Photojournalism, AR Fireworks, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, July 4, 2021


Just Security: January 6 Clearinghouse. “Welcome to this all-source, repository of information for analysts, researchers, investigators, journalists, educators, and the public at large.”

University of Maryland Archives: Launch of the Diamondback Photos Digital Collection. “Users are able to search by term via the search box in the upper left corner. Users can also filter the collection by decade via the year range functionality in the left-hand column. The Diamondback photographs consist of images taken for UMD’s student newspaper, The Diamondback. Photographs include campus events, athletic games, and general campus life from the early 1970s to the late 1990s.”


Android Police: Google celebrates the Fourth of July with an AR fireworks game straight out of 2005. “We here in the United States are sliding into a holiday weekend, with Independence Day falling on Sunday this year. Google has designed a new AR game to celebrate the occasion, combining fireworks, national landmarks, and Guitar Hero into one odd experience.”

Make Tech Easier: New Alexa Skill, Reading Sidekick, Helps Kids Learn to Read. “If there’s one thing parents wish they had more of, it would be time – time for themselves, time for their children, etc. They can get a little more of that time back with Reading Sidekick, an Alexa skill that reads with children. Parents can entrust Alexa with the task or sit with their children as they learn.”


Mashable: How to see who is lurking on your WiFi. “The simplest way to remove unwanted WiFi users is to change your password — and don’t share the new one. But if you want to take things a step further and find out exactly who is on your network, there are several ways to access a list of the devices that are currently using your WiFi.”

Analytics India: All You Need To Know About Google’s Visual Inspection AI. “The newly launched Visual Inspection AI is a purpose-built tool to help manufacturers and related workers and businesses to inspect and reduce product defects and decrease quality control costs. Powered by Google Cloud Platform’s computer vision technology, Visual Inspection AI goes beyond the traditional methods of supporting manufacturing quality control through its general-purpose AI product, AutoML.”


Quill & Pad: Evolution Of Social Media Watch Photographs Part 3: Storytelling, Collaboration, And A Bunch Of Boobs. “Yes, it’s already time for the latest update in my series of articles providing a completely subjective, unscientific, and unofficial history of watch photographs online. It was 2015 when I first wrote about the history of wristshots. More than five years passed before I penned a second installment that included both wristshots and other forms of watch photography. It’s only been six months since then, but the world of online watch imagery has been changing rapidly since late last year, both for better and worse in my view.” It’s always a pleasure to read an article by someone who so clearly loves and studies his subject. Jeremy Clockson could have written this.


Missouri Independent: Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests. “In a win for transparency advocates, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government agencies cannot charge for time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state’s Sunshine Law. In a 6-0 decision, the judges ruled that a lower court erred by siding with Gov. Mike Parson in a lawsuit alleging his office improperly redacted records, charged exorbitant fees and knowingly and purposely violated the state’s open records law.”

Reuters: Danish media firms join forces to seek payment deal with Facebook, Google . “Denmark’s media industry is banding together to negotiate payments for news with Google and Facebook, the first attempt in Europe to collectively pursue claims with the tech giants.”


Penn State News: $1.2 million NSF grant to create search engine for online privacy research. “A team of Penn State-led researchers recently received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build a search engine and other resources that can make the web safer for users by helping scientists scour billions of online documents to more efficiently collect and classify privacy documentation.”

Washington Post: Biden has proposed a new agency to turbocharge medical treatments. But there’s a fight over where it should live.. “There’s at least one proposal left over from the Trump administration that President Biden is set on reviving: the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Under the administration’s debut budget proposal, the National Institutes of Health would receive $6.5 billion to launch an agency modeled after the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). ARPA-H would accelerate the development of medical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and more.”

EurekAlert: New data science platform speeds up Python queries. “Researchers from Brown University and MIT have developed a new data science framework that allows users to process data with the programming language Python — without paying the ‘performance tax’ normally associated with a user-friendly language.” The new platform is free. Good morning, Internet…

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