Language Analysis, Open-Source Arabic Learning, Unimproved Airstrips, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 14, 2022


University of Maryland: UMD Graduate Students Create AI-Powered Tool to Extract Threatening Language. “A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) explains the science behind a new, online tool that can help users determine what share of a speech, article or other text uses threatening language.”

NYU Abu Dhabi: Online Platform Provides Open-source Resources to Learn Arabic. “The new website, titled MAWARIDARABIYYA, is a plethora of materials and links aimed at empowering a learner to easily find specific lessons, courses, and online resources to meet their needs. Some of these materials include educational technology tools, popular books in the field of teaching Arabic as a foreign language, names of organizations and conferences, scholarships and programs, language centers and programs, as well as Youtube channels that focus on teaching Arabic and shedding light on Arab culture.”


Flying: Avidyne Expands Database to Include Backcountry Airstrips. “Flying into the backcountry and landing on an unimproved strip next to a lake where the fish normally die of old age is on many a pilot’s bucket list. The Avidyne Corporation, Jeppesen and the Recreational Aviation Foundation are making it easier to find these out-of-the-way places by including them in the new Jeppesen Nav Databases for GPS. The new database will feature unimproved airstrips on both private property and public lands.”

KnowTechie: Vivaldi’s latest version 5.1 is here for desktop and Android. “Since the Vivaldi browser is popular for two-level tab stacks and other browsing features among desktop and Android users, Vivaldi 5.1 has arrived with more exciting features and options to streamline web browsing. The latest version of this browser supports horizontal scrolling tabs, a reading list, and the quick settings panel for the start page on desktops. Users can enjoy more theme colors and performance improvements on Android.”


Make Tech Easier: The Complete Guide to Todoist Filters. “If you’re already using Todoist to keep track of your life, you might wonder how you can make it even more useful. The simple answer: Todoist filters. These have the power to streamline and better organize all your tasks, especially when you’ve added so many to-dos that you don’t even know where to start. The good news is you can use built-in filters or create your own. Read on to learn more.”

Mashable: Free online resources for kids that celebrate Black history and culture. “The ones below represent a variety of tools from national museums and educational nonprofits. They educate and engage children in Black history and culture through interactive events, entertaining videos, and content that profile Black visionaries and leaders. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, head on over to these websites to spark children’s curiosity or continue their education.”

Wired: How to Set Up Lock Screens on All Your Devices. “Lock screen security is what stands between strangers, thieves, snooping colleagues, overcurious housemates, and all other unauthorized visitors and your private data. Think about it: Once your phone is unlocked, access to your social media, your emails, your documents, your photos, and much more is just a few taps away. Thankfully, the makers of the major operating systems have been working hard to strike the right balance between protection and convenience when it comes to lock screens. Here’s how to stay safe without making logging in an overly onerous task.”


NPR: Which skin color emoji should you use? The answer can be more complex than you think. “Heath Racela identifies as three-quarters white and one-quarter Filipino. When texting, he chooses a yellow emoji instead of a skin tone option, because he feels it doesn’t represent any specific ethnicity or color. He doesn’t want people to view his texts in a particular way. He wants to go with what he sees as the neutral option and focus on the message.”


BBC: ‘Hackers helped me find my lost Bitcoin fortune’. “One estimate from crypto researchers Chainalysis suggests that out of the 18.9 million Bitcoins in circulation, as many as 3.7 million have been lost by owners. And in the decentralised world of crypto-currency no-one is in charge – so if you forget your wallet login details there aren’t many places you can turn to.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google’s ‘anti-journalism’ approach bad news for democracy: ACCC boss. “Outgoing competition boss Rod Sims has accused Google of anti-journalism sentiment and warned that any attempt by it to avoid legislation would undermine democracy, as the search giant agitates against the introduction of laws in the US that would force it to negotiate with news outlets for use of their content. Mr Sims said without the creation of Australia’s news media bargaining code, Google and social media giant Facebook would not have agreed to pay sizeable amounts to local publishers for their content, a contribution which he says currently amounts to more than $200 million per year in payments.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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