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Get reliable info on Coronavirus from this WHO chatbot on WhatsApp

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The World Health Organisation(WHO) has launched a chatbot to provide people with information about the Coronavirus as the pandemic continues to spread across the globe.

Imagine you’re talking to someone who’s an expert on Coronavirus and can provide you accurate information directly on WhatsApp chat. A chatbot is based on the same concept, except that it’s completely automated. You can easily navigate through the chat to obtain information on precautions, guidelines, updates, as well as news.

All you need to do is have WhatsApp installed and activated on your phone. If you already have it, just tap on this link — WHO Chatbot. You can also manually save this number on your phone — +41 79 893 18 92.

Once the chat window opens, just send a “Hi” message and it’ll start talking to you.

WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app worldwide and having such a user base along with convenient design also has its drawbacks. The app is also infamous for the spread of fake news, misinformation, and even harassment. To counter the spread of fake news, the Facebook-owned app has directly partnered with the WHO.

The service is live in English first before rolling out in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish over the coming weeks.

India has also launched a similar chatbot called MyGov Corona Helpdesk. You can also manually add it by saving this number — +91 901 151 515. The bot has been developed by a Mumbai-based company called Haptik that specializes in commercial chatbots.

These bots are relatively simple and don’t respond to natural language or questions from users. Instead, users can send numbers (or emojis) to get more info on corresponding topics.

WhatsApp is also reportedly in talks with the NHS in the UK on creating a similar chatbot tool, while it’s also working with the Singapore Government, The Israel Ministry of Health, the South Africa Department of Health, and KOMINFO Indonesia.

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Apple prolongs Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X trials for 90 days

Everyone can learn video editing!

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A lot of people have started working from home due to Coronavirus, and Apple wants to use this as an opportunity to extend a helping hand as well as let users get a hands-on experience of its products. Keeping this in mind, free trials for Final Cut Pro X and, for the first time, Logic Pro X customers worldwide will now be able to enjoy for 90 days, free of cost.

The company previously only granted a 30-day trial for Final Cut Pro X. The same video editing package costs US$ 299 on a typical day, but now you can use it for up to 90 days. Even those who are currently on the 30-day trial will be given an extension.

The Logic Pro X trial is also stretched from 30 days to 90. It usually costs US$ 199 without the trial extension. However, Apple has clarified that trial extensions will expire once the Coronavirus relief initiative expires.

If you’re stuck home, give them a shot! Final Cut Pro X is lauded by pretty much all video editors, and this might be the best time for you to learn a new skill. Once the lockdowns or quarantine norms are relaxed, you could be out there in a completely new profession. In fact, hands-on learning is how most YouTubers have made their careers. And, if you don’t pursue it later diligently, having a new skill set can always come handy in tricky situations. 

The trial extension is available to all users across the globe. The extension for Final Cut Pro X has already been rolled out, and users can avail it right away. Logic Pro X will be available in a few days.

To get a free trial of Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.8 for your Mac, all you need to do is enter your name and email address and then click download.

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus | Coronavirus porn is trending on Pornhub | Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts | 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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10 offline free-to-play mobile games

Lockdown games to play!

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It’s the perfect time to disconnect. Maybe it isn’t because you want to; maybe it’s having an unreliable connection, hiding from work-from-home tasks, or you’re just about done with the internet for a while. Whatever it is, we all need a little dissociation from the hell the world has recently let loose.

Here are 10 free-to-play mobile games to hopefully help you get through this rough patch.

Cover Fire

Get it on Android and iOS

In Cover Fire, you lead a squad through sieged cities, deserts, and fields. You get prompted missions and encounter (surprise, surprise) enemies. Fundamental mechanics are to cover and fire which earns this game a slow clap for making it the name of the game. See what I did there. The game manages to maintain simple mechanics and controls while keeping some of the fun from playing an online FPS (first-person shooter). For people who like playing Call of Duty Mobile but don’t have a stable connection, fear not! This is a really good game that scratches the itch. 

Adorable Home

Get it on Android and iOS

Adorable Home is a cute passive simulation mobile game developed by HyperBeard. The game seems to be a tip of the hat to Neko Atsume by Hit-Point Co., Ltd. with cats being the surrounding theme. Adorable Home lives up to its name quite literally with cute creatures visiting your lovely home at random hours of the day; bento boxes for your partner prepped and ready, and of course, your lovely cats! You can decorate your home, prep bento boxes, and play with your cats. Enjoy the calm and passive play.

Dadish

Get it on Android and iOS

Dadish is a dad and a radish. His kids have gone missing from his vegetable patch and he’s off to rescue them. You’ll be exploring a quirky world while facing off fast-food foes on your way. This mobile platformer is heavy on the nostalgia with it’s charming pixel design and snarky humor. But out of everything, you’ll be humming away with arguably one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard from a mobile game. Don’t let that fool you though. Stages can get tough to go through which makes this a potentially good mobile game to add for speed runs.

Tsuki Adventure

Get it on Android and iOS

Ever dreamed of settling down to the countryside? Well, you’re in luck. Tsuki Adventure is a relaxing, story-based game filled with charming and adorable animals.  You can check in on Tsuki throughout the day, collect and harvest items, and visit locations around the country. This game has stunning design and you’ll need to see it to believe it. The game is charming in how laid back it is while maintaining a good amount of interaction. The one thing that makes this game strikingly good is its storytelling. Every moment in this game is beautiful: from the stunning view, to the stories behind each new friend.

Hungry Hearts Diner

Get it on Android and iOS 

This game will steal your heart away. If you’re looking for another Diner Dash game on mobile, you’ll like this one — but not for the reasons you’ll expect. Hungry Hearts Diner: A Tale of Star-Crossed Souls is such a wonderfully gentle game of a grandmother who keeps cooking for the people who come to her restaurant. You can talk to your customers and have a deeper connection with each customer as they drop by. The soundtrack against the stunning graphics makes this game lovely. You should really give it a go.

Kingdom Rush

Get it on Android and iOS

Kingdom Rush is a tower defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio and published by Armor Games. I know this is me being obscenely late to the party, this was first released as a free flash browser game in 2011. The game has since been adapted for both mobile and Steam and has various iterations available. I’ll be straight with you, I’m not a fan of tower defesce games. But there’s something extremely compelling about Kingdom Rush, whether it’s cute art, the Candy Crush style story mode or just the mass of enemies that want to murder you. Either way, I almost didn’t finish this article from playing this game too much.

My Home — Design Dreams

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My Home — Design Dreams is a design simulation game with a twist of a match-three puzzle game. From a flat to a mansion, you can design and decorate everything the way you want. Since staying indoors and needing to reduce all human contact, I was weirdly in the mood for some interior designing. Since that’s impossible to currently achieve. I gave this one a go. It’s a really good game that incentivizes the its match-three puzzle mechanics. If you’re into designing your own home, you’ll have fun playing this one.

Cat Bird

Get it on Android and iOS

If you want a game that’s adorably challenging, I might have the game for you: Cat Bird. It’s a title developed by Rayumi Adventure, an independent studio headed by Ryan Carag. If you like pixel art, you might want to check other titles from the same studio because they’ve developed similarly designed games. This game is fun, adorable, and strangely unsettling when you find out in my review what I sat through.

Fallout Shelter

Get it on Android and iOS

It’s been out for years and, it’s here for a reason. We can’t just drop the classics on this list. Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play game that let’s you control and build your very own underground vault. It let’s you oversee a thriving community, building it one room at a time. You can explore the wasteland beyond your vault, and protect your inhabitants from incoming dangers from both outside and in. This is the kind of game that you’ll keep coming back to, probably because you’ve just remembered your starving inhabitants. Good for fans of the Fallout series, or if you’re yearning to build your own colony of vault dwellers.

Magic Tiles 3

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It wouldn’t be fair to drop the classics on this list. If you were playing Tap Tap Revenge when it was released around the early 2000s, Magic Tiles 3 isn’t a far cry. Magic Tiles 3 is a popular piano game that has you tap on black tiles before they reach the bottom of the screen. The game will seem simple at first but, once you get into the groove, it’ll get addictively difficult. Magic Tiles 3 has various quests that let you unlock more songs to try out and play. It even has a battle mode to compete against your friends and other players when you’re online. If you can, download as many songs as you can when you can.

I tried to add as many offline free-to-play mobile games under different genres as I could. Hopefully, you get to find the game to fill your time with something fun on this list. Not everyone has access to stable and reliable connection. Even then, not everyone wants to stay taped to the internet day in and out. So, if you have a good offline free-to-play mobile game to add, let us know!

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Date at home: Tinder, Bumble push for online dating with new features

Dating apps encourage you to stay at home

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In times of social distancing, finding someone to keep you company is hella difficult.

Popular dating apps Tinder and Bumble are taking part in the fight against coronavirus. Adhering to the World Health Organization’s guidelines, these dating apps encourage people to stay at home for the meantime, and date virtually.

Thankfully, it’s easier now to find someone to date even when at home. Here’s what these two dating apps are doing and how you can leverage these features to find love even if there’s a pandemic.

Tinder

Tinder acknowledges the importance of connecting with someone, especially in these trying times. To help people connect from across the globe, Tinder is making the Passport feature available for free to all members until April 30th.

Passport is a paid feature available to Tinder Plus & Gold subscribers. It allows you to change your location to a destination of your choice. You can search by typing a city you’d like to visit or by dropping a pin on the map. Tinder will then change your location — say New York City — and show you profiles from your preferred destination. You can now begin swiping and finding a match.

As of writing, Tinder’s Passport feature isn’t available yet. Tinder anticipates the feature will be free for everyone around March 26th, on the next iOS and Android updates. Make sure to update your Tinder app!

Bumble

Text messages are becoming a thing of the past. Introduced late last year, Bumble offers in-app calls and video chats.

Amid the coronavirus crisis, Bumble released a statement, encouraging its users to take all their dates virtually. Bumble strongly urged its users to use the video chat and voice call features within the Bumble app to get to know new people — whether on Date, BFF, or Bizz — at the comforts of your home.

SEE ALSO: 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis | VPN usage spikes amid Coronavirus outbreak | Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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