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The month of March is halfway over, and for college basketball fans, the insanity really begins. Yes, we speak of March Madness, the NCAA college basketball tourney. Both women and men’s teams participate in a winner-take-all contest that starts with 64 or 68 schools and comes down to one national winner. Selection Sunday, when the teams are picked for the tournament, looms this weekend. And then, the games begin.

marchmadnessFor those who can’t bear to miss a minute of the action of the men’s tournament (even when away from the actual television set), there’s the NCAA March Madness Live app for Android and iOS. The app, due out within the next week, features game live video and audio, real-time scoring updates, dynamic brackets, stats and social media for the serious fan. The NCAA also has Android and iOS apps in the wings for both the men’s and women’s Final Four, and a mobile site for people who want tournament news but don’t have an Android handset or iPhone.

If tracking your brackets brings you great joy, check out the ESPN Bracket Bound 2013 app for Android or iOS. Designed for the men’s tourney, you can create up to 10 brackets to compete against family and friends. The app also provides scores, news and highlights as the tournament progresses, and pulls in Twitter streams devoted to team discussions.

For more personalized news about your favorite team, check your app store for official (or unofficial) software from your alma mater or university of choice; several third-party bracket apps are also available for most platforms.

And if college basketball isn’t your thing, enjoy a geekier form of March madness: new episodes of Doctor Who start arriving on March 30.

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