Colorado History, Old Android, TikTok, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 31, 2021


Vail Daily: History Colorado to award locals for work in preserving Alfred Borah photos and journals from 1882 to 1917. “The journals of Brush Creek settler Alfred Borah, brother of famed Theodore Roosevelt hunting guide Jake Borah, are now searchable and available to the public thanks to a project from the Eagle County Historical Society and the Eagle Valley Library District.”


Neowin: Google will no longer allow users to sign in with very old Android versions. “Google is ending support for signing into its app on Android 2.3.7 and below (via 9to5Google). The announcement was made through email to all the users who are still actively using these Android versions.”


The Verge: How to use TikTok’s Text-to-Speech feature. ” While Text-to-Speech is available on devices like tablets or phones via the operating system, it’s relatively forward-thinking for a social app like TikTok to make it available within the app. Other platforms like Twitter and Facebook don’t make use of this feature. Instagram does auto-caption stories but only if someone is already speaking in the video.”


University of Illinois Chicago: Black nursing history project awarded funding. “The Midwest Nursing History Research Center at the UIC College of Nursing earned a grant from the Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation to create the Chicago Black Nurses Archive Mapping project, a publicly accessible, Black-centered history of nursing in Chicago.”

The Hindu: National Film Archive of India acquires 450 glass slides of early Telugu cinema. “In a major acquisition, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has added more than 450 glass slides that represent the pictorial history of early Telugu cinema from the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, to its collection. All of them are in black and white covering 70 Telugu films, according to an official release.”


Ars Technica: Ajit Pai apparently mismanaged $9 billion fund—new FCC boss starts “cleanup”. “The Federal Communications Commission wants SpaceX to give up a portion of the $885.51 million in broadband funding it was awarded in a reverse auction in December 2020.”

CNBC: Amazon hit with $887 million fine by European privacy watchdog. “Amazon has been issued with a fine of 746 million euros ($887 million) by a European privacy watchdog for breaching the bloc’s data protection laws. The fine, disclosed by Amazon on Friday in a securities filing, was issued two weeks ago by Luxembourg’s privacy regulator.”


Analytics India: Tech Behind Storywrangler, The Analytics Tool Crawling Billions Of Social Media Posts . “In a research paper, ‘Storywrangler: A massive exploratorium for sociolinguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, and political timelines using Twitter,’ researchers from the University of Vermont, in collaboration with Charles River Analytics, and MassMutual Data Science, detailed the working of a tool that curated over 150 billion tweets containing 1 trillion 1-grams from 2008 to 2021.”

Library of Congress: Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud: How We’re Working with Researchers. “As we recently announced, we are working with three digital humanities researchers as part of the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) initiative, where we are exploring how the Library could make its digital collections available as data via cloud infrastructure. Our complex working relationship with these researchers is central to the initiative, and we appreciate all the ways we are getting to learn along with them.”

No Camels: Paralympic Swimmer To Rep RightHear, An Israeli Accessibility App For The Visually Impaired. “Last week, Becca Meyers, a deaf-blind Paralympic swimmer was forced to withdraw from Team USA just five weeks before the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo because she was told she had to navigate the city and the Olympic Village alone. It’s these kinds of situations and stories that emphasize the urgent need for more inclusion and accessibility for those with disabilities. Israeli startup RightHear, the developer of a navigation app for the blind and visually impaired, has been working for six years to make that inclusion a reality.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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