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5 new apps to play, learn and socialize with family and friends… at home

In the application world there is and will continue to be everything. And given the greater availability that you have to occupy, there is no shortage of proposals for different tastes.

In this week's set of suggestions you will find social applications, games and utilities, to communicate, play and learn.

And it is not too much to stress that you can do it from the comfort of your home: if you are not part of the group of people who are on the "front line" to respond to the pandemic COVID-19 or you have to leave to work in some of the services that continue to be insured, #fiqueemcasa

Chat and play with your friends. With the Houseparty app you can have a "party" at home

One of the games allows you, for example, to test your drawing skills with friends in a video call.

In these days when many Portuguese have chosen to stay at home, the usual coffee with friends or family gatherings has been replaced by video calls. The Houseparty app is a good option for those who want to keep the conversation up to date and, at the same time, have fun, with the app allowing them to play with the people they are making video calls with.

Since WhatsApp is limited to four people in a video call, the HouseParty app allows more people to chat in a single application. On the other hand, more than chatting, you can play with your friends or family.

From quizzes to drawing games, there are four options on the table. To do this, just click on the data icon in the upper right corner of the application and venture out with your friends or family.

The application is free and available on the Google Play Store and the App Store.

Time won't be short: organize the books you want to read with the headboard

It is very likely that the title sounded somewhat strange, but it will certainly improve if we say that we are talking about an application dedicated to reading.

The headboard allows you to manage your readings, recording the books you have read, the ones you are reading and the ones you want to read. It is also available to users a search tool, so they can search for the titles they like best, to dedicate themselves in the future.

One of the most interesting features of this application is the possibility of calculating the reading rhythm, that is, the time it should take to read a certain work. You can also enter a kind of gamification and earn points for reaching literary goals.

It is also possible to schedule the sending of notifications for reading times.

The Headboard is free to use and is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Increase productivity with the Pomodoro technique through Focus To-Do

The application uses the productivity increase technique created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s to help users fulfill all daily tasks.

For those on teleworking, it is not always easy to reconcile work and leisure moments: there are a thousand and one tasks to do and distractions that end up having a negative impact on productivity. Focus To-Do is an application that promises to help users fulfill all daily tasks and find a healthy balance.

The application uses the productivity increase technique created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The method is simple, but requires some attention at the hour. The technique divides the time it takes someone to do a task in 25-minute intervals, or in pomodoros. After each one, the user can take a short 5-minute break. At the end of 4 pomodoros, it is time to take a longer break, usually between 15 to 30 minutes.

The application allows you to create a list of all the tasks that the user has to do. When choosing an item from the list, the application starts counting the time in pomodoros. If the user is unable to complete the task on hand, the user can always return to the beginning. In order to check progress over time, Focus To-Do also provides daily, weekly and even monthly statistics.

Focus To-Do is free, but if you really want to put the pro in productivity, you can join the premium service for about 2 euros, which has exclusive features. The application is available for Android, on the Play Store, for iOS, on the App Store.

Teamfight Tactics: Riot Games' Auto Chess is now on smartphones

So far an alternative mode of League of Legends, the famous mode has become a free and independent game on portable devices.

The Auto Chess format started out as a Dota 2 mod, but was so successful that it became a standalone smartphone game last summer. But as with the MOBA genre, based on real-time strategy games, auto chess was covered by publishers like Valve and Riot, who released their own versions. And in the case of Teamfight Tactics by Riot Games, it could only be played on the PC, via the League of Legends itself, as an alternative mode.

Now you can play it on mobile devices, promising authentic tactical chess in PvP battles. Players must choose and position their League of Legends champions, fighting in different shifts for survival. It is necessary to use strategies and to know the characters to overcome the opponent.

Note that this mobile version compatible with the PC, that is, it is possible to play crossplatform, is on the computer fighting against a friend on the smartphone. In addition, the account is unique, gaining experience to rise in the rankings regardless of where you play.

You can download Teamfight Tactics for free on Android and iOS versions.

Do you have a guitar and time to learn more music? The Ultimate Guitar app can help

Altogether you can learn to play more than 800,000 songs on three different instruments: guitar, bass and ukulele.

At a time when the amount of free time can be greater during these days, learning to play new music on the guitar can be considered one of the options for distractions. The Ultimate Guitar app claims to have the world's largest catalog of guides, chords and lyrics and, if you have the instrument out of tune, the application can also help you.

Guitar, bass and ukulele are the three instruments you can explore with this app, which integrates notes, scores and lyrics from more than 800,000 songs. So that you don't have to always be connected to the Internet, Ultimate Guitar allows you to access the guides offline, if you identify them as favorites.

Interactive guitar lessons and a "night mode" for a show are some of the options that will be available. In the premium version of the app you can also tune the instrument or print and share guides with other people.

The application is free and available for Android and iOS.