Pacific Food Trade Database, Google Earth, Google Live Translate, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 7, 2023


University of Wollongong: Pacific Food Trade Database supports food system sustainability. “Researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) based Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), led by food systems senior research fellow Dr Tom Brewer, have developed the Pacific Food Trade Database to assist regional analysis and decision making…. The database, which is open access and free to use, includes tonnage of imports and exports from 1995-2018 for 18 Pacific islands and territories.”


PC Magazine: Google Earth Just Added 2 More Years of Timelapse Imagery. “Google Earth has added satellite photos from 2021 and 2022 to its zoomable timelapse video of our planet.”

Gizmodo: Google is Finally Bringing Live Translate Captions to Chrome. “After nearly two years, Chrome browsers may soon finally get a feature that has thus far been restricted to Google Pixel phones. On Thursday, Reddit user and Chrome Canary beta tester Leopeva64 posted several screenshots and GIFs on the r/chrome subreddit showing off an upcoming Live Translate caption feature coming to Google’s browser.”


How-To Geek: How to Replace Siri With ChatGPT on Your iPhone. “Siri can control your iPhone, but it’s nowhere near as powerful as ChatGPT. Fortunately, you can add ChatGPT to your iPhone and talk to it with your voice, using Siri as a gateway to ChatGPT. Here’s how.”

Lifehacker: How to Spot a Fake-Ass Website. “A fake website is a scammer’s attempt to seem like a reputable business, when in reality, they don’t actually provide any goods or services: Their ‘business’ is to trick you into thinking they do, and to get you to pay for it. There are different types of fake websites to be aware of: those that try to mimic a reputable website, and those that create their own unique website.” If you’re not sure, the About page is often an indicator. Also the bios of any people on the site. Fake ones tend to be vague or a George Santos level of nonsensical.


New York Times: In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution. “In March, two Google employees, whose jobs are to review the company’s artificial intelligence products, tried to stop Google from launching an A.I. chatbot. They believed it generated inaccurate and dangerous statements.”


Engadget: Two alcohol recovery startups just got caught sharing private user data. “Online alcohol recovery startups Monument and Tempest got caught sharing confidential user data with advertisers without their consent, as originally reported by TechCrunch. Everything came to light after an internal review revealed a data breach impacting 100,000 users, forcing the companies to issue a formal disclosure to the user base. The violations started in 2017 and were ongoing until last month’s review.”


University of Michigan: More harm perceived globally regarding online harassment. “Online insults and disrespect are perceived as more harmful by individuals outside the United States, especially when the content damages family reputation, according to a University of Michigan study. But there was consensus among all countries, including the U.S., that nonconsensual sharing of sexual photos was highest in harm.”

Cornell University: Teens who trust online information find it less stressful. “Surveying nearly 170 adolescents and young adults from the U.S. and U.K. early in the pandemic, the researchers found that those more trusting of the COVID-19 information they saw on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok were more likely to feel it was empowering, while those less trusting were more likely to find it stressful.”

Lulu Cheng Meservey has a blog/Substack called Flack. I’m putting it like that because efforts to denote that information with more brevity (like Lulu Cheng Meservey (Flack) or Lulu Cheng Meservey / Flack) looked like pejorative assessments and not statements of fact. At any rate: “Please just take the checkmark away!” How Twitter devalued its top status symbol and what it can do now. “While the legacy blue checkmark was positioned as a luxury good, the new Twitter Blue became marketed like an inferior good. Twitter’s messaging antagonized and humiliated influential users, made the product feel like it was made for arriviste social climbers instead of respected power users, and framed it as a cheap imitation of an old status symbol rather than a fresh offering with useful benefits. In this post, we’ll look at why Twitter Blue wasn’t positioned for success and what it can do now to win over users.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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