Posts Tagged ‘Apps’
Only March holds the tournament to end all tournaments for Division 1 Men’s Basketball. 64 teams take the court in a single elimination tournament to determine who the best in the nation is. Fans all over the country put together mock tournament brackets based on their predictions of who will win. Games will be the focus of high stakes gambling, and the talent of future NBA stars will emerge. This is March Madness. You do not want to fall behind on any of the action going on in this tournament. Luckily, there are plenty of apps out there to help keep you on top of things, so you don’t miss out on the madness.
1. NCAA March Madness Live
There are 67 games in the tournament. There is no way you’re going to be able to be in front of a television for all of them. Not to worry, with NCAA March Madness Live, you can watch any game live on mobile devices. These platforms include your computer, Android, or iOS devices. This app does cost $3.99, but that’s a lot better than a $50 – $100 sports package from the cable company isn’t it? Plus, don’t you want to be able to have the game streaming on your desktop background while you’re at work? You don’t have to be internet marketers to know this app is going to be lucrative.
With the latest update for iOS, users can select which specific sport content they like and chat live about it. PlayUP also has a brilliant link building strategy with social media. Users can easily send social updates to Facebook or Twitter and also recruit friends to the application. PlayUp has already been ranked in the top ten for sports apps before the tournament.
OnSports lets you personalize your sports interests on your mobile devices. This app will update users with recent scores and news. This gives you the potential to receive over 100,000 updates each day from the tournament. There is a reason it’s called March Madness. Users can also start discussions and essentially become their own sports caster through the app.
FanCake is the first breakthrough app to allow users to compete against each other while watching the game. Users will receive medals when a big play happens in a game. There are also opportunities to make a quick prediction of a future play to receive rewards. This app is an addictive and fun way to interact during sporting events.
5. Matchup Mania
NCAA fans love their bracket pools. Bracket pools are a great way to get really into the games and have a lot of fun. With Matchup Mania, users can get into multiple bracket pool groups to get as deep into the tournament as they like. The user who does the best in the bracket pool receives $3,500 and the runner-up receives $500.
So which app will you be downloading? If you know of any other March Madness apps that really catch your eye feel free to share with us.
As we welcome Google Play into the family of music lets take a moment to explore some of the possibilities. For example if you love sharing things with friends and family Google Play’s coolest feature is the compatibility to play through mobile devices, software, and social media at any time or place. Google Play is also connected with the social media outlet Google+ and can be integrated with email, texts, and circles within your Google+ hangout. For example, if you want to share a great book that you recently finished or listened to an awesome song then choose your favorite platform to share it through. You can also take Google Play to the cloud. You entire library is stored in the cloud which enable your downloads to be seen anywhere from your desktop computer, mobile device, or live at play.google.com.
Hate buying something you’re afraid you might end up not liking? Google Play makes the decision much easier as you can preview books, music, and movies. If that still doesn’t persuade you then try the large compilation of app ratings, user reviews, and detailed screenshots to make your purchase that much easier.
Flavor of the Week
To celebrate (or attract customers into switching to Google Play) the launch Google is throwing a party called “7 Days to Play” sale. Here is a list as to what you can find during this sale and also be on the lookout for weekly specials & discounts:
Music: Feature: top 40 hits Now That’s What I Call Music 4 $.25
Extras: Various hip-hop, rock, and country albums for $3.99
Game: Feature: Where’s My Water $.25
Extras: Selected apps for $.49
Book: Feature: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close $.25
Extras: detective novels $2.99
Movie: Feature: Puncture for just 25 cents $.25
Extras: Editorial team’s favorite must have movies for $.99
If you feel still unfamiliar with some of the new names here is a guide of what was and now what is:
Google Music = Play Music
Android Market = Play Store
Video App = Play Movies
Google Books = Play Books
We all have apps that we downloaded just to try out and hardly ever use but don’t want to get rid of. The new iCloud service offers a search engine for all apps that you have ever installed or purchased on your iOS device. Now available on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, this service allows you to store all your apps without having to delete any of them. It gives your iOS device the ability to clean your screen from all apps that are not consistently used, while being able to later search for them through iCloud.
As a current iPhone or iPad user we might not have the necessary amount of apps to need this specific search mechanism. As we change devices, upgrade, and download more and more entertainment, our apps are increasing and our available storage is decreasing. This is where a search engine for apps is going to come in to clean our home screens and store all of our apps. Right now when using the iCloud app search engine, your results seem to be ranked by time of installation. The description or your use of the app is not used to rank when searching and is a part of this tool that still needs to be enhanced and developed to become more user friendly. Somewhere at Apple HQ this device is being improved, as customers will be soon using this in the near future.
Why this new device in iCloud? Because most of us don’t like to delete every app that has not recently been used. Thinking a specific app will be useful at least once in the future leads us to want to keep it. Our hope is that iCloud search will soon be incorporated with Siri and users will be able to find their apps using natural language. Maybe our iOS device will soon even download the wanted app for us if we don’t already have it and organize our apps on our screens based on usage or rating.
Are we giving ideas to Apple hoping they will listen? In a way yes, but it is also to recognize how there are still so many ideas to be incorporated in our products and devices to be improved!