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Apps to help you stream the big game

NBC is televising Super Bowl LII and also

NBC is televising Super Bowl LII and also has the rights to stream the game to tablets. Credit: NBC Universal Media

Super Bowl LII kicks off Sunday evening, and Long Island football fans are in a quandary. The matchup features one team Giants fans hate (the Eagles) versus the team that Jets fans despise most (the Patriots).

Whether you have rooting or booing interests, these apps will bring the game to you.

Yahoo Sports

(iOS, Android; free)

The NFL’s byzantine streaming rules are a little less complex this year. Verizon, which owns the rights to stream Super Bowl LII to smartphones, will make the game available for free to everyone on its Yahoo Sports app regardless of which carrier you use. Independent of the game, Yahoo Sports is an excellent go-to app for all sports.

NBC Sports

(iOS, Android; free)

NBC is televising Super Bowl LII, and it also has the rights to stream the game to tablets. But to access the game on your tablet, you must be a subscriber to an eligible cable or satellite TV provider. (DirecTV, DISH, Optimum and FiOS are among the eligible providers.) You will also want to keep the app on your devices after the game ends: NBC will televise the Winter Olympics beginning Friday, and there will be lots of related content on the NBC Sports app.

Philadelphia Eagles official mobile

New England Patriots

(iOS, Android; free)

The official apps of the two teams in this year’s game offer information, videos and news you won’t find elsewhere. The Eagles app, especially, does a very good job as a portal to the team’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter pages. It also offers a dedicated message board.

Angry Birds Evolution

(iOS, Android; free)

How about some flying pigs with your pigskins? The hugely popular action game and the NFL have joined forces to feature special content for the Super Bowl. And you don’t have to outfit your pig-flinging birds as Eagles: You can choose the uniforms of any of the 32 NFL teams. The mobile game can be a nice diversion if the big game gets out of hand, or a four-hour alternative for Giants and Jets fans who can’t bear to watch their hated division rivals playing in February.

No-phone zone

Musician Jack White has banned the use of mobile devices at his concerts. British music newspaper NME says everyone attending a White concert will have to put their phones in a supplied pouch, which locks until the concert ends. White has long railed against smartphones at concerts, saying people aren’t listening because they’re too busy “documenting the moment” with their devices. — Peter king

Facebook boots bitcoin ads

Facebook is banning ads on its social network that promote bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, saying they’re “frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.” Facebook says the policy will be “intentionally broad” while it works to understand which ads are deceptive or misleading from companies “not currently operating in good faith.” The ban extends to other Facebook properties, including Instagram. – Bloomberg News

Class warfare

Google’s Chromebooks have scored big in classrooms, with analysts estimating the low-cost laptops grabbing 60 percent of the K-12 education market compared with 22 percent for PCs running Microsoft Windows. But Microsoft is fighting back. The tech giant unveiled a line of laptops “for every classroom” starting at $189. The laptops, supplied by computer makers including Dell, Lenovo and HP, come installed with Windows 10. — PETER KING

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