Chazen Art Museum, iOS 16.7, Substack, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 24, 2023


Chazen Museum of Art: Mellon Grant Helps Exhibition Archive Go Online. “When completed, the Chazen’s digital exhibition archive will include thousands of high-resolution images and documents from the museum’s physical archive…As well, high-resolution images of about 3,000 of the museum’s 24,000 permanent collection objects are online, making highly detailed remote viewing widely available for the first time.”


Ars Technica: iOS 16.7 arrives for older iPhones and people who don’t want to upgrade. “The iOS and iPadOS 16.7 update covers all devices that could run version 16, including older stuff like the iPhone 8, iPhone X, and first-gen iPad Pro that can’t be upgraded to version 17. In a couple of months, if precedent holds, newer devices will have to upgrade to keep getting security fixes, while iOS 16 updates will continue to support older devices for at least another year.”

The Verge: Substack’s redesign makes it feel like a more traditional social media app. “After a tease in a blog post on Tuesday, Substack officially shared details about its redesigned app on Wednesday, which offers a new ‘Home’ tab and some adjustments to the app’s current layout.”


Lifehacker: Unsubscribe From Unwanted Mailing Lists With This Chrome Extension. “Across all my email addresses, which include school, personal, spam, and work inboxes in both Gmail and Outlook, I currently have 23,754 unread messages. This does not mean I am ignoring important emails related to my job, education, or personal pursuits. It simply means those messages are harder to find because I am absolutely inundated with garbage. In an attempt to clean things up, I added the Trimbox extension to my Chrome browsers to clear out the Gmail boxes. I was admittedly nervous about using a third-party app to hack through all my stupid emails, but it worked out great.”


Reuters: X social media’s India, South Asia policy head Gupta resigns-sources. “Social media platform X’s head of policy for India and South Asia, Samiran Gupta, has resigned, two sources said, a top departure that comes ahead of India elections and as the company fights a court battle with New Delhi over content removal.”

Mental Floss: 11 Social Media Platforms You Probably Forgot Existed (And Why They Failed). “For every Facebook and TikTok, there’s a Friendster and a Vine. We all probably joined some (if not all) of these websites and witnessed their meteoric rise and respective falls from grace. So why did some succeed while other once-popular social media platforms failed? Here are 11 now-defunct networks that you might have forgotten about, plus why they failed to gain traction with users.”


Engadget: The FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon as soon as next week. “The Federal Trade Commission looks set to drag Amazon into another legal battle between the two sides. The agency is preparing to file an antitrust suit against Amazon as soon as next week, according to Bloomberg. Reuters reports that the FTC has sent a draft complaint to attorneys general in an attempt to get as many states as possible on board with its case.”

NBC News: Social media famous dentist faces backlash on TikTok after women claim he sent inappropriate messages . “A Texas dentist who is known for his brash, edgy humor on social media, where he has hundreds of thousands of followers, has been accused of bullying and sexual harassment by several women who say they received inappropriate messages from his official social media accounts. Kenneth Wilstead, who goes by @DrKennySmiles on Instagram and @DrKennySmilesOfficial on TikTok, often shares his ‘smile makeovers’ on social media.”


Stony Brook University: Negative Retweets Add to Voter Fraud Conspiracy Theories. “A team of behavioral scientists using big data and a simulation-based model to analyze social media ‘tweets’ around the 2020 presidential election found that the spread of voter fraud conspiracy theories on Twitter (now called X) was boosted by a negativity bias.”

University of North Carolina: They combat patient loneliness with social media. “Researchers in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media and the College of Arts and Sciences are teaming up to demonstrate that social media can be used to improve well-being. They call their method the ‘social connectedness intervention,’ which uses social media to send messages to specific audiences, encouraging them to make in-person connections with other people.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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