Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers

Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers. “The new iteration of music bloggers is TikTokkers with wildly popular Spotify playlists. Some TikTokkers have gained popularity from sharing their musical tastes in videos based around their unique or relatable Spotify playlists. These users have thousands of followers on both TikTok and Spotify, and the music industry is taking notice of their influence.”

Museums+Heritage Advisor: New funding opportunities launched as Paul Mellon Centre film series champions properly funded research

Museums+Heritage Advisor: New funding opportunities launched as Paul Mellon Centre film series champions properly funded research. “Telling previously unknown or seldom told stories unearthed by recipients of its funding awards, one of six films charting a broad range of topics will be released each week from today. Shot on location at venues including the British Museum and the British School at Rome, the short films – each no longer than six minutes to ensure maximum impact – have been conceived not only to highlight intriguing new research but to make the case for the importance of properly funded scholarship.”

MakeUseOf: How to Set Up Your Own Website in 2 Hours or Less

MakeUseOf: How to Set Up Your Own Website in 2 Hours or Less. “About a decade ago, if you wanted to build even the most basic websites, you would have needed to spend lots of hours writing HTML, CSS, and Javascript—or you would have had to pay someone to do it for you. Thankfully, times have changed, and you can have a stunning website up and running in very little time. If you follow all the steps we’ll share with you, you shouldn’t need any more than two hours!” Okay I HATE this lede. I was running a perfectly fine Web site in 1998 – over two decades ago – using Microsoft FrontPage. It was a WYSIWYG editor and my basic HTML skills were only required for doing a little code cleanup (WYSIWYG code was awful back then.) But the rest of the article is quite good. If you ever […]

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches AR Challenge to Improve Navigation of Public Transit

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches AR Challenge to Improve Navigation of Public Transit. “In late June, the city, one of StateTech’s smart cities to watch, announced a new challenge through its SmartCityPHL program, dubbed ‘SEPTA for All: Augmenting Transit with Augmented Reality.’ The challenge, which just closed to new applications, asks innovators to present their best ideas for increasing accessibility with augmented reality technology.”

University of Maryland, Baltimore County: UMBC launches Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing

University of Maryland, Baltimore County: UMBC launches Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing. “Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced the launch of the Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing (MIIC) at UMBC during a cybersecurity summit in Annapolis. The MIIC will address pressing challenges related to computing, analytics, and workforce in state agencies, with a focus on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and data science. UMBC faculty, students and staff will work with MIIC partners to provide expertise on the complex process of recovering from cyberattacks.”

BBC: The online data that’s being deleted

BBC: The online data that’s being deleted. “Thanks to the permanence of stone tablets, ancient books and messages carved into the very walls of buildings by our ancestors, there’s a bias in our culture towards assuming that the written word is by definition enduring. We quote remarks made centuries ago often because someone wrote them down – and kept the copies safe. But in digital form, the written word is little more than a projection of light onto a screen. As soon as the light goes out, it might not come back.”

The Verge: How to watch E3 2021

The Verge: How to watch E3 2021. “After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 is back for 2021 in an all-digital format, kicking off on June 12th. And with Microsoft and Nintendo finally having announced the dates and times for their big showcase presentations, the event schedule is starting to fall into place. If you want to attend the virtual event as a fan, you can now register to attend on E3’s website so that you can get access to the E3 portal and app. But if you want to follow along with the press conferences and announcements, we’ve put together a timeline of some of the biggest events to look forward to.”

CNET: Scientists warn air pollution is climbing back to pre-COVID levels

CNET: Scientists warn air pollution is climbing back to pre-COVID levels. “With lockdowns easing comes an unfortunate but expected rise in air pollution. The European Space Agency said Monday that nitrogen dioxide levels have returned to pre-COVID levels in China. According to the EPA, nitrogen dioxide is mainly traced to the burning of fuel and emissions from vehicles and power plants. The gas is connected to lung irritation, acid rain and hazy air quality.”

PC World: How to create strong, secure passwords by learning how to crack them

PC World: How to create strong, secure passwords by learning how to crack them. “Create stronger, more secure passwords: We are nagged to do it all the time, but few of us actually make the effort. Meanwhile, passwords continue to be stolen, leaked, and cracked on a regular basis. So this time we’re hoping to get your attention by looking at it from the attacker’s side! We’ll show you how passwords are cracked and even how to do it yourself, so you can see exactly why a strong password matters.” If you just want some hints on good strong passwords, skip this article. If you want a deep, informative dive on passwords and security– enjoy.