Manga Out of the Box, Space on the Page, Twitter GIFs, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 24, 2022


Google Blog: Manga Out of the Box: the story of a Japanese art form. “In Manga Out Of The Box – a new collaboration between the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, 12 cultural institutions across Japan, and Google Arts & Culture – we take a closer look at this dynamic art form. Through detailed stories, interactive exhibits and exclusive experiments and videos, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the world of manga. Here are five things you can do as part of this virtual exhibit.”


Library of Congress: New Library of Congress Podcast Explores “Space on the Page”. “In six episodes, hosts David Baron and Lucas Mix will interview authors and scientists who think and write about space exploration and the search for life beyond Earth. Baron and Mix are holders of the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation, as well as researchers and authors on the connection between science and humanity.”

Ubergizmo: iOS 15.4 Reportedly Causing Pretty Severe Battery Drain For Some Users. “According to some users, they are only getting half of the battery life that they got previously prior to the update. Some users are also reporting that they are seeing the battery drain by as much as 5% in less than 10 minutes, while some are also saying that their phones are now lasting them half a day. However, there might be some good news and that is this battery drain might not necessarily be a bug.”

Pocket-lint: How to use Twitter’s in-app camera to easily create and share GIFs. “Twitter is providing an easy way for you to make your own GIFs. It has updated its mobile app to include a built-in GIF capture feature.”


MakeUseOf: How to Add Text to TikTok Videos: A Step-by-Step Guide . “Are you just joining TikTok and about to make your first video with captions? Perhaps you’ve even joined for a while. But want to start using written words along with your TikTok videos. No worries, it only takes a few moments. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to add text to your TikTok videos.”


Search Engine Land: 11 conspiracy theories about search, Google and Big Tech. “As search marketers, we know the teams at Google and other tech companies are doing a lot for the search and advertising world, but we can’t deny that Big Tech has gotten their hands caught in the cookie jar more than once. Whether fact or fiction, conspiracy theories can be entertaining, bizarre and freaky. Here are some of the juiciest conspiracy theories surrounding Big Tech, Google, and search, and the facts behind those theories.” This is more a collection of corrected misinformation, but it’s an interesting read, especially in aggregate!


Reuters: EU court to rule Sept. 14 on Google’s fight against record $4.8 bln EU fine. “Europe’s second-highest court will rule on Sept. 14 on Alphabet unit Google’s challenge against a record 4.34 billion euros ($4.8 billion) EU antitrust fine levied for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals.”

Bleeping Computer: Lapsus$ hackers leak 37GB of Microsoft’s alleged source code. “The Lapsus$ hacking group claims to have leaked the source code for Bing, Cortana, and other projects stolen from Microsoft’s internal Azure DevOps server. Early Sunday morning, the Lapsus$ gang posted a screenshot to their Telegram channel indicating that they hacked Microsoft’s Azure DevOps server containing source code for Bing, Cortana, and various other internal projects.”


Ars Technica: Take a peek inside a flickering candle flame with these 3D-printed shapes. “Markus Buehler and his postdoc, Mario Milazzo, combined high-resolution imaging with deep machine learning to sonify a single candle flame. They then used that single flame as a basic building block, creating ‘music’ out of its flickering dynamics and designing novel structures that could be 3D-printed into physical objects.”

ZDNet: Google’s quantum-focused Sandbox division is being spun off. “Google parent company Alphabet revealed that its Sandbox division, which focuses on quantum computing technologies, is being spun off into an independent company called SandboxAQ.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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