Coronavirus: Apps, courses and more that Google, Apple, TCS and other technology companies are offering free
According To GagdetsNow
Almost over half the world is in a state of lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The pandemic has changed the lives of the people in unprecedented ways. To beat mental stress, help people cope better with daily challenges as well as prepare them for future opportunities; several companies are offering products and services absolutely free of cost. These include the likes of HP, Lenovo, TCS, Apple, Google, Nikon, Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio and many others. Here’s a look at some of these services and products
Lenovo: Technical support for laptops and PCs of all brands
Lenovo has announced free technical support for laptops and PCs. The service is available to users of all brands. The 24×7 helpdesk is available via a toll-free number 1800-149-5253. So far, it’s available till May 3.
HP India is offering remote assistance to PC users of all brands
HP has announced free helpdesk support for PC users across brands. Individual consumers can avail the service absolutely free of cost till May 31, 2020, while the small and medium business (SMB) users can avail it for free for a fixed period of one month starting from the date of registration.
TCS: 15-day digital certification programme for students and professionals
TCS iON, a unit of Tata Consultancy Services is offering a 15-day self-paced digital certification programme called Career Edge. This digital certification programme is designed for both college-going students as well as professionals across the globe.
TCS: Free online course for healthcare workers
TCS is also offering a free online certification programme for healthcare workers. Called CoronaWarriors, it aims to prepare the health and other frontline workers for prevention and control measures. The self-paced course is a free self-certification program that can be accessed from anywhere on any device.
Apple: Free access to two apps for 90 days
iPhone maker Apple is also offering two apps — Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X — free. The apps are used by creative professionals as well as students. The Final Cut Pro X app has a 30-day free trial, which has been extended to 90 days. Logic Pro X, on the other hand, didn’t have any free trial period but is available free of cost for 90 days.
Google: Access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing to all G Suite customers
Google is offering features that are typically available in the Enterprise edition of G Suite and in G Suite Enterprise for Education at no additional cost to all customers till July 1. Some of these features are available free till September 30.
Reliance Jio: Double data on some plans; non-Jio talk-time as part of add-on to 4G data vouchers for prepaid users
Reliance Jio is offering double 4G data in its add-on plans of Rs 11, Rs 21, Rs 51 and Rs 101. These plans offer double data benefits as well as additional calling minutes to non-Jio numbers.
Reliance Jio: Double data benefits on broadband plans
Reliance Jio has announced double data benefits on its fiber-to-home broadband plans. Customers can avail them by redeeming vouchers from ‘My Vouchers’ section available on MyJio app.
Microsoft: Six-month trial of Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is also offering free access to its premium communication tool Microsoft Teams that allows users to share documents, video chat and more.
Fujifilm: Online photography workshops
Fujifilm is offering online workshops from various photography experts. These industry experts share tips as well as insights into different kinds of photography.
Nikon: Online photography classes
Nikon has made its complete Nikon School online curriculum free for the month of April. From basic tips to professional guidance, all videos are available for free of cost.
Airtel: Extends validity of prepaid plans till May 3 for low-income group customers
Airtel has extended the validity of its prepaid packs for low-income subscribers till May 3. Even after the validity of their plan is exhausted, subscribers will continue to get incoming calls on their Airtel mobile numbers.
Vodafone-Idea: Extension of prepaid plans for low-income group users till May 3
Just like Airtel, Vodafone-Idea to has extended the validity of prepaid plans of low-income users till May 3 at no additional cost.
LinkedIn: Job postings for critical roles
LinkedIn is offering job postings to accelerate hiring for critical roles required to fight coronavirus pandemic. It is promoting urgent jobs and hiring resources from industries including healthcare, supermarket, warehouses, freight delivery and non-profit organisations working for disaster relief.
Nasscom: Offering course in Artificial Intelligence
Indian IT industry’s apex body Nasscom is offering a course in Foundational Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is offering the course associated with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). The course is said to be aligned to the Indian IT industry’s recommended Foundation AI curriculum.
Audible: Free audiobooks for children in six languages
Audible is offering free audiobooks for children and teenagers “for as long as schools are closed.” These audiobooks are available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.
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