The rather wonderful MagPi issue 76 is out today. In this issue I'm turning up twice. First as part of the SuperGuide with a look at the Raspberry Pi Desktop and how to use it, along with some software recommendations and a jargon guide. Later in the issue I also have a look at IKEA's Trådfri smart light range. They don't need a gateway (or a cloud account) but if you add one in, you can control the lights in Python with a minimum of fuss.
Buy on compressed tree from your favourite vendor (Or your least favourite. Maybe they've turned things around; made a change for the better). Alternatively, also available in FREE zeros and ones: https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/