Weekly News Roundup 6/4/2015

Intel Compute Stick available for pre-order

intelcomputestickAnnouced earlier at CES 2015, the Intel Compute Stick is available for preorder now from a handful of retailers and delivery is expected to be later this month.

There are 2 models expected. For around $200 you can get the 1.3Ghz/2GB/32GB Windows 8.1 device or for around $150 the specs take a dive and you get a linux PC on a stick.

Both models seem pretty cool and for a device that plugs straight into your TV this has the grunt to do the basics like access web pages and read email. Just don’t expect to store anything of size on this device or play high end games.

A device like this that runs Windows 8.1 (and possibly Windows 10 when it comes out) should look glorious on a massive LCD screen and the pricing may be a lifesaver for people needing a cheap PC.

If you use cloud services then this tiny computer should take care of all your needs.

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Large Hadron Collider restarts after 2 year overhaul.

After 2 years of work, the LHC in Bern Switzerland has been started up with a few tentative tests of each section of the massive facility. Recently tests have been ramped up to allow two low energy parallel beams to be run through the entire facility.

Eventually scientists expect to work up to running at twice the energy (13 trillion electrovolts) of the first collection of tests that confirmed the existence of the Higgs Bosun field which until recently was theoretical.

The Higgs Bosun field is thought to have an effect on the mass of a particle and is exciting for researchers as the ability to manipulate the mass of a particle (and in turn an object) could in theory allow breakthroughs as big as faster than light travel.

One of the current goals for the new round of experiments will include the investigation of dark matter or anti-matter and the “web” that holds all matter in it’s place. Discovery of this phenomenon could explain why the standard physics model does not seem to apply to things such as why galaxies seem to spin faster than calculated.

Read up on the story here from the BBC.

Other stories.

Jay-Z and other artists launch Tidal.com to rival Spotify and others with CD-Quality streaming.

April 1 + Google = Pacman?

iPad turns 5 years old!

Hyundai offers Australia’s first fuel-cell passenger car.

iiNet blames Telstra for slow internet speeds.

Google maps the human body.