Kickstart your mad science with this Raspberry Pi boot camp

    If you're into tech at all, you should definitely consider unleashing your inner tinkerer on a Raspberry Pi board. If you're intimidated, don't be. It's a statistical probability that people half your age have created cooler things than you can imagine with the versatile kit. Not sure where to start? The Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle is a good bet.

    Put together with the curious newbie in mind, this package includes the essentials: A Raspberry Pi 3B+ board, plus TF card and 37 sensor modules. What you do with it from there is virtually limitless, but the three online courses give you some good jumping off points. The first lesson lets you build a retro gaming system from scratch, and from there you can explore how your kit can interact with Amazon Alexa to voice-control nearly anything in your house.

    It's a ton of hacks for STEM's new favorite resource, currently on sale for nearly 70% off the list price. Pick up the Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle for $139.99 today. Read the rest

    This super organized luggage has compartments for everything

    Are you super organized? You're going to love the Genius Pack G4 and its seemingly limitless, well-placed compartments. Not that organized? You're still going to love this piece of luggage because it's so well thought out that it practically does the packing for you.

    We've all tried to stuff a piece of carry-on so full that it practically becomes a black hole. That practice becomes almost effortless with the Genius Pack, which not only boasts a separate compartment for dirty clothes but an air valve to vacuum-seal the contents. And that's only for starters: This thing has labeled, tidy spaces for chargers, socks, toiletries - even an umbrella. If you still need more room, an accordion-like zipper space expands it by 25%, and you can tote your jacket or personal bag outside with a handy strap. Made of high-strength nylon, it's sturdy enough to handle whatever you stuff into it, and the 360-degree spinning wheels are a nice touch.

    Right now, you can pick up the Genius Pack G4 Carry-On Spinner Case for $179 - a full 39% off the MSRP. Read the rest

    Stop robocalls and phone scams with this top-rated app

    Despite government legislation and improving caller ID technology, robocalls and scam artists are rampant on the phone lines - up to 35 billion a year in the US alone. They can be annoying at best and a financial threat at worst, but there's a way to take security into your own hands. One good example of the recent rise in call-filtering apps is Call Control, which has been racking up kudos from NBC News and Fox Business - as well as consumers on the App Store and Google Play.

    Not only does this app feature a list of automatically blocked numbers from a CommunityIQ database, but the enhanced caller ID detailed information so you can distinguish between genuine government entities and the scammers that pose as them. Easily block numbers, look up unknown numbers with reverse lookup, even set "quiet hours" that silence your phone from all calls during a designated time. It's a simple and reliable way to take back your number.

    Right now, a one-year subscription to Call Control Premium is 33% off at $19.99. Read the rest

    Maximize your Mac with a bundle of top organizational apps

    If you're a Mac user, you thrive on simplicity. Everything in its place and a place for everything. Unsurprisingly, there's a ton of great organizational apps out there for Mac, and now someone's had the great idea to bundle them all together. Whether you're running a demanding business or just getting through the day to day grind, it's likely you're going to find something to love in the Epic Mac Bundle Ft. Fantastical 2 & PDF Expert. If you're not familiar with the primary time-savers on this eight-app roundup, here are a few highlights:

    Fantastical 2

    Integration is the key to this calendar app. It uses natural language to let you easily create new events and invite contacts in a single stroke. Intuitively, it can also merge duplicate events across any other calendars you might have and set reminders - complete with directions - to any event on your schedule.

    PDF Expert

    The beauty of PDFs is in their simplicity, but things can quickly turn ugly when you need to modify those crucial documents. PDF Expert is an effective workaround for that, allowing users to easily edit text or images in any PDF doc. You can also merge PDFs or read large files with an innovative viewing system - even share them remotely across iPad, iPhone or Mac. Annotation and form filling options abound, all user-friendly.

    Pagico 8

    The ultimate task manager, this program corrals all your tasks for the day, week or month into an interactive flowchart. With a simple click on a tab, you can stay on track with ongoing projects and schedule new ones, then send that info out to an integrated contact list that can also collaborate and update items through the app. Read the rest

    Fly space missions in your yard with this Star Wars drone

    Seems like drones are doing a lot of jobs these days, from reconnaissance to delivery. Now, we can add "keeping the Death Star safe" to that list. Whether you're a drone enthusiast or a Star Wars fan, these Star Wars Propel Drones are undeniably the coolest toy around.

    Yes, that's a fully functional drone replica of Darth Vader's Advanced X1 Tie Fighter. Fire up the controller and it takes off into the sky at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, lifted by reverse propulsion technology. That means the rotors are on the bottom of the craft instead of the top, spinning invisibly to complete the "starfighter" illusion and - thanks to some engineering - allowing the craft to pull off some nifty stunts with the push of a button. With the help of a companion app, you can take on challenge missions or even "dogfight" with other Star Wars drones.

    Take your pick from replicas of the Tie Advanced X1, T-65 X-Wing or 74-Z Speeder Bike. The Star Wars Propel Drone: Collector's Edition is currently on sale for $49.99 - a 66% discount off the MSRP. Read the rest

    Grab an extra discount on the our store's best sellers

    It's spring clearance time for the Boing Boing Store, when some of the best deals from the holidays return even cheaper than before. From top-rated apps to educational software to the cutest record player of all time, they're all back with a little extra incentive. Shop your heart out before tax season wraps up! Use the code MADNESS15 to take an additional 15% off!

    TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Combine 40mm neodymium-backed speakers with T-Quiet? noise-cancelling tech and you get a seriously immersive pair of headphones. Even better, they come with 35-hour battery life, so you can soundtrack even the longest bus trip or workout. The TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones are already sale priced at $78.99 (down from their previous price of $149.99) but you can take an extra 15% off with the online code MADNESS15.

    Pianoforall: The New Way To Learn Piano & Keyboard

    Designed to teach keyboards to even the most distractible, Pianoforall will have you playing rhythm piano hits from Billy Joel and Norah Jones in the first few lessons. And while you're doing that, you'll be learning the music theory fundamentals that will let you play chords, inversions and more in the lessons to come. Previously priced at $29.99 (down from $199.99), Pianoforall is now $10.99 - and you can take an additional 15% off with the online code MADNESS15.

    CBD Gummies 500mg

    A great way to see what the CBD craze is about, these tart gummies are infused with US-grown hemp isolate. The cannabidiol contained within can help with a range of issues including pain, sleep deprivation, and general stress. Read the rest

    Earn certifications in machine learning and data science

    Big companies want automation on a big scale. Doing that means diving into the tricky world of machine learning and data science. And no matter what platform you'll be implementing it on, you can learn how with the Machine Learning & Data Science Certification Training Bundle.

    In 48 hours and through eight courses, this bundle teaches the structure and specifics behind large-scale data manipulation. You'll get plenty of background on how to build data visualizations and analysis tools in Python, then use programs like Tensorflow and Keras to put them to work for deep learning. There are also courses dedicated to R and its?ability to wrangle data into neural networks through tools like h2o and MXNET. The bundle will get you up to speed on packages like Numpy, Pandas, and Madplotlib in no time, and by the end of the 48 hours of lectures and exercise, you'll be certified in a range of resume-building techniques.

    Right now, you can pick up the Machine Learning & Data Science Certification Training Bundle for $35. Read the rest

    Get certified in Cisco network security with this course

    Big systems need tight security - and the experts who can implement it. Cisco Networking Systems are the go-to providers for network infrastructure, but maintaining it takes a lot of up-to-date knowledge. If you want that knowledge right from the source, there's an online course that can get you certified painlessly: The Foundational Cisco CCNA Security Bundle.

    In three comprehensive courses totaling 53 hours, you'll get the foundation that will not only allow you to install Cisco networking systems but maintain them in the face of today's cyber-threats. You'll learn the ins and outs of IPv4 and IPv6 networks, from the basics like LAN and router configuration to spanning tree and dynamic routing protocols. You'll then move on to the final lesson, which teaches how to deploy firewalls and other basic security measures - and how to route things in case of a breach. By the end, you'll be ready to ace the related exams and become a Cisco Certified Network Associate.

    Lifetime access to the Foundational Cisco CCNA Security Bundle is now $29. Read the rest

    Improve your PC's performance with this top-rated software

    Computer slowing down? There are a ton of reasons why that might be, especially if your unit has a few years on it. Junk files and programs can accumulate over time, some even left over from otherwise uninstalled software. This virtual debris can slow your PC down dramatically, but there's a surprisingly quick fix. Lauded by Softpedia and others, CleanMyPC is a complete systems tune-up and overhaul.

    The older your computer is, in fact, the better it works. CleanMyPC combs every inch of your PC, looking for junk files, Windows Registry clutter and unnecessary auto-run programs that can slow down your startup. With a quick OK, it removes them all, along with your search history and cache - even old unwanted background files left behind by uninstalled software. All this results in a leaner, faster version of your PC. (And a safer one too, considering CleanMyPC disposes of these files completely, making them inaccessible to hackers.)

    Right now, you can pick up CleanMyPC for $19.99, nearly half off the list price. Read the rest

    This CMYK color puzzle is maddening yet meditative

    Puzzle fanatics, take note. If you're bored with 3D gimmick constructions or complex panorama puzzles, take a gander at this new, minimalist offering that might change your game. A simple concept executed with fiendish complexity, Clemens Habicht's Colour Puzzles reduce the challenge of puzzle construction to its most abstract.

    Do not adjust your monitor - this puzzle is exactly what it looks like. 1000 pieces, each one an individual CMYK color. The completed puzzle measures out to 19.7" x 27.6", and the challenge is not in figuring out what the big picture looks like but in determining how each color relates to the others. If it sounds difficult, it is - but in practice, it's also extremely meditative. Even therapeutic.

    You can get your choice of Clemens Habicht's 1000 Colours (pictured) or variations on the theme with 1000 Halftone Colours or 1000 Vibrating Colours. Right now, each one is 28% off the list price at $35.99. Read the rest

    Grab the leading 2D animation software at half off

    The moving image is a powerful thing, whether it's telling a story or selling a brand. And with the advent of animation software, what used to be a painstaking process is now easy and available to anyone. All that's needed is creativity. If you've got that end covered, may we suggest CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro for Windows.

    For aspiring 2D animators and seasoned pros alike, this suite is hard to beat. There are plenty of character templates to use or modify, and users can set them into motion right away with a vast library of motion frameworks. Fine tuning isn't much harder with CrazyTalk's bone rig editor, sprite layer controls and motion editing timeline. Of course, you're free to create your own characters from scratch, or you can import logos, drawings - even your own face. From there, you can tweak facial animations down to minute details, and make them speak with text-to-speech functionality and auto-lip syncing.

    Right now, CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro for Windows is discounted to $79, a full 55% off the MSRP. Read the rest

    This bundle covers affiliate marketing, SEO techniques, and more

    There's an audience for everything on the web, so if your brand or business hasn't found it yet, it's time to get smarter with your marketing. There are nearly as many ways to reach people as there are websites, but the Marketing, SEO & Affiliate Marketing Super Bundle teaches the ones that get successful companies the most bang for their buck - and a few effective methods that cost nothing at all.

    This nine-course package includes lessons that focus on all the major advertising platforms on the web. You can learn how to optimize both the presentation and placement of ads on Facebook, Google AdWords, and MailChimp. Several courses touch on the invaluable skill of search engine optimization, teaching you to embed the perfect SEO terms into your WordPress site, among others. And there are extensive tutorials about the exploding field of affiliate marketing, which is a boon not only for the big companies that soak up web traffic but can be a great source of revenue for the companies that direct it there.

    Right now, the Marketing, SEO & Affiliate Marketing Super Bundle is sale priced at $37. Read the rest

    Boost your typing speed with this fun training method

    If your job involves a desk, it's going to involve typing. If you've never taken a typing class or just don't have the experience that comes with using a keyboard day to day, it can be hard to adapt quickly in an office that takes it for granted. Luckily, there are apps out there that can get you up to speed. One standout: The Typesy Typing Trainer.

    Designed by touch typing experts, Typesy takes a multi-pronged approach to teaching. There are lessons that focus on each area of the keyboard, letting you get more comfortable as you spread out from that? central "home row." But it also gamifies the process of learning with exercises that let you compete against the clock, pushing you to improve your accuracy and technique. You can even import your own choice of text into the lessons, and it rounds off this technical approach with video tutorials and feedback from real trainers. By the end, you'll even have a certificate to show to prospective employers.

    Right now, a lifetime subscription to Typesy Typing Trainer is over 90% off at $19.99. Read the rest

    Get certified in R, SAS and Oracle database techniques

    On the stormy seas of modern business, data analysts are the navigators. Smart bosses steer where the trends are headed, which makes the techs who can follow those trends invaluable. And no matter what software your company uses to make sense of its data, there's likely a tutorial to be found in the Ultimate Data & Analytics Bundle.

    This online course pack is quite a database in its own right. It contains over 400 courses and 1,500 hours of training in all the major platforms. That includes comprehensive lessons on SAS, including key functions like Dataset and Format. It includes R and all its relevant environments, plus Oracle - with a focus on Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle SQL & RMAN. Hadoop, Tableau, MongoDB - even if you've never used these platforms, you'll have all you need to build out a database and put its information to work.

    Currently, you can get lifetime access to the Ultimate Data & Analytics Bundle for $29, 90% off the list price. Read the rest

    Build your IT profile with Amazon Web Services certification

    Demand for IT professionals is high. Doubly so for those who are versed in cloud-based infrastructure. Amazon Web Services is one of the top platforms out there, and the AWS Certified Architect Developer Bundle 2019 is a reliable way to get up to speed - not just on how to build your systems, but monitor and manage them.

    Geared toward IT workers of any level of experience, the opening courses of this 51-hour bundle will teach you how to navigate Amazon's databases and technologies. It'll also give you a primer in DevOps, the system that more closely integrates the development and operations teams of any application. Armed with those fundamentals, you'll discover how to configure storage, set up security through Cloudwatch - all the skills you'll need to become a bona fide architect in AWS. And more importantly, the certification to prove it to potential employers.

    The AWS Certified Architect Developer Bundle 2019 is on sale now for $35. Read the rest

    This scratch-off map is a great gift for globetrotters

    If you love to travel, you love reminiscing about the places you've been. Aside from the photos, you might turn maps into keepsakes, putting pins or stickers onto each country you've visited. World Travel Tracker Scratch Off Maps? take that pastime and ramp up the fun, making it easy to keep tabs on your adventures by literally scratching each country off your list.

    Like all good ideas, this one is pretty simple. What you've got is essentially a 17" by 24" scratch-off ticket version of the entire world. Every country is covered in gold foil that rubs off to reveal a different color, highlighting your visit. Stateside road trippers can also keep a tally of their itinerary, with the US, Canada, and Australia broken down into different sections for their own states and provinces. There's also a gallery of scratch-off flags below the map - one for each of 210 countries.

    The World Travel Tracker Scratch Off Map? is available in gift-ready packaging for $22.99, 48% off the MSRP. Read the rest

    This piano learning technique gets you playing right away

    If you gave up on playing the piano as a kid, don't despair. Things have come a long way since those drills that had you playing "Chopsticks" endlessly. Take Pianoforall, for instance. This innovative new system lets students play keys right away, learning the structure of the music by playing rhythm-style hits.

    The 10-hour course is geared to beginners, but you won't stay at that level for long. Within the first series of lessons, you'll learn how to play hits by Billy Joel, Norah Jones and more - and as you do, you'll learn the music theory that underlies the structure of those songs. That provides a foundation for later lessons, where you'll learn other styles including blues, jazz and rock, not to mention the chords, inversions and other tools that will eventually have you writing and improvising your own songs.

    Right now, you can pick up lifetime access to Pianoforall: The New Way To Learn Piano & Keyboard at a newly discounted rate of $10.99. Read the rest

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