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January 16, 2017

What is the BBC micro:bit – Gary explains

The BBC micro:bit is part of an initiative to get kids coding, primarily in the UK, however its influence is starting to spread world wide. The micro:bit itself is a small credit card sized computer with an ARM Cortex-M0 microprocessor on it, plus a variety of sensors and LEDS. You can program it via MicroPython, JavaScript, a visual blocks editor, or in the C programming language. It is cheap, child friendly and has been given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. So regardless of your age, if you find the prospect of learning to code interesting then read on to find out more in my full review of the BBC micro:bit.

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November 19, 2016

What is the problem with IoT security? – Gary explains

You have probably heard the term “the Internet of Things” (IoT) being bandied about, according to some it is the next big revolution after mobile, for others it is more hype than reality. The truth is somewhere in between. However one thing is sure the number of computing devices connected to the Internet is growing, and growing fast. It used to be just computers – desktops, servers and laptops – that were connected to the Internet but now almost everything has the potential to be online. From cars to door sensors, with everything in between, there are now an untold number of devices with Internet capabilities.

According to some research there will be over 6 billion connected [...]

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