UNC-Pembroke, Windows 11, Apps for College, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 26, 2021


DigitalNC: Over 100 videos from UNC-Pembroke now on DigitalNC. “The films cover a range of topics, from promotional films about degree programs at the school, to graduation videos from the 1980s and 1990s. Some of the films document a trip to Georgia to do a cemetery cleanup at the Croatan Indian Memorial Cemetery.”


PC Gamer: Here’s how to try Windows 11 right now without installing a thing. “If you find yourself curious about the Windows 11 UI, and feel like trying it out before you commit to a clean ISO install, it’s now possible to do so through the comfort of your browser. Developer, Blue Edge, built the Windows 11 demo webpage so users could test drive the operating system software, even if their PC doesn’t meet the stringent hardware requirements.”


Lifehacker: 10 Apps Every College Student Should Have on Their Phone. “In 2021, a smartphone and a tablet are a college student’s lifeline. Thanks to innovative and useful apps, these devices can help you manage your tasks, keep your calendar, and even help you be a better student through innovative note taking, flashcard, and visualization tools. Here are some of the most useful apps every college student should have on their phone before the semester starts.” This is a slideshow, and I really need to install Forest.


The Next Web: This site perfectly encapsulates the horrors of today’s internet. “Surfing the web isn’t what it used to be. The halcyon era of peaceful browsing on clean sites is now a distant memory. Today’s internet is a digital hellscape of pop-up ads, notification prompts, and paywall blocks.” Halcyon era? I’m remembering the time of “punch the monkey” banner ads and just howling. The recent quiet browsing wasn’t halcyon, it was an intermission until people decided to start squeezing more money of their audiences again.

JCK: GIA Acquires Rare Books Detailing the Largest Jade Collection in the World. “The Bishop Collection: Investigations and Studies in Jade is a two-volume set— limited to just 100 copies—that catalogs the jade collection of [Heber Reginald] Bishop, who was an avid collector of antiquities. Jade was his last and most notable obsession….The set is now at the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center at the GIA headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. The Institute plans to create a free digital version of the work, which will be included in its digital library.”


The Moscow Times: Russia Orders Apple, Google to Remove Navalny App. “Russia has ordered Apple and Google to remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app from their app stores as his movement faces unprecedented pressure ahead of key elections next month. Navalny began actively promoting the app after the authorities last month blocked access to his main website and 49 other associated sites and called for blocking social media linked to him.”

The Register: Facebook used facial recognition without consent 200,000 times, says South Korea’s data watchdog . “Facebook, Netflix and Google have all received reprimands or fines, and an order to make corrective action, from South Korea’s government data protection watchdog, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC). The PIPC announced a privacy audit last year and has revealed that three companies – Facebook, Netflix and Google – were in violations of laws and had insufficient privacy protection.”

Wired: Hackers Could Increase Medication Doses Through Infusion Pump Flaws. “FROM pacemakers and insulin pumps to mammography machines, ultrasounds, and monitors, a dizzying array of medical devices have been found to contain worrying security vulnerabilities. The latest addition to that ignoble lineup is a popular infusion pump and dock, the B. Braun Infusomat Space Large Volume Pump and B. Braun SpaceStation, that a determined hacker could manipulate to administer a double dose of medication to victims.”


Newswise: Stressed Teens Benefit from Coping Online, but a Little Goes a Long Way. “New research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science reveals that teenagers (ages 13–17) in low socioeconomic settings who spend a moderate amount of time online after a stressful experience deal with adversity far better than those who spend many hours online or avoid digital technology altogether.”

The Register: 3 ways ‘algorithmic management’ makes work more stressful and less satisfying. “If you think your manager treats you unfairly, the thought might have crossed your mind that replacing said boss with an unbiased machine that rewards performance based on objective data is a path to workplace happiness. But as appealing as that may sound, you’d be wrong. Our review of 45 studies on machines as managers shows we hate being slaves to algorithms (perhaps even more than we hate being slaves to annoying people).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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