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Quick start guide What you will need Required SD CardWe recommend an 8GB class 4 SD card – ideally preinstalled with NOOBS. You can buy a card with NOOBS pre-installed, or you can download it for free from our downloads page.Display and connectivity cablesAny HDMI/DVI monitor or TV should work as a display for the Pi . For best results, use one with HDMI input, but other connections are available for older devices. Not essential but helpful to have Internet connectionTo update or download software, we recommend that you connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet either via and ethernet cable or a wifi adapter.HeadphonesHeadphones or earphones with a 3.5mm jack will work with your Raspberry Pi. Plugging in your Raspberry Pi Before you plug anything into your Raspberry Pi, make sure that you have all the equipment listed above to hand. Logging into your Raspberry Pi Once your Raspberry Pi has completed the boot process, a login prompt will appear. Read more in our documentation.

What You Should Know About Violence In Video Games What You Should Know About Violence In Video Games In 2013, most of the best video games are violent. Dishonored, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Grand Theft Auto IV, Deus Ex, Hitman, The Walking Dead, Mass Effect, Planetside, Call of Duty, Torchlight II, Max Payne 3 and others almost all place the player in the role of a character that kills to advance and survive. Whether or not violent videos games actually cause violence is unclear. The problem of violence in games has been addressed before, most notably in 1994 when the video games industry adopted ratings similar to those used in movies with the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board). But in an era where gun owners point to video game developers, video game developers point to retailers, retailers point to parental supervision, and all are called to task by politicians, such ratings have been called inadequate. Why are the best games violent? This means chasing crowds over creativity. Early Video Game Violence What Technology Serves

An Unofficial Raspberry Pi Blog: How to Setup Remote Desktop from a Windows Machine to your Raspberry Pi - Step by Step Guide As I mentioned in the previous post I recently found the need to be able to remote desktop to my Raspberry Pi. This is a step by step guide on how to set it up. What does this guide help me do? It will let you control your Raspberry Pi from another machine. Meaning that the Raspberry Pi will not need to be connected to a monitor, keyboard or mouse. Before we get started a few clarifications: This guide is to set up remote desktop from another computer on your home network to your Raspberry Pi. What do I need before I get started? A Raspberry Pi running the latest Raspbian “wheezy” image (at time of writing The Steps Raspberry Pi Setup So first we need to install some software on the Raspberry Pi, but don't worry it is very easy! Start up your Pi to the terminal prompt. Second Machine Setup 1. 2. 3. 5. 6.

Raspberry Pi: Up and Running For those of you who haven’t yet played around with Raspberry Pi, this one’s for you. In this how-to video, I walk you through how to get a Raspberry Pi up and running. It’s the first in a series of Raspberry Pi videos that I’m making to accompany Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, a book I wrote with Shawn Wallace. If you’re intrigued by what you see but don’t yet have a Raspberry Pi, check out the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit in the Maker Shed. Keep an eye out for more Raspberry Pi videos in the coming months and leave a comment if there’s any particular material that you’d like to see covered in a MAKE video. Subscribe to How-Tos with Matt Richardson in iTunes, download the m4v video directly, or watch it on YouTube. Matt Richardson Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Related

FT: Finnish newcomer has dethroned Angry Birds The Financial Times reported Saturday that Angry Birds and its spin-offs now rank towards the bottom of the 100 top grossing apps of Apple’s store. That is, though, still a lucrative placement in a marketplace offering over 800,000 apps. Rovio's games have ridden high in iPhone apps rankings since 2010. But, Angry Birds has now been dethroned by Super Cell's Clash of Clans that is a free download, but offers players in-game extras for $5 to $100 at a time. Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen told the Financial Times that had Clash of Clans charged a download fee, it would have substantially reduced the number of people who play it.

Hacking a Raspberry Pi into a wireless airplay speaker The raspberry pi is fully functional credit card-sized computer that is cheap enough ($25) that it can be used just for a single purpose. With this hack the computer imitates an airplay speaker, making it possible to send songs over to an old stereo wirelessly from your phone. The Raspberry Pi generated massive hype in nerdy circles this summer when it came out and we’re beginning now to see some amazing hacks from this tiny computer now. I’ve had mine for a few months now but I hadn’t got around to using it yet. So I’ve now decided to try to make something that I’ve wanted for a while: a product to bring my good but dated speaker system into the 21st century by enabling wireless streaming of music to it. A possible way to do this would be to buy an Airport Express or an Apple TV and connect the audio out to the stereo. How to fake airplay compataility To get a Raspberry Pi looking like an airplay receiver I made use of Shairport. Raspberry Pi SD card (2GB is plenty for this) Wifi check

Mobile Raspberry Pi Computer: Build your own portable Pi-to-Go Aw, yes, the Raspberry Pi Computer, a credit card size mini PC that only cost $35. There are so many possibilities and uses for these small nano PCs. People have made them into PVRs (personal video recorders), retro gaming machines, weather stations, in-car PCs, jukeboxes, and so many more creative ideas. When I started this project four weeks ago, I just wanted to see if it was possible to make an ultra portable, mobile Raspberry Pi that you can take to-go. My mobile Raspberry Pi Computer is now complete and because this is an open source project I wanted to show you everything, including how to build one yourself. Just a quick blurb about myself. LCD Screen The LCD I used is from an after market backup camera system that can be installed in a car. Battery Pack First off, be very careful when messing with lithium-ion batteries. Charging the battery was easy, I just purchased an after market laptop battery charger. Internal Powered Hub Extended Storage 64GB SSD, yes I did! Operating System

One Million Raspberry Pi Have Been Sold Since Launch With all the hoopla around CES, we sadly missed this amazing milestone for one of the greatest little projects I’ve seen in a long time, Raspberry Pi. An estimated one million of these tiny computers have been sold so far, an amazing feat for a tiny $35 circuit board that can boot directly into a streamlined version of Linux. The folks at element 14/Premier Farnell announced today that they alone have now made and sold more than half a million Raspberry Pis. They’re only one of two official distributors; we don’t have completely up-to-date figures from RS Components yet, but Farnell’s news suggests that we’re well on the way to having sold our millionth Raspberry Pi. To celebrate the company released this cute info graphic, informing us that, if stacked end to end, a million Pis would be higher than 111 Empire State Buildings. We detailed the unique manufacturing challenges associate with the Pi with 4,000 Raspberry Pis leaving a U.K. factory every day – or one every 7.5 seconds.

Easily connect Raspberry Pi to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter & more! Easily connect your Raspberry Pi to web services and social networks! This tutorial demonstrates how to painlessly send and receive Gmail on the Raspberry Pi from Python, which in turn, allows you to easily connect it to web services and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and more! This would normally be well beyond the abilities of most users due to the inherent complexities of programming through social media APis, client/server authentication, etc. How does this work? If you are not yet aware, ifttt is a great tool to simplify interaction with many social networks and other web services. Getting Started The tutorial uses the most recent Raspbian wheezy image, (2012-08-16-wheezy-raspbian)but should largely generalize for not only other Raspberry Pi distributions, but most other linux distributions as well (especially those derived from Debian, such as Ubuntu and Mint). Account Setup Install Packages sudo apt-get install python-pip python2.7-dev sudo easy_install -U distribute