Comparing the 2010 World Cup to the 2008 Olympics

Dec 7, 2009
Misc

The biggest difference between the FIFA World Cup 2010 and the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing will have nothing to do with what transpires on the playing field or within the sporting arena.  Mobile communication technology, specifically kick-started by a flurry of iPhone apps, will revolutionize how the world watches and follows the games […]

The biggest difference between the FIFA World Cup 2010 and the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing will have nothing to do with what transpires on the playing field or within the sporting arena.
 
Mobile communication technology, specifically kick-started by a flurry of iPhone apps, will revolutionize how the world watches and follows the games for the better.

Think about it, when the 2008 Olympics took place in Beijing last year, the iTunes App Store was only a couple months old. While it received a fair amount of attention right out of the gate, the iPhone apps had yet to become the game-changer that we see today. Developers were not focusing on creating meaningful apps for that competition at that point.

Fast-forward to June and July of 2009 and the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Today’s more than 100,000 iPhone apps will probably be double the size at that point. There are already several apps that exist devoted to the games. No doubt the major international media companies and brands like Nike (including the Nike Football+ presents: Master Control iPhone application) will be in full force.

We are really only just scratching the surface.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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