Scotland Genealogy, Samsung Electronics, Facebook Smart Glasses, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 30, 2021


The Courier: Largest collection of Scottish family history records now available online through Findmypast. “The vast new online collection of Old Parish Records has been published in collaboration with local archives and organisations across Scotland. Dating back to 1561 and spanning 450 years of Scottish history, the new collection contains more than 10.7 million historical documents chronicling baptisms, marriages, burials and more.”

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series. “Samsung, a leading smartphone manufacturer, has released the first episode of a five-part shorts series called ‘The History of the Electronics Industry that Changed the World’. The first episode, ‘Samuel Morse and the Network’ looks at the creation of the electrical telegraph and how we got from there to modern smartphones.”


Mashable: Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses will likely rely on your phone to work. “This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company’s next consumer product will be its Ray-Ban smart glasses. But details for the upcoming device have been extremely limited — until now.”


Hongkiat: How to Properly Backup And Restore Your iPhone Data. “There are two ways to backup your iPhone’s data and depending on your phone’s used storage and method, the entire process can take just one minute or up to an hour. The most convenient method is backing up your data to iCloud, since you can do it anywhere and you won’t be tethered to your laptop or desktop. And as I just mentioned, the second method is through your computer.”

How-To Geek: The 6 Best Lightweight Linux Distros. “If your Windows or Mac computer is old and struggling to keep up, installing Linux can give it a fresh lease of life. Lightweight Linux distributions are designed with speed and efficiency in mind, making old computers usable again.”


From Folha de São Paulo and translated from Portuguese: Fire hits Cinemateca Brasileira warehouse in western São Paulo. “A fire hits a warehouse at the Cinemateca Brasileira, in the west side of São Paulo, this Thursday night (29). According to the Bombeor Corps, six vehicles were sent to Rua Othão, 290, in Vila Leopoldina. There is no victim information.” Cinemateca Brasileira is an institution tasked with preserving Brazil’s audiovisual archives. It’s another devastating blow to Brazil’s cultural heritage collections after 2018’s fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

TechRadar: Google is build two more whopping submarine internet cables. “Google has announced it is building a further two undersea internet cable systems to boost network capacity between the Middle East, southern Europe and Asia.”


New York Times: Why Turkey’s Regulators Became Such a Problem for Google. “The tension between Turkey and Google reflects how growing animosity toward Silicon Valley giants is popping up even in places, like Turkey, with little history of antitrust enforcement against the industry. The efforts threaten to upend conditions — an open global internet and light-touch government regulation — that have helped fuel the growth of those companies in the past two decades. In their place could be a checkerboard of laws and regulations, where the available products and services depend on where a person logs on.”

Search Engine Land: Google passes on 2% “Regulatory Operating Cost” for ads served in India and Italy. “Beginning on October 1, 2021, Google will include a 2% ‘Regulatory Operating Cost’ surcharge to advertisers’ invoices for ads served in India and Italy, according to an email sent to Google advertisers on Tuesday. The surcharge applies to ads purchased through Google Ads and for YouTube placements purchased on a reservation basis.”


University of Arkansas: Study Explains Lax Oversight in Facebook Ads During 2016 Election. “U of A English professor Adam Pope and his colleague at San Jose State University examined lax oversight of advertising on Facebook during the 2016 political campaign and found a systematic bias toward ad buyers, specifically a Russian internet troll farm that sought to sow discord within the U.S. political system.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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