VoIP specialist Ooma wants businesses to cut the internet cord once and for all

VoIP specialist Ooma has introduced a new solution called Ooma Connect which will provide small and mid-sized businesses with fixed wireless internet and business phone service.

Millions of business locations in the US are unable to get high-speed internet access and instead are forced to rely on DSL, cable or satellite connections that can be slow, unreliable and expensive. To make matters worse, an even larger number of businesses don’t have internet backup which leaves them vulnerable to significant financial loss during internet outages.

Ooma Connect is the company’s answer to these problems as it delivers internet connectivity and Ooma Office phone service for as little as $50 a month. The solution requires an Ooma Connect Base Station and Ooma LTE 460 Adapter to provide wireless internet through a nationwide LTE-Advanced network.

One company already using Ooma Connect reported that the solution allowed it to lower its monthly bill for internet and phone service from $600 a month to less than $200 a month. Manager at Wireman Fence, Sergio Gonzalez explained how Ooma’s new solution is helping the company stay connected while also being more productive, saying:

“We’re getting work done more quickly now that we don’t have to wait for web pages and emails to download. Our team is also more connected to our customers because we’re getting voice messages forwarded to our email and through the Ooma Office mobile app, which lets us take business calls on our cell phones when we’re out of the building.”

Ooma Connect

In addition to helping businesses improve their internet speeds, Ooma Connect can also eliminate the wait time for service from a local bandwidth provider when setting up a new business location. A franchise outlet or even a pop-up store can quickly get phone service and internet access through the company’s new solution.

Ooma Connect can also be combined with a business’ existing broadband connection to provide wireless backup for phone and internet service during outages. According to the U.S. SMB Internet Outage Report from Independence Research, small businesses in the US will suffer more than $40bn in lost productivity due to internet outages in this year alone.

Ooma is also introducing a new patent-pending feature with Ooma Connect called Continuous Voice. Essentially this feature allows for calls in progress to continue through the LTE-Advanced network when wired broadband access goes down.

Ooma Connect is even ready for 5G as the Ooma Connect Base Station is designed to support future 5G wireless adapters while the Ooma LTE 460 Adapter includes a powerful 2×8 MIMO antenna that should allow increased data speeds when cellular networks are upgraded to 5G.

Vice president of corporate development at Ooma, Chris Burgy provided further insight on the company’s new solution in a press release, saying:

“We aim to democratize access to advanced services through the Ooma Connect. Small and medium-sized businesses can’t afford the cost or tolerate the complexity of today’s disjointed solutions for business continuity and cloud-based phone service. Ooma is empowering all businesses with the same cutting-edge technology as large enterprises while also giving millions of businesses a long sought-after alternative to costly DSL and satellite internet access.”

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AMD Ryzen 9 might be coming to ultra light laptops

It looks like AMD may be preparing to add a new flagship APU to its recently launched Ryzen 4000 U-series lineup in a bid to better challenge Intel’s 10th-generation Comet Lake-U parts.

When AMD debuted the Ryzen 4000U lineup in January, the Ryzen 7 4800U was the highest-spec model, with no sign of a Ryzen 9 chip. However, it looks like that will soon change as leaker @TUM_APISAK has spotted the so-called Ryzen 9 4900U sitting pretty on UserBenchmark.

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GTA 6 news and rumors: when will Grand Theft Auto 6 be announced?

Is GTA 6 on the way? While the next instalment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise is yet to be formally announced by its developer Rockstar Games, that doesn’t stop those of us hungry for more trying to figure it out.

It’s been a whole seven years since GTA 5 launched on consoles, so we’re expecting GTA 6 to be in the pipeline, and the latest news and rumors suggest that it could be on its way sometime soon.

Although 2020 is still in its early days, a release this year doesn’t seem likely, especially without any kind of development announcement. But, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles coming at the tail end of the year, hopes are increasing that we might hear something from Rockstar some time soon – even if a release date is likely to be a long way off. 

Details may be thin on the ground, but that doesn’t stop us gathering together the best pieces of gossip, rumor and fact for your personal pleasure. Here’s everything we know so far about GTA 6.

[UPDATE: No, GTA 6 won’t be announced this week – and it’s unlikely to be a PS5 exclusive. Read on to find out more.]

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The highly-anticipated next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series
  • When it is out? That’s the internet’s biggest mystery (but we’re pretty sure it won’t be 2020)
  • Will it launch on PC? Both GTA 4 and 5 made their way to PC (eventually), so fingers crossed
  • Where will GTA 6 be set? Unknown, but some rumors have suggested a move to South America

GTA 6 release date : when can I play it?


Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption 2 has now been in the wild for nearly two years now, which means we’re hoping a GTA 6 announcement isn’t far away – even though we’re likely to be waiting a while to play it.

According to some rumors, we could see the next Grand Theft Auto announced in 2020, with a potential release in 2021, which would make sense considering we’re heading into a new console generation at the end of 2020. However, Rockstar has been focused on getting Red Dead Online up and running – and GTA Online is still raking in the dough – which may have diverted attention, not to mention the delays potentially caused by Dan Houser’s departure from Rockstar. 

However, according to reputable industry analyst Michael Pachter, the game’s actual release could be as far away as 2022. In an interview with Gaming Bolt, Pachter said that he thinks a 2020 announcement with a 2021 release would be the best case scenario, while a 2021 announcement with a 2022 release or later would be more likely. 

Given 2020 is still in its infancy, expecting any news of GTA 6 in the immediate future is unlikely. But the Xbox Series X and PS5 are due to launch at the end of the year and if GTA 6 followed the release pattern of its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto 5, it’d be released at the very tail end of the current generation, comfortably released on the new generation and straddle both for the widest install base possible. 

With no announcement thus far that seems optimistic but, hey, anything could happen. 

GTA 6 trailer: when can I watch one?


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The thing about Rockstar Games is that it’s an incredibly secretive games publisher. No trailer is getting out of that studio unless someone seriously screws up. 

Just look at what Rockstar did with both GTA 5 and Red Read Redemption 2. It teased an announcement a few days before dropping the first trailer for either game. 

If there’s a GTA 6 trailer, you’ll know about it because the internet will explode – and we’ll let you know too, of course. But we’re not expecting one anytime soon.

GTA 6 news and rumors: what do we know so far?

Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Below we’ve collected together all of the latest leaks and rumors that hint at when GTA 6 might be launched – and what we can expect from the new game. As always, take these details with a pinch of salt – some are old, some are from now deleted sources and others might just be keen fans getting carried away. 

March 25 leaves no announcement

After leaks, website updates and unlisted Rockstar videos fuelled suspicions that there would be a GTA 6 announcement on March 25, nothing has appeared. The game is still considered an inevitability but with this heavily-rumored date having now passed, at the moment there’s no clear sign on when we’ll hear anything from Rockstar so the waiting game continues. 

GTA 5 voice actor calls for fans to stop believing ‘leaks’

After a fairly calm stretch, rumors around Grand Theft Auto 6 have been creeping up more often over the past month. Very recently there were serious suspicions that an actual game announcement was imminent and fans are hungry for new information. 

GTA 5 voice actor for the character Michael de Santa, Ned Luke, has been getting questions about the series’ next steps for a long time and he’s taken to Instagram Stories (via GameSpot) with Franklin Clinton voice actor, Shawn Fonteno, to tell fans to stop believing “clickbait” rumors and leaks, saying “if you hear it from Rockstar, then you know.”

The video has since disappeared from Instagram but was posted to Twitter:

PS5 exclusive?
There are rumors that GTA 6 will be a timed PS5 exclusive upon release. Last year, TweakTown reported on an anonymous post on PasteBin that claimed that GTA 6 will be a timed PS5 exclusive, releasing in “Holiday 2020”. That would mean GTA 6 would launch alongside the PS5 and Xbox Series X. If this happened it would be a huge surprise, as we’re not realistically expecting the game anytime soon – nevermind this year. 

The original poster also claimed that “Sony paid ‘huge money’ in order to secure a 1-month PS5 exclusive”. It’s possible GTA 6 will have PS5-exclusive launch content like Red Dead Redemption 2 did, but a one month timed exclusive release on PS5 seems a bit short.

Is an announcement coming on March 25? We don’t think so…
Rockstar Games recently changed its website’s artwork, which fuelled suspicions that the company has something in the works. A new, unlisted video on Rockstar’s YouTube channel was then found, leading some to think that an announcement is imminent – either for Bully 2 or GTA 6.

An announcement was rumored for March 20, but this date passed with no news. But some fans on the GTA forums believe that a GTA 6 announcement trailer is still coming on March 25 – there’s even a countdown timer for the announcement.

Rumored “Fall 2021” release date
Twitter user (and known leaker) @PSErebus claims that GTA 6 will release in “Fall 2021”. While we should be speculative of this, @PSErebus previously correctly leaked the release date of The Last of Us 2. In addition, this release date would fall into the window we’re expecting to see GTA 6.

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Website artwork
It’s really not much (though does it ever take much when it comes to Rockstar excitement?) but some additions to the Rockstar website have caused excitement amongst fans. The additions (via GamesRadar) are some new pieces of artwork to the site’s menus that appear to be unrelated to any of Rockstar’s existing games. 

The first piece of artwork is an android hugging a champagne bottle with the year 1998 on it (that’s Rockstar’s founding year) while the second is a red and blue logo with Rockstar’s various slogans on it. 

Like we said, this isn’t much at all but any changes Rockstar makes tend to grab the attention of fans hoping for some kind of new game announcement. After all, the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 was preceded by a Twitter logo change so it’s not like subtlety like this would be off the cards. 

Or this could simply be Rockstar updating its website with some interesting new evergreen imagery—the fact that the images are generally relevant to Rockstar as a company and that they appear in the background of the site’s menu suggests that they’re not hugely important. Until any kind of official announcement is made we won’t know for sure. 

Take-Two plays down AAA releases
In an earnings call for Take-Two Interactive – the publisher that owns GTA developer Rockstar – shareholders were told to expect the “most robust pipeline” in the company’s history. However, Take-Two CEO Strauss H. Zelnick also stressed that some years would be thin on releases – which, given the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 last year, doesn’t make us hopeful for any new GTA titles in the coming year.

“Given that we’re a company that depends on our creative teams to make as close to perfect products as possible,” said Zelnick, “we have to be willing to live with the vagaries of product deliveries. And that means, sometimes, we will have thin frontline years.”

Dan Houser leaves Rockstar
Revealed in a statement by Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive, Houser (who was has been on an extended leave period since spring 2019) will be officially leaving the company on March 11. His brother Sam Houser remains present as president.

Houser, who has variously acted as writer, producer and voice actor at Rockstar, led Rockstar Games to become one of the biggest developers in the industry. It’s currently unknown whether this will have an impact on GTA 6’s development.

CJ voice actor shoots down rumors
Chris Bellard, the voice actor for GTA San Andreas’ character CJ, has debunked rumors that he will be reprising his role in GTA 6. Using Instagram, Bellard posted that he’s “not involved in GTA VI at all”.

This doesn’t rule out the return of CJ as a character entirely (Rockstar could always cast someone else in the role) but it does confirm that Bellard isn’t involved and doesn’t intend to be if asked. 

Rockstar hasn’t commented on rumors and we won’t know anything certain about any cast for GTA 6 until it speaks out. 

Steven Ogg at Brazil Game Show
Steven Ogg, the actor known for playing Trevor in GTA 5, was in attendance at the Brazil Game Show in October 2019. According to someone who was at the event, Ogg said that GTA 6 will be coming “soon”. 

Ogg’s reasoning, rather than any kind of inside knowledge as far as we can tell, is that Rockstar games “take 7-8 years to make, do the math.” Doing the math from GTA 5’s 2013 release date would mean that GTA 6 could release in 2020 or 2021, right in time for the next generation of consoles. That seems very soon for a game we’ve seen very little about but, hey, it’s not impossible. We’ll be watching this space. 

Scouting areas in Florida
Speculation around a Florida setting – even a game that encompassed the whole state – has been brimming after a leaked letter was given legitimacy by a well-regarded Rockstar leaker, @Yan2295. 

The letter was to a Florida store asking permission for Rockstar Games to inspect the premises, presumably for use or inspiration in the forthcoming game – mentioning a location scout Leah Sokolowsky who hinted at a large digital media client in a podcast back in May 2019 (via Daily Star).


Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Project Americas
Another day and another Grand Theft Auto 6 leak (via GamesRadar) is making the rounds, though we’d recommend not getting too excited given it’s from a now-deleted Reddit post. Admittedly, some of the things that appear in this supposed leak do corroborate previous rumors but this consistency is no confirmation of what the game will be and we won’t know for sure what’s in store for Grand Theft Auto 6 until Rockstar itself makes an announcement.

Regardless, it’s still fun to get our imaginations going for what the future of the Grand Theft Auto franchise may hold. According to the Reddit poster behind the leak, the game, known as Project Americas, has been in production since 2015 though it was placed on ice while Red Dead Redemption 2 was the focus. GTA 6 could be expansive, set across multiple decades (1970s to 1980s) and locations (one of which is Vice City, another Liberty City and another is a fictional city based on Rio de Janeiro). 

The game will apparently deal with one playable protagonist named Ricardo and play through their story as a rising drug lord with heavy inspiration from Netflix’s Narcos series. The story will be told through chapters, with a heavy emphasis on the visuals of changes in time as the story progresses. While there’s no estimated release date given, the post says that the plan is to release the game for the next generation only. 

While it’s unlikely that the whole report is true (even the poster says that the game’s pre-alpha status means things are likely to change) that’s not to say some elements are impossible. Certainly a next-gen only release seems entirely plausible. Before you get too excited,though, the post has already been debunked by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier.

Another rumor leak?
This is definitely one to take with a big pinch of salt but, according to this leak, Grand Theft Auto 6 will return to multiple previous fan-favorite locations, take inspiration from Red Dead Redemption 2, and won’t release on current generation consoles. Well, that’s according to an anonymous post made on Pastebin, which has since been removed (via Comic Book) .

According to the post, GTA 6 will allow players to travel between several big cities, including Liberty City and Vice City. The poster also claims you start off as a small-time drug runner before joining an infamous gang and kicking it with the big dogs.

In addition, the post claims Rockstar is waiting to see how the new-generation consoles sell as GTA 6 wouldn’t be able to be released on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One due to memory restrictions. The anonymous poster also claimed GTA 6 will feature both major cities along with a vast stretch of highways and Blaine County-like countryside in the middle of it all.

Finally, the post claims that, despite the game being set in a timed era, there will be flashbacks between missions and Red Dead Redemption 2-type stranger dialogues that implement the greet/antagonise format.

While location rumors seem to be leaking in abundance, the anonymous Pastebin post has been backed up by review on Glassdoor by a Rockstar Games QA tester, which has since been removed (via Dexerto). Alongside reading out Rockstar for its institutionalized crunch, the post leaves a cryptic message that sees the first letter of each sentence spelling out ‘GTA6LSVCLC’. This may be pointing to the potential locations of Grand Theft Auto 6: Los Santos, Vice City, and Liberty City. 

Wonder what these locations would look like together as an actual map? Graphic designer RealityDesign posted a concept image on GTA Forums, showing what this map could potentially look like. Check it out below:

Image credit: RealityDesign

Image credit: RealityDesign

Job listings
At this point we’re probably just clenching at straws, but Rockstar have been hiring for a tonne of programming positions. We’re hoping they’re preparing to get development underway, but that is probably just hopeful thinking.

The Know report on Vice City
The most significant Grand Theft Auto 6 rumor came from YouTube channel The Know. It stated that an inside source told it that GTA 6 is coming 2021-2022 and is being developed under the code name Project Americas.

The reason for this code name is apparently because players will be able to fly between the US and South America in the game, though the majority of the action will take place in the former. This in combination with the source’s assertion that the game will largely be set in Vice City (the Rockstar version of Miami) suggests there could be a focus on drug running which would draw on the popularity of shows and movies like Narcos and Tom Cruise’s Made in America. Particularly if Rockstar holds on to that 80s setting.

With no comment from Rockstar, these rumors remain nothing more than, well, rumors. But they do pose an interesting proposition that would seize upon the particular fondness many fans of the series have for Vice City.

Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games) (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

GTA 6 is definitely coming and there are ideas
What we do know about GTA 6 is that ideas are being thrown around for development, even if it’s just in the early stages. Rockstar President Leslie Benzies teased the game in an interview back in 2013 with Develop magazine. 

“We don’t know what GTA 6 will be, but we’ve got some ideas,” said Benzies in the interview. 

Okay, so it’s not much, but it’s certainly a snippet of solid information direct from the source. 

Benzies went on to talk about what kind of ideas get the creative juices flowing over at Rockstar. 

“We’ve got about 45 years’ worth of ideas we want to do,” he added. “We’ll pick the right ones.”

“It comes from the idea first. Where it is going to be set is the first question. That then defines the missions; you’re doing different things in LA than in New York or Miami.

“The map and story get worked up together, and the story is a basic flow of how it works out so you can layer the mission in.”

We’re just pleased that Rockstar has so many ideas for what it wants to do with GTA 6. We just hope it sorts them into some kind of organised system and gets that game to us sharpish. 

GTA 6 map: where will GTA 6 be set?


Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Although there haven’t been any concrete reports as yet, every online titbit and juicy gossip morsel is pointing towards GTA 6’s map being absolutely massive. We’re even not talking city-size massive, we’re talking potentially the entire of the United States massive. 

Some rumors are suggesting that GTA 6 may end up spanning the entirety of the US, with some kind of teleportation system that cuts down the journey time between cities. 

There are even some incredibly exciting rumours that Rockstar Games might have a ‘70s theme up its sleeve, so crack out those old bell-bottoms and disco balls.

But there’s also another rumor that’s gathering strength, which would put GTA 6 a little closer to Rockstar Games’ British home – a London setting. 

The reports actually started with a comment from Rockstar Games’ co-founder Dan Houser:

“At the moment, it feels like GTA’s DNA is contemporary-ish, American-ish, English-speaking-ish, because that’s what it has been… But that doesn’t necessarily limit it to those, that’s just what we’ve done so far.”

Rockstar Games sources suggest that London is the only non-US location to be whispered as a potential GTA setting.  

For our money, we think a return to Vice City is on the cards, which would tie in to the rumors mentioned above. A recent report from The Know suggests that a return to Vice City in the 80s is actually in the works and that players will explore the rise in drugs at the time through the missions. In this rumored game, players will move between Vice City and South America, which would create a very interesting and entirely new kind of map.

The GTA 3 trilogy was set across three locations, Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas. This mirrored the original Grand Theft Auto Game, which was also set across the same three locations. 

The most recent Grand Theft Auto games, GTA 4 and GTA 5, have so far been set in Liberty City and San Andreas respectively, meaning that Vice City is the only location yet to be explored by the recent games. 

The only question now is whether Rockstar will be tempted to complete the set. 

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Google Stadia now has a free two-month trial to entertain self-isolators

As gamers self-isolate around the world, Google Stadia gets a two-month free trial for Stadia Pro subscription service for anyone in the 14 countries supported by the service. 

Already signed up foe Google Stadia? You’ll get two months free, too, according to a blog post by Stadia VP Phil Harrison.

This is the first widely-available free trial for Google’s game streaming service; those who bought the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition belatedly received a three-month trial they could give to a friend, though that obviously limited it to the pool of early adopters.

There are a few caveats to the Stadia free trial: only nine games are available to play, which include GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, Thumper, GYLT, SteamWorld Dig 2, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings, and Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks), per Polygon

It’s unclear if this selection will change, though you can always purchase one of the 38 Stadia-supported games and stream them over the service.

Google Stadia

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Free Google Stadia – mostly

In another caveat, Google will stave off potential network strain by changing the default video resolution from 4K to 1080p. The good news is that you can apparently opt out by swapping data usage in the Stadia app. 

After two months, folks can keep the subscription at $10 per month, should they so choose. They can look forward to the 120 games Google claims are coming to Stadia in 2020, including 10 exclusive to the service.

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Best Asus router 2020: the top Asus routers for any budget

The best Asus routers should be on anyone’s radar who’s looking for a fantastic router. They aren’t just among the best in the Wi-Fi router market but are also some of the most popular as well.

The company has quite a varied line of models to choose from, so regardless of whether you’re looking for a personal or business solution, there’s something to fill your needs. The best Asus router for you might be one that comes with an affordable price tag but with reliable performance or one with blazing-fast speeds for a gamer.

Either way, you’ll find the best option for you, as well as our pick for best overall which combines performance with price, on this list. So no matter what your needs are, you’ll find the best Asus router for you here.

Best Asus router

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1. Asus RT-AC86U

Speed: 802.11ac 5GHz: 2,167 Mbps, 2.4GHz: 750 Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x Gigabit LAN, 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, WTFast Gamers Private Network

Impressive speeds and range

Superb value

Appearance may put some folks off

Okay, so our top overall pick for an Asus router might look like the head of a decapitated robot – with dark red eyes and an untidy antenna hairdo – but it’s performance, not appearance, we’re interested in here.

The Asus RT-AC86U gives you AC2900 wireless speeds, range boosting for better Wi-Fi coverage around your home, and even gaming acceleration technology. In actual fact, the RT-AC86U is positioned as a gaming router – which explains the aesthetics – but don’t let that put you off. It’s very easy to set up and a fantastic all-rounder.

The icing on the cake is that this Asus router, being one of last year’s models, can now be had (at the time of writing) for around a whopping 40% less than its launch price. It’s simply an incredible bargain in terms of price/performance ratio.

Read the full review: Asus RT-AC86U

Best Asus router

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2. Asus RT-AC66U

Best Asus router that’s affordable

Speed: 802.11ac 5GHz: 1,300 Mbps, 2.4GHz: 450 Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x LAN, 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 | Features: MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS

Impressive performer

Easy to set up and use

Getting a bit long in the tooth

For those whose budget can’t stretch to our overall champ above, the Asus RT-AC66U is a sterling more affordable option which still offers great performance levels for the asking price.

It’s easy to get going with the RT-AC66U, and speeds remain impressive for what is by now quite an old router (the reason why the asking price has been cut in half compared to the original RRP). You also get a good range of features including Adaptive QoS to prioritize your internet traffic.

Think of this as a workhorse Asus router which is still fully capable of getting the job done without breaking a sweat, and can be had without any danger of breaking the bank, too.

Best Asus router

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3. Asus RT-AC51U

Best Asus router on a strict budget

Speed: 802.11ac 5GHz: 433 Mbps, 2.4GHz: 300 Mbps | Connectivity: 4 x LAN, 1 x WAN, 1 x USB 2.0 | Features: Smart QoS

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Get the mostly sold out Nintendo Switch with this £23/pm Huawei P Smart deal

With the entirety of the UK trying to ease lockdown boredom, the Nintendo Switch has gone from popular to so desirable that every retailer repeatedly sells out when new stock comes in.

That now means the console is extremely difficult to get your hands on. But for those who just so happen to also need a new phone right now, there is a simple way to get your hands on one.

With Virgin Mobile, you can currently get both a Huawei P Smart and a Nintendo Switch for just £23 a month. At that price you’re getting 8GB of data on one of the most popular budget handsets on the market.

The only pitfall for some is the contract length. To get this pricing, you need to be tied in for 36 months. For some this will be ideal and for others a commitment nightmare. Luckily, you can drop down to 24 months for an increased fee.

Nintendo Switch + Huawei P Smart:

What’s the Huawei P Smart like?

It may not be the most powerful phone from Huawei but considering the price it comes at here, it is pretty exceptional. It has a slick design, ample amounts of storage and a screen way above its price range.

It even carries a 3400mAh battery – a flagship-level spec these days – and a strong dual camera set-up.

Read our full Huawei P Smart review to find out more

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Free audiobooks now available on Audible for kids and parents struggling to homeschool

In a supportive gesture to bored kids and parents struggling to homeschool, free audiobooks are now being given away by Audible on their stories page. 

Offering over 300 free audiobooks in six languages, parents are sure to find a wealth of homeschool material available throughout the stories website. Of course, it’s not just homeschool books that are available here – there’s plenty to entertain also. All this is completely free, and Audible has stated: “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open” – which means everything should be available for the foreseeable future.

Categories that are currently free include littlest listeners, elementary, tween, teen, and literary classics – and include such titles as Winnie-the-Pooh, Beatrix Potter, and Alice in Wonderland. The six languages that are currently available are – English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Chinese Mandarin.

To check out what’s on offer simply head to the Audible stories page – sign up isn’t currently needed to access these free audiobooks, and you can listen on whatever device you please – laptops, mobiles, and tablets are all catered for.

Other great free Amazon offers

Audible 30-day free trial

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Audible is currently offering a 30-day free trial over on their official site. This is perfect if the free kid’s stories have piqued your interest but you’d prefer the adult genres.

If you’re an avid audiobook listener but more into the adult genres then you can still capitalise on Audibles’ excellent 30-day free trial – a great proposition if you’re cooped up inside and want to indulge your imagination for free.

Audible was rated our best audiobook site in 2020, where we praised its vast selection of titles, excellent multi-device support and wonderful array of exclusive titles. Currently there are over 200,000 books on their store page, ranging from the hottest new releases to old-school literary classics – both for fiction and non-fiction. There’s something for everyone on Audible, whether you’re brushing up on your history, learning how to bake the perfect cake, or catching up on your favorite wizard’s adventures.

If you’re not into audiobooks, then Amazon has some other great free offers across the whole Prime range. If you’re a real bookworm for example, then you could check out Kindle Unlimited – where you can get access to over a million books absolutely free for two months. Maybe you’re more into blasting out some tunes as part of the lockdown catharsis, head on over to Amazon Music Unlimited and get unrestricted, ad-free tunes free for three months. 

Amazon Kindle Unlimited | Free for two months
Kindle Unlimited has over a million books, magazines, and audiobooks in its vast library – and you can get full access for two months absolutely free right now. You don’t even need a Kindle for full access – download books right onto your PC, Mac, iOS or Android devices to enjoy full offline reading. Note – This deal is only eligible for new customers only.
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Amazon Music Unlimited | Free three month trial
How many songs can you listen to in three months? We bet you can’t get through 50 million, even with ad-free streaming and unlimited skips. All this and full Alexa support and you still won’t have to pay a penny. In Australia? you can still pick up a 30 day trial.

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Free Prime Video | 30-day free trial
There’s never been a better time to catch up on some award-winning, exclusive shows and movies with this free trial from Prime Video. Unlimited access won’t cost you a penny and you can cancel your subscription at any time, no strings attached.
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Things to do at home: 34 ideas while you’re stuck in self-isolation

Update: We’re halfway through the week and we’ve added more ideas to our things to do at home list, as more shows and games have released since our original update.

We’ve completely reorganized our in-depth things to do just list in case you’re stuck in self-isolation and quickly growing bored. We have 32 fresh ideas for you.

Everything mentioned here can be done at home.  Think of it this way: we’re your digital tour guide to help you ride out the coronavirus outbreak, and the world’s seemingly indefinite confinement. Let us be your distraction from today’s surreal situation, as we point you in the direction of entertaining and productive activities.

You can do anything you want – so long as it’s indoors and you’re still self-distancing. Our things-to-do ideas include new movies, live sports alternatives, and fresh games that will eat up your time. There are also podcasts and cleaning tips to boot. 

Yes, finding things to do at home when bored has become the premier challenge we didn’t foresee when making 2020 predictions. We’ll keep doing our bit to help make self-isolation bearable, and keep you safe, as we all ride out these challenging times.


1. Watch Quibi to see if the new service is any good

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Quibi just launched and everyone’s immediate first question is: what in the world is Quibi? Fair question, especially if you didn’t see the Quibi Super Bowl commercial. It’s a mobile-only streaming video service with big Hollywood names attached to it – in front of and behind the scenes. All of the short videos here work in landscape or portrait, and they’re run time is just long enough to watch on your lunch break.

This is everyone’s second question: Is Quibi worth subscribing to? Our ongoing Quibi review notes that there’s a Quibi free trial that lasts 90 days, and right now that’s the best asset of the service. The current lineup of shows can be hit or miss, and we’re going to need time to come to a verdict on this evolving mobile streaming platform, especially as new creators come onboard.

2. Watch Pixar’s Onward for free with Disney Plus


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Pixar, known for its big-budget CG films, is settling for a small screen premier with its latest movie: Onward. Disney launched it came out for digital purchase on March 20, while Disney Plus subscribers, as of April 3 in the US and Canada, can watch it for free (at no extra cost besides the Disney Plus subscription, of course).

We’ve opined that this weekend is best time to subscribe to Disney Plus (see the free trial offer above), at least in North America. Everyone else, like those in the UK, can still soak in episodes of the Mandalorian, The Imagineering Story and The Simpsons.

3. Watch at-home movies that released early

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There are a number of big movies that are supposed to either still be in theaters or weren’t due to be available on demand until much later. Theaters are closed down, so major studios have turned to streaming them to you at home early.

New movies to buy: Sonic the Hedgehog sped up its release to meet the demand at everyone bored at home and looking for things to do, and so did Bad Boys for Life, The Invisible Man, Call of the Wild, Bloodshot, Birds of Prey, The Hunt, Dolittle, Emma, I Still Believe and The Wayback. All are priced to own.

New rentals to rent: 1917,  Jumanji: The Next Level, Richard Jewell, and Bombshell, while Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has now hit pay-to-own status.

We’ve put together a series of short videos to help keep you entertained and informed at home – see below for our roundups of the best headphones, webcams and tablets, advice on cleaning your phone and more…

4. Watch ‘Tiger King’ rule Netflix with absurdity

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Update: Tiger King is apparently getting more content, but the sequel won’t be on Netflix. The Joe Exotic will next be seen on US TV network Investigation Discovery. Also, one of the stars of the streaming series is also teasing another episode of the show on Netflix, although that has yet to be confirmed.

Everyone is watching the new Netflix series Tiger King, and even if your video quality has been downgraded, it’s worth streaming all seven episodes. It’s our new favorite true crime documentary, surpassing The Staircase (also a winner if you haven’t seen it).

Right away, Tiger King and its colorful characters border on being so ridiculous, you’d swear they’re not true. PSA: we’ve known some big cat lovers who couldn’t stand watching it for more the five minutes, so, for them, we suggest February’s rave documentary miniseries instead, HBO’s McMillions.

5. Tune into late-night shows – they’re back

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The world need comedy right now, and late-night comedians are providing just that this week after a brief hiatus due to coronavirus self-isolation. No, they’re not in their usual studios, but Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon,  Stephen Colbert, and James Corden are yucking it up at their respective home. The production quality, well, that varies. But the laughs are authentic enough that is has some charm.

There are a couple of options to tune in: Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu Live and, for the two Late Shows, CBS All Access.

6. Watch something new on Netflix or Prime Video

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Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have been our saviors boredom, consistently giving us the easiest new recommendations in our weekend things to do list updates.

We’ve outlined five new shows and movies on the two streaming services (which you likely have already – if not, there’s an free Prime Video trial above). Included a new movie called Coffee and Kareem starring Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover). If sinking into a fresh comedy is what you need right now, you’ll find it on Netflix. Amazon Prime Video, meanwhile, has the 1950s Rio de Janeiro-set Invisible Life and new sci-fi drama Tales from the Loop.

7. Watch an epic movie series in order

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Nothing eats up more time than a good, long TV series, but because movies typically have bigger budgets and higher production value (outside a select few TV shows), we’re switching it up (and also we ran out of TV shows to watch this weekend). Now is the perfect time to go through an entire movie franchise – in order.

There are a couple different ways to watch the Marvel movies in order, and we have the links to where you can watch most of the 23 Marvel movies (Disney Plus being the easiest way to watch a majority of them). If you’re looking for things to do during the coronavirus self-isolation, this will take you a total of 60 hours.

We also have lists for how to watch Star Wars movies in order, Batman movies in order, James Bond movies in order (sadly ‘No Time to Die’ is on hold), Star Trek in order (including the new-ish Picard series), Harry Potter movies in order, and, if you’re in the mood for some mindless Vin Diesel-helmed entertainment, Fast and Furious movies in order.

8. Watch Epix for free with Apple TV Channels


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You probably didn’t pay much attention to Apple TV Channels, which launched along with Apple TV Plus late last year, but now it’s important – now that we’re running out of TV shows and movies to stream for free.

Epix, the small US premium network, is free until May 2, giving you almost a month with the channel that has a catalogue of movies you may have missed.The Elton John biopic Rocketman, the comedy The Hustle and the first Avengers movie are all free to watch. Missed The Lincoln Lawyer? It’s worth it (and free, too), and so our older James Bond flicks.

Original shows on Epix include a new War of the Worlds series, Godfather of Harlem, Berlin Station, and Deep State. The best part is that while Apple TV Channels offers a few premium channel free trials (ShowTime Anytime, History Channel Vault and Smithsonian Channel Plus, the Epix trial doesn’t require you signing up or inputting a credit card number at all.

9. Rewatch the iHeart Living Room Concert


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Coronavirus and self-isolation knows no bounds – royalty, movie stars and musicians have been affected by this novel virus. With many performers forced to cancel tours, iHeart Radio and Fox came up with an idea: stream a concert from celebrity homes. 

It raised $8 million during and after the streaming concert, with the money going to the First Responders Children’s Foundation and Feeding America. The actual video is free, but you may need a cable login or VPN to watch it, depending on your location.

The hour-long video is hosted Sir Elton John, with performances by Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw. Don’t miss: Dave Grohl does a wonderful acoustic version of the Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” and it’s dedicated to selfless caretakers fighting Covid-19.


10. Pre-order Final Fantasy 7 remake

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It took 23 years to get a proper Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. This now-fabulous-looking jRPG is ready to eat up the rest of the self-isolation lockdown period, no matter how long it goes.

The official FF7 remake release date is Friday, April 10, although some retailers have broken the street date (like, weeks ago!). People were hoping this would mean that Square-Enix would launch the digital version early, too, but that hasn’t happened.

11. Play through Resident Evil 3 remake

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Our new game of the week is Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake, and it dates back 21 years, when the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis first launched in 1999. Today, it’s a very different experience: we played it in 8K at over 60fps (though there are some big sacrifices), and tested its performance with today’s biggest graphics cards. 

Warning, the game’s plot line of a city infected with a biological weapon may hit too close to home right now, but it’s even better than Resident Evil 2 remake, in our opinion.

12. Play Doom Eternal to make life seem less chaotic

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In March, two new video games came out that couldn’t be more different, and we’re thankful for the variety provided by Bethesda Softworks and Nintendo. 

This ride through Hell is one of the best experiences you’ll have in 2020.

Doom Eternal is a beautiful, but brutal reinvention of the first-person shooter series that actually makes life at the moment look… not so bad. This ride through Hell is one of the best experiences you’ll have in 2020. Our full Doom Eternal review agrees, with a five-star rating and an Editor’s Choice award. It’s fast-paced at 60fps and has surpassed our expectations even when it played it in 8K with a $2,500 graphics card.

13. Play Animal Crossing to forget about life’s chaos

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is on the other end of the spectrum – it’s a ready to lull you into a sense that nothing is wrong whatsoever like a good ASMR. This is fine. Everything is fine, says main character Tim Nook. Nintendo’s cute social life sim is ideal for today’s self-isolation situation. Read our Animal Crossing: New Horizons review and think happy thoughts.

One thing to note: while the new Animal Crossing is a must-have Nintendo Switch-exclusive, Doom Eternal is available on a wider set of platforms: PCs, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and even Google Stadia.

14. Apple Arcade’s latest is built for the whole family

Our best Apple Arcade games list now includes Crossy Road Castle, a platform title that thrives on its four-player local multiplayer gameplay (fear not, single-player is a choice, just in case confined at home alone). The frantic action reminds us of all the New Super Mario Bros. games and the old Castle Crashers game that never made its way to iOS somehow. Developer Hipster Whale provides the next best thing.

What’s great about a game like Crossy Road Castle is that it’s easy to get the entire family in on the multiplayer action thanks to Apple’s family share feature. You’re able to share this game with anyone in your iCloud family, and we just re-upped out Apple Arcade subscription (it’s $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99 a month) to do just that.

15. Play board games online with friends

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Self-isolation gaming isn’t all about video games and trivia. Traditional board games have also begun to migrate to the online sphere for distant friends and families. The age-old cure for boredom? Board ’em. 

You can utilize a webcam to play certain bored games (ones that don’t require you to keep secrets, while some games, like those on Tabletopia (paid and free), bring the experience online. Don’t forget, your smartphone or tablet has multiplayer-friendly board games, too. 

16. Find your live sports fix in these games

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Normally, our things to do at home when bored list includes live streaming sports games, especially baseball at this time of year. That’s all caput thanks to this self-isolation period, and the brief thought of teams playing without crowd was quickly scrapped when NBA players started testing positive for coronavirus.

Here’s the next best thing – and one that keeps everyone safe: you are the one going through the season playing at your favorite sports teams in various video games. No Wimbledon? No problem.

17. Play ‘Cards Against Humanity’ online with friends

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You might not be able to get together to play games with your friends and family in person like usual, but you can still play Cards Against Humanity online with a variety of services that feature virtual cards. There are three options in our guide, and they offer a safe way to play while remaining in self-isolation.

We’re also highlighting the physical version of the game, just in case you’re confined with family or roommates and want the real deal.


18. Take a trip… to a virtual museum or national park

The Lourve virtual tour

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You can’t go outside to do small things like go to a movie theater, never mind make much bigger plans like embarking on an expedition to another country. Trust us, it’s a much better idea to stay at home during this coronavirus outbreak. 

Good news: our 10 virtual tours: see museums and the world without leaving home list allows you to visit world’s most popular museums and US national parks virtually. You can use a VR headset, but these tours also work with a smartphone or tablet.

Highlights include Machu Picchu in Peru (without the walking), The Louvre Museum in Paris (Mona Lisa told us to says “Hi”), and the Georgia Aquarium in the US (without all of the school students somehow completely blocking the giant Beluga whales).

19. Discover a new podcast

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Podcasts are by-and-large free and often strike the right balancing between being entertaining and informative. Notable podcasts including This American Life, Serial, and Stuff You Should Know – they’re consistently in the top 50 on podcast platforms.

If we can be a bit biased for a second, you should really check out Noise Cancelling, the best new tech podcast around. This is our new weekly podcast that talks about what’s happening in tech, expanding on the daily written coverage of TechRadar.

20. Trivia is back in session, right on your phone

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There are multiple ways to partake in trivia, even though your local bar is closed. First up is HQ Trivia (iOS and Android), the once-popular live game show app that shut down in February. It’s back at 9PM ET, at the exact time we need it. No, you won’t find Scott Rogowsky hosting this ‘trivia train’ but Matt Richards was at the helm of Sunday’s first game and regular quizzes followed.

Shut-down bar trivia companies have transitioned to Twitch streaming due to self-distancing rules. Prominent brands include King Trivia (Sundays and Wednesdays at 10pm ET / 7pm PT) and Geeks Who Drink. It was one of the social of the things to do weekly in-person that has survived in a whole new isolation-friendly format.

21. Make a movie with free Final Cut Pro X

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Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X are free for 90 days, meaning you have three months to make a movie or produce a song about your life in confinement courtesy of Apple. That’s enough time to learn advanced techniques like color-grading without having to pay $299 / £299 / AU$499.99 for FCPX or $199 / £199 / AU$319.99 for Logic Pro X. While Adobe Premier Pro CC has become popular on Windows machines, Final Cut Pro is still king of Mac computers when it comes to making videos.

22. Read one of 100 top ebooks

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It’s easy to put off reading books when life gets busy and you have a commute. But you’re probably free from your commute if you’re working from home. So basically you have no excuse to flip through a few pages of an ebook.

Where do you start? That’s sometimes the hardest part, but we’ve been impressed with Amazon’s 100 books to read in a lifetime list. Not all will be your cup of tea, but there’s something here for everyone and most ebooks are conveniently discounted. 

Not a fan of reading? Hate the sound of your own voice in your head? Audible is the best remedy for that. The Amazon-owned audiobook company still offers a free 30-day membership. The best parts? Both ebooks and audiobooks are delivered instantly and Amazon won’t run out of inventory on either.


23. Buy a webcam to chat with friends (and maybe work)

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We’ve seen a dramatic uptick in usage of video conferencing services and apps, and that has caused everyone to rummage through their drawers to search for that long-lost webcam. Like us, you probably can’t recall the last time you saw it. Or maybe it’s sitting in your locked-up office.

Either way, we have a solution to get you up to speed: we’ve created a list of the best webcams for 2020 so you can chat with friends and work from home. Supplies of webcams is strained, so we’re also highlighting where webcams are still in stock, too.



24. Organize your digital life

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Among the best things to do this week are those ‘adulting’ digital clean-up tasks that you never got around to doing before the Covid-19 outbreak. Now is the best  time to tackle them. No excuses. In fact, here’s a running list to help you get started:

  • App overload on your laptop and phone: Your laptop and smartphone’s home screen is full of files and apps you never use, and they’re taking up more space than you probably realize – so prune them.
  • Social media purge: You likely have too many social media ‘friends’ you don’t intend to share everything with (it’s a privacy risk), and you probably follow too many accounts that aren’t actually of interest to you anymore. It’s time to do a purge. Also, take care of embarrassing posts from yesteryear. That’s not you anymore.
  • Sort your photos into albums: Your photos aren’t organized in albums, making it harder to show off vacations pics when it really matters. Never say “Hold on, let me just find it…” in a social setting. You know, whenever we do that again.
  • Delete bad photos: If a quarter of of your camera roll consists of throw-away shots that you’d never post and doubles you never got around to deleting, you should tash those needless photos and videos.
  • Go zero inbox: The biggest task of all: your email is overstuffed. It’s time to fulfill that zero inbox goal and make your life easier every morning you wake up to fresh junk email. We use a service called Mailstorm to help bulk delete email.

25. Clean your gadgets of germs

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We launched a series of how to clean articles, which is timely given you’ve probably put this off for a long time in the lead up to the coronavirus outbreak. It’s among the top things to do if you haven’t wiped-down your filthy, germ-collecting gadgets.

The biggest offender is your smartphone, so we launched a how to clean your phone guide, which mirrors our advice on how to clean your iPad or tablet and how to clean your laptop screen. It’s very easy to forget about cleaning your AirPods, but they too could use a good rubdown, whether or not you see visible wax. Don’t forget about your Nintendo Switch and cleaning all of your gaming peripherals. You’ll hug those tightly during gaming marathons and they become germ magnets.

26. Stock up on cleaning supplies

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A quick amendment to that last suggestion on our things to do list: we own a lot of gadgets to clean and that makes it hard to conserve cleaning supplies. That’s why we’re keeping an eye out for things like Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and cleaning clothes. Other things to consider are compressed air and DW40, all of which we’ve used on gadgets and mechanical devices we own, smart and dumb.

27. Buy a robot vacuum

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One of the best investments we made during last year’s Black Friday was to buy a discounted robot vacuum. With us cleaning our home more than ever, it’s extremely convenient to have a device to shoulder the burden. 

We’re also standing away from the dust and dirt that can get kicked up in the air, not behind the barrel of a traditional vacuum. You’ll want to check out our best robot vacuum buying guide and our highlighting of robot vacuum sales to get the best vacuum at a decent price.

28. Exercise while safely self-distancing

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Getting exercise is crucial given our suddenly-even-more-so sedentary lifestyles. You, like us, may have a hard time staying motivated, and it’s understandable. That’s why we’ve turned to fitness trackers to keep reminding us that we haven’t moved nearly enough while in self-isolation. They work at home or, if your government allows it, when going outside.

We just highlighted that the new Apple Watch deals, though nearly as many people are clamoring for the best version on our Apple Watch 5 deals page. Android users should turn their attention to Fitbit deals and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active deals (both work with iOS devices, too) and our overall picks for best smartwatch deals.


29. Reserve a grocery delivery time slot now

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Today’s best Instacart deals

The best thing to do at home mirrors what we liked doing when going out: eating. It’s a harder now, sadly, with grocery store delivery time slots backed up globally and services like Instacart and Amazon Fresh facing employee strikes. 

To the best of our ability, we’re highlighting the best grocery delivery services in the US and grocery delivery services in the UK and, when we can, highlighting rare open time slots. It’s best to do this now before all of the other fun things to do.

30. Become a master chef with a meal kits service

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Today’s best Hello Fresh deals

Now is your chance to become a master chef with the best meal prep kits delivering step-by-step recipes to you along with the necessary ingredients. Blue Apron is our favorite in the US, while HelloFresh is available in both the US and UK.

If you’re not ready to flex your culinary skills, there are food delivery services in the US and similar takeaway apps in the UK that will get you ready-made foods from the restaurants you’d normally visit. You order get breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you’ll be supporting many of the distressed restaurants in your area.

31. Support your local restaurant with take-out orders

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We have a list of the best food delivery services in the US and food delivery apps the UK, and these guides have become all the more important in 2020 as local restaurants are hurting during the Covid-19 lockdown. While stocking up on food from grocery stores is important, so its supporting your favorite restaurants with food delivery and take-out orders that want to stay in business and keep workers employed. Buying gift cards is also a way to help show your support.

32. Don’t forget to feed your pets

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You can also buy pet food online, so it’s not just people food that you’re able to have delivered to your front door. That’s good news for your dog, cat, etc.

We’ve been highlighting various stores in the UK and UK in our guide, with names like PetCo and PetSmart sending our deliveries in the US. The UK includes stores like Pet-Supermarket, Pets at Home, and even Amazon among the top choices.

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33. Cancel wasteful expenditures (trips, gym, etc) 

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Most airlines and hotels are offering free cancellations or at least vouchers in light of the coronavirus outbreak, although phone lines are jammed. This happened to us twice on a recent visit, leaving us with penalties both times. The good news is that most companies will right their wrongs – eventually.

We know that you are concerned about your travel plans. We are experiencing unprecedented call volumes and ask that if you’re not traveling within the next 72 hours, please wait to call. If you are traveling between now and April 30th, we have new options to change or cancel your trip online.

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There are some important tips. Airlines and travel sites like Expedia.com are asking customers to call them about changes no more than 72 hours before departure.

The thinking is that people with immediate travel plans still in jeopardy will have a chance to get through. Online cancellations weren’t possible (probably made it harder to cancel) before when we tried in March, so companies are adapting.

You’ll also want to cancel or pause your gym membership and make sure Groupon extends the expiration dates of your coupon vouchers. It’s the little things that end up being costly when you forget about them.

34. Track wasteful recurring expenses


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You’re probably paying for more subscriptions than you realize, and getting charged a hefty fee every month. That’s where the Truebill budgeting planner app becomes a handy tool. It dives into you bank and credit card accounts in order to figure out which recurring expenses you get hit with every month.

Here’s what floated to the top of our accounts: Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime. Are we really getting use out of all of them? How all of about those Apple subscriptions? iCloud storage (do we really need that much cloud space?) and Apple Arcade are taking small amounts from our bank accounts monthly. 

We’ve found Truebill to help highlight these expenses. and it’s free to monitor your accounts. It starts costing money if you want the service to do the legwork and cancel or negotiate your payments for you.

We’ll keep this list of things to do updated as the weeks of confinement continue and so long as we feel we’re offering helpful advice. We’re not in a global call to arms, but a worldwide call to couch – and we understand that can be difficult if you run out of fun ideas. We often give people buying advice, but we’re just as happy to deliver enjoying advice.

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Government of India asks TikTok and Facebook to deal with misinformation miscreants | TechRadar

The Government of India has requested apps such as TikTok and Facebook not to take cases of users spreading misinformation around coronavirus lightly, and remove them from the platform to curb further spread of potentially harmful news.

The order was spotted by Reuters, which cites government sources talking about the matter. It comes just days after the report by Delhi-based digital analytics firm Voyager Infosec, which investigated videos targetted at a particular religion, undermining the severity of the COVID-19 epidemic and asking them to have faith in God. These went viral on social media soon after.

The letter from India’s IT ministry, dated April 5, not only asked these platforms to remove the said pieces of content but also preserve their details for law enforcement purposes when requested. It further explained how such messages had the power to weaken all the steps being taken by the government as well as create panic. “You need to ensure that such rogue messages do not go viral.”

While the virus has been spreading exponentially, the news and rumors around it have been way faster. At crucial times like this, they pose a danger to public life and property. The World Health Organisation calls this an “infodemic” of misinformation that accompanies the virus. As India approaches stage 3 of transmission with over 5,000 reported cases, even smaller mishaps can snowball into something uncontrollable.

TikTok released a statement saying it will “actively work with the government” and support their efforts to fight misinformation. Similarly, Facebook has also been working on consciously getting rid of fake news from its platform. WhatsApp is also bringing a few changes in place to control the spread of rumors on the app. 

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Samsung patents quad-curved display design similar to the Huawei P40 Pro

Samsung surprised everyone when it finally ditched curved displays on the Galaxy S20 series this year. But it looks like the company is only looking for ways to double down on it and eventually bring four-sided curved displays. 

A new patent spotted at the World Intellectual Property Administration, by LetsGoDigital, shows a display that bleeds towards all the four directions. As can be seen in the depiction, only the edges are spared, perhaps, to safeguard the fragile glass itself. The result is a display with almost non-existent bezels. 

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One can’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance here with the fresh Huawei P40 Pro screen. Another thing worth noting is that, unlike the P40 Pro’s large dual hole-punch, there’s no sign of a front camera anywhere. The design patent was applied for in July 2019 by Samsung Display in China at the CNIPA and was published on March 24. The same design has also been patented in South Korea. 

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