4 iPhone & iPad Apps for Summer Olympics

first_imgTeam USA (Free: iPhone/iPad) This beautifully designed app provides in-depth information on all U.S. athletes. Pages covering each sport include links to the official team website, plus news items and links to Facebook and Twitter activity on each sport. The website itself is easier to navigate and apparently provides the same information – and it is at least as fast as the app, which is agonizingly slow. While the website requires Flash to view videos, the app does not. However, it’s not yet clear whether worthwhile videos will be available as the games draw closer.Verdict: Worth the download and at least a once-over. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … 2012 Summer Games London Offline($0.99: iPad, iPhone)This app is designed more for those attending the games than those watching at home. The app provides basic information about each sport (2012 schedule, brief history, rules), but nothing more than attendees can find elsewhere offline. It also includes useful maps with detailed information about transportation, including walking, cycling and taxis. The maps are almost impossible to read on the iPhone’s tiny screen. On the iPad, however, they’re terrific.Verdict: You’ve already spent thousands to go to the Olympics; another buck won’t hurt, and it will be money well spent if you use just one or two maps to get to where you’re going. Tags:#iPad#iPhone#mobile London 2012 Official Game(Free with in-app purchases: iPhone/iPad)First, a word of caution: While iPhone apps also work on the iPad, this one does not. That said, the iPad version of this Olympic-themed game is more fun. You can compete in nine events: the 100M, 110M Hurdles, 100m Freestyle, Double Trap, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, 100m Butterfly, Kayak (K1) and Archery. Gameplay is a simple matter of tilting and pressing on the screen. With my slow-twitch thumbs, my 100 meter dash time was 25 seconds or so, made worse in part because clumsy thumbwork sent my avatar into somersaults.Be prepared for the game to take a long time to load, and for individual events to load slowly. Also be prepared for error messages that say you don’t have a network connection when you do, in fact, have one. Despite these caveats, this game is fun and addictive. You could easily spend hours in couch competition.Verdict: A (slow) winner. Only 35 days remain until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and apps for the iPhone and iPad that help you follow the fun are coming thick and fast. The heavyweights – NBC’s smartphone and tablet apps, which will offer streams of every event, aren’t yet available. However, other apps also have plenty to offer. Most are free, and a few are $0.99, so it’s painless enough to delete the ones you don’t end up using. The apps below offer the best mobile Olympic experience right now, although others are likely to appear before long. London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games(Free: iPhone)In the past, official apps designed around events often provided little use to those who didn’t plan to attend. The strategy seemed to be: We have to put out something, but why give fans another reason to stay home? That outlook has changed dramatically during the past few years, as fans, whether attending or not, have come to expect more. Third-party developers filled in with unofficial apps, and sports organizations learned the same lesson that had flummoxed them with the introduction of television: There is much more to fan loyalty than purchasing tickets. The London 2012 app, put out by the London Games Organizing Committee, is a terrific example of this idea in action, and far superior to its indie competitor, London 2012 (Summer Games). It includes a full schedule of events, which you can review in advance and note events that you specifically want to view. For each event, the time and venue are noted along with a “last mile access map” for those lucky enough to have scored tickets. All events – preliminaries, heats, etc. – also include official photos, plus images culled from Twitter, videos, and lots of news items. There’s also information on venues, including maps and detailed descriptions (for example, constructing the Olympic Stadium required the removal of 800,000 tons of soil). There’s no information about individual athletes, but the athletes’ official website makes up for that.Verdict: A winner. jeff merron The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img

Poll: Is the Technorati Percolator Useful as a News Aggregator?

A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Photo: Lockwasher 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web So right now, the Percolator isn’t something I feel compelled to come back to multiple times a day, like I do with Techmeme. It doesn’t give you the sense that it’s really “what’s happening” in the tech blogging and/or news world.What do you think? Please participate in our poll below:
Today Technorati, one of the leading blog search engines along with Google Blog Search and Bloglines/Ask.com, launched a re-design. I chatted with new Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra today about it. He noted that the new design is about “going back to our roots” as a site for bloggers – but he also told me it’s about creating a “media look and feel” that will appeal to advertisers. The main new features are a revamped ‘news aggregator’ UI and a new resource page for bloggers.Of most interest to me was the “Percolator” – a.k.a. the new frontpage news aggregation. In a blog post, Percolator architect Ian Kallen described it like this:“The Technorati Percolator combs the sea of posts and other media flowing through our systems to find the ones that are emerging as significant at any given time. Finding the needles in a fast-moving haystack and organizing them into topical groupings isn’t easy. Items in the Percolator are sampled from our update stream, primarily ranked by the age of the item, the authority of its source, the authority of the referring blogs and the density of recent links to it. We found that by taking all of these factors into account, an effective algorithmic filter and magnifier emerges. A lot of great applications have already appeared on the landscape that try to solve this kind of problem. From what we can tell, those applications started with a small corpus of blogs and grew their coverage from there. Technorati has come at the problem from the perspective of starting with broad coverage, sampling it and winnowing it down to the good conversations. Of course, if you want to explore the social connectivity, Technorati’s search systems are there to help.”It’s fairly obvious that Techmeme was an influence in the new UI, along with sites like Topix and the new NY Times Tech frontpage. But Jalichandra told me there were many other influences too – plus user feedback. Nevertheless we can see that Technorati now wants to be some kind of news aggregator; and overall it’s a sensible move, given that many professional blogs these days are media operations. Allen Stern has a video overview, along with a number of concerns about the “confusing” UI — all are valid points.So would you use Technorati now as a news aggregator that you visit daily? Many RWW readers probably use Techmeme for that purpose already (I know I am a Techmeme addict, and I’m not afraid to admit it!). But the new Technorati doesn’t appear to have that same ‘stickiness’, to use an old school Web term. The results I see on the Technorati Tech page seem almost random to me – for example there is a story currently on the page entitled “Orcs & Elves”. The next story down is “KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: New Audio Interview With HOWARD JONES Posted Online”. Neither were ‘sponge worthy’ (i.e. worthy of a click) for me as a geek wanting to know the latest tech news. Related Posts richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…