Make Tech Easier: How to Use a Data-Scraping Tool to Extract Data from Webpages

Make Tech Easier: How to Use a Data-Scraping Tool to Extract Data from Webpages. “If you’re copying and pasting things off webpages and manually putting them in spreadsheets, you either don’t know what data scraping (or web scraping) is, or you do know what it is but aren’t really keen on the idea of learning how to code just to save yourself a few hours of clicking. Either way, there are a lot of no-code data-scraping tools that can help you out, and Data Miner’s Chrome extension is one of the more intuitive options.”

Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice

Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice. “For a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who is trying to navigate the legal path to resettlement, it can be difficult to find answers—and overstretched humanitarian organizations can take as long as three months to respond to an email when the demand for help is highest. A new chatbot called Mona, designed for Facebook Messenger and Telegram, can help more quickly.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Free Printables and Ebooks to Track or Change Habits

MakeUseOf: 6 Free Printables and Ebooks to Track or Change Habits. “As the year draws to a close, we often succumb to the pressure of setting resolutions. But if you’re serious about changing habits, you need the right advice and tools to get you going. You can use habit apps to reach your goals or go old-school with a pen and paper. There is just something more satisfying about the tactile feel of crossing or ticking a box.”

Towards Data Science: Using Google Trends data to leverage your predictive model

Towards Data Science: Using Google Trends data to leverage your predictive model. “Using Google Trends data in predictive models has some pitfalls. This article describes a way of making Google Trends data usable for a model to deliver breakthrough results by the hands-on example of predicting the success of movies by using Google Search volume.”

Make Tech Easier: Your Guide to Backing Up Social Media Accounts

Make Tech Easier: Your Guide to Backing Up Social Media Accounts. ” For some, taking a screenshot of their tweets or Instagram posts counts as a ‘backup,’ but there are better methods that are verified. Let’s take a look at some of the best methods for downloading a hard copy of your social media history, for better or worse.”

Poynter: These how-to podcast videos are designed to help beginners — and they come in six languages

Poynter: These how-to podcast videos are designed to help beginners — and they come in six languages. “Last month, public media organization PRX released a series of 10 instructional videos, called Podcasting 101. We produced the videos alongside Google Podcasts as part of the Google Podcasts creator program, and they’re intended to train and support early stage podcasters around the world.”