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Bryan M. Wolfe
| May 29, 2012
With Two Months To Go, London Olympic Apps Calling App Store Home
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games may still be two months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the excitement now. Here are just a few of the apps that will help you experience the London Olympics using your iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. [/caption] Developed and maintained by the official London Organizing Committee, the app includes current information on the Olympic Torch Relay plus news on all the cultural, city, and community celebrations happening now. Once the games begin, the app will provide up-to-date coverage on each Olympic sport and each competition venue. In addition, for London visitors, the app provides full access to searchable maps, details of facilities, augmented reality views, and information about how to get the best out of your historic visit. [/caption] For our U.S. readers, this is the app for you! Here you’ll find current information on who has made the Olympic team, plus unique editorial content focused on a particular sport and athlete. Best of all, the app is updated daily. In addition, use the app to send personal messages to athletes via Facebook and Twitter, or to donate to Team USA. You can also use the app to purchase official Team USA gear. [/caption] Universal will provide exclusive television coverage of this year’s games in the U.S. Plus, for the first time, free live coverage will be available for each sport no matter the time of day. Although separate iPhone/iPod touch and iPad apps for that purpose have yet to be released, this app is a suitable alternative for now. Using the Universal Sports Network app, users can view exclusive pre-Olympic programming. In total, the free app provides more than 1,200 hours of original video content. [/caption] This free app uses technology that detects the movements of your phone and transforms them into music so you can make your own beats. Additionally, you can bust out your own loops and beats based on the official Coca-Cola anthem for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Once your beat is complete, you can share it with the world with The Global Beat. [/caption] As anyone who has ever visited London knows, getting around the capital city requires using the London Underground. This navigation app includes maps and routing information for your time in the capital. Plus, you can use your iPhone’s GPS to accurately locate yourself within the city and see the nearest transportation stop and distance to it. [/caption] No trip to London is complete without a copy of Frommer’s Great Britain Day by Day guide. The impressive e-book includes interactive itinerary guides, layered maps, and links to important websites. In addition, the e-book’s weather window makes it easy to check on the weather as you read about the day’s activities. As a reminder, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin on July 27 and run through August 12. The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games is from August 29-September 9. Do you have a favorite Olympic app that we might have missed?