The World Cup has kicked off. Brazil has welcomed the world for a festival of football – except Croatia, who were somewhat unjustly dispatched 3-1 last night – that will last an entire month. For some this may sound like torment, but for millions worldwide it's a time for celebration.
While the action on the pitch will dominate the headlines, the importance of technology in ensuring that major events run smoothly cannot be overlooked, as V3 showed during the London Olympics of 2012.
Indeed, the 2014 World Cup is expected to be the most technologically advanced of all time and not just because it will - finally, at last, we-needed-it-four-years-ago - have goal-line technology, but for a whole host of other innovations and problems that will be magnified during the tournament.
From offices in England to pitch side in Rio de Janeiro, technology will affect how the tournament is watched, played and ultimately won, culminating in the World Cup Final on 13 July.
10. Tablet revolution to end remote control battles
At the time of the last World Cup in 2010 the Apple iPad was only a few months old and practically the only tablet on the market. As such, screen choices for the action were either phones (too small), work computers (too obvious) or the TV at home (too many arguments).
This time, though, football fans across the world can turn to tablets for football fun as the past four years has witnessed a boom in the device with Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and many others offering devices ranging in price and size.
The public has rushed to the tablet and Ofcom now estimates that 30 percent of people in the UK use a tablet to get online. As such the ability to sneak off to another room and watch that vital Switzerland v Ecuador group match on Sunday afternoon in peace and quiet, and at a reasonable size, is now a real option.
This leaves the TV free for non-football fans to watch whatever they consider fun.
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