Kansas Military Veterans, Vivaldi, Google, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 28, 2021


University of Kansas: Dole Institute Accepting Submissions For Newly Announced Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall . “The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is calling on veterans and their families to submit personal stories and photos of service men and women who have ties to Kansas. This comes as part of a larger announcement that the Dole Institute will permanently install a large digital interactive display at the institute, as well as maintain a searchable online database, that pays tribute to Kansas veterans from World War II to present day.”


PCWorld: Vivaldi 4.1 browser debuts macros, accordion tabs. “Vivaldi 4.1 offers something that’s a rarity in the world of browsers: a new macro system that complements the niche browser’s implementation of new ‘accordion tabs,’ too. Both features offer some intriguing new ways to surf the web.”

CNBC: Google advertising revenue rises 69% from last year. “Total Google ad revenue increased to $50.44 billion, up 69% from the year-ago quarter, which was hurt by the onset of the Covid pandemic. Retail was by far the largest contributor to the company’s ad growth, said Google’s chief business officer Philipp Schindler on the earnings call Tuesday.”


Ubergizmo: An iPhone 5s Won A Photography Award In 2021. “What’s interesting is that out of the 54 winning photos, only seven of those photos were actually taken by an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Max, meaning that 47 of the other photos were taken by older iPhones. This includes devices like the iPhone X, iPhone XR, and the iPhone 7, just to name a few.” I rock an iPhone 6s Plus so this makes me happy.

The Register: UK’s National Museum of Computing asks tunesmiths to recreate bleeps, bloops, and parps of retro game music. “The UK’s National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is running a competition aimed at recreating the bleeps, whistles, and flatulent squawks of video game music from years gone by. It’s all in honour of the 40th anniversary of the BBC Micro, which, if memory serves, was not really a ball of fire in the sound department when put up against the Commodore 64 Sound Interface Device (SID) chip.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Music’s Indie Artist Development Initiative, The ‘Foundry’, Unveils Largest Class To Date. “YouTube Music has announced the largest global class to date for its Foundry — a five-year-old independent artists development initiative that underwent a revamp in 2019 to furnish marketing and promotional support over a longer period of time.”


Techdirt: Naturopath Sues Twitter After It Bans Her Account For Spreading Medical Misinformation . “This lawsuit [PDF], however, has an actual lawyer behind it. And by actual lawyer, I mean a lawyer whose representation may be less useful than no representation at all. The lawyer helping the plaintiff bring this constitutional violation lawsuit against Twitter is David Yerushalmi, perhaps best know for being a bit bigoted himself.”

The Conversation: ‘Anorexia coach’: sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way. “My ongoing research, coupled with other media reports, indicates an opportunity for anacoaches has risen in the past few years. My analysis showed that on Twitter alone there are about 300 unique requests for anacoaches around the world daily. Anacoaches operate on numerous channels, including established social platforms such as Twitter, TikTok, Tumblr, and Kik. Despite this, these platforms haven’t addressed the problem.”


Mashable: Jurors could use VR to visit crime scenes, and help them reach a verdict. “In a paper published this May, researchers from the University of South Australia investigated whether the ability to inspect crime scenes in virtual reality could help jurors make decisions in courtroom trials. Measuring the impact of viewing the same crime scene in either VR or a photographic slideshow, they found that virtual reality led participants to a different, more consistent verdict than one based only on photos.”

Techdirt: Techdirt Is Now Entirely Without Any Google Ads Or Tracking Code. “Here’s the unfortunate secret underpinning nearly all of the internet advertising space: there are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies which will purport to put ads on your website. And all of them will promise ‘quality’ ads and better rates. But the unfortunate reality is that they’re all just backstopped by Google, and the ads are all the same crappy ads in the end.” That’s why ResearchBuzz doesn’t have any ads. Good evening, Internet…

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