Nevada Trail Finder, Rail Transit Accessibility, Discord, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 18, 2022


Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Outdoor Recreation partners launch Nevada Trail Finder map with thousands of miles of trails. “This user-friendly, digital mapping platform provides detailed trail description pages allowing outdoor recreationists to explore Nevada’s vibrant trail systems, download maps for offline use, get essential information and planning tools, learn tips for responsible and sustainable recreation, submit trip comments and photos, and much more.”

University of Washington News: Q&A: UnlockedMaps provides real-time accessibility information for urban rail transit in six metro areas. “While many people use Google Maps and other navigation tools to plan their rail transit trips across a city, these apps and websites often lack important information about how accessible a specific station is…. Researchers at the University of Washington developed UnlockedMaps, a web-based map that allows users to see in real time how accessible rail transit stations are in six metro areas: Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, New York and the California Bay Area.”


Ars Technica: Discord update adds activities, app directory, and cheaper Nitro subscription. “Discord announced a plethora of updates to its online communication software and service today, including new ways to interact with third-party apps on the platform and a cheaper Nitro subscription tier.”

ProgrammableWeb: ProgrammableWeb is Being Retired. “After 17 years of reporting on the API economy, ProgrammableWeb has made the decision to shut down operations on October 31st. First launched in 2005, ProgrammableWeb always had the goal to give developers a place to understand APIs and the role they would play in turning the Web into a Platform.”


The Verge: How to rescue your hacked account: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more. “Hackers commandeer online accounts at industrial scale. Here’s how to restore and protect your access to Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, TikTok, and Twitter.”

WIRED: Stadia Is Dying. Here’s What’s in Your Refund and How to Get It. “IT TOOK LONGER than skeptics might’ve guessed, but Google Stadia is finally shutting down. On January 18, 2023, anyone who bought games on the streaming service will lose access to their library. To compensate people who invested in the ecosystem, Google will be giving Stadia users a full refund—quite an unprecedented move. If you bought a game on Stadia at any point since its launch, you might have questions. Here’s how it’s all going to play out.”


UC Riverside News: 22 Southern California newspapers will be preserved, digitized, and available to the public . “UC Riverside’s Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research will house 22 Southern California community newspapers — preserving 150 years of local journalism that will be digitally accessible to the public by 2024.”

Boing Boing: See vintage punk flyers and ephemera on the “Art Punk Kill” instagram. “If you’re in need of some more neat stuff on your instagram feed, you can see vintage punk flyers and ephemera on the ‘Art Punk Kill’ page. I love looking through all of the ink drawings in this giant archive. It always inspires me to draw something in my sketchbook.”


ZDNet: Google shows off KataOS, a secure operating system written in Rust. “Google has unveiled KataOS, an early exploration into a new secure operating system for embedded systems on open-source RISC-V chips. Google’s KataOS is written ‘almost entirely in Rust’, the programming language that’s been adopted by the Android Open Source Project and the Linux kernel project.”

CNET: Epic Games Accuses Google of Destroying Evidence as Lawsuit Continues. “Fortnite publisher Epic Games has accused Google of deleting employee chats that it alleges would have served as evidence in the continuing lawsuit between the companies.”


UChicago News: Nearly all adults think misinformation is increasing extreme political views and behaviors. “The public believes misinformation is having serious consequences. More than half of adults say misinformation increases political engagement, and about 7 in 10 say misinformation increases extreme political views and hate crimes such as violence motivated by race, gender, or religion. About half also say misinformation decreases trust in government.”

UC Riverside: Taking photos of slides helps students remember. “Students often take camera-phone photos of slides during an instructor’s presentation. But the question has lingered whether this practice helps students remember information. A first-of-its-kind study answers the question, finding that taking pictures of PowerPoint slides during an online presentation helped students remember the slide content better than for slides they did not photograph.” Good morning, Internet…

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