TechCrunch: Twitch builds toward a ‘layered’ safety approach with new moderator tools

TechCrunch: Twitch builds toward a ‘layered’ safety approach with new moderator tools. “On Twitch, interconnected channels already informally share information on users they prefer to keep out. The company is now formalizing that ad hoc practice with a new tool that lets channels swap ban lists, inviting communities to collaborate on locking serial harassers and otherwise disruptive users out before they can cause problems.”

The Verge: Slack is increasing its prices and making big changes to its free plan

The Verge: Slack is increasing its prices and making big changes to its free plan. “Slack is putting its prices up in September, alongside some big changes to its free plan. It’s the first price increase since Slack launched in 2014, but will only affect users of Slack’s ‘Pro’ plan. On September 1st, monthly Pro subscriptions will increase from $8 to $8.75 per user per month, and annual Pro subscriptions will increase from $6.67 to $7.25 per user per month.”

ZDNet: Microsoft makes sharing Excel workbooks in Teams happen in real-time with ‘Excel Live’

ZDNet: Microsoft makes sharing Excel workbooks in Teams happen in real-time with ‘Excel Live’. “Microsoft is continuing to make real-time collaboration actually work inside Teams. Its latest effort in this space is called Excel Live. This feature will be available in public preview at the end of August. Microsoft officials announced Excel Live on Day 1 of the company’s annual Inspire partner conference on July 19.”

Phys .org: Online platform designed to improve reproducibility, scientific collaborations

Phys .org: Online platform designed to improve reproducibility, scientific collaborations. “For centuries, scientists relied on a pen or pencil and trusty lab notebook to make sure their experiments could be understood and replicated by colleagues. Now, as experiments may involve dozens of steps and hundreds of materials, produce gigabytes of data that require supercomputers to process and are shared with collaborators around the globe, the lab notebook may no longer suffice. In a recent study, the researchers report on the development of an online platform that can help genomic researchers track experiments from conception to publication, keeping exacting records for quality control purposes and easing potential reproducibility efforts.”

University of Oxford: Long-distance collaboration makes scientific breakthroughs more likely

University of Oxford: Long-distance collaboration makes scientific breakthroughs more likely. “In an analysis of data for over ten million research teams, across eleven academic fields from 1961 to 2020, a new working paper from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Work has determined that over the past decade remote collaboration between academic teams has led to more scientific breakthroughs. This is a reversal of what was observed from the 1960s to the 2000s, when remote collaboration led to fewer scientific breakthroughs and more incremental innovation.”

Bye, Zoom: This smart new app is the future of online meetings (Fast Company)

Fast Company: Bye, Zoom: This smart new app is the future of online meetings. “Like most people these days, I participate in more than my share of online meetings. And aside from the occasional internal grumbling, I usually don’t give much thought to the way they work or what could make them more effective. But then I ran into a thoughtful new tool called Switchboard. It completely reimagines the way you interact and work with other people online.”

Penn State Collegian: Musicians come together in video collaboration for Ukraine

Penn State Collegian: Musicians come together in video collaboration for Ukraine. “The melancholic sound of Ukrainian violinist Vera Lytovchenko’s music has echoed in subway stations, consoling people, some homeless, huddled in fear of Russian bombings. A new music video called ‘The Brave Ones’ has her in an online collaboration with more than 200 musical artists from various nations, including the U.S., South Africa, Japan and Canada.”

How-To Geek: How to Duet on TikTok

How-To Geek: How to Duet on TikTok. “Some of TikTok’s most popular features include the ability to react and respond to other videos. ‘Duet’ is one way to do this—it’s sorta like reacting in real-time to another TikTok video. We’ll show you how it works.”

My Modern Met: Violinists From 29 Countries Around the World Play Moving Virtual Concert in Support of Ukraine

My Modern Met: Violinists From 29 Countries Around the World Play Moving Virtual Concert in Support of Ukraine . “In a moving video, almost 100 violinists join together in one voice to express their support for Ukraine during this time of war—all without speaking a single word. The virtual concert features professional and famous violinists from 29 different countries as they join in unison to accompany several dedicated musicians in Ukraine who play their instruments from basement bomb shelters.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Free Tools to Improve YouTube Playlists and Create Playlists Without an Account

MakeUseOf: 6 Free Tools to Improve YouTube Playlists and Create Playlists Without an Account. “Once you master the basics of making YouTube playlists, you’ll want to do more with these compilations. These tools let you do more with YouTube, like creating a playlist when you don’t have an account, copying someone else’s playlist to make it your own, search within any playlist, or even to create playlists with friends for a party.”

Virtual virtuosity: Czech device lets musicians play together across vast distances (Radio Prague International)

Radio Prague International: Virtual virtuosity: Czech device lets musicians play together across vast distances . “A device developed by Czech researchers enabling musicians thousands of kilometres apart to play together virtually – with no perceptible delay – proved invaluable during the pandemic. So much so, in fact, that the unique device won a European Heritage ‘Europa Nostra’ Award, for helping bring together students and teachers of classical music, as well as entire ensembles. The idea to develop such a device actually came to Dr Sven Ubik of the Czech Technical University years ago, while attending a concert also broadcast on television.”