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Power up your life with issue #44 of The MagPi

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Another month – so that means another issue of the official Raspberry Pi magazine! We’ve got a whole host of treats in store for you in our April 2016 edition including your chance to win one of three U:Create Astro Pi kits worth £100/$145.

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Click the pic to be whisked into a world of Raspberry Pi ideas and inspiration

The theme for this issue (and wonderfully realised by Raspberry Pi’s resident illustrator-extraordinaire Sam Alder) is ways to improve and automate your life with Raspberry Pi. We’ve put together five fun projects to help you power up your life including an automatic pet feeder, a magic mirror and a temperature-sensing kettle so your tea (Earl Grey) is always served hot.

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Other highlights from issue 44:

  • 007 gadgets
    Pi-powered gadgets that are licensed to thrill
  • Bluetooth audio guide
    Turn your Raspberry Pi 3 into a music streamer
  • What is pressure?
    Find out by doing science with the Sense HAT
  • Retro vision with Pi Zero
    Use any old TV with your brand new Pi Zero in easy steps
  • And much, much more!
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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 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. Buy the magazine and help 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? You can grab every available issue from The Pi Hut and have it delivered practically anywhere in the world.

Subscribe today!
Want to have every issue delivered free to your door the moment it’s available? Subscribe today and save up to 25% on the cover price.

I hope you enjoy the issue – see you next month!

 

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New Sonic Pi Essentials book – series available in print!

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One of the most unique and expressive teaching tools on the Raspberry Pi is Sonic Pi, the live music coding app. It lets you create your own sound your own way, and modify it on the fly in case you’re DJing an event (happens to us all the time). All of this is done in code on the Raspberry Pi. To get you started in this new world of live-coding synthesised melodies, we’ve got a brand Essentials book: Code music with Sonic Pi.

Over 100 pages of Sonic Pi excellence

Over 100 pages of Sonic Pi excellence

Much like our other Essentials books, it presents a series of excellent tutorials on how to make the most of Sonic Pi. It’s all written by Sam Aaron, the creator of Sonic Pi and prolific Sonic Pi live-coding DJ. As well as teaching you how to code music, we also have a couple tutorials on how to interact with Minecraft to create live visualisations of your work. Here’s what you’ll find inside the book:

  • Master live loops
  • Build drum breaks
  • Compose your own melodies
  • Make random riffs and loops
  • Create visualisations in Minecraft
  • A huge glossary of Sonic Pi functions

… and much more.

But that’s not all! While usually the Essentials books are download only ebooks, a lot of you have asked us if we could print them out. So we did! All the Essentials books – Command Line, Python, Sense HAT, and Sonic Pi – are available to be purchased right now for only £3.99 from our brand new online MagPi shop. They’ll also be on sale at the Birthday Bash tomorrow on the Pi Hut stall.

They're A5 sized so easy to slip into a bag for on-the-go learning

They’re A5 sized so easy to slip into a bag for on-the-go learning

You can also still get Code music with Sonic Pi on our Android and iOS app, as well as the usual PDF download.

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

Learn to live code with Sonic Pi

Learn to live code with Sonic Pi

We hope you enjoy it! We’re off to program some Gilbert and Sullivan into it.

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Learn more about the Raspberry Pi 3 in The MagPi 43!

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As you may remember from earlier in the week, the Raspberry Pi 3 is here! The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is the most powerful one yet, and brings with it a whole host of new features such as wireless LAN, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. In issue 43 of The MagPi, we go in depth into all the changes, upgrades and differences that you can expect from the Raspberry Pi 3.

A great cover that you probably haven't seen before today

A great cover that you probably haven’t seen before today

We also have an interview with Eben Upton and James Adams on the creation of the Raspberry Pi 3 and the wireless radio that makes the new headline features possible. There are tips and tutorials on how to get started with Raspberry Pi 3 and finally a full suite of benchmarks so you know just how much more powerful the Pi 3 is than its predecessors.

Issue 43 has more than just Raspberry Pi 3 though: there’s a big Astro Pi update as Ed and Izzy are turned on up in space, we look at an amazing Pi Zero cluster board, hack Minecraft with the Bedrock Challenge, and all our usual array of projects, tutorials and reviews.

Make a musical rhythm game in Python with Clef Hero

Make a musical rhythm game in Python with Clef Hero

Highlights from issue 43:

  • Astro Pi switch on!
    Ed and Izzy have both been turned on, and make your own Astro Pi
  • Minecraft Bedrock Challenge
    Hack Minecraft Pi to create this fun game for you and your friends
  • Open-source licence guide
    Why you should consider open-source for your next project
  • Raspiwhales
    There are Pi’s in space, and then there are Pi’s that ride on whales
  • And much, much more!
Learn all about what's new with the Raspberry Pi 3

Learn all about what’s new with the Raspberry Pi 3

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As always, you can download your copy of The MagPi completely free. Grab it straight from the issue page for The MagPi 43.

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? Get it from The Pi Hut and they’ll deliver it almost 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.

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue! It’s so good we feel like dancing about it.

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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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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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