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Utah Mental Health, Spotify, Amazon Alexa, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 22, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

KSL TV (Utah): Revamped SafeUT app to help children, adults with ‘any size crisis’. “For six years, the SafeUT app has provided access to mental health resources across the state. Now, administrators said they’ve updated the app to serve even more people The SafeUT app launched its new website with expanded resources on Friday.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Engadget: Spotify and WWE are tag-teaming on podcasts. “WWE and The Ringer (which Spotify bought last year for around $200 million to bolster its sports lineup) are building a podcast network together. The Ringer podcast The Masked Man Show has been rebranded as The Ringer Wrestling Show. More podcasts are on the way, including a narrative series produced by Bill Simmons (a self-professed lifelong WWE fan) and additional shows from WWE talent.”

USEFUL STUFF

Digital Trends: How to use all Amazon Alexa alarm clock features. “Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has an impressive suite of alarm capabilities, whether you want to set a reminder later in the day or prefer to wake up to certain music or news. We’ll go over everything the Alexa alarm is capable of and how to set things the easy way.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Next Web: A brief history of YikYak — the anon platform making its return. “Yik Yak is back! If you don’t know what it is, I don’t blame you. It was an anonymous gossip platform that had some success, but after running into moderation problems and failing to deal with problematic content, it was shut down in 2017. The company announced on Twitter that it’s making a comeback with an iOS app. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the brief history of the social network.”

ZDNet: How Internet Explorer really beat Netscape . “Here’s the real reason why IE beat Netscape: Microsoft strong-armed PC vendors into putting the new operating system and its browser on all their PCs. The goal was not so much to kill off other PC operating system vendors. There wasn’t any real competition in the mid-90s. The goal was to destroy Netscape.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Google says geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands. “The figures, published Thursday, reveal that Google has received thousands of geofence warrants each quarter since 2018, and at times accounted for about one-quarter of all U.S. warrants that Google receives. The data shows that the vast majority of geofence warrants are obtained by local and state authorities, with federal law enforcement accounting for just 4% of all geofence warrants served on the technology giant.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Wired: The Case Against Music Curation. “We are now deep into a decade of lifestyle curation. Our news feeds on Facebook, the movies we catalog on Netflix, the playlists we make and then loop over and over on Apple Music; the need to personalize everything we do, and everything we consume, is meant to remove unnecessary friction from our lives. It’s meant to make things as seamless as possible. Through brainy algorithms and constant curation, singles like ‘Essence’ benefit from that sort of tireless indexing. Eventually, they exist everywhere. But what if that way no longer serves us?”

EurekAlert: UVA research group opens a path toward quantum computing in real-world conditions. “A research team led by Xu Yi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, has carved a niche in the physics and applications of photonic devices, which detect and shape light for a wide range of uses including communications and computing. His research group has created a scalable quantum computing platform, which drastically reduces the number of devices needed to achieve quantum speed, on a photonic chip the size of a penny.”

News@Northeastern: You Can’t Determine Emotion From Someone’s Facial Movements–and Neither Can AI. “If you saw a person with their brow furrowed, mouth turned down, and eyes squinted, would you guess they’re angry? What if you found out they’d forgotten their reading glasses and were deciphering a restaurant menu Interpreting a person’s facial movements can’t be done in a vacuum; it depends on the context—something that Northeastern neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett shows in a groundbreaking new study published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature Communications.”

OTHER STUFF I THINK IS COOL

BBC: Nine Afghan girl robotics team members safe in Qatar. “After scrambling for days to bring them to safety, nine members of an Afghan all-girls robotics team have arrived in Qatar, the team’s parent organisation has confirmed.Their flight out of Afghanistan was organised by the Qatar government, which expedited visas and sent an aircraft.The team first made headlines in 2017 after winning a special award at an international robotics competition in the US.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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