So, lockdown it is, and we cannot bring you reviews like we used to. Here’s the good news – companies across the world are going all out to make this time spent indoors a little less boring.
We’ve put together a list of all the exceptions being made, subscription fees waived off and free trial periods extended for up to three months. Now that’s sure to provide some respite to your overburdened-with-house-work and quarantined soul.
P.S. – Stuff India’s April issue is available for a free read too!
Apple Final Cut Pro
We never thought a day would come when Apple would offer anything for free. Heck, going by the number of debit entries our credit card sees every month on account of Apple iTunes purchases, we’ll happily grab whatever Apple throws at us for free. While most countries are already in lockdown or slowly approaching that stage, Apple announced the free trial of its two new apps – Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X, which will have free 90-day trials (as opposed to the usual 30 day period) across the globe. Practice your video making skills, kill all the free time by infusing some productivity into it and come out as master editors on the other side. Netflix, are you listening?
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling on Audible
Hear Albus Dumbeldore’s special notes in Jude Law’s voice in the audiobook version of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard on Audible. And that’s just one drop from the sea of books that are available for free on Audible. Now that the schools are shut, house help is scarce and the madness quotient keeps increasing daily, storytelling is one job you can expect respite from. Stories for kids of all ages and a few select titles for grown ups are available as well.
Paytm First Games
Okay, so how much can you really Netflix and chill? Use this free time to give your brain some much-needed exercise and indulge in some rewarding games and contests, sharpen your general knowledge and play some real-time Rummy if you were a regular at the neighbourhood taash parties pre-lockdown. Paytm Games has a huge collection of different versions of popular games like Ludo, Candy Crush, Snake, Fruit Ninja, Knifeit and Temple Run, which you can play and easily win big rewards. So come on, Paytm Karo…
Virtual comfort in these times of no-contact is the best kind of gift ever. Gamers and shamers, here’s a list of games that will be available for free for limited time this week and the next. Child of Light will be available for free to download and keep on PC via Uplay from March 24-28. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is free this weekend on Xbox One, PS4 and PC via Uplay. And next weekend, Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be free on Xbox One, PS4 and PC via Uplay. Aside from these, take advantage of Rabbids Coding being available for free and learn how to code in the context of a game where players are given the task of cleaning up a spaceship overrun with Rabbids.
Tata Sky Fitness
While mental health during lockdown is being largely spoken about, physical fitness in these times is of prime importance too. While doing household chores does contribute to burning your daily calories, a proper fitness routine is a must during these times. And that’s why Tata Sky has made its otherwise subscription-based channel free for all existing subscribers. Tune in to Channel 110 for Tata Sky Fitness; the same is also available on Live TV and VOD on the Tata Sky Mobile App. While your gym subscription doesn’t give you access to experts like Yasmin Karachiwala, Luke Coutinho, Shivoham and more celebrity fitness instructors, your time at home can and should be put to taking advantage of workouts guided by these names and more…
Now represents a great time to learn a new skill that doesn’t involve going outside and breathing all over your fellow humans. Fender agrees. And right now it’s offering new users a free three-month subscription to its exclusively online learning platform, Fender Play. The app teaches you how to play guitar, bass and ukulele through slickly-produced, instructor-guided videos. You’ll have to bring your own axe to lessons, but the platform features content for everyone from total newbies to lapsed players in need of a bit of a refresher. Once you’ve picked your preferred genre, Fender Play will create you a personalised, guiding learning path and will track your progress along the way.