Since Easter Weekend is on the horizon, we’re launching The 848 Update early this week! This week, social media AI, Microsoft Tay, has been impressing us with her Twitter antics, the smaller iPad Pro is topping our wishlist and the BBC Micro:Bit sees lift off.

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Anyone who had an MSN account will remember talking to bots on IM. Whether you chatted to Smarter Child or Santa, you could waste hours coming up with ‘hilarious’ conversations to brag to your friends about. Microsoft are giving us a throwback to those days with a brand new, AI driven Twitter account called Tay.

Working from the account @TayAndYou, Tay is an AI who gets smarter the more you talk to it. Simply send her a mention and she’ll quickly respond, engaging in what feels like a real life conversation. Some of the Tweets being generated are surprisingly human and, the more we talk to Microsoft Tay, the more she learns. The future is now!

Update: Turns out, humanity wasn’t ready for the likes of Microsoft Tay. Within 24 hours of going live, Twitter users have managed to turn the sassy AI into a ‘racist nutjob‘, leading Microsoft to take down the account for ‘maintenance’. A social experiment gone right or wrong?

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We’ve spoken before about the numerous advantages of using an iPad Pro for business but, for a ‘mobile’ device to be as big as the iPad Pro, many were unable to see a great difference between the Apple tablet and a standard laptop computer. Recent announcements from Apple may well be set to change their minds.

Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will now be available with a 9.7″ screen, making it more comparable to the size of a standard iPad. The smaller sized iPad Pro will still retain the functionality of its big brother and boasts the brightest and least reflective screen of all iPads. For any Apple fans who were put off by the size of the original iPad Pro, it looks like now is your chance to invest!

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The photo app native to Windows phones is finally about to get an update to match the device’s camera quality. A previous oversight that led to the omission of any print function built in to the app is being rectified and photographs can finally be printed directly from the device – no more transferring files to PC to get your snaps in a physical format! 

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There’s been some exciting news from the BBC this week as the BBC Micro:Bit is finally being rolled out to schools. Year seven students across the country have been given the small device which can coded to perform all manner of exciting things. The idea is that, throughout their time at school, they will be able to learn to code in an engaging way that challenges their creativity and makes computing more accessible than ever.

We’re looking forward to welcoming the next generation of coders and computer whizzes! Check out these incredible projects from pupils with early access – you’ll be amazed at what they’ve got up to!

So what do you think of this week’s 848 Update? Let us know below… we’re off to speak to Microsoft Tay!