Palm Pilot Software, Stable Diffusion, Google Workspace, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2022


The Verge: The Internet Archive just put 565 Palm Pilot apps in your web browser. “Yes, I am playing Dope Wars on a Palm Pilot inside my iPhone. It’s thanks to The Internet Archive, which is once again launching a giant collection of software you can instantly play on any web browser, up to and including your touchscreen-equipped phone. There are currently 565 classic Palm apps in all, including games, widgets, and even free trials from both the greyscale and color eras.”


CNET: AI Art Is About to Get Sharper, Better Looking, Less Porny. “Stability AI, the developers behind popular AI-generated art program Stable Diffusion, released a major update to the software on Thursday, European time (Wednesday night in the US).”

Engadget: Google Workspace’s latest updates include improved Gmail search. “Google has revealed some minor, albeit handy, updates for Workspace. Soon, when you join a Google Meet call or start presenting on one from a Docs, Sheets or Slides file, you’ll have an easier way to share that file with other attendees through the meeting’s chat panel.”

Bloomberg: FTX Chaos Prompts Reckoning on Dubai’s Embrace of Crypto Giants. “FTX was one of the first firms granted a license by Dubai’s Virtual Asset​s Regulatory Authority as part of the push to lure business, and the exchange set up its regional headquarters in the city…. With FTX and Bankman-Fried now facing investigations from the US to the Bahamas, officials have distanced themselves from that decision, even scrubbing its license details from the regulator’s website.”


Screen Rant: How To Follow Hashtags On Mastodon (And Why It Isn’t Working). “Following hashtags can create a personalized feed of content for users to enjoy, but what is the best way to follow hashtags on the Mastodon app? Without hashtags, users potentially lose out on content that could be relevant to their interests. While it is easy to search for hashtags, users just want an easy way to see relevant content without searching for it.”

Hongkiat: 10+ Tools to Crop and Resize Images Online (Without Photoshop). “Sometimes, using image editing tools like Photoshop or GIMP just for simple image editing tasks (cropping, resizing, etc) seems a little overkill. For that matter, we bring you a list of sites that care of these simple tasks. And best of all, they are free!”


University of Calgary: Project digitally preserves former Indian residential schools in Alberta. “Of all the ghosts that weighed heavily on the shoulders of Brendon Many Bears as he worked his way with a 3D laser scanner across every inch of Old Sun Community College, it was those he encountered in the former coal closet that sat the most horrifically in the pit of his stomach. The tiny room in the former Old Sun Indian Residential School, on Siksika Nation in southwest Alberta, was easy to miss, hidden away behind a metal door in the building’s boiler room.”

University of New Mexico: Navajo Code Talker Collections Donated to CSWR. “The Carl N. Gorman and William Dean Wilson Collection, both document the lives and service of the aforementioned men who were among the first twenty-nine Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. The collections were donated by Zonnie Gorman —a recognized historian on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, prior CSWR Graduate Fellow and daughter of Carl Gorman.”

How-To Geek: Tumblr and Flickr Might Join Mastodon’s “Fediverse” Network. “It’s not clear to what degree Tumblr would support ActivityPub. Presumably, it will allow people on Mastodon to follow blogs on Tumblr, and vice-versa. It’s possible Tumblr could go even further, adding support for polls and other features beyond regular posts.”


RTE: Senior Irish Twitter executive secures temporary High Court injunction against termination of employment. “An Irish-based senior executive with Twitter has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment. The order was secured by Sinead McSweeney, who is Twitter’s Global Vice President for Public Policy.”

University of Michigan: Cyber vulnerability in networks used by spacecraft, aircraft and energy generation systems. “A new attack discovered by the University of Michigan and NASA exploits a trusted network technology to create unexpected and potentially catastrophic behavior.”


Harvard Business Review: Does Influencer Marketing Really Pay Off?. “In 2022, the influencer industry reached $16.4 billion. More than 75% of brands have a dedicated budget for influencer marketing, from Coca Cola’s #ThisOnesFor campaign in collaboration with fashion and travel influencers, to Dior’s award-winning 67 Shades campaign in which the brand partnered with diverse influencers to promote its Forever Foundation product line. But does investing in influencers really pay off?” Good morning, Internet…

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