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The Best Free Android Apps For Sports Fans

Just like all the other categories of Android apps, the sports apps available for your Android phone are extremely diverse. In my opinion, this particular category may be the most diverse simply because of all the different sports that are played throughout the world. Of course with every sport comes hundreds of Android apps.

If, for instance, you’re looking for an app that will allow you to keep up with the many European soccer leagues, you need to have at least some help before you start downloading apps. If you go in blind, chances are you will download ten apps that sound like they would do the trick before you find one that does half what you would want it to do! That’s just how it is. I just hope that if you go about finding apps that way, you are doing so with free apps- otherwise you could be out hundreds of dollars pretty darn quick.

One last note: I am going to concentrate on free Android sports apps that are popular now and will be popular in the future. Well that’s obvious, right? Not exactly- a lot of the apps fly to the top of the rankings because it’s a certain time of the year or a huge sporting event is going on (World Cup or the Olympics). I’m also looking into the pure quality of the app and the developer of the app. This way, if you want an awesome Football App (either US Football or regular Football), you should be pretty happy now and in the future with the one I list…

Although there are a lot of Android sports apps that do many more things than providing sports news, I’m concentrating on free Android apps for sports fans on this particular list.

Sporting News Pro Football

If you’re a huge NFL fan, this app should be on your phone. This is a great app to have for game day or if you’re like me and like to look up every stat for every player! The user interface is classy and not too crowded.

CBS Sports Pro Football

I really shouldn’t have two pro football Android apps on my list, but it’s the most popular sport in the US and after thinking about it, why not have three? Maybe I won’t go that far. This is a great football app for everyone, but it’s really geared towards those who play Fantasy Football through CBS Sports. Just login and you will have complete control over your fantasy team!

NBA Game Time Lite 2009-10

This is the official NBA Android app from last season. This coming season’s app will surely be even better! It provides all the player and team stats, real-time scores and even TV information so that you can find out what channel your favorite team is playing on! If you’re an NBA fan and you want a standalone pro basketball app, this is your best option.

F1 LIVE RACING

Are you a Formula 1 fan? I’ll tell you what, honestly, I’m not much of a fan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this app. This free Android sports app provides more than just live updates for every F1 race around the world. Plain and simple, the graphics and the features are fun. If you download this app, you won’t be disappointed!

FotMob 5.0 – Live Soccer

The best soccer leagues from around the world are followed on this app. Some of them include the Premier League, Serie A, Primera Division and Allsvenskan. I could go on and on, but I really wouldn’t have a clue about what I’m talking about, haha. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest soccer (football) fan, but I’ve looked through this app and it’s a very solid, professionally built app that I would recommend to anyone.

ESPN ScoreCenter

I really shouldn’t have to say much more than this is the official ESPN app. Heck, I’m not going to: ESPN is “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” after all!

SportsTap

This is again more of a sports portal. All of the big sports are covered by this app and it’s obvious why hundreds of thousands of people really like it! It’s tastefully done and you’ll never complain about a lack of stats or information.

If you’re looking for just one free Android sports app to satisfy your sports-fix, you can’t go wrong with either ESPN ScoreCenter or SportsTap!

Major League Baseball News

There is borderline too much (not in a bad way) baseball information crammed into this app! If you can’t get enough of MLB, you need to download this free Android app now. Along with all of the standard stats, standings and results, each team has their own page and you can customize your own RSS feed through this app!

MMA News

All the latest results, upcoming matches and octagon gossip you’d ever want! If you’re into Mixed Martial Arts, this is the app to get. IMO, it blows away any other MMA-related Android app.

Sports Radio Droid

his radio app gives you the capability to listen to just about any sports show in the country! There’s a healthy list of stations that are covered and I literally NEED this app when I go on vacation. Heaven forbid I’d be away from my sports talk show for a few days, haha. It’s also a great app if you’re living far away from your hometown and your favorite team.

Honorable Mention:

BOXING NEWS
Fantasy Guru
Golf Channel Mobile
NHL News Feed
WNBA Center Court

How To Choose A Business Web Hosting Company

So you are finally opening your own home business, congratulations! Having an online presence is important to any home business, and finding the right company to host your online business website can mean the difference between success and failure.

Online web hosting basically boils down to two categories personal use, and business web hosting. Each category then can be broken down into smaller sub categories, such as paid or free personal sites, and different levels of business Web hosting where different options are offered depending on the monthly cost. The key difference between the two of these hosting packages besides features is that many Web companies will not let you conduct business using a personal web hosting account. This is both for your benefit, and the web hosting company’s benefit. Personal websites generally are not stored on the same servers, and thus do not have the same levels of data security, backup, and redundancy. Personal use website hosts also generally cap the amount of data throughput that can be used in any given month.

Because companies that offer business web hosting put your data on special servers it usually costs a little bit more depending on the amount of data you plan on storing, and the amount of traffic you anticipate generating. Business web hosting packages also offer a larger feature set then available with personal web hosting packages. Most business web packages offer more database tables, enhanced CGI support, and even more specialized tasks such as running Cron jobs.

Depending on your host when you use a business package will also be assured some level of customer support. Website service providers are notoriously bad at customer service; often times customers are left waiting for days at a time before a customer service representative gets back to them. With a business to web host the company usually spells out in exacting detail what level of customer service the client can expect. This can include anything from guaranteed live phone support, to technical support available through chat dialogue using their online help messaging system. Even if support is only available through e-mail it is generally quicker than what someone would otherwise experience using a personal web hosting plan.

When choosing a business web hosting service consult the Internet for customer reviews of the various companies and the packages that they offer. It is often easy to see trends of customer satisfaction, and thus find a package that fits your needs. Not all companies live up to their advertisement claims so it is definitely importance to do your research ahead of time.

Because this is a web host for your business cost cannot be your sole point of analysis. You will end up paying more for increased feature sets, however these features are important for maintaining a reliable presence online. Try to find the right balance between cost, customer satisfaction, and necessary features such as database tables in CGI scripts. Once you find this balance, and you have spoken to their representatives asking any questions you may have sign up and enjoy your new business web host.

Best Free Android Apps to Help With Your Finances

This article focuses on the very best free Android finance apps. What can finance apps do and how will they help? Basically, for a short, all-encompassing answer: all these Android apps concentrate on money and if they are used, they will help you save some cash!

The debate of whether to pay for Android apps will continue forever. That’s a decision that needs to be made by you, the individual, and whether you think the paid version is worth $X.XX to you. Will it give you that amount of enjoyment or will it save you more money than you paid for it? These are good questions to ask yourself before you jump in and pay for an Android app.

Since we’re talking about finance apps that can save you money, it would be pretty ironic if I were pushing paid apps. Sure there are some amazing Android finance apps that cost money (many of which I would heavily endorse- but that’s for another day), but if the goal of downloading them is to save money, there’s no better way than to start off with nothing invested! Here they are: some of the best free Android apps that will help you with your finances!

Quote Pro

Get the latest stock quotes and news while being able to get very detailed information on the stocks you’re interested in (or the ones you own). This helpful free Android app also allows you to create and track your portfolio(s). While this app isn’t going to blow anyone away by the dozens of additional features that you may or may not want, its core functionality works extremely well.

Tip Calculator by TradeFields

This is another Android app that simply isn’t going to go beyond what it’s good at. This works perfectly as a tip calculator for anyone who wants (or needs) one. There are literally 100s of these tip calculator apps available and this one is the best. Why? For me, it has the best UI and is really foolproof. If you can dial a phone number, you can calculate everyone’s share of the 17.5% tip for the $127.56 dinner bill!

PayPal

This is a very useful free Android app for all of the 10s of millions of PayPal users worldwide. With this app, you can do all the same things you normally do on PayPal. But now, by paying for an item as soon as it’s allowable, you can help expedite the shipping process. You never know, this may not impact you at all for dozens of transactions and then the next time, you’ll get that amazing skin cream on Friday instead of having to wait till Monday! Trust me, after you’ve had this app for a while, it’s just nice to have access to PayPal 24/7.

Currency Converter

If you’re travelling abroad and want to have some peace of mind about the money conversion, you should download a free currency app. Why download just a random currency app when you can download the best of the best- for free?!? This Android app, developed by Pocketools, can provide you an extremely simple currency calculator in a very basic user interface. However, if you desire more currency information, this app can do that too: you can view currency trends over a 5 year period, graph any currency against any other, convert any currency to another (all currencies of the world are available on this app) or do just about any other thing you can think of if it involves any of the world’s currencies.

Mileage

This isn’t what you would typically think of as a finance app, right? It’s not, but it is. Most importantly, it can help you save money if you choose to dig deep into the information it provides you. It will track your vehicle’s gas consumption in a number of different ways that can be helpful if you’re trying to cut costs and your fuel usage. This app’s UI is very sleek and the data is very easy to read and interpret. It’s eerily fun and potentially a money-saving Android app!

Finance

This generic name represents the power of the developer of this Android app. It’s Google and this app provides real-time stock quotes. The UI is very solid; like most things Google, it isn’t flashy, but gets the job done nicely. If you’re a Google Finance user and you’ve loaded up a portfolio, this app will be a “game changer” as it’s fully synchronized and gives you access to everything as if you were on your home computer.

Personal Finance by PageOnce

This is a great Android app if you have many banking/credit card accounts and crave the ability to be able to stay on top of them from one easy-to-use source. This finance app is really well built and the UI is very pleasing to the eye. This is one of those apps that just keeps going. What do I mean? Well, the more you use it, the more features you’ll find and the more ideas you’ll have to utilize it! IMO, it’s a must have.

Financisto

This is another personal finance manager app. Like the other apps of this type, there are functions galore! It allows you to add many different types of accounts (checking, credit, savings- and multiple ones of each kind) into the manager, schedule and monitor recurring payments, create a budget (short term, long term or even set up a “project” which would be great for vacations) and filter what types of information you want to view during normal viewing or when checking out one of the many reports available. Amazingly, there is much more that this free Android app is capable of!

I’m leaving out some great Android apps, right? What about the huge banks’ and insurance companies’ Android apps?

*Of course, every major bank, credit card company and insurance company out there today have created their own Android app. What do they do? Well, essentially they’re all the same: these Android apps make it easier for their customers to manage their accounts and learn the latest about the company and its offerings. What’s the best thing? There’s a tie: they’ll make your life easier and they’re all free to download!

To list all these would really be beyond pointless as they’re all very similar and are only worthwhile to download if you’re a customer of the company. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t make use of them and you shouldn’t use them! I would suggest that you download and take advantage of as many of these Android apps that make sense for you. Having an up-to-the-minute balance for your checking account may just prevent you from those dreaded, expensive overdraft fees. Not a terribly bad thing for a $0 investment!