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Yahoo! Gives Yahoo Sports a Major Update Just in Time for The NFL Playoffs

If you haven’t been paying attention, let me you in on a little secret.

Yahoo! is back and they have some great apps.

The company than many – including me – wrote off as dead just two years ago has come back with a vengeance, focusing on apps and services that continue to impress.  The latest update to Yahoo Sports is another fine example.

The update, released today, brings an all new iOS 7 look & feel to the app that brings you not only new and information about US centric sports but worldwide sports information.

One of the best new features of Yahoo Sports is the new Loops feature.  Think of it as an animated GIF that allows you

Yahoo Sports for iPhone

Yahoo Sports for iPhone

to add captions, effect and comments to a moment in a game.  While it is only available on select games on iPhone and best experienced with WiFi, the Loops feature gives you the creativity to create your own highlight of the game.

Other improvements and features include:

  • Clean, beautiful redesign for iOS7 with dozens of new features and improvements. If Brady and Gisele made a sports app, it might not be as good looking as this.
  • New team and player pages with cover photos and easy access to the latest news.
  • Improved football scores page with redzone and scoring play indicators.
  • Personalize your league nav in the order you want with the leagues you want. You’ll never have to look at [insert sport you don’t like] again!
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs and a few crashes. Sorry those were there in the first place.

Yahoo Sports is a free app and it is a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.  This new update requires that your device be running iOS 7.0 or later.

Yahoo Sports (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

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MLB At Bat Update Gets You Ready for The 2013 Baseball Season

With the 2013 Major League Baseball season only weeks away, the league has just updated their iOS universal app MLB At Bat for the 2013 season.  The update brings all of the latest news, information and updates from around the league now in Spring Training as well as the upcoming regular season and playoffs.  2013 marks my 3rd season of using the MLB At Bat app and I have every intention of doing so even though I now live in England.  It is the definitive sports app. Period.

While the latest release of MLB At Bat is focused on the 2013 season, there is a good list of updates and improvements in the app.  The Release Notes for version 6.0.0 highlights some of those changes and improvements.

In Game View on MLB at Bat

In Game View on MLB at Bat

New for 2013 (additional features coming Opening Day)
- Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 13 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account)
- Universal support for At Bat 13 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
- Batting, pitching and fielding statistics (iPad)
- Re-designed individual team pages (iPhone)
- Updated news section interface (iPhone)
- Classic games library (iPhone and iPad)
- Re-architected navigations (iPhone and iPad)
- Additional push notification options (iPhone)

As was the case in the 2012 version of MLB At Bat, the app itself is free and there are in-app purchases to get you more detailed information about games including video highlights and play-by-play audio.  First, if you are a MLB.TV subscriber, the app is free as part of your package.  If you are not a subscriber, then the in-app purchases give you two options:

  • One-Time fee of $19.99 for the entire 2013 season, Spring Training through to the World Series
  • Monthly recurring subscription of $2.99/month

Finally, if you link the app to your MLB.com account, you can listen to radio broadcasts of any came on your Mac or PC as well as in the MLB At Bat app.

MLB.com At Bat (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

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F1 Fans – Last Chance to Save on F1 2013 Timing App for Next Season

Whether you are a serious F1 fan or the casual follower, the app to have for the pentacle of motorsports is the F1 Timing App from Soft Pauer.  I have purchased this app every year since it was first released in 2010 and there is no better way to watch the race while getting live scoring and track maps on your iPhone or iPad at the same time.  The improvements and features of this app improve each year and the 2013 version is no exception.

Now through the end of New Years Day you can get the 2013 version for only $25.99, a savings of $10 off the normal price.  That purchase gets you live coverage of all 19 races for the 2013 season along with some other great features:

  • Tyre Information – Who’s on the Prime, Option or has gone to Inters?
  • DRS Zones

    F1 2013 Timing App

    F1 2013 Timing App

  • F1 News Notifications
  • Real-Time Tracking of Drivers on a 3D map
  • Live Timing Data direct from FOM – this is the same screens the teams use in the paddock
  • Select & follow your favourite driver throughout a race
  • Live Leader boards
  • Downloadable Race Packs to get the race after it is completed – all the sessions from FP1-3, Q1-3 and the Race
  • Live Text Commentary in the Race
  • Race Control Messages to let you know flag conditions or if an investigation is ongoing
  • Corner Views so you can see how drivers are going through your favourite corner on a track (Eau Rouge anyone?)

F1 2013 Timing App is available now in the App Store.  It is a Universal app for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

F1™ 2013 Timing App CP (Universal App) – SALE $25.99 – Download Now

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MLB At Bat updated with improvements and enhancements for iOS

MLB.com has released an update for what I have called the best sports app available for iOS, MLB.com At Bat.  The universal app gives you information and access to every Major League Baseball game in the 2012 season and includes things such as video highlights, box scores and even streaming audio of the play-by-play for your favorite team.  For the baseball fan, this is a must have app.

The update, affectionately known as version 5.2.1, brings several updates to both the iPhone and IPad builds of the app with some updates focused on the paid for At Bat 12 version and some for the At Bat Lite free version. In Game View on MLB at Bat

At Bat 12:
- Team schedule re-design (iPhone & iPad)
- MLB.TV broadcast grid (iPhone)
- League-wide scoreboard swiping (iPhone)
- Accessibility Improvements (iPhone & iPad)
- Live Audio error messaging and automatic retry logic for carrier connection failure (iPhone & iPad)
If you experience technical issues with Gameday Audio, please contact customer service at mlb-mobile-cs@mlb.com

At Bat Lite:
- Team schedule re-design (iPhone & iPad)
- Access to Box score & Game Summary (iPhone & iPad)
- Access to League Leaders (iPhone)
- League-wide scoreboard swiping (iPhone)
- Accessibility Improvements (iPhone & iPad)

MLB At Bat SubscriptionsAs a reminder of how the in-app purchases work on MLB At Bat, the download of the app is free and brings you the Lite version of the app.  For $14.99 you get the full At Bat 12 version which brings you things such as the MLB.tv Game of The Day (streaming games), play-by-play audio, video highlights, etc.  For $24.99 per month you can get the MLB At Bat full app plus MLB.tv so you can stream any MLB game (blackout rules apply) to your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or XBox.  All of the purchases can be made within the app itself.

Finally, if you have already purchased the full season of MLB.tv via their website, you can download the MLB At Bat app free as part of your subscription.  Details on how to download it are available on your account on MLB.tv.

MLB.com At Bat (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases Available)

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Who’s Your Caddy Unveils Revolutionary New Golf Mobile Application

Who’s Your Caddy, a free, cutting edge golf mobile application, is about to change the way golfers, golf courses, and advertisers view mobile apps. Not just another golf app, this mobile app is the first of its kind. A win-win-win for all parties involved: golfers, golf courses, and advertisers.

Who’s Your Caddy, created by parent company Red Mat Media, will be available in early April on iTunes, and by May 1 for Androids. Three key features set this product apart from other golf apps. First, Who’s Your Caddy is a Free mobile app for Who's Your Caddy Screenshotboth the golfer and the golf courses.

“Other golf apps can charge the course to be on the app. With Who’s Your Caddy, not only does the course not pay a cent for the app, it can also make revenue from it with our revenue share program. We create partnerships with golf courses and users, no other golf app can say that,” said Timothy Lyon, CEO of the parent company of Who’s Your Caddy, Red Mat Media.

Secondly, Who’s Your Caddy serves up “Gimmes” to its golfers. Gimmes are free gifts from businesses in the golfer’s neighborhood, such as a gift certificate to a restaurant. Golfers will be alerted of their free Gimme via a text while they are using their WYC unit during golf.

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EZ Capture Pro@golf swing 3.0 for iPad: Swing Capture/Analysis of Swing

i’m Apps today announces a major update to their Sports App, EZ Capture Pro@golf swing 3.0, that allows golfers to capture their swing automatically with Master/Slave Dual Camera support and instant playback in dual-view. It also supports multi-view analysis by using drawing tools provided and video export in slow motion. New features also include 3 kinds of Stop Capture options, Voice-Over commentary and Branding, which bring a whole new iPad experience to golfers on swing capture and analysis. Of all iOS golf apps, EZ Capture Pro@golf swing is the only app that exports the golfer’s swing in slow motion with analysis overlays, and it is the only app that offers Dual Camera support.

Golfers position the iPad on a tripod or stand at the desired position, and launching the app in landscape orientation automatically begins capture. Following the swing, the app stops capture using either impact sound detection and image EZ Capture Pro Golf Swing Screenshotanalysis, sound detection alone, or manual control. The app will intelligently delete unnecessary video and immediately play back the perfectly trimmed video clip in real time. Automatic capture begins again, and the same process repeats itself, producing perfect video clips of individual golf swings without any extraneous video before or after.

Golfers can draw lines, circles, and rectangles of various colors over the swing video, which can be deleted at any time. When analyzing swings, these guides can be invaluable. For example, a golfer could draw a red circle around his head to observe easily his head position throughout the swing. With these overlays, golfers can easily discover the strengths and weaknesses in their swing.

After drawing, video can be exported to the Camera Roll in slow motion, as an individual frame, or a slow motion video with overlay. The app accommodates golf professionals who may want to add voice-over instruction and a graphic logo to the video.

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PocketBracket for iPhone gets you ready for March Madness

PocketBracket is now the #1 Sports app in the iTunes App Store and has climbing the Top 20 Sports apps in the Android Market. Now that March is here the Madness has begun. PocketBracket is the only March Madness application to offer all so many features in one application and across multiple platforms.

PocketBracket allows you to create unlimited NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets, organize pools, and follow games during March Madness conveniently from your mobile device. Once the tournament begins, brackets are automatically scored. Any user on any platform can join your PocketBracket pool.

PocketBracket is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. This year’s version includes several new features PocketBracket Screenshotsuch as a real-time tournament bracket and GameTalk. PocketBracket prides itself on including additional features in response to user feedback. PocketBracket plans to release an upgrade including support for iPad and a free HTML5 web app that allows users to create a tournament bracket in the coming weeks.

How to use PocketBracket:
PocketBracket comes pre-loaded with 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament data so you can test drive the application before the the 2012 NCAA tournament. The 2012 data will be available on Selection Sunday, March 11, at 8:15pm ET. At that time PocketBracket will automatically update and remove your sample brackets so you are ready for March Madness.

PocketBracket eliminates the hassle of managing your NCAA Tournament brackets. Completing your bracket is simple on the touch interface. PocketBracket also has a “SmartPick” feature that will automatically advance your team to later rounds of the tournament. Once the tournament starts, your bracket is automatically scored and updated after each game. You can invite anyone to join your pool from within the app via Email, Facebook, or Twitter in one tap. The bottom line, you will totally score with PocketBracket – Game On!

Device Requirements:
* iOS 4.0 (iPhone, iPod, iPad)
* Android Experience Devices (Android 2.1 or higher)
* Windows Phone (7.1 or higher)

Pricing and Availability:
PocketBracket 1.3 is available for $0.99 (USD) on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.

Get PocketBracket: Men’s College Basketball by Pure Concepts in the App Store

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MLB At Bat Released as Universal App for iPhone and iPad

As expected, Major League Baseball as released the MLB At Bat app in the App Store this morning.  This year the app is a universal build so you download it one time and it works on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.  The app itself is free this year unlike the last two years where you had to pay $14.99 for the iPhone and a separate $14.99 for the iPad version.  This is a huge savings already for baseball fans.

The app now supports in-app subscriptions and MLB has provided two ways to subscribe in addition to the MLB.tv subscriptions (which give you MLB At Bat Splashscreenlive streaming video of every game – so long as you are not in the blackout area).  The first is a $2.99 monthly subscription and the other is $14.99 for the entire season.  If you are new to the app and are not sure if it is right for you, subscribe to the monthly one to try it out during Spring Training.  If however you do not want to subscribe, you will have access to the Lite version of the app (the free version you downloaded).

There are some big advantages to doing either the monthly or season long subscription in MLB At Bat.  With the Lite version you will only have access to scores from the games throughout the league.  With a subscription you get scores plus:

Game Day:  A screen that gives you the match ups and games for that day throughout the league

Audio:  Stream the game broadcast – visitor or home – for every game throughout the season

In-Game Highlights:  Get highlights from key plays while the game is still in progress

Live Game of The Day:  Watch the MLB’s Game of The Day (subject to blackout of course) as it streams directly to your iPhone or iPad

MLB At Bat Subscriptions

MLB has released At Bat just a few days before the start of Spring Training games which should give everyone plenty of time to download it and check it out.  During Spring Training MLB will be streaming many games so you can really give it a good try out before the season gets underway.

I will have a review of MLB At Bat posted here on AlliOSNews in the coming days.

MLB At Bat is free and is a universal app that is available today in the App Store

Get MLB.com At Bat (Universal App) by MLB.com in the App Store

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Get Ready for March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament with PocketBracket for iPhone

PocketBracket 2012 allows users to create unlimited NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament brackets, organize pools, and follow tournament games on your mobile device during March Madness.

Brackets are automatically scored and ranked. Users can create and join pools to compete among friends, family, and co-workers. Follow the tournament games and scores with up-to-the minute scoring. PocketBracket is the only March Madness application to offer all of these features in one application and across multiple platforms.

PocketBracket 2012 is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. This year’s version includes several new features such as a real-time tournament bracket and GameTalk. PocketBracket prides itself on including additional features in response to user feedback. PocketBracket plans to release an upgrade including support for iPad and a free HTML5 web app that allows users to create a tournament bracket in the coming weeks.PocketBracket Screenshot

How to use PocketBracket:
PocketBracket comes pre-loaded with 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament data so you can test drive the application before the the 2012 NCAA tournament. The 2012 data will be available on Selection Sunday, March 11, at 8:15pm ET. At that time PocketBracket will automatically update and remove your sample brackets so you are ready for March Madness.

PocketBracket eliminates the hassle of managing your NCAA Tournament brackets. Completing your bracket is simple on the touch interface. PocketBracket also has a “SmartPick” feature that will automatically advance your team to later rounds of the tournament. Once the tournament starts, your bracket is automatically scored and updated after each game. You can invite anyone to join your pool from within the app via Email, Facebook, or Twitter in one tap. The bottom line, you will totally score with PocketBracket – Game On!

User Reviews:
“Completing brackets for the NCAA Tournament is always fun, but this app takes it to the next level. So convenient.”

“This beats the pants off filling out a bracket the old-fashioned way! The ability to join a pool really sets this app apart from the rest. Well worth it!”

“As an avid sportsfan I found this to be the most pursuant with my expectations. This application has an incredibly easy user interface that is simply understood. It is superior to the other bracket app and am EXTREMELY satisfied with my purchase. I highly recommend this app!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 1.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
PocketBracket: 2012 (v1.0) is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category.

Get PocketBracket: March College Basketball by Pure Concepts in the App Store

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Supportware releases My Football Pro HD for iPad