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Do more with your #PiZero in The MagPi 42

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Hi there, Rob from The MagPi again! It’s been a couple of months since we launched issue 40 with the Raspberry Pi Zero attached to the front of it. Since then we’ve seen some excellent projects flying around the internet as you all figure out amazing uses for the tiny Pi.

This picture doesn't do the cover justice, it's lurvly

This picture doesn’t do the cover justice, it’s luverly

To inspire you to do more we’ve put together another feature in The MagPi 42 of Raspberry Pi Zero projects. From useful things like adding a reset switch to more advanced projects to aspire to like a retro games console located entirely inside a SNES controller, there’s projects for everyone to have a go with.

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Do more with your Raspberry Pi Zero with issue 42

As well as these #PiZero projects we also have a feature on the ten best HATs for your Raspberry Pi. Can’t find a HAT you like? Then we also have a tutorial on how to make your very own HAT. Here are some other highlights from this issue:

Highlights from issue 42:

  • Build a binary clock!
    A fun Sense HAT project involving a different style of telling the time
  • 4Borg reviewed
    We look at the new robot kit from the robo-masters over at PiBorg
  • Astro Pi
    What’s happened over the last month as Pi’s are sent to space
  • #PiZero Quadcopter
    We talk to the creator of Zoe the Zero, the first Zero-powered drone
  • And much, much more!
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Free Creative Commons download
As always, you can download your copy of The MagPi completely free. Grab it straight from the front page of The MagPi’s website.

Don’t forget, though, that like sales of the Raspberry Pi itself, all proceeds from the print and digital editions of the magazine go to help the Foundation achieve its charitable goals. Help us democratise computing!

Buy in-store
If you want something more tangible to play with, you’ll be glad to hear you can get the print edition in more stores than ever:

WHSmith
Tesco
Sainsbury’s
Asda
And all good newsagents

Order online
Rather shop online? The Raspberry Pi Swag Store has copies that can be delivered practically anywhere in the world.

Subscribe today!
If you still want to start a new subscription with #40, with a free #PiZero and a free cable bundle, you can! Just make sure you select the right option when you sign-up online or over the phone.

See you next month for more MagPi goodness!

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The MagPi hits 1 million downloads since relaunch!

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It’s always tricky relaunching a product, especially one with an established fanbase. With The MagPi, we did so with the readers in mind, trying to create the best magazine we could for you folks while building off the excellent work of the first 30 issues. We’ve come a long way over the last 11 months; releasing in newsagents around the world and being the first magazine to put a computer on the cover.

The new look for The MagPi last February

The new look for The MagPi last February

Now we have a new milestone, and one that we’re very proud of: one million free downloads of the issues in that time period. It says to us that you like what we do, and that you like the magazine remaining available as a free PDF. This is very important to us, as we’re serving an open-source community dedicated to helping people learn computing and experiment with making.

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This issue did pretty well for some reason

As we push out physical copies to more countries this year, we’re still making sure that the PDF version of The MagPi is available for everyone. We hope you all enjoy The MagPi in 2016, and we look forward to your next million downloads!

Speaking of which, look out for the latest MagPi, coming out tomorrow. Issue 42 has more Raspberry Pi Zero projects for you to try out, a look at the ten best HATs and a tutorial on how to make your own HAT.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go celebrate.

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Experiment with the Sense HAT in the new MagPi Essentials book

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While it might be a bit expensive to buy the equipment  you need to get yourself into space, the Sense HAT – two of which are currently on the International Space Station as part of the Astro Pi project – is notably a fair bit cheaper. We’ve been covering the fantastic sensor board in the magazine since its release, and now we’ve put together the ultimate collection of resources so that you can learn how to use the Sense HAT here on Earth.

Go from beginner to master with our series of projects and tutorials

Go from beginner to master with our series of projects and tutorials

Experiment with the Sense HAT is our latest MagPi Essentials digital book, available for free online and for only £2.99 in our Android and iOS app. In it, we cover the basics on how to get started with your Sense HAT, including using all the different sensors and the LED matrix. There’s also several different tutorials and other projects to try out yourself that will hopefully inspire you to do even more.

The articles inside have mostly been written by the wonderful Raspberry Pi Education Team. Here’s a taste what you’ll find inside the book:

  • What is the Sense HAT?
  • High Fliers – the Astro Pi’s mission
  • Getting started with Sense HAT
  • Digital magic 8-ball
  • Create a reaction game
  • Sense HAT data logging

…and much more. You can get Experiment with Sense HAT digitally from our Android and iOS app, and you can also download the PDF for free.

Set course for the final frontier: it’s space time!

The Sense HAT has an important mission, find out how it got here

The Sense HAT has an important mission, find out how it got here

Experiment with the Sense HAT is freely licensed under Creative Commons (BY-SA-NC 3.0). You can download the PDF free now and forever, but buying in digital supports the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s charitable mission to democratise computing and educate kids.

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Mashup Minecraft with The MagPi #41

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The New Year 2016 edition of the official Raspberry Pi magazine is out now!

Click to find out what else is happening this month!

Click the pic to be magically transported to the pixelated world of The MagPi!

For many of our new readers this marks the magazine’s ‘difficult second album’, which begs the question: how do you top the first magazine in history to to give away a free computer on its cover?

Obviously, we can’t, but what we can do is delivery on one of the promises we made on last month’s cover – learning to code while you play Minecraft. We’ve collected some of our favourite Minecraft ideas and experiments for this month’s cover feature, some of which cross the void between Minecraft’s virtual world and own own. It’s not to be missed!

Elsewhere this issue we celebrate ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s successful arrival on the International Space Station with some more of our favourite Astro Pi-inspired Sense HAT projects, and we’re helping you get the best possible start to 2016 with 10 New Year’s resolutions made possible with the help of the Raspberry Pi.

Subscriber copies of #41 will be dropping through letterboxes all over the world between Christmas and New Year.

Highlights from #41:

  • Minecraft Mashups
    Stunning Raspberry Pi projects that bring Minecraft’s virtual world to life
  • Your #PiZero projects
    Some of your best ideas and creations made with the $5 computer
  • Sense HAT special
    We celebrate Tim’s successful launch with more games and guides
  • New Year, new you!
    Awesome projects to help keep you honest in 2016
  • And much, much more!
#41 Minecraft Mashups #41 Review #41 Magic 8Ball #41 Project Focus

FREE CREATIVE COMMONS DOWNLOAD
As always, you can download your copy of The MagPi completely free. Grab it straight from the front page of The MagPi’s website.

Don’t forget though, that like sales of the Raspberry Pi itself, all proceeds from the print and digital editions of the magazine go to help the Foundation achieve its charitable goals. Help us democratise computing!

BUY IN-STORE
If you want something more tangible to play with, you’ll be glad to hear you can get the print edition in more stores than ever:

WHSmith
Tesco
Sainsbury’s
Asda
And all good newsagents

US readers will be able to buy the fabled #40 with its free #PiZero covermount from either Barnes & Noble or Micro Center from around the 16th January 2016.

ORDER ONLINE
Rather shop online? The Raspberry Pi Swag Store has copies that can be delivered practically anywhere in the world.

SUBSCRIPTIONS UPDATE
If you still want to start a new subscription with #40, with a free #PiZero and a free cable bundle, you can! Just make sure you select the right option when you sign-up online or over the phone.

#41 will be arriving with readers between Christmas and New Year!

MAKE GAMES WITH PYTHON – new e-book out now!
Finally this month we’ve released the second in a new The MagPi Essentials e-book range. This time we’re showing you how to make games with Python on your Raspberry Pi.

Download the e-book for free or help raise funds for The Raspberry Pi Foundation by buying it on Apple & Android devices

It’s available as a free PDF download or as a digital edition on The MagPi app for Android and Apple devices. We’d love to learn about the games and interactive applications you make!

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Make Games with Python – the latest e-book in The MagPi Essentials range!

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Make Games with Python is designed to help you learn the coding skills you need to create amazing games and applications on your Raspberry Pi. The best bit? The price starts at free

While countless millions of us like nothing more than spending hours racking up high scores on our favourite games, too few of us are exposed to an even more gratifying way to spend the evening – making them.

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Written by technologist and tinkerer, Sean M. Tracey, Make Games with Python is made up of ten chapters that take you on a whirlwind tour of Pygame’s game-making capabilities. The book helps you learn essentials Python skills like lists, dictionaries, classes and more.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect to learn:

  • Creating shapes and paths
  • Movement and animation
  • Using the keyboard & mouse
  • Adding sound and music
  • Simulating physics and forces
  • Building classes for actors
  • Creating your own shoot-em ‘up
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Download the free PDF today (11MB)

Like the look of The Essentials range? You might quite fancy Conquer the Command Line. The terminal window isn’t as scary as you might think!

If you’d like to support the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s charitable aims you can buy both Make Games with Python and Conquer the Command Line on your favourite Apple or Android device for £2.99 / $3.99 each.

The MagPi app itself is entirely free to download and comes complete with the first 30 issues free!

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Raspberry Pi Calendar

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Get a Raspberry Pi-themed look at 2016 with our latest calendar, with all the important dates, along with release dates of The MagPi!

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Ever looked at your calendar and sighed because it didn’t tell you when the Raspberry Pi’s birthday was, or when the next issue of The MagPi comes out? Want a great stocking stuffer for a Pi-obsessed kid? Or do you just really love the excellent illustrations of Raspberry Pi’s Sam Alder? If any of these pique your interest, then we have an excellent proposition for you.

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“You can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s rabbit…”

The 2016 Raspberry Pi Calendar is available right now from the Swag Shop, normally setting you back £7.99, but for a limited time they’re currently only £5.99! Each month has a fantastic illustration, appropriately themed for the time of year but with a Raspberry Pi twist on it.

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To anyone buying the calendar, we’d also like to announce that we’re including a free bonus day! That’s right, for the price of 365 days, we’re throwing in 29 February absolutely free! A bargain if we do say so ourselves.

Grab yourself a copy today from the Swag Shop!

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