This Thursday, fans of "The Greatest Game" will jump for joy as the 2014 World Cup begins play in Brazil. And you can be sure that technology will play a major part in bringing all of the action and commentary to viewers who can't get to their televisions or local bars easily. Smartphones will factor in heavily and the governing body of FIFA has already announced that for every game, the "Man of the Match" will be decided by Twitter users. Facebook will also have a number of features solely dedicated to the World Cup. For iPhone and iPad users, there's already numerous apps to keep track of all the matches and associated media. Here's four of the best on tap.
Harmonix, the company behind the smash video game platform hits Rock Band and Dance Central, has recently made their entry into the world of mobile gaming with Record Run, a gaming app that the company terms a "'rhythm runner."
I was recently involved in a spirited discussion with a couple of people online. The subject? The perception that African countries are somehow lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of technological innovation. I argued against that idea, citing a number of examples from different countries on the continent that show remarkable innovations and concepts. One of those concepts has grown into a viable movement that is just now catching the eye of the west. What is it exactly? The mobile payment movement. To be more precise, M-PESA.
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Once in a while, I will stumble on an app at what seems like the most inopportune time, but it turns out to be highly beneficial anyway. That's how I found MapMyRun from MapMyFitness. I actually happened upon this app when I saw their ad while playing a game in my doctor's waiting room. The company is certainly no stranger to the App Store; since their inception in 2007, MapMyFitness has released several apps dedicated to fostering connected fitness among the public.
Bingo - Pharoah's Way (Free)
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Most of us have at one point in our lives played Bingo, but it still carries the stigma of just being a game played at various veteran's halls across the country. This game from Starlight Interactive looks to change that perception. Pharoah's Way Bingo takes the game of Bingo and embeds it in the era of Ancient Egypt, giving it a luxurious and somewhat mystical twist.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will undoubtedly be full of triumphant moments and inspirational stories taking place. Perhaps one of the most inspiring will be a story that is both new and still familiar to many people out there. It's the story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and their journey to these Olympics. It is partly an ode to determination and partially a gaze into the possibilities of digital currency and crowdfunding on a global scale.
Let's face it, these days, you can't go anywhere without at least one smartphone being present. Especially if you're enjoying a night out on the town. It's getting so that your favorite happy hour might just feature one or two sad faces, upset that they can't get Wi-Fi access.
The Bible is one of the most read books worldwide. And with the emergence of iOS devices, there have been numerous apps available for those to partake in the Good Book. Since the last article on this topic, applications that give one an in-depth Bible reading and learning experience have improved a great deal. Here are five choice apps from the lot:
Holiday shopping may have gotten a bit smoother thanks to the news from e-commerce giant PayPal. They have announced a new 'Digital Gifts Store' service, and the first product that's available? iTunes. One caveat? The Digital Gift Store can only process transactions within the United States, so international customers are left out for now. While the store doesn't have much besides Apple's media service to offer, it might not matter when seen in a broader scope.
As the holidays loom and people get started on their shopping, iPhones and iPads will be at the top of many gift lists. But if you're an AT&T customer you may have concerns because of the telecommunication giant's issues with data plans. As AT&T customers (including myself) can attest, being an iOS device user under AT&T can be somewhat tricky to navigate depending on your usage. But the company's newest plans may sway some consumers to their side.