Florida Fashion, 5G Home Run Derby, Firefox Lite, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 6, 2021


University of Miami: Explore Florida’s fashion trends throughout the years. “Although visions of shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops may come to mind when one thinks of fashion in South Florida, the University of Miami Libraries’ ‘Deep Dives’ series will show otherwise. Cristina Favretto, head of special collections, is hosting a webinar that will give an inside look at fashion-related rare books and other items in the archives.”


Engadget: Batters in the Home Run Derby will livestream using 5G helmet cameras. “If you’ve ever wanted to see a pro baseball player’s at-bat through their eyes, you’re about to get your chance. T-Mobile is marketing its 5G network by equipping players at the 2021 Home Run Derby with 5G point-of-view cameras on their helmets, including the catchers’ masks. Watch the live competition through a special T-Mobile website and you can witness both batting practice and the derby itself as if you were on the field, with 5G (hopefully) keeping everything in sync.”

Ubergizmo: Mozilla’s Firefox Lite Browser Has Been Killed Off. “The company has announced that they will be ending both development and support for Firefox Lite because they say that the current version of Firefox for mobile is fast enough. However, based on the comments and feedback users have been providing, the Lite version has also gotten a bit too big and bloated for a supposed ‘Lite’ app, which kind of renders it useless.”

The Register: GitHub Copilot auto-coder snags emerge, from seemingly spilled secrets to bad code, but some love it. “Early testers of GitHub’s Copilot, which uses AI to assist programmers to write code, have found problems including alleged spilled secrets, bad code, and copyright concerns, though some see huge potential in the tool.”


Mashable: How to set up Notification Summary in iOS 15. “If you get a million app notifications a day, and have become numb to the important ones, iOS 15’s Notification Summary feature is about to be your new best friend. Notification Summary will let you zero in on what you might call your ‘important-but-overwhelming-due-to-constant-pestering’ apps, and receive a summary report of their notifications for you to review at a time of your own choosing.”


NiemanLab: The New York Times is using Instagram slides and Twitter cards to make stories more digestible . “Last summer, Vox’s Terry Nguyễn wrote about the ways that our Instagram feeds had changed in the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement. We started to see more PowerPoint-looking slides that were made to communicate information about the protests, and they’ve since been co-opted for just about every subject…. But slides like these, when done right and with care, make complex stories (about, say, a mutating virus!) more digestible and accessible.”

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature . “More specifically, a digital collection of 95 titles will be made available on Friday 9 July via the Ellibs platform. The audio and e-books will be available in both Finnish and Swedish. What is more, the collection has been carefully selected by library professionals specialising in children and young people’s literature.”


Courthouse News: Judge Questions Fed’s Withholding of Records on Social Media Surveillance Programs. “A federal judge on Friday questioned whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can legally withhold records on its use of social media surveillance tools to monitor citizens and immigrants.”

BBC: Swedish Coop supermarkets shut due to US ransomware cyber-attack. “Some 500 Coop supermarket stores in Sweden have been forced to close due to an ongoing ‘colossal’ cyber-attack affecting organisations around the world. Coop Sweden says it closed more than half of its 800 stores on Friday after point-of-sale tills and self-service checkouts stopped working.”


The Verge: TikTok parent ByteDance has begun selling the video app’s AI to other clients. “ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of video sharing app TikTok has started selling TikTok’s AI to other companies, the Financial Times reports (may require subscription). The company has a new division called BytePlus, and according to its website, its client list already includes US fashion app Goat, Singapore travel site WeGo, Indonesian shopping app Chilibeli, and India-based social gaming platform GamesApp.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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