Search Engines Come and Go…

Search Engine Optimization’s “Say goodbye to Google: 14 alternative search engines” may not live up to its promises but it does list some search alternatives — often in niche areas — that not everyone has heard of.


Drop a Dime…A Trio of Articles Dealing with Smartphones

Battery Bane
For those who sometimes, or often, use a smartphone for research the New York Times’ Tips and Myths about Extending Battery Life can be a useful read.

Thermal Imaging Phone Camera
Yep, there are significant “open source” things you can do with thermal imaging — extending the human eye and observation. It’s not for everyone, but the $600 Cat S60 smartphone with thermal imaging capabilities may have applications for some researchers.

Hot Shots…
The “Hottest Phones You’ve Never Heard of _ Same Bang, Less Buck” deals with inexpensive Android phones that have some hot features. But remember, there’s a lot about price and phone makers stealing customers but no mention of backdoors or anyone stealing data or looking at your research.

News that of possible interest to the on-line information community:

Saying that a magistrate’s order that Apple write code to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernadino shooters relies on a strained interpretation of U.S. law, a California congressman called on the FBI to back off its demands to the company. Congress – not the courts – should resolve the encryption debate, the congressman said.

Social media accounts of visa applicants and asylum seekers will be scrutinized for any possible links to terrorist organizations. According to reports the Department of Homeland Security– prodded by Congress — is building tools to more aggressively examine the social media accounts of all such applicants.

The Chinese Communist Party is looking at maps visitors bring that they say may “endanger the country’s sovereignty, safety and interests.” Many publicly available, open-source, maps carried by visitors could result serious consequences for visitors.