FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch – Learn to Code on Nintendo Switch!

We have worked with FUZE Technologies for years and when, in a meeting a few weeks ago, they told us they had been accepted by Nintendo as an independent developer to bring their coding language- FUZE Code Studio – to Nintendo Switch, we knew this was big news.

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FUZE have been teaching kids to code since 2013 using the FUZE personal computer and FUZE Code Studio, which is an incredibly accessible and easy to use programming language. FUZE Code Studio motivates and inspires users of all ages and abilities, leaving them wanting to learn more even if they have no prior experience of coding. It is the perfect stepping stone between visual coding simulators currently used in most primary schools and real-world languages like Python, Java and C++/# etc.

It means Nintendo Switch users will be able to code their own games and share the experience with friends and family – imagine creating your own game then transferring it to a big screen with multiple controllers so others can play your creations. Thanks to Nintendo Switch’s revolutionary design this becomes a reality – and coders will soon be learning how to interact with external devices, sensors and motion controls in ways not previously possible.

We announced the news yesterday, and in 24 hours we have secured FUZE coverage on the Daily Mail, Daily Star, The Next Web, Nintendo Life, Geeky Gadgets, Developer, Games Industry, The Verge and many more. The news has gone worldwide reaching far beyond the UK. FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch will be available in Q2 2018. Pricing to be confirmed nearer the launch.

We look forward to continuing to work with FUZE on this incredible development – 2018 will be a fantastic year!

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For more information please head to www.fuze.co.uk/nintendo-switch.html

2017!

It has been a little while since we have posted on here – time seems to have run away with us a bit! I can’t quite believe we are already at the end of January – where has that time gone? Christmas already seems like it was a lifetime ago – hands up who is already looking forward to the summer sunshine! We are busy as usual here – working behind the scenes to get our clients fantastic coverage all year round, and we are already planning some great things to happen in the year ahead, so watch this space! (One of these will be to update this blog more – promise!)

Learn to Code – For Free!

Learning to code is everywhere. With the introduction of coding back on the curriculum 2 years ago, and the immense success of the Raspberry Pi, more and more people are learning to code. With FUZE Technologies that is now easier than ever as they have made FUZE BASIC available for free on Windows PCs. That’s right – free. And we mean free – you don’t even need to enter your email address to get the download. All you need to do is head to their website, click on the link and it will download. Simple!

You may be thinking that coding is far too complicated for you, that it is not a skill you need to have, that no-one who learns to code uses it… All of these are not quite true. With FUZE BASIC, coding is easier than ever. Take the below for example, and see the difference between writing a simple programme in FUZE BASIC and Python. Suddenly it seems a bit simpler right?

Hello World

All you need to get started is your existing Windows PC and the FUZE BASIC download. FUZE have even provided downloads of project workbooks for free so you will have everything you need to start coding. Best of all, no previous experience is required. So, if you are looking for a new challenge or for something for the kids to get stuck into during the summer holidays head over to www.fuze.co.uk to find out more.

Summer Ideas

Wimbledon. A time for strawberries, champagne and lots of tennis balls. Day 3 came to a close yesterday and, other than Andy Murray still in the tournament, the big news for us Brits was that an unknown British qualifier – Marcus Willis – was beaten by Roger Federer. The 25 year old had got through six round of qualifying plus the first ‘proper’ round and, until yesterday, had only earned £220 in prize money. Getting through to the second round of Wimbledon smashed that with him taking home a pot of £50,000 and seeing his world ranking rise from 772 to around 416. A pretty amazing few days for him then! Wimbledon typically represents a ‘summery’ event for the British – though this year seems to have seen even more of a washed out start to the summer than normal. Even Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis called last week’s festival the ‘muddiest ever’. With the clouds hopefully starting to finally clear, we have put together a list of some great summer gear to get us looking forward to some proper sunshine!

Edifier Rave:

This nifty speaker is perfect for those suffering from a bit of wanderlust. Producing strong, clear, music it produces 36 watts of amazing sound for wherever you want to take it. Perfectly at home for any BBQ’s over the summer, or any road trips to the seaside. We love that the battery lasts for up to 8 hours, and it is simple to connect to any device using Bluetooth. A must have for when we plan those days out or lazy summer BBQ’s!

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STM Grace Deluxe Sleeve:

Now this is when for us girls who need to carry around our tech – but don’t want to stick to the usual black bags. With fab summery colours, and beautifully soft lining that surrounds your laptop (seriously – it’s so soft), this is a staple for me whenever I take my laptop with me. There are 4 colours to choose from (all such cheerful colourways it is hard to choose just one), and room in the front pouch for a phone, cards, pens or a charger it is simply ideal.

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Manfrotto TwistGrip:

TwistGrip_iPhone

It is 75% of all photos are now taken on a phone. Yep, you read that right. 75%. It is astonishing, and why the TwistGrip and PIXI are on this list. No one likes a shaky, out of focus photo – and this nifty clamp makes sure you get the best photos using your phone. There are several things to note – first, it is one of those products that is extremely satisfying to use. The top and bottom section both flip round to form the grip itself – and you need a degree of self control to avoid constantly doing this! It is small, and when not in it’s grip shape – super easy to store because of its lightweight properties and slim shape. Second – it is a universal smartphone clamp, so should you change your phone over time you can be sure it will fit the new one. Lastly, it is very secure. Twist the dial to expand to fit your phone, and then twist again to lock the phone in place. There is a cold shoe attachment on the top to fit a microphone, LED or similar on top and a tripod attachment on the bottom. Which leads us onto:

Manfrotto PIXI:

This tripod is the perfect mini tripod. Not just a one trick pony, it can be used as either a sturdy support for CSC cameras, or a phone with the TwistGrip or with the legs together it turns into a handy grip for any selfies, or video recording. There is a ball head included so that you can be sure you get the best angle for the photo you are after. We can wholeheartedly recommend the TwistGrip/PIXI combination for getting sharp, fantastic photos from your smartphone.

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For more information on products please go to www.edifier.com, www.stmbags.com and www.manfrotto.co.uk

Try Your Hand at Animating and Win Over $1,000!

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at animating but just needed that extra little push? Now is the perfect time! Reallusion have launched their new ‘Comedy Contest’, where anyone who animates their favourite joke could be in with a chance of winning over $1,000 cash!

Sound of interest? Great – all you need to do is head over to the Reallusion Comedy Contest page for more information on how to enter:

www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/crazytalk-comedy-contest.html

CrazyTalk is the world’s most popular facial animation tool that uses voices and text to vividly animate facial images in seconds. It is so easy to use that anyone can animate images and photographs with the power of their own voice! Jump into the world of instant facial animation and see where your imagination (and your joke telling skills!) take you. CrazyTalk 8

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