Raspberry Pi kits and courses on sale

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Dip your toes into the world of Raspberry Pi.
Dip your toes into the world of Raspberry Pi.
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Here’s a toughie: What do a coffee-making robot, a GIF-printing camera, a smartwatch that runs Windows 98, and “Furlexa” — that is, a Furby equipped with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant — have in common?

The answer, dear reader, is this: They’ve all been brought to life on Raspberry Pi, a miniature computer the size of a deck of cards. (That was your exact guess, right? Right.)

Now in its third generation, this little guy is a remarkable piece of equipment that can be used for all kinds of computing, robotics, and Internet of Things projects. This versatility has made it quite popular, as have its beginner-friendliness and its ridiculously affordable $35 price tag. 

Oh, and speaking of affordability: For a limited time, you can save up to an extra 60% on the following Raspberry Pi kits and training bundles — many of which are already on sale — using our exclusive coupon codes. (More on that below.) They make it easy to dip one’s toes into the world of Raspberry Pi and can be a great gift for the techie or tinkerer in your life, especially if said techie/tinkerer is you. 

Build and hone your Raspberry Pi knowledge across four different courses spanning 10-plus hours of content and more than 200 lectures. The bundle’s learning culminates in several projects in which you’ll build a working Amazon Echo clone and custom Alexa Skills from scratch.

This bundle is normally on sale for $29, but you can enter the code WEEKEND60 at checkout to save an extra 60%, bringing its price down to just $11.60.

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You’ll have more than a thousand pages of Raspberry Pi reading at your fingertips upon downloading this four-part e-book bundle, a must-have in any aspiring inventor’s library. It includes two “cookbooks” filled with Python programming projects, a guide to building spy gadgets, and a manual on how to make your own supercomputer. 

This e-book bundle is typically $19.99, but you’ll pay only $8 when you save an additional 60% after using code WEEKEND60 at checkout. 

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Want to build your own mini touchscreen computer? This kit’s got everything you need to start constructing one (among other DIY electronics projects), including a Raspberry Pi 3B+ board, step-by-step tutorials, and an assortment of components that open up all sorts of doors for customization. 

Use WEEKEND15 to shave 15% off the price of this kit and a Raspberry Pi 3B+ board; you’ll pay just $296.65 for the two of them. 

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This intermediate-level kit will help you get a Raspberry Pi-powered car up and running driving using Python code. Each vehicle comes with its own wide-angle USB webcam plus three new circuit boards and can be zipped around in real time using almost any PC, smartphone, or tablet. 

Grab a SunFounder kit of your own for just $127.50 — a 15% savings — when you enter WEEKEND15 at checkout. 

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Just *imagine* all the neat stuff you could make with this comprehensive Raspberry Pi starter kit. Great for inventors of all skill levels, it includes a Pi 3B+ board, dozens of sensor modules, and diagrammed instructions for 35 different projects (like auto-flash LEDs, rain detection devices, and tracking sensors). 

Normally on sale for $129.99, this kit is yours for only $110.49 when you use the code WEEKEND15 at checkout. 

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Take your learning to the next level with this eight-part education on the Internet of Things applications of Raspberry Pi. It includes a refresher course on Raspberry Pi basics, then builds upon it across seven different classes that’ll have you exploring automation, mining bitcoin, programming a robot, and much more. 

This bundle usually retails for $34, but you’ll score it for only $13.60 with WEEKEND60.

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For a fun introduction to hands-on tinkering with Raspberry Pi, look no further than this beginner-friendly starter kit. It comes with everything you need to build an internet-enabled handheld device: a Pi 3B+, an LCD touchscreen display, a WiFi adapter, a cooling kit, a heat sink kit, a ribbon cable, a breakout board, a power supply, and a transparent case. 

To snag this kit for 15% off its usual price, simply enter the code WEEKEND15 at checkout; you’ll pay only $91.80 for the whole thing. 

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If you can’t make up your mind, or if you’re on the fence between a few of these bundles, you’ll love this all-in-one kit and course package. It pulls some of the best bits from the aforementioned deals: an introductory Raspberry Pi class, a Raspberry Pi bootcamp, a course on how to build devices with Alexa Skills on Raspberry Pi, and the 37-sensor starter kit with a Pi 3B+ board. 

You’ll save an additional 60% and pay just $56 for this bundle when you enter WEEKEND60 while checking out. 

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5 password managers on sale

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Set secure passwords without actually having to remember them.
Set secure passwords without actually having to remember them.
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Still filling in passwords manually? Is your fallback password still “PASSWORD” or “NOTMYPASSWORD”? That’s basically irrefutable proof you should get a password manager. And if you’re simply using iCloud Keychain’s basic functionality (and finding it less than helpful), we stand by that statement.

SEE ALSO: Best password managers to keep you safe online

These handy apps have become incredibly sophisticated, now that more people than ever are relying on them to store, auto-fill, auto-generate, and organize their login details. Still, considering this is your personal data and digital privacy at stake here, you may be (understandably) concerned about selecting a quality one that actually does the job right.

Where to start? Find a sale.

All the featured password manager apps here are already on sale, but for a limited time, you can get an additional 25% off some of them with code WEEKEND25. We’ll walk you through how much you save and why they’re worth the money.

Here are our picks:

The lowdown: Bank-level AES-256 encryption enshrines your passwords in an impenetrable cryptographic fortress.

This one’s an all-around performer with top-down security. Not only does RememBear do its due diligence in saving and auto-filling passwords, but it also lets you log into sites with a single click and auto-fills your credit card data while doing your online shopping. Plus, it will auto-sync passwords across all your devices, so you don’t have to constantly scramble to look them up.

Best features:

  • Cryptographic protection: Bank-level AES-256 encryption ensures no one’s getting through to your data.

A two-year subscription is normally $60 but you can grab it now for just $39.99

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The lowdown: Fan favorite and award-winner trusted by millions, with rave reviews.

This password manager has cultivated a following of millions and for good reason: it just gets the job done. Its slew of features allow you to manage everything using a single master password, plus easily generate strong passwords on all your devices for optimal convenience. You can also securely share and auto-fill all your passwords, as well as auto-login to recognized sites.

Best features:

  • Storage options: Choose from cloud-based or local storage to ensure total peace of mind.

  • Big user base: Millions of people and counting have entrusted their data to Sticky Password.

A lifetime subscription is usually $149.99 but get it now for just $49.99. Save an additional 25% off with code WEEKEND25 and drop the price down to $37.50.

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The lowdown: Great value if your priority is unlimited room for password storage. The remote data deletion feature is a nice bonus.

Like any good password manager, Password Boss stores and auto-fills usernames and passwords on all your accounts, plus it generates strong passwords composed of random character strings. But this one particularly stands out because it doesn’t place a cap on the number of passwords you can store with it, perfect if you’ve got a million app logins to keep track of.

Best features:

  • Volume: Store an unlimited number of passwords.

  • Extra security: Remotely delete data from lost devices.

Usually, a lifetime subscription goes for $150, but grab it now for just $19.99. Then take an extra 25% off with code WEEKEND25 and snag it for just $15.

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The lowdown: Provides total login visibility and password customizability at an affordable price point.

PasswordWrench handles all the random password generation and auto-fill typical of comparable apps, and the two-step verification is a nice touch. But the reason you should get *this* one is if you want to store and manage a large volume of passwords — up to 500 — plus truly take your password security into your own hands.

Best features:

  • Customizability: Adjust settings per your preference, like password length, renewal frequency, and more. You can also select your preferred character set on your password card, whether numeric, alphabet, or alphanumeric.

  • Total visibility: Audit logs let you see when you log in, log out, and more.

  • Zero password reveal: Manage passwords without recording them (you never have to click “reveal,” like with other managers).

A lifetime subscription typically retails at $290, but get one now for just $19.99. Plus, take off an extra 25% off with code WEEKEND25 and pay just $15 total.

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The lowdown: Great for businesses thanks to robust password management features suitable for enterprise work.

Choose Roboform if you’re running an enterprise that requires some heavy-duty password management. (All those logins for Asana, Gmail, and other work apps do add up.) 

Best features:

  • Organization: Easily sort hundreds of passwords with folders and powerful search functionality. Plus, bulk import passwords from all major password managers or a CSV file

  • Encrypt text notes: Software license keys, WiFi passwords, etc.

  • Emergency access: Give a trusted contact permission to access your RoboForm data during emergencies.

  • Password auditing: Easily review and replace weak passwords to ensure security

Its MSRP is $1,000 but you can grab it now for just $59.99

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Google stored some users' passwords in plain text for years

Google inadvertently stored enterprise passwords in plain text.
Google inadvertently stored enterprise passwords in plain text.
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Google has revealed it had left some business users’ passwords exposed in plain text.

In a blog post on Tuesday, the tech giant said it had discovered the issue in Google’s popular enterprise product, G Suite, back in January. 

When stored in a system, passwords are cryptographically hashed — scrambled into a random-looking assortment of numbers — which make it near-impossible to try and guess what it is. 

The bug, which had existed since 2005, stored an unhashed, plain text copy of the password in G Suite’s administration console. The console had allowed administrators to reset a password for a user, in case they forgot it, but Google said the function no longer exists.

“This practice did not live up to our standards,” Suzanne Frey, Google’s VP of engineering, Cloud trust, said in the blog post.

“To be clear, these passwords remained in our secure encrypted infrastructure. This issue has been fixed and we have seen no evidence of improper access to or misuse of the affected passwords.”

Google didn’t reveal how many users were impacted by the bug, but the issue only affects users of G Suite, and does not impact people who use Google’s free consumer accounts.

The company said it has contacted G Suite administrators to change those impacted passwords, and has reset passwords for those users who have not done so already.

While Google’s security issue arguably pales in comparison, it comes after millions of passwords were discovered stored in plain text by Facebook back in March.

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Amazon prevails in battle with South American countries for ‘.amazon’ domain name

Amazon, the ecommerce giant, has been embroiled in a 7 year long dispute with countries like Brazil and Peru over the domain name.
Amazon, the ecommerce giant, has been embroiled in a 7 year long dispute with countries like Brazil and Peru over the domain name.
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E-commerce giant Amazon has prevailed in its domain name battle with Amazon, the geographic region in South America.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has approved of Amazon’s proposal to run the top level domain name extension “.amazon” after a 7 year dispute with more than a half dozen countries, according to the Financial Times.

The dispute was backed by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO), a group promoting the development of the Amazon Basin. Its member states include Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.

As part of Amazon’s terms, the company promises not to register any .amazon domain names  with “a primary and well-recognised significance to the culture and heritage of the Amazonia region.” The ecommerce company will also block the use of more than 1,000 domain names that fit that criteria. It would also provide up to nine domain names for ACTO countries to use for non-commercial purposes to “highlight the region’s culture and heritage.”

Amazon had tried for years to get ACTO to drop their complaint. At one point, the company had even offered $5 million in gift cards to Brazil and Peru, the ACTO member states who originally filed the complaint, to no avail.

Speaking of the current proposal that’s been approved by ICANN, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “does not address important concerns.”

In 2011, ICANN approved of the creation of a multitude of new general top level brand extensions. Basically, for a yearly fee, any brand or organization could run their own “dot whatever.” 

When Amazon applied to run the “.amazon” domain extension, Brazil and Peru filed a formal complaint with ICANN. The complaint stated that giving Amazon the rights to the extension would “prevent use of this domain for purposes of public interest” and argued that “.amazon” should instead serve regions of the Amazon in South America.

According to ICANN, there will now be a 30 day period for public comment. After this period, ICANN may very well finalize its designation of the .amazon domain to Amazon the company.

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Comcast, a trusted company, wants to monitor you with a smart device

Such a good idea.
Such a good idea.
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It looks like you fell down. Someone will be there between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to assist you. 

Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favorite and definitely trusted company, Comcast, is working on a smart  device of some kind with voice-interactive features to monitor customers’ health. The news, first reported by CNBC, was independently confirmed by Mashable. The tracker will be pilot tested laster this year. 

Importantly, unlike the Google Home or Amazon Echo, Comcast’s foray into in-home devices won’t search the web or recite the forecast. Instead, it will reportedly track customer bathroom trips, and how much time they spend in bed. The company is also reportedly working on a way to track if customers have fallen down in their homes. 

It will be able to place emergency phone calls, notes CNBC. 

Unfortunately, there is still a lot that remains unknown about the specifics of a cable company monitoring your late-night pee breaks. We reached out to Comcast in an attempt to determine the product’s name, official release date, and cost. We were unable to get a statement on the record.  

A Comcast spokesperson was willing to go into more details about what the company insists is the device’s limited scope, however. 

“There is no role for this device beyond health,” the spokesperson wrote over email, “and it is purpose-built to be a sensor that detects motion.”

Imagine sensors that alert a primary caregiver that his or her aging relative, say, hadn’t gotten up from the bed for an extended period of time. This, as opposed to a whimsical Alexa-like voice telling you jokes, is more of what Comcast has in mind. 

At least initially, the device will be launched in partnership with a health care provider of some kind — likely insurer Independence Health Group. 

So while clearly not in direct competition with products like the Apple Watch, Comcast’s device will offer some competing services in the personal health market. The Apple Watch, for example, can detect falls and track your sleep.  

Whether anyone will feel comfortable sharing this sort of intimate information with their cable company is an open question. Comcast has been criticized for its handling of account security in the past. 

But hey, we’re sure that Comcast — a company which frequently falls on “America’s most hated companies” lists — has only the best of intentions. 

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