Best free video streaming services in 2020: Crackle, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and more (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Best free video streaming services in 2020: Crackle, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and more. “There are currently 11 good free services to try, and good old-fashioned over-the-air (OTA) antenna TV. Yes, you do have to put up with commercials on all of these — and there’s not a DVR features to be seen — but they are free. With so many selections to choose from, I can guarantee you’ll find something to watch that won’t hurt your pocketbook by even a single penny.”

Aleteia: Treasured art collection at Princeton now free online for limited time

Alteia: Treasured art collection at Princeton now free online for limited time. “The Index of Medieval Art, a treasured collection of medieval artwork at Princeton University, is normally available for subscription fees starting at $250 a year for individuals. Now, due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, it is free for a limited time period. The free period has just been extended until the end of June, said Pamela A. Patton, Director of Princeton University’s Index of Medieval Art. David Clayton’s Way of Beauty blog earlier had reported that it was free until June 1.”

Neowin: Google Play Movies could offer ad-supported movie streaming for free

Neowin: Google Play Movies could offer ad-supported movie streaming for free. “When it comes to streaming movies, Google Play Movies is nowhere near as popular as Netflix or Prime Video. This is because Google Play Movies is a marketplace where one can rent or buy movies and TV series, while other streaming services follow a subscription model. Google, however, is looking to change things around as it is seemingly planning to offer hundreds of free ad-supported movies through Play Movies.”

RadioTimes: Audible just made hundreds of titles completely free to help during coronavirus crisis

From RadioTimes, with a big thanks to Dori S. Listen, if you see something you think I should include in this newsletter tag me at @ResearchBuzz on Twitter. Yes, I am normally very good on staying on top of things. Right now there is so much news flying around I know I’m missing more than I used to. And if I’ve already seen it, so what? I’d rather see it ten times than miss it once. So anyway: Audible just made hundreds of titles completely free to help during coronavirus crisis. “Good news for those stuck at home in isolation: Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. The audiobook platform has said that, for as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles. This means books read by Westworld’s Thandie Newton and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens are available to stream at no cost at all.”

LibraryThing Blog: LibraryThing Is Now Free to All

LibraryThing Blog: LibraryThing Is Now Free to All. “Our plan was to go free when we rolled out ‘LT2,’ our upcoming redesign. But the coronavirus has changed our plans, along with everyone else’s. A lot of people are now stranded at home, with nothing to do but read and catalog their books, movies, and music. A lot of kids are at home too—free cataloging help. And with the economy in freefall, many are worried about money. We want everyone to be able to use LibraryThing. This is the right time to go free. So, starting today, LibraryThing.com, both on the web and using our cataloging app, are free to all, to add as many books as you want. And, no, we’re not going to add ads. (We will keep showing a few Google ads to visitors, but they vanish as soon as you become a member.)”

Lowyat: Scribd Makes Entire Digital Library Of eBooks And AudioBooks Free For A Month

Lowyat: Scribd Makes Entire Digital Library Of eBooks And AudioBooks Free For A Month. “Scribd, the US-based ebook and audiobook subscription service, announced that it is making its entire digital library free for everyone to access for the next 30 days. As you can guess, one of the main reasons the company is making its content accessible is to provide individuals who are self-quarantining or working from due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) health issue.”

WAFF: Scholastic creates free, digital hub for students disrupted by coronavirus

WAFF: Scholastic creates free, digital hub for students disrupted by coronavirus . “As school closures increase nationwide due to the spread of coronavirus, there is an unprecedented need for supporting our teachers, children, and families in learning. Scholastic has curated a free digital learning hub designed to support virtual learning plans: Scholastic Learn At Home allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.”

AlticeUSA: Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

AlticeUSA: Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic. “Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.”

CNET: Zoho offers free work-from-home software for coronavirus-careful businesses

CNET: Zoho offers free work-from-home software for coronavirus-careful businesses. “As businesses look to reduce coronavirus risks by telling workers to stay home, there’s a definite need for work-from-home options — tech that allows everyone to communicate, collaborate and remain productive. Zoho Remotely is a new suite of apps designed precisely for that purpose, and it’s free until July 1.”

T.H.E. Journal: Age of Learning Offers Free Access for Elementary Schools Affected by Coronavirus

T.H.E. Journal: Age of Learning Offers Free Access for Elementary Schools Affected by Coronavirus. “An education technology company is opening up access to its digital study programs for young and elementary students. Age of Learning announced that it would grant free home access through the spring for schools and districts affected by coronavirus closures. The offer applies to three programs: ABCmouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ.”

MakeUseOf: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps

MakeUseOf: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps. “Right now, the top two free music streaming apps are Spotify and YouTube Music. Each offers a few features for free, with ads, and you can upgrade to a premium plan for more features like offline playback. But you might be surprised to know that you don’t need to pay for anything to get a good music streaming experience.”

The best free drawing software 2020: free apps for artists of all abilities (TechRadar)

TechRadar: The best free drawing software 2020: free apps for artists of all abilities . “Here, we’ve picked out the very best free drawing software for Windows. Some of these tools are designed for serious illustrators, while others are better for keeping children occupied without the mess of real painting. There’s something for everyone – the only limits are your imagination and skill.”

SlashGear: IMDb’s free streaming service is adding major TV shows

SlashGear: IMDb’s free streaming service is adding major TV shows. “IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming video service, is adding a large number of television shows, including a number of popular offerings. More than 20 of the shows are scripted titles owned by Disney, including hits like Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal, Lost, and Malcolm in the Middle. Some of these shows will only be available to stream through IMDb TV.”

Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog: Celebrating Black History Month – FREE Online Resources for African-American Research

Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog: Celebrating Black History Month – FREE Online Resources for African-American Research. “In honor of Black History month, Fold3 is making the records in its Black History Collection available for free through the end of February! Their collection includes over a millions records spanning the Civil War era through the Civil Rights Movement.” There are a bunch of Illinois-specific links here too.