Shopping online is great, but it’s nice when you can kick the proverbial tires before you buy. With that idea in mind, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)—the organization that puts on the Consumer Electronics Show each year—is presenting its third annual series of CEA Demo Days at hundreds of local retailers across the country. The program will kick off July 20 to 22 with an event called “Experience the Summer Games Like Never Before”: Electronics retailers will show customers the best way to watch the Olympics on Internet-connected TVs .

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Super Bowl XLVI: The best free apps

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This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and New England Patriots takes place on February 5. In case this epic real-world contest isn’t enough for you, the mobile world offers apps for everyone from the sports dilettante to the face-painting football fanatic. You can track your team’s news, tweets, and stats; check out audio and video broadcasts; discover some sports history; and for the first time ever, watch the game itself—in real time—on your mobile device