App- etite for ac­tion

Mau­reen Shel­ley puts the best apps for the Rugby World Cup 2011, through their paces

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011

Ap­ple App Store, 99c

This app of­fers news, sched­ules and match de­tails sorted by date, com­pe­ti­tion stage and re­sults. Match times are re­cal­cu­lated for your time zone. The scores are re­vised af­ter ev­ery match with up­dates dur­ing the tour­na­ment. Func­tion­al­ity in­cludes the abil­ity to cre­ate a ‘‘ favourites’’ watch list plus look at pic­tures and we­b­cam footage of New Zealand.

PREMIER RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011

Ap­ple App Store, 99c

The open­ing screen of this app is a count­down to the tour­na­ment, which is fun but means one more click be­fore you get to the main screen. With a tool­bar at the bot­tom of the screen, you can nav­i­gate to teams, pools, cup his­tory and news. Users can keep a coun­try ta­ble at the top of the screen while scrolling through in­di­vid­ual matches.

MYRUGBY

Black­Berry App World, free

The MyRugby Black­Berry App is the of­fi­cial mo­bile fan app of the Aus­tralian Rugby Union and the Wal­la­bies and de­liv­ers the lat­est news from the Wal­la­bies and Su­per Rugby. It also lets you buy tick­ets, view player pro­files and ac­cess up­dated team in­for­ma­tion. Re­views of the app have been mixed and its us­abil­ity may de­pend on which Black­Berry de­vice you use it on.

WORLD CUP OF RUGBY 2011

Android Mar­ket, $ 2.99

As well as of­fer­ing all the usual in­for­ma­tion, this app lets you cus­tomise your news feed. You can choose be­tween the Rugby World Cup, BBC Rugby News, scrum. com and other out­lets. You can cus­tomise the font size and the match sched­ule is lo­calised for your time zone. There is an au­to­matic up­date of rank­ings once the tour­na­ment has started.

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