Maine Community Services, Google, Google Sheets, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2022


State of Maine: DHHS Launches New Dashboard Highlighting Services By the Numbers . “Today, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) posted a new ‘DHHS By the Numbers’ Dashboard. It displays current data on services provided by the Department’s 3,400 workers in its eight Offices and two psychiatric hospitals.”


Search Engine Land: Google helpful content update is now rolling out. “Google has started to roll out the new helpful content update that it pre-announced last week. As a reminder, Google’s helpful content update is a sitewide signal. It targets websites that have a relatively high amount of unsatisfying or unhelpful content, where the content is written for search engines first. In short, did you write that piece of content to rank on Google or did you write it to help users?”

9to5 Google: Google Sheets adds XLOOKUP, Named Functions, and a few other advanced features. “Ben Collins, a Google Developer Expert working with Sheets, shared this week an explanation detailing several new features that have been released for Google Sheets. Specifically, 10 new functions that will be helpful for power users.”


Wirecutter: Free Video Games You Can Download Right Now. “Whether you own a PlayStation, Xbox, or a gaming PC, accounts or memberships you probably already have regularly give away full-length games on a monthly or weekly basis. These games offer great opportunities to break out of your comfort zones and try new genres.”

WIRED: Curious About 3D Printing? Here Are Some Tips Before You Dive In. “For the purposes of this guide, I’m assuming you’re looking for desktop consumer printers. With the recent explosion in the availability of printers, anything less than $500 is sufficient for household jobs. This range will all meet similar standards of accuracy and speed, and maintain options to upgrade.”

Tom’s Guide: How to stream on Twitch. “If you want to start streaming, theoretically, all you need to do is a computer and a somewhat stable internet connection. The whole process itself is so simple that you could set everything up before you reach the end of this article. However, if you’re keen on putting together a more polished setup, you could accomplish this within the hour, whether that’s using your gaming PC, laptop, console, or even your mobile phone.


CNET: Paul Allen’s $1 Billion Art Collection Heads to Auction. “Christie’s auction house said Thursday it would handle the sale of the impressive art collection of Paul Allen, the late co-founder of Microsoft, a collection valued at more than $1 billion that includes masterpieces by Renoir and Roy Lichtenstein.”

CNN: They met on a promenade in Nice. Now this couple makes a living traveling in a world of sounds. “In the six years since that first recording, Libby and Marcel have captured audio in more than 25 countries, mostly in Asia, Europe and North America, spending months at a time in each nation. They have developed a more sophisticated recording setup to encompass stereo, Ambisonic and binaural techniques — but still compact enough to fit their traveling lifestyle.”


Reuters: Privacy complaint targets Google over unsolicited ad emails. “Google has breached a European Union court ruling by sending unsolicited advertising emails directly to the inbox of Gmail users, Austrian advocacy group said on Wednesday in a complaint filed with France’s data protection watchdog.”

Engadget: Plex tells users to reset their passwords after potential data breach. “Plex users may want to change their passwords as soon as they’re able. The digital media player and streaming service said a bad actor had infiltrated its system in a letter sent to users affected by the breach.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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