What is Python and how do you get started?

what is python

Let’s start from the beginning: what is Python and why should you learn it?

Python is one of the world’s most popular programming languages. It powers a huge number of extremely influential apps and websites, including Instagram, Google, Spotify, and Netflix. Python is also commonly used in data science and machine learning, which makes it a very “future-proof” language and one that is likely to stay in-demand for a long time.

Python powers a huge number of extremely influential apps and websites, including Instagram, Google, Spotify, and Netflix.

Despite its clear power and flexibility though, Python is also one of the most beginner-friendly programming languages you’re likely to come across. Python serves as a fantastic “gateway drug” into the world of coding, and offers a gentle introduction to higher-level concepts such as object-oriented programming.

Python is also one of the most beginner-friendly programming languages.

Development on Python began in the 1980s, led by Guido van Rossum at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in the Netherlands. This was very much Guido’s brainchild, and he even dubbed himself the language’s “Benevolent Dictator for Life” (BDFL) though he would step down from this role in 2018, passing responsibility on to the Python Steering Council instead.

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What is Python in programming terms? Python was conceived as an alternative to the ABC language. It is an interpreted, dynamically typed, garbage-collected language that supports numerous paradigms (object-oriented, procedural, functional).

If you’re just starting out, you don’t need to worry about any of this. Just know that Python is relatively simple to learn, but also highly in-demand and very powerful. Let’s take a look at how to get started with it and how to build your first, very simple, app.

How to get started with Python

First things first, you will need to download some software to use to start programming in Python.

If you’re on a desktop computer, that means two things:

  • A Python interpreter
  • A Python IDE

What is a Python interpreter? This is the software that reads the Python code and runs it. Installing an interpreter is like teaching your computer how to speak a foreign language.

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The IDE meanwhile, is the “Integrated Development Environment.” This is the program that you will use to actually type your Python code into. You can save and open files this way, and all on the interpreter when you want to run it. This is your interface for Python development.

When installing an interpreter, you need to decide whether you’re going to choose Python 2 or Python 3. Each version has pros and cons, but Python 2 is no longer officially supported, making Python 3 the future-proof choice.

(If you were wondering “what is Python not so good for” one answer is that it is fragmented in this manner, which can present a little bit of confusion getting started!)

Download the latest Python interpreter here:

Note that you may already have a Python interpreter installed, especially if you are running MacOS or Linux.

When it comes to the IDE, there are a number of good options to choose from. Some of these are free, others will cost money but offer advanced features. Some good options include:

PyCharm is free and is among the most popular options for Python development. It is the tool I recommend for most users. That said, it can be a little complex to set up, so be sure to follow the official documentation here.

On mobile, things are simpler because the IDE and interpreter are built into a single app. This is a great way for beginners to get started.

To start coding on mobile, you’ll find a single app and download it. Two good examples for learning the ropes are:

There are other versions available with a range of payment models. Both these are good choices for getting started free though.

Once you have any of these things installed, you’re ready to write your first Python program!

Python 3: Hello World

It is tradition when learning any new programming language, to start by writing a piece of code that simply writes “Hello World” to the screen. To that end, you will need to use the following code:

Print(“Hello World”)

Now hit “Play” and you should see the text appear on the screen.

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Side note: If you were using Python 2, you wouldn’t need the brackets.

Let’s move quickly onto the next lesson: what is a variable in Python?

A variable is like a container that can be used to represent a number or a piece of text. We define this in the code by simply writing a word and then giving it a value.

For example, you could say:

MyVariable = “Hi there!”


You will see the message “Hi there!” appear on the screen. Notice that you don’t need the quotation marks to print a variable, quotation marks are interpreted literally.

A group of letters like this is known in programming as a “string.” This is one type of variable, but there are many others. Another type of variable is an integer. This is a variable that represents a whole number.

So we could also say:

MyVariable = 3


Which would print the number 3 onto the screen!

Some other languages would require you to specifically state what type of variable you wanted to use (String MyVariable = “Hello!”), but in Python, the interpreter figures that out from context. Part of the reason this is possible is that Python uses a smaller number of variable types as compared with, say, Java. There are no “Booleans” in Python for example.

While we won’t need to deal with other data types right now, you will eventually encounter the following variables in Python programming:

  • Numbers
    • Integers
    • Floats
    • Longs
    • Complexes
  • Strings
  • Lists
  • Tuples
  • Dictionaries

Manipulating data in Python

Why would you ever want to use a variable? Because it makes your code dynamic. It means that you can alter the way your program behaves depending on the action of the user, and depending on various other factors.

Try running this code and see what happens:

MyVariable1 = 2

MyVariable2 = 20

Print(MyVariable1 * MyVariable2)

Here’s a clue: in computer-talk, the * symbol represents multiplication.

You can also combine strings in interesting ways:

FirstName = “Bill”

LastName = “Gates”

FullName = FirstName + “  “ + LastName


Your first Python 3 app!

So now we’ve answered the question “what is Python” and we’ve had a go at writing some basic code.

What about making something that a person might actually be able to use and have fun with?

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To do this, we’re going to need to let the user interact with the program. That means we need to handle input.

Try this:

UserName = input(“Please enter your name: ”)

Print(“Hello “ + UserName)

You can probably figure out what is going on here! When you use the command “input,” Python will prompt the user with the text in the brackets, and then wait for the response. That string will then be referred to as UserName.

Note: Python 2 uses raw_input instead of input.

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Now we have inputs, the ability to talk to the user, and even some basic math. How about we put this together in a fun little app? This one will tell you how long you have until you are 100 years old!

UserAge = input("How old are you? ")

YearsTo100 = 100 - int(UserAge)

print("In ", YearsTo100, "years, you'll be a hundred!!")

print("That is ", int(UserAge) * 360, " days! Or ", (int(UserAge) * 360) * 24, " hours. ")

Conditional statements

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There is one last trick that I want to share with you before we go: using conditional statements.

A conditional statement is a command that only runs under certain conditions. This usually means checking the value of a variable first.

To use a conditional statement in Python, you use the “If” statement, followed by an indentation.

For example:

UserName = input(“Please enter your name:”)

print(“Hello “ + UserName)

if UserName == “Adam”:

                print(“Admin mode enabled”) 

print(“What would you like me to do now?”)

In this program, the indented code will only run if the UserName given is Adam. Note that when checking a value as opposed to assigning one, we use two = signs rather than one.

Here then, the user will be asked what they want to do next whoever they are – but only I will be granted admin status. Or other people called Adam.

We’re just scratching the surface of Python can do

Using these basic commands and lessons, you can actually do an awful lot already. You could make a quiz, a calculator, a simple database, and more! To really flex the full power of Python though, you’ll need to understand concepts such as functions, modules, and more. To that end, we recommend checking out our guide to the best online Python courses. 

That said, if you’re a true beginner and looking for a great course that’s easy to get started with, we highly recommend Coding with Python: Training for Aspiring Developers, which you can nab for just $49.99, which is an absolute steal as the course is valued around $700.

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10 best logo maker apps for Android

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There are a lot of reasons to need a logo. You may have a shop on Etsy and need an eye-catching design or you may need one for your YouTube or Twitch channel. Whatever the reason, a logo is kind of a big deal. It identifies you quickly and it looks professional. There are a ton of ways to make a logo. Some even make their own with various drawing or graphic design apps. Others aren’t so artistically talented and may need a little extra assistance. Here are some excellent logo making apps to help you make something that look at least relatively decent.

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Adobe apps

Price: Free / $52.99 per month

Adobe has some of the most powerful creator tools available and it’s no different on mobile. Some options for logo needs include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Capture, Adobe Comp, and a few others. For the purposes of this list, though, we like Illustrator and Capture the most. Illustrator is basically a less powerful, mobile version of the desktop app. You can create a lot of artwork there and turn them into logos. Capture lets you take pictures of things and turn them into vector graphics. Capture in particular is excellent for a good, simple logo, especially if you see some inspiration in real life. You can use the apps for free, but you need the Creative Cloud subscription to unlock everything.


Price: Free / $12.95 per month / $119.49 per year

Canva is kind of the big dog in this space. It’s a graphic design app with a bunch of features for general graphic design and some more specific use cases. You can start out with a blank canvas or import a design you already have. Additionally, you can add text, photos, and other elements. You also get access to 500 fonts, logo templates, and some other goodies. It’s a bit expensive and we’re never fans of subscriptions. Otherwise, it’s a solid app overall.


Price: Free / $6.49

Dotpict is a simple drawing app for pixel artists. Pixel are is kind of in right now for a lot of creators and an app like this lets you create your own pieces of pixel art rather easily. It’s a simple app overall, but it includes some neat features like a consistent auto-save and it lets you draw without hiding the pen tip with your finger. Additionally, you get the usual stuff like undo, redo, zoom, and you can add or remove the pixel grid to see your final product as you work. The app is free to use or you can get the pro version for $6.49.

dotpict screenshot 2020

Font Rush

Price: Free / $3.99

Font Rush is an excellent tool if you need a logo. It boasts over 200 fonts along with 250 background images for use on photos. You can, of course, use this app on logos as well if you want to. It’s a simple process. You import your logo image, add your text, and then change the font until you find something you like. It is mostly for social media and other such platforms and so the tools work toward that end, but it’s one of the few good ways to find some neat fonts for your logo project.

Font Rush screenshot

Ibis Paint X

Price: Free / Up to $7.99

Ibis Paint X is a drawing app with a lot of excellent features for logo designers. It comes with 2,500 various materials, 800 fonts, 335 brushes, 64 filters, a few dozen screen tones, 27 blendingmodes, and a stroke stabilization feature for more consistent lines. From there, the rest is up to you. You can design your logo, add text, and make it your own. A lot of logo maker apps use templates of some sort so you lose a bit of originality. Ibis is powerful enough for you to make something 100% original. The premium version is a bit pricey but we think it’s worth it.

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Iris Logo Maker

Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $14.99 per year / $19.99 once

Iris Studios makes a relatively decent logo generator. It features a lot of the same stuff you see in almost every logo maker, including various shapes, colors, backgrounds, textures, stickers, and other graphical elements. You simply find the combination you want and the app does the rest. You can add text and change the font (along with color) as necessary. Most of the stickers and icons are categorized in 25 different categories. It’s easy to use for simple stuff, but it gets expensive pretty quickly if you want the premium version.

Logo Maker by Shopify

Price: Free

Logo Maker by Shopify is a super simple and free logo maker app. It works rather well for its price tag. You can create shapes, add colors and icons, and even add text as well. This one walks you through the process in a fairly logical manner. You choose your category, some design elements, and the app generates something for you. You can always retry if you don’t like the first idea. It’s a good, easy answer for those who need something quick.

Logo Maker Plus

Price: Free / $2.99-$4.99 / $4.99 per month

Logo Maker Plus is one of the more popular logo maker apps. It gives you a full editor where you can add graphics, change colors, and do all sorts of other tricks. The app offers a large number of graphic elements for free and you can buy more with single in-app purchases. For instance, you can get 700 additional graphics (plus no ads) for $3.99 or 1,000 (plus no ads) for $4.99. The options are powerful enough to come up with some neat stuff and you can even transport transparent backgrounds with your logo. The $4.99 per month price tag is only for people who intend to sell logos they make with the app so it won’t matter to most people.

Logo Maker Plus screenshot


Price: Free / $0.99

Palette is an interesting design app. It doesn’t make logos or anything fancy like that. Instead, it helps you find colors. You can take a photo of something and the app tells you all of the colors along with the hex code of each one so you can reproduce it in other apps. You can also save favorite colors, use stock photos or your own, and you can even create and save full color palettes. From there, just take the hex values and plug them in to other apps to get the exact colors you want. It’s a helpful tool you can use to help get your logo just the right color.

Palette screenshot

Z Mobile Logo Maker

Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $14.99 per year

Z Mobile’s Logo Maker is another simple solution for a quick logo. You start from the ground up with a blank canvas and you add a bunch of elements until you get something you like. The app includes over 100 background images, 3D rotation, textures and overlays, filters, over 100 fonts, and you can render it with a transparent background for use on other graphics. The free version is more or less fine and it comes with a monthly subscription to unlock all of the features.

Z Mobile Logo Maker screenshot

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If we missed any good logo making apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!

MusicSmart is a new app that brings detailed liner note credits to your Apple Music library

If there’s one thing missing from digital music services like Apple Music, it’s the ability to quickly learn more about a song or album without leaving the Music app. With physical media, these sort of details were relatively easy to find via liner notes and cover booklets, but the information has never been integrated well into the Apple Music service.


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Tier brings integrated helmets to electric scooters

European mobility operator Tier has become the first major electric scooter company to integrate helmets into vehicles. The foldable helmets fit inside a box attached to the scooter below the handlebars.

This month, Tier plans to deploy 200 scooters equipped with helmets in Paris and Berlin. Over the summer, Tier will deploy an additional 5,000 helmet-equipped scooters.

Earlier this year, JAMA Surgery published a study showing electric scooter injuries have nearly tripled in the last four years. Of those who participated in the study, less than 5% of riders were wearing a helmet, which led to one-third of those surveyed suffering a head injury.

Additionally, given concerns about COVID-19, Tier is experimenting with an anti-bacterial, self-disinfecting handlebar technology from Protexus. Tier is testing these handlebars in Paris and Bordeaux.

It’s worth noting that Wheels, a pedal-less e-bike operator, has implemented both of these features. Though, it’s for the good of the public for as many operators as possible to use this playbook. In December, Wheels deployed a smart helmet system for its bikes that lock into the rear fender and can sense when riders are wearing a helmet. In March, Wheels began making e-bikes with self-cleaning handlebars and brake levers available to consumers for weekly or monthly rentals.

Tier, founded in 2018, has raised $131 million in funding to date. In February, the startup extended its Series B round to over $100 million. Days later, Tier announced the acquisition of Coup’s electric moped scooters in order to start its own shared moped service. Tier, which is based in Berlin, currently operates in 55 cities across 11 countries.

Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture raises $6M Series A led by Anthemis

Apollo Agriculture believes it can attain profits by helping Kenya’s smallholder farmers maximize theirs.

That’s the mission of the Nairobi based startup that raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Anthemis.

Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture offers a mobile based product suit for farmers that includes working capital, data analysis for higher crop yields, and options to purchase key inputs and equipment.

“It’s everything a farmer needs to succeed. It’s the seeds and fertilizer they need to plant, the advice they need to manage that product over the course of the season. The insurance they need to protect themselves in case of a bad year…and then ultimately, the financing,” Apollo Agriculture CEO Eli Pollak told TechCrunch on a call.

Apollo’s addressable market includes the many smallholder farmers across Kenya’s population of 53 million. The problem it’s helping them solve is a lack of access to the tech and resources to achieve better results on their plots.

The startup has engineered its own app, platform and outreach program to connect with Kenya’s farmers. Apollo uses M-Pesa mobile money, machine learning and satellite data to guide the credit and products it offers them.

The company — which was a TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 finalist — has served over 40,000 farmers since inception, with 25,000 of those paying relationships coming in 2020, according to Pollak.

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Apollo Agriculture co-founders Benjamin Njenga and Eli Pollack

Apollo Agriculture generates revenues on the sale of farm products and earning margins on financing. “The farm pays a fixed price for the package, which comes due at harvest…that includes everything and there’s no hidden fees,” said Pollak.

On deploying the $6 million in Series A financing, “It’s really about continuing to invest in growth. We feel like we’ve got a great product. We’ve got great reviews by customers and want to just keep scaling it,” he said. That means hiring, investing in Apollo’s tech, and growing the startup’s sales and marketing efforts.

“Number two is really strengthening our balance sheet to be able to continue raising the working capital that we need to lend to customers,” Pollak said.

For the moment, expansion in Africa beyond Kenya is in the cards but not in the near-term. “That’s absolutely on the roadmap,” said Pollak. “But like all businesses, everything is a bit in flux right now. So some of our plans for immediate expansion are on a temporary pause as we wait to see things shake out with with COVID.”

Apollo Agriculture’s drive to boost the output and earnings of Africa’s smallholder farmers is born out of the common interests of its co-founders.

Pollak is an American who who studied engineering at Stanford University and went to work in agronomy in the U.S. with The Climate Corporation. “That was how I got excited about Apollo. I would look at other markets and say “wow, they’re farming 20% more acres of maize, or corn across Africa but farmers are producing dramatically less than U.S. farmers,” said Pollak.

Pollak’s colleague, Benjamin Njenga, found inspiration in his experience in his upbringing. “I grew up on a farm in a Kenyan village. My mother, a smallholder farmer, used to plant with low quality seeds and no fertilizer and harvested only five bags per acre each year,” he told the audience at Startup Battlefield in Africa in Lagos in 2018.

Image Credits: Apollo Agriculture

“We knew if she’d used fertilizer and hybrid seeds her production would double, making it easier to pay my school fees.” Njenga went on to explain that she couldn’t access the credit to buy those tools, which prompted the motivation for Apollo Agriculture.

Anthemis Exponential Ventures’ Vica Manos confirmed its lead on Apollo’s latest raise. The UK based VC firm — which invests mostly in the Europe and the U.S. — has also backed South African fintech company Jumo and will continue to consider investments in African startups, Manos told TechCrunch.

Additional investors in Apollo Agriculture’s Series A round included Accion Venture Lab, Leaps by Bayer, and Flourish Ventures.

While agriculture is the leading employer in Africa, it hasn’t attracted the same attention from venture firms or founders as fintech, logistics, or e-commerce. The continent’s agtech startups lagged those sectors in investment, according to Disrupt Africa and WeeTracker’s 2019 funding reports.

Some notable agtech ventures that have gained VC include Nigeria’s Farmcrowdy, Hello Tractor — which has partnered with IBM and Twiga Foods, a Goldman backed B2B agriculture supply chain startup based in Nairobi.

On whether Apollo Agriculture sees Twiga as a competitor, CEO Eli Pollak suggested collaboration. “Twiga could be a company that in the future we could potential partner with,” he said.

“We’re partnering with farmers to produce lots of high quality crops, and they could potentially be a great partner in helping those farmers access stable prices for those…yields.”

AngelList India head Utsav Somani launches micro VC fund to back 30 early-stage startups

As investors get cautious about writing new checks to early stage startups in India amid the coronavirus outbreak, AngelList’s head in India is betting that this is the right time to back young firms.

On Wednesday, Utsav Somani announced iSeed, a micro VC fund to back up at least 30 startups over the course of two years. iSeed, which is not affiliated with AngelList, is Somani’s maiden venture fund.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Somani said he would write checks of $150,000 each to up to 35 early-stage startups in any tech category and enable his portfolio firms’ access to global investors and their knowledge pool. The fund will not participate in a startup’s follow-on rounds.

iSeed counts a range of high-profile investors, including Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi, co-founders of AngelList, who are some of the biggest backers of the fund.

Others include founders of Xiaomi, Jake Zeller, a partner at AngelList and Spearhead, Sheel Mohnot, general partner at 500 Fintech, Brian Tubergen of CoinList, and Kavin Bharti Mittal of Hike.

AngelList launched syndicates program in India in 2018. The platform has been used for 140 investments in India since, including over 20 follow-ons in which firms such as Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital participated.

Somani has also been an angel investor in more than a dozen startups including BharatPe, a firm that it is helping small businesses accept online payments and access working capital, and Jupiter, a neo-bank.

“I like the work AngelList India and Utsav have done since the launch. He brings energy, access and judgement to the table — the things to look for in a first-time fund manager,” said Ravikant in a statement.

Micro VCs is becoming a popular trend in the United States. Ryan Hoover of ProductHunt, for instance, maintains Weekend Fund. Somani said he has appreciated how others have been able to institutionalize the angel investing practice. According to Crunchbase, U.S. investors raised 148 sub-$100 million VC funds in 2018.

Running a micro-fund by leveraging AngelList’s infrastructure has also eased the burden starting such a venture creates for an investor, he said.

Indian startups could use any fund that backs early startups. Early-stage firms have consistently struggled to find enough backers in India, according to data from research firm Tracxn .

And that struggle is now common across the industry. More than two-thirds of startups in the country today are on the verge of running out of all their money in less than three months, according to a survey conducted by industry body Nasscom.

Somani said he is optimistic that great companies will continue to be born out of tough times. He said even his investors were aware of the pandemic and still stood by the fund.

“If you look at the market, we are seeing a number of layoffs. These are the people who would be creating jobs for others in the years to come. Entrepreneurship might be the only option for them.

AMD change d’avis pour Zen 3 sur B450 et X470

Les B450 et X470 auront bien la possibilité de supporter les futurs processeurs Zen 3




Il y a un peu plus de dix jours, AMD annonçait que seules les cartes mères de la série 500 seraient mises à jour pour supporter les futurs Ryzen 4000.


Leur communiqué officiel nous avait d’abord laissé dans le flou de par le manque de détails. Il a ensuite été confirmé par d’autres sources qu’AMD ne comptait pas fournir le code nécessaire pour permettre aux constructeurs de cartes mères d’effectuer des mises à jour de BIOS sélectives (comme pour les B350 / X370 à la sortie des Ryzen 3000). Cependant, on apprend aujourd’hui que la marque est revenue sur sa décision en réponse au mécontentement provoqué.


Résumé du communiqué du jour


AMD insiste sur sept points :

« 1 – Nous allons développer et fournir à nos constructeurs partenaires le code qui permettra de prendre en charge les processeurs basés sur « Zen 3 » dans certains BIOS bêta pour les cartes mères AMD B450 et X470. »

« 2 – Ces mises à jour optionnelles du BIOS désactiveront la prise en charge de nombreux modèles de processeurs AMD Ryzen™ existants afin de rendre disponible l’espace ROM nécessaire. »

« 3 – Les BIOS bêta sélectionnés permettront un chemin d’upgrade unidirectionnel pour les processeurs AMD Ryzen avec « Zen 3 » à venir plus tard cette année. Le fait de revenir à une ancienne version du BIOS ne sera pas pris en charge. »

« 4 – Pour réduire le risque de confusion, notre intention est d’offrir le téléchargement du BIOS uniquement aux clients vérifiés des cartes mères de la série 400 qui ont acheté un nouveau processeur « Zen 3 ». Cela nous aidera à faire en sorte que les clients disposent d’un processeur permettant le démarrage après le flash du BIOS, minimisant le risque qu’un utilisateur se retrouve dans l’incapacité de démarrer son ordinateur. »

« 5 – Le timing et la disponibilité des mises à jour du BIOS varieront et pourraient ne pas coïncider immédiatement avec la disponibilité des premiers processeurs « Zen 3 ». »

« 6 – Il s’agit du dernier chemin d’upgrade qu’AMD peut permettre pour les cartes mères de la série 400. Les processeurs suivants « Zen 3 » nécessiteront une nouvelle carte mère. »

« 7 – AMD continue de recommander aux clients de choisir une carte mère AMD série 500 pour les meilleures performances et fonctionnalités avec nos nouveaux processeurs. »


On peut donc mettre à jour le tableau relayé dans notre précédente brève sur le sujet :


À noter qu’AMD précise également qu’il y a encore beaucoup de détails à régler, mais qu’ils ont déjà commencé la planification nécessaire. Une future publication sur leur blog fournira les détails restants et un passage en revue du processus spécifique.


Une décision à double tranchant


Bien que les passionnés seront majoritairement ravis de ce demi-tour, ce choix reste néanmoins loin d’être idéal. Comme l’a expliqué Gamers Nexus dans leurs vidéos (l’une plus ancienne, et l’autre datant de la veille), il y avait de solides raisons derrière cette première décision, notamment la volonté de ne pas apporter une expérience chaotique aux utilisateurs novices et de ne pas délaisser certains marchés où les processeurs d’ancienne génération et d’occasion sont nombreux. En cédant aux plaintes, AMD se doit donc de minimiser les conséquences. S’assurer que l’utilisateur est en possession d’un processeur compatible avant de lui fournir le BIOS bêta au lieu de le mettre à disposition de n’importe qui est un bon pas dans ce sens.

AMD change d’avis pour Zen 3 sur B450 et X470 a lire sur Vonguru.

16 movies released to streaming due to COVID-19 (Greyhound to Apple TV Plus)


Update: May 19, 2020: We have updated this article with word that Greyhound, the WWII drama starring Tom Hanks, will now be coming to Apple TV Plus instead of theaters.

Coronavirus has most of us stranded at home without much to do. Watching movies is an obvious way to spend your time, but soon enough you will start burning through the latest films available for streaming. This is why movie studios and streaming services are releasing content for streaming ahead of schedule. Those looking for something newer to watch while practicing social distancing have some great options, and we have put together a list of them here.

Movies released early because of Coronavirus:

1. Onward


Directed by Dan Scanlon, who previously directed Monsters University, Onward takes place in a fantasy world filled with elves, monsters, and more creatures. Two elven brothers find a magical staff and gem that can resurrect their dead father for one day. Due to an issue with the gem, the staff only brings back the father’s lower body half. The two brothers must go on a quest to find another gem to complete the spell, and see their dad again, before the day ends.

Early release date: March 20, 2020 (You can also watch it on Disney Plus)

Where to buy Onward:

2. The Invisible Man

the invisible man

Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale) has received critical praise for her performance in this latest reboot of the Universal Monsters series. She plays a woman with an abusive boyfriend with a tech background. She leaves him one night and later is told he has died. But is he really dead? Soon she experiences events that make her convinced her ex is not only alive but has found a way to turn himself invisible to torment her.

Early release date: March 20, 2020

Where to rent The Invisible Man:

3. The Hunt

the hunt

This movie was supposed to be released in theaters back in September 2019. It got pulled off the schedule due to criticisms of its plot by both conservative and liberal groups. Universal finally released The Hunt in theaters on March 13, just before theaters started to close. Now you can see if all the fuss is worth it. It depicts an event held by rich liberals where they hunt people they deem to be conservative for sport.

Early release date: March 20, 2020

Where to rent The Hunt:

4. Emma

emma released for streaming early due to coronavirus

This is the latest movie adaptation of the much-loved novel by Jane Austen. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the title character, a woman in 19th-century England’s high society who tries to make love connections for her friends but doesn’t seem to have much luck in love herself.

Early release date: March 20, 2020

Where to rent Emma:

5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

The final installment of the Skywalker saga is finally here. While it was a bit underwhelming to many, it’s still part of the Star Wars franchise and holds a special place in our hearts. The movie follows Rey, Finn, and Poe as they lead the final battle against Kylo Ren and the First Order. It’s a Star Wars movie, so you must watch it!

Early release date: March 13, 2020

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6. The Way Back

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Ben Affleck has a great performance in this sports drama. He plays a man who was once a great high school basketball player, but is now struggling in life. However, he gets another chance as he’s hired by his old high school to coach the basketball team and bring it back to greatness.

Early release date: March 24, 2020

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7. Frozen 2

Frozen 2 released early due to coronavirus

Elsa en her team take you through an adventure far beyond Arendelle’s borders. The past holds secrets and they may reveal the origin of Elsa’s powers. This quests takes them through the enchanted forest and the dark seas, where she finds what threatens her kingdom and what must be done for a better future.

Early release date: March 15, 2020

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8. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn has broken up with The Joker, which proves to be more dangerous than she thought. With no protection, all her previous enemies are now out to get her. She must team up with a group of eccentric women from all walks of life to survive. The movie is quirky, funny, and full of action.

Early release date: March 24, 2020

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9. Bloodshot


Vin Diesel plays Ray Garrison, an elite soldier who gets killed in battle. Ray is brought back to life with superhuman strength and fast healing powers, which he uses to try and go after the person who killed his wife. He soon finds out his reality is not what it seems, though. Can he even trust himself?

Early release date: March 24, 2020

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10. Trolls World Tour

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The Trolls take you on a new adventure where Queen Poppy and Branch find out there are all types of different trolls, with all different types of musical interests. Queen Barb and King Thrash want to destroy all other music types, so Poppy and Branch set out on a quest to unify other trolls to defend themselves against the new threat. Unlike many of the others, this is only available for rental, and it’s a much more expensive $20 for the privilege. You’ll have access to the movie for just 48 hours. While this sounds like a lot, taking a family to theaters easily costs much more than this normally. Just something to keep in mind. 

Early release date: April 10, 2020

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11. Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog movie released early for coronavirus

Sonic finds himself being persecuted by creatures in his world, so he must hide in planet earth. The idea is to stay hidden, but Sonic is bad at this and must now run away to another world. This becomes a problem when he loses his coins, which he must now find in San Francisco. Join Sonic in his adventure with his new best friend Tom.

Early release date: March 31, 2020

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12. The Call of the Wild

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Harrison Ford stars in this fairly loose adaptation of the classic Jack London novel. In the 1890s, a dog named Buck gets kidnapped from his California home and shipped to the cold Yukon. He meets an old adventurer, played by Ford, and together the two go on a dangerous trip to deliver the mail in the territory.

Early release date: March 27, 2020

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13. Artemis Fowl

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Disney’s young adult fantasy movie centers on a 12-year old boy who is the child of a criminal mastermind who has gone missing. In his search to find his father, Artemis discovers that his dad was keeping some major secrets, including the knowledge of a hidden world of fairies. Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Cinderella) directed the movie, which stars Josh Gad, Colin Farrell, and Judi Dench.

The movie was originally due for release in theaters for August 2019, before Disney decided to release it in May 2020. Now, due to the coronavirus outbreak, it will be heading straight to the Disney Plus service. No date has been set yet for its debut.

14. My Spy

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This action comedy stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre) as a CIA operative. He’s assigned to spy on a family, because they may lead him to find a dangerous arms dealie. However, he gets caught by the family’s nine-year old daughter. Now he has to deal with her while also completing his mission.

My Spy was originally set for release in US theaters on August 2019, then it got pushed back to January 2020, and then March 2020. The coronavirus outbreak caused its studio, STX, to push the release date back to April 2020. Now the movie, which was already released in theaters outside the US before the outbreak, will now be available for streaming via Amazon Prime Video. A date has yet to be set.

15. Scoob


Scoob, the latest feature film featuring the Hanna-Barbara Scooby-Doo characters, was supposed to be released to theaters on May 15. Instead, the film is available digitally as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 or as a purchase for $24.99.

16. Greyhound

This World War II drama will star Tom Hanks as a US Navy captain who leads a fleet of Allied warships and troop carriers across the Atlantic. With no air cover, the fleet has to deal with Nazi U-boat submarines which will stop at nothing to destroy the ships. This movie, which Hanks also wrote, was supposed to be released by Sony Pictures in mid-June in theaters, but will now debut exclusively on the Apple TV Plus streaming service. A release date has not been announced.

Now you have enough new movies to watch as the Coronavirus outbreak settles down. Stay put and make the best out of our situation!

Poll: If you could only pick one, which streaming service would you choose?

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There are almost too many streaming services to count nowadays, each one providing a variety of exclusive shows and movies. It can be difficult to choose just one. For today’s poll, I’m asking you to do just that.

If you could only choose one streaming service to sign up for, which would you pick? Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, or something else?

I would probably have to go Netflix. There’s a steady stream of new and original content being added every week. Though, I would absolutely miss The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars on Disney Plus. That also means I’d need to say goodbye to Law and Order: SVU on Hulu, which is something I’m frankly not willing to do.

I guess my answer would be “Netflix, but I’d be mad about it.”

So, what’s it going to be? Cast your vote in the poll below.

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