Highland Pictish Trail, HHS Spanish Language App, Hayfield Estate, Facebook, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 9, 2021


The Northern Times: Improved Highland Pictish Trail launched with new information package. “The Picts dominated north and east Scotland from around 400AD for about 600 years, and the carved stones they left in the landscape, with their mysterious symbols, carvings of animals, and later on, intricately carved Christian crosses and images of bible scenes, battles and hunting, have been a source of fascination for centuries, along with their network of hill forts. The original Highland Pictish Trail, which dates back more than 25 years, has now been extended to include 32 of the area’s most impressive and accessible Pictish sites.”

Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Launches Spanish Language App to Help Latinos Navigate Health Care Questions, Issues New Report Highlighting Latino Coverage Issues. “Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a Spanish version of its QuestionBuilder app, which can help Latino patients prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments. The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) built QuestionBuilder en Español, which is being released during Hispanic Heritage Month and Health Literacy Month, to improve health care access and equity for Latinos.”

Penn State News: University Libraries, Penn State Wilkes-Barre digitize Hayfield estate records. “Numerous historic records from the Hayfield estate, where Penn State Wilkes-Barre is located, have been digitized and are now easily accessible to the public. The digitized Hayfield estate records contain various material from 1925 to 1945, including correspondence, financial records and architectural drawings related to the estates owned by John C. and Bertha R. Conyngham, in particular the construction of their estate on Hayfield Farm.”


Bloomberg: Google Tests Ways to Showcase Breaking News in Twitter-Like Move. “In recent years, Google has placed a carousel of links to news sites at the top of search results for certain events such as the recent negotiations in the U.S. Senate over the debt limit. The company is working on plans to showcase more relevant data and features in search on a range of timely breaking news topics, such as big-ticket sports games, awards shows and natural disasters, the company confirmed.”

PC Magazine: Google ‘Follow’ RSS Reader Appears in Chrome’s Stable Release. “Did you mourn the demise of Google Reader? Well, Google is starting to roll out an RSS reader replacement in the latest stable release of the Chrome browser for Android. The experimental feature is called Follow, and it taps the existing RSS format to serve up the latest articles from websites you’d like to read.”


CNET: Teachers union demands social media companies curb misinformation, violent trends. “Becky Pringle, the president of the National Education Association, sent a letter to TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about the issues schools are facing due to social media, according to a report Friday from the The Wall Street Journal. The letter explains the challenges schools have faced so far this year and calls for the companies to ‘prioritize the safety of people over profits.'”

Fast Company: The little-known web browser that beats Chrome for productivity. “On Thursday, Vivaldi released an update that adds web app support, and at long last, I’m gorging on all the powerful tools that the browser has to offer. If you’re suffering from browser tab overload, you should at least give it a try. A full rundown of every Vivaldi feature would to too extensive to list here, but here are the ones I’m enjoying the most.”

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View. “Google has activated the Live View feature in Google Maps at Zurich Airport (ZRH), making it the first airport in the world with this function. Using the camera and directions shown on the camera image, passengers and visitors can navigate to their chosen destination at the airport including finding a gate, check-in desk, or restaurants.”


Microsoft Blog: Russian cyberattacks pose greater risk to governments and other insights from our annual report. “During the past year, 58% of all cyberattacks observed by Microsoft from nation-states have come from Russia. And attacks from Russian nation-state actors are increasingly effective, jumping from a 21% successful compromise rate last year to a 32% rate this year. Russian nation-state actors are increasingly targeting government agencies for intelligence gathering, which jumped from 3% of their targets a year ago to 53% – largely agencies involved in foreign policy, national security or defense. The top three countries targeted by Russian nation-state actors were the United States, Ukraine and the UK.”

NBC DFW: NJ Serial Killer, Who Used Social Media to Lure and Kill Women, Gets 160 Years. “A New Jersey man who used dating apps to lure and kill three women five years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 160 years in prison after a trial in which it was revealed that friends of one victim did their own detective work on social media to ferret out the suspect. Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, sat motionless as the judge gave the sentence in state court in Newark. The sentencing was preceded by emotional statements by family members of victims Robin West and Sarah Butler.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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