Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are 43% off, so you can chill to your fave tunes for less

Are you over seeing fitness influencers bounce their way through isolation? Do you just want to chill out until this seeming nightmare is over? Well, Sony is here to help you relax and stay zen in isolation with the best noise cancelling headphones you can grab whilst also saving you an incredible 43%.

Ranked number 1 in our best headphones for 2020 roundup, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the child of innovation and good sound that’s gifted with exceptional noise-cancellation. These magnificent cans easily outshine any competitor as they’re the only headphones around that can adjust the sound barrier in correlation with the noise levels of your surroundings. 

Thanks to the WH-1000MX3’s exceptional 30-hour battery life, you will enjoy being deeply immersed in your favourite sound and be transported to your very own personal universe for extended listening sessions without interruption. It also has a quick charge mode that allows you to get around 5 hours of playback from only 10 minutes of charging.

Go to your happy place with the Sony WH-1000XM3 – currently discounted by an impressive AU$236.82 through eBay.

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Chill to your fave tunes with Sony’s flagship noise-cancelling cans and save AU$236

Are you over seeing fitness influencers bounce their way through isolation? Do you just want to chill out until this seeming nightmare is over? Well, Sony is here to help you relax and stay zen in isolation with the best noise cancelling headphones you can grab whilst also saving you an incredible 43%.

Ranked number 1 in our best headphones for 2020 roundup, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the child of innovation and good sound that’s gifted with exceptional noise-cancellation. These magnificent cans easily outshine any competitor as they’re the only headphones around that can adjust the sound barrier in correlation with the noise levels of your surroundings. 

Thanks to the WH-1000MX3’s exceptional 30-hour battery life, you will enjoy being deeply immersed in your favourite sound and be transported to your very own personal universe for extended listening sessions without interruption. It also has a quick charge mode that allows you to get around 5 hours of playback from only 10 minutes of charging.

Go to your happy place with the Sony WH-1000XM3 – currently discounted by an impressive AU$236.82 through eBay.

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Castlevania season 4: release date prediction, story recap, and what we know

Castlevania is probably the best screen adaptation of a game ever, and one of the best Netflix shows to date. With gorgeously-animated action scenes, as well as sharp dialogue and characterization from writer and show creator Warren Ellis, we now know season 4 is official. 

The show remains popular – on season 3’s launch day, it was top 5, as star Richard Armitage shared on Twitter – so it’s not a surprise that Netflix confirmed the show was picked up again on March 27, 2020.

Season 3 leaves plenty to be picked up next year – even if the show ended on a pretty unhappy note for everyone, particularly Trevor Belmont and Hector. Below, here’s everything we know about Castlevania season 4 so far, including its return on Netflix, what producers have said about the future of the show, and where we think the story will take us next. 

Castlevania season 4 release date: 2021?

Why must we wait for so long between seasons of animated shows? Netflix’s fast renewals may be down to them requiring a long lead time for production purposes, but each successive season of Castlevania has also been longer than the last.

There was a 15-month gap between seasons 1 and 2, and 16 after that. Following that pattern, we should hopefully get season 4 in late 2021. That said, executive producer Adi Shankar is working on a TV adaptation of Devil May Cry (via IGN), but other projects may distract the team, too.

It won’t necessarily slow down production of season 4, but in an interview with Collider, writer Warren Ellis explained he’s currently working with Castlevania’s executive producer Kevin Kolde on a Netflix animated series called Heaven’s Forest. Ellis calls it a “cultural remix of the Ramayana“. 

While Castlevania will return, then, it seems likely this other project will come first. Netflix ordered eight episodes of Heaven’s Forest back in October 2019. 

Castlevania season 4 story: what will happen next? 

Castlevania season 4 story

Castlevania season 3 ends fairly miserably for most of the central cast, with a few threads left to be picked up for season 4 (spoilers obviously ahead). 

In the final moments of episode 10, Alucard retreats into his castle, much like “dear old dad” Dracula, leaving the dead bodies of friends-turned-betrayers Taka and Sumi outside to ward off visitors – with an uneasy sense that this ally may be pushed down a darker path than we hoped.

Trevor and Sypha manage to close the Infinite Corridor, and prevent Dracula (Adrian Tepes) from returning to Earth, and even help character Count St Germain enter the portal to search for his long-lost… person of interest. But with a burned-down village and some monstrous secrets behind them, Trevor and Sypha are far from their happy selves we saw at the start of the season.

Hector, meanwhile, is enslaved by Lenore – he’s now her “pet”, as she puts it. The finale makes it clear that any night creatures made by Hector will obey him, and therefore Carmilla’s court, giving them a lot of power going forwards. It’s a very dark ending for the character, without much sense of an easy escape from the situation.

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Fellow forgemaster Isaac’s arc ends on a more positive note, with hope for his future and a small hint that his aims may have changed from destruction of the human race to something more redemptive, or constructive – even if he’s going to be using an undead army and spilling a lot of blood along the way.

On the ending of season 3, Warren Ellis told Collider “Yeah, it doesn’t necessarily end happily, but it feels kind of truthful to the situation that was instigated at the top of season one. These things have happened in the world, they don’t go away. There is no reset. It’s not like everyone is going to forget about vampires, night creatures, and magic. And these things are now off the leash and reveling to some extent, in the chaos.”

All of this should play into Castlevania season 4, now that the show has been renewed.

There are more stories to be told with Castlevania’s characters

If we know one thing about Castlevania season 4 it’s that we should always expect the unexpected. 

In an interview with Collider, Ellis and executive producer Kevin Kolde were asked about the future of the show. “I’m not sure where we can go,” Kolde says. “At the end of Season 3, [the story is] at a very different place than you think it’s going to be. Season 3 sort of starts with new hope, new beginning, and you think everything’s going to be great and happy, and then Warren pulls the rug out from under you, and it goes to shit. So look, there’s definitely unfinished business and unfinished stories that I think we could easily [continue.]”

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Asda: home delivery slots, click-and-collect, and opening hours today

Booking an Asda home delivery slot has become a real challenge, but the supermarket chain says it’s doing its very best to meet the unprecedented demand for online food orders. 

Asda says it is prioritising vulnerable customers and will only show slots for the next seven days. If you need to order food from Asda online, the best advice is to check back regularly for new food delivery slots to open up – or, if you can, visit a physical store.

Asda opening hours

Asda has temporarily reduced the opening hours of its stores to 08:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday. What about Asda opening hours for NHS and care workers? The company is prioritising these customers in its larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 08:00 to 09:00. 

During Asda’s opening hours, the number of customers allowed in stores will be limited at any one time so that social distancing can be adhered to. Asda has also increased the payment limit amount on credit and debit card contactless payment to £45.

If you can’t visit a physical store and need to book an Asda home delivery online, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances. Here, we’ll run through the best ways to try and get an Asda home delivery, and we’ll explain how Asda’s click and collect service works too.

How to get an Asda home delivery slot 

Both Asda’s home delivery and click & collect services now offer contactless delivery and collection to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Like the majority of supermarkets, Asda is prioritising the elderly and vulnerable when it comes to allocating delivery slots. 

The company is continuing to increase its capacity following a recruitment drive, which has added an extra 300,000 home delivery slots to its website. A total of 700,000 slots will now be released each week, according to the Mirror. The best advice, though, is to simply keep checking Asda’s website to see whether any slots are available.

For those who are self-isolating, Asda has introduced a Volunteer Shopping Card. You can buy the card online, send it to your volunteer of choice and they can do your shop for you. No cash changes hands, and the card can be used contactlessly in-store using a barcode. It can also be topped up with extra funds online and no bank or credit card details are exchanged.  

If you do manage to find an Asda home delivery slot, bear in mind that Asda has reduced the window in which you can amend an order to two days before its due date. You’ll also have less time to make any amends, with the cut off time now 10pm the day before your order is due. Customers are advised to make one amendment to their order, and only if it’s urgent.

How does Asda click-and-collect work?

If you’d like to use Asda’s click-and-collect service, simply select your groceries with Asda online and select click and collect before you check out. Again, slots are extremely limited during this time so keep checking back regularly for new updates.

More food delivery services: quick links

Grocery delivery

Recipe box and meal delivery

Pizza delivery

Takeaway delivery

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Roku launches its free TV streaming service in the UK – if you can put up with the ads

If you’ve been looking for a free TV streaming service to fill up those long days and weekends, look no further: Roku has now launched a free, ad-supported TV platform in the UK.

The Roku Channel isn’t a new enterprise, having first launched in the US back in 2017. The service aggregates free content from a variety of sources and publishers into the simple and easy-to-navigate Roku OS, giving those hankering after free TV a handy place to browse all sorts of films, TV shows, documentaries, and the like.

You’ll find over 60 live TV channels on the service, as well as around 10,000 TV episodes and films available to stream on demand. They include home renovation shows, cooking shows, kids TV shows, family programming, true crime, and plenty more besides.

The Roku Channel is coming to Roku streaming devices, including the Roku Express, Roku Premium, and Roku Streaming Stick+ – though you’ll also find it on Samsung smart TVs and the Hisense Roku TV that launched in late 2019. It’s on Sky Q boxes and Now TV streaming sticks too.

Exciting times for UK viewers

Roku has been pushing further into the UK market as of late, with a great budget television set – the Hisense Roku TV – now on UK shores, and the recent Roku OS 9.3 update bringing Alexa and Google Assistant support to Roku streamers too.

The Roku Channel may not appeal to everyone, especially those who prefer paying for ad-free content rather than having their viewing experience continually interrupted (though kids shows will receive significantly fewer ads). But for those after free TV shows, or just a supplement to their existing TV streaming service subscriptions – Netflix, Disney Plus, and the like – the Roku Channel is here.

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iPhone 9 allegedly mentioned in Verizon app as launch date looms

The iPhone 9 has been reportedly seen on a Verizon website, adding more fuel to the rumor mill that the affordable Apple handset’s release date is coming soon.

The ‘iPhone 9’ was mentioned amid a list of phones Verizon accepts for trade-in value, appearing alongside leading flagships like the iPhone 11 series, Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, and Pixel 4 phones. It could have been Verizon jumping the gun (and it doesn’t appear anymore, for what it’s worth), but see the mention for yourself in a snapshot tweeted by FrontPageTech’s Jon Prosser:

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While not mentioned, Prosser’s alleged iPhone 9 mention comes from the My Verizon mobile app: from its main screen, tap the ad to ‘Get up to $550 off the latest iPhone’ and then tap ‘Offer details’ to bring up a paragraph identical to the text above…but without the iPhone 9.

Some replies to Prosser’s original tweet question its authenticity, but it doesn’t appear that the iPhone 9 text was photoshopped in. And while we were initially skeptical that the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones were left out, checking out trade-in details for any Verizon phone listing (click or tap ‘See the details’ near the $550 off text for this iPhone XS Max listing, for instance) shows the same list of eligible phones.

Thus, it’s plausible that Verizon yanked the mention after enterprising leakers found the iPhone 9 mention. Or it could be very elaborate fakery by someone eager to see ‘iPhone 9’ trend higher than ‘iPhone SE 2,’ which had been the leading name for the affordable Apple handset until recently.

What’s in a name?

Apple has been long-rumored to be developing a follow-up to the popular iPhone SE, which was both affordable and physically small, suiting small wallets and small hands.

Rumors started swirling that Apple was working on an iPhone SE 2 back in 2018, but we haven’t heard anything concrete about a release date since then. Recently, that naming convention has been called into question, with the iPhone 9 and even iPhone SE (2020) in the running for potential names. 

While previous release dates have come and gone, the most recent rumor suggests a potential unveiling on April 15 with the phones available to buy on April 22. We’ll wait to see whether that date ends up being the one that, at long last, brings a cheaper iPhone to the world.

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Best chat apps: the top ways to video call your friends and family

It’s a lonely world we’re currently living in, but while you might not be able to see most (or any) of your friends and family face to face, with video calls you can do the next best thing.

The good news is there’s no shortage of video calling apps to choose from. The bad news is there are so many video calling apps to choose from that you might struggle to, well, choose one, or avoid landing on a less than optimal one.

But that can easily be avoided by opting for one of the apps below. The ones we’ve highlighted are all great in their own ways, and we’ll run you through exactly what’s good (and in some cases bad) about each of them.

Skype

Skype

Download: iOS / Android / Desktop

Skype is one of the most obvious video calling options and also one of the ones that has been around the longest. It runs on pretty much every platform under the sun, including Android and iPhone handsets, tablets, Windows and Mac PCs, and even Xbox One, so just about everyone you want to talk to should have access one way or another.

It also supports up to 24 video call participants at once, which is more people than you could comfortably get in an average-sized living room, and voice calls and text chats are supported too, for when you’re rocking quarantine hair and don’t quite feel camera-ready.

Houseparty

Houseparty

Download: iOS / Android / Desktop

Houseparty is a relatively recent addition to the video chat brigade, but it has quickly become very popular, and with good reason. For one thing, it tries to make video calls as slick and seamless as possible, by alerting you as soon as a friend launches the app, so you know they’re ready to talk. It will do the same for them when you launch the app, and even turns your camera on.

There are also built-in games that you can play with your friends, so it goes beyond conversation. Though video calls on Houseparty only support up to eight participants, so it’s not ideal for big groups.

FaceTime

FaceTime

Download: iOS

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac then you’re probably already familiar with FaceTime – and if you don’t then you can’t use it, which is its greatest weakness. Still, assuming you and your friends and family are ensconced in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s a great video calling choice.

The FaceTime app will already be on your iDevice, meaning you – and anyone else able to use FaceTime – has very little barrier to entry. You can have group video calls with up to 32 people at once, start calls direct from the Messages app, and add effects – including Animoji and Memoji. If you and those you’re communicating with are Apple users, then FaceTime is arguably the slickest, simplest option.

Google Duo

Google Duo

Download: iOS / Android / Desktop

Google Duo is almost as slick as FaceTime – it launches the camera as soon as you open the app, ensures video calls never take more than a few taps, and has handy features like ‘Knock Knock’, which lets you see the video stream of the person calling before you choose whether to answer.

Unlike FaceTime, this isn’t exclusive to certain hardware either. Google Duo works on Android of course, but it also works on iOS. However, you can only have up to 12 participants in a call, so it’s more restrictive than the likes of FaceTime and Skype on that front.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

Download: iOS / Android / Desktop

You’re probably already using WhatsApp for text chats and maybe even for voice calls, but it’s also a great video chat platform, as long you only want to talk to up to three people at once, as four people per video call is the limit.

But WhatsApp excels in other areas, with a low data use mode (ideal if you’re eating up your allowance during lockdown), plus encrypted calls, making it more secure than some options, and desktop and web versions for when you don’t want to stare at your phone.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Download: iOS / Android / Desktop

Facebook Messenger is another app that probably won’t need any introduction for most people, and while it puts text chat front and center, it also supports video chat. Calls can have up to eight people, and support face filters and other interactive features, and you can use Facebook Messenger across a range of platforms, including Android, iOS, and via a browser.

And because it’s tied to your Facebook account, if you have one of those you already have a Facebook Messenger account – but if you don’t and would rather not sign up for one, you can also sign up for Messenger separately on mobile.

Other options

One of the options above should suit your video calling needs, but if not there are plenty of other possible apps too.

Other strong options include Zoom, which supports up to 100 participants, though limits calls on free plans to 40 minutes. Then there’s Google Hangouts, which is Google’s business-focused alternative to Duo, but still very viable for friends and family.

There’s also Line, which is a lot like WhatsApp – putting a big focus on text and voice conversations but also allowing video calls. You can have up to 200 people on a call, though only four will be displayed on your screen at any given time.

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