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Posted Mar 27

Stay connected with your loved ones via these apps

by Giovanna Borges
Stay connected with your loved ones via these apps by Giovanna Borges

Adapting to new habits has been a global challenge in quarantine times. The idea is to maintain a routine - partial, virtual, different, but still a routine. We’ve got a list of apps for you to keep in touch with your loved ones during this time. 

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Video calls apps

* Zoom allows you to gather up to 100 people in the same virtual meeting room. Zoom offers free group conversations for up to 40 minutes. Conversations between two people have no time limit.
* Hangouts allows you to make free video calls with up to 10 people. The program has integration with cell phone contacts.
* WhatsApp allows you to speak with up to 4 people at the same time. You can also create groups with friends and send text messages, GIFS, stickers, documents, photos and videos.
* Skype allows you to do HD video conferencing with up to 50 people at the same time. You can create a link to the conversation and share it with the people.

Houseparty

Houseparty is an app that mixes video calls with social channels and games. The app uses your friends on other social networks - like Facebook or Snapchat - to inform you about who has signed up. You can also send your friends an invitation link as an alternative.
How does it work? After finding your friends, you can jump directly on a call or join other "house parties" 
Are there any games? Yes, this is the fun part! The games - which can be played by up to eight people simultaneously - are Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw.

Netflix Party

Netflix Party is a free extension for the Google Chrome browser on the computer that allows you to watch Netflix movies and series simultaneously with your friends. It is necessary that all participants have their own Netflix logins to use the extension.
One of the users is the host of the party and shares the link so that everyone else can join the same session. Once connected, everyone sees the same movie or series at the same time, synchronised over the internet. There is a chat function available and the host can decide who has control over playing or stopping the film. How does it work? 
* Step 1: Open Google Chrome in your browser and click on Web Store; 
* Step 2: Search for "Netflix Party" in the search field at the top left of the page;
* Step 3: Find Netflix Party in the results and click on "Use in Chrome";
* Step 4: Confirm the installation by selecting "Add extension";
* Step 5: Open the Netflix website and choose the movie you want to watch;
* Step 6: When the movie starts, you will see the Netflix Party icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on it and click "Start the Party";
* Step 7: Copy the link that will appear and send it to your friends;
* Step 8: As soon as they open the link, they will enter the same session and will be able to watch the chosen movie or series with you.

Online games and miscellaneous apps

For computer game fans, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Brawlhalla and League of Legends are very popular, and all made to be played individually or in a group. If you'd like to play a game on your phone or tablet, Garena Free Fire, Clash Royale and Vainglory have a lot of players from all around the world. 
Are you a sports fan? You can record training videos with your friends using the app Endomondo. Do you love cooking? The app Foodily allows you to discover and share recipes with friends. Do you want to relax? The app Headspace allows you to buddy up and add your friends to meditate with you. Are you keen to learn a new language? Duolingo shares your progress and creates competitions between friends.

Neighbourhood platforms

* Nextdoor narrows its scope to a block-by-block radius. People can use it to chat with neighbours, find services, sell products and read some news.
* MyCoop is a neighbourhood platform designed specifically for apartment dwellers. You just need to find your building, connect with your neighbors and start to add content. You can create posts, add documents and offer some help.
* Olio has a very specific mission: to connect neighbours with each other and with local shops, so that surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away. How to share?
* Step 1: Add items to OLIO. Snap a photo and set the pickup location.
* Step 2: Choose who to share it with. Get notified when you have a request. You can check out a user’s profile, verifications and star rating
* Step 3: Share it!

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