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Adobe issued a security update April 7 that addresses what the software maker calls "critical vulnerabilities" in its Flash Player that could allow intruders to take control of a victim's computer. The vulnerability affects Flash running on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS operating systems. Trend Micro, one of the companies involved in spotting the issue, said that the vulnerability was found to be spreading what's been called the "Locky ransomware." Ransomware is a type of malware (malicious software) that essentially holds a victim's computer hostage. The attacker typically blocks off access to the system until a sum of money is paid over the Internet.

BBC Micro:bit computer now available to all for 13


A lone Micro:bit costs 13, while a starter bundle with battery pack, USB cable and a handful of introductory activities goes for 15 -- you can also get 10 of these for a discounted price of 140. Beyond these official options, there are several kits available at retailers for more elaborate projects, though element14 is the place to go for bulk orders. The Micro:bit is small microcomputer with programmable buttons, an LED array, various sensors, several I/O rings and Bluetooth connectivity. Developed by the BBC with the help of many partners including Microsoft, Samsung and ARM, it was initially intended to introduce children to the basics of coding and computing. You only have to look at the incredibly popular Raspberry Pi boards to see there's an appetite for cheap hardware you can tinker with at home, however, so the plan was always to make Micro:bits more widely available.

BBC Micro Bit: One million kids get them for free, and now you can buy one too


Adding to the range of maker board options, the BBC Micro Bit is now available to order. The BBC Micro Bit, a tiny programming board aimed at giving children a taste of coding, is now available to everyone to buy. In March, the BBC started distributing a million of the diminutive boards to 11 to 13 year olds in schools across the UK: the idea is that Micro Bits will be used in school projects but the children will own the devices themselves, so they can also use them to build their own devices. The name of the entry-level board is a nod to the BBC Micro - the home computer from the 1980s which was credited with creating a generation of tech entrepreneurs, although the new device is significantly simpler (and cheaper). A pack including a BBC Micro Bit, USB cable, battery holder and two AAA batteries along with a quick start guide is now available for 12.29 (so long as you are willing to buy 90) from Premier Farnell with delivery expected in July.

The BBC Micro:bit is going global


After a bit of a slow start, the BBC's mini computer, the Micro:bit, has now made its way to more than one million children across the UK. Designed to help bridge the computing skills gap and inspire more children to take up coding, the credit card-sized board has enjoyed support from some of the biggest names in technology including Samsung, Microsoft and ARM. With their help, the BBC confirmed today that the Micro:bit is going on a worldwide tour, thanks to the formation of a new non-profit called the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, explains that the Micro:bit was never meant to be a "flash in the pan." The Micro:bit Educational Foundation, much like the Raspberry Pi Foundation, exists to foster the development of maker culture, offering low-cost computing to people who would not normally engage in such projects.

HPE Software and Micro Focus complete $8.8b spin-merger


Enterprise software vendor Micro Focus has announced that the $8.8 billion spin-off and merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) software business has now been completed. "With the completion of this transaction, HPE has achieved a major milestone in becoming a stronger, more focused company, purpose built to compete and win in today's market," Meg Whitman, HPE CEO, said in a statement. "This transaction will deliver approximately $8.8 billion to HPE and its stockholders." UK-based Micro Focus claims it is now the seventh-largest "pure-play" software vendor in the world based on market capitalisation, with annual revenue of $4.4 billion. Chris Hsu, formerly COO of HPE and executive vice president and general manager of HPE Software, has been appointed CEO of Micro Focus.