Chipshub (Semiconductors), Archiving Black Churches, WordPress, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 12, 2023


Purdue University: Chipshub: An online platform for everything semiconductors. “Purdue University is leveraging its expertise in scientific simulation tools to help the nation take the lead as the hub for semiconductors and chips research, development and manufacturing. The university is teaming with the state of Indiana, the U.S. Department of Defense and the international not-for-profit R&D center imec to unveil Chipshub, an online platform for semiconductor simulations, software, collaboration and workforce development.”


Post and Courier: Keeping their stories alive: Black churches discuss archiving, historical preservation. “Lovely Mountain Baptist Church is just one of several Black churches in the Charleston area that doesn’t have a formal documentation system in place. This is why Minister Lisa Robinson and Minister Anna Montgomery… hosted a conference to help Black churches start the archival process. Nearly 20 church leaders and members heard from archivists and preservation experts about best practices for documenting a church’s history during the Nov. 4 virtual conference.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress 6.4.1 Maintenance Release Fixes Bugs In Version 6.4. “WordPress released a maintenance release on Wednesday evening to fix problems discovered shortly after WordPress 6.4 was released to the public on Tuesday November 7th. Two of issues were somewhat serious in that they affected the operation of certain plugins and could cause issues for sites encountering either of the two problems. The third one was a typo that resulted in a misconfigured notice in the admin panel.”


Smashing Magazine: Creating Accessible UI Animations. “Animation and accessibility are often seen as two separate powers at odds with one another. How is it possible to strike a balance between elements that move and the possible negative effects they expose to users who are sensitive to motion? Oriana García explains how her team at Mercado Libre tackled the challenge by creating guiding principles for applying animation to user interfaces and incorporating them into the team’s design system.”


Poynter: How Russian falsehoods spread to the US through faux local news. “After Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, tech platforms enforced bans against Russian state media. But actors found ways to circumvent these bans and continue circulating Russian propaganda — often through websites posing local news.”

ZDNet: How Google’s AI Bard helped me fix a Gmail technical problem. “Talking to Bard was fun and easy. It’s not quite as intuitive in its responses as ChatGPT Plus with GPT-4, but Bard works for this sort of problem. I had to guide it a few times, and I had to wait for it to spew a lot of suggestions that were the stock trade of every junior tech support person on the planet (i.e., ‘Try it from a different computer’).”


The Verge: Microsoft offers politicians protection against deepfakes. “Amid growing concern that AI can make it easier to spread misinformation, Microsoft is offering its services, including a digital watermark identifying AI content, to help crack down on deepfakes and enhance cybersecurity ahead of several worldwide elections.”

BBC: Omegle shut down: Video chat website closed after abuse claims. “Popular live video chat website Omegle is shutting down after 14 years following user claims of abuse. The service, which randomly placed users in online chats with strangers, grew in popularity with children and young people during the Covid pandemic. But the site has been mentioned in more than 50 cases against paedophiles in the last couple of years.”


EurekAlert: Smartphones and smart speakers may be able to detect alcohol intoxication by analyzing voice patterns: Study. “Sensors in smartphones and smart speakers could help determine a person’s level of alcohol intoxication based on the changes in their voice, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.”

Newswise: Cultural artifacts serve as “cognitive fossils,” helping uncover the psychology of the past . “In a review published on November 2 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers explain how modern computing methods like text mining, face detection algorithms, and melodic extraction programs can enable large-scale analysis of cultural artifacts such as paintings, stories, or clothing to uncover this psychological data.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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