US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls

US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was scheduled to roll out the free app for both Android and Apple phones on Thursday. Owners key in or scan their 17-digit vehicle identification number, and the app will search the agency’s database for recalls. If there is one, the app will send an alert, the agency says. People also can add child seats, trailers and tires, and the app will check those for recalls.”

Graphic Design in the Friendly Skies: Seatback Safety

Spotted via Reddit: Seatback Safety. From the Why Page: “As a professional designer, it can be valuable to contemplate how practitioners solved the same problem over time with different fashions and different tools. Seatback Safety cards have been used since the dawn of commercial flight. While their pamphlet form has remained largely the same for a century, they have significantly evolved in ways that reflected broader social and technological trends.”

OPB: Portland Takes Database Of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Offline

OPB: Portland Takes Database Of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Offline. “Want to find out if you live in a Portland building particularly vulnerable in an earthquake? You won’t be able to do it online any longer. Portland has quietly agreed to take down its online database detailing the approximately 1,600 old brick and stone buildings in the city considered likely to collapse in the next major earthquake.”

BuzzFeed News: Russia Sold The US A Bunch Of Ventilators That Never Got Used. The Same Model Just Burst Into Flames And Killed Six People In Russia.

BuzzFeed News: Russia Sold The US A Bunch Of Ventilators That Never Got Used. The Same Model Just Burst Into Flames And Killed Six People In Russia.. “They were delivered in crates stamped ‘from Russia, with love.’ But dozens of ventilators sent from Moscow to New York and New Jersey to help their hospitals respond to the coronavirus outbreak have gone unused — and will now be handed over to federal authorities.”

MIT Technology Review: Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles in online chats

MIT Technology Review: Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles in online chats. “Microsoft has created an automated system to detect sexual predators trying to groom children online. The tool, code-named Project Artemis, is designed to spot patterns of communication in conversations.”

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts. “One of the benefits of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon is that you don’t need to deal with ads. This is because while they do sometimes feel like regular television, they are not, and as such, aren’t necessarily subjected to the same requirements of television. This includes broadcasting emergency alerts in the form of Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).”

Tubefilter: Company Behind YouTube DIY Channel Blossom Pulls Down Videos Showing False, Dangerous Hacks

Tubefilter: Company Behind YouTube DIY Channel Blossom Pulls Down Videos Showing False, Dangerous Hacks. “First Media, the company behind popular life hack channel Blossom, has pulled down a number of videos after the Wall Street Journal challenged the veracity and safety of its hacks. Blossom, known for popularizing memeable life hacks like bathing peanut butter-smeared charcoal in ice to turn it into crystals, has a whopping 11.3M subscribers on YouTube, and 58M followers on Facebook. During its peak months (around this time last year), it brought in more than 200M views on YouTube, but it’s since sloped down to around 50M views per month.”

Rolling Stone: How a Government Agency’s Offbeat Twitter Memes Landed in the Library of Congress

Rolling Stone: How a Government Agency’s Offbeat Twitter Memes Landed in the Library of Congress. “In September 2016, Joseph Galbo put a baby in a forcefield. It was the second day of Baby Safety Month, and Galbo, the social media specialist for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, had gotten the OK from his director to try out a new way of communicating to the American public the best ways to protect a newborn. The photo he posted had the goofy aesthetic of a slapdash Photoshop job — a smiling baby with a glowing aura nestled in the center of a blue orb — while the CPSC’s logo at the bottom lent the image the added feel of a low-budget PSA.” Gloriously weird.

BusinessWire: New Public Safety Power Shutoff Zip Code Alerts Allow General Public to Receive Notifications – Including Those Without PG&E Accounts (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: New Public Safety Power Shutoff Zip Code Alerts Allow General Public to Receive Notifications – Including Those Without PG&E Accounts (PRESS RELEASE). “As part of its commitment to keep customers and communities, as well as others in its service area safe, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has developed a new tool to allow anyone to receive notifications about Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, even if they are not PG&E customers or account holders. Although PG&E customers already will receive alerts specific to their address, this new tool is also especially useful for tenants, caretakers, travelers, and parents of school-age children.”

FBI: Safe Online Surfing Challenge Launches

FBI: Safe Online Surfing Challenge Launches. “The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge, which had record participation in 2018-2019, is reopening for the start of the new school year to help students navigate the web securely. As the FBI sees more and more crimes begin online, the growing participation numbers show that educators and caregivers also recognize the importance of teaching young people web literacy and safety.”

SGS: SGS Launches New Product Recalls Online Platform

This launched in late July but I missed it. From SGS (Standard Global Services): SGS Launches New Product Recalls Online Platform. “The platform, which launches on July 12, generates a searchable database of all unsafe product notifications compiled by official surveillance authorities operating in the European Union (RAPEX and RASFF) and United States (CPSC and FDA); with data from Australia and Canada to be incorporated into the site later this year.”

University of Washington: New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments

University of Washington: New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments. “For now, AR remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology for a variety of group activities, such as playing multi-user games or collaborating on work or creative projects. But how can developers guard against bad actors who try to hijack these experiences, and prevent privacy breaches in environments that span digital and physical space?”

CNET: Amazon lists thousands of banned and unsafe items for sale, investigation says

CNET: Amazon lists thousands of banned and unsafe items for sale, investigation says. “More than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon by third-party sellers have deceptive labeling or have been banned or declared unsafe by federal regulators, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal published Friday. Nearly half these items were listed as shipping from an Amazon warehouse, said the Journal, and some were promoted as ‘Amazon’s choice.'”

Car and Driver: Volvo Is Sharing 50 Years of Accident and Safety Analysis with Other Automakers—and You

Car and Driver: Volvo Is Sharing 50 Years of Accident and Safety Analysis with Other Automakers—and You. “Volvo won’t actually be sharing the data that it has collected over the years—no one else would know what to do with it, the company says. Instead, it is releasing more than 100 research papers in an online database, and anyone can access them, not just other car companies.”