All kinds of tech sites are stumbling on their growth, as the latest search results from Chinese search engine Baidu indicate. “Chinese search leader Baidu Inc’s first-quarter net income fell to its lowest level since 2012 and revenue grew at its slowest pace in more than seven years, as its long decline from previously heady growth continued.”
Google has a new hardware division. Considering all the Nest ridiculousness, not a bad move at all. “Rick Osterloh is coming back to Google. The former president of Motorola, who left the Lenovo-led handset maker last month, has been hired by Google to run a new division to unify the company’s disparate hardware projects, Re/code has learned.”
Now available: an online archive for the art scene in the United Arab Emirates. “Books, magazines, newspaper stories, brochures and every other type of document connected to the UAE’s art scene for the last 35 years are being digitised through the UAE Art Archive.”
Wow! A very dedicated guy has made a Google Sheet of MLB baseball contracts from 1996-2015. The sheet is huge, as you might imagine, with 2 tabs for each team: batters and pitchers. Another tab holds an inflation calculator. I found out about this via Reddit, thanks to the new method I’m using for monitoring it. Gotta write that up. (Hint, it’s NOT Google Alerts, which was doing a terrible job.)
The Library of Congress has launched a new blog: 4 Corners of the World. “Dedicated to showcasing the international collections and studies at the Library of Congress, the blog will highlight important research resources and rare treasures from the Library’s four area studies divisions — African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Hispanic.”
From MakeUseOf: How to Use Your iPhone as a GoPro Action Camera. Very thorough – covers mounts, potential apps, add-on lenses for the iPhone, etc.
Google Fiber is headed to Nashville. “The company has confirmed that Google Fiber will be initially available to residents of four apartment and condominium buildings in Nashville, Tennessee. Google does say that it hopes to expand the gigabit service to ‘the lion’s share’ of the city eventually.” You still can’t get Google Fiber where I live. But the promise of it — oh, hasn’t that made the existing Internet providers all friendly and customer-focused!
I’m kind of a nerd about tree apps. The University of Iowa has launched an app that maps all the trees on its campus. “The UI Tree Inventory app delivers information about the number and location of trees and their condition, size, and species, with additional links to photos and descriptions. Users can also see if the tree was dedicated or planted as a memorial and view other designations, like state-champion status.” There are over 8000 trees in the apps!
France has launched a search engine for tourist taxes. “France’s tourist tax, known as taxe de séjour, is charged at municipal level and is collected by the owner of the accomodation where the tourist stays. The amount varies depending on the standard of the accommodation, and ranges from EUR0.20 (USD0.23) per person per night for stays in marinas, camping and caravan sites, and low-cost accommodation, to up to EUR4 for luxury hotel stays.” This news article does not include the URL for the actual site. The announcement for the new site is here; it’s a PDF document in French. The actual site is at http://taxesejour.impots.gouv.fr/DTS_WEB/UK/, which is in English.
Archives.gov has a new read/write API. “The dataset for our catalog API contains all archival descriptions, authority records, digitized records (the images, videos, and so on) and their file metadata, all NARA web pages, and public contributions (tags, transcriptions, and comments). The API will allow developers to retrieve all of this metadata in specified formats (JSON or XML) for any given record or search results set.” A read API is pretty great, but wow, a read-write API?