Any sports fan will tell you the greatest social network is not one that's limited to 140 characters; rather it's inside a stadium with 25,000 comrades only interested in following the action playing out in front of them. Play Up - Where Sports Gets Social is built on that very premise: That sporting events are better when they’re shared.
EA Sports' Madden NFL series has been around since the Apple IIGS was the apex of home computing, and the seemingly indestructible franchise found its way to the iPad last summer with Madden NFL 11, which delivered a pretty capable pro football simulation. With a fairly complete version of the sport on the tablet for the first time, it was easy to overlook the jagged play models and janky animations, as well as the lack of a true franchise mode and online play.
But another year has passed, and while Madden's still the only real football option for iPad owners, we expected more than a visual bump and updated rosters.
We all know that Apple frequently giveth and Apple often taketh away -- such was the case with the rear camera on the iPod nano, which disappeared from last year’s diminutive model. A new photo leaked online appears to bring it back again, at the expense of a clip to attach the media player to your clothes.
While the concept of being able to watch the Entertainment and Sports Network on your mobile device might not necessarily be new, one could only watch an "ESPN-lite" of sorts with "ESPN Mobile TV." However, sports junkies can now watch the gang from Bristol on the iPhone with the new WatchESPN app. But as with most wonderful things, there is a catch. You have to be a Time Warner Cable, Bright House, or Verizon FiOS customer.
This GameTime we looked for any excuse to play the new Madden on our iPads during work. So we wrangled up a thinly disguised Sport-centric GameTime focusing on all sorts of sport games on iOS devices. This not only allowed us to play tons of Madden, but also pick up some incredibly obscure games to make fun of. If you make it to the end, you’ll be rewarded with a pretty detailed look at EA’s brand new Madden 2011 for iPad.
The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Whether you're traveling this year, or staying close to home, there are iPad and iPhone apps that'll make the weekend easier to manage. Because three-day weekends are the greatest invention ever, we present you with a list of applications that can help you make Memorial Day more enjoyable.
Lately, our Sundays have been spent enjoying the latest trend in urban
cycling: group bicycle parties. So it seemed a logical extension to add
music to the festivities with Cy•fi’s Wireless Sports Speaker.
They weren’t on a mission of redemption like the USA Basketball team. They don’t have eight gold medals like Michael Phelps. They didn’t break any world records. And they won’t be getting a Speedo endorsement any time soon.
But Apple’s Executive Board members had plenty of reasons to high-five during the Games of XXIX Olympiad: Like each time Microsoft spokesman Lebron James, or Yao Ming, or any of the 11,000 other athletes from around the world was shown listening to an iPod before an event. Or whenever a broadcaster waxed intellectual about Phelps’ pre-swim playlist. Or when Dwight Howard was photographed downloading an app onto his iPhone. (Not so much when a duct-taped MacBook Pro made an appearance, but you can’t win 'em all.)
So we started thinking: What if Apple’s Executive Board, rather than its products, were the stars of the Beijing Olympic Games? What events would they participate in? Who would win gold?