Asian Studies Digital Collection, NextDoor, Apple, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 23, 2022


Georgia Southern University: Georgia Southern launches Asian Studies Digital collection, celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. “The archive provides a curated collection of multidisciplinary resources in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the United States. Contributions are curated from Digital Commons, the University’s open-access institutional repository, and highlight Georgia Southern’s scholarly and cultural assets related to the Asian Studies minor. The collection represents faculty and student research, books, videos, community resources and campus events.”


BusinessWire: Nextdoor announces first API partnership with Microsoft to deliver hyperlocal neighborhood content to users (PRESS RELEASE). “Going forward, trending public posts from Nextdoor will be integrated directly into Microsoft properties, delivering engaging local neighborhood content to Microsoft users in the United States. For example, people using Microsoft Bing, Microsoft Start Feed, or MSN in their preferred city will be able to view Nextdoor content for that specific area.”

TechCrunch: Apple adds live captions to iPhone and Mac, plus more accessibility upgrades to come. “Apple has released a bevy of new accessibility features for iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac, including a universal live captioning tool, improved visual and auditory detection modes, and iOS access to WatchOS apps. The new capabilities will arrive ‘later this year’ as updates roll out to various platforms.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Create Stories on TikTok. “Previously popularized by apps such as Instagram and Snapchat, Stories has now made it to TikTok. A new update now allows users of the video-focused social networking service to post images and videos that will stay on the app for 24 hours before being deleted. This article shows how you can get started with your first Story on TikTok.”

Engadget: The best online resources for cooking at all skill levels. “Be it beginner how-tos or deep-dive YouTube videos, we hope this list of Engadget staff favorites will get you started on your path to culinary confidence. Oh, and if you’re ever confused about measurements, a tool like this recipe converter is a good reference to keep on your bookmarks tab.” Let me recommend as another cooking channel. Beryl Shereshewsky tries recipes crowdsourced from all over the world and presents it all with a friendly, kind vibe. Happy little foods.


Voxy (New Zealand): Twenty-eight publishers join NPA’s collective bargaining with Google and Facebook. “Twenty-eight publishers have to date chosen to join the News Publishers’ Association’s (NPA) collective bargaining initiative to seek fair payment from Google and Facebook for the use of Kiwi journalism on their platforms. The diverse group of publishers employ New Zealand journalists across more than 100 titles, providing valuable national and local news to the community.”


PC Magazine: Google: A Spyware Company Exploited 5 Chrome, Android Zero-Days in 2021. “One spyware company exploited at least five zero-day vulnerabilities—four in the Chrome browser and one in the Android operating system—throughout 2021, according to Google. The company’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) says the spyware maker in question is a North Macedonian firm known as Cytrox.”

TorrentFreak: Bogus DMCA Notices Sent to Google By Fake Google….To Protect Google?. “If the title of this article has caused any confusion, please direct any blame towards the architects of some of the most absurd DMCA abuses of recent times. People with an apparent interest in delisting Android APK sites are sending bogus DMCA notices in Google’s name, ostensibly to protect Google’s rights. Who are they sending them to? Google, of course.”


Ars Technica: Citizen scientists help discover more than 1,000 new asteroids. “On International Asteroid Day in 2019, a group of research institutions launched a program that could make a deep impact on our knowledge of the diminutive bodies. Using citizen science to train a machine-learning algorithm, the Hubble Asteroid Hunter project identified more than 1,000 new asteroids; the discoveries could help scientists better understand the ring of heavenly bodies that primarily float between Mars and Jupiter.”

CNET: VR Exercise Games Could Offer Hope for Delaying Dementia. “Virtual reality exergaming has exploded in popularity in recent years, with more people getting a workout by using PlayStation VR or Oculus headsets and playing games like Beat Saber and Supernatural. Less known is the impact VR exergaming may have on improving cognitive function in older adults. Growing research, however, suggests VR exergaming, or ‘gamercising,’ may help slow cognitive decline, which could have a major impact on the health and quality of life for seniors.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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