Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Virtual Tour, Microsoft PowerToys, Google Play, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 8, 2022


Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources: Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Virtual Tour Offers New Ways To Explore. “Hawaiʻi residents have a wealth of natural resources to explore, but in some cases these places can be difficult to visit in person. The newest tour, in a growing collection of virtual tours, takes users to Puʻu Waʻawaʻa and the Nāpuʻu region of Hawaiʻi Island. As the name suggests, the area is home to a number of puʻu (hills or cinder cones) that host rare dry forest habitats and some of the world’s most endangered plants.”


Ghacks: PowerToys 0.62: three new toys to play with (Text Extractor, Quick Accent, Screen Ruler). “Microsoft published a new stable version of its PowerToys tools collection for Windows today. The new version of PowerToys introduces three new utilities to the application that users may start using right away.”

Android Developers Blog: Google Play announces the winners of the Indie Games Festival and the Accelerator class of 2022 . “Today, at the finals of our Indie Games Festival, thousands of people came together to celebrate the passion, creativity and innovation of small games studios. Players, jury members, and industry experts attended the event – hosted in a custom virtual world – where they discovered the finalist games and met the people who made them.”


Hongkiat: 5 Best Web Scraping Tools to Extract Online Data. “These software look for new data manually or automatically, fetching the new or updated data and storing them for easy access. For example, one may collect info about products and their prices from Amazon using a scraping tool. In this post, we’re listing the use cases of web scraping tools and the top 5 web scraping tools to collect information with zero codings.”


Philly Voice: Philly art museum workers vote to authorize strike amid ongoing contract negotiations. “Unionized workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to authorize a strike, urging the institution’s leadership to meet their demands for better pay and benefits to avert a possible work stoppage.”

WIRED: ‘Date Me’ Google Docs and the Hyper-Optimized Quest for Love. “What do we talk about when we talk about Date Me docs, a kind of wiki to the human soul? On the one hand, none of this is new. The desire to find a mate, or just fornicate, has launched a thousand apps over the past two decades. Both Facebook and YouTube started out as versions of ‘Hot or Not.’ But Date Me docs are uniquely paradoxical. For one, they’re not apps.”

TVB Europe: Canal Plus to turn 11,000 hours of tape archive into streaming content. “Canal Plus is working with Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES) to digitise 11,000 hours of archive content for use on its streaming platforms. The broadcaster’s tape archive, totalling approximately 500,000 tapes, has been in the care of IMES since 2002.” Canal Plus is a French television channel.


Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Librarians and Lawmakers Push for Greater Access to E-Books. “Librarians and their legislative allies are pushing publishers of electronic books to lower their prices and relax licensing terms, an effort that could make it easier for millions of library users to borrow the increasingly popular digital versions of books.”


University of Alabama: Low-cost Solution Viable for Self-Driving Cars to Spot Hacked GPS. “A lot of hurdles remain before the emerging technology of self-driving personal and commercial vehicles is common, but transportation researchers at The University of Alabama developed a promising, inexpensive system to overcome one challenge: GPS hacking that can send a self-driving vehicle to the wrong destination.”


Washington State Universities: Martian rock-metal composite shows potential of 3D printing on Mars. “A little Martian dust appears to go a long way. A small amount of simulated crushed Martian rock mixed with a titanium alloy made a stronger, high-performance material in a 3D‑printing process that one day could be used on Mars to make tools or rocket parts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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