North Carolina Newspapers, Facebook, Google, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 9, 2021


DigitalNC: Complete Collection of the Iredell Citizen Now Available. “Thanks to our partner, Iredell County Public Library, and support from the North Caroliniana Society the complete collection of the Iredell Citizen spanning from 1998 to 2008 is now available on our website. This is only one of two newspapers that we have for Iredell County.”


Engadget: Facebook adds Photobucket and Google Calendar to its data portability options. “Facebook has today announced that it has added two new destinations for when you want to move your data from the social network. In a blog post, the company said that users will be able to move their images to Photobucket and event listings to Google Calendar.”

ZDNet: Google’s new tool helps you find abandoned cloud projects and delete them. “Google’s Unattended Project Reminder feature has moved to a public preview and aims to improve cloud utilization, and address security issues caused by forgotten old cloud-computing projects that shouldn’t be around anymore. Unattended Project Reminder, a part of Google Cloud’s Active Assist, could be useful in reducing security risks by finding those old initiatives, such as a prototyping project, that no longer require network access, cloud resources, or supported APIs.”


Hongkiat: Create GIFs Directly On Chrome with Chrome Capture. “Today, GIFs are commonly used for entertainment, business, and even for explaining things to people as it has a smaller file size compared to a video. GIF is also supported by all web browsers as well as instant messaging apps, so using it is really convenient Well, good thing is that there’s a Chrome plugin to create simple GIFs called Chrome Capture.”

Search Engine Journal: 8 Awesome WordPress Plugins That’ll Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly. “You have just seconds to get someone’s attention and persuade them to stay on your site. If your site doesn’t work or is slow to load, that person will not come back. Thankfully, the process of optimizing your site for mobile isn’t rocket science, and you can do it on your own with the assistance of WordPress plugins.”

Ghacks: How to download and convert Google Keep notes. “If you want to migrate to another note taking solution, for instance because you want to reduce the number of Google apps and services that you use, to migrate to an open source alternative, or fear that Google might kill the service eventually, then you need to figure out how to export your Google Keep data and get it imported into another note taking application. In this guide, I’ll be walking you through these steps (sans the importing into another note taking application, but you will get some suggestions).”


NextGov: NARA Plans to Expand Access to Digital Records Over the Next 5 Years. “The National Archives and Records Administration released its draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan with a heavy focus on maximizing the use and availability of digital records. By the end of this year, NARA will only be accepting electronic records from federal agencies. But that digital revolution will mean big changes for NARA, too, and the agency is working on a strategic plan to continue that evolution through 2026.”

Mashable: On TikTok, being ‘written by a woman’ is the ultimate compliment. “Male authors have been accused of writing women as one-dimensional beings with little development compared to their male counterparts. Women written by men are also infamous for being described in vivid, unnecessary detail. Discussions about men written by women and women written by men have been brewing on TikTok for months, inspiring a meme in which users transcended the gender dichotomy.”


Bleeping Computer: Prometheus TDS: The $250 service behind recent malware attacks. “Security researchers investigating multiple malware distribution campaigns found that an underground traffic distribution service called Prometheus is responsible for delivering threats that often lead to ransomware attacks. Among the malware families that Prometheus TDS has dished out so far are BazarLoader, IcedID, QBot, SocGholish, Hancitor, and Buer Loader, all of them commonly used in intermediary attack stages to download more damaging payloads.”


The Verge: SteamVR beta lets you arrange desktop windows inside your virtual world. “As of its latest beta release, Valve’s SteamVR software can add floating desktop windows inside VR games, letting you keep an eye on other apps without leaving VR. It’s a helpful addition, allowing players to keep an eye on anything from Discord, to a Twitch chat, or Netflix during a lower-intensity game.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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