New ‘Your Verse’ feature: how iPad helps diagnose athletes’ concussions

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

After highlighting last month the many ways mountaineers use iPad for their extraordinary climbs, Apple last night refreshed its ‘Your Verse’ microsite with a new feature outlining how the popular post-PC device is being used to help diagnose athletes’ concussions.

The section features athletic trainer Jason Cruickshank of Ohio’s St. Edward High School who uses C3 Logix’s concussion assessment iPad app to discover the symptoms moments after an event occurs and before they show up on the imaging test… Read More


ACC Sports channel added to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2014

In time for March Madness, the ACC Digital Network has partnered with Apple on enabling an ACC Sports channel on the company’s $99 media-streaming box.

The ACC Sports channel, now live for Apple TV users in the United States, gives you access to highlights, updates, analysis and feature programming from Atlantic Coast Conference colleges, updated daily.

The channel promises hundreds of videos to choose from. Specifically for March, host Jeff Fischel and former ACC basketball greats Drew Barry and JR Reid will follow ACC teams as they advance throughout the tournament with game previews, analysis and a ‘Road to Texas’ feature series… Read More


MLB Advanced Media teases upcoming RBI Baseball reboot

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

Earlier this year, the MLB and its in-house development studio MLB Advanced Media announced that they would be teaming up to revive the classic RBI Baseball franchise. The game series, which first debuted on the NES in 1986, hasn’t seen a new addition in nearly 20 years.

But that’s set to change soon with RBI Baseball 14 for mobile devices and consoles. And judging by the comments made by MLBAM’s VP of games Jamie Leece today, it’s going to feature the same fast-paced gameplay and simple controls that users loved about the original title… Read More


Tony Hawk working on new skateboarding game for mobile devices

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

Skateboarding legend and mogul Tony Hawk revealed last night that he’s working on a new skateboarding game for mobile devices. During an interview with Larry King, Mr. Hawk said that the game will have swipe-based controls and is coming this year.

Unfortunately, very few other details are known about the game—we’re not even sure if it’s going to launch under the familiar ‘Tony Hawk Pro Skater’ branding—but given Hawk’s track record, we’re excited. We have a clip of the Larry King interview below… Read More


NBA updates Game Time app with videos of classic games

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2014

With football season over and baseball season still a month away, the US sports world has turned its attention to basketball. The regular NBA season is winding down and a lengthy stretch of playoff games is about to begin.

With that in mind, it’s nice to see that the League continues to better its Game Time app. Following a big iOS 7 makeover and All-Star weekend refresh, the app has been updated today with videos of classic games and highlights… Read More


In time for the 2014 season, At Bat app receives iOS 7 makeover

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2014

In time for the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, the official At Bat app has finally received its long-expected iOS 7-focused redesign. This is a major refresh as the app was last updated in October 2013. At Bat version 7.0, now available free in the App Store, has hit a home run for iOS 7 with a brand new interface (flatter, of course), a new league-wide scoreboard functionality and inline video playback. I’ve included a few screenshots of the new design and some additional tidbits right below the fold… Read More


WWE network channel rolling out to Apple TV users

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014

As previously promised, the World Wrestling Entertainment will be enabling its network channel on Apple’s $99 media-steaming box later today. Although there have been concerns that the WWE channel won’t make it to Apple TVs because Apple was demanding as much as a fifty percent cut from all Network orders placed, the WWE Network signup page was down at post time, indicating high interest in a free one-week trial… Read More


Astro Golf hits App Store, it’s mini golf with robots in outer space

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2014

Quick, what could be better than mini golf? Mini golf, with robots, in outer space – of course! Enter Astro Golf by Bolder Games, now available for the iPhone and iPad for $1.99, or half its regular price to celebrate the launch.

The game marries sci-fi concept to adventure elements and physics tricks allowing you to bounce, jump, fly through space, teleport around the course, ride a black hole and what not. Fun obstacles include killer bots, corrosive goo, steam, fire, trap doors and more.

As you can see, this isn’t your Daddy’s mini golf game. I’ve included a nice promo video, a few screenies and additional tidbits below the fold… Read More


Apple highlights how mountaineers use iPad for their extraordinary climbs

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2014

As part of its currently running iPad web marketing campaign, Apple on Tuesday morning refreshed its ‘Your Verse’ website, adding a new feature which highlights the many ways mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington are using their iPads to plan ahead and climb some of the most feared mountains on Earth.

Their extraordinary climbs see the couple use Apple’s tablet and special apps like the Gaia GPS topography app to plan their ascent, see the remote mountain regions in greater detail and more… Read More


iBeacons ready to go at MLB ballparks in Los Angeles and San Diego

By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2014

Good news for Dodgers and Padre fans this afternoon. Major League Baseball announced today that it has finished outfitting its first two ballparks with iBeacon sensors, those in Los Angeles and San Diego, California.

The move comes just two weeks after it was reported that the MLB was looking to have iBeacons ready to go in over 20 ballparks by the Opening Day of 2014, and the organization confirms that rollout is still on track… Read More


Olympic athletes may use Apple devices during opening ceremony after all

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2014

Cody ran an interesting story yesterday about Samsung allegedly requiring Olympians to cover the Apple logos on their iPhones and iPads during the opening ceremony, as part of giving free devices to athletes. It had all the elements you’d expect from a typical viral story: a pair of tech titans who hate each other’s guts out, a major sports event, greed, ad money and corporate jealousy.

Too bad it wasn’t true. It’s been confirmed by both Samsung and the International Olympic Committee today that athletes are absolutely allowed to use any device they wish during the Opening Ceremonies. This means iPhones and yes – the Apple logos are allowed, too! Read More


Samsung asks Olympians to hide Apple logo on iPhones during opening ceremony

By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 2014

This is kind of interesting. Ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which is scheduled to begin in two days, Samsung has requested that athletes participating in the Games hide the Apple logos on their iPhones while taking photos and recording video.

It appears that Samsung, a major sponsor of this year’s Olympics, is particularly concerned with the opening ceremony. And it’s asked that any athlete who plans to use Apple’s handset to record the widely-broadcasted event to keep the logo hidden… Read More


ESPN SportsCenter app updated with Olympics coverage, several improvements

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Olympics just a few days away, ESPN has updated its SportsCenter app to version 4.0.3. The update adds a new tab for keeping track of the events in Sochi and a handful of other improvements.

The Winter games are slated to kick off on February 7, and run through the rest of the month. And thanks to today’s update, you can use SportsCenter to keep an eye on events, athlete/country medal count and more… Read More


How to watch the Super Bowl on your iPhone or iPad

By Cody Lee on Feb 1, 2014

Over 100 million people are expected to gather in front of their television sets tomorrow to watch the Super Bowl. But for those of you that, for one reason or another, can’t get in front of a TV set, there are a few other ways to catch the Big Game.

If you’re going to have access to a computer, you can watch it there. The game will be streamed live via No computer? No problem, iDB has you covered. We’ve compiled a list of ways to follow the action on your iOS devices… Read More


NFL deploys iBeacons in Times Square, MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl

By Cody Lee on Jan 31, 2014

Apple’s iBeacon technology seems to be catching on rather quickly. Just introduced at WWDC a little over 6 months ago, it’s already being deployed in grocery and retail stores, several Major League Baseball ballparks, and now apparently NFL stadiums as well.

The New York Times is reporting that the National Football League has installed iBeacons at MetLife Stadium, which is hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, as well as Times Square. They’ll be used to help folks find their way around town, and then to the big game… Read More


App Store highlights Sochi 2014 apps and music

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 31, 2014

With just one week left until the February 7 opening ceremony for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Apple’s editorial team has published a conveniently curated App Store section which highlights some of the best iPhone and iPad applications to follow the Games, along with some Olympics related music.

“Immerse yourself in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with this collection of official apps and music,” writes Apple. “Follow the progress of your favorite athletes, track each country’s medal, listen to the Torch Relay anthem, and much more”Read More


MLB installing thousands of iBeacons in ballparks for next season

By Cody Lee on Jan 31, 2014

According to a new report, Major League Baseball will begin rolling out thousands of iBeacons in ballparks around the country next week. The organization is looking to outfit 20 parks with around 100 iBeacons each by Opening Day, in March.

If you’ve been keeping tabs on Apple’s iBeacon project, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The MLB was one of the first names attached to the geolocation technology—it demonstrated the tech last fall, and promised a widespread rollout… Read More


Yahoo refreshes Sports app with 2014 Sochi Games coverage, snappier navigation

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2014

With the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia peeking at us from around the corner – opening ceremony is on February 7 – Yahoo has updated its Sports iOS app with related 2014 Games content and a couple other improvements.

Among other changes: Yahoo Sports 5.0.2, now available free in the App Store, adds a new settings option to hide Top Loop on game details and features an improved news feed and article navigation. People with disabilities will appreciate accessibility improvements and everyone should dig snappier loading and just all-around smoother navigation. Read More


Red Bull TV sports channel added to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014

Apple has added a new channel to its $99 media-streaming box, the Apple TV. The Red Bull TV action sports channel should be now available on everyone’s Home screen (if not, manually check for updates by going to Settings > General > Software Updates and choosing Update Software).

Red Bull TV is an action-packed sports channel by the famous Austrian energy drinks company, Red Bull GmbH. The new Apple TV channel offers free action sports content, coverage of live events and more… Read More


Fox, CBS to live stream Super Bowl and NFC/AFC playoff coverage on the web and iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2014

Just like last year and the year before (and 2011, for that matter), football die-hards in the United States will once again be able to watch the NFC and AFC playoff games and follow live Super Bowl XLVIII coverage on the web and via their iOS devices, thanks to Fox and CBS.

But unlike before, Fox will not require a paid cable subscription to live stream the Super Bowl through their Fox Sports Go iOS app.

NFC playoff games, however, will still require authentication through your cable service provider such as Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision and others… Read More

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