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Issue 1 - Jan 2013

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The Pi Store Opens Page 3

Instagram Privacy Policy Row Instagram, Facebook's recent buy, updated its privacy policy, giving it the right to sell images to third party advertisers and companies without notifying the user early on in December. After much pressure from its 1 million users, it dropped the new policy. Continued on page 3.

Raspberry Pi Bowl Page 5

The Python Den Page 6

512mb Raspberry Pi® Raspberry Pi have released a 512mb version of the Model B board. It is available to order from Element 14 now. Continued in the Raspberry Pi Bowl.

Apple Maps Screw Up Gets Serious Page 3 And Much More

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Instagram Privacy Policy Row

Apple Maps Screw Up Gets Serious Australian Police have warned the public about the dangers of using Apple Maps in the Australian heat due to inaccuracies with the system. They report that the police have had to help people who have become lost after following incorrect directions given by the map; some of these people have been without food or drink for 24 hours. Apple’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook, has admitted that Apple ‘screwed up’ the maps system. Help is at hand though, Google have released Google Maps for iPhone, and they are working on iPad. The system

Instagram, Facebook's recent buy, updated its privacy policy, giving it the right to sell images to third party advertisers and companies without notifying the user early on in December. After much pressure from its 1 million users, it dropped the new policy. Facebook bought Instagram, a highly popular photo sharing site used by millions, for $1 billion earlier this year. The Privacy Policy changes would have effected all users, the only way to opt-out would have been to delete your account. This angered users so much, Instagram binned their new policy. The policy idea may not have been removed all together, Instagram may edit the privacy policy and try again. Follow this story in future versions or by subscribing to the RSS feed at our site boffinbulletin.blogspot.com

works a lot better than Apple Maps, and is a lot more accurate. Look at the image at the top of the article. The purple pin shows the correct location of the town highlighted with the red pin. This mess up comes after Apple got rid of Google Maps in iOS 6 and replaced it with Apple Maps. The native YouTube app was also dropped in iOS 6, Google have also replaced it with a fluid YouTube app, for iPhone and iPad. Both the new YouTube and Google Maps apps are much more fluid and pretty than the ones dropped in iOS 6; the added functionality is amazing. Perhaps Apple might have decided not to drop them if they look at the present situation.

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The Pi Store Opens

The Pi Store has opened and is now available to download via apt or view at store.raspberrypi.com.     So everyone has heard of Apple's App Store, the Google Play Store, Amazon's Kindle app store and the Windows app store (released in Windows8), perhaps even the Ubuntu Software Centre, now the Pi Store has been released.     You can install the Pi Store by running the commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pistore     You can also access it through your browser by going to store.raspberrypi.com.     The Pi Store will contain free and paid apps and sample scripts that the public have made. LibreOffice, an open source word processor, is featured.     The future Minecraft: Pi Edition may be added here; that we are unsure.     This is another advancement in an ever popular technical breakthrough.

Scientists Call for Turing Pardon 11 leading scientists call for a pardon for Alan Turing, considered father of the computer, who was convicted of being homosexual.     Professor Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Rees and the Royal Society's Sir Paul Nurse are among those 11 signatories in a letter sent to the Daily Telegraph.     They encourage David Cameron to "formally forgive this British hero".     The scientists said: "We write in support of a posthumous pardon for Alan Turing, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the modern era.     "He led the team of Enigma codebreakers at Bletchley Park, which most historians agree shortened the Second World War.     "Yet successive governments seem incapable of forgiving his conviction for the then crime of

being a homosexual, which led to his suicide, aged 41."     They then added: "It is time his reputation was unblemished."     The others who signed the letter are; Lord Currie of Marylebone; Lord Grade of Yarmouth; Lord Faulkner of Worcester; Lord Sharkey; Lord Smith of Finsbury; Baroness Trumpington; Sir Timothy Gowers of Cambridge University; and the Science Museum's Dr Douglas Gurr.     The government rejected a call to pardon Turing in February, when it was presented with an online petition with more than 23,000 signatures; we’ll just have to wait and see what happens here.

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The Raspberry Pi® Bowl

Android OS The nerds at Google have come out with an Android OS for Raspberry Pi, which means you can play Angry Birds on your RasPi or use your RasPi to build a touch screen tablet.

The Pi Store Install the Pi Store with the commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pistore Learn more about the Pi Store on page 4.

512mb Raspberry Pi® Raspberry Pi have released a 512mb version of the Model B board. It is available to order from Element 14 now. The extra 256mb of RAM doubles the processor speed of the Pi, making tasks like opening Geany a lot more bearable. The 512mb version is the same price as the 256mb.

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The Python™ Den This Month’s Sample Code - Beginners’ Script #!/usr/bin/env python # The above line tells the computer to run the script with Python. It is necessary as the # computer must know what to run it in.

# Something with a hash in-front of it is a comment and not read by the computer # This sample code is intended for educational purposes only, however you may use it as # you wish.

import time import random # This imports two modules, time and random, which holds a set of scripts for us to use later.

# Below is a defined function, this is brought up at the end, so feel free to do Start first, however this must be appear before Start. def nag(): nag = 0 # defines a variable while nag < random.randint(5, 20): # Starts a loop print("Have you put it on yet?") # writes a line in the output time.sleep(0.5) # waits 0.5 secs nag = nag + 1 # adds one to nag print("Hurry Up!") return False # stops the script from returning, terminating it.

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def Start(): print("Hello World!") name = raw_input("What is your name? ") # Asks "What is your name?" and saves the output to a variable "name" print "Hello", name,"." wish = raw_input("Would ya like a cuppa tea? (yes/no) ") if wish == "yes": # an if statement print("Go and put the kettle on then. ") nag() # calls up the function nag return False elif wish =="no": print("Pop the kettle on anyway") nag() return False else: print("Not an answer.") nag() return False

Start() # calls up the start function

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