Martin Luther King Jr., Snapchat, AQI, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2021


CNET: Fortnite lets players re-live Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. “The experience, called March Through Time, will let players visit a ‘reimagined’ Washington, DC, of 1963. It will include collaborative quests and mini games, pop-up galleries, educational resources, ‘museum-inspired points of interest and historical imagery’ intended to give context to the speech, Fortnite said Thursday.”


The Verge: Snapchat’s New AR Features Can Identify The World Around You. “Starting Thursday, a feature called Scan is being upgraded and placed front and center in the app’s camera, letting it identify a range of things in the real world, like clothes or dog breeds.”

TechCrunch: BreezoMeter, which powers air quality in Apple’s Weather app, launches Wildfire Tracker. “BreezoMeter has been on a mission to make environmental health hazard information accessible to as many people as possible. Through its air quality index (AQI) calculations, the Israel-based company can now identify the quality of air down to a few meters in dozens of countries. A partnership with Apple to include its data into the iOS Weather app along with its own popular apps delivers those metrics to hundreds of millions of users, and an API product allows companies to tap into its data set for their own purposes.”

The Next Web: Facebook’s ‘Project Aria’ wearable looks like lame old Snap-style glasses. “It’s been almost a year since Facebook first unveiled its ambitious AR vision called project Aria. While it was mostly about conceptual ideas and providing a ‘sensor platform’ to developers, we never got to hear more about it — until now.”


MakeUseOf: How to Secure Your WordPress Website in 5 Simple Steps . “WordPress powers over a third of all websites on the internet today. It’s a favorite for many webmasters because of its low barrier to entry for rookies, and virtually unlimited extendability for pro users. With this popularity, WordPress also attracts lots of hackers and security threats. There’s no reason to panic, however, if you take a few simple precautions. Here they are.”

Lifehacker: The Fastest Way to Clear Your Recent Browsing History in Every Browser. “Listen, we’re not here to judge or ask questions. You need to clear your recent browsing history—and fast. Lucky for you, we can help. Whether you use Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Brave, there’s a keyboard shortcut to help you delete your most recent web history as fast as possible, should you need to do so for reasons that are none of our business.”


Indian Country Today: $517K Grant awarded to team addressing digital inclusion in tribal libraries. “The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) and the Simmons University Community Informatics (CI) Lab have been awarded $517,078 through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2021 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. This year, just 22.7% of applicants saw their projects get approved.”

The Scotsman: Google-rivalling Scottish search engine with green credentials secures investment . “Google rival Better Internet Search is an ad-free search engine that also pledges to preserve user privacy. The venture is said to have attracted support from a coalition of British and European companies, committed to advancing a next-generation internet that is ‘more tailored to the needs of users rather than a small number of tech giants’.”


Motherboard: How Data Brokers Sell Access to the Backbone of the Internet. “There’s something of an open secret in the cybersecurity world: internet service providers quietly give away detailed information about which computer is communicating with another to private businesses, which then sells access to that data to a range of third parties, according to multiple sources in the threat intelligence industry.”


Newswise: New cell phone and smart watch models can interfere with pacemakers and defibrillators. “After reports of smart phone and watch interference with implanted medical devices, investigators affiliated with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration conducted a study that supports the FDA recommendation that patients keep any consumer electronic devices that may create magnetic interference, including cell phones and smart watches, at least six inches away from implanted medical devices, in particular pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators.” Good evening, Internet…

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