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Happy Friday!

If lockdown fatigue has set in, your weekends might feel like they’ve gone a bit Groundhog Day.

But fear not! There’s plenty to look forward to – for starters, beat back the boredom like Babe Ruth at the bat with this list of great shows and films coming to Netflix this month.

And if that’s not enough to lift your spirits, hopefully our round-up of the best web news from the week can give you that much-needed boost of positivity.

? Adopt-A-Grandparent App

When their ‘adopt a grandparent’ scheme launched to provide virtual company via video link to their 800 care home residents, CHD Living had 72,000 people sign up in three weeks. Now the care residence group plans to launch a dedicated app for the scheme by June.

Read more about the project here.

? Students Recreate University Campus in Minecraft

Universities all over the world have suspended classes and turned to virtual learning to get their students through the semester. And while some students may be missing campus life, a group of digital creatives from the Michigan Institute of Technology came up with the perfect solution – recreating their campus in meticulous detail.

Take the MIT tour here.

?️ Facebook Launches New Video Call Features

With the rise of apps like Zoom and Houseparty enabling people to stay connected via video during lockdown, it was inevitable that more internet giants would get on board. And not to be outdone, Facebook has launched Messenger Rooms, its own group video service. The app enables up to 50 callers at a time, as well as offering in-chat backgrounds and filters, but can it match up to its competitors?

Find out more here.

? The Canine Coming Up Against COVID-19

It looks like man has a futuristic new four-legged friend in the fight against coronavirus. Spot the robot dog is currently being used at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard University to assist with contact-free treatment, and manufacturers Boston Dynamics are already planning to adapt the technology is new ways.

Say hello to Spot here.

? Experience the World in Virtual Reality

VR has become more and more popular over the last couple of years, but it looks like its time has well and truly come. If you find yourself craving a museum trip, yearning to walk on the moon or even take on an Olympic event, The Week has picked out a few VR highlights for you to enjoy.

Choose your VR adventure here.

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