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Microsoft 365’s new ChatGPT features could help you with more than just work


Microsoft has unveiled Copilot, a new AI-powered tool that’s designed to make it easier to do your job. This ChatGPT-powered system will upgrade the existing suite of Microsoft 365 applications. 

Can’t make your next Teams meeting? An AI can go in your place. It won’t make suggestions on your behalf, but it will take notes and can later give you a summary of what was discussed. 

Or, if you need help creating a report, Copilot can help draft the piece and convert data from other files for use in the report. It will even help make everything look nice, with images and splashes of color.

Copilot also sounds like it has the potential to revolutionize more than just business processes. It could give us a hand at home, too.

The most obvious is school projects. While we don’t recommend getting an AI to do all the work for you, there are ways it could help you that aren’t cheating. For instance, it could provide prompts that help inspire your essays – though you still have to do the writing. Even so, it would be great for getting a few ideas of where to start and how to expand your work. 

If you’ve made a Powerpoint presentation, you could ask Copilot to liven it up with images and animations. The content is yours, but the AI tool has given it a fresh coat of paint.

Another great personal use case is party planning, and this was shown off during Microsoft’s presentation. Copilot can help you create invites based on prompts you provide, including party details and even the tone of the invite. You can then quickly edit and send off to your guests. 

You can then use Microsoft Word and more prompts to help you prepare a standout speech, or rely on AI-infused Excel to help ensure you aren’t blowing your whole budget on a massive cake before you’ve accounted for decorations and party favors.

The new Microsoft 365 Copilot UI in Microsoft Word

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We’ll be flying solo a while longer

Unfortunately, it sounds like we won’t get a consumer-focused version of copilot for a while. During the presentation, Microsoft’s Chief Scientist, Jaime Teevan, explained that Copilot’s rollout is “starting with a small number of customers.” Pricing and licensing details aren’t yet public, but it sounds like only a handful of businesses will get access to Copilot at launch, so it’s unlikely that regular folk will be able to take advantage of the new AI.

That said, we expect Copilot will make it to more Microsoft systems in the not-too-distant future. These AI abilities could give Microsoft’s 365 applications a huge boost over rivals such as Google Workspace apps (Drive, Docs, Gmail, etc) and Apple’s selection of apps (Pages, Mail, Keynote, etc). Microsoft will likely want to make them widely available to convince people to use its services at home and at work.

When Copilot or a similar service rolls out to a wider audience, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. Until then, why not check out this way to skip the Bing Chat queue, or try out these great ChatGPT alternatives that let you use AI tools in a variety of ways?

Shazam! Fury of the Gods director reveals the ‘really good’ scene he didn’t want to cut


Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ director has opened up on the “really good” scene he was disappointed to leave on the cutting room floor.

Speaking exclusively to TechRadar ahead of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film’s release, David F. Sandberg explained that a scene starring Mary Bromfield (Grace Caroline Currey) is the one he was most reluctant to remove from the final cut.

The sequence, which sees Mary delivering take-out food orders as her superpowered alter-ego, would have tied into Shazam! 2‘s exploration of teenagers missing out on major life experiences due to other commitments. It’s a key theme we picked up on in our Shazam! Fury of the Gods review, and one that affects Mary and Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) more than most in the movie.

Darla, Mary, and Pedro stand stoically in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Mary (center) longs to be an actual adult in Shazam! 2. (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

“There’s going to be, like, half an hour’s worth of deleted and alternate scenes on the Blu-Ray,” Sandberg said. “But the main one I kind of missed [not including] was a scene with Mary. She’s like a Postmates driver but she doesn’t drive – she uses her super speed and flying powers to get around.

“We get to see her making her rounds and bringing food to a college where she runs into some old school friends. You see her longing to go to college and being able to hang out with people her own age, but she has to be a superhero. You know, Billy is trying to keep everyone together, despite everyone wanting to do their own thing. So that scene was really nice for her character and Grace did a really good job. But it was such an easy cut to make, and the movie was already too long, so we left it out to make the runtime better.”

This Mary-centric scene isn’t the only one that Sandberg left out of the follow-up to one of the best superhero movies (that being 2019’s Shazam!, in our view). In the lead-up to the sequel’s release, Sandberg took to Twitter to reveal a couple of other scenes that didn’t make the cut. One saw Ladon the dragon eat a car that Billy Batson’s superhero alias throws at it, while another, more humorous clip results in D.J. Cotrona’s Pedro making a mess of those oft-mocked superhero landings.

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Still, as we say in our Shazam! 2 review, the film is a fun filled superhero film without these scenes, albeit one that eventually sidelines its main themes for more generic superhero genre fare.

There are other scenes and sequences that’ll delight fans throughout Fury of the Gods, including one that sees another DC superhero make a crowd-pleasing appearance. Read our exclusive chat with Sandberg about how that big cameo came to be – and why it wasn’t a last-minute inclusion. Be sure to check out our in-depth interview with Sandberg about Shazam! 2’s wider development, too, including how The Legend of Zelda and Akira inspired Fury of the Gods‘ style and tone.

For more DCEU-based content, find out how to watch the DC movies in order. Additionally, read up on what’s worth knowing about The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which are two of our most eagerly anticipated new movies of 2023.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is out now in theaters worldwide. Shazam! is also available to stream on HBO Max.

Quordle today – hints and answers for Friday, March 17 (game #417)


It’s time for your daily dose of Quordle hints. And you might need them – because this popular online game takes the Wordle format and quadruples the difficulty. So if you already find yourself searching for Wordle hints, you’ll probably need some for Quordle too. 

I’m a Quordle and Wordle fanatic who’s been playing since December 2021, so I can definitely help you solve Quordle today and improve your game for tomorrow. Read on for my Quordle hints to game #417 and bookmark this page so you can easily return. 

SPOILER WARNING: Information about Quordle today is below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to know the answers. 

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #1 – Vowels

How many different vowels are in Quordle today?

The number of different vowels in Quordle today is 3*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #2 – total vowels

What is the total number of vowels in Quordle today?

The total number of vowels across today’s Quordle answers is 8.

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #3 – repeated letters

Do any of today’s Quordle answers contain repeated letters?

The number of Quordle answers containing a repeated letter today is 2.

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #4 – total letters

How many different letters are used in Quordle today?

The total number of different letters used in Quordle today is 11.

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #5 – uncommon letters

Do the letters Q, Z, X or J appear in Quordle today?

• No. None of Q, Z, X or J appear among today’s Quordle answers.

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #6 – starting letters (1)

Do any of today’s Quordle puzzles start with the same letter?

The number of today’s Quordle answers starting with the same letter is 0.

If you just want to know the answers at this stage, simply scroll down. If you’re not ready yet then here’s one more clue to make things a lot easier:

Quordle today (game #417) – hint #7 – starting letters (2)

What letters do today’s Quordle answers start with?

• S

• D

• F

• R

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM.

Quordle today (game #417) – the answers

Quordle 417 answers on a yellow background

(Image credit: Merriam-Webster)

The answers to today’s Quordle, game #417, are…


Today’s Quordle answers are pretty straightforward really. A couple of the words (STUFF and RUPEE) have duplicate letters, but FORCE and DEBUT are not too bad. RUPEE is almost certainly the hardest of the four; this was a word that was once a Wordle answer, and I still have nightmares about that game now. That was a 6/6 for me and one I very nearly failed – so whenever I see that word pattern now it jumps out at me right away!

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Quordle answers: The past 20

  • Quordle #416, Thursday 16 March: GRUNT, ODDLY, UNWED, AVOID
  • Quordle #415, Wednesday 15 March: SINCE, USURP, RADIO, SWORN
  • Quordle #414, Tuesday 14 March: SATIN, SCOFF, CRASH, SMIRK
  • Quordle #413, Monday 13 March: CHOCK, MAXIM, LOOPY, ERODE
  • Quordle #412, Sunday 12 March: TENOR, BOULE, ELOPE, SHOWY
  • Quordle #411, Saturday 11 March: BEVEL, SONAR, EXILE, RENEW
  • Quordle #410, Friday 10 March: ENJOY, SPOOF, NASTY DEALT
  • Quordle #409, Thursday 9 March: MOLAR, MARRY, OPTIC, DROLL
  • Quordle #408, Wednesday 8 March: JUICE, SPRIG, FAITH, PENNE
  • Quordle #407, Tuesday 7 March: ATOLL, SAUCE, BROOK, CRAWL
  • Quordle #406, Monday 6 March: ANNOY, FLUSH, ISLET, AWAKE
  • Quordle #405, Sunday 5 March: GRACE, LATHE, HENCE, STONE
  • Quordle #404, Saturday 4 March: LAGER, MARRY, FINCH, CREPT
  • Quordle #403, Friday 3 March: SLYLY, ABOVE, OUNCE, CRAWL
  • Quordle #402, Thursday 2 March: FLYER, HOTLY, FREED, RALLY
  • Quordle #401, Wednesday 1 March: FLAIR, EVOKE, OTTER, WRIST
  • Quordle #400, Tuesday 28 February: SHEAR, ORGAN, MURAL, COUCH
  • Quordle #399, Monday 27 February: AMBER, LAYER, CRUDE, DITTY
  • Quordle #398, Sunday 26 February: CIVIC, KOALA, STINT, RARER
  • Quordle #397, Saturday 25 February: CONIC, OMEGA, CADET, CANNY

Quordle FAQs: Everything you need to know

What is Quordle?

Where Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day, Quordle presents you with four puzzles to solve. And rather than complete them in turn, you do so simultaneously. You get nine guesses, rather than the six for Wordle, but the rules are otherwise very similar. 

It’s played online via the Quordle website and you can also get to it via the Merriam-Webster site, after the dictionary purchased Quordle last year

As with Wordle, the answers are the same for every player each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world. And also as with Wordle, the puzzle resets at midnight so you have a fresh challenge each day.

The website also includes a practice mode – which I definitely recommend using before attempting the game proper! – and there are daily stats including a streak count. You also get Quordle Achievements – specific badges for winning a game in a certain number of turns, playing lots of times, or guessing particularly hard words.

Oh, and it’s difficult. Really difficult.

What are the Quordle rules?

The rules of Quordle are almost identical to those of Wordle.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow. 

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray…

4. …BUT the word you guess appears in all quadrants of the puzzle at the same time, so an A could turn green in one square, yellow in another and gray in the final two. 

5. Answers are never plural.

6. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

7. Each guess must be a valid word in Quordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.

8. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses and there is no equivalent of Wordle’s Hard mode.

9. You have nine guesses to find the Quordle answers.

10. You must complete the daily Quordle before midnight in your timezone.

What is a good Quordle strategy?

Quordle needs to be approached in a different way to Wordle. With four puzzles to solve in nine guesses, you can’t blindly throw letters at it and expect to win – you’ll stand a far better chance if you think strategically.

That’s the case in Wordle too, of course, but it’s even more important in Quordle.

There are two key things to remember. 

1. Use several starting words

Firstly, you won’t want just a single starting word, but almost certainly two or three starting words. 

The first of these should probably be one of the best Wordle starting words, because the same things that make them work well will apply here too. But after that, you should select another word or possibly two that use up lots more of the most common consonants and that include any remaining vowels.

For instance, I currently use STARE > DOILY > PUNCH. Between them, these three words use 15 of the 26 letters in the alphabet including all five vowels, Y, and nine of the most common consonants (S, T, R, D, L, P, N, C and H). There are plenty of other options – you might want to get an M, B, F or G in there instead of the H, maybe – but something like that should do the trick.

If all goes well, that will give you a good lead on what one or sometimes two of the answers might be. If not, well good luck!

2. Narrow things down

Secondly, if you’re faced with a word where the answer might easily be one of several options – for instance -ATCH, where it could be MATCH, BATCH, LATCH, CATCH, WATCH, HATCH or PATCH – you’ll definitely want to guess a word that would narrow down those options. 

In Wordle, you can instead try several of those in succession and hope one is right, assuming you have enough guesses left. It’s risky, but will sometimes work. Plus, it’s the only option in Hard mode. But in Quordle, this will almost certainly result in a failure – you simply don’t have enough guesses.

In the scenario above, CLAMP would be a great guess, as it could point the way to four of the seven words in one go.

Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #636, Friday, March 17


Today’s Wordle answer is potentially on the easier side – although as words go it’s a little obscure. 

You definitely might find some Wordle hints to be helpful, because disaster is only ever six guesses away in this game. I’m a Wordle addict who’s been playing since December 2021, so I can definitely help you solve Wordle today and improve your game for tomorrow. 

Read on for my Wordle clues and the answers to game #636 and bookmark this page so you can easily return tomorrow. Oh, and if you also play Quordle then my Quordle today page contains clues and answers for that, too. 

SPOILER WARNING: Information about today’s Wordle answers are below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.

Wordle clues (game #636) – hint #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has two vowels*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Wordle clues (game #636) – hint #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is M.

M is a middling letter when it comes to starting a word. It sits 10th in the rankings, with 107 occurrences in the 2,309 answers.

Wordle clues (game #636) – hint #3 – repeated letters

Does today’s Wordle have any repeated letters?

There are no repeated letters in today’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

Wordle clues (game #636) – hint #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is Y.

Y is the second most common ending letter in the game, behind only E. In total, 364 Wordle answers end with a Y.

Wordle clues (game #636) – hint #5 – last chance

Still looking for Wordle clues today? Don’t worry, I’ll give you one more for game #636.

  • Today’s Wordle answer can go before mouthed.

If you just want to know today’s Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I’d always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We’ve got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.

If you don’t want to know today’s answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don’t say you weren’t warned!

Today’s Wordle answer (game #636)

Wordle 636 answer on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s Wordle answer (game #636) is… MEALY.

Well, this is an odd one. On the one hand, MEALY is quite an obscure word. Most people will know it from the phrase mealy-mouthed, although it also means a dry, powdery food and (apparently) a pale complexion. But it’s certainly not in regular usage; in fact, the excellent Word and Phrase info site ranks it as only the 32,023rd most common word in English. 

Despite that, WordleBot, the NYT’s patronizing AI tool, says that people are solving it in an average of just 3.8 guesses – that’s half a guess below yesterday’s Wordle (see below). There’s an obvious reason for that low average, though – namely that most of the best Wordle starting words narrowed things down considerably.

I’m a bit of a bore about starting words (and many other things), but there really is no reason not to use one unless you intentionally want to make Wordle harder. 

And I’m not judging you if you do – the game is arguably more interesting, probably more diverse and definitely more challenging if you pick a random word each day. I know, because I tried it for a few months.

It’s all a question of how you want to play the game. Are you seeking to extend your streak for as long as possible and get the best score each day? Or do you want to give your mental muscles a proper workout? I’m currently in the former camp, and I will continue to suggest that you chose a starting word and stick to it. Or don’t, I’m not in charge.

Anyway – SLATE (8), TRACE (9) and CRATE (9) all reduced your possible solutions down to single figures today. STARE (10) wasn’t far behind. LEAST and LEANT left just three answers and STALE… well, that reduced the possibles list to two. 

Better still, this was a word list I was already well familiar with, because EMAIL (game #630 on Saturday) and HEADY (#601) both left exactly the same options. With those two ruled out and with BEADY and PEACH both having been past Wordle answers too, I had just six to pick from: MEALY, LEACH, BEACH, HEAVY, LEAKY and LEAFY.

To give myself the best chance of a good score I wanted a word that would rule in or out as many options as possible. FLICK did the job perfectly, because the F would confirm LEAFY, the K LEAKY, and various combinations of the C and the L the other words. If none were in there, it would be HEAVY.

As it was, the L turned yellow but without the K or F – which meant it had to be MEALY. I played that next go and scored a sweet 3/6 to end my working week.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #635)

In a different time zone where it’s still Thursday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #635, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had two vowels.
  • The first letter in yesterday’s Wordle answer was C.
  • There were no repeated letters in yesterday’s Wordle.
  • The last letter in yesterday’s Wordle was R.
  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a drink.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #635)

Wordle 635 answer on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #635) was… CIDER.

I’m such an idiot sometimes. Despite having played every day for more than a year, I’m still capable of screwing up as if this was my first game. Today was one of those days.

I escaped with a 5/6, but I had a big dose of luck along the way. So while today’s Wordle answer is a tricky one, I don’t feel I deserve much credit for finding it. But anyway, enough of my self-flagellation! What you want to know is why it’s difficult and how you could have approached it. 

Well, WordleBot states that it has an average score of 4.3 – so slightly higher than yesterday’s similarly difficult puzzle (see below). However, that’s potentially misleading, because some people will have found it far easier than others.

It all depends on your choice of the best Wordle starting words, because some performed very well today, while others definitely did not. For instance, WordleBot says that playing CRANE left just 12 options, while TRACE (21), CARTE (15) and CRATE (11) were all in the same ballpark.

In contrast, WordleBot’s favorite, SLATE, left 329, while my STARE was at 181. And if you started with SLANT then oh dear – you had 530 possible answers remaining! So what we have here is a two-tier game, in which lots of people probably scored a 3/6 (with a few 2/6s maybe) and lots scored a 5/6 or worse. 

It is, of course, an ‘ER’ game, which are generally pretty horrible and which I always struggle with. In some ways it should be among the easier ER games, because there’s no repeated letter as in RIPER (game #613) or PARER (#454). But on the flip side, CIDER isn’t the most obvious word that’s ever been an answer.

I could see it was probably going to be an ER word when the R and E stayed yellow on that first guess, so I followed up with a word that’s worked in these circumstances before: LINED.

So far, so good: this gave me a green I, green E and yellow D, and reduced my options to just seven. This game was going to be E-A-S-Y. Only it wasn’t. 

At this point, I wrote down my options: WIDER, CIDER, RIDER, EIDER (like the duck) and DIVER. I also jotted down DICER, but I didn’t really think that would be the answer. The other possibility, according to WordleBot, was HIDER – but really? Hider? Come on, WordleBot, that is not a proper answer. It’s barely a proper word.

The sensible option at this stage was to play another word that further narrowed it down – WordleBot suggested CEDED. If I’d done that, I’d probably have scored a 4/6. Instead, I started guessing. 

First, I played WIDER. That wasn’t too bad: the D turned green and left just three words: CIDER, RIDER and EIDER.

Next, I made an even bigger mistake and played EIDER. I don’t know why I did this, because this was far less likely to be a Wordle answer than RIDER or CIDER. I was just blindly guessing at this point, which is exactly the opposite of the way I like to play Wordle.

Finally, when I should probably have played RIDER, I went with CIDER and got lucky. So while I did find today’s answer on the fifth guess, I take no pleasure in it. I could easily have scored a 6/6 (or even failed, if HIDER was a genuine answer), whereas with a bit more thought it could have been a 4/6. What a fool.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than a year now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday’s answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.

  • Wordle #635, Thursday 16 March: CIDER
  • Wordle #634, Wednesday 15 March: SWEEP
  • Wordle #633, Tuesday 14 March: SURLY
  • Wordle #632, Monday 13 March: BLAME
  • Wordle #631, Sunday 12 March: BIRTH
  • Wordle #630, Saturday 11 March: EMAIL
  • Wordle #629, Friday 10 March: REVEL
  • Wordle #628, Thursday 9 March: WHERE
  • Wordle #627, Wednesday 8 March: REGAL
  • Wordle #626, Tuesday 7 March: HORSE
  • Wordle #625, Monday 6 March: PINKY
  • Wordle #624, Sunday 5 March: TOXIC
  • Wordle #623, Saturday 4 March: TREND
  • Wordle #622, Friday 3 March: SQUAT
  • Wordle #621, Thursday 2 March: ABOVE
  • Wordle #620, Wednesday 1 March: MOOSE
  • Wordle #619, Tuesday 28 February: POLKA
  • Wordle #618, Monday 27 February: WORSE
  • Wordle #617, Sunday 26 February: SYRUP
  • Wordle #616, Saturday 25 February: FIFTY
  • Wordle #615, Friday 24 February: ARBOR
  • Wordle #614, Thursday 23 February: VAGUE
  • Wordle #613, Wednesday 22 February: RIPER
  • Wordle #612, Tuesday 21 February: RUDDY
  • Wordle #611, Monday 20 February: SWEAT
  • Wordle #610, Sunday 19 February: KIOSK
  • Wordle #609, Saturday 18 February: AVAIL
  • Wordle #608, Friday 17 February: CACHE
  • Wordle #607, Thursday 16 February: MAGIC
  • Wordle #606, Wednesday 15 February: SALSA
  • Wordle #605, Tuesday 14 February: SOUND
  • Wordle #604, Monday 13 February: USAGE
  • Wordle #603, Sunday 12 February: GIANT
  • Wordle #602, Saturday 11 February: DEBUG
  • Wordle #601, Friday 10 February: HEADY
  • Wordle #600, Thursday 9 February: STAGE
  • Wordle #599, Wednesday 8 February: FLAIL
  • Wordle #598, Tuesday 7 February: APPLE
  • Wordle #597, Monday 6 February: NINTH
  • Wordle #596, Sunday 5 February: DANCE
  • Wordle #595, Saturday 4 February: UNLIT
  • Wordle #594, Friday 3 February: TASTY
  • Wordle #593, Thursday 2 February: SHIRK
  • Wordle #592, Wednesday 1 February: SCOLD
  • Wordle #591, Tuesday 31 January: CROSS
  • Wordle #590, Monday 30 January: CRAVE
  • Wordle #589, Sunday 29 January: FISHY
  • Wordle #588, Saturday 28 January: FLIRT
  • Wordle #587, Friday 27 January: WORRY
  • Wordle #586, Thursday 26 January: BEEFY

What is Wordle?

If you’re on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you’ve not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it’s the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2023.

We’ve got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.

What is Wordle?

Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it’s in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh? 

It’s played online via the Wordle website or the New York Times’ Crossword app (iOS / Android), and is entirely free. 

Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.

What are the Wordle rules?

The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow. 

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.

4. Answers are never plural.

5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.

7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.

8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.

9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.

10. All answers are drawn from Wordle’s list of 2,309 solutions. However…

11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won’t be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ big cameo wasn’t a shock last-minute inclusion


Full spoilers follow for Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg has revealed that Wonder Woman’s unexpected cameo was part of the superhero movie from the get-go.

Speaking exclusively to TechRadar ahead of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film’s release – read our Shazam! Fury of the Gods review if you haven’t already – Sandberg explained how Gal Gadot’s superhero found her way into the sequel.

From the outset, Sandberg – alongside Shazam! 2 writers Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan – wanted Wonder Woman to make a crowd-pleasing cameo in Fury of the Gods. As Sandberg explained to TechRadar: “No, that [Wonder Woman’s appearance] was always in there [the script] from the beginning.”

Despite wishing to include Gadot in Shazam’s second live-action outing, though, Sandberg was skeptical that Gadot and/or Warner Bros. would agree to include her in the movie. How so? Sandberg had already been burned before – the director previously expecting to land Henry Cavill’s Superman for a cameo in 2019’s Shazam! before it fell through at the last minute.

A screenshot of Wonder Woman's cameo in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Wonder Woman makes a crowd-pleasing cameo in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

“I had my doubts that it was actually going to happen,” Sandberg said. “That was because of what happened with Henry in the first movie, which fell apart and I had to use a stand-in and cut off his head. But yeah, Wonder Woman was always in there, even though I didn’t think we’d get Gal.”

Wonder Woman’s cameo shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, mind you. Like Shazam, the DC superhero – real name Diana Prince – has ties to Greek mythology as she’s the daughter of Zeus. Given Shazam’s own links to the Greek gods, not to mention the appearance of the antagonistic Daughters of Atlas in Fury of the Gods, Shazam and Wonder Woman seem like a match made in heaven.

Well, from a team-up standpoint, anyway. As Fury of the Gods shows, Shazam – or, rather, the teenage Billy Batson – doesn’t stand a chance at actually dating Wonder Woman, even if the film pokes fun at him doing so in an amusing dream sequence earlier in its runtime. As Sandberg revealed, Gadot’s appearance in Shazam! 2 was always just a cameo, meaning there was never another script where she featured more prominently.

“Gal never had a bigger part because, you know, we’re never going to get her!”, Sandberg added. “We went a lot bigger with this movie, but it’s still Shazam. It’s a bit smaller than other superhero movies, so I was just glad to get her at all. It was like ‘Finally, we get to have a DC cameo with an actual actor’s head in a movie!’

“That also allowed us to have with the scene with the Wizard’s head on Wonder Woman’s body to sort of tease people. That’s something you can only do if you actually have her show up at the end. Otherwise, people would be p****d off and just walk out of the theater unimpressed.”

Unfortunately for Sandberg, and for the movie’s cast and extensive crew, Wonder Woman’s cameo was surprisingly spoiled ahead of Fury of the Gods‘ release. A TV spot for the film, which was released last weekend (March 11/12) confirmed her appearance in Shazam! 2 – a reveal that led Sandberg to tweet out a warning to his followers about the spoiler-centric advertisement, plus any other major spoilers that audiences would want to avoid before seeing the film on the big screen.

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It’s unclear why Warner Bros. decided to release Wonder Woman’s cameo in a TV spot. Maybe the studio’s executives were concerned that the forthcoming DCEU film wasn’t tracking to perform well at the box office, and thought that revealing Wonder Woman’s appearance might make some viewers, who were likely on the fence about seeing it in theaters, head out to their local cinema to see how Diana factors into the plot. 

Either way, it’s a fun cameo that gives Gadot some closure on playing the iconic superhero in the DCEU. New DC Studios co-head James Gunn has confirmed (per IGN) that he’s spoken to Gadot about potentially appearing in his and Peter Safran’s new-look DC Cinematic Universe (DCU), with the DCU’s first projects having been revealed in late January.

It’s unclear if Gadot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman, however, or if she’ll portray someone else. If it’s the latter, Fury of the Gods may prove to be one of her final appearances as the popular superhero.

For more DC-based coverage, find out how to watch the DC movies in order. Additionally, read our in-depth Shazam! Fury of the Gods interview with Sandberg, or read about which DCU movies and TV shows we’re most excited for.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is in theaters now. Shazam!, which is one of the best superhero movies, in our opinion, is available to stream on HBO Max.

Getting This Robot Vacuum on Sale at 41% Off is a Great Deal


Need some help making your house as clean as it can be? Then get this Robot Vacuum while it’s on sale at such a steep discount.

Keeping the house clean is an important part of our lives. You don’t wanna spend your days in dust and dirt, do ya? Especially if you got pets and/or kids, the house can really become a mess in no time without you even realizing it. But sometimes we just don’t have the time to clean every single day of the week. Sometimes we need a little help. And you can get help cleaning that house of yours when you pick up the iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum at Amazon while the price is 41% off the regular price.

The iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum is going to be a godsend for any homeowner. Because this will help keeps those floors of yours clean without you having to do any of the work yourself. You’ll be going about your day with this little gadget whirring around, sucking up whatever ends up on the floor. And not only that, but it has a mop function too, so it’ll clean the floors while picking up dirt as well.


And it can pick up a lot of dirt because the iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum has 40x the suction power of past models. With the 3-stage cleaning system and a battery that can last for 120 minutes before it has to bring itself back to the charging station, your floors will be as good as new. All you gotta do is empty it out of dirt every 60 days or so while filling up the tank so it can keep on mopping. That’s all you gotta do with your own hands. Otherwise, program it and command it via an app on your phone so it gets to work on schedule.

Being able to keep those floors of yours clean without having to do it yourself seems like it would be too good to be true. There has to be something wrong with it, right? Wrong. If you go through the 2,560 reviews on Amazon, you will see more than 75% of them have given this a rating of more than 4 stars. Sitting at a cumulative rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, you can tell that those that have purchased this have been quite pleased with the results.

All that sounds good to you? Sounds good to us too. So we recommend you guys head on over to Amazon right now and pick up the iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum while the getting is still good. This sales price is too good to pass up. 41% off is a hell of a steal. So grab one while you still can. You won’t regret it.

Get It: Pick up the iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum ($949; was $1,600) at Amazon


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Do I need a VPN? A comprehensive look at one of the world’s leading privacy tools


A virtual private network, or VPN,  is an increasingly popular tool to help secure your network and open up a new world of online possibilities. And, like with any new technology, the next logical question is likely: Do I need one?

VPNs are surprisingly simple apps that perform a very complicated job: They protect your data and secure your internet. With the growing fervor surrounding online privacy and the right (or lack thereof) to be forgotten, it’s about time you start using one. 

A VPN lets you browse anonymously

You may not realize it, but everything you do online – the sites you visit, the services you use, even the music you listen to – is all dictated by your IP address. It’s the one thing network servers use to route you to the appropriate URL, and it’s the basis for how the internet, as a whole, operates. 

If a person in the UK hops onto Google and searches for Amazon, they’ll automatically be redirected to Amazon.co.uk. Your IP address is regulated through your ISP. Some countries like the UK also require ISPs to keep records of your IP addresses and sites you visit, undermining your privacy. When you use a VPN though, you’re able to circumvent your ISP and assume another IP address in the location of your choice. 

Suddenly, sites that may not have been accessible in your geographical location will now become available. With a VPN, you’re literally able to browse the web from anywhere in the world. 

Why you need a VPN

For years, users have used VPNs for China, Russia, and other countries where internet access is heavily restricted. For some, having the ability to instantly unblock and access western sites like Google, YouTube, and Facebook has been a lifesaver, and is one of the main reasons why so many privacy activists champion VPN use as the first – and often last – line of defense toward securing a more free and open internet.

But more than just being a tool to help users access sites abroad, VPNs also come with a handful of other great benefits: students can use them to access university-specific sites and services outside the classroom; gamers can use them to secure their network when they play online; and media-savvy people can use them to access live streams from anywhere in the world.  

While a VPN makes it easier to unblock the web, it also comes with another added benefit: privacy. When you use a VPN, you’re essentially shedding your old IP address and assuming a new one. As soon as you connect to a VPN server, all your network traffic becomes encrypted and largely anonymous. Your ISP can’t see what you’re doing; therefore, you’re able to browse without having to worry about your information being logged, recorded, or used in some non-altruistic way. At a time when we’re seeing users’ personal data being threatened and weaponized like never before, this point can’t be stressed enough.

One of the easiest ways to tell if and when a VPN is working is by checking your IP address. If your new IP matches your VPN connection, you know you’re browsing on a VPN server. If you see your existing IP, you may not have installed the necessary client software from your VPN provider or it might not be correctly set up. 

Other advantages of using a VPN

Aside from the privacy and open networks, VPNs also come with a host of other benefits. For instance, if you’re traveling or using a public WiFi hotspot, a VPN can instantly secure your connection. This is a great feature for the jet-savvy or everyday traveler. With all the dangers surrounding unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, having the ability to instantly secure your connection is priceless.

You may think it’s unlikely this will happen to you but bad actors often use “honeypot” Wi-Fi Hotspot, that looks legitimate but when you connect to it, it can redirect you to advertising content or phishing websites that harvest your personal information.

If you have a VPN correctly set up on your device, you remain protected precisely because your connection to the VPN server is encrypted. Other people connected to the network can’t see what sites you’re visiting, or what type of data you’re downloading such as streaming video. 

Speaking of which, more recently, people have been turning to VPNs to help them access live sports streams. Because most major league networks have started employing blackout streams to help promote ticket sales, fans around the world have been turning to VPNs to connect to a nearby location and cheer on their favorite team live without having to wait the next day in order to watch the match.

In offering this service, VPN providers are engaged in an eternal struggle with sports networks and other websites which don’t want people to access content in this way and try to block VPNs. 

However, you’ll be pleased to hear that some providers have risen to the challenge and offer streaming VPNs for online services like Netflix and sport events.

What’s more, VPNs have, in some cases, actually been found to help increase overall network speeds. This typically occurs when a user’s network is being throttled by their ISP. This is sometimes known as “traffic shaping” If, for instance, your internet plan caps your data at a certain level, or slows down certain content like streaming video you can use a VPN to circumvent this process and return your streaming speeds to normal.

Reliable VPN providers also use their own DNS servers. This not only protects you from DNS Leak, where your ISP might be able to tell which sites you’re visiting .It can respond to your connection request faster than the DNS server provided by your ISP.

We don’t recommend using VPNs to share illegal content. However, they can also be very useful in protecting your identity if you’re using P2P software synch as for torrenting

If you regularly use software like this, be aware that your IP address is publicly available to other connected peers whenever you’re using the software. Using a VPN means connection requests are shunted through the VPN server and encrypted, so other users are not able to know IP addresses. Your ISP also won’t be able to tell that you’re using P2P software from inspecting your connection records.

Some of the major providers actually have VPNs for torrenting specifically designed to work with P2P software and the BitTorrent protocol.  

Disadvantages of using a VPN

Because they offer myriad benefits and are generally extremely easy to use, VPNs don’t come with many disadvantages. That said, they can sometimes cause a certain level of latency in your network, with some users reporting significant drops in streaming speeds. This often occurs when users connect to a VPN server location in a different part of the country and can often be mitigated by choosing a closer location and running one of the fastest VPNs.

We’ve previously explored ways to speed up your VPN, but it stands to reason that routing all your traffic through a remote server is always going to somewhat slow down your connection relative to connecting directly to the Internet. However, the VPN can improve your connection speed in other ways, such as using DNS servers that are closer to you. 

While not necessarily a disadvantage in VPN software, some VPN companies have also been found to keep logs and/or spy on their users. This is why it’s important to do your due diligence. If you’re booking for the most private VPNs check the provider offers a strict “no log” policy and, preferably, has allowed a third-party VPN audit. You should also make sure the provider’s servers aren’t located somewhere where they can easily be hacked or seized by bad actors. 

Naturally it’s very easy for the provider to claim that they already have this. The gold standard in this case should be those VPN providers like ExpressVPN and NordVPN who regularly submit themselves to audits by a trusted third-party to prove that they do indeed keep no personal data about customers and have a secure setup. 

What to look for in a VPN provider

With so many fly-by-night VPN providers popping up, it can be hard to separate the good from the not-so-good. Fortunately, there are a few key characteristics to look for in a VPN. 

First, make sure the server offers private browsing. Most subscription-based VPNs host their own network servers, which means they’re able to allow their users the comfort to browse anonymously. If your VPN provider rents server space from a third party cloud provider, remember that ultimately they cannot control what data comes in and out of those machines. This became painfully obvious in 2019, when NordVPN revealed one of their servers at a data center had been compromised the previous year. Still, this was only one of many of thousands of secure servers they manage.

Most “free” VPNs, on the other hand, use open networks which are often unsecured and full of privacy gaps. We’ve tested out the best free VPNs, but many of these are forced to limit your bandwidth in order to be fair to all customers. Unscrupulous “free” providers can even sometimes sell customer’s data, making signing up with them very costly indeed. 

Second, Make sure the VPN you’re using doesn’t keep logs. This should be explicitly written in the company’s terms of service. Finally, check to see if the service has dedicated desktop and mobile VPN apps for the devices you own, and what kind of features these offer. 

One of the most important features you should have is an automatic VPN kill switch baked into the VPN client apps in case your connection gets lost. This means if the initial connection to your VPN server fails or drops out during use, all your Internet activity is shut down until you’re securely connected to your VPN again. If you’re not sure if your VPN provider offers this service, follow the steps in our tutorial How to test your VPN kill switch.

We’ve tested hundreds of VPNs and have found none to be as secure, fast, or dependable as ExpressVPN. If you’re new to VPNs, we recommend starting there. 

If you don’t feel a good “all rounder” like ExpressVPN is for you, take some time to consider how you do want to use your VPN service. For instance, if privacy is more important to you than anything, consider subscribing to NordVPN which offers a ‘Double VPN’, or ‘multihop’, which shunts your web traffic through two VPN servers, meaning you’re still protected even if one of them is compromised. 

If you’re more concerned with being able to access location specific services in other countries, make sure that your provider offers this specifically as part of the service. For instance, ExpressVPN actually states on its website that using the software can help you watch Netflix USA. 

If you’re looking for a way to download large files via P2P, it stands to reason that you should choose a provider which doesn’t place any fair use limit on the amount you can download, or your connection speed. You should also check if they have any servers specifically designed for use with P2P. If this is the main way you’re going to use a VPN, you should seriously consider signing up with a provider whose client software has a built-in kill switch. This is because by maintaining connections with so many other peers, your device is much more vulnerable to hacking than if you were simply browsing the web.

If you’re simply looking for a VPN that will boost your speed and provide a reliable connection, make sure that your provider has servers located close to you, to minimize latency.

A Cloud-like Comforter With 23,000+ Reviews Is Marked Down During This Sitewide Bedding Sale


Looking to get some new bedding that’ll help you relax easier at night without spending too much money? Then get this comforter from Buffy during their sitewide Spring sale.

We need to get good sleep to perform at our highest levels during the day. To help make sure we have the best chance of getting good rest, it’s a smart idea to have high-quality bedding. Having good sheets, pillows, and comforters can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep comfortably. The only issue is, the good stuff can cost you. But with the sale running at Buffy right now, you can get top-sellers like the Cloud Comforter for less while the whole site is on sale for 15% off the regular asking prices.

Shop the sitewide Spring Sale on all the brand’s top products like the Cloud pillow, Breeze sheets made of eucalyptus, and several duvet covers and comforters. With this sale, every item in the store is discounted, and the reviewers make a strong case for why you should buy these items. Take the Cloud Comforter.


Pick up the Cloud Comforter (starting at $126; was $149) at Buffy

As the name and reviews imply, the Cloud Comforter feels like a cloud. With over 26,000 reviews, this sits at a customer review rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. That’s a lot of 5-star reviews saying how comfortable this comforter is.

More Buffy Bedding Deals to Shop Now

Wiggle Pillow, $84 (was $99)

Linen Sheet Set, $237 (was $279)

• Cotton Percale Duvet Cover, $127 (was $149)

• Breeze Comforter, $169 (was $199)

That comfort is achieved with the materials used to put this together. You got a 300-thread count shell made from TENCEL lyocell , a material that is buttery soft and made from sustainable wood sources. The filling is made from recycled PET fill. That fill is very plush and helps keep you insulated at night without you getting too warm for comfort. Makes it great for any season. 

At any price, this Cloud Comforter would be a worthy pickup. But right now, you can get it for 15% off the regular asking price at Buffy. Thanks to the Spring Sale, you can get anything in stock at Buffy for 15% off. So if you’re looking to make some new purchases to upgrade that bedroom of yours, start shopping at Buffy now. This sale isn’t going to last forever.


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The best cheap Amazon Echo deals and sales for March 2023


If you’re bringing Alexa into your home, you’ll do your best to check out the latest Amazon Echo deals. The cost of adding a smart display or speaker array to your whole house can quickly add up, which is why it’s best to time your purchase with one of Amazon’s many sales on its own devices.

We’re also seeing some great updates to older models, which bring a range of speaker upgrades as well as new software. As always, though, the diminutive Amazon Echo Dot deals start the list at the cheaper end today, offering a great starting point to any smart home. 

We expect more deals to roll in on previous Dot models as Amazon has unveiled a new Amazon Echo Dot with upgraded audio. The new Dot will be launching soon, and we’ll publish a review as soon as we’ve put it to the test.

If you’re looking for pure Alexa functionality, we’ve also got the best Echo Flex prices going as well. We’ve also got prices for the larger versions, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Studio, and more. If you want a visual element, too, then we’ve got you covered with all three sizes of the Amazon Echo Show or the bedside table-friendly Echo Spot, all of which include a screen.

Although Amazon designed and built these smart devices, they’re actually on sale at a large number of stores, which means they’re never far away from a discount. We’ll also list the standard price of each of these Amazon Alexa-powered speakers to get a better idea of how good the latest discounts in the comparison charts are. 

The best Amazon Echo deals

Amazon Echo Dot 5th gen

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1. Amazon Echo Dot (5th gen)

Amazon’s most powerful smart speaker

Speaker size: 1.73-inch | Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 89 mm | Weight: 304 g | Launch price: $49.99 / £49.99 / AU$79

Powerful audio
Temperature sensor
Eero built-in
No 3.5mm port

Amazon’s latest smart speaker, the 5th Generation Echo Dot, was released late last year with a starting price of  $49 / £54.99 / AU$79. The Echo Dot is the fifth iteration from Amazon’s smart speaker lineup and is its most powerful yet, with an improved audio experience with more bass and an enhanced range. The smart speaker also includes temperature sensors so you can control your thermostat with compatible smart home devices with your voice when you’re not home. Other features include new tap controls and eero built-in for increased Wi-Fi coverage.

While the compact smart speaker was just released, we’ve already seen Amazon Echo Dot deals with the best prices during holiday sales like Prime day.

The Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) in black

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2. Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen)

A little bigger than before, but still tiny

Speaker size: 1.6-inch | Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 89 mm | Weight: 341 g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or Bluetooth | Launch price: $49.99 / £49.99 / AU$79

New voice recognition for kids
New spherical design
Fairly iterative features

Equally spherical, but much smaller, is the endearingly cute new Echo Dot – the fourth generation in the long line of excellent budget smart speakers from Amazon. Launching at just $49.99 / £49.99 / AU$79, it’s remaining one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on a voice assistant this year, but almost disappointingly, aside from its new eye-catching spherical design, improvements are mostly iterative.

That said, the new inclusion of Alexa Voice Profiles for Kid is a fantastic little feature if you’ve got kids in the house. This new child-friendly tech can recognize when a younger person gives voice commands and tailors its reception accordingly. So, if the child asks Alexa a question, they’ll get an appropriate response, animal sound alarms, and even help with their homework should they need it.

The Amazon Echo (4th gen) in black

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3. Amazon Echo (4th gen)

Brand new, and rather circular

Speaker size: 3-inch woofer and two 0.8-inch tweeters | Dimensions: 144 x 144 x 133 mm | Weight: 970 g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or Bluetooth | Launch price: $99.99 / £89.99 / AU$149

New Zigbee + Sidewalk
Upgraded speaker
Same launch price as previous iteration
Still no clock display

The 2020 Amazon Echo is the fourth generation in the long line of excellent smart speakers from the tech giant. No, your eyes don’t deceive you, it is indeed much, much more spherical than the 2019 iteration, but luckily all that extra space around the waist has been put to good use with some upgraded internals.

A new speaker array looks to provide an all-around much higher fidelity experience for music lovers, while the inclusion of the new Amazon Sidewalk and Zigbee support should help with smart home device compatibility across the board. You’re also getting a new ‘AZ1 Neural edge’ processor onboard, which Amazon claims helps speed up voice-command recognition by double – not bad considering this latest iteration is retailing for the same price as last year’s release.

The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen in black

4. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen)

The most popular smart speaker in the world

Speaker size: 1.6-inch | Dimensions: 4.3 x 9.9 x 9.9cm | Weight: 300g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or Bluetooth | Launch price: $49.99/£49.99/AU$79

Low price
Improved audio
Alexa’s getting smarter all the time

The older, standard 3rd iteration of the Echo Dot comes in three colors – charcoal, heather grey, and sandstone (that’ll be black, grey, or white to the rest of us). The hockey-puck-shaped speaker has a more refined look thanks to the fabric finish – far better than the older all-plastic version. The speaker driver is much larger too, going from 1.1-inches in diameter to 1.6-inches. It’s 70% louder than the previous version and keeps the aux 3.5mm connection for a secondary speaker. You can also connect it wirelessly to external speakers via Bluetooth.

The Amazon Echo Studio in black

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5. Amazon Echo Studio

2019’s latest Echo means business

Speaker size: Three 2-inch midrange speakers, 1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch woofer | Dimensions: 20.6cm x 17.5cm | Weight: 3,500g | Line in: 3.5mm or optical line in | Launch price: $199/£189/AU$329

Excellent audio quality
Easy home cinema set up
Great price
3D audio hit and miss

If you’ve been watching the Echo Sub for a while wishing you could just add the smart speaker into the fantastic sound for a complete package, you’ll want to check out 2019’s Echo Studio. The massive Echo smart speaker works as a complete high quality audio solution that not only offers impressive sound quality for its price tag but can also easily create a home cinema with a Fire stick. 

Amazon have pitched their Echo Studio as low as possible in price – excellent times for all the bargain hunters out there. Don’t be fooled by that relatively low price either, this is a powerful speaker. While the 3D audio can be hit and miss, we found that the Echo Studio offered fantastic value for money with powerful sound and a wealth of features. 

The best Amazon Echo Show deals

The Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)

1. Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)

Improved video calling at an affordable price

Speaker size: 1.65 x 4W | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Dimensions: 14.8 x 8.6 x 7.3cm | Weight: 410g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or bluetooth | Built-in smart home hub: No | Launch price: $84.99/£74.99/AU$119

Improved video calls
New home security features
Sustainable build
Same design as 2019 model

The Amazon Echo Show 5  was released last year with a launch price of $84.99 / £74.99/ AU$119, which is actually cheaper than the starting cost of the 2019 model. The 5.5-inch display works with Amazon Alexa, so you can use your voice to ask questions, play music and videos, and control other compatible smart home devices.

The 2nd Generation Echo Show has an upgraded HD 2MP camera with twice as many pixels as the previous version. You’re also getting new home security features with Alexa Guard, so you can keep an eye on your home from the display and get alerts to your phone when motion or sound is detected. The 2021 Echo Show 5 is now made entirely of post-consumer recycled fabric and comes in charcoal, glacier white, and a new deep sea blue color.

The Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)

2. Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)

The best value Alexa smart display

Speaker size: 2 x 2.0-inch @ 10W | Screen size: 8-inch | Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 9.9cm | Weight: 1037g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or bluetooth | Built-in smart home hub: No | Launch price: $129.99/£119.99/AU$199

Updated processor
 Improved camera
Impressive sound

The Echo Show 8 was also released last year with a retail price of $129.99 / £119.99 / AU$199, which is the same starting price as the 2019 version. The all-new Echo Show features an 8-inch HD touchscreen display and works with Amazon Alexa to play movies, stream music, view photos, and control compatible smart home devices completely hands-free.

The new and improved Echo Show 5 comes with an updated 13MP camera that automatically pans, zooms, and frames for improved video calling. The smart display also has a new processor resulting in faster performance and is available in two colors, Charcoal and Glacier White.

The Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)

3. Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)

Amazon’s latest and most powerful Echo Show

Speaker size: 1.65 x 4W | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Dimensions: 14.8 x 8.6 x 7.3cm | Weight: 2560g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or bluetooth | Built-in smart home hub: Yes | Launch price: $249.99/£239.99/AU$399.99

A large 10-inch HD display
360-degree rotating display
Impressive camera

The Echo Show 10 was released in February of last year and is Amazon’s latest and most powerful smart display with a starting price of $249.99/£239.99. The 3rd generation Echo Show features a 10-inch HD display that automatically turns to face you. The 13MP camera will follow you around, so whether you’re making a video call, watching a movie, or following a recipe, the Echo Show 10 is always within your gaze. The smart display also features auto-framing, so you’ll stay front and center on video calls, and features a new design with a floating touchscreen above a cylindrical base.

The Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019)

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4. Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019)

The cheapest Echo Show display

Speaker size: 1.65 x 4W | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Dimensions: 14.8 x 8.6 x 7.3cm | Weight: 410g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or bluetooth | Built-in smart home hub: No | Launch price: $89.99/£79.99/AU$129

Way cheaper than the other Echo Shows
Decent alternative to the Google Home hub
Bedside table-friendly…
But a bit small otherwise?

This is the cheapest Amazon Echo Show you’ll find out in the wild right now. It comes with a smaller five-inch screen than the other Echo Show deals in this list, but if you’re after something for a bedside table display, or you simply don’t need another intrusive screen in your living room, the Echo Show 5 sit perfectly.

Compared to its bigger siblings, or Google’s rival offerings, you might find the screen a little small depending on where you’re going to be seeing it from after requesting something via the Alexa voice commands. Plus, you’ll be missing out on the improved display and audio quality of the more recent Show 8 as well. The huge selection of how-to videos is super handy though if you can plug it in close by, especially in the kitchen.

The Amazon Echo Show 8 (2019)

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5. Amazon Echo Show 8 (2019)

A decent screen size at a sensible price

Speaker size: 2 x 2.0-inch @ 10W | Screen size: 8-inch | Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 9.9cm | Weight: 1037g | Line out: 3.5mm audio or bluetooth | Built-in smart home hub: No | Launch price: $129.99/£119.99/AU$TBC

Better Suited to larger rooms than the Show 5
Way cheaper than the larger model
Louder than the Show 5
Nothing ‘new’

Not long after the release of the Show 5, Amazon came along with the Amazon Echo Show 8 and a larger screen. So while you may prefer the smaller Echo Show 5 for a bedside table, the new Show 8 works better in larger spaces.

If you’re looking for some hands-free recipe guidance in the form of kitchen video tutorials, then this is ideal. The Echo Show second-generation does offer a larger screen, but that 10-inch display comes at a significant price jump. This 8-inch screen is perfect for larger use than you’d need from a bedside table, without offering a hefty price tag to match. 

You’re also getting the superior display and audio quality of the Echo Show (2nd Gen) with all the privacy and app benefits that came with the Show 5. It’s an amalgamation of the best bits of the last two models that comes out with a price tag sitting closer to the cheaper end than the premium 2nd Generation.

See more bargains with our roundup of the best Amazon deals that are happening right now.

March Madness TV sales 2023: today’s best deals


The big dance has arrived, which means March Madness TV sales are coming in hot from all your favorite retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and Samsung. To help you find all the top offers, we’ve rounded up today’s best March Madness TV sales and deals around the web.

Our top March Madness TV sale picks include everything from a 55-inch OLED display to a massive 86-inch 4K TV, with a range of features and prices from brands like Sony, LG, Samsung, and more.

The tournament has officially begun, so plenty of incredible deals are available right now, and we’ve listed the top bargains below. Some highlights include our best-rated TV, LG’s 65-inch C2 OLED, on sale for a record-low of $1,599.99 (was $3,786), Samsung’s 75-inch 4K smart TV marked down to $679.99 (was $799.99), and Sony’s 55-inch 4K Google TV for $449.99 (was $549.99).

See more of the best March Madness TV sales below, and make sure to bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it with all the best TV deals leading up to the championship game.

The best early March Madness TV sales

The best early March Madness TV deals

LG 86-inch 80 Series QNED Mini-LED 4K Smart TV: was $1,999.99 now $1,799.99 at Best Buy
If you’re looking for a massive display in today’s March Madness TV sales, Best Buy has the LG 86-inch QNED TV on sale for $1,799.99. You get a stunning picture with brilliant, bright colors thanks to the LG’s Quantum Dot NanoCell display, plus Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos webOS 6.0 for seamless streaming. All for under $2,000, which is fantastic value for an 86-inch TV.View Deal

Samsung 75-inch 4K Smart TV: was $799.99 now $679.99 at Samsung
Our favorite big-screen budget option from this week’s March Madness TV deals is Samsung’s 75-inch 4K TV on sale for just $679.99. A solid choice for a big screen under $1,000, this 4K UHD from Samsung is one of the company’s entry-level displays and packs a solid ‘Crystal’ UHD 4K processor, an easy-to-use Tizen operating system, and full HDR support.View Deal

LG C2 65-Inch 4K Smart TV (2022): was $2,099.99 now $1,599 at Walmart
The LG C2 OLED TV is rated as our best TV, and Walmart has this brilliant 65-inch model on sale for $1,599. That’s a whopping $500 discount and a new record-low price. Praised for its intense brightness and vivid colors in our LG C2 OLED review, the LG TV packs an a9 Gen5 AI Processor, Dolby Atmos, and voice control. If you want the latest and greatest TV, then this deal is for you.View Deal

Samsung 65-inch S95B OLED TV: was $2,999.99 now $1,799.99 at Samsung
Ranked as one of our best OLED TVs, the Samsung S95B is very impressive thanks to the vivid color accuracy and contrast of OLED panels, the brightness of QLED technology, and a beautifully slim design. Today’s March Madness deal brings this 65-inch model down to $1,799.99 thanks to a massive $1,200 discount.View Deal

Samsung 65-inch The Frame QLED 4K Smart TV (2022): was $1,999.99 now $1,449.99 at Walmart
You can grab Samsung’s stunning 65-inch The Frame TV on sale for $1,449.99 at Walmart right now. The best-selling display transforms into a beautiful piece of art to seamlessly blend into your home’s decor and includes customizable bezels, a QLED screen, and smart capabilities.View Deal

LG UQ75 65-inch 4K Smart TV: was $519.99 now $469.99 at Best Buy
An excellent price for a large mid-range TV from LG. It may not offer the highest-quality picture like some of the more expensive OLED displays, but this is available for at least half the price – all the while, it still offers top-end 4K resolution and HDR 10 for superior picture quality. It’s well-suited to watching sports, films, and your favorite TV shows, plus you have voice controls and built-in access to top streaming apps such as Netflix, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. View Deal

Hisense 58-inch 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: was $338 now $268 at Walmart
If you’re looking for a cheap TV with the Roku experience, Walmart’s March Madness TV sale has this 58-inch Hisense 4K TV on sale for just $268 – $30 less than last week’s price. A fantastic value, you’re getting 4K Ultra HD resolution, compatibility with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and the Roku experience built-in for easy streaming. View Deal

Insignia 55-inch F30 Series 4K UHD Smart Fire TV: was $449.99 now $269.99 at Best Buy
A mid-size budget option is the Insignia 65-inch F30 Series TV on sale for just $269.99 at Best Buy. The smart TV comes with the Fire operating system for easy streaming and an Alexa voice remote so you can control your TV completely hands-free.View Deal

LG A2 55-inch OLED 4K TV: was $1,999.99 now $749 at Walmart
Today’s best March Madness TV deal is LG’s 55-inch A2 OLED TV on sale for just $749. That’s an incredible deal for an OLED display and the lowest price we’ve seen for this particular model. The LG Alpha α7 Gen5 processor delivers sharp images and great upscaling from HDR, and Dolby Vision HDR support makes the most of movies and shows. LG’s smart TV software is also excellent, and there’s a great range of streaming services included.View Deal

Sony 55-inch X75K 4K HDR LED Google TV: was $549.99 now $449.99 at Best Buy
Best Buy has Sony’s 55-inch X75K Series TV marked down to $449 – a great price for a mid-size display from a reputable brand. You’re getting Sony’s 4K Processor X1 for rich color and deep contrasts and the Google ecosystem, which includes the Google Assistant and smart capabilities for seamless streaming from your favorite apps.View Deal

Amazon Fire TV Omni Series 43-inch 4K TV: was $369.99 now $269.99 at Amazon
We highly rated Amazon’s Omni Series TVs for their bang for the buck in our review, and unlike the above 4-Series deal, this set comes with Alexa built-in, so you can control your TV completely hands-free. This week, the 43-inch model is on sale for $269.99.View Deal

Shop more TV offers with our roundup of the best cheap TV deals, and see more premium options with our best OLED TV deals roundup.