As any other thing in the world, the nCoV-19 or Covid-19 pandemy turns out to have its own good and evil deeds.
While it sure has killed thousand of people, slam the economy, closes thouaands of companies, and sends millions of workers home; the Covid-19 outbreak undeniably brings some positive outcome, too.
Other than the planet healing itself (honestly, we’ve never seen skies so blue and clear that we can see mountains far far away from home) and people starting to pray for each other again, Corona has knocked the hearts of so many online companies who decided to help people spend their time at home with maximum productivity.
More positive things are happening as we speak and you can read all aout them in our other article published earlier this month.y
Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite apps and games that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine.
We will update this post when and if more apps and services become available. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for more apps and games that are temporarily discounted (but not free).
From meditation apps to services that assist with remote work, here are our favorite apps and services that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine.
FREE APPS AND SOFTWARE
- Headspace — The popular meditation and relaxation app released a free “weathering the storm” program and is offering Headspace Plus for free to healthcare professionals.
- AnyMeeting — Intermedia’s video conferencing and webinar service is free for all businesses until the end of the year to support remote workers.
- Cisco Webex — Cisco’s premier business conferencing software is expanding its free plan for all businesses for the next 90 days.
- Discord — The popular game-themed chat software service is expanding its Go Live streaming and screen share limit from 10 to 50 people for the next few months.
- Final Cut Pro X – Apple has expanded the free trial period for its professional video editing software from 30 days to 90 days.
- Fitbit — The fitness wearable company is offering new users 90 days of Fitbit Premium for free. It normally costs $9.99 a month.
- Google Hangouts Meet — G Suite users can now access premium Google Hangout Meet features, including larger audiences and the ability to save streams, until July 1.
- Microsoft Teams — Microsoft is offering free access to the paid tier of its business messaging app and software for six months. It normally costs $5 a month.
- Nikon School – From now until April 30, Nikon is offering its online photography classes for free. Each class is normally priced at between $10 to $50.
- Reaper — This digital audio workstation software normally costs as much as $225 to license. However, the developer is offering a free license for all until June 30.
- Peloton — Looking for ways to stay in shape while stuck at home? Peloton is offering access to its boutique home fitness programs for 90 days.
- Tinder Passport — Passport is a paid Tinder feature that lets you connect with other singles across the world instead of just your local area. It’s available for free until April 30.
TEMPORARILY FREE GAMES
Games are one of the best ways to pass the time while stuck at home, and a bunch of developers have made their games temporarily free during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are our favorites:
1-30: Gameloft Classics
Yep, you read that right. We are putting this in a special section because this download will give you not one, not two, but 30 games for free. This bundle is part of Gameloft’s 20th anniversary of selling mobile games. Many of these games may have some, well, dated graphics, but they all still play well.
All of them have been reformatted and recoded for touch controls for modern smartphones. Here’s the full list: Brain Challenge 3: Think Again!, Diamond Rush, Detective Ridley and the Mysterious Enigma, Abracadaball, Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A., Zombie Infection, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Wild West Guns, Zombiewood, Alien Quarantine, My Life in New York, Vampire Romance, Miami Nights 2: The City is Yours!, Fashion Icon, Date or Ditch 2, High School Hook Ups, Soul of Darkness, Hero of Sparta, Cannon Rats, Block Breaker Deluxe 2, Block Breaker 3 Unlimited, Motocross: Trial Extreme, Platinum Solitaire 3, Texas Hold’em Poker, Midnight Bowling 3, Midnight Pool, Avalanche Snowboarding, and KO Legends.
- SlingFighter — This simple but fun fighting game is currently free for a limited time.
- Sky: Children of the Light — This is a “social adventure” game from the creators of Journey.
- Duck Warfare — Play this fun cartoon-themed strategy game for free.
- Legend Guardians Premium — This fantasy RPG’s premium version is free for a limited time.
That’s it for our list of free and discounted apps and games to fill up your time during the coronavirus quarantine.
Free Online Education
This is a really good oportunity to add new skills and knowledge as so many educational institutions are giving out free courses and online lectures. Here are some:
- 190 world universities have provided 600 courses for free. Check it out here: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/top-free-online-courses
- Scribd is making a digital library of ebooks and audiobooks available for free 30 days. Get it here: https://www.scribd.com/
- 200 universities just launched 620+ free online courses. Check it out here: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/new-online-courses/
- The famous American publisher Comics is offering free access to its comic titles. https://imagecomics.com/comics/read-first-issues
- Study at prestigious American universities here: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs?fbclid=IwAR2IGttWUVpe28wBpi15Olvl_Wn4VtBBTa9Ahs7dEIHA3NZsG813w5IwSgc
ENTERTAIN THE KIDS AND TAKE THEM OUT… ONLINE.
Another awesome thing that we get to enjoy due to the Corona Virus outbreak is the live shows and tours offered by museums, zoos, and art centers around the world. We can now take our kids to see animals living in other continents without having to actually go there. Neat, huh? Here’s the list.
- San Diego Zoo features livestreams of adorable animals that will surely calm you and entertain kids. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
- The Royal Opera House from London, UK is offering a schedule of free broadcasts and live content. https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalOperaHouse
- Live stream the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights. https://explore.org/livecams/aurora-borealis-northern-lights/northern-lights-cam
- Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams with sea otters, sharks and penguins. Let’s go deep down here: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
- Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade is streaming documentaries daily from 18.00 to 20.00. https://nikolateslamuseum.org/en/virtual/documentary/
- Amazon lets you stream Arthur and other kids shows for free. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/storefront/ref=atv_hm_hom_1_c_ZWyNDQ_fMHI51_1_1?contentId=freeforall&merchId=freeforall&tag=cnet-buy-button-20
- NASA Live Library. https://images.nasa.gov/
- Take a virtual tour of some of the World’s greatest museums and heritage sites. https://artsandculture.google.com/project/streetviews
- NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year. Find out what did Hubble look at on your birthday. https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/what-did-hubble-see-on-your-birthday/
- Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you and kids occupied. https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home
There. We hope our little list can help you get through this difficult time and give you some new knowledge while we battle this invisible enemy together. Until next time, stay safe and stay healthy!