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Friday Five for July 22, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

1. Event: BruinTech Forward - How to Zoom Like a Pro

Have you ever seen someone zooming or live streaming with a great border or graphic overlay and wondered how they did it? Learn how to do it yourself in this workshop!

Zoom backgrounds are nice, but borders and overlays can take your casting to the next level and enhance your professional brand. In this workshop, you will learn how to use OBS Studio, a free, open-source, and cross-platform screencasting and streaming app, to add a wow-factor that will set your zoom apart.

We will cover:
How to install and set up OBS Studio
How to connect and stream with OBS Studio to your Zoom set up
How to create custom overlays with PowerPoint that have transparency, 3D elements, and animated effects
With UCTech coming around the corner, this session is open to the entire UCTech community, whether you're presenting or not.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
12:00 to 1:00pm

RSVP today

2. How UCLA’s Alvine Kamaha helped build the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector

Deep below the Black Hills of South Dakota, in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the world’s largest dark matter detector has successfully completed its startup operations phase and delivered its first results.

The verdict: The LUX-ZEPLIN, or LZ, which is just beginning its search for the mysterious, elusive particles thought to make up a majority of material in the universe, is the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world, say researchers with the LZ experiment, which is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Their data are published today on the LZ website (PDF) and in the online preprint archive ArXiv. Continue reading.

3. Google under scrutiny over pledge to protect abortion location data

Google’s promise to protect the location history of users who visit abortion clinics is coming under scrutiny after researchers found that a user who had brief access to another user’s Android phone – such as a boyfriend logging into his girlfriend’s phone – could relatively easily monitor the user’s movements.

The finding by Tech Transparency Project, a research arm of the non-profit Campaign for Accountability, comes weeks after Google announced in a blogpost that it would delete entries to sensitive locations – such as abortion clinics or domestic violence shelters – if its systems identified that someone has visited one of these places. The 1 July blogpost said the change would take effect “in the coming weeks”. Continue reading.

4. Survey: Brand Resources

Strategic Communications is looking into how best to serve campus partners in crafting on-brand, accessible, consistent, high-quality digital communications.

To that end, we’ve been working on various resources - and we’d love to know what you think of them. So if you work on or with design, development or content production for digital, please tell us a bit about what you do, what you think, and how we can help on the short survey below.
Take the survey

Or feel free to reach out to Colombene Gorton directly via email or Slack.

5. Never-Ending Story: The timeless fear — manifest in modern-day technophobia — of watching kids go where adults can’t follow

I believe, without question, in the superiority of my tactile objects over his virtual world. Of course, I enjoy no such superiority. My son’s devices have a haptic feedback built into them. When he puts his finger on the screen, he stimulates his sense of touch and motion. My son can, as it were, “feel” his way to modes of being from which I am entirely shut out. From which I have shut myself out. He may be learning about how to be in the world in ways I cannot comprehend. At that same moment of his haptic engagement, I experience myself as being excluded from his “non-tactile” universe. “Tactility” may very well be in the eye of the beholder. Continue reading.