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Adidas kicks off their Bluetooth-enabled Smart Ball for soccer players

Adidas is releasing the Bluetooth Smart-connected Smart Ball to help train soccer players improve their kick. The $299 ball comes with a number of integrated sensors and connects with an app on your iPhone to help improve your kicking abilities for shots like penalties, free-kicks, shooting, corners, long passes or goal kicks.

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R.B.I. Baseball hits a home run on iOS

Nintendo classic R.B.I. Baseball has been re-imagined for mobile and is now available on iOS. A fast-paced arcade feel, straightforward pricing with no in-app purchases, and plenty of current players to pick from make this one a solid contender for top of the sports games category.

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iPad helps athletes, trainers detect and assess concussion injuries

The "Your Verse" section of Apple's web site - part of its ad campaign for the iPad Air - has been updated with a new section about how the iPad is being used to detect concussion injuries in athletes and help their trainers assess when they're ready to play again.

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Fund This: Sportan plays matchmaker for pick-up sports

With spring just around the corner, and NCAA March Madness starting this week, you might be eager to get outside and play some basketball, soccer, or football. The guys at Sportan are trying to help facilitate that with a location-based social network for players. With it, you can find those nearby looking to play your favorite sport, chat with fellow players to figure out logistics, and even mark your progress with a built-in skill rating, leveling, and achievement system.

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Bluetooth-enabled 94Fifty basketball helps you bring your A-game at #CESlive

94Fifty was at CES 2014 demonstrating their recently-launched Bluetooth-enabled basketball, and it’s pretty impressive even if you’re not into sports. This baby charges wirelessly, communicates detailed information to your mobile device, such as spin and shot angle, and connects to the wider world through social challenges. Serious basketball players can run through a wide variety of drills, which include handling, shooting, and everything in between.

Not only is the sensor accuracy on the basketball itself is really solid, but the app is highly polished, providing real-time feedback as you’re training. There’s even audio feedback that sounds like a real coach that barks at you to make corrections mid-drill.

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Head-on with Spree fitness headband at #CESlive

Spree was showing off their fitness headband at CES 2014, which offers the full range of mobile monitoring that you’d come to usually expect from wristbands. Within the headband is a removeable module which you charge over USB and connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth Smart. Once paired, it picks up motion and heat data to make sure you’re meeting your fitness goals while not working yourself too hard.

The headband is designed so that the module is insulated and taking a proper reading of your temperature, rather than the outside environment. Through the app, you can set a wide range of fitness regimens, including running, working out at the gym, and cycling.

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Sensoria Bluetooth-enabled socks are a runner's best friend at #CESlive

At CES 2014, we checked out Heapsylon, who are working on a lineup of Bluetooth-enabled clothes that are perfect for runners. First up are the socks, which have pressure sensors throughout to determine the efficiency of your strides, as well as an ankle unit to help monitor speed, heart rate, and more. On top of that, Sensoria has a bra and t-shirt with embedded sensors. Though you’ll need to buy a proper monitor to plug into the shirt in order to monitor the data, it’s still all fed back to the Sensoria app on your iOS device.

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Best NFL apps for iOS

NFL playoffs are upon us, and football fans are likely getting pretty excited. There are a ton of ways to follow the action on your iPhone or iPad, and we’ve rounded up some of the best iOS apps for making sure you don’t miss a thing.

Even if you're not a big sports guy, we've included some top-notch football games here that just about anybody can enjoy.

Alright, ready for kick-off?

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The best basketball apps for NBA fans

Basketball season is starting off today, and fans will want to stay up-to-date with the latest scores and otherwise get into the spirit of things. We've dug through the App Store to see what's big, and though hardcore fans may already be familiar with what's available, there may be a few hidden gems here.

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Jawbone UP health monitoring bracelet and iOS app available again

Jawbone just launched a (sort of) new bracelet accessory called UP that plugs into your iPhone's 3.5mm jack to document exercise and sleep habits.

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