British Library, 3D Movie Maker, Google Accounts, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, May 10, 2022


British Library Endangered Archives: New online – April 2022. “In this month’s round-up we have a collection of portrait photographs from Lima, Peru (EAP1234), and two collections from Sri Lanka, palm-leaf manuscripts from the Jaffna, Vanni, and Mannar districts (EAP1056), and Tamil Protestant records from the Jaffna Peninsula (EAP971). You can read more about each of the projects below and follow the links to see the catalogued records, digitised images, and project information.”


Engadget: Microsoft open sources the code for 3D Movie Maker. “Microsoft has open sourced the code for the 27-year-old program 3D Movie Maker — and it’s all thanks to someone who asked on Twitter.”


WIRED: What to Do If You Can’t Log In to Your Google Account. “The web is filled with advice and shortcuts on what to do in this situation, from tapping your password manager to turning off two-factor authentication (not recommended!). Rather than use Google’s most popular tool, Search, for the answer, we decided to ask the company directly what happens when users can’t get in and what steps they should take to recover their account. Guemmy Kim, director of account safety and security at Google, guided us through our questions.”

Hongkiat: 20+ Sites to Get All the Free Design Resources You’ll Need . “Whether you’re just a hobbyist or a professional designer, I’m sure we all appreciate free stuff. There are many free design resources today that are easily accessible can help us be more creative, be more productive, or help you out on a tight budget project.”

Lifehacker: The Best Free Online Tools to Map Your Own Bike Routes. “Whether you’re in an unfamiliar place or broadening your horizons in your hometown, there are plenty of tools online to customize different walk, run, and bike routes wherever you are. The online tools we’ll highlight here are not all created equal, so let’s take a look at the best free options depending on what you’re looking for in a map.”


CNET: The App That Prepares You for Death. “When someone you love passes away, it’s impossibly hard to prioritize all the logistics. You’re facing unimaginable stress and grief all at once, so when it comes time to negotiate funeral planning, insurance records, legal and financial documents, and more, it can be overwhelming. So it’s important to get all of this sorted before you’re reeling from loss. Enter Bereev, a death preparation app that’s beginning to make waves in Australia.”

BuzzFeed News: Some of the Most Viral “Pro-Choice” Instagram Content is Coming From Mormon Bloggers. “Mormon influencers are some of the most followed, analyzed, and discussed creators in the social media space. Some have been speaking out all week about the Supreme Court news, and many are standing up for a pregnant person’s right to choose.”

NBC News: Dolly Parton to star in a musical on TikTok about Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza. “Dolly Parton is starring in a TikTok musical about Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza that will premiere later this month. Yes, really.”


NBC News: Illinois college, hit by ransomware attack, to shut down. “Lincoln College is scheduled to close its doors Friday, becoming the first U.S. institution of higher learning to shut down in part due to a ransomware attack. A goodbye note posted to the school’s website notes that it survived both World Wars, the Spanish flu and the Great Depression, but was unable to handle the combination of the Covid pandemic and a severe ransomware attack in December that took months to remedy.”

CNET: Clearview AI to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Database to Private Companies. ”
Facial recognition company Clearview AI will no longer sell its facial recognition database to most private companies or individuals in the US. The change comes as part of a settlement, filed Monday in federal court in Illinois, with the American Civil Liberties Union.”

Reuters: Google Faces Antitrust Lawsuit From Dating App Owner Match Over Play Store Fees. “Dating apps maker Match Group Inc sued Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday, calling the action a ‘last resort’ to prevent Tinder and its other apps from being booted off the Play store for refusing to share up to 30% of their sales.”


SciTechDaily: Digital Divide: Data Portal Highlights Internet Inequities in Chicago. “At today’s inaugural Data Science Institute Summit, the initiative unveiled a new data portal that combines public and private data from 20 cities around the nation. The site makes data accessible to governments, community groups, data scientists, and other interested stakeholders seeking to improve Internet connectivity to mitigate the ‘digital divide.'” Good morning, Internet…

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