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Apps: Sports

With CrowdZone, the CROWD's the thing!

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Shakespeare wrote "The play's the thing", in Hamlet, but with CrowdZone (FREE, http://www.crowdzone.com), that could easily become "The CROWD's the thing".  CrowdZone is a social networking tool focused on sporting events.  In fact, CrowdZone is probably the ultimate tailgating app!  You create a profile and see what events are happening today.  You join an event, whether you are at the game or watching at home or at a sports bar.  You can leverage the location-aware capabilities of the iPhone and find like-minded users nearby!  Root for your team, chat with others, and earn "trophies" for your own comments.  You can even earn real world rewards, like tickets!



Pocket Bracket — leading app for fans of March Madness basketball

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If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.



Games 2010 — $0.99 app for following the Olympics

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A few days ago I posted about the free Winter 2010 app for following the Olympics. Another option available is Games 2010, a $0.99 app that gives you up-to-the-minute news from over 30 news sources, ranging from the New York Times and ESPN to the BBC and the Associated Press. In addition, the app includes a range of other content, including pictures, videos, medal standings, latest results, TV schedules, event schedules, and interviews.



Winter 2010 — free app for following the Winter Olympics

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Winter 2010 is a free app with a number of great features that give you about everything you need to follow the Winter Olympics. It gives you access to all the news and information, event schedule, and a medal tracker, which lists the countries with the most medals. A neat feature is push notifications, so you can get instant notice for winners by nation or by sport. The news feeds offer general news as well as news by sport. 

 


iTunes App Store undergoing subtle but significant changes... with some difficulty

 If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.

  1. New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
  2. Updates are not included in the New Releases

This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.

The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems.  It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page.  That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.



A Developer's View on In-App Purchases for Free Apps

 Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.

In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps.  Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately.  Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.

On one hand, more choices are a good thing.  But I have some concerns.



Google's product search helps in comparison shopping

EspnScoreCenterAmazon isn’t the only place to go for product information and price comparisons. Google now offers price comparisons for most products. Just open Google in Safari or use the Google app and do a search on the name of the product that you wish to purchase. Then scroll down the results list until you see the “Shopping results for…” link. (Tip: If Google does not display shopping results, make the search more specific.)

Google now offers shopping results and price comparisons for most products.

iFooty World Plus

iFootyWorldiFooty World Plus provides you with detailed coverage of just about all the football, soccer leagues and tournaments from around the world. It lists over 21 leagues from the United Kingdom, Europe, MLS, South America, and Asia, as well as international tournaments and cups. The user interface needs a little work, but the right content is all there.

GoLearn Soccer for Kids

GoLearnSoccerKidsGoLearn Soccer for Kids is like having a personal soccer coach in the palm of your hand. Created by a professional soccer coach, the app provides more than 30 video drills to instruct coaches, parents, and players on a variety of subjects. While the videos are intended for kids between U6 and U12, players of all ages and levels can benefit from them. These high-quality videos contain warm-ups, stretches, proper skills and training drills, games, cool downs, and more.

ESPN ScoreCenter

EspnScoreCenterEditor's ChoiceA must-have for any sports fan, ESPN’s ScoreCenter brings you up-to-the-minute scores from over 500 sport leagues around the world. The soccer portion of the app is fairly comprehensive, allowing you to follow the major soccer leagues including MLS, the English Premier League, Championship League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Series A. You can follow soccer around the world, or focus in on your favorite country or team.

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