Neowin: Skype for Web preview gets screen sharing on Chrome. “It’s been a long time since Microsoft last shared what’s new in the latest Skype updates. The app has been getting updates somewhat consistently, and Insiders are now up to version 8.46, but the last time we had heard anything new was for version 8.43 in April. That’s changing though, as the team has shared that, with version 126.96.36.199, Skype for Web now supports screen sharing, even if you’ll need to be using Google Chrome.”
Ars Technica: Augmented reality changes how people interact and communicate, study finds. “According to researchers at Stanford University, layering computer-generated content, like someone’s avatar, onto a real-world environment will influence people’s behavior as if that person were really present. The researchers described the results of three recent experiments on the impact of AR on social interactions in a new paper in PLOS ONE.”
El Universal: UNAM creates digital collection of Mexican comic books. “Now, you can find more than 1,400 comic books in ‘Pepines,’ a website created by UNAM’s Bibliographical Studies Institute (IIB). The website is a result of 12 years of work and was developed in cooperation with the Innovation and Digital Strategy Coordination of the IIB and the Cataloging Department at Mexico’s National Newspaper Library.” UNAM is Mexico’s National Autonomous University.
PCMag UK: I Killed Google and My Phone Almost Died. “I set out on a journey to sidestep Google’s version of Android and instead use free, private, and secure open-source alternatives on my phone. I made some stupid mistakes, including potentially bursting into flames, but I learned a lot along the way.” This article is frustrating as it didn’t really come to any conclusions, but it’s a fun read.
The Free Press: Final Rollout of National Fisherman Photo Archive . “After three years of processing the photo archives of National Fisherman magazine, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport has completed the collection.” I mentioned this project in 2017; reupping now that it’s finished.
Mashable: Facebook shareholders try and fail to limit Mark Zuckerberg’s power . “Calls for Mark Zuckerberg’s power to be reined in continue to grow louder – not that it matters. That much was clear during Facebook’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, where Zuckerberg faced numerous calls for his power to be checked.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Use Google Play Like a Pro with These Useful Tips. “You can do a lot more with Google Play than just install apps. If you know where to look, you can also get info on apps you might usually only see once you tap on the install button.” Quick roundup, useful hints.
SILive: Advance/SILive. com launches website featuring Holocaust survivor stories. “Today, the Advance/SILive.com proudly introduces our readers to a new website that has been nearly two years in the making. That’s how long multimedia specialist Shira Stoll has been working on a project to document the stories of Staten Island’s remaining Holocaust survivors.”
Ubergizmo: NBC’s Free News Streaming Service Launched. “NBC was building a standalone news streaming service to cater to cord-cutters and the network has now launched the service. NBC News Now is the free streaming service that will provide news programming between 3 pm and 11 pm ET.”
CNET: Hackers steal credit card information from Checkers fast-food chain. “Hackers infected checkout stations at more than 100 of the fast-food restaurant’s locations with malicious software that stole payment card information, the company said Wednesday. So when the cashier swiped your card to pay for boneless chicken wings or a triple crispy fish sandwich, the fryer got to work on your lunch and the hackers got their hands on your credit card number. The stolen information also included cardholder names, card expiration dates and card verification codes, the company said.”
Ars Technica: Microsoft practically begs Windows users to fix wormable BlueKeep flaw. “In a Blog post published late Thursday night, members of the Microsoft Security Response Center cited findings published Tuesday by Errata Security CEO Rob Graham that almost 1 million Internet-connected computers remain vulnerable to the attacks. That indicates those machines have yet to install an update Microsoft issued two weeks ago patching against the so-called BlueKeep vulnerability, which is formally tracked as CVE-2019-0708. The exploits can reliably execute malicious code with no interaction on the part of an end user. The severity prompted Microsoft to take the unusual step of issuing patches for Windows 2003, XP, and Vista, which haven’t been supported in four, five, and two years, respectively.”
Computer Weekly: Blockchain and deep neural networks show digital archive promise. “Researchers from the University of Surrey are set to present a paper in June at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Los Angeles, which describes a way to preserve the integrity of video, artificial intelligence (AI) models and digital archives.”