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Star Trek: Picard season 2: release date predictions, story, new cast members and everything we know

Star Trek: Picard season 2 was confirmed before the show even started airing. The first season of the new Trek show is over, and what a finale it was. This was a triumphant return for Star Trek’s greatest captain, with a powerhouse performance by Patrick Stewart, and an intriguing, mystery-laden plot that expanded the Trek universe in some interesting, and shocking, ways. But what’s in store for the second season? It’s definitely happening, although details are thin on the ground at the moment, including the release date. But we do know a few things, and can guess some other parts from the finale of Picard. Here’s everything we’ve gathered so far. Spoilers follow for season 1, but here’s what we know about Star Trek: Picard season 2.
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Star Trek: Picard season 2 release date: probably 2021
No official date has been set for season 2 of Star Trek: Picard yet, but the early renewal suggests a 2021 release. However, this may be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which is currently halting the production of all CBS shows. Based on how Star Trek: Discovery has been released with more than a year-long gap between seasons, it’s likely we’ll see Star Trek: Picard season 2 slightly later in 2021. 
Star Trek: Picard season 2 was confirmed before the show started
Even before the first episode of Star Trek: Picard aired on January 23, CBS All Access had announced its renewal for a second series. At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, it was officially revealed that Patrick Stewart would be returning for another season. “The energy and excitement around the premiere of Picard has reached a magnitude greater than all of us could have hoped for,” CBS said. “We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season.”
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What will Star Trek: Picard season 2’s story be?

At the end of the first season, Picard managed to stop a group of synthetics from summoning a race of mechanical ‘higher beings’ that would wipe out all organic life in the galaxy. We briefly saw these beings – giant centipede-like machines – but they were sucked back into a portal before they could reach our galaxy.It seems unlikely that the threat of these creatures will be the focus of season 2, but we will almost certainly return to the fight against the synth-hating Romulan General Oh, who was moments away from declaring all-out war on the Federation. She backed down after a threat from Captain Riker and a powerful Federation fleet, but it’s likely she’ll be back for revenge on Starfleet, Picard, and the synths whose lives he helped save.We also know that Picard lives to fight another day, having had his memories implanted into a new synthetic body. Although Alton Soong, who performed the procedure, makes it clear that his new body is identical to his old one, including its ability to age and die. But the brain abnormality that haunted him in season 1 is now gone.Picard has a full, loyal crew now, including Jurati, Seven of Nine, Elnor, Rios, and Raffi — and a ship, the La Sirena – so he’s more than ready to face whatever new adventures are thrown at him in Star Trek: Picard season 2.

There could also be a Star Trek: Picard season 3
Although CBS has yet to confirm it, and won’t comment on rumours, the Hollywood Reporter claims sources have revealed that season 3 has been informally given the go ahead – and may be filmed back-to-back with season 2.
Star Trek: Picard season 2 will be more personal
According to co-creator Michael Chabon, the second season of Picard will have more time to spend fleshing out its characters. Speaking to Variety about the relationship between Dr. Jurati and Rios in season one, he said: “It’s about letting people’s identities emerge. I think we’ll have more time for that in the second season than we’ve had in the first season. We just had so many characters and so much story to tell in this first season, that a lot of the sort of more personal aspects of things – including again, like people’s families, and all that stuff – just all got sort of left [behind].”
Guinan will return in Star Trek: Picard season 2
During an appearance on American TV show The View, which is co-hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart formally invited her to join the cast of season 2 of Star Trek: Picard, reprising her role as Guinan. “It was wonderful having you, and we cannot wait to have you with us again one more time,” said Stewart. Guinan was a recurring, and fan favourite, character in Star Trek: The Next Generation – an enigmatic bartender on the USS Enterprise who became close friends with Picard. It’s unclear what her role in Star Trek: Picard season 2 will be, but it’ll likely be an important one.

Star Trek: Picard season 2 will see a showrunner change
According to an interview in Variety, Michael Chabon won’t be as heavily involved in season 2 of Star Trek: Picard as he was in the first. He’s shifting his attention to developing a TV series for Showtime based on his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. But he will continue to work on Picard season 2 as an executive producer, and give notes to the writers. “I’m still an executive producer on Picard,” he told Variety. “I’m writing two episodes. I was there breaking the second season, all the way through. I was engaged, I think, to exactly the same degree as I was on the first season.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the co-creator of 2015’s 12 Monkeys TV series, Terry Matalas, will join Star Trek: Picard season 2 as an executive producer. The source also suggests he was pulled from CBS’s MacGyver reboot, as Picard is now a high priority for the studio. Matalas could take over as showrunner from Chabon. 
Star Trek: Picard is available to watch on CBS All Access in the US, Amazon Prime Video internationally.
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Best survival games: build, battle, loot, learn and live

It’s a wild world out there at the moment – grocery shopping has become a lawless pursuit of multipacks of toilet roll and pasta, and even stepping outside your door is an exercise in caution. It’s almost like we all need a little practice in how to survive in this brave new world.Enter the best survival games! Designed to test your endurance, your ingenuity and, in many cases, your capacity for scares. Collecting resources, taking on – and hiding from – enemies, all while trying to protect your base of operations, they can be brutal, and brutally addictive.Here’s our pick of the best survival games you should be playing.
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The best survival games

Don’t Starve
(PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android)From it’s lovely Tim Burton-esque art style to its deep and engrossing crafting system, Don’t Starve is like a nightmare as conducted by Roald Dahl. Exploring its creepy world is never jump-out-of-your-seat frightening, but you’ll be terrified if you lose all your progress being killed by a marauding spider thing. If you’re stuck indoors, consider picking up the Don’t Starve Together add-on too, which introduces four player co-operative play into the mix.

No Man’s Sky
(PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)There’s a part of us that feels that, after the release and subsequent polishing of No Man’s Sky, all other games should just go home. What’s the point in playing something else when No Man’s Sky offers an entire universe for you to explore? A phenomenal technical achievement, and sci-fi nerds dream, it’s also a great survival sim, as you’ve got to collect resources, craft new gear, upgrade ships and defend against a menagerie of environmental hazards and intergalactic nasties.

Ark: Survival Evolved
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There’s never really been a good Jurassic Park game, and while it’s not officially licensed, Ark: Survival Evolved might be as good as we’ll get. Waking up on a deserted beach with just your wits and a loincloth, it’s up to you to find shelter, craft tools and weaponry and forge alliances with fellow players on an island teeming with giant aggressive dinosaur inhabitants. It’s a bit rough around the edges, and very unforgiving for newcomers, but getting to the point where you’ve tamed your own ferocious T-Rex still takes some beating.

Conan Exiles
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)You know what survival games need even more of? Dongs! More dongs! And this time, with a dong-size slider in the character creation screen. Yep – build-your-own dong. And that’s before the game has even properly started. Obviously not one for the kids then, but this barbarian-themed survival game does Arnie proud with brutal combat, lush environments to explore and giant settlements to create. And massive dongs.

(PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android)Perhaps the most famous survival game of them all – although for many that side of Minecraft has slid into obscurity. While many now dive into the friendly build modes, at the heart of Minecraft remains an engrossing survival adventure, seeing you collect resources, build a shelter, and heading into the heart of the Earth to take on the increasingly aggressive inhabitants while hunting for rare treasures.

(PC, PS4, Xbox One)Taking the survival genre from terra firma to 20,000 leagues under the sea, Subnautica mixes sci-fi scares with underwater thrills. It’s one of the most polished survival games out there, with a unique world to explore and a great loop of resource gathering, enemy battling and base improvements.

(PC, PS4, Xbox One)The survival daddy in many respects, DayZ started life as a mod before blowing up in such a huge way that it became its own game. Based on military sim Arma 3, it adds that ol’ faithful of videogames, zombies, into the survival mix. However, it’s not the undead you need to be most afraid of, but other players – they roam the maps in makeshift gangs, preying on the weak and stealing your hard earned gear.

The Forest
(PC, PS4)This one’s great for horror fans – it’s the most out-and-out scary on the list. As a survivor of plane crash landing in that titular forest, The Forest has you evading the wandering mutant cannibals lurking among the trees, while building a fortress up in the branches. A toughie, and most enjoyable with a gang of pals.

(PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android)Like a 16-bit Minecraft, the pixel-art Terraria is one of the most popular survival games out there. Colorful and vast, Terraria lets you take on lots of monstrous foes, digging deep into endless caverns before returning to your home to construct gigantic bases to hone your skills in. It’s a great game, with a cutesy art style that belies its complexity.

(PC)Starbound has a very similar artstyle – and playstyle – to Terraria, but takes the endeavour up to the outer reaches of space. It has the same side-scrolling open world exploration, but has a bit more of a quest system than some of the more free-form entries into this list. A great one for Terraria fans.

Honourable Mention: Battle Royale Games
(Various)From Fortnite to Apex Legends, you could make a good argument for including the battle royale genre as a whole to this list of survival games. PUBG was born from an Arma mod in the same way Day Z was, and from its success comes Fortnite, Apex Legends and the rest of the pretenders. From collecting your gear to aiming to be the last person standing and, in some cases, some quick fire shelter building too, the heritage is clear. 
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Half-Life 3: release date, news and rumors for Valve’s elusive beast

On 10th October 2007, Valve released Half-Life 2: Episode 2, the continuation of Gordon Freeman’s story as he and his friends fought to free the human race from the oppression of the alien Combine. The ending provided very little in the way of closure, setting up a number of plot points for Half-Life 3. But 13 years later a sequel has still never arrived. 2020’s Half-Life: Alyx, a prequel exclusively for virtual reality, marked the first kick in the franchise for a long time. But it’s not a full sequel in the way that fans were hoping for and we’re still waiting for a new Half-Life game with a 3 in the title. Fortunately, in a recent interview, Valve’s Robin Walker said that the franchise still has a future, stating: “we absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it.”While this isn’t a confirmation of definite plans for Half-Life 3, it’s enough to give fans renewed hope that this long-dormant series is going to continue in one form or another. Here’s everything we know of and hope for in another fully-fledged Half-Life game. 
Cut to the chase
What is it? The long-awaited, and long-absent, continuation of the Half-Life sagaWhen can I play it? With nothing officially announced it won’t be anytime soon
Half-Life 3 or Episode 3? Where has it been?
Back when Valve announced Half Life 2 would be getting episodic sequels, it revealed that there were plans to release three of them over the course of the following few years. They would together form what was essentially a third Half Life game. The idea was that development on an episode wouldn’t take as long as a full sequel, so fans could continue Gordon Freeman’s adventure sooner – albeit in smaller quantities.Half Life 2: Episode 3 was never released, and over time people eventually just started referring to it as Half-Life 3 – assuming that Valve was working on a fully-fledged sequel rather than a brand new episode. In a 2020 interview with IGN, Valve explained why Half-Life 3 never emerged as its own release or a shorter episode. After a difficult six-year period which saw Valve developing Half-Life 2 and its Source game engine concurrently, level designer Dario Casali said that the team didn’t want to repeat this, stating that “I think our main take away from that is ‘get some stable technology and then build a game on top of it.” Instead, the team decided to work on smaller, episodic releases, with Episode 1 releasing in 2006 followed by the infamous Episode 2 in 2007. When it came to Episode 3, however, Casali explained that “We found ourselves creeping ever forward toward ‘Well, let’s just keeping putting more and more, and more, and more stuff in this game because we want to make it as good as we can, and then we realized these episodes are turning more into sequels.” So, why didn’t Half-Life episode 3 emerge as a fully-fledged Half-Life 3 sequel as many thought it would? Well, there are two primary reasons. The first is that the team didn’t want to work on another Source engine alongside game development again and needed to work on Source 2 before creating another sequel. The other reason that goes hand-in-hand with this is explained in another IGN interview with Valve’s co-founder Gabe Newell who said that “Half-Life games are supposed to solve interesting problems“ and that the studio doesn’t just want to release Half-Life games in order to “make the quarterly numbers.” When it comes to a new Half-Life game, then, Casali says that Valve is “looking for what is going to make that next big impact.” Making a big impact would, therefore, require an exciting new technology or a new engine.Of course, Source 2 wasn’t announced until 2015 when Dota 2 was released. And the following five years have been taken up with the VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx.Which takes us to the present day, 13 years after Half-Life 2: episode 2, with no idea what the future holds for the series. 
Half-Life 3 release date—will it ever be made?
It’s amazing that after the series had lain dormant for so long, Half-Life fans were still scrambling for another release. While 2020’s VR title Half-Life: Alyx was a prequel rather than the full sequel that many were hoping for, it has rekindled some hope and marked the end of a drought. In an interview with GameInformer, Valve’s Robin Walker said that Alyx is “not the end” for the franchise while writer Eric Wolpaw said in an interview with PCGamer that he’s “ready to sign up for the next one”. So, at the very least we know the series isn’t retiring but we still don’t know whether its next release will be Half-Life 3, another VR title related to Half-Life Alyx or something else completely fresh in the same universe. Hopefully we won’t have to wait quite as long to find out. 
Will it be in VR?
Half-Life: Alyx is a VR-exclusive release and has quickly become a “watershed moment” for the platform, showing its true potential.If another Half-Life title was to be released, then, would it be on VR? Well, that remains unclear and Valve remains non-committal. In an interview with PCGamer Dario Casali said “At this point, we don’t really know what [another Half-Life game] would be—we don’t know if it’s going to be another VR title. We don’t know if it’s going to be a non VR title.”With the release of Half-Life: Alyx being so recent (though the game seems to be going down very well) the team is biding its time: “The best thing we can do at this point is to gauge the response to this product. How are people able to enjoy it? How many people can we get into the VR platform? [Are] people saying that VR is now this essential part of Half-Life? We really don’t know those answers until we put the game out and we start listening.”Certainly, at the moment, VR is a more limited platform in terms of its user base and if a fully-fledged Half-Life 3 were to be released it’s possible Valve would want to make it available to as wide and audience as possible. This all remains speculation, however, and we won’t know for sure what the future holds for the series until Valve confirms its intentions. 
What Valve has told us before 
So, although Valve never released its third episode or a sequel, some information has spilled out over the years. How much of it is still relevant is unclear, but Gabe Newell did confirm that players would retain control of action hero physicist Gordon Freeman. The end of Half-Life: Alyx certainly suggests that this will still be true of the next release. Newell later stated that Gordon would go unchanged in Episode 3, as it was then known, so he would “largely remain an arm and a crowbar”. Newell also confirmed that he will never speak, since his companions are a “more fruitful avenue to explore”.Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of marketing, also confirmed that the story would not return to City 17, and that the developers had put a lot of work into “creating a natural progress of topography and climate”.Newell also confirmed that Episode 3, as it was then known, would finish the story arc that began in Half Life 2. While he spoke of the possibility of a fourth episodic instalment, he confirmed that it would be stand-alone and developed outside of Valve. It was later revealed to have been in development at Dishonored developers Arkane Studios and titled Return to Ravenholme. Unfortunately it was cancelled.Former franchise writer Marc Laidlaw also confirmed to PC Gamer that Episode 3 wouldn’t have had a definite conclusion, much like Half Life and Half Life 2. The plot summary that he later released appeared to confirm this. Instead the game would keep things open so that a new team could eventually develop sequels. Laidlaw also claimed to have “no idea” if the game would ever get released or not.In August 2017, longtime Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw posted a short story titled ‘Epistle 3’ on his personal blog. Although the writer referred to the post as a ‘fanfic’ it’s pretty clear that the post is a thinly veiled plot summary of what would have been Half-Life 2: Episode 3, albeit with most of the name’s changed and everyone’s gender’s reversed. If you’d like to read the post with the name’s and gender’s corrected then you can do so on GitHub, where someone has transcribed the whole short story. Although it’s worth reading the post in its entirety, it appears the plot of the game would have followed Gordon and Alyx as they journeyed to the Borealis, which would have been found to be phasing in and out of existence. After a protracted fight they would have eventually have rigged the ship to travel to the heart of the Combine empire and explode, thus freeing the human race from their enslavement. Like previous Half-Life games, Gordon would have been left in limbo, saved from the explosion by the Vortigaunts. 
Leaked Concept Art
Despite the fact that Valve has seldom spoken about Half-Life 3, let alone released gameplay material, we have had a fair bit of concept art hit the net over the past 13 years. While it’s not quite the same as in-game renders of a trailer, it’s still something. Normally it might give us some hints at what to expect, but given the amount of time since the art first surface, the nature of the game is likely to have drastically changed.The first pieces arrived online in 2007 and 2008, showcasing some of the possible settings:
Some more concept art arrived in 2012, and if legit shows off a wide variety of environments the players can explore.Valve has yet to comment on its validity, and since it’s usually quite quick to dismiss fakes this has led some to speculate that this is the real deal.
Counter Strike co-creator Minh Lee has also admitted to seeing some concept art himself. “I don’t think I can talk about that, to be honest,” he said. “I think it’s kind of public knowledge that people know that it is being worked on. And so if I were to say that, yeah, I’ve seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn’t be big news to be honest. I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe.And I mean it wouldn’t surprise anyone if I said they’re doing it, they’re working on it, yeah. So to go out on a limb I’d say I did some concept art for Half-Life 3.”March 2008 also saw the release of what appears to be Alyx Vance concept art on the Picasa page belonging to Valve illustrator Andrea Wicklund. The images were quickly removed, but not before being saved and redistributed elsewhere.

Reddit AMA
In January 2017 Gabe Newell went onto Reddit to take part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything), which fans naturally used to ask some questions about the future of the Half Life/Portal universe. He did answer a few of them, though he didn’t reveal a whole lot.
Half-Life 3 remains unconfirmed
So, now that the Half-Life series has returned to, er, life fans are once again hoping to see a confirmation for that elusive third title. From what we’ve learned of the franchise’s development history, though, it’s clear that we won’t hear about it or see it unless it’s just right. Valve doesn’t really need to make a new Half Life game to be successful. Steam is one of the most popular digital storefronts in PC gaming, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2 attract millions of players who in turn purchase in-game items with real cash. That’s not to mention VR successes.But still, now that Half-Life: Alyx is breathing its first breaths, maybe we will see Half-Life 3 in some form or another some day. Certainly, the studio is clearly keen to continue releasing games in the series and we’ll be updating this page as soon as some kind of official confirmation is released. 
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These are the five top SIM only deals this weekend: Three, EE, Smarty and more

If you’ve had it on your to-do list for months to finally get a new SIM plan, make this the weekend you finally invest the time and find the best SIM only deals currently on the market for you.And while it can normally be a long and arduous affair trying to compare all of the different options, with tabs lining up along your computer, we’re here to help try and speed up the process.Below, we’ve picked out the top five SIM plans currently available in the UK. With everything from the best EE plan through to the UK’s cheapest option and some all-round great pricing, you’ll be able to find something that fits what you need.
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Apple launches Covid-19 screening tool so you can see if you need testing

Apple has launched a new Covid-19 screening website and iOS app, in partnership with the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).You can use either the site or the app to figure out if you need to be tested for Covid-19 or if you should get in touch with the emergency services. While the contact information and links are geared towards US users, anyone can make use of the tool.You’ll be asked about your current symptoms, any health issues you’re living with, and where you’ve traveled to and from in the last few weeks. Once that’s done, you’ll be guided towards the most appropriate next steps, like getting tested.
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Even if it’s unlikely that you’ve been affected by the new coronavirus, the site and app will still offer up information about how to protect yourself – practising social distancing, washing your hands, and so on. Even if you’re pretty sure you don’t have Covid-19, it’s well worth checking out.
Get the info you need
“The tools do not require a sign-in or association with a user’s Apple ID, and users’ individual responses will not be sent to Apple or any government organization,” Apple points out in its official announcement.We saw the foundations for this new tool being added to Siri last weekend – if you ask Apple’s digital assistant about the new coronavirus or the Covid-19 disease then you get directed to the same information and resources.You’ve now got an abundance of options if you need some authoritative, reliable information about the global pandemic we’re living through. Google’s online coronavirus hub is now online, with links to official health agencies in the US.As you would expect, the coronavirus outbreak is having a huge impact on the world of tech. We’re seeing events canceled and launches delayed, and it’s going to be some months yet before everything is able to get back to normal.
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Food delivery: which online grocery delivery services have slots this weekend?

Update 28/03/20: There are currently no food delivery slots available, as far as our research shows. However, we saw a few food delivery slots yesterday at Tesco and Sainsbury’s in some regions, so do check your local area. Alternatively, a number of meal delivery services are still operating – details below.
Online food delivery services are currently under strain. There’s been a huge surge in demand, following the government’s strict advice for everyone to stay at home to help combat the spread of coronavirus. With more people working from home or in self-isolation, it hasn’t been easy to book an online grocery delivery in recent weeks. But we’re assessing the situation daily, and we’ll tell you which supermarkets are offering food delivery slots as soon as they open.
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The good news is that supermarkets have been working around the clock to speed up the supply chain, and we look forward to seeing the situation resolved soon.In the meantime, we’ve taken a look at how the major supermarkets are dealing with this increased demand. We’ll be constantly updating this page, but it looks like it’ll be mid-April before new food delivery slots are opened up. You’ll find full details below. 
Please remember to use all food delivery services responsibly. Only order what you need to preserve stocks for others who might be in need. 
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We signed up to all the major supermarkets below, and created a shopping basket full of popular goods. We then compared four different locations to provide a sense of what stock is available in each area and whether delivery slots are currently offered. 
Your situation may differ, but the locations we covered were: London, Leeds, Portsmouth and Bath. Here’s the latest on which supermarkets are offering online grocery delivery today…
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Next delivery slot: none currently available (last updated 28/03/20)
Check the latest delivery times at Tesco online
Update (28/03/20): While our research showed a couple of Tesco food delivery slots popped up yesterday for March 30 and April 3, we’re now not seeing any in the areas we’re testing. Nevertheless, we’re hopeful that yesterday development offers some evidence that availability is starting to improve.Tesco CEO Dave Lewis has reached out to customers in a new message this week: “We know that it’s difficult right now to get a delivery slot for online shopping. We are at full capacity for the next few weeks and we ask those who are able to safely come to stores to do so, instead of shopping online, so that we can start to free up more slots for the more vulnerable.”Tesco has a decent selection of food items online, but getting hold of them at the moment can be tricky. Most brands are in stock, but eggs, hand soap, pasta, milk and bread are the exception, with some items sold out. According to Tesco, new slots are offered up at 23:30 each day:
How to sign up for an account Enter a valid email address and password, and confirm whether you have a Clubcard or not. You’ll receive one automatically upon registering if you don’t. Fill in your personal details, including your phone number and UK Postcode. You can then select if you’d like to receive offers and vouchers from Tesco or not. 
Benefits and perksOnline shoppers can collect Clubcard points and Tesco has begun price matching Aldi on both its own-brand and branded products. A Delivery Saver pass is also available for regular customers, and comes with the added benefit of priority delivery slots during the busy Christmas and Easter periods. 
Coronavirus measures and policiesCustomers who shop online are encouraged to shop in-store where possible to help free up delivery slots for the elderly customers and those who are self-isolating. Due to increased demand, Tesco isn’t accepting any new Delivery Saver customers right now either. A restriction of only three items per customer on every product line is in place, and multi-buy promotions have also been removed.

Next delivery slot: none currently available (last updated 28/03/20)
Check the latest delivery times at Asda online
Update (28/03/20): Asda will still let you register as new online customer, but online delivery slots are not available up until April 11. Click and collect slots are also unavailable. Similar to Ocado, Asda has now implemented a queue system to deal with the high volumes of traffic its website is receiving. There’s no estimate as to where you are in the queue, though, or how long you’ll have to wait. Items such as pasta, hand soap and toilet roll are also in high demand. In an email to customers, Asda CEO Roger Burnley has shared some information regarding how the company is working to deliver online shopping: “We’re providing our drivers with hand sanitiser and gloves, and making as many online shopping slots available as we can. We’re encouraging those that are able to safely shop in person to do so – this allows us to deliver to the highly vunerable.”Roger Burnely went on to add “If you are self-isolating or have additional needs, please advise us in the ‘other information’ section when placing your order.”How to sign up for an accountRegistering is quick and easy with Asda (it says as much on its website), simply enter your email, a password and then enter your delivery postcode and you’re good to go. You can choose whether to receive exclusive offers and the latest info from Asda too if you’d like. Benefits and perksCompetitively priced and with a Delivery Pass available, Asda online shoppers can save up to £80 and £100 by choosing a 6-month or 12-month pass. Offers are clearly highlighted on the Asda website, so you’re never likely to miss a cracking deal. Coronavirus measures and policiesCustomers are limited to a three item maximum on all food, toiletries and cleaning products when ordering online.When placing an online delivery order, anyone who is self-isolating is advised to fill in the ‘Other information’ section to advise where their order should be left, i.e. on the doorstep.

Next delivery date: none currently available (last updated 28/03/20)
Check the latest delivery times at Ocado
Update (28/03/20): No more slots are available, according to Ocado’s website. The company is also bringing order cut-off times forward, so customers are encouraged to complete their order in one session to avoid disappointment later. If you visit the Ocado website you’ll be placed in a virtual queue, which can take up to four hours (the brand has paused the app due to high demand). In an email to existing customers on 25 March, Ocado Retail CEO Melanie Smith has said that “no matter how hard we work, we will not have enough capacity to serve the unprecedented levels of demand”.She went on to say that “new delivery slots will be released every day for the coming week, as and when we have capacity”. Iit’s currently unclear whether Ocado are allowing new customers. If you do not have a delivery booked already, Ocado’s website notes that there is “limited availability over the next few days”.
How to sign up for an accountYou can sign up to Ocado using a Facebook and PayPal account, or simply fill in your details such as your email address and postcode to register.Tick the box if you’d like to opt out of Ocado’s offers, vouchers and gifts before you hit ‘Register’.Benefits and perks New customers can enjoy three months free delivery with Smart Pass, and Ocado also offers one-hour delivery windows. Coronavirus measures and policiesOcado had to temporarily suspend its service due to high demand, but is now its back online. Customers can only book one delivery slot every seven days to free up more slots for other customers.Some products are limited to one or two per order, and a small number of bulky items have been removed from sale to make more room in each delivery van. The company has shared how stockpiling has affected its service during the coronavirus outbreak.

Next delivery slot: none currently available (last updated 28/03/20)
Check the latest delivery times at Morrisons online
The Morrisons website has recovered after being down for a few days, but there are still no delivery slots available at this time. There is also a very small selection of pasta. How to sign up for an accountTo sign up for a Morrisons online account, firstly enter your postcode to check if Morrisons deliver in your area. Once you’re given the all clear, enter your details and a password to register. You can also receive tailored offers, coupons and communications from Morrisons.Benefits and perksYou can use a Facebook account to sign in, and Morrisons Quick Shop fills your trolley with the top things you might be wanting to buy with a single click. A Delivery Pass is also available with regular choices for those looking to do their weekly shop online. Coronavirus measures and policies Orders must be finalised 48 hours before delivery. Morrisons are working on introducing a number of measures to help reduce the amount of substitutes and missing items that some customers are encountering with their online food shops:

Next delivery slot: none currently available (last updated 28/03/20)
Check the latest delivery times at Sainsbury’s online
Unless you’re already registered as a Sainsbury’s online customer, Sainsbury’s has paused all new online registrations. Update (27/03/20): If you have an existing account, food delivery slots are now showing for March 28 and March 29. The amount available will vary depending on your area, put it’s a positive sign that Sainsbury’s are beginning to cope with the unprecedented demand. The company offers a click & collect service but this is still unavailable. In a message to customers, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe has provided more insight into how the company is delivering to the elderly or vulnerable: “Many of you have written to me to tell me you are elderly or vulnerable and are struggling to book online delivery slots. We are doing our absolute best to offer online delivery slots to elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. These customers have priority over all slots.”Sainsbury’s revealed that their customer Careline has had “one year’s worth of contacts in two weeks”.Mike Coupe went on to add, “I apologise to our regular online customers, who I know are feeling very frustrated at not being able to book slots. Please bear with us and I hope you can understand why we feel the need to prioritise elderly and vulnerable customers at the moment.”How to sign up for an accountDue to the huge increase in online orders, new registrations have been paused for the time being. To sign up for a Sainsbury’s online account, enter your email address and fill in your details on the following page. Once you’ve finished, you can start shopping. Benefits and perksYou can collect and spend Nectar Points with each online food shop. A Delivery Pass is also available, which can help you save up to £156 per year.Coronavirus measures and policiesElderly customers and those deemed as vulnerable will be offered priority delivery slots.

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Check the latest delivery times at Waitrose
Waitrose is still accepting new customer registrations – however, all delivery and click & collect slots are unfortunately unavailable right now. You can still amend or cancel existing orders, though. It doesn’t look like many will open up in the near future either, as the brand isn’t confirming any new slots at the moment – but that could well just be a lack of communication to the social media team:
How to sign up for an accountSigning up to Waitrose is simple – just fill in your details, such as your address and contact number, then click ‘next’ and you can start shopping straight away.Benefits and perksWaitrose has a number of attractive introductory offers, including a £30 saving on your first three online grocery shops. The website also includes hundreds of recipes and lists the ingredients so you can quickly add them to your basket. Coronavirus measures and policiesThe company has paused its online voucher codes along with any offer incentives until further notice. Some products have are restricted for a limited time, with customers only allowed to buy a maximum of two packets of toilet roll and three of any specific grocery item. Entertainment products are also no longer available to order online for the foreseeable future. Substitutions for online orders cannot be returned to your driver if they have been handled, and drivers will not enter homes. All online deliveries will be bagged as well to make them easier to collect quickly.
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Huawei P40 Pro Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: the showdown

In late 2019 and early 2020, the three biggest smartphone makers put out phones that would rightly be classed as ‘super-premium’ handsets; Apple, Samsung and Huawei now all have luxury handsets packed full of top-end specs and impressive features.The iPhone 11 Pro Max was the first, launched by Apple in September 2019 to top its iPhone 11 range. Although it has specs pretty similar to the iPhone 11 Pro, a few tweaks including a bigger screen make it Apple’s top-end device.
These are the best Samsung phonesAnd the best Huawei phonesAnd the best iPhones
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra came next, topping the Galaxy S20 series of phones released in February 2020. It’s even more premium than the Galaxy S20 Plus, with a huge display and some seriously impressive camera specs.Finally, there’s the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, the top-end model of the Huawei P40 series, which takes the best features of the P40 Pro and builds on them, especially in terms of camera specs.So how do these handsets stack up, which one is best for you, and which one is the best overall? We’ll run you through them so you can work that out for yourself.
Huawei P40 Pro Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max price and availability
The iPhone 11 Pro Max
If you’re a US phone fan, you’re going to have to rule out buying the Huawei P40 Pro Plus because Huawei phones generally don’t come to the country, and we wouldn’t expect that to be any different with this device.Outside the US, the phone will cost €1,399 (approximately $1,500 / £1,300 / AU$2,500). For now we don’t have exact pricing in different regions, but this Euro price suggests it will be pretty pricey.The other two phones come in a variety of storage options and prices, but the storage they have in common is 512GB of storage, and depending on your region one or the other is more expensive.This variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra costs $1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,249 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes in at $1,449 / £1,499 / AU$2,499, so in the US the Galaxy phone is pricier, but elsewhere the iPhone is. Generally, though, they’re about even.The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also comes in a 128GB version at $1,399 / £1,199 / AU$1,999, while you can get the iPhone 11 Pro Max in 64GB and 256GB for $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899 and $1,249 / £1,299  / AU$2,149 respectively. Therefore the iPhone can also be the cheapest if you don’t mind that low storage size.
Design and display
If you know iPhones you know the iPhone 11 Pro Max design, as they don’t change that much – there’s a rather big notch and thick bezel on the front, but the back is pretty plain, other than an Apple logo.This back has a matte glass design, which feels smooth and premium in the hand, and you can get it in green, gray, gold or silver versions. The iPhone is a big handset as despite being the smallest in terms of screen size, it isn’t in terms of actual body size, with dimensions of 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm and a weight of 226g.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the biggest phone, with dimensions of 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm but only a 220g weight. On the front this phone has rather slim bezels, a curved screen, and a punch-hole cut-out in the top center for the front-facing camera, then around the back there’s a huge camera bump to house the myriad lenses.In between those two phones is the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, which is 158.2 x 72.6 x 9mm, and has the same 226g weight as the iPhone.The Huawei phone has a similar front to the Samsung phone in that it has a curved screen, nearly no bezels, and a cut-out front camera, but this cut-out is much bigger than the S20 Ultra’s as it has two lenses, and it’s also on the left of the device rather than the center.On the back there’s a camera bump to the top left which isn’t as big as the S20 Ultra’s, but is still pretty large.While the Huawei P40 Pro Plus and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have a USB-C port, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is dragging its heels with Apple’s own Lightning port.In terms of displays, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch 1242 x 2688 OLED screen, slightly smaller than the Huawei P40 Pro Plus’ 6.58-inch 1200 x 2640 OLED panel and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 6.9-inch 1440 x 3200 Dynamic AMOLED display.If you can get over its large size, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has the highest resolution and best display of the three, and its 120Hz refresh rate helps with that. The Huawei P40 Pro Plus has a 90Hz screen but the iPhone is stuck on the ‘standard’ 60Hz.
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Camera and battery life
Cameras are the true testing ground of these premium handsets.The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra leads the pack, at least on paper, with a 108MP f/1.8 main, 48MP f/3.5 periscope (for 4x optical, 10x hybrid and 100x digital zoom), 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, and 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera.Then, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus has a 50MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/4.4 periscope (for 10x optical zoom), 8MP f/2.4 telephoto (for 3x optical zoom), 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide, and 3D ToF camera. Combined this phone’s two zoom lenses allow for 100x digital zoom.Finally, the iPhone 11 has three 12MP snappers, specifically a f/1.8 main, f/2.0 telephoto (for 2x optical zoom), and f/2.4 ultra-wide. On paper this phone looks the worst, but there’s a lot more to camera capabilities than hardware.Each phone has its own post-processing software that uses AI to tweak photos, which also enables specific modes on each like portrait and night shooting. For example, while the iPhone only has 12MP sensors so won’t take as high-res pictures, the Galaxy S20’s 108MP snapper doesn’t work as well in low-light situations as the iPhone’s dedicated night mode, so one is not clearly better than the other and it’s hard to make sweeping statements.We also haven’t tested the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, so it’s hard to say which camera is ‘better’ right now, but check out our list of the best camera phones to see which of the phones we’ve tested we think is best at any given time.As for the front-facing cameras, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus has a 32MP one (paired with a depth sensor), the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 40MP one, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 12MP one.
iPhone 11 Pro Max
In terms of battery sizes, the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes last with a 3,969mAh power pack, lower than the Huawei P40 Pro Plus’ 4,200mAh and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 5,000mAh batteries. Due to the latter phone’s large size, though, it might burn through battery quite quickly.The Samsung phone is also the fastest charger here, with 45W, which is faster than the Huawei’s 40W or the iPhone’s measly 18W. For wireless charging though, Huawei wins, as its phone also has 40W speeds for that, while the Galaxy only has 15W, and Apple hasn’t announced the iPhone’s wireless charging speed.The Huawei and Samsung phones also have wireless power sharing, which lets you charge up other devices wirelessly on the handset. The P40 Pro Plus supports this at 27W while the Galaxy S20 Ultra only manages 9W.
Specs and features
Both the Huawei P40 Pro Plus and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra run Android 10 and have a 5G modem to give them the next generation of connectivity.The P40 Pro Plus is powered by a Kirin 990 chipset and the S20 Ultra uses either a Snapdragon 865 or an Exynos 990 (depending on where you are in the world).
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is an iOS device on iOS 13, and it uses Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, which seems to beat most Snapdragon scores in benchmark tests, despite it being a little older. It isn’t a 5G phone though. RAM isn’t as good on the iPhone though, at only 4GB, compared to 8GB in the Huawei phone and either 12GB or 16GB in Samsung’s handset.There are perks to both iOS and Android, and fans of one rarely change to the other, but there’s something worth remembering: the Huawei P40 Pro Plus doesn’t have Google Apps, including the Play Store. So you’re going to be stuck with the relatively few apps Huawei offers in its AppGallery.
It’s hard to say which phone is ‘best’, because it comes down to what you’re looking for in a handset. This is especially true when comparing the different operating systems, as people tend to be dedicated fans or naysayers; an iOS user might find Android a poor experience and vice versa.Each phone has its benefits: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a great screen, while the Huawei P40 Pro Plus has impressive camera hardware (at least on paper – we haven’t fully tested it yet) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s camera software is fantastic.So depending on what you’re looking for in a handset, each of these may or may not scratch your itch. Well, that’s unless you’re looking for a phone that isn’t eye-wideningly expensive, but then you shouldn’t be looking at big-name flagships.
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Windows 10 has a nasty bug that might affect people working from home

Windows 10 has a new bug which is affecting the internet connectivity of some users, and in some cases is keeping major apps – like Office 365 – from getting online, thereby making life very difficult for those people trying to use these applications to work from home under lockdown during the outbreak of Covid-19.The problem can affect those using Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or November 2019 Update, and is caused by Microsoft’s KB4535996 cumulative update (which is an optional update deployed late February).
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The bug may prevent Office 365, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams – and other software besides, including Microsoft’s web browsers – from connecting to the internet, with obvious issues therein for those working from home using these apps in these troubled times.Microsoft notes that any software which uses WinHTTP or WinInet might (and note that use of the word might – the problem isn’t guaranteed to manifest) experience issues reaching the internet.The caveat is that many of those affected by this issue are using a VPN, and these are the folks most likely to be hit by the gremlin. But of course those working from home, and having to log on to remote systems and work with sensitive business data, are those most likely to be using a VPN for the better security it provides.Apparently the problem can happen when either connecting to, or disconnecting from, a VPN.Microsoft explains: “Devices using a manual or auto-configured proxy, especially with a virtual private network (VPN), might show limited or no internet connection status in the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) in the notification area.“This might happen when connected or disconnected to a VPN or after changing state between the two.”
Fix imminent?
In terms of a fix, Microsoft is prioritizing this as you might imagine, rushing a patch out the door before the usual scheduled monthly release, and it should be available in early April we are told.Meantime, the more positive news is that there is a very easy potential workaround, and that’s simply to reboot your machine. This may or may not work, but at least it’s not a difficult thing to do.On the other hand, if you have to keep doing it throughout the working day, that could obviously be pretty frustrating, and you’ll potentially be wasting a fair amount of time looking at the boot screen or the desktop loading up. And of course this isn’t a guaranteed solution – although at least it’s a low-effort mitigation.The update that Microsoft has acknowledged as the origin of the problem, KB4535996, applied a number of fixes including a solution for a problem where the Windows search box doesn’t render properly, and it also improved battery performance for laptops in Modern Standby mode.Sadly, as too often seems to be the case with Microsoft’s cumulative updates for Windows 10 these days, it gave with one hand, and took with another, introducing this fresh net connectivity bugbear.The timing of the emergence of this Windows 10 flaw is obviously problematic, but with any luck those who are suffering at the hands of this bug will get a solution perhaps as soon as next week, depending on exactly how early in April Microsoft is targeting for a resolution.
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Best free photography courses, apps and YouTube channels for lockdown learning

Today’s age of lockdowns and self-isolation might not be great for travel snapping, but it is the perfect opportunity for beginners to learn how to shoot – so we’ve rounded up the best free photography courses, apps and YouTube channels to help you do just that.With many educators and developers recognizing that there are millions of potential photographers stuck at home, there’s been something of a surge in free courses and downloads. Whether you use a smartphone or DSLR, these could be the perfect way to give yourself a little photographic firmware upgrade over the next few months.
Some of these free offers are based on extended free trials, so you’ll simply need to set yourself a reminder to avoid being charged down the line. But many are simply free photography courses or YouTube channels that we’ve long rated as a great way to boost your camera knowhow. All you’ve needed was enough spare time at home to give them a good crack…
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Best free photography courses
These free photography courses will level up your photographic skills no matter where you’re starting from…
Digital Photography Exposed

This free, 12-part course from Harvard University might be a few years old now, but it’s long been one of our top recommendations for beginners (or intermediates) who are looking to get a solid grounding in the photographic fundamentals.It starts at the very beginning with how digital cameras work, but then quickly moves through lenses, histograms and image artifacts. There are project ideas too, and while you might be five years too late to submit entries, they’re good exercises to follow and many can be done at home.Go to the Digital Photography Exposed course   
Creative Live

While Creative Live does offer some fairly pricey paid-for classes, which you can rewatch whenever you like, there are also free, live broadcasts that are on 24-hours a day.This does mean it’s a slight case of pot luck, but at the time of writing there were interesting classes on portrait photography and Photoshop layer tips scheduled. All you need to do is sign up for a free account and RSVP to the class you want to tune into. While you’re there, you can also dip into other free classes in music and art.Go to Creative Live’s On Air Today classes 
Professional Photographers of America

The Professional Photographers of America hit the headlines this week by announcing that its catalogue of over one thousand online photography courses will be free for the next two weeks, ending on 4 April.As their name suggests, a lot of the courses are aimed at pro photographers and cover exciting subjects like navigating contract cancellations. But there are few educational gems for aspiring snappers, like an introduction to Capture One and some Lightroom tutorials.Go to the Professional Photographers of America’s free courses 
Best free photography software
Looking to boost your photo editing skills? These recent offers are a great way to dip your toes into image tinkering waters…
Affinity Photo

One of the more popular alternatives to Adobe’s Photoshop, Affinity Photo has announced a lengthy 90-day free trial of its desktop software for Mac and Windows.That gives you a generous window to get familiar with the photo editing app, which we once described as “a fabulous program that really does rival the best professional and enthusiast-level image-editing packages on the market”, to see if it’s for you.And if you do decide it’s the editing program for you, there’s also a 50% off deal on the Mac, Windows and iPad versions of Affinity Photo, which brings it down to impulse buy pricing. Unlike Adobe creative Cloud, there’s no subscription needed either.Go to Affinity Photo’s free 90-day trial
Adobe Creative Cloud

Shortly after Adobe announced that is was providing free home Creative Cloud access for students, a broader offer for all CC customers emerged – one that could get you two months of its desktop apps for free.To get the offer you need to be an existing Creative Cloud subscriber and follow the cancellation process at the link below, but it could land you some big savings of up to $105 / £99 / AU$155.It’s not the first time Adobe has run this cancellation offer, but for those who were considering cancelling to make some savings in tough times, it’s a welcome bonus that could give you the opportunity to delve deeper into apps like Lightroom and Photoshop.Find out how to get two months of Adobe Creative Cloud for free 
Apple Final Cut Pro X

If you’re looking to brush up on your video editing skills then it’s well worth checking out Apple’s new extended trial for Final Cut Pro X, which has recently been boosted from 30 days to an impressive 90 days.This premium software retails for $299 / £299 / AU$499.99 and is ideal if you feel like you’ve outgrown the more basic iMovie than comes installed on most Macs. While that price tag sounds hefty, it’s great value considering the editing tools and AI-driven skills Final Cut Pro X brings to the table.Read our full review of Apple Final Cut Pro X
Best photography YouTube channels
Looking for some video-based photography inspiration? These YouTube channels will inspire you to level up your skills…
Sean Tucker

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at why you want to get into photography, rather than the specifics of how – and there’s no better YouTube channel for doing that than Sean Tucker’s polished, thoughtful channel.While he does offer some excellent technique guidance on subjects like shooting in manual or taking great headshots, some of the more enlightening episodes – whether you’re a beginner or photographic veteran – are on topics like discovering your own style, finding time to shoot when you’re busy, and overcoming creative block.Subscribe to Sean Tucker’s YouTube channel 
Mango Street

If you’ve got a specific photography question, particularly if it relates to editing or processing your shots, then the chances are good that Mango Street has an insightful video covering it.Produced by Los Angeles-based couple Rachel Gulotta and Daniel Inskeep, the prolific channel carries the tagline “photography tutorials that don’t waste your time” and covers everything from underwater portraits to mastering Lightroom Classic.Subscribe to Mango Street’s YouTube channel

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What is MasterClass? Get online classes from celebrity experts

Using online classes or courses to learn can be one of the best things to do when you’re trapped indoors, and MasterClass is perhaps one of the most-well known and best places to learn online.MasterClass is a repository of video classes taught by a range of well-known experts, from people who are top in the field and having been working for a long time. You may as well learn to write bestsellers from someone who literally has, after all!So to help you get your head around MasterClass before you sink money into it (yes, unlike some other online classes it isn’t free), we’ve come up with this guide to help you understand the website.
How much does MasterClass cost?
MasterClass can cost quite a bit if you keep the membership, as it’s $15 / £15 (roughly AU$30) per month or $180 / £180 (roughly AU$320) for an annual membership.However if you only want access to a single class, that’ll cost you $90 / £85 (roughly AU$170). That’s around half the price of the annual pass, so if you see yourself using multiple courses per year the annual pass is best.At time of writing there’s an offer on, so if you buy an annual membership someone else gets one for free (although hopefully they’ll give you half the price you paid to even it out!). You can find this offer on the MasterClass website here. This offer is perfect for people trapped indoors and looking for something to do.
How to MasterClass courses work?

Each course offered is broken down into bite-sized classes – which means all of them are short, but there are plenty of them.Annie Leibovitz’s ‘Photography’ class, for example, consists of 15 12-minute lessons, while Neil Degrasse Tyson’s ‘Scientific Thinking and Communication’ class has 13 12-minute classes. These lessons include workbooks as well.You can watch MasterClass lessons on your computer as well as your Android or iOS phone or tablet – and even Amazon Fire TV streaming devices and Apple TV.Some MasterClass courses might actually be better on TV, so if you don’t have an Amazon or Apple-enabled device check out some you could use here:
What MasterClass courses are offered, and who teaches them?
There are plenty of different courses in MasterClass in a range of topics, and we’ll group them as such below. It’s worth pointing out that there are sometimes classes on the same topic, but different people teach them, likely offering different insights.Prospective cooks or bakers will find general classes like ‘Cooking’ to more specific skills like ‘Texas-Style BBQ’ and ‘French Pastry Fundamentals’, from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck. 

Aspiring films stars are spoiled for choice: Werner Hertzog, Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese teach ‘Filmmaking’, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson teach ‘Acting’, David Lynch teaches ‘Creativity and Film’ and there are even more to choose from.Plenty of writers have classes here in different skills, with Margaret Atwood, Aaron Sorkin, Neil Gaiman, David Mamet, David Sedaris and Joyce Carol Oats all teaching courses in their speciality.Musicians are also here too, with Herbie Hancock teaching ‘Jazz,’ Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman teaching film scoring courses, Tom Morello teaching guitar, deadmau5 teaching ‘Electronic Music Production’ and Usher teaching ‘The Art of Performance’. Also, Judd Apatow and Steve Martin teach ‘Comedy’.There are several other categories with big-name stars teaching classes: Serena Williams hosts the ‘Tennis’ course, Bob Iger teaches ‘Business Strategy and Leadership’ Bob Woodward helms ‘Investigate Journalism’, Annie Leibovitz teaches ‘Photography’ and Chris Hadfield is in charge of ‘Space Exploration’. You can see a full list of all the classes here.
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