Library and Archives Canada has a blog – https://thediscoverblog.com/ – with categories for Census, Digitization, Genealogy, Politics and Government etc.
Under Discover / How to there is this about How to find Government of Canada press releases (Aug 18)
LAC has also been adding images to Flickr and organizing into albums. Much to look at.
More to Google Maps than meets the eye in your phone. CNET has 14 Google Maps tips and tricks (Aug 11).
Two good tips: download offline copies, and send directions from your computer to the phone. Voice instructions too. Many more.
Lifehacker shows how to Search Twitter More Efficiently with These Search Operators. Good examples, such as this one Operator: “happy hour” near:”san francisco” | Finds tweets: containing the exact phrase “happy hour” and sent near “san francisco.”
These search tricks at DuckDuckGo are a bit esoteric but maybe there are a couple that will interest. Takes some effort to practice and remember.
8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo but Not on Google, Make Use Of (Jul 28)
Writers and students may be interested in the new search tools Microsoft has added to Word, and some new tricks to Powerpoint and Outlook.
Microsoft wants you to write better, stay focused and bore fewer people, TechCrunch (July 26)
With Researcher for Word, the team is now building a new tool into Word that helps you find information regarding the topic about which you are writing. Those sources can be online journals and encyclopedias, history databases, national science and health centers, as well as other trustworthy sites, and you can import formatted references directly into Word.
There is a longer description in Microsoft just made it way easier to write a research paper with Word , The Verge. (July 26)
Researcher uses Microsoft’s Bing Knowledge Graph to query content from the internet and then pull it straight into Word. Microsoft has a curated list of trusted sources and reference materials which the company plans to expand upon over time. If you add source material, it will even automatically create the citation in your bibliography as part of your research paper. If you’re a student using Office 365 then Researcher is available immediately, and Microsoft is planning to bring the feature to mobile variants of Office in the future.
At PowerPoint there is a new Zoom feature for forming and moving to sections more easilty.
Tara Calishain presents the second part of her tutorial on building an “information trap”. This part provides instructions on using Google Alerts as the monitoring tool, and Google Docs and IFTTT for sharing the results. Good stuff.
Anatomy of an Information Trap, Part II: Setting Up and Sharing Google Alerts, ResearchBuzz (July 27)
Verizon is expanding its internet presence by buying Yahoo and will likely merge it with AOL. Hope they keep Yahoo Finance.
After buying Yahoo for nearly $5 billion, Verizon is now in the search business, Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Jul 25)
Longer story of Yahoo’s sad decline at Forbes — Yahoo Sells To Verizon In Saddest $5 Billion Deal In Tech History
The Opera browser developed in Norway has been bought by a Chinese consortium.
Chinese consortium buys Opera browser for $600 mn,Phys.org (Jul 18)
The consortium led by Golden Brick Silk Road will purchase the mobile and desktop versions of the internet browser, plus performance and privacy apps and a stake in a Chinese joint venture, but not the advertising, games and television units, said Opera Software in a statement to the Oslo stock exchange.
What was once hailed as a marvelous, open communications platform. The Twitter about page says “We created the Twitter platform to foster communication on a global scale, because we believe the open exchange of information can be a compelling force for good in the world.” But for many people it has become a platform for unrelenting abuse and scurrilous speech. What has happened to the actress Leslie Jones finally attracts headlines, but will it lead to real control? Not likely. Twitter may try but this virulence of rabid users has a way of getting past controls. It infects comments and communication channels everywhere – including the comments on this Globe article.
Maybe Twitter can’t be fixed, Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail (Jul 20)
Just in case you want to delve into the dark web Tech Republic tells you how.
How to safely access and navigate the Dark Web, Dan Patterson, TechRepublic (July 11)
“The Dark Web, the deep web, and darknet, are spooky-sounding phrases that refer to websites that mask their IP address and can only be accessed using encryption-friendly tools like The Onion Router. ”
This article seems to equate dark web and deep web. I prefer use “deep web” for the hard-to-find, legitimate resources published in databases that have not been indexed by the search engines..
But the Dark Web is truly an underworld – “The United Nations, FBI, and CIA use the encrypted internet to monitor terror groups like Daesh and keep tabs on criminal profiteers. Corporate IT departments frequently crawl the Dark Web in search of stolen corporate credit card information and compromised accounts.”