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The NCAA Tournament is in full swing. These apps will help you keep up with your bracket.
Game on. The 2016 NCAA Tournament (that’s college men’s basketball, in case you’re not into such things) is underway. That means countless work hours lost over the next couple weeks, but specifically in these early days as we all pore over our brackets, hoping to avoid the bust and advance to the next round.
Sadly, we don’t all have televisions in our offices. But seeing as how this is 2016, there’s more than one way to keep up with the tourney. A trusty web browser is one, of course. But you’re on the go. That’s where these handy Android apps come in.
We’ve updated our favorites for following this year’s big dance. And there’s a good chance if you’re a sports fan you’re already acquainted. Let’s take a look.
This one’s a longtime sports staple on Android. Follow leagues, teams and players. Get all the latest news. But you’re here for basketball. It’s got a dedicated tournament section, with a smartly designed sort of bracket that’s using Android design guidelines instead of the sort of pan-and-zoom thing you’ll find elsewhere. It’s really well done.
TheScore is ad-supported, but it’s also one of those apps that can very well stick around once you try it. So try it.
Download: theScore (free)
NCAA March Madness Live
This one’s the official app from the folks putting on the tournament, so you know it’s good. It’s also very much sponsored by AT&T, Capital One and Infiniti, so you’ll be subjected to adds from those three throughout. But if you’ve got a cable subscription this is a great way to watch all the games live. And with Chromecast support built in, you can stream to a larger TV or monitor if you’re not in the same room as your cable box. Plus there are scores, info on every team in the tourney, and keep up with your bracket, at least until it gets busted. There’s a lot of webview going on there, but it’s not a bad choice by any stretch.
Download: NCAA March Madness Live (Free, TV subscriptions required for some games)
ESPN Tournament Challenge
This one’s less about following the tournament and more about a bracket challenge. Specifically, if you’re playing with ESPN’s brackets. (If you’re not, just move on.) You can follow up to 10 brackets and get alerts on the latest news. Following scores is fairly simply, but the app also is (unsurprisingly) pretty ad-heavy. Again, if you’re not actually doing ESPN’s bracket challenge, no need to stop here.
Download: ESPN Tournament Challenge (Free)
CBS consistently has had some of the best sports apps out there, and that continues this year with the latest iteration of the CBS Sports app. At launch you’ll be asked if you want to use location services to follow local (or regional) teams. Do or do not, there is no try. You also can designate specific teams in any of the sports that you want to give special attention to.
From there, it’s all sports, all the time. That means you’ll see other events lumped with the basketball games. Just duck into the drawer on the left for quick links to scores and news, the full brackets, and expert pics. (And CBS has added the NIT tournament for good measure.)
If you’re looking for a really good all-around sports app, this is one to have. And it’s also excellent for this year’s dance.
Download: CBS Sports (Free)
Don’t wanna go through any of that? Just ask your phone. “Show me NCAA basketball tournament scores” will pull up the recent games in Google Now. No having to install and wade through any other apps than that. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s probably already on your phone.
If not …
Download: Google (Free)
Those are still our favorite pics. Did we miss something that’s worth checking out? Let us know in the comments. And may your bracket live beyond the weekend.
Being the nerd in the family means you’re surprised when someone near you jumps up and buys a phone on day one.
I have always been the tech nerd in the family. It didn’t really matter what it was, I wanted to know everything about it. When phones started to get interesting for me — which was back in the days of the microPDA-esque LG enV2 — I started jumping from phone to phone every couple of months and never looked back. Most of my family has known me as the guy to talk to when it comes to smartphones for a while now, but my sister has never really cared about this stuff. She has owned her fair share of smartphones, but it was always based on price or convenience and usually had no research behind the purchase.
This year my sister not only purchased a Samsung Galaxy S7, but she woke herself up at 4am to make sure she was one of the first to pre-order it. Somehow, Samsung’s marketing machine had shifted my fairly tech illiterate sister from a disinterested consumer to an early adopter.
As a mother of two little ones and the wife of a Naval officer — on top of actively pursuing her own career — my sister has plenty of things to care about that aren’t smartphones. It’s easy to look at her doing things like buying an LG G3 weeks before the G4 was launched and wanting to scream, but the truth is that’s how a lot of people shop for phones. The stuff that has been recently marked down and maybe comes with a free car charger or some kind of buy-one-get-one deal — those are the phones a significant chunk of the U.S. smartphone buyers go for. It’s inconceivable to smartphone nerds, especially when the person doing the shopping has a history of breaking her screen or drowning her phone in pools and toilets. I love my sister to death, but she is absolutely the Snapchat-wielding, Facebook-browsing, texting-while-driving smartphone user I don’t hesitate to look down on as I grip whatever shiny new phone I’m using this week. That probably says more about me than anything else, and I accept that.
She didn’t get bogged down by things like a launcher that doesn’t sort alphabetically by default or how many pre-installed Verizon apps she was never going to use.
My sister’s excitement for the Galaxy S7 started with Samsung Pay. She’d seen the commercials, and any excuse to leave her wallet locked in the car while she and the kids wandered around town sounded like a dream. If all she needed was the phone in her back pocket — yeah, she does that too — how cool would that be?
On the verge of an upgrade, she was already leaning towards Samsung. Days away from pulling the trigger on a Galaxy S6, Mobile World Congress happened. She saw Verizon announce a pre-order for this new phone, with Samsung Pay and an even better camera, and was sold. She saw the offer for a free Gear VR if she pre-ordered, and that was all it took to set her schedule to wake up early to make the purchase.
Verizon Wireless was one of two carriers that decided to start shipping the Galaxy S7 before the street date, so she got the phone early and had some time to dive in and get to know it before she saw me again. In fact, as of this writing she’s spent more time with the Galaxy S7 than I have. She has already discovered things like double-tapping the home button to launch the camera, set up Samsung Pay and used it anywhere and everywhere she could, and can’t get enough of how well the display works in direct sunlight. She didn’t get bogged down by things like a launcher that doesn’t sort alphabetically by default or how many Verizon apps were pre-installed that she was never going to use. When I asked, she told me she just put those apps in a folder and never used them, just like she did with every other phone she’s ever had. All she really cared about was how fast it was, how nice the screen was, and how well the camera worked, all of which routinely impressed her.
The only thing she wasn’t totally thrilled with was the accessories. Her local Verizon Wireless store didn’t stock anything for the Galaxy S7 before the street date, and was downright aggressive about how she got the phone early and why she was allowed to use it in public. After getting over this shock, the store associate told her they had no cases for her and then sold her a screen protector for the Galaxy S6. They even applied it for her in the store, and as you can imagine it looks absolutely terrible. Knowing she needed something to protect this phone, she didn’t ask a ton of questions until I saw how awful the thing looked on her phone. Fortunately, it’s much easier now to get a hold of some decent screen protectors and cases for the Galaxy S7.
It never occurred to me that my sister, who I have watched more than once huddle in shade to read a text message on an iPhone 4S with a broken screen, could teach me something about the phones I use every day. There’s a whole world of people using things differently from the way the nerds use them, and that’s okay. In fact, many companies are counting on it. I always knew that Samsung’s ads weren’t aimed at me, but I’d never seen those ads convert a user right in front of me.
Between the VR experiences she can share with her kids through the Gear VR, the availability of Samsung Pay, and the incredible quality of the display and camera, my sister isn’t likely to leave Samsung anytime soon. In fact, she’s already got her husband looking at his phone, wondering if it’s time to upgrade.
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If you are a fan of the Back to the Future movies, you’ll be excited to see that you can grab all three right now in SD for just $22 at Google Play. The HD versions are priced at $30. That’s right, for the rather low price of $22 you get Back to the Future I, Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III.
The sale, which was first spotted by Ausdroid, is a single purchase for all three movies, and it currently saves you around $8 over buying them individually. Hit the link below to grab the Back to the Future Trilogy for yourself!
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The robots of Boston Dynamics may be huge stars on YouTube, but that apparently is not enough for its current parent company Alphabet, which also owns Google. A new report says that Boston Dynamics is now up for sale.
Google acquired the company in December 2013, but even before then Boston Dynamics’ robot creations like Big Dog, PETMAN and Wildcat had become Internet sensations thanks to videos showing off their movements that looked very much like how real animals moved. However, it looks like getting lots of views online won’t cut it. According to Bloomberg:
Executives at Google parent Alphabet Inc., absorbed with making sure all the various companies under its corporate umbrella have plans to generate real revenue, concluded that Boston Dynamics isn’t likely to produce a marketable product in the next few years and have put the unit up for sale, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans.
The article also cites reported issues between the executives at Boston Dynamics in working with Google’s robot efforts, which are under the name Replicant. It adds that possible buyers include Toyota and Amazon.
Back in July, a judge approved a $60 million settlement between Electronic Arts and a number of college athletes over the use of their likeness in games. Athletes with a valid claim, all 24,819 of them, will finally get their share of the settlement. The average player will receive $1,600 after lawyers for the class action take their 30-percent cut. Of course, the lead plaintiffs (Ed O’Bannon, Ryan Hart and Sam Keller) will get the most at approximately $15,000 each. A group of 21 players will receive $5,000 each for their role as representatives in the class action.
To determine the amount for each player, funds were awarded based on which games each athlete appeared in and how their likeness was used. Older EA NCAA titles are worth less, but if photos or an avatar of one of the plaintiffs was used, they’ll receive more than those who are referenced by name or body description in a game. The lawsuit caused EA Sports to shelve its NCAA games entirely, including the popular NCAA Football franchise.