ArtsHub: Digital art guide to beat coronavirus closures. “The world may be in lockdown, but self-isolation doesn’t mean we have to stop experiencing art. Despite COVID-19 closures, Australian art is finding new ways to go viral. Artists, museums, galleries, institutions, and more are exploring innovative ways to reach audiences, spreading some timely comfort and unity. Below is our ever-growing list of Australian art ready for you to discover.” Decent-sized list, good annotation.
Reuters: Exclusive: Support for Hong Kong protesters’ demands rises even as coronavirus halts rallies: poll. “Support for the demands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong has grown even as rallies have paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a survey conducted for Reuters that also showed a widespread lack of confidence in the government’s ability to manage the COVID-19 crisis.”
The Verge: Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside. “Life looks very different right now as the novel coronavirus has millions around the world stuck indoors. Festivals, clubs, and even house parties are banned in many cities, leaving musicians (and music lovers) housebound and searching for creative outlets. Over the past few weeks, several music companies have responded by offering freebies in order to, as Korg said, provide ‘a musical way to occupy your mind.'”
The Verge: Google to resume regular Chrome updates after brief pause. “Google says it’s now ready to resume work on Chrome, after briefly halting upcoming releases of the browser in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Daily canary builds of the browser, dev, and beta versions ‘have or will resume this week,’ according to Google.”
Ubergizmo: COVID-19 Forced Couple To Cancel Their Wedding, So They Held It In Animal Crossing. “Now, with the COVID-19 virus spreading around the world, naturally events like weddings where there would be large gatherings will have to be postponed. However, one couple decided not to let the pandemic rain on their parade. Instead, they chose to go ahead with their wedding, except that they decided to hold it inside of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”
Tubefilter: Twitch Holding Celebrity-Studded, 12-Hour Livestream March 28 To Benefit WHO. “On March 28, Twitch will host Stream Aid, a 12-hour, celebrity-studded charity livestream to raise money for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.”
Techdirt: During The Outbreak: All Sports Are eSports Now. “Professional and college sports have basically taken an unwanted holiday, shutting down in an effort to partake in killing this virus off. It’s been strange for fans like me, who wake up on Saturdays and have to find legit ways to watch sporting events that took place years and years ago as a substitute for live broadcasts. And if you think there aren’t a great many people who are starved for live sporting content, you need only look to what is going on in the autoracing world, where it’s basically all become eSports now.”