LGBTQ Radio, Innovation and Quality Management Research, Google Maps, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, June 15, 2022


New-to-me, from Current: How ‘This Way Out’ is preserving its collection of historic audio from the LGBTQ movement . “The collection reflects the technical evolution of radio production. It is divided between reel-to-reel tapes from 1988 to 2000 that are held in the Pacifica Radio Archives on-site and off-site storage facilities and digital files from 2000 to present, which have been saved on various digital storage devices, including Jaz discs and external hard drives sequestered in producer’s closets.”

Nature: A global database for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses in innovation and quality management. “This study presents a complete (from 1975–2021), up-to-date, preprocessed and geocoded bibliometric database combining published articles of the two themes. The data collection was performed following the PRISMA methodology. The database consists of seven data tables, including one core dataset with 59,231 records and six citation network-related tables, including latitude and longitude values of the affiliations.” Open Access


Tom’s Guide: Google Maps just got a neat upgrade to help you save money. “Last year we got word that Google Maps was copying an important feature from Waze — calculating how much tolls along a particular route would cost. Now, nearly 12 months on, the feature is finally rolling out.”


MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Chrome Extensions to Improve Your GitHub Experience. “GitHub is the most-used platform for hosting and editing code. It’s easy to see why, given the features and ease of use it offers. However, despite a clean interface and a boatload of handy features, there’s room for improvement. Therefore, here, we’ll take a look at the eight best Chrome extensions that add new features to GitHub and improve the interface.”


Rising Kashmir: Tracegov- Kashmir’s local search engine. “In the digital world, everything is just a click away but when searching for a local business unit, getting a desired result is far from reality. Same happened with a businessman Mir Aijaz from Gudsathoo Budgam while he was travelling. He searched on Google for local restaurants but the information provided was improper. Though he didn’t get the food, his hunger drove him to come up with a local search engine – Tracegov.”

Rest of World: Meet the fact-checkers decoding Sri Lanka’s meltdown. “From protests to power cuts, Watchdog uses open source research to investigate Sri Lanka’s ongoing political and economic crisis.”

Star Tribune: John Deere tapping into Apple-like tech model to drive revenue. “In a world with a dwindling number of grain producers and a growing population, Deere and its rivals are developing self-driving equipment loaded with the latest software that is harvesting a new kind of bumper crop: data. All that translates into recurring revenue, something companies like Apple have long enjoyed and industrial manufacturers like Deere hungrily eye.”


Search Engine Journal: Google, TikTok, & Others Agree To New EU Anti-Disinformation Code. “Google, Meta, TikTok, and other tech giants reportedly agree to revisions of EU’s anti-disinformation code, which will have the companies share more information with the European Commission. A confidential report obtained by the Financial Times includes the details of an updated code of practice that some of the world’s largest tech companies have signed onto.”

ZDNet: Time to update: Google patches seven Chrome browser bugs, four rated ‘high’ risk. “Google has released updates for Chrome to fix seven security vulnerabilities – including four classed as high risk – discovered in the browser used by millions around the world.”

Ars Technica: Botched and silent patches from Microsoft put customers at risk, critics say. “Blame is mounting on Microsoft for what critics say is a lack of transparency and adequate speed when responding to reports of vulnerabilities threatening its customers, security professionals said. Microsoft’s latest failing came to light on Tuesday in a post that showed Microsoft taking five months and three patches before successfully fixing a critical vulnerability in Azure.”


New York University: NYU’s Mind, Ethics, and Policy Program Will Address Questions Surrounding Non-Human Minds. “NYU’s ‘Mind, Ethics, and Policy Program’ will conduct pioneering research on the nature and intrinsic value of non-human minds, including those of animals and artificial intelligences.”

Wall Street Journal: Some Ads Play on Streaming Services Even When the TV Is Off, Study Finds. “Many commercials continue to play on ad-supported streaming services after viewers turn off their television, new research shows, a problem that is causing an estimated waste of more than $1 billion a year for brands.” Good morning, Internet…

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