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NBA Live 15 Demo coming to Xbox One on October 23rd

NBA Live 15 officially releases on October 28th in North America, and EA Sports has just revealed its plans for the demo. EA Access members on Xbox One can play the game before anyone else, with a 6-hour trial starting on October 23rd. The trial is the full game, and your progress and stats will carry over if you decide to purchase at a later date. We've just reviewed NBA 2K15 and loved it. Will NBA Live 15 be able to compete?

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The NBA 2K series from 2K Sports and Visual Concepts has been the reigning champ in the basketball simulation for the past couple of years. It helps that EA's NBA Live series have dropped the ball (no pun intended). But even then, NBA 2K has simply been playing a mean game, consistently delivered the most realistic presentation and gameplay possible.

Everything you loved about 2K14 is here in NBA 2K15 for Xbox One and 360 and most of it has been improved upon. This year's version of 2K on Xbox One is easily the best so far, but that doesn't mean it isn't hiccup free.

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We have mentioned the Windows Phone app NCAA March Madness Live before. It is the official Windows Phone app for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that delivers stats, news, scores and live streaming of all the tournament games to your Windows Phone.

This past week we were finally able to put the Windows Phone app to the test. Tournament games began last Thursday and we have been very pleased so far with the March Madness Live’s performance.

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Believe it or not, the NBA has had a Windows Phone app since 2011. They first launched Game Time back in time for the 2011 playoffs allowing players to catch the latest news from the NBA. A year later, the app was updated with the ability to watch live video of the playoffs if you were an NBA League Pass holder. Today, we’re looking at a new update for NBA fans that will let you catch the entire season. Details below.

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NBA Jam Review: Catching Windows Phone on fire!

Way back in the eighties and nineties, Midway, the developer most remembered for creating the Mortal Kombat series also introduced a couple of sports series into arcades. First came Arch Rivals (basketball) in 1989 and then High Impact (American football) in 1990. Both games enjoyed some popularity, but it was their league-licensed sequels that really caught on fire: NBA Jam in 1993 and NFL Blitz in 1997.

NBA Jam became a staple of the 16-bit era (right alongside Mortal Kombat), thanks in part to a bevy of home console ports. The series had largely died out by the mid-2000s, shortly before Midway itself went bankrupt. Jam could have ended there, but Electronic Arts (in what some would call a rare act of benevolence) rescued the license in 2010 and published a new version for home consoles, followed by an even better XBLA sequel, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition.

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Get your sports scores lickety-split with QuickScores

QuickScores is a simple Windows Phone app that delivers scores for six major sporting leagues. QuickScores doesn't have many bells and whistles but if you're looking for a quick and easy way to check scores, it might be worth a try.

QuickScores provides scores and game times for:

  • The National Football League
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  • The National Basketball Association
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NBA Game Time Lite adds League Pass support

Just in time for the playoffs, NBA Game Time Lite has been updated to add support for your NBA League Pass that will allow you to watch games live from your Windows Phone.

Should you not have a League Pass, NBA Game Time Lite will still bring you all the scores, highlights, schedules and standings for the 2011-2012 NBA Season. The app is nicely laid out with scores and schedules of today's games greeting you as you launch the app. Swiping to the right of the today's games listing, you can view video highlights, standings, and the "more" page that has settings, league pass sign in, links to the NBA store and more.

From list of today's games, tap on a game and you'll be able to check out the game's box score, play by play details, team stats, player stats, and a game preview. If the game is available through the League Pass, you'll have a button bar at the bottom of the box score page to launch the video.  Plus the game will be highlighed on the today's game page.

There is also game alerts available through the alert button control at the bottom of the individual game screens and you can surf the calendar by tapping the little calendar button at the bottom of NBA Game Time Lite's main page.

NBA Game Time Lite is a free app for your Windows Phone and the NBA League Pass starts at $16.99. You find NBA Game Time Lite here at the Windows Phone Marketplace and information on the League Pass here at NBA.com.

Thanks, Jonathan and Abisael, for the tip!

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Windows Phone App Review: PocketBracket

March Madness is upon us and PocketBracket is here to bring all the scores and bracketology to your Windows Phone.

PocketBracket helps eliminate the challenges of creating and managing your NCAA College Basketball Tournament brackets. Key features of the app include:

  • Create unlimited NCAA® tournament brackets
  • Automatic bracket scoring and ranking
  • Organize unlimited pools available across the PocketBracket Network
  • Create Private pools
  • Detailed Stats screens
  • Rotate for a full Bracket view
  • Get game scores and updates

You also have the ability to use a "SmartPick" feature to help you choose those too close to call games and share your picks through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Mobile Madness 2011: more March Madness for WP7

We've got more March Madness hitting the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Mobile Madness 2011 brings the bracket, live scores and final scores from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to your Windows Phone.

Mobile Madness takes full advantage of the Windows Phone hub layout. The bracket will span three pages detailing every round of the tournament. Your Live Page will display the scores of current games in progress or due to start. You then go the the Final Page to review the final scores for the games.

The tournament bracket is currently empty and will be updated once the final tournament bids are awarded on March 13, 2011. The only thing missing with Mobile Madness is the ability to create your own Tournament Bracket to predict the winners. For that, you'll need to install Brackets.

Mobile Madness is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Brackets: March Madness for WP7

March Madness has arrived on your Windows Phone. Brackets is a bracket building app for Windows Phone 7 that walks you through the various rounds of the tournament, building your bracket along the way.

You start your bracket building with Round One, selecting the winning team by tapping on the name of that particular team. The four regions of the tournament are spread out in Metro Style and once you complete your Round One selections, you advance through the rounds until you reach the Final Four. Here you select the Final Four winners as well as the overall champion and game score. Once completed, simply tap "Email Bracket" and you can send yourself a printable version.

Currently the application is loaded with random College teams and once the official tournament bids are announced, the app will be updated on March 13th.

Brackets is a free application and can be found here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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