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AR Apps, Current Events Vocabulary, FCC CORES Database, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 17, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

CNET: These Free AR Apps Glimpse a Metaverse Future if Artists Were in Charge. “These experiences give glimpses of what’s possible with AR, which you’ve likely interacted with through Instagram and other social media filters, or trying out digitized replicas of an Ikea couch in your living room…. They’re also a tease of what things look like if our destiny really is to live in a metaverse (debatable).”

NiemanLab: Lost for words? A new, free resource offers journalists guidance on thorny topics. “Using funding from Google News Initiative, the project brought together a long list of news leaders to write a style guide with more than 275 entries — including ones for ‘crisis pregnancy center,’ ‘opportunity gap,’ and ‘DREAMer’ — containing detailed definitions, notes on usage, and additional resources.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

In Compliance: FCC to Retire Legacy CORES Database. “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans to discontinue access to its legacy online database for filing and tracking certain applications, including amateur radio applications and licenses.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 8 Sites and Extensions to Make Google Maps Even Better. “Google Maps is by far the most popular online mapping service used today. People love how easily they can look up directions or search around a specific location. On top of that, Google Maps is now also integrated with many other popular sites and services we use. However, there are ways to make Google Maps even better with these eight extensions and websites.”

MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Recipe Organizer Apps to Replace Your Cookbooks. “Recipe managers can help you find, create, and keep recipes in a single place. You can even save handwritten recipes without typing them in one by one. The following are some of the best recipe organizer apps for Android and iPhone that will make you want to do away with your cookbook altogether.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

India Today: Govt mulls IT law revision to make Google, Facebook share revenue with news outlets. “Tech giants, like Google and Facebook, may soon have to share the revenue earned by them by means of displaying content of news publishers on their platforms. The government is reportedly mulling revision in IT laws to effect this change.”

Ars Technica: Cryptocurrency flowing into “mixers” hits an all-time high. Wanna guess why?. “Mixers, also known as tumblers, obfuscate cryptocurrency transactions by creating a disconnect between the funds a user deposits and the funds the user withdraws. To do this, mixers pool funds deposited by large numbers of users and randomly mix them. Each user can withdraw the entire amount deposited, minus a cut for the mixer, but because the coins come from this jumbled pool, it’s harder for blockchain investigators to track precisely where the money went.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Text Your Friends. It Matters More Than You Think . “Calling, texting or emailing a friend just to say ‘hello’ might seem like an insignificant gesture — a chore, even, that isn’t worth the effort. Or maybe you worry an unexpected check-in wouldn’t be welcome, as busy as we all tend to be. But new research suggests that casually reaching out to people in our social circles means more than we realize.”

Cornell Chronicle: Smart thermostats inadvertently strain electric power grids. “Smart thermostats – those inconspicuous wall devices that help homeowners govern electricity usage and save energy – may be falling into a dumb trap. Set by default to turn on before dawn, the smart thermostats unintentionally work in concert with other thermostats throughout neighborhoods and regions to prompting inadvertent, widespread energy-demand spikes on the grid.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Boing Boing: The Ai Promise Collection allows users to submit a personal promise in the form of a photographed note. “The Ai Promise Collection allows users to submit a personal promise in the form of a photographed note. There are currently 60 promises which you can click and view, such as #29, which states ‘I will never forget my dream.'” When you see Ai, you may think AI, but I believe “Ai” in Japanese means love/affection, which is the reference here. Good afternoon, Internet…

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