Innu Language, Microsoft Office, Google Knowledge Panels, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 17, 2021


Saltwire: New Innu language app is another tool in maintaining Indigenous langauge. “A very important part of any culture is language. For many First Nations in Canada maintaining their languages has been difficult, and the Innu are no exception. A new tool recently released, an Innu-aimun conversation app, is part of an effort by the Innu groups of Labrador and Quebec, in conjunction with researchers from Memorial University and Carleton University, to help keep the language alive.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Use Microsoft Office on Chromebook for Free. “As you know, Chrome OS is a different operating system from your regular Windows, and you can’t install Windows applications on it. So if you want to use Microsoft Office on your Chromebook, you won’t be able to install the Microsoft Office software, but there are ways to get around it. Here’s how you can run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook for free.”

MakeUseOf: How to Claim Your Google Knowledge Panel . “To claim your Google Knowledge Panel, you’ll need to be verified on Google. This is primarily because Google wants to ascertain that you are the authentic owner or authorized representative of the entity featured in the panel. In this article, you will learn how to get verified on Google, so you can claim your Google Knowledge Panel.” Note that organizations have knowledge panels as well as people, and this article applies to them as well.

Mashable: How to go live on Instagram . “Going live on Instagram is a great way to share a special moment, to allow others to experience an event remotely, to spread good news, or to simply get things off your chest. When you broadcast live on the social platform, anyone who follows you can tune in to watch your video, and after you’ve finished the recording, you can choose to publish the clip to Instagram’s IGTV platform.”


ABC News (Australia): The social media sleuths obsessed with tracking China’s wandering elephants. “The elephants became an overnight internet sensation earlier this year and have been dominating people’s daily conversations in China. Millions of Chinese have expressed their fondness towards the herd online, with some watching the animals eating, napping and showering through 24/7 live streams and daily updates from state media.”


Georgia Tech: New Open-source Tool Gives Cybersecurity Pros an Integrated Approach to Combat Malware. “A new open-source cybersecurity technique called Forecast from the Georgia Institute of Technology is able to identify the capabilities that malware is planning to use in an attack before those capabilities are deployed. The all-in-one tool then predicts or ranks the likelihood of each possible staged attack – in less than five minutes on average.”

BBC: Under the skin of OnlyFans. “OnlyFans, a social media platform best known for explicit content, has boomed during the pandemic. But from receiving terrorism videos to racial abuse and rape threats, a BBC investigation based on the experiences of dozens of women reveals concerns about how the British-run site is structured, managed and moderated.”

Daily Dot: ‘Uncensorable’ Freedom Phone raises a host of security questions. “Though people might understandably be drawn to a phone that prioritizes privacy and free speech, multiple reports have raised security concerns and questioned whether the Freedom Phone is being upfront with customers. The Freedom Phone appears to be a rebranding of the Umidigi A9 Pro, a roughly $120 phone made by Chinese tech company Umidigi, according to a report Thursday from The Daily Beast.”


Liam O’Dell: Twitter responds to the #VerifyDisabledTwitter campaign. “In what feels like a very frustrating case of déjà vu, I am again submitting a request to Twitter to have my account verified. Almost a month after the first attempt, nearly 100 fellow disabled activists have told me they’ve had their requests rejected too. After some help from my good friend Poppy Field, the #VerifyDisabledTwitter campaign was launched.”

Good E-Reader: New AI tool Katarite to automate audiobook creation. “Audiobooks are all the rage these days and there are a greater number of audiobooks produced now than ever before. However, unlike print or e-books, audiobooks require a human voice actor to actually read out the stories. It is this that might change soon thanks to a new tool named Katarite that has been jointly developed by Parksha and Otobank.” Good evening, Internet…

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