Russia blocks ProtonMail and ProtonVPN

The Russian government has blocked access to Proton Technologies end-to-end encrypted email service ProtonMail as well as to the company's VPN service ProtonVPN for failing to comply with local laws.

In a press release, Russia's telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor explained why it decided to block access to the company's services, saying:

“This email service was used by cybercriminals both in 2019 and especially actively in January 2020 to send false messages about the massive mining of objects in the Russian Federation under the guise of reliable information. The company responded with a categorical refusal to Roskomnadzor’s repeated requests for information to be included in the register of information dissemination organizers on the Internet. Information about the administrators of the mailboxes used to send threats has not been provided.”

Last year Russia passed a new law which requires all VPN providers to sign up for a government system that helps facilitate the sharing of information between the companies and its security services. However, Proton Technologies, as well as many other VPN providers, refused to register its services with state authorities and this is why the recent block on ProtonMail and ProtonVPN was put in place by Roskomnadzor.

Bypassing the block

Proton Technologies provided further details on how its services are currently down in Russia in an incident report on its status page, which reads:

“We have received reports that Proton is currently blocked in Russia. We are reaching out to the appropriate authorities to get the block lifted as soon as possible. This block affects ProtonMail and ProtonVPN users who were not logged in before the block was implemented. For now, we recommend using the TOR network (via the TOR Browser) to access our services.”

In addition to trying to have the block lifted as quickly as possible, the company also provided users with a workaround in the form of the TOR Browser though users who were already logged on before the block went into place will still be able to access its services.

Now that Roskomnadzor has blocked ProtonVPN, we could see the Russian telecommunications watchdog take action against other VPN services currently operating in the country.

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6 great features of Wi-Fi 6 enabled by Intel Ice Lake

 Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake CPUs (which you’ll find in 2-in-1 devices like the HP Spectre X360 and clamshell laptops such as the HP Envy) offer a ton of benefits, with arguably one of the best ones being that the chip is compatible with Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest Wi-Fi standard out there, and with each passing day more and more locations are upgrading their routers to support Wi-Fi 6 devices. But just what does Wi-Fi 6 bring to the table, anyway? Here are six great ways that Wi-Fi 6 can and will improve your experience with web browsing and beyond.

Better raw speeds

Right out of the gate, the most noticeable benefit that Wi-Fi 6 will provide to users is a sizable increase in throughput speeds between a device and the network it’s connected to. Specifically, according to Intel, users will potentially see a peak increase of 40 percent with Wi-Fi 6 compared to the previous Wi-Fi standard. Users will be able to feel this increase all the time during usage, and people who like to stream video in particular will love the boost to speed, as it will significantly increase stream stability.

Increased network stability

Wi-Fi 6 networks are considerably more stable than ones that use the previous standard, which in turn means that you’re a lot less likely to experience any connection issues while using the network. This will be especially noticeable when using a network that has several devices connected to it at once, as the better stability will help networks balance the increased stress that comes from multiple connections. 

Increased network capacity

Wi-Fi 6 networks also have a greater capacity for simultaneous connections than the last Wi-Fi standard. They come with a brand new improved version of the multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) technology that networks use to stream data to several devices at one time. Previously, networks were limited to only being able to handle four simultaneous connections before resorting to rapid switching between devices. With Wi-Fi 6’s new MU-MIMO advancements, networks can now handle eight connections. This improvement may sound like something that will only matter in congested public areas, but in truth, it will matter a lot in the home, too. After all, the average American household has more than nine Wi-Fi devices on average.

Higher speeds in congested areas

As a result of all the stellar network improvements, Wi-Fi 6 boasts the ability to improve your throughput by up to four times while using networks that have a ton of connections at once. As long as the network you’re using is Wi-Fi 6, you’re going to see a dramatic increase in overall speed when in heavily-congested areas compared to the previous Wi-Fi standard. Whether you’re in crowded households or sports stadiums, you can expect your speeds to quadruple.

Better battery life

One of the powerful technologies that comes with Wi-Fi 6 is Target Wake Time (TWT), which allows a Wi-Fi 6 access point to minimize the amount of time a device needs to be “awake” in order to send and receive signals to the network while in sleep mode. In simple terms, this means that Wi-Fi 6 devices will use less power to stay connected than other ones do, thus resulting in a considerably better device battery life. 

More effective security

Every Wi-Fi 6 network is protected by the latest Wi-Fi security protocol, WPA3. WPA3 is significantly more efficient and effective than the previous protocol, WPA2, because it has more safety measures in place to protect against password-cracking hacks. In the very, very unlikely event that one of those hacks ends up succeeding, WPA3 also comes with secondary safeguards that will shield your past network activity from intruders.

The future looks brighter with Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 networks and devices are chock-full of exciting, beneficial features that will benefit users now, and for many years to come as well. Whether you’re looking for big increases in your browsing speed, a more stable network experience, or the latest in Wi-Fi security, a Wi-Fi 6 router and a device like the HP Pavilion X360 fitted with one of Intel’s Wi-Fi 6-enabling 10th Gen Ice Lake CPUs are your tickets to a convenient, efficient, and problem-free future with your tech.

Browse all HP laptops currently powered by Intel 10th Gen Processors here

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The Fast and Furious 9 trailer is here, featuring John Cena as Dominic Toretto’s brother

Update: The full trailer for Fast and Furious 9, officially called F9, is here, and it features a car swinging over a chasm, a car strapped to some rockets and lots of talk of "family", among a myriad of returning series characters. Check it out below. You can go see Fast 9 on May 22, 2020. 

Original story: The full trailer for Fast 9 will be released this Friday, but in the meantime, a one-minute teaser is doing the rounds, featuring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. Now parents to a son named Brian (of course), Dominic Toretto and Letty Ortiz appear to be in semi-retirement. 

A larger threat is teased for this movie, which is apparently the penultimate mainline entry in the Fast and Furious series (which sounds incredibly unlikely in this age of the undying movie franchise). 

Check out the Fast 9 teaser trailer below: 

This is the first installment directed by Fast Five's Justin Lin since Fast and Furious 6. The full trailer is being revealed at a Miami concert event on Friday ahead of the Super Bowl, and all plot details have been kept under wraps in the meantime. 

Still, you can probably expect the other two hours or so of the movie to contain more car chases than you see in the footage above. It's all a bit retired-Tony-Stark-in-Avengers: Endgame, isn't it? Hopefully a quaint family life will end better for Dom than it did for Tony.

2020's biggest movie?

This is a slightly quieter year for big blockbusters, with no Star Wars movie or Marvel movie on the scale of Avengers: Endgame, so you can probably expect Fast 9 to be the biggest of the year at the box office. 2017's Fast and Furious 7 grossed over $1.2 billion. 

If you can't wait for the ninth movie and need more Fast and Furious in your life, Netflix released the animated kids' TV series Fast and Furious: Spy Racers back in December. Along with last year's Hobbs and Shaw, the Fast and Furious extended universe somehow seems like it's becoming a thing. 

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An iPhone with USB-C might finally happen, thanks to the EU

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In the next few years, you may find your future iPhone uses the same charging cable as most Android phones after a ruling today from the European Parliament. The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for, in its own words, 'the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices'.

This means the body wants all smartphones in the future to use the same type of connectivity tech. Instead of iPhones using Lightning, and new budget phones sticking with the older micro-USB, all devices may be forced to switch to the industry standard USB-C. 

Lightning is Apple's proprietary tech, so it wouldn't be possible for all Android phones to start using that instead of USB-C.

The EP (European Parliament) has called on the European Commission to increase the rules and legislation compelling companies to follow this future one-charger rule. 

This follows similar rulings in 2009 when the European Parliament requested Apple to use the then-standard micro-USB. Apple found a loophole around that ruling by providing micro-USB to Lightning converters with its phones instead.

Apple, and a variety of budget phone manufacturers who also don't use USB-C, have until July 2020 to comply, before the European Parliament will look to pass legislation obliging them to.

The point of this ruling is to reduce electronic waste, a cause of which can be people needing to buy different chargers for different devices. As well as passing the common chargers rule, the Parliament has called for improved cable recycling facilities and improved compatibility with wireless chargers.

What comes next for Apple?

This ruling is unlikely to impact near future Apple phones like the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 12. There probably isn't enough time for the European Parliament or Commission to pass the legislation and enforce it before those new phones come out in 2020.

In the future, though, it's looking more and more likely future iPhones will use USB-C. Saying that, seeing as how MacBooks and the iPad Pro devices already use this standard, it's possible that Apple was heading in that direction anyway.

So what happens for the iPhone 13 and beyond? Well, it's possible Apple could create two different products, one with Lightning Ports for most of the world and another USB-C product just for European markets.

That's unlikely to happen considering the company would have to design and manufacture two different types of phones just to be able to keep Lightning connectors in certain markets.

The logical choice would be for the future iPhones to have USB-C, and then follow industry trends for whatever follows after that.

Another option is if wireless charging becomes popular enough Apple could introduce a device without any ports at all, which relies on wireless transmission of power and data. The tech exists for this already, and we've seen it in an Oppo concept device, but it'll likely be a few years before people are ready to ditch their wires for good.

Whatever happens, it's unlikely this ruling is anything more than a minor inconvenience for Apple, and it doesn't mean your current iPhone will become redundant any time soon.

TechRadar has asked Apple for comment on today's ruling and will update this article when we hear back.

And for everyone else?

Another big impact of this ruling is for micro-USB. This used to be the standard charging tech for mobile phones, and while most phone companies have moved away from it by now, there are still certain phones that use it, for a very good reason.

These phones are all budget phones, usually with double-figure prices, and they use micro-USB since the tech is cheaper to implement on a phone than USB-C.

If cheap phones can no longer use micro-USB, there might be some big implications for the low-end market, and in the short term it's possible there won't be any super-cheap phones that use the tech. In the long run though, it's possible the price of USB-C tech will be driven down, making super-affordable phones feasible again.

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The Beats Studio 3 headphones get a massive $170 price cut at Best Buy

If you're looking for a sweet deal on a pair of quality headphones, then you're in luck. Right now, Best Buy has the top-rated Beats Studio 3 headphones on sale for $179.99. That's a whopping $170 discount and the lowest price we've found for the wireless headphones. 

The Beats Studio 3 headphones deliver a premium sound experience by providing pure adaptive noise cancelation that actively blocks external noise. The wireless headphones feature Apple's W1 chip, which results in improved connectivity and longer battery life. The convenient on-ear controls allow you to take calls, skip songs, and activate Siri without touching your phone. The cushioned headphones are available in two different color choices and provide up to 40 hours of battery life.

As we mentioned above, this is the lowest price we've seen for the Beats Studio 3 and a fantastic price for a pair of high-quality noise canceling headphones. We don't know how long Best Buy will have the Beats at this price, so you should take advantage now before it's too late.

See more headphone deals with the best cheap wireless headphone deals and sales that are currently available.

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Google is open-sourcing its security keys

Security keys provide consumers and businesses alike with a more secure and easier way to log in to online sites and services without using passwords. 

However, not everyone has access to this technology which is why Google has launched a new open source project called OpenSK to enable hobbyists and hardware vendors to build their own security keys.

The company's new OpenSK initiative utilizes Rust-based firmware to turn chip dongles from Nordic Semiconductor into security keys that support both the FIDO U2F and FIDO2 standards. 

Google has also publicly released the necessary templates for users to 3D print their own OpenSK Key Enclosure to protect their security keys.

DIY security keys

In a blog post announcing the new initiative, Google's security and anti-abuse research lead Elie Bursztein and software engineer Jean-Michel Picod explained why the company chose Nordic's chips for its open source security keys, saying:

“In addition to being affordable, we chose Nordic as initial reference hardware because it supports all major transport protocols mentioned by FIDO2: NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy, USB, and a dedicated hardware crypto core.”

Director of product management at Nordic Semiconductor, Kjetil Holstad hopes that OpenSK will lead to mainstream adoption of security keys, saying:

“We’re excited to collaborate with Google and the open source community on the new OpenSK research platform. We hope that our industry leading nRF52840’s native support for secure cryptographic acceleration combined with new features and testing in OpenSK will help the industry gain mainstream adoption of security keys.”

Google also hopes to expand OpenSK to support other chips in the future though the project is currently in the experimental research phase.

Via Engadget

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Microsoft to pay cash bounties on Xbox bugs

Microsoft has announced the launch of an official bug bounty program for Xbox in an effort to improve the gaming platform's network and services.

The software giant has said that it will pay anywhere from $500 to $20,000 for vulnerabilities discovered in the platform's online service Xbox Live.

While security researchers typically have the most to gain from bug bounty programs, Microsoft has said that anyone, regardless of their position, can submit vulnerabilities to its new program.

In a blog post announcing the Xbox Bounty program, program manager at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), Chloé Brown explained that to be eligible, submissions will require a proof of concept (POC) that is easily understandable, saying: 

“The Xbox bounty program invites gamers, security researchers, and technologists around the world to help identify security vulnerabilities in the Xbox network and services, and share them with the Microsoft Xbox team through Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD). Eligible submissions with a clear and concise proof of concept (POC) are eligible for awards up to US$20,000.”

Xbox Bounty program

Microsoft's latest bug bounty program will cover the Xbox Live cloud backend infrastructure and vulnerabilities that allow for remote code execution will have the highest payouts at up to $20,000. Escalation of privilege flaws can earn security researchers up to $8,000 and flaws that allow a user to bypass security features are worth $5,000.

The new Xbox Bounty program also comes with some restrictions. For instance, Microsoft will prohibit and automatically disqualify anyone who attempts to phish or social engineer Xbox users and engineers while searching for bugs as well as anyone who moves laterally inside the Xbox network beyond what is needed to prove a vulnerability's impact. Downloading or accessing sensitive Xbox user data is also prohibited under the program's rules.

The Xbox platform was first announced at E3 before it was released in October of 2012. A year later, Microsoft created its first bug bounty program but it only applied to Windows and the company's other software.

The Xbox Bounty program is a win for Microsoft as well as for consumers who will benefit from a smoother and more secure online experience while playing games on the company's consoles.

Via ZDNet

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AMD Ryzen 4000 release date, laptops and specs: everything we know about AMD’s next CPUs

The AMD Ryzen 4000 processors for laptops are out in the world after their unveiling at CES 2020. And, these mobile processors are already changing the gaming laptop scene forever, offering performance that’s nearly as fast as their desktop counterparts. Thanks to compelling laptop releases like the Asus Zephyrus G14, these chips are proving that they can deliver desktop-class power and hugely improved performance across the board. 

That’s only the tip of the AMD Ryzen 4000 iceberg. AMD is preparing to add a new flagship APU, Ryzen 9 4900U to the lineup, and there have been plenty of whispers about the AMD Zen 3-equipped Ryzen 4000 processors for desktops, which could be coming in October. In fact, AMD CFO Devinder Kumar confirmed recently the manufacturer is "on track to launch our next-generation Zen 3 CPUs and RDNA 2 GPUs in late 2020".

Based on a 7nm+ manufacturing process, these could potentially push clock speeds high enough to really make Intel hurt, especially if Team Blue stays stuck at 14nm on desktop. AMD also confirmed that these processors will officially support X570 and B550 motherboards. This means that although Team Red is already sitting on top of the CPU world right now, selling 40% more processors than its rival, it’s going for the knockout. 

Although it’s also entirely possible that rather than pushing its Ryzen 4000 lineup to compete with the top-end Comet Lake chips, AMD could roll out a couple of budget-friendly Ryzen 3000 processors.

Still, there’s really no stopping AMD Ryzen 4000 from demolishing Intel. And, with so much information and gossip regarding the next generation of Ryzen for laptops and desktops already out there, we gathered all the most important bits right here to help you stay ahead of the Ryzen 4000 curve. Be sure to bookmark this article and keep checking in, as we’ll update it with all the latest news that comes our way. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? AMD's next lineup of processors for laptop and desktop
  • When is it out? Laptops are out, desktop to come out in “late 2020”
  • What will it cost? TBA

AMD Ryzen 4000

AMD Ryzen 4000 release date

Right out of the gate, the next-generation of Ryzen processors for desktop haven’t seen an official release date. We know that Lisa Su said AMD Ryzen 4000 for desktop will be coming in 2020. And, a new rumor suggests that they are set to go on sale in October 2020, alongside the RDNA 2 graphics cards. 

Last year, AMD took its Ryzen 3rd Generation processors to Computex 2019 for a preview, and announced more details later at E3 2019. Back at CES 2019, AMD announced Zen 2, the microarchitecture that would later be behind Ryzen 3rd Generation, Threadripper 3rd Generation and Epyc 2nd generation. We expected Team Red to follow suit by announcing Zen 3 with some vague details at CES 2020, but that didn't happen. 

While E3 2020 has been cancelled, Computex 2020 has simply gotten a later date: September 28-30, 2020. If all goes well, we could see AMD giving us a sneak peek at the desktop chips at the conference, like last year, before rolling them out in October. AMD CFO Devinder Kumar even reinforced this rumored release window, saying that AMD is "on track to launch our next-generation Zen 3 CPUs and RDNA 2 GPUs in late 2020".

We did get something at CES 2020, at least, when AMD CEO Lisa Su unveiled the AMD Ryzen 4000 processors for laptops. Prior to their release, the much-anticipated 7nm mobile processors have since shown up in product listings on Amazon for multiple Asus gaming laptops in China and Canada. 

Now, these chips are out in the wild and ready to power a new generation of thin and light laptops that boast incredible performance and impressively long battery life. The newly-released Asus Zephyrus G14 is leading that charge. We should start seeing more laptops rocking AMD Ryzen 4000 processors by the end of Q2 2020 across both ultraportables and gaming laptops.

AMD Ryzen 4000

AMD Ryzen 4000 Price

As far as the laptop chips, the prices of the processors themselves are not relevant to most people, as laptop manufacturers will absorb the price and repackage them. Still, we will probably see prices increase over last-generation AMD laptops, due to the fact that AMD's processors will be behind flagship-class laptops like the upcoming Lenovo Yoga Slim 7.

We'll probably see Ryzen 3 laptops starting around the $600 mark, with laptops rocking the Ryzen 7 4800H or 4800U hitting the premium market above $1,000. However, we can be a bit more specific with our speculation on the desktop lineup. 

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation saw higher prices than Ryzen 2000, largely due to the introduction of Ryzen 9 processors with up to 16 cores. However, the Ryzen 7 3700X did launch at the same $329 (£319, AU$519) price point as the Ryzen 7 2700X that came before it. 

Due to the success of chips like the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X, however, we fully expect AMD to follow suit with the Ryzen 4000 lineup. For reference, we included the pricing of AMD Ryzen 3000 processors below. We expect the pricing to stay roughly the same for the next generation. 

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X: $749 (about £590, AU$1,080)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: $499 (about £390, AU$720)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X: $399 (about £310, AU$580)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: $329 (about £260, AU$480)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: $249 (about £200, AU$360)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600: $199 (about £160, AU$290)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3400G: $149 (£139, AU$240)
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3300G: $99 (£94, AU$144)

AMD Ryzen 4000

AMD Ryzen 4000 Specs

Right now we know the most about the AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile lineup, so that's where we're going to start. These will be the first 7nm processors to make their way to laptops, and with that they bring some huge benefits. 

The biggest of these is, just like Ryzen 3000 desktop before it, core counts. Even with ultraportable laptops, which have previously been limited to 4 core/8 thread configurations, you're getting 8 cores and 16 threads. 

This is a huge improvement, and even though clock speeds are limited to 4.2GHz - or a bit higher with 25W configurations – users should see massive gains in productivity workloads. If recent leaks are any indication, AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile chips really won't be much slower than the desktop processors.

However, what's odd is that only every other SKU has hyperthreading. For example, the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U has 8 cores and 8 threads, whereas the 4800U has 8 cores and 16 threads. Both of the announced H-Series chips for mobile have hyper-threading however, along with higher base clock speeds. 

One of the key features of this AMD Ryzen 4000 series for laptops is going to be the integrated graphics performance. Now, we haven't had a chance to test this yet, of course, but AMD is promising a boost of up to 28% over Intel's Ice Lake when it comes to graphics performance. These chips will not be in gaming laptops, however, but when you just want to get in a quick Overwatch match on your lunch break, it will make a major difference. 

We went ahead and listed the core specs of each of the laptop processors. 

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800U: 8 cores, 16 threads | 1.8GHz base, 4.2GHz boost | 12MB cache
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: 8 cores, 8 threads | 2.0GHz base, 4.1GHz boost | 12MB cache
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600U: 6 cores, 12 threads | 2.1GHz base, 4.0GHz boost | 11MB cache
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: 6 cores, 6 threads | 2.3GHz base, 4.0GHz boost | 11MB cache
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300U: 4 cores, 4 threads | 2.7GHz base, 3.7GHz boost | 6MB cache
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H: 8 cores, 16 threads | 2.9GHz base, 4.2GHz boost | 12MB cache
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600H: 6 cores, 12 threads | 3.0GHz base, 4.0GHz boost | 11MB cache

We know far less about desktop, however. Beyond the fact we know it'll be revealed in 2020, Zen 3 is largely an enigma wrapped in mystery. It will be based on a refinement of the 7nm process found in Zen 2, but any more specific information is purely in the realm of rumor. 

Benchmarks for a desktop-based variant have shown up online recently, but that chip is a Zen 2-based Renoir APU. That means that it won’t deliver the same level of performance as the high-end SKUs. 

There are rumors that it will be based on TSMC's new 7nm EUV (extreme ultraviolet) process, similar to what's rumored to be seen with Nvidia Ampere. If this is true, the processors could be much more power efficient, which could see clock speeds see a sizable bump - which could seriously threaten Intel's chips in the gaming scene. 

Another thing that could make Intel start sweating is the rumor that with Ryzen 4000, AMD may introduce more powerful hyperthreading, with each physical core having four simultaneous processing threads, as opposed to the two found on today's silicon. This is a rumor we'd definitely take with a grain of salt, but if it's true it could even further widen the gap between AMD and Intel when it comes to multi-threaded workloads.

It's unlikely that we'll see huge core count bumps with this generation, like we did last year. Instead, AMD will probably use the EUV process to boost performance while cutting power consumption. This does mean that there likely won't be much of a reason to upgrade if you already have a Ryzen 3000 chip. 

Still, we won't know what AMD Ryzen 4th Generation processors will look like until we see them announced by Team Red. We'll be sure to update this article as soon as we hear more about AMD's next desktop chips and once we've been able to actually test the laptop models. 

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Today’s deals include the MacBook Pro, Apple Watch Series 4, and more

These are some of the best deals available today, and they include the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro a wide selection of Apple Watch Series 4 and more

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Weekend Amazon sales: iPad, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, headphones, and fitness tracker deals available now

It's payday weekend, which means it's time to hit the Amazon sales. Thankfully, we have plenty of excellent discounts going right now, especially with all the 4K TV deals and cheap Xbox One and PS4 bundles about. There's something for the Switch lovers too, with Nintendo Switch deals offering up an amazing portfolio of cheap accessories for the weekend. 

Plus, you can save big on laptop deals and headphone sales from big-name brands offering small price tags right now. Fitness tracker and smartwatch deals are sticking around and all your favorite AirPods sales are still on the menu as well. 

We've rounded up our favorites below, but you can also check out all our picks further down the page.  

Amazon Daily Deals: Today's Top Picks

Massive Garmin fitness tracker deals and new low Apple Watch price

Beats and AirPods sales coming in hot

Cheap Samsung Galaxy tablets incoming

PS4, Xbox One, and PC gaming peripheral deals storm ahead

Cheap Echo speakers and displays

4K and smart TVs on sale

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Six Nations 2020 live stream: how to watch every rugby union game online from anywhere

The Six Nations 2020 was due enter its final round of fixtures this weekend, with a winner set to be firmly crowned in March. However, the tournament is currently in the hands of Corvid-19 - the coronavius - as much as it is England or France.

The bulk of this weekend's matches have been postponed, with dates for the rescheduled fixtures still to be concerned. Nevertheless, our guide explains how to watch a Six Nations live stream wherever you are in the world and is regularly updated with all the latest Six Nations news, so you know what to expect and when your team will be back in action.

In round 4, England defeated Wales by the narrow score of 33-30 to win the Triple Crown, with the Twickenham faithful no doubt feeling the final score flattered the Welsh. Equally, the Dragons are none too pleased with the questionable antics of their opponents. 

Most infamously, hot-headed prop Joe Mauler faces a lengthy ban from the sport for grabbing Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones by the genitals, while Manu Tuilagi was red carded during the match and Courtney Lawes also faces a citation by the union overlords.

Elsewhere, Scotland stunned prior Six Nations leaders France 28-17 on the Sunday in another match filled with drama. French prop Mohamed Haouas was red carded for punching Scotland's Jamie Ritchie in the face, but Gregor Townsend's men ultimately prevailed because of their defensive dominance - they turned France over nine times in the first-half, with the dismissal not occurring until just before the break.

By now, we're sure you'll want to watch the rest of this year's biggest European rugby union international tournament. Read on to learn how to get a reliable Six Nations live stream wherever you are, plus a complete guide to the remaining 2020 fixtures.

Six Nations fixtures 2020: what has been postponed due to the coronavirus?

Right now, only Wales vs Scotland is due to go ahead this weekend, with the match set for Saturday, March 14. Kick-off is at 2.15pm and it will take place at Cardiff's epic Millennium Stadium (or Principality Stadium, to its sponsors). It's a crying shame, because as we've said, last weekend saw some stunning results. The Six Nations 2020 is going down to the wire, but public safety is rightly being prioritised for now.

It means that England currently sit atop the Six Nations 2020 table on 13 points because of a superior point differential compared to France - Les Bleus are also on 13 points. But Scotland are also suddenly in the frame with 10 points and, with their match against Wales now the only one set to go ahead this weekend, they can really pile the pressure on the tournament favourites with a victory in Cardiff.

How to live stream Six Nations 2020 in the UK for free

Great news! All of the remaining Six Nations fixtures will be shown live in the UK on free-to-air television. Enjoy it while it lasts, as Sky is tipped to bid aggressively for exclusive rights to Six Nations coverage in the future, meaning it could soon be behind a paywall. For now, though, the coverage is spread across the BBC and ITV, so take a look at our info box below to see what channel is showing which individual games.

If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up) then you can get access via the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites or mobile apps. Alternatively, just head to an online streaming TV service such, which has all of the UK's freeview channels (including the BBC and ITV) in one place. This means you can catch the match on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone for free if you're in the UK - or subscribe to TVPlayer Plus if you want to record it and watch later.

Not in the UK for the next Six Nations fixtures? No worries - just download and install a VPN and use a UK location to watch live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.

How to live stream the Six Nations when you're not in your country

If you're outside your country of residence - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. But there's a way you can watch anyway. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs, of course.

Six Nations 2020: Fixtures and UK TV schedule

There's just two rounds of Six Nations rugby action left. Here are the fixtures we have to look forward to over the next two weekends. All times are in GMT.


Saturday, March 7, 2020

England v Wales, 4.45pm, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV - ITV SPORT + S4C

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Scotland v France, 3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV - BBC SPORT


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV - BBC SPORT + S4C

POSTPONED - date, time and TV channel TBC:

Ireland v Italy (round 4), Aviva Stadium, Dublin

France v Ireland (round 5), Stade de France, Paris

Italy v England (round 5), Stadio Olimpico, Rome


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What is the format of the Six Nations?

Taking place each year from the beginning of February and usually concluding by the end of March, the tournament is contested by the international sides of France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Each Six Nations team plays the other five once per season with home advantage in alternate seasons, giving a total of 15 matches per Championship. A win earns that team four points, while a draw earns both teams two points. A losing side receives no points, however a bonus point can be picked up by a team regardless if they won, lost or drew if they score four or more tries in a game. Losing sides can also still pick up two bonus points if they score four tries or more in the process and lose by a margin of seven points or fewer.

The team with the most points at the season wins the Six Nations Championship Trophy. If the winning team has defeated all five other Unions, it is given the title ‘Grand Slam Winner’. No one will win the honour this year, though, following Scotland's victory over France. However, England has already won the 'Triple Crown', which is when one of the 'home nations' (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland) defeat all the others in a single tournament.

Who are the favourites for the 2020 Six Nations?

Beaten World Cup finalists England started the Six Nations as favourites with most bookies, but now France firmly lead the pack. They need only beat Scotland and Ireland to win not only the Six Nations 2020 crown, but also claim Grand Slam glory. 

Ireland look set to face the sternest test and will need to win out if they're to be in with a shot of Six Nations glory - and England also can't afford another loss if they want to take home this year's crown.

What happened in the 2019 Six Nations?

Regarded as outsiders at the beginning of the tournament, Wales clinched their first grand slam in seven years, with a clean sweep of victories against their five opponents.

Who has won the most Six Nations championships?

England lead the pack with six championship wins, their last in 2017. Wales and France are both close behind on five.

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