From USGS: Mapping the World’s Ocean Ecosystems. “To meet the need for a consistent, objective, and complete description of open-ocean environments, the Group on Earth Observations charged USGS ecologist Dr. Roger Sayre with a task to map the world’s ocean ecosystems. In response, the USGS formed a public-private partnership with ESRI, NOAA, academia, and non-profit organizations to produce the first ever detailed maps that group the entire global ocean into 37 distinct 3D ecosystems. The groundbreaking work to produce the first-of-its-kind, objective, and true 3D global marine ecosystems maps is described in two recent USGS-led publications in the journal Oceanography and an AAG Special Publication. The resulting ecosystem data and maps are available in a web-based app called the Ecological Marine Unit Explorer. “
The Next Web: Tumblr has a new social video watching app called Cabana. “In its persistent quest to make the world a more distracting place, technology has blessed us with a perfect way to waste time: Cabana, Tumblr’s first standalone app.”
Wolfram Blog: How to Use Your Smartphone for Vibration Analysis, Part 2: The Wolfram Cloud. “Vibration measurement is an important tool for fault detection in rotating machinery. In a previous post, ‘How to Use Your Smartphone for Vibration Analysis, Part 1: The Wolfram Language,’ I described how you can perform a vibration analysis with a smartphone and Mathematica. Here, I will show how this technique can be improved upon using the Wolfram Cloud. One advantage with this is that I don’t need to bring my laptop.”
Hyperallergic: Explore a Growing Archive of American Gardens with a New Smithsonian App. “Gardening stories from across the United States, whether about 19th-century green spaces that enlivened vacant lots or community vegetable plots, are being collected and preserved through the Community of Gardens project. The digital archive from Smithsonian Gardens with the Archives of American Gardens was recently launched as a free mobile app, where you can navigate a map of over 80 gardens.”
The Verge: Apple’s Clips app is iMovie for the next generation. “When I opened up Apple’s new Clips app yesterday, as I’ve been doing for the past few days, I was greeted with the same photo-capture screen that’s prioritized in all the social ‘story’ apps. Take a picture! Capture video! Share! Share everything! they scream at you. I added some text overlays and emoji, and fumbled my way through Live Titles, the feature that’s distinctive to Apple Clips. And eventually, I shared my Clips. But it took a while. Because Clips take a while.” This article is more positive – a lot more positive – than the initial paragraph makes it sound.
Apple iOS 10.3.1 is now available. “Last week, Apple released a beta of iOS 10.3.2 a day after it offered 10.3 to the public, leading many to speculate that the company had skipped 10.3.1. As it turns out, it was working on a security fix for the OS, and iOS 10.3.1 was released to supported devices today.”
TechCrunch: Microsoft launches Sprinkles, a silly camera app powered by machine learning. “The gist with Sprinkles, clearly aimed at a teen audience, is to offer a variety of traditional photo decorating tools like stickers, emoji and captions, but leverages Microsoft’s machine learning and A.I. capabilities to do things like detect faces, determine the photo subject’s age and emotion, figure out your celebrity look-a-like, suggest captions, and more.”