Cornell: Botanical illustration pioneer goes from obscurity to online. “Dating back to 1826 and brimming with meticulous descriptions and vivid watercolor illustrations, Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s manuscript, ‘Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba,’ never saw print in her lifetime despite her attempts at publication. Nearly two centuries later, the lush life she captured can now be admired and downloaded from HathiTrust, where it was shared by Cornell University Library.”
CNET: Best FaceTime alternatives for video calls. “An embarrassing bug that compromised the privacy of FaceTime calls on iOS and Mac has surprised many Apple users. The problem occurred when you tried to place a call, but before the call connected, you could hear the audio of the person on the other end. Apple took over a week to respond to the flaw, which has prompted an investigation from the New York attorney general’s office. If you’re in need of a video call app replacement for FaceTime or simply want to try another option, these are the apps to start with.”
Stanford: Stanford Libraries’ transformative gift creates hub highlighting Silicon Valley history. “Exhibition areas will be located throughout Hohbach Hall and feature such items from the Silicon Valley Archives as design documents and drawings for Douglas Engelbart’s first computer mouse prototype and early audio and video recording technology from the Ampex Corp. collection. The spaces will allow staff to curate and display, in physical and digital forms, documents, photographs, equipment and ephemera from some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies.”
Engadget: My other life as a Kickstarter scammer. “I have the process down to a tee. I start by browsing Kickstarter, looking for projects with active campaigns. There’s no specific selection criteria. Perhaps I find one that’s just gone live, or one coming to the end of its fundraising window. I reach out with a message, explain who I am and invite the project contact to book in an interview. On the call, I feign interest, ask the right kind of questions and promise a write-up on Engadget in the near future. I leave it a day or two and reach out again, saying I’ve heard great things from others about a specialist that can increase a project’s exposure for a daily fee. A highly unethical move for a journalist, but I set to profit from it, so what do I care? The Engadget article never materializes, of course, because this person isn’t me.”
Social Media Examiner: How to Use Facebook Premiere: What Marketers Need to Know. “Facebook Premiere is a feature that allows you to upload and schedule pre-recorded videos to broadcast live on your Facebook page. You can take advantage of all of the benefits you get with a Facebook Live video, but with a pre-recorded video instead.”
New York Times: Firm That Sold Social Media Bots Settles With New York Attorney General. “Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, announced a settlement on Wednesday with Devumi, a company that sold hundreds of millions of fake followers on Twitter and other social media platforms before going out of business last year.”
PR Newswire: Majority of Regular Social Media Users Are Using It Less Compared to a Year Ago (PRESS RELEASE). “The issues surrounding social media have been front and center for the past months, but is it changing how regular social media users are actually using these platforms? Well, over half of regular users (55%) say compared to a year ago, they find themselves using social media a lot less. This number jumps to almost two-thirds of Millennials (64%) who say they are using social media a lot less this year. This is from a survey conducted by Regina Corso Consulting of 2,141 U.S. adults, 18 and older between January 15 and 18, 2019, of whom 1,837 are regular social media users (use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and/or Snapchat at least 1-2 times a week).”
Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives in 2019. “While the Raspberry Pi ticks all the boxes with respect to performance, price, and usability, it leaves plenty of room for other boards to tweak that formula. Of late, the market has seen a release of a swathe of new boards with PC-like features. Before we discuss the Raspberry Pi alternatives, let’s take a look at the top specs of the Raspberry Pi 3 model B to give you a picture of how it compares with the competition.”
National Post: Activists in Paris protest against Google’s tax setup. “Activists from an anti-globalization group have staged a protest at Google’s Paris headquarters to criticize the company for paying little tax. Attac members gathered at Google’s offices Thursday and set up a pulley to pass bags of fake money between the firm’s premises and a public finance centre across the street.”
Museums of the City of Paris: The “Second Canvas” app: discover the works from Paris Musées in very high resolution!. “You can see the artist’s brush strokes, wonder at the technical mastery of a work or have a closer look at a specific item in the corner of a painting that no one else seems to have noticed. With the ‘Second Canvas’ app, you can now contemplate the works of the City of Paris museums in very high resolution!” Over fifty works are now available, with more being added over time.
Virginia Memory: Library Makes New Batch Of Emails From Governor Timothy M. Kaine Administration Available Online. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the release of 100,343 emails from the administration of Governor Timothy M. Kaine (2006-2010). This latest batch comprises emails from individuals in the offices of Kaine’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Transportation, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Included are the email boxes of Connie Biggs, Robert Bloxom, Richard ‘Ric’ Brown, Craig Burns, Heidi Dix, Nicholas Donohue, Manju Ganeriwala, Alleyn Harned, Gail Jaspen, Aryana Khalid, Barbara Reese, Marilyn Tavenner, Michael Tutor, and Jody Wagner. Since January 2014, the Library has made 283,901 emails from the Kaine administration freely available online to the public.”
Daily Leader: New MDOT site shows road and bridge data. “A new Mississippi Department of Transportation data website can tell county residents something they already know — some state maintained roads are in lousy shape. The new website, MDOT Public Accountability Transportation Hub or PATH, provides an interactive visual analysis of historical and current statewide road and bridge conditions.”
New York Times: Does Facebook Really Know How Many Fake Accounts It Has?. “Facebook sells advertisers on its access to real people — 2.32 billion of them, a network that exceeds the populations of North America, South America and Africa combined. But do that many people really use Facebook?”
MakeUseOf: The 7 Best History Apps That Make Learning History Exciting. “Thanks to interactive learning methods, smartphones can turn even the dullest subjects into enjoyable and informative experiences. History is typically a course that doesn’t attract excitement from many. But with the right apps, you can overcome its monotonous image and maybe even have some fun. Here are seven apps for people mulling to learn more about history.” That’s a rather gloomy assessment of history as a subject!
Google Blog: Explore art and culture through a new lens. “We believe the intersection of art and technology can give everyone the opportunity to interact with culture in new ways. Over the past seven years, we’ve worked with cultural institutions to create experiments and features that help you find your art doppelganger and uncover color connections between images. Together, we created augmented reality features so everybody can dive into a virtual gallery or display life-size artworks, wherever you are. Today, you can find all of these features in one single place: a new Camera tab in the Google Arts & Culture app. “