CERN will keep you researchers, students and dataphiles busy this weekend. The institute has released 300 terabytes of Large Hadron Collider data collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector back in 2011. You know how scientists use the collider to smash particles? Well, the CMS is one of the two components of the LHC with the capability to see the particles (like the Higgs boson) or phenomena produced by those high-energy collisions.
The CMS team released two types of datasets you can access on CERN’s OpenData website: the primary datasets are in the same format used by its own researchers, while the derived datasets require less computing power and are meant for students. They also uploaded a number of tools you can use to analyze the info you access. CMS team members believe making their work available to everyone is a “giant step in the right direction.” Kati Lassila-Perini, the CMS physicist who leads the team’s data preservation efforts, says:
“…once we’ve exhausted our exploration of the data, we see no reason not to make them available publicly. The benefits are numerous, from inspiring high-school students to the training of the particle physicists of tomorrow. And personally, as CMS’s data-preservation co-ordinator, this is a crucial part of ensuring the long-term availability of our research data.”
Source: CERN, CERN OpenData
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While I usually start off these round-up posts with some comments on what’s happened the previous week, or talking about days of note like geek holidays, today there is none of that. Not because I’m too depressed about Prince’s passing (although like many others, I am feeling melancholy about that), but because I’ve been fighting a three-day migraine this week and all my notes say are things like “Ow,” and “Why does everything hurt all the time?” One page is just incoherent scribbling and stick figures crying. So, the quicker we do this, the quicker I can retreat to my couch to finish watching season 2 of Daredevil in the dark.
In Public Access news, we’ve made a slight change to the sign up button: It’s now part of the static banner that remains in place while you scroll through the feed. Check it:
We hope this helps provide better visibility so folks know where they can sign up. What do you think?
Also, did you know that we have user reviews? Oh, it’s true — if you scroll to the bottom of the Public Access home page you can see a few featured examples. If you’d like to contribute a review for a product on the Engadget website, you’ll first need to navigate from the review page (which is the page that holds the text/body of our review) to the product page. The easiest way to find the product page is to click on our review score box in the right hand navigation of the review, a la:
From there you’ll be directed to a product page, where you’ll see a “Write a review” link that takes you to the template which is really easy (honestly, the hardest part is finding the link, I promise).
So if you have thoughts about a product, give our user review tool a try! And then let us know in the comments here how it worked for you. We’re curious and genuinely want to know.
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Fans and players of Ubisoft’s The Division predictably did not waste any time finding the glitches in the game, which is something the community moderators recently put the kibosh on by temporarily (or permanently) banning players who exploit the loopholes. This, predictably, was not a popular decision.
A U.S. Census Bureau study found that nearly 20% of American households rely on a mobile internet connection alone, up from 10% in 2013. While the study only surveyed 53,000 households, it’s still an interesting trend — and plenty of folks in the comments are weighing in on reasons why the study found these results in particular.
Our Xbox One review! Now, you might be thinking “… Are they just now getting around to reviewing the Xbox One?!” And the answer is: No, but we did just update how we do our console reviews, so in turn we updated the review. Disagree with our findings? Want to weigh in with your own experiences? Then click here to submit a User Review!
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This article on Google Fiber losing its free tier of service in Kansas City is from earlier this month but the comments to the story got us thinking: How would you recommend a newbie measure — and truly comprehend — their internet speeds? Alternatively, write a tips guide on how to increase internet speeds.
In last week’s “Read” section, I mentioned that UC Davis was receiving heat for hiring a reputation management company to scrub the web clean of references to an incident they would rather everyone forget. While this has backfired in a remarkable fashion, it’s not actually that unusual — private individuals have long hired such firms to remove unsavory details of their past (for example, Spring Break photos that may hurt one’s employment opportunities), but the attitude seems to change when companies employ the tactic to improve their image. Is it ever okay for a company to use a reputation management firm? Is it destined to always create a “Streisand effect”? What recourse should companies have for improving their online reputations?
True story: I have an aging Xbox 360 at my house that is (somehow) still managing to power up and wheeze its way through operations, which is pretty damn impressive considering the console model is out of date enough for Microsoft to announce a moratorium on manufacturing. After ten years on the market, the 360 is officially over. Write it a eulogy or share your best 360 memories.
The Department of Justice will no longer go after Apple in court in an effort to compel the company to unlock an iPhone related to a Brooklyn drug case. According to the court document US Attorney Robert Capers submitted (and obtained by Apple Insider), someone already handed the feds the passcode they needed. If you’ll recall, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Cupertino in the state, using the All Writs Act to get the tech titan to comply.
Apple didn’t budge and kept refusing to unlock the device, just like it fought the DOJ in the San Bernardino iPhone case. Authorities also dropped the San Bernardino lawsuit after they paid hackers with a history of selling software vulnerabilities to the government for a tool that cracked the device open.
Here is Capers’ letter in full:
“The government respectfully submits this letter to update the Court and the parties. Yesterday evening, an individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case. Late last night, the government used that passcode by hand and gained access to the iPhone. Accordingly, the government no longer needs Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone, and withdraws its application.”
Source: Bloomberg, Reuters
Apple’s laying the law down: Watch apps must operate without an iPhone nearby. In a blog post, the company mandates that anything submitted for App Store approval from this June 1st forward has to be a native app running watchOS 2. This should be a boon for anyone using the wearable during a run or workout where carrying a phone would be a hindrance. And ultimately, it’ll result in higher quality applications that take full use of the device and what it’s capable of rather than just being shoehorned to run on that OLED screen.
E-waste is a growing problem, and the rapid advancement of technology is only making it worse. We use a gadget for while and discard it once the new model comes out, which, of course, has a brand-new port, rendering your massive collection charging cables virtually useless.
If you’re anything like me, this has happened to you several times over the last decade. And you probably have a drawer dedicated to old, useless cables. Face it, you are never going to use them again, despite what the tinkerer or hoarder in you says.
So what do you do when it’s time to clean out the drawer? In honor of Earth Day, here are some options for recycling or reusing old cables.
Schools and even groups like Boy Scouts of America have STEM programs or projects that often use older technology. Make a few phone calls to nearby troops or high schools to see if they are in need of some older cables or wires. They very well may not be so outdated for educational purposes.
One of the easiest ways to recycle any old electronics, including cables and chargers, is through Best Buy. Every Best Buy location in the US has a kiosk for recycling just inside the door. According to their site, they accept “rechargeable batteries, wires, cords, cables and plastic bags,” as well as a host of electronic devices. Check its website to see if Best Buy will accept what you’re trying to recycle.
Repurpose it for yourself
You can also consider doing what Instructables user brucedamoose16 did. He clipped off the ends of an old D-sub cable and stripped the wire of its sheathing. This provided over 200 feet (61 meters) of color-coded hookup wire and he used the braided shield wire as desoldering braid.
If removed from the sheath, pure copper wire can be sold for salvage. It likely won’t be a fortune, but you could at least make some cash off old cables that you’re never going to use again.
A friend or family member
Not everyone upgrades computers or other electronics as quickly as you do. Before discarding a giant collection of cables, make sure to ask your friends and family members if they might be able to use them.
Even making a post on social media can help put you in touch with someone who might find them of more use than yourself.
Become a better iPhone emailer by discovering some of the many things the stock iOS Mail app can do.
Archive vs. trash
Everyone could use a little help managing the steady stream of emails flooding their inbox. With Mail, you can swipe to archive or delete emails when viewing your inbox. And you can have both options available if you dig around in settings.
First, let’s set the button for the left-swipe gesture. When viewing your entire inbox, you can swipe left on an email on the list to reveal three buttons, which by default are More, Flag and Archive. To change Archive to Trash, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Next, choose an email account, tap Account on the next screen and then tap Advanced. For Move Discarded Messages Into, tap Deleted Mailbox.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
Swiping right on an email from the main list of your inbox reveals one button, which by default is Mark as Unread. You can change this button to either Archive or Trash. Head back to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars but instead of selecting an account, scroll down to Swipe Options. For the Swipe Right option, select Archive.
Now, swiping right will reveal the Archive button, but if you selected to Move Discarded Messages Into your Archive Mailbox, swiping right will reveal the Trash button with this setting.
Stash your drafts
Sometimes when drafting an email, you need to refer back to another email in your inbox. When you are composing an email, you can quickly return to your inbox by swiping down on the header of the compose window. It’ll hang out at the bottom of the screen while you hunt through your inbox, and you can then tap the header at the bottom to return to your email draft.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
You can keep multiple drafts in this manner; they stack up like open pages in Safari.
And if you want to see all of your drafts, simply tap and hold on the compose button in the lower-right corner.
With iOS 9, Mail lets you attach more than just photos and videos. When composing an email, tap in the body of the email to bring up the Select/Select All/Paste menu. Tap the right arrow twice to get to the Add Attachment option.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
When you tap Add Attachment, you’ll be taken to an iCloud Drive page where you can tap to attach any document you have stashed in iCloud Drive. Tap Locations in the upper-left corner and you can browse Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud storage services that you use.
Mark up attachments
If you receive an email with a PDF or image attached, you can annotate or otherwise mark up the attachment without leaving Mail. To do so, open the attachment and tap anywhere on it. Tap the toolbox button in the lower-right corner. This will open a reply email and then open the attachment with edit tools to let you draw, magnify and add text to the file. With your notes added, tap Done and then send your reply with the annotated attachment.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
Use Siri to search emails
Stop using Mail’s search bar and start using Siri to find emails faster. Just ask Siri to “search” or “show” or “find” emails about a topic or from one of your contacts. I had better luck with Siri finding emails containing a certain word or phrase, however, than I did with Siri looking for a specific contact.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
You can also use Siri to remind you to come back to an email draft to finish it later. When composing an email, just ask Siri to “remind me to finish this later” or at a specific time and she will add it to the Reminders app.
Embrace and use auto detection
For emails that contain a date and time for a meeting or some type of appointment, Mail displays a notification banner at the top that you can use to add an event to your calendar without leaving Mail. I found this feature to be hit or miss, however, where sometimes it recognized a date and other times did not.
Never miss another email from your boss or significant other. Make them a Mail VIP and you’ll get alerted when they email you. And their emails can be easily browsed in Mail’s VIP folder.
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET
To create a VIP contact, go to the Mailboxes view and tap the little blue “i” on the VIP folder line. (If you don’t see the VIP folder, tap Edit in the upper-right corner and add it.) Next, tap Add VIP and then select a contact.
Tap VIP Alerts and you can also choose the alert style and sound you want to receive upon the arrival of a VIP email.
In related news, get 7 hidden tips for iOS Notes.
Qualcomm says Quick Charge is connector-independent, and there have been no reports of malfunctions using the technology over USB Type-C.
There’s been some discussion about the HTC 10 and LG G5 using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology through the USB Type-C connector. In particular, Google’s Benson Leung — a popular USB Type-C evangelist of sorts — has expressed concern over the USB Type-C specification, and many have expressed safety concerns about mixing the two technologies.
We reached out to Qualcomm for an official statement, and they replied.
Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.
While this doesn’t directly address any violations of the USB Type-C specifications, it certainly sounds like the devices in question are engineered to be safe and charge rapidly via Quick Charge over the USB Type-C connector. It’s also worth noting that both the phones and the chargers themselves have been UL listed and CE Mark certified as safe when used as directed.
As always, we recommend that you use the charging components provided by the manufacturer or certified replacement equipment at all times. Some of our phones can draw enough current to be dangerous if not used correctly. Be safe.
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People who live in countries with a strict nationwide internet filter always come up with ways to get around it. In Iran, according to Wired, people are using satellite TV and a free anti-censorship system called Toosheh. While Iranians do use VPN to bypass the filter, their crippling internet speeds make it hard to stream videos or download bigger files. The system gives them a way to get 1GB of data within 60 minutes. Users simply have to plug a USB stick into the set-top box, access Toosheh’s channel that doesn’t show anything besides text instructions and set the receiver to record.
Once the download’s done, they plug the USB stick into their computers and use a tool to decode and unpack its contents. The Net Freedom Pioneers team (Tooshe’s creators) includes various files in their daily package, including TED talks, YouTube/music videos and news clips from banned websites, among others. Wired says the team makes it a point to include a mix of “entertainment, education and human-rights focused material” in each package. Obviously, it’s a poor alternative to having access to everything on the internet — when was the last time you’ve had to work that hard for YouTube video? — but it sure beats never being able to take a peek behind the censorship filter.