The tiny BBC micro:bit mini-computer just got a big upgrade

A new version of the pocket-sized BBC micro:bit computer is coming to schools worldwide, packed with new features designed to keep young students up-to-date with the latest hot trends in technology. 

New hardware will help young coders make experiments with artificial intelligence, and build applications running machine-learning systems. The micro:bit 2.0 also includes, for the first time, a built-in speaker and microphone, so that sound-based projects no longer have to be connected to exterior audio systems – while also letting the device respond and react to sounds like clapping. 

And in a nod to big tech and the industry’s privacy headaches, an LED will flash to make it clear when the microphone is on and sensing sound, to encourage young users to reflect on the pervasiveness of listening devices.

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“We want to support teachers teaching or taking their first steps with digital creativity and coding,” Gareth Stockdale, CEO of the micro:bit educational foundation, told ZDNet. 

“So, listening to what teachers would find useful was really important, and making and creating with sounds always came out at the top. That’s why we worked on playful sounds and personality for the micro:bit, not just monotone beeps and buzzes.”

Available from mid-November 2020, the micro:bit’s new features are coming four years after the first iteration of the device was released as part of an effort to help children get to grips with basic programming skills. 

A 4×5-centimetre computer complete with two programmable buttons, LEDs, and I/O rings to connect to other objects, the first micro:bit launched in 2016 with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology. The goal was to enable children with no prior knowledge of computing to easily code the computer with something simple in seconds, using a

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Preorder Info: Editions, Next-Gen Upgrade Details, And More

Destiny 2’s fourth year begins next month, and Bungie isn’t slouching when it comes to celebrating it. Destiny 2: Beyond Light, the next major expansions for Bungie’s shooter-MMO is out November 10, bringing with it a new era for the game. The expansion includes a new campaign, location, and tons of smaller changes to an already huge game. Beyond Light is available to preorder on PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia, and is coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 as well. As always, there are a number of different editions to get.

Season 11, called Season of Arrivals, kicked off in Destiny 2 back in June, continuing the story of the Guardians in their ongoing battle to save humanity. The chain of events in Season 11 will lead into the upcoming expansion. As a new power emerges from the ancient pyramid ship above Europa, Jupiter’s frozen moon, the Guardians will be called to investigate its harsh frontier, infiltrate the Golden Age Braytech facility, and discover its secrets in Beyond Light. The expansion introduces a new elemental power, Stasis, and a brand-new six-person raid in the Deep Stone Crypt underneath the frozen tundra.

The livestream also confirmed the next major expansions that will come after Beyond Light. Witch Queen will arrive in 2021, while Lightfall will launch in 2022. The next expansions will mark the beginning of a new era in Destiny, according to Bungie.

Bungie also announced Destiny 2 will be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. If you purchase Destiny 2: Beyond Light on Xbox One, it’ll be available on Xbox Series X for free because of Xbox Smart Delivery. PS4 purchases will also upgrade to PS5 for free.

Ready to preorder Destiny 2: Beyond Light? Check out its various editions and preorder bonuses

Your favourite skincare gadget has had a serious upgrade



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Even the most powerful skincare ingredients need a boost and this is where beauty gadgets come into play.

Designed to supercharge your routine, from cleansing to masking, these handy little tools have proven to be essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of their products without spending hours in the bathroom.

One of most popular electric tools is FOREO UFO which is equipped with light therapy as well as heating and cooling elements as well as T-Sonic pulsations that help ingredients in a mask absorb efficiently so you can enjoy the benefits of a 20-minute sheet mask in just 90 seconds.

Well two years after it’s release, the Swedish company is stepping it up with the brand new UFO 2. The latest gadget features a full spectrum LED lights, in-app customisable skincare routines and advanced thermo-therapy that delivers heat to skin five times faster than the original.

The premise is the same, the UFO 2 uses heat, cooling and pulsations to help a mask absorb deeper into the skin, offering deeper dermal absorption and a gentle facial massage which provide instantly visible results. The key difference to it’s predecessor is that the newbie five additional technologies making it one of the most advanced skincare gadgets on the market.

Let’s start with the light therapy function. UFO 2 has eight different LED lights that enhance the formula of any UFO Power Activated masks. Each light has it’s own characteristic: purple reduces the appearance of fine lines and boosts radiance; white tightens the appearance of skin and reduces puffiness; green brightens a dull complexion and evens skin tone; orange LED revitalises and awakens skin for a healthy glow; blue reduces the appearance of imperfections; cyan LED calms

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Preorder Guide: Editions, Next-Gen Upgrade Details, And More

The Fourth year of Destiny 2 starts next month, and Bungie is celebrating the occasion in a major way. Destiny 2: Beyond Light, the next major expansions for Bungie’s shooter-MMO is out November 10, bringing with it a new era for the game. The expansion includes a new campaign, location, and tons of smaller changes to an already huge game. Beyond Light is available to preorder on PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia, and is coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 as well. As always, there are a number of different editions to get.

Season 11, called Season of Arrivals, kicked off in Destiny 2 back in June, continuing the story of the Guardians in their ongoing battle to save humanity. The chain of events in Season 11 will lead into the upcoming expansion. As a new power emerges from the ancient pyramid ship above Europa, Jupiter’s frozen moon, the Guardians will be called to investigate its harsh frontier, infiltrate the Golden Age Braytech facility, and discover its secrets in Beyond Light. The expansion introduces a new elemental power, Stasis, and a brand-new six-person raid in the Deep Stone Crypt underneath the frozen tundra.

The livestream also confirmed the next major expansions that will come after Beyond Light. Witch Queen will arrive in 2021, while Lightfall will launch in 2022. The next expansions will mark the beginning of a new era in Destiny, according to Bungie.

Bungie also announced Destiny 2 will be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. If you purchase Destiny 2: Beyond Light on Xbox One, it’ll be available on Xbox Series X for free because of Xbox Smart Delivery. PS4 purchases will also upgrade to PS5 for free.

Ready to preorder Destiny 2: Beyond Light? Check out its various editions and

Python programming: Version 3.5 is now out of support, so upgrade

Python 3.5.10 will be the final release of the Python 3.5 series, which will no longer receive bug patches or updates.

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Python is also closing the gap with Java in the league tables, according to the TIOBE index.

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3.9 breaking cover and bringing with it host of new features for programmers to sink their teeth into, it was only a matter of time before Python 3.5 reached the end of its shelf life.

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As of October 2, Python 3.5 is now out of support, which means there will be no more bug fixes or security patches for the 3.5 series, and as such Python 3.5.10 will be the final release. Any remaining Python 3.5 users should upgrade to the latest version, the Python core development team said.

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The lifecycle of Python 3.5 has been overseen by Larry Hastings. Hastings has ended his stint as Python Release Manager to coincide with the end of series 3.5.

“I know we can all look back fondly on Python 3.5,” Hastings wrote.

“[Python] 3.5 added many new asynchronous I/O programming features, the ‘typing’ module, and even a new operator (‘@’). Plus many and varied quality-of-life improvements for the Python programmer, in both the language, the library, the core implementation, and even the installers.”

Hastings added: “Python 3.5.0 was the best version of the best language at the time, and since then it’s gotten even better!”

Better and, it seems, more popular. According to the latest figures from the TIOBE programming community index for October 2020, Python is steadily closing the gap with Java in terms of its popularity with programmers worldwide.

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The index, which provides