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Tennis apps to help you follow the bouncing ball

Customize your player and compete against others online

Customize your player and compete against others online with Ultimate Tennis. Photo Credit: 9M Interactive

Tennis moves into the national spotlight Monday when the U.S. Open championships begins in Queens. Whether you’re going to Arthur Ashe Stadium, watching the event on television or perfecting your own game, these apps will serve you well.

U.S. Open 2018

(iOS, Android; free)

The official app of the tournament is a must for anyone heading to Arthur Ashe Stadium. There’s a comprehensive guide to the stadium (everything from where to find baby-changing stations to wheelchair escorts). You can avoid lines when you get there by using the app to scan your tickets at the gate. There are also tons of photos, news, videos and information on this year’s tournament and a look back at great moments from past U.S. Opens.

Tennis 24

(iOS, Android; free)

A well-done app for tennis fans, Tennis 24 gives you news and live scores from more than 2,000 tournaments. The app also has an extensive database of past tournaments and results. You can search by player and see match-by-match results both in singles and doubles competition and how they did on various court surfaces. 

TennisKeeper

(iOS; free)

For serious weekend tennis players who play for fun and fitness, TennisKeeper will help you track your scores and matches. Its real strength, however, is for those who own an Apple Watch. Using Apple Health technology, TennisKeeper shows you at a glance the distance you have covered on the court and your heart rate. The iPhone app lets you log notes about your game and the strengths and weaknesses of prospective opponents.

Ultimate Tennis

(iOS, Android; free)

If you’re looking for a tennis game for your high-end smartphone, Ultimate Tennis comes up aces. The game features beautiful graphics and you control your players and shots with easy-to-maneuver finger swipes. You can fully customize your tennis character, even down to the equipment he or she uses. You can compete against other players online or go one-on-one against the game’s artificial intelligence opponent. 

Smart answers

“Hey, Siri, are you smarter than Google?” In its annual digital assistant IQ test, Loup Ventures had four popular apps answer 800 common questions such as “Where is the nearest coffee shop?” and “How do I get uptown on the bus?” Who’s the smartest? Google Assistant answered 86 percent of the queries correctly, followed by Apple’s Siri (79%), Amazon’s Alexa (61%) and Microsoft’s Cortana (52%).

— PETER KING

Blockchain-backed voting approved

West Virginia will be the first state to provide blockchain-backed voting this November, but only for overseas military service members. Voters can cast their ballots through a mobile app that uses blockchain technology, which stores data on a decentralized database, allowing for more transparent and secure transactions. State officials, however, remain wary of advocating the technology for in-state voters.

— THE WASHINGTON POST

Social studies

Your friends might like your Facebook page, but a prospective boss might hate it. A new CareerBuilder survey found that 70 percent of employers check applicants’ social media sites as part of the hiring process. And 57 percent said they did not hire an applicant because of content they found. The main reasons for rejecting a candidate were “inappropriate photographs, videos or information.”

— PETER KING

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