10 must-read articles for 6 April (Wired UK)

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1. Large Hadron Collider successfully rebooted

The world’s largest particle accelerator has been reborn. Physicists and engineers at Cern fired up the Large Hadron Collider over the Easter weekend, and are hopeful that it will eventually reveal even more about the boundaries of particle science. The process is not like “flipping a switch”, however, said Cern’s head of beams Paul Collier. It will take two months at least before the LHC is operating at “high energy”, and the collision rate won’t peak before the end of 2015. (The Verge)

2. Google ‘in talks’ to make international roaming virtually free

A planned attempt to shake up the US mobile phone market could see Google work with Three owner Hutchison Whampoa, according to reports (The Daily Telegraph). The two companies are said to be in discussions over a plan to offer international roaming at no additional cost for US customers.

3. Apple fuels Watch hype with ‘Guided Tours’

If you’re considering whether or not to pick up an Apple Watch when pre-orders start on April 10, you can now see exactly what you’ll be getting for your £299 (or £13,500, depending on your budget). Apple has published a new, very detailed set of Guided Tour videos designed to leave almost nothing to the imagination before you get one on your wrist. (Apple)

4. Brazilian startup program abruptly ‘shut down’

Publicly-funded Brazilian startup accelerator Seed (‘Startups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development’) is in serious trouble, reports suggest. Its offices have been closed amid a “huge uproar” from officials and affected startups, and there are conflicting reports about its future. (The Next Web)

5. Does Samsung have a ‘Bendgate’ on its hands?

If you used the internet at any point during the release of the iPhone 6 Plus you probably remember ‘Bendgate’, the largely illusory controversy surrounding the tendency of Apple’s phone to bend slightly if you… tried very hard to bend it. Well, now Samsung might be in for the same treatment. There are reports that its new Galaxy S6 Edge handset is also prone to bending if the same amount of force is applied. (Digital Spy)

6. Mars mission ‘requires space station funding cutbacks’

If a manned mission to Mars is going to happen by 2039, Nasa (and the US Congress) may have to make some tough decisions — including cutting back funding for the International Space Station. A report from Bill Nye’s Planetary Society suggests that Nasa can meet its goals to orbit Mars in 2033 and land six years later, but only if it lets another space agency take over leadership of the space station and its successors. (Motherboard)

7. Experts doubt Tory plan to implement age checks for porn

Ahead of the May 7 General Election the Conservative party has announced a plan to implement age verification checks on all porn sites, overseen by an independent regulator. But exactly how the system will work remains somewhat unclear. (Channel 4)

8. ‘Dyre Wolf’ malware behind $1m theft

IBM Security has uncovered a “brazen” theft operation involving a malware known as ‘Dyre Wolf’. The Game of Thrones-themed attack tricks users into giving up their personal details, before specifically targeting large wire transfers. (Phys.org)

9. OxygenOS is a ‘back to basics’ reworking of Android

The smartphone maker OnePlus has unveiled its own forked version of Android. ‘OxygenOS’ is described as a “light and essential” take on the software, made necessary for OnePlus after it split from previous software partner Cyanogen. (TechCrunch)

10. Gates looks to the future in 40th anniversary email

Microsoft turned 40 on 4 April, and Bill Gates took the opportunity to salute the 125,000 people who now work for the company he co-founded. “Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home,” he wrote. “It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible. It is amazing to think about how far computing has come since then.” (CNET)

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5 April 2015 | 7:11 pm – Source: wired.co.uk


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