iFixit Catalog, Twitter, Android Cross-Compatibility, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 28, 2022


Review Geek: You Can Now Access iFixit’s Entire Catalog Offline. “To many people, the internet is an invasive, essential, and ever-present force. But nearly half of the world’s population lacks home or mobile internet access, and even in ‘developed’ nations, the internet is held together by superglue. That’s why iFixit has made the entirety of its guides available offline.”


CNN: How Twitter has been shaken by a whistleblower’s allegations. “In the days since it was first reported that former Twitter head of security Peiter “Mudge” Zatko had filed an explosive whistleblower disclosure, the company has had to confront renewed scrutiny from lawmakers, a dip in its stock price and added uncertainty in its high-stakes legal battle with billionaire Elon Musk.”

The Verge: Google opens the door for Android apps that work across all kinds of devices. “Google’s trying to make it easier for developers to create Android apps that connect in some way across a range of devices. In a blog post, Google explains that it’s launching a new cross-device software development kit (SDK) that contains the tools developers need to make their apps play nice across Android devices, and, eventually non-Android phones, tablets, TVs, cars, and more.”


Hongkiat: Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (August 2022). “In this edition of the series, we’ll feature some frameworks and resources for web designers, testing tools, and a lot more. If you are a front-end developer or designer, I’m pretty sure you’ll love what we have on the list. Let’s take a look.”


Brown University: To advance research on incarceration, Brown acquires personal papers of prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. “The prison records, correspondence and artwork of Abu-Jamal, and related materials from advocate Johanna Fernández, will anchor a collection at the John Hay Library focused on first-person accounts of incarceration.”

Boing Boing: Are YouTubers good or bad for the sport of boxing?. “…boxing is finally getting some mainstream attention thanks to YouTuber super fights. Celebrities like Jake Paul and KSI sell more pay-per-views than most ‘real boxers’ could ever imagine. As a result, boxing purists have become quite vocal in voicing their displeasure toward YouTube boxers, but there’s a strong argument that this new crop of celebrity boxers is great for the sport.”


ZDNet: CISA: Action required now to prepare for quantum computing cyber threats. “Action must be taken now to help protect networks from cybersecurity threats that will emerge in the advent of power of quantum computing, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned. While quantum computing could bring benefits to computing and society, it also brings new cybersecurity threats – and the CISA alert warns that critical infrastructure in particular is at risk.”

IANS: Google Play purges over 2K predatory personal loan apps in India this year. “Google on Thursday said it has purged more than 2, 000 controversial personal loan apps from its Play Store in India in the January-June period after consulting with the law enforcement agencies.”


Digital Photography Review: Film Friday: How I track each roll of film I shoot using a custom Notion database. “I’m not the most organized person. As such, I can’t count the times over the years I’ve accidentally shot through rolls of film and forgotten what camera they were shot with or how many stops I pushed/pulled them, making for less-than-pleasing results when sending them out to get developed and scanned. To remedy this problem, I decided to try something new this year. I decided to create a database of sorts that would help me track every roll of film I take out of the freezer, load into my camera and send off to my lab of choice.”

Fielding Graduate University: Ring Camera Security Videos as Entertainment. “The use of Ring camera videos for a TV program is a clever marketing move by the company. It challenges existing social norms about security monitoring by classifying it as entertainment. What used to be invasive and creepy is now not only socially acceptable but downright fun stuff. Although scholarly evidence has shown that widespread surveillance leads to greater public approval, despite the rising threat to privacy, autonomy, and civil liberties, researchers have not yet examined the effect of surveillance as entertainment programming.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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