The Week in iOS Apps: Ready for Rio?

This week's roundup includes a trio of apps to help you maximize your enjoyment of the Olympics.

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Ready for Rio?

This week’s roundup includes a trio of apps to help you maximize your enjoyment of the Olympics. Read on!

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NBC Sports

Ready for Rio? Your best mobile viewing option will be the NBC Sports app (free), where you’ll be able to view some events live, have access to replays of other events, and see highlights of each day’s medal winners. You’ll need to subscribe to a TV provider, though, to access video of the games through the app.

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Rio 2016

Rio 2016 (free) “has the most up-to-date information on the Olympic schedule and results, medals, sports, athletes and teams, venues, maps, and spectators guides.” The app also includes real-time medal tables and photos from events all over the city.

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The Score

Not to be left out, The Score (free) offers its own helpful ways of following the Olympics. Sign up to get alerts for either your favorite country or your favorite team, letting you know when they’ve won a medal or experienced the agony of defeat.

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Bangers

Bangers (freemium, iPhone only) lets you play and remix dance hits on your phone—Bangers and mash!—conjuring catching new beats that you can share with the world to keep your toes tapping all summer long. New songs are uploaded each week. 

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Dropbox Paper

Dropbox Paper (free) marks a turning point for Dropbox—instead of offering storage for photos,  documents, and more, the new Paper app (which appears to combine elements of Slack and Google Docs) lets users collaborate on creating and syncing documents. You can post replies and comments in the document as well.

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Moji Maker

Moji Maker ($1, iPhone) lets you ... make emojis. 

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Picniic

One pitch for Picniic (freemium, iPhone) calls it “Slack for families.” It features a family locator—so parents can know where their children are—as well as a shared family calendar, to-do lists, shopping lists, and more. The new app has already received an update to include a Garbage Day reminder.

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Tinycards

Tinycards (free, iPhone and iPad) lets you create flash cards—or pick from ready-made decks—to test and improve your memory on whatever topic you choose. “You’ll find country capitals, vocabulary in different languages, history, constellations, hat styles, you name it!” Your favorite decks can be shared with friends. 

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Others of note

Hopper now alerts you to airline fare sales, making travel cheaper … Tinder has added its new (occasionally controversial) “Tinder Social” feature … Firefox has update with speedier page-loading times ... Gboard, Google’s iOS keyboard, has added support for more languages, smart GIF suggestions, and the ability to personalize its look.