Cortana Adds NFL Predictions

Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant introduced in Windows Phone 8.1, has had the ability to predict outcomes of some events. Most recently, she did a near-perfect job of predicting World Cup results.

In an announcement on September 3, Microsoft says they have added NFL to the list of events that Cortana can predict. The American football season starts on September 4, so it is timely. In order to use this feature, just ask Cortana: “Who will win, team A or team B?”

Cortana’s prediction feature is based on Bing’s prediction engine. Bing on the desktop has enabled such predictions for reality shows on TV like the singing competition The Voice before.

Microsoft has earlier explained how Bing Predicts works, and how it is able to predict with a high level of accuracy. It is natural that they use all the signals and the data they have, to take it to one of the most popular sporting events in the American calendar.

For NFL predictions, Walter Sun from the Bing Predicts team says:

For pro football, we model the respective strengths of the teams by examining outcomes from previous seasons including wins, losses, and the very rare tie outcome (two games since 2009), factoring in margin of victories, location of contest, playing surface and roof cover (or lack thereof), weather and temperature conditions, scoring by quarters, and multiple offensive and defensive statistics.  In addition to this prior model, we identify fans on Web and Social sites and track their sentiment to understand the aggregate wisdom of this expressive crowd.  This introduces data which statistics alone cannot capture, providing real-time adjustments which surprisingly can capture injury news and other substantive factors in win probabilities.

I understand these things are more fun than useful, and I am not sure anyone who gambles will rely on this to make any bets, but it is good to see Microsoft showing off their machine learning prowess through normal use cases like predictions of NFL games.

NFL Predictions in Cortana
NFL Predictions in Cortana

If you are on Windows Phone 8.1, you can start asking right away. The beauty of most of Cortana’s features is that they are all web services-enabled, which means it does not require any client or app updates. Once Microsoft turns that feature on from the server side, it is available for everyone to use.

Let us know how you like the feature in the comments below!

Kyck Start Your Football Madness With The Soccer Social Network

The knockout stage has kicked off for Euro 2012 thereby taking the football fever to a higher level. There are plenty options you can socially connect to the madness. There’s Twitter and other apps like OnSports, PlayUp, Share The Match etc that does a fine job handling the social updates pertaining to the game.

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However, a new social network, Kyck plans to make the experience more specifically soccer-centric. The service went live last summer with a website and the release was followed by an iOS app launched afterwards. The company plans to go mobile and an Android variant is expected during the end of the current year. The company was started by Mac Lackey, a vet in the online tech industry and was sold off later. The team currently consists of 14 members and 3 interns.

The social network is currently invite-only, although, the team urges users to ask for an invite which will most likely get answered in a day. Alternatively, you can ping them on Twitter, letting them know about your eagerness and passion to join the network by adding a hashtag #KYCKme to your tweet. Once you get in you can follow international teams as well as any player to check out the latest conversations related to the topic. Similarly, if you wish to get your views included in a specific conversation feed, you can tag them with the relevant tag. Check-ins to a game, club or player will ensure you get in-app or push notifications related to them in later times. The social element comes in as a hybrid of Twitter features. You can follow people to get updates(photos, comments, notes etc) from him/her on your stream. Moreover, the spiffy algo also curates a list of contents(Top Kyck) that are considered commendable by the community.

The new network is planning for a public release sometime during the next month. The UI and wider availability are two major elements they are putting their faith in to ensure better feel for the users.

While OnSports and PlayUp remains my favorite, I can’t stop myself from using the official Euro 2012 app in an unceasing manner while I’m not in front of a TV. But that said, the Euro 2012 app is for the time being I will certainly love to have something like OnSports that is entirely for soccer games and all sorts of them. Thankfully Kyck feels so much like it. Since I prefer Android, I will have to wait for some time to comment more on the mobile experience the soccer social network delivers. Until then we will love to  hear more from you about your favorite sports apps.

Watch Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Champions League Finals Online

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are getting ready for the match of their lives on Saturday when they will play the final of the UEFA Champions League. Both teams had some great matches in the semis to make it to the finals with Chelsea stunning last years champions Barcelona.

Bayern Munich has already tasted Champions league glory by winning 4 cups. However, their last Champions league final win came back in 2011. On the other hand, Chelsea have only made it to the Champions league finals once in 2008 where they lost to EPL rivals Manchester United in the finals.

UEFA Champions League Final

This will be a huge match for both teams and will showcase some of the best football. Bayern Munich have a huge home advantage because the final is also being hosted in Munich. Chelsea will not give up lightly though since winning the final is their only chance to play in the Champions league next year after they could not qualify through the English Premier league.

If you are looking to watch the Champion League final match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich online? You can watch the UEFA Champions league final live online using a Google Chrome Extension called Eplsite.

Once you download the extension from here, you can click on the football icon in the toolbar to view a list of current ongoing UEFA and EPL matches, clicking on a link will take you to the live streaming video for the match.

In addition to that you can also try your luck on sites like atdhenet.tv, atdhe.ws or forum.wiziwig.eu to see if they have live streaming links. Additionally, you will find some user uploaded streams at Justin.tv or Ustream.tv. Please check your local laws to see if these options are legal before using them.

Manchester City vs QPR Highlights

Hey Manchester City won the Premier League title trampling the hopes of Manchester United fans, in the last minute of the season. Can things get any more epic than this? Well it cannot. So here is a highlight vide of the Manchester City vs QPR where City were gunning for a championship and QPR were gunning to not get relegated.

In the end Manchester City pulled off a magnificent victory that will go down in history. Catch up on all the highlights in the video below. I will try and update with a better video soon.

Manchester City vs QPR Highlights 2

Manchester City vs QPR Highlights 2

So are you a Manchester United or Manchester City Fan?

Watch Manchester Derby Online Live

Manchester United and Manchester City will take on each other today in the "derby of all derbies" which may determine the eventual English premier league winner. Manchester United currently lead City by 3 points, but a  win by City would put them on the top of the table thanks to goal difference.

If City win, they will also have a chance to become division winners after their last one came in 1968. This is definitely going to be one heck of a matchup and should not be missed.

If you are looking to watch the Manchester United vs Manchester City derby matchup online live, you can do so by using one of the options below. For people living in U.S. you can visit ESPN3 at http://www.espn3.com to watch the Manchester Derby starting at 2:30PM. Mobile users can also use the WatchESPN app on Verizon network to catch up on the match. ESPN3 only allows users with certain ISPs to watch the game online, so you might want to check the website to see if you can watch the Manchester Derby online.

You can also watch English Premier League matches live online using a Google Chrome Extension called Eplsite. Once you download the extension from here, you can click on the football icon in the toolbar to view a list of current ongoing UEFA and EPL matches, clicking on a link will take you to the live streaming video for the match. Additionally you can also visit forums like Wiziwig (forum.wiziwig.eu) to find live streams for the match.

*The extension and forum is provided for informational purposes only. Please check your local laws before using any streaming sources.

Watch Copa America Finals Online – Uruguay vs Paraguay Copa America Finals Online

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The final match of Copa America 2011 will be played between Uruguay and Paraguay at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both the teams have been favorites to win the cup after strong performances in last years World Cup. Uruguay had finished fourth in after losing to Germany in the 3rd place playoffs.

Copa America 2011 Argentina

Paraguay and Uruguay will be playing each other for the first time in the Copa America finals, however, Uruguay would be looking to add to their previous 14 Copa America titles by winning this match.

This year has seen surprise finalists after Brazil flopped and so did Argentina. Uruguay had beaten Peru in their semifinal while Paraguay triumphed over Venezuela.

This will be a interesting battle between these two teams to crown themselves as South American champions by lifting the Copa America 2011 cup.

If you are looking to watch the Copa America 2011 final between Paraguay and Uruguay you can do that from the comfort of your computer. If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch the Uruguay vs Paraguay Copa America 2011 Final online. If you don’t then try out atdhe.ws or atdhe.tv which will have live streams of the USA vs Japan Women’s FIFA World Cup Final Online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

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Paraguay take on Japan in an interesting match in the round of 16 today. Japan have had an impressive run so far and will look to make it to quarter-finals of the World Cup. Paraguay on the other hand have topped their group and will look to make a breakthrough here.

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If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out adthe.net which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

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You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. You can also download the FIFA 2010 World Cup Schedule and Calendar. Have fun and enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.

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Brazil play North Korea today in their first Group G match of . The Brazil teams are favorites to win the world cup and will definitely look to get the full 3 points against North Korea.

However, Group G is not a easy group and is also called the traditional Group of Death, where even the best teams could get eliminated due to the unpredictable nature of the teams involved.

North Korea too will be looking to either get a draw or win from this one and will not give Brazil any easy chances in the match.

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If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. You can also download the FIFA 2010 World Cup Schedule and Calendar. Have fun and enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.

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USA kick off their world up campaign in FIFA World Cup 2010. The United States team may just make it to the quarter finals, but the rivalry with England is really long. More than 60 years ago USA had stunned England in the World Cup, however, over the years England have become a formidable side and the match on June 12 will definitely have lots of excitement.

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Will you be supporting the US or England in this match? No matter who, expect this FIFA World Cup match to be a cracker.

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FIFA 2010 World Cup matches will be available on television networks across the world, however you can also watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches live online. The best bet would be to head over to ESPN online, where they will be high streaming the FIFA 2010 matches online.

If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. Have fun and enjoy watching the USA vs England FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.