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Just in case you hadn't noticed World Cup fever has hit Brazil (!!), with nearly three million tickets sold for the 2014 tournament, which kicked off yesterday. An event of this popularity and magnitude cannot possibly remain untouched by technology – Google has celebrated the launch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a doodle on its homepage. In today’s episode, we tell you how you can prepare, participate and play FIFA!
Keep track online
Visit the official FIFA website to keep track of the match schedule. You can follow FIFA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Mashable. Google launched a World Cup website to make it easier for fans to get the latest stats, player news and live game updates in one spot. Users who now search for "World Cup" in Google will see this data pop up at the top of the results page.
Play the game
A lucky few can watch the matches live. But the rest of us can still feel the FIFA magic. You can download and play games like FIFA 14 and FIFA Manager 11, Real Football 2013 Football Manager Handheld 2014, Dream League Soccer, Flick Kick Football and more on PCs, mobile phones and tablets.
Stay tuned on mobile
If you don't have a TV at home, or you need to be out during the matches, there are plenty of ways in which you can keep up with the action as long as you are online. You can follow the action on radio thanks to TuneIn Radio. The official FIFA app is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android. Other recommended apps include SofaScore, BBC Sport, One Football and Jalvasco World Cup 2014.
Help from wearable technology
If you’re one of the lucky few that get to see the matches live, smart wearables like Netatmo June Bluetooth bracelet monitor alerts you when you might be at risk of sunburn. It is one of the many wearables in the market that sends alerts to your phone when you’re getting too much UV rays, so you can re-apply some sunscreen.
Watch the video on: ABC News
That’s right – Swiftkey, one of the best-selling and arguably among the best apps ever, recently dropped its paid model in favor of charging for in-app features and is now available as a free download. The app tracks the way you write and automatically makes suggestions on what your next word should be, speeding up the process of typing. So you can quickly respond to messages, and spend more time following the match.
Link: The Independent
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