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Stay in the know during March Madness

Stay in the know during March Madness

3/20/2014

March is one of the most exciting times to be a college basketball fanatic, as friends, family members and co-workers place their bets on which team will win the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In past years, surprising upsets have ruined people's brackets, leaving even the most knowledgeable college basketball fans with empty wallets at the tournament's end. Though NCAA expertise may not always ensure bracket success, individuals can improve their chances of winning March Madness pools through the help of mobile apps. Here are four apps that NCAA lovers may want to install.

March Madness Live
The official app of the NCAA tournament, available for iOS and Android, allows smartphone owners to stream every game live on their devices. The second-screen option of this app makes it so that fans can watch a game and receive updates on other matches simultaneously. Users can also stay up to date on the most exciting tournament moments with the app's highlights feature. The March Madness Live app provides a comprehensive resource for pool participants, as they can check game schedules, fill out brackets and receive alerts when anticipated games are about to air.

Thuuz
Thuuz is a unique app that uses an algorithm to evaluate the "watchability" of ongoing games, as noted by Digital Trends. Users are notified when something interesting is happening in a game, so they can switch channels and watch the excitement live. The app even has a GPS-based tool that lets fans find local sports bars to watch tournament games.

Are You Watching This?
Smartphones can be useful for watching games when on the go, but fans may want to watch games on a larger screen if they are near a TV. Are You Watching This? has a swipe feature that enables users to immediately turn on their TVs to watch current games.

Pocket Bracket
Avid NCAA fans take their brackets seriously, constantly checking to see how their picks compare to other brackets in their pools. Pocket Bracket's developers surely recognized this, as they designed the app to give users the ultimate tool for bracket building. Fans are able to create an unlimited number of brackets, and they can see how their predictions are standing up to their friends'.

Mobile apps can add greatly to the March Madness experience. If you upgraded to a smartphone, perhaps these apps could give you an extra incentive to make the switch. ProtectCELL's cell phone buyback program lets you sell back your current device to earn money to put toward a new investment. Owners can receive up to 50 percent back on first-year devices and 25 percent on devices 13 to 24 months old.

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