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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.

Gold Medal Apps for the 2012 Olympics

Need an app that lets you keep up with the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London? If you’re cruising the mobile Web on an Android or iOS device, quite a few await you. The London 2012 Organising Committee, for example, has three apps of its own, including Join In and Official London 2012 Results. The Results app is also available for BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 users. If you need to pass the time between events, there’s also a game app where you can actually play a few sports on the screen while you’re waiting to find out who won men’s single canoe slalom.

NBC, which has the U.S. broadcasting rights for the Games has a mobile Web site for phones with browsers, plus two apps for Android and iOS users. The NBC Olympics app offers live event updates, medal counts, video clips, photos and more. If you have a user name and password from your cable or satellite provider, you can use the NBC Olympics Live Extra app for real-time streams and full video replays of all 302 events in the Summer Games. (For those in the U.K., the BBC has its own app action.)

Want to know more about the athletes on the American squad? The United States Olympic Committee has a free app called Team USA. The USOC app takes a personal look at members of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams, with bios, photo galleries and video clips, plus social media connections for Facebook and Twitter. And if sports photography is your cup of tea, the Thomson Reuters news service also has its own London Olympics 2012 app for iOS devices. Now then, let the Games begin!

P.S. The official London 2012 mascots still kind of creep me out… Are they staring at you, too?