Drought Resources, Mastodon, Color Tools, More: Sunday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 1, 2021


Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation launches website with real-time information, interactive resources on drought. “The portal is user friendly and provides easy-to-understand features, explanations and current information on cutting-edge science, drought actions, current conditions and climate change visualizations that will help the public understand the complex drought conditions in the West.”


The Verge: Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. “Decentralized social network Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. The nonprofit behind Mastodon launched the app on iOS today, supplementing an existing web version and several third-party apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms. The app is free and offers a similar feature set to Mastodon’s core service, although it doesn’t include Mastodon’s broad local and federated timelines.”


Smashing Magazine: Color Tools And Resources. “Do you need a little inspiration boost? We’ve collected some useful color tools and resources that we’ve discovered lately — to help you get the most out of your creativity. We’ve also just recently covered CSS auditing tools, CSS generators, accessible front-end components, front-end boilerplates and VS code extensions — you might find them useful, too.”


CNBC: Google founders have sold $1 billion in stock since May, the most since 2017. “Google founders and controlling Alphabet stakeholders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have sold more than $1 billion worth of stock combined since May of this year. Beginning in May, the two sold Class A and Class C shares worth more than $1.07 billion, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission compiled by OpenInsider.”

Echo Nigeria: How The New “Viral Challenges” Are Helping Nigerian Artistes Sell Their Songs – Naija Info – ECHOnigeria. “Recently artistes like Simi, Ladipoe, Falz, Mayorkun & Korede Bello have had their songs blow up thanks to viral challenges. In this article, we’ll be enlightening our viewers to the new social media tool and act that our artistes are now imploring to sell their song, get us the consumer to buy, and fall in love in no time. Also to get a wider audience.. That the Tik Tok social App and creating Challenges.”

Colossal: The Sketchbook Project Needs Help After Its Brooklyn Collection Grows to 55,000 Globally Submitted Books. “Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson spoke with Steven Peterman, the founder and managing director of The Sketchbook Project, in July 2021. This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.”


New York Times: A Fire in Minnesota. An Arrest in Mexico. Cameras Everywhere.. “One night in the Twin Cities, shortly after the killing of George Floyd, someone set a fire in a Goodwill. That led to an international search for the culprits — and it exposed a growing system of global surveillance.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Athens police Google Nest cameras went missing, got returned. “Late last year, the police chief of Athens, Tennessee, went to the district attorney with concerns about two missing Google Nest cameras, suggesting City Manager Seth Sumner had something to do with it. The cameras reappeared — one in a supply closet, one in a laptop case — and District Attorney Steve Crump told the Times Free Press ‘there is no evidence that there was any criminal act involved in the disappearance or reappearance of the cameras.’ But the incident has reverberated for months in this town of 13,000.”


Techdirt: Stop The Antitrust Gerrymandering. “The social media app TikTok was reported to have passed more than 3 billion total downloads in July and was the most downloaded app in the first half of the year. This growth is impressive as it not only was banned in India but is the first app not owned by Facebook to pass 3 billion downloads. Yet in the recent antitrust cases from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the states attorneys general against Facebook, there is little mention of the popular app.”

Ubergizmo: IBM’s AI Can Predict How Parkinson’s May Progress In Individuals. “…thanks to the efforts of researchers from IBM and the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), they believe that they have developed an AI that can predict how Parkinson’s will progress in individuals. This means that in the future, doctors can use this AI to better understand how the disease will progress in their patients, which in turn would allow them to better manage their patient’s symptoms.” Good evening, Internet…

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