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Dropbox Shop, Google Lens, Twitter, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 8, 2022

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Dropbox Shop launches in open beta to allow creators to sell digital content. “Dropbox Shop, a platform that allows creators to sell digital content directly to their customers, is now available in open beta, Dropbox announced on Tuesday. The company is also introducing new updates to the platform and adding tipping capabilities. You can now also customize your storefront and URLs and embed HTML codes.”

UPI: Google Lens to roll out multi-search feature on iOS and Android. “Google Lens is rolling out a multi-search feature to search for words and images combined in the Google app on iOS and Android. On Thursday, the company launched a U.S.-only beta for the multi-search feature using artificial intelligence that it previewed last September at its Search On event.”

Engadget: Twitter test lets you ‘unmention’ yourself in tweets. “Twitter might not have an edit button just yet, but it’s still delivering at least one useful feature this week. The social network is now rolling out a previously hinted-at ‘Unmention’ feature that lets you remove yourself from a conversation.”

USEFUL STUFF

Hongkiat: Best Tools to Convert HEIC to JPG . “Currently, Android and Windows users have two options to view HEIC pictures. They may either install HEIC image reader tools or convert HEIC pictures to a common and widely used image format such as JPG. Once the HEIC images are converted to JPG format, they can easily be viewed on Android, Windows, or any other platform. Before jumping into the list of best tools to convert HEIC image format to JPG, let’s first define what HEIC image format is.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Boing Boing: Watch the beauty of Reddit’s r/place. “Through community coordination and unbridled creativity, some of Reddit’s most passionate fandoms and subcultures started to emblazon their logos and art on the canvas. Since space was limited on the canvas, communities had to battle others to control the area they chose to draw on. The end result was a beautiful tapestry of pixel art that captured the beauty of having a community online.” I have been accidentally picking up a lot of /r/place posts via my IFTTT recipes, but I don’t mind — they’re interesting and the posts I’m getting as the project winds down are mostly rather sentimental.

CNET: Antiwordle Turns Wordle Around, Rewards You for Guessing Wrong. “Antiwordle sounds mind-boggling until you actually play it. It looks a lot like classic Wordle, the daily word-guessing game that’s swept the internet. But the idea is to not guess the right word so you make as many attempts as possible while avoiding the correct answer. There are rules in place that make the goal challenging.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: Police Records Show Women Are Being Stalked With Apple AirTags Across the Country. “Attach an AirTag to your purse, keys, wallet, or even your car, and if you lose it, the device will ping every nearby Apple product with Bluetooth turned on to triangulate its location. Those devices send its location back to you on a map, showing where the AirTag has been and its current location. Police records reviewed by Motherboard show that, as security experts immediately predicted when the product launched, this technology has been used as a tool to stalk and harass women.”

Protocol: Google bans popular Android apps that were secretly harvesting data. “Google has booted dozens of Android apps from the Google Play store after finding the apps included a line of code that was discreetly harvesting user data. According to the Wall Street Journal, some of the now-banned apps were Muslim prayer apps downloaded more than 10 million times. A popular highway speed trap detection app and a QR-code-reading app were also found to include the data-scraping code.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

AgriLife Today: New veterinary app, website to track disease symptoms. “With the touch of a smartphone button, veterinarians will be able to check online to determine if what they see in the field is unique to their area or part of a greater pattern, thanks to a new veterinary app and website created by a group of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty.” This is a project limited to a three-state area (New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.

Washington Post: Internet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’. “Algospeak refers to code words or turns of phrase users have adopted in an effort to create a brand-safe lexicon that will avoid getting their posts removed or down-ranked by content moderation systems. For instance, in many online videos, it’s common to say ‘unalive’ rather than ‘dead,’ ‘SA’ instead of ‘sexual assault,’ or ‘spicy eggplant’ instead of ‘vibrator.'”

WBTV: North Carolina named most social media obsessed state in the U.S.. “The study analyzed the number of Google searches for social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter in each state to see which ones had the most searches per month for every 1,000 people. It found that North Carolina was the most social media obsessed state, with over 9-million social media searches per month. When measured against the state’s population this results in an average of 867.87 social media related searches for every 1,000 people.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Vox: One Good Thing: An unsolicited dik-dik pic . “Few experiences are more jarring than opening your phone to find an image of genitalia that you didn’t request — an unsolicited dick pic. Such an occurrence is diametrically opposite, I’d argue, to getting an unsolicited dik-dik pic. Dik-diks are tiny antelopes that are no larger than an overfed house cat.” Good evening, Internet…

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