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The Vancouver games: Here's the app for that

NBC Olympics keeps you in the loop with news, photos, videos, and a complete roster of event dates and times. Best of all, it's a freebie.

Are you ready for some winter gaming? The NBC Olympics app provides a full schedule and a whole lot more. AT&T

After tonight's opening ceremonies, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games will get down to business: skating, slaloming, bob-sledding, and all the rest of it.

Of course, it's always a challenge keeping tabs on the various events, which is why I'm tickled to have the free NBC Olympics app on my iPhone. Among other things, it serves up a complete interactive event schedule.

That schedule includes a scrolling TV guide so you can easily see what events are being aired during any given day--and on what station (NBC, CNBC, or Universal Sports). The app provides online listings as well, though as of now those schedules weren't available.

You can also see the day's events in a list view, browse by category, and set up alerts to get the results of medal events. (Too bad you can't get alerts when specific events are about to start.)

AT&T, which developed the app for NBC, packed it with news, photos, videos (nothing live, though--rats), and a wealth of social-media tools. You can follow various athletes' tweets, share items on Facebook and Twitter, and create/join Huddle groups.

In short, if you have even a passing interest in the Olympics and own an iPhone or iPod Touch, this is a must-have app.