Hawaii Photography, Google Maps, Twitter, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2022


KHON: PHOTOS: What Hawaii lei makers looked like in 1930s. “In 2021, the Hawaii State Archives launched a project to digitize what is physically in the building so everyone can access the files online from home. From people to parades, from buildings to boats, there are thousands of photos from the past that are now available to go through.”


CNET: Google Maps Now Provides Aerial Views of Nearly 100 World Landmarks. “As part of its immersive view experience, Google Maps unveiled aerial views of nearly 100 global landmarks, the company announced Wednesday. Through the new photorealistic images, you can explore famous monuments in cities across the world such as Barcelona, London, New York and Tokyo.”

TechCrunch: Twitter tests a ‘tweets per month’ counter. “Twitter is testing a feature that lets you see how many times a user tweets per month. Reverse engineers spotted this in development about a month ago, but as of this morning, some Twitter users have shared that they have gained access to this feature.”


Alphr: How To Make Flashcards With Google Slides. “Google Slides is a relatively user-friendly app that works well on both Windows computers and MacBooks. Making digital flashcards involves several steps, from resizing the presentation and adding questions to customizing the deck with images and backgrounds.” Someone has far more patience with annotating screenshots than I do. The visual instructions here can only be described as “lavish”.

Lifehacker: You Can Make Your Smartphone Read Out Loud to You. “Why are you reading this article? Wait, don’t click away—what I mean is, why are you reading this article? Chances are, you visited this article from your smartphone, like so many of us do. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you can make your phone read text out loud to you, so you never need to read it yourself again.”


KYUK: KYUK to receive $350,000 grant to digitally preserve and catalog decades of archival material. “The KYUK station, our humble building in the center of town, is responsible for the largest collection of video and audio footage documenting the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta. For decades, that collection was entirely physical: old tapes and VHS lining rows of shelves in the back of the building. Now, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, KYUK is bringing that archive into the 21st century and protecting it for future generations.”

Northwestern Now: 70 years of WGN Radio audio to be archived at Northwestern Libraries. “The archive, with materials covering 1941 to 2011, includes more than 15,000 items, primarily magnetic media (open reel tapes, compact cassettes, continuous-loop ‘carts,’ U-matic videocassettes and VHS tapes) as well as other media such as grooved discs, CDs and minidiscs. The bulk of the audio dates to the 1980s and 1990s, a period of innovation and surging popularity for the station.”


Bloomberg Law: Google, Apple Back Affirmative Action in Harvard Case. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Meta Platforms Inc. and Apple Inc. are among nearly 70 companies filing a brief with the US Supreme Court in support of affirmative action programs being challenged at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.”


Gotham Gazette: Combat Disinformation by Funding Independent News Media. “As proposed by the Federation of American Scientists, the Knight Foundation, and others, Congress should recast CPB as the Corporation for Public Media. Give it the funding to catalyze robust online local news media platforms, and then steer clear of political interference by empowering local governance.”

University of Montreal: Video games: posing in 3D. “What’s the best way to get 3D characters in videogames to look real and expressive? Two computer scientists at Université de Montréal have come up with answer: use simple bitmap sketches to make their poses more lifelike.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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