Emoji, Social Media Graphics, Georgia Music, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2022


Mashable: New emoji are coming to iOS, and they’re a serious vibe . “On Thursday, Emojipedia highlighted all the new emoji included in iOS 15.4. While it’s still in Beta (the current iOS is 15.3), when it’s released, the next iOS will bring with it a host of additional emoji that are practically guaranteed to slide into your ‘frequently used.’ Say hello to melting face, mirror disco ball, and bubbles. And that fancy lip-biting mouth is definitely going to get some play.”


Make Tech Easier: 7 Tools for Designing Amazing Social Media Graphics. “Social media has become a key part of the marketing strategy for most companies and influencers. However, not everyone has the graphic design chops to make amazing social media graphics on their own. Luckily, there are several great online tools that can help you design graphics for your social media accounts, and many of these tools offer free versions.”


University of North Georgia: Professor compiles Georgia arts and music archive. “As a historian, Dr. Ben Wynne knows the importance film, literature and music have had on American culture. ‘It reflects our collective being and is part of the glue that holds our society together,’ the professor of history at the University of North Georgia (UNG) said. ‘Anything not preserved can quickly be lost and forgotten.’ To protect that information and its artifacts, Wynne is compiling a Georgia arts and music archive for higher education and the community.”

CNET: Does bad weather affect your internet?. “Before an internet outage rains on your parade, it’s important to know what to expect of your service ahead of impending bad weather, and what preventative or countermeasures you can take to lower the chances you’ll have any issues.”

ARRL: Amateur Radio Digital Communications Grants Continue. “Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has continued its largesse, funding a variety of projects through individual grants. Among the latest is a nearly $900,000 award that will permit the Internet Archive to build the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC), ‘an online, open-access resource that preserves the vital resources — past, present, and future — that document the history of amateur radio and communications,’ as the project proposal explained.”


Distant Librarian: Why you should pay attention to your Creative Commons licenses. “I have never given a second thought to ensuring I’ve chosen the correct/most recent version of a creative commons license. That’s changed, because I just finished reading Cory Doctorow’s post, A Bug in Early Creative Commons Licenses Has Enabled a New Breed of Superpredator. In it, he outlines the emergence of the Copyleft troll, someone who posts images with an outdated CC license, and then sues people for using those images as they were intended to be used, but who may (or may not!) have neglected to completely comply by the letter of the license.”

Threatpost: ‘Dark Herring’ Billing Malware Swims onto 105M Android Devices. “Nearly 500 malicious apps lurking on the Google Play Store have successfully installed Dark Herring malware — a cash-stealer intended to add sneaky charges onto mobile carrier bills — on more than 100 million Android devices across the globe.”


The Art Newspaper: Want to look like Mona Lisa? A new website turns your selfies into Leonardo da Vinci-style portraits. “A new website using artificial intelligence (AI) technology and sophisticated algorithms enables users to turn their faces into images in the style of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings. The Da Vinci Face platform invites participants to send in self-portraits which are then transformed into ‘Leonardo-style’ images.” I tried it. You do need to provide an email address. I uploaded a photo but I haven’t gotten anything back yet.

Brookings Institution: How Middle Eastern conflicts are playing out on social media. “The Middle East has always been rife with enmity and rivalry, and its regimes have long taken advantage of the region’s many linguistic, religious, and cultural connections to shape the overall political environment. Regimes that do not control the information space risk being destroyed by it.”


Daily Beast: Athens’ Architectural Heritage Is Slowly Slipping Away but These Heroes Are Saving It. “By World War II, Athens was one of Europe’s most beautiful and eclectic cities. But a post-War building law, now seen as reckless and short-sighted, incentivised homeowners to knock down their houses and replace them with identikit concrete apartment blocks…. The post-War building spree is often given as the reason for Athens’ oppressive concrete appearance. And yet, walking through Athens today, you can still spot these pre-War survivors. There are a surprising number of them, largely hidden, subsumed, and sometimes entombed by their concrete surroundings. But they’re still there, surviving.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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