Salon: 11 online summer camps to keep kids busy (and learning) while school’s out. “Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. But don’t worry: These aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.”
Digital Trends: Turn Your Chromebook Into A Killer Workstation With The Best Android Apps On Chrome OS. “Google opened up its Chrome OS platform a while back, bringing its massive Android ecosystem to the ultra-light operating system. That means you can install Android apps on your Chromebook, that light, little thing running on a modified version of the Chrome browser. That’s over 2.5 million apps! With that in mind, we went ahead and sorted through the Google Play store for the best Chrome OS Android apps currently available.”
Engadget: Custom Spectacles takes snaps under the sea. “Spectacles have made sharing marginally exciting videos on land via Snapchat easier. It also helps that you no longer need to hunt down a vending machine to snag a pair in the US. But a partnership between the social network and Royal Caribbean cruise lines will make it easy to capture footage under the sea.”
Quartz: Selling blood diamonds is as simple as a Facebook post and a WhatsApp message. “The smugglers are young and tech savvy and their international networks are created and maintained over the internet. Finding the smugglers was as simple as tracking their Facebook comments, photos and posts—no complex encryption programs or trawling the deep web required. Like any young person, CAR’s blood diamond smugglers chronicled their lives on Facebook, making them easy to spot.”
ScotlandsPeople: Release of Presbyterian Church Records. “From 26 June 2017, more than 36,000 new presbyterian church records, covering the period 1744 to 1855 have been added to ScotlandsPeople’. The 20,255 births and baptisms (1744-1855), 10,368 marriages and proclamations (1729-1855) and 5,422 death and burial records (1783-1855) may be especially helpful for anyone searching for a person born or baptised, married or died before the introduction of statutory registration in 1855.”
Tech Xplore: Twitter-monitoring system detects riots far quicker than police reports. “Social media can be an invaluable source of information for police when managing major disruptive events, new research from Cardiff University has shown.
An analysis of data taken from the London riots in 2011 showed that computer systems could automatically scan through Twitter and detect serious incidents, such as shops being broken in to and cars being set alight, before they were reported to the Metropolitan Police Service.”
NextGov: White House Artifacts To Be Digitized Using Amazon Web Services. “A new mobile app will let users explore the White House from their phones, scanning each room for historical events taking place there. It’s part of the White House Historical Association’s effort to make presidential ephemera accessible to members of the public for free, especially if they aren’t in Washington or can’t physically enter the White House.”