Tennessee Transportation Data, Edinburgh Port Leith, Microsoft Edge, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, April 8, 2023


Local 3 News: TDOT launches new tool making transportation data more accessible. “The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has launched a new County Profile Tool you can use to see a variety of transportation-related information in your area.” Been a great week for state government transportation infrastructure projects.

Edinburgh Live: Incredible interactive new website brings parts of Edinburgh back to life. “Using historic street maps, vintage photos, newspaper clippings, post office directory data, and people’s own memories, Old Leith Rediscovered allows locals to explore Edinburgh’s famous port as it was at the end of the 19th century. The interactive site features a zoomable version of Charles Goad’s 1892 Fire Insurance Plan of Leith, which captured the streets and structures of the old Leith in extraordinary detail, giving information on everything from the names of businesses, what they did there and the construction materials used in individual buildings.”


How-To Geek: Microsoft Edge Now Has Bing’s Dall-E Image Creator. “Microsoft is cramming AI features into every app and service it can, from Office apps to its Bing search engine. The latest addition? A panel for the Bing Image Creator in Microsoft Edge.”

Engadget: Google’s WebGPU is coming to Chrome to boost online gaming and graphics. “Google will soon start rolling out WebGPU, a new feature that will allow Chrome browsers to use your graphics card to accelerate games, graphics and AI, the company announced. It’ll be enabled by default in Chrome 113 set to arrive in a few weeks for Windows PCs (via Direct3D 12), MacOS (Metal) and ChromeOS (Vulkan).”

The Verge: Google will shut down Dropcam and Nest Secure in 2024. “Google is ending support for the Dropcam and the Nest Secure home security system in one year, on April 8th, 2024. They are among the few remaining Nest products that haven’t been brought over to Google Home, and their demise hints that the new Google Home app might almost be here. At least, no more than a year away. Surely.”


Android Police: How to install Google ChromeOS Flex on any computer. “Chromebooks are a great alternative to traditional laptops and PCs. Running ChromeOS, they are cheap, powerful devices that provide all the functionality you could ask for. Even better, the best Chromebooks on the market are relatively inexpensive. But you don’t need to buy a Chromebook to try out ChromeOS. Google lets you experience the OS on your old laptop or PC through ChromeOS Flex.”


DPReview: DPReview closure: an update. “We’ve received a lot of questions about what’s next for the site. We hear your concerns about losing the content that has been carefully curated over the years, and want to assure you that the content will remain available as an archive. We’ve also heard that you need more time to access the site, so we’re going to keep publishing some more stories while we work on archiving.”

SF Gate: Major advertisers worry about Elon Musk’s ‘racist rhetoric,’ report says. “Top advertisers have reportedly pulled out of Twitter en masse since Musk’s takeover in October, and his behavior doesn’t appear to be winning back the biggest spenders. Major marketing executives expressed skepticism about the platform under Musk’s erratic leadership in a private email thread reported on Thursday by Semafor.”

MakeUseOf: Google Keep vs. Notion: Which Note-Taking App Is Better?. “If you’re looking for a new place to jot down notes and plan your to-dos, it’s likely you’ve come across two excellent options, Google Keep and Notion. Both are great solutions for your daily to-do lists and keeping tabs on your latest projects, which can make choosing between them difficult. Want to know which app is better for you? Keep reading for a quick comparison of Google Keep and Notion.”


New York Times: New Batch of Classified Documents Appears on Social Media Sites. “A new batch of classified documents that appear to detail American national security secrets from Ukraine to the Middle East to China surfaced on social media sites on Friday, alarming the Pentagon and adding turmoil to a situation that seemed to have caught the Biden administration off guard.”


Poynter: Everything about Twitter is meaningless. “Elon Musk’s attempt this week to delegitimize NPR by labeling the public media’s primary Twitter account ‘US state-affiliated media’ is an outright troll move that will further degrade Twitter’s value to its users and its advertisers.”


University of Western Australia: Aboriginal art and knowledge unlocks mystery of fairy circles. “Fairy circles – barren patches which make polka-dot patterns in dry and desert areas – were first described by scientists in Namibia in the 1970s, sparking global debate about the phenomenon. A paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, authored by a cross-cultural team of researchers and Aboriginal people from Australia’s Western Desert region, has challenged scientific theories by learning from Aboriginal people.” Good morning, Internet…

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