Apps that help users stay connected.

Apps that help users stay connected. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

On this first Sunday of the NFL season, the long road to crown a Super Bowl champion at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey five months from now begins in earnest. These apps will help you follow the Jets and Giants, find football friends to share your joy or misery and keep you up to date on scores and news.

Official New York Giants

(iOS, Android; free)

This official app from the Giants features breaking news, pregame matchups and analysis from a team of reporters. During the game, the app does a good job with real-time box scores and drive charts. If a Giants player limps off the field, call up the sortable roster to see who his replacement is. After the game ends, live streaming videos of postgame news conferences by players and coaches can be viewed.

Official New York Jets

(iOS, Android; free)

No, we haven't forgotten fans of the other team at MetLife Stadium. This app works the same as Official New York Giants because it comes from the same developer. But if the preseason is any guide, postgame news conferences with Jets coach Rex Ryan will be a lot more interesting than those with Giants coach Tom Coughlin.


(iOS, Android; free)

Consider this a dating app where football fans can find true bromance. Fans can connect via the app and interact in real time during a game. For those who want to watch a game with others, the app generates a list of local sports bars considered best for Giants or Jets fans. Giants and Jets fans who are out of town on game day can use the app's GPS feature to find a bar populated by like-minded fans in cities throughout the country.

NFL Mobile

(iOS, Android; free)

In past seasons NFL Mobile was exclusively for Verizon Wireless customers, but this season customers of any carrier can access most features. The app offers real-time scores, breaking news and videos for every NFL team. During games, the play-by-play feature is especially informative, and the app's overall graphic presentations are top-notch. One problem: Some instant message alerts were impossible to shut off, a bug the developers said they are working to squash.

Tech Bytes

Smart surge expected

Innovative smartwatches and next-generation smartphones will take their toll on tablets. Market research firm IDC has lowered its forecast for tablet sales, citing competition from new, larger phones and emerging wearable technology such as Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch and the expected Apple iWatch. Still, IDC predicts tablet sales "will continue to grow at a rapid pace," especially in Asia.

'Start' is just the start

When Microsoft updates Windows 8 next month, frustrated users will see more than the return of the "Start" button. Microsoft says Windows 8.1 will include "20 new and improved" apps and services, including Skype, the Microsoft-owned video-calling service with more than 300 million users. Windows 8.1 also will include SkyDrive, the service that allows users to store and sync files in Microsoft's cloud servers.

Amazon unveils MatchBook

Customers who bought print copies of books from Amazon can get copies for their Kindle at reduced prices under Amazon's new MatchBook service. Amazon says the price of the Kindle versions range from free to $2.99, although only 10,000 titles will be available when the service begins next month. Amazon says more books will be available as publishers add titles to the program. -- PETER KING

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