Items tagged with football

It looks as though Facebook is doing everything in its power to persuade people to move on over to its Messenger platform. The latest trick up Facebook Messenger’s sleeve is a hidden football (soccer) game. The launch of the game neatly coincides with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2016 competition and the centennial anniversary of the Copa America tournament. Unlike the basketball mini-game that was launched in March, which required you to swipe the screen to get the ball in the hoop, the football mini-game requires you to repeatedly tap the football on the screen to keep... Read more...
There's little question that VR and AR technologies have the potential to make a major impact across a seemingly endless number of applications and industries. Today we're shown another example as Google and its friends at VISA and Bank Of America step up to showcase another fantastic application for the technology in the burgeoning Virtual Reality market. This time of year, Sunday is game day here in the U.S., with football fans all across the country gearing up to rally behind their teams of modern day gladiators. Constructing tactical offensive strikes with surgical precision or battering ram... Read more...
It's usually assured that any Sunday night football game is going to have a certain draw to it, but the one that went down this past Sunday night (10/18) between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots had the makings of being an epic slug fest of rivals. Ahem. I am a huge Colts fan, and that's a little interesting when HotHardware's Paul Lilly and head honcho Dave Altavilla are major Patriots fans. In fact, given my geographical location (east coast Canada), many that surround me are Pats fans, so when this matchup goes down, things get tense. Sometimes they also get exciting. Other times,... Read more...
In a further step towards achieving its goal of absolute world sports dominance, the National Football League has announced that they will present a football game during the upcoming 2015 season that will air only on the Internet. Monday, at the annual league owner's meetings being held in Phoenix, the NFL made the decision to sell the rights to the October 4th contest between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills to a digital distribution company. The Week 7 game, one of three NFL matches that will take place in London during 2015, will begin at 9:30AM EST. For fans in the local Jacksonville... Read more...
Maybe your kids or grandchildren will inherit a world where delivery drones are the norm, but for now, the Federal Aviation Administration is keeping a close and cautious eye on these unmanned aircraft. Current restrictions are so tight that the University of Michigan had to cancel plans to have a drone deliver the game ball before kickoff on Saturday as the Wolverines prepared to take on the University of Utah at its Ann Arbor stadium. "The FAA promotes voluntary compliance by educating UAS operators about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws," the agency told Bloomberg... Read more...
It's pretty amazing the things you can do with a modern day smartphone. It's possible to check up on e-mail, let your friends know where you're eating dinner, and even make a few phone calls. But you already knew that. What we're really after is the development community, which has put out some rather astounding software over the years. Android is a platform where wild developments are happening quickly, as Google's barrier to app entry is pretty low in terms of major OS barriers. If you build it, and it's not malicious, it'll almost definitely score a spot in the market. And even if not, it's... Read more...
3D is here to stay, for a while anyway. And that means that 3D content will slowly but surely arrive to catch up with the 3D hardware that's already out there. Programming is sure to scare for some time, as not many programs are even equipped with the cameras to shoot in 3D, and not all content will be shot in 3D. With HD, everything could benefit from a higher resolution. That's not the case with 3D, with some content simply looking gimmicky when transformed. But one area where most everyone can agree that 3D will benefit is sports. The World Cup already proved that sports in 3D has traction to... Read more...
If you thought microchips were only good for powering your desktop, netbook and cellphone (and maybe that tracking thing within your pup), you should think again. America's most popular sport (that's football, of course) is considering using microchips to better officiate games, make better calls and avoid mistakes that could prove costly if made at the wrong time. The NFL has been using Instant Reply for some time now in order to really evaluate close calls on the field, but even those aren't perfect. Camera angles can be blocked by players, and things can happen so quickly that even when slowed... Read more...
Perhaps in the not-so-distant future, when Patriots Running Back, Lawrence Maroney starts acting a little daffy after running the ball one too many times "up the gut", the training and medical staff of the Pats can defer to the data collected in his helmet recorded over the last few drives up field. Sports equipment manufacturer Riddell is developing new sensor-equipped helmet technology that will flag those crushing blows to the noggin as detected by a series of on-board accelerometers. And there's some big money that could follow behind this tech, as you can imagine...... Read more...
Other niche cellphone marketers are saying "move along people, nothing to see here," but Mobile ESPN is folding its tent after less than a year. On the face of it, it seemed strange right away. If you're crazy enough about sports to pay attention to them all the time, you're unlikely to settle for seeing it on such a small screen. And businesses that pay the freight for such things would have to be crazy to give out such things to already distracted employees. It sounded like a can't-miss idea: An ESPN-branded cell phone that... Read more...