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2014 World Cup

Millions of people across the United States will be glued to their televisions, laptops and mobile devices over the next month to keep up with the 2014 World Cup. But how social of an experience will it be?

Influenster, a community of social media tastemakers, polled over a thousand American men and women, 18-45 years old, to find out what else these f tbol fans would be doing while watching the games. One-third will download an app (the most popular are the FIFA official app, ESPN FC and Yahoo Sports) to follow along, while 86 percent of Twitter members will live-tweet while watching.

But who is everyone rooting for? 71 percent will cheer for Team USA, followed by Mexico, Brazil and Spain. But those Team USA fans are realistic – only one-third see the US taking home the trophy – and dedicated: 75 percent will continue to watch the games even if Team USA does not progress, and those fans favor Brazil for the win.

Click here to see Influenster’s infographics, and see all the poll results here.

World Cup Poll

2014 World Cup

Soccer fans around the world would rather be in Brazil right now than anywhere else. But most will stay home for the 2014 World Cup. If you’re not spending the next month in Brazil, you can still catch every game, no matter where you are. WatchESPN will live-stream all 64 games, available both online and on your mobile devices. Univision will also stream every match of the tournament’s first two rounds for free on Univision Deportes.

If you are going to Brazil – or you’re already there – here’s how to prepare your tech the trip, thanks to Verizon:

  • Make sure your phone will work. Check out Verizon’s Trip Planner to see whether your device will work abroad. Trip Planner provides information on the global services you’ll need, as well as pricing and coverage information.
  • Global Ready Check, now accessible through My Verizon Mobile, is an easy way to determine if your device is ready to make the trip with you. And you won’t need to call or visit a store!
  • Got an incompatible device? Don’t worry. Under the Global Travel Program, Verizon can ship you a device to use for the duration of the games. There are no daily rental fees or security deposits-just pay for the calls you make and receive-and you can keep your regular phone number and transfer contacts using Verizon Cloud or Backup Assistant Plus.
  • If your device is compatible, you’ll need a Global Services plan. Choose from a variety of plans for service in more than 220 countries.

And, until July 13, you can get the International Value Plan and/or World Messaging Unlimited free for 3 months.


Boy, I’m aching for summer. I’ve had about all I can take of the cold weather, and snow. I can feel the sand between my toes, feel the cool umbrella drinks in my hand, and I can smell the suntan lotion. How cool would it be to have a little boat, or a jet ski? But then you have to get a trailer, figure out how to back it into the water, or pay to store it at a dock somewhere, and with all that work, how much are you going to really use it?

Well, check this out! The Bomboard, weighing it at only around 150 pounds, is the worlds first completely modular watercraft, designed to come apart into 4 different pieces, allowing you to break it down, and stow it in your backseat, or the trunk of your car! In less than a minute the BomBoard can be assembled (or disassembled) into four small, light weight modules that are easily transported by just one person. The Bomboard can be ridden in a standing, kneeling or sitting position, is highly maneuverable, and it can reach wind-in-your-hair speeds of up to 40 mph.

Because BomBoard is lighter than most jet skis, it hooks you up with faster acceleration. Bomboard also boasts a tighter turning radius for faster turns, and because the machine is closer to the water, you get to feel the speed and exhilaration even more than with your traditional jet ski. With a low operating cost, and a price tag under 3,500 bucks (or 99 dollars a month) it makes summertime fun affordable to more people than ever before. If you’d like to get out on the water someday, visit bomboard.com and get on the waiting list. Unfortunately, it looks like they won’t be shipping until next spring.
[ Bomboard- The Personal Watercraft that Fits in Your Truck! copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]

  • A protective portfolio case with removable Bluetooth keyboard for the all-new iPad mini.
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Eighteen days of Winter Olympics began Friday in Sochi, Russia, and of course there’s a lineup of apps to help you track what’s happening-and even view the events live. 

NBC  Olympics Highlights and Results (free) lets you experience the best of the Olympics via news, videos, and photos. You’re able to follow every event, including real-time results, medal counts, and TV and online listings. Note that the video is only available to US users.

The Olympics – Official App for the Olympic Games (free) goes beyond the current Olympics to give you a trove of historical information, including Olympic records, stories of the athletes, photos, and more. You’ll also find news and schedules for Sochi 2014.

NBC Sports Live Extra (free) lets you view every event in Sochi live on your iPhone or iPad for free. In addition, the app features video clips, previews of upcoming events, and highlights from completed events. Also available are replays of events. You can browse the schedule from within the app and event set reminders to alert you to specific events.

2014 Team USA Road to Sochi (free) comes to you courtesy of the United States Olympic Committee. It gives information on the athletes, results, and the experiences of the athletes. It features in-depth bios, photos, and video clips.

Sochi 2014 Results (free) is the official app of the ANO Organizing Committee and brings you real-time results from all the events. You can set alerts for your favorite athletes, follow the news, create your own Games schedule, and more.

For many followers of Major League Baseball, the February 21st update of the MLB.com At Bat application heralded the arrival of baseball for the 2013 season. But for an unknown number of At Bat app users, it also meant an unexpected charge of $124.99 on their credit card. In 2012, the At Bat app changed formats and became a free application with the ability for the user to use either in-app or the MLB.com website to purchase enhanced capabilities ranging in price from $2.99 to $129.00. The top price got the buyer every feature of the At Bat application, on every supported platform, and incudes the MLB.TV capability which allows users to watch just about any out-of-market game on any device that supports the MLB interface, such as mobile apps for iOS and Android as well as TV devices such as the Roku box and even the Microsoft Xbox.

Read the full story at ZDNet.

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