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5 Killer Tech Tips for an Awesome World Cup Party


Technology doesn't have to be a distraction during the World Cup. It can actually increase the fun.

Do you like soccer? Or what the rest of the world calls football?

Yes, no -- it doesn't matter.

On June 12, 2014, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, and that means it's time to party!

But you don't want to have a Windows Launch Party:

You want a party so good that people will talk about it for years to come.

And my simple five-point technology-centric plan guarantees that you'll have plenty of fun, with automatic documentation of the best and worst moments of your gathering.

Now, technology should always take a backseat to simply enjoying what's in front of you. That's why I fully endorse musicians' efforts to keep Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones out of concerts. I even wish movie theaters would block cell phone signals to stop morons from talking and texting while I'm trying to watch X-Men in peace. But I digress...

If you go about this the right way, technology will actually add to the fun.

1. Put a GoPro on the Most Irresponsible Person

Do you have a friend who always takes things a little too far? You know, the guy who doesn't know when to stop drinking or has a habit of mouthing off to the wrong people?

Folks like this routinely take advantage of the friends/enablers who always rescue them, so it's only fair that their stupidity brings everyone else a little entertainment. If someone's going to cause trouble, you might as well get some laughs out of it -- and maybe you'll even create a viral video.

So, find the most irresponsible person at your party, and strap a GoPro on him (and let's be honest, it usually is a him).

Hey, if a GoPro can survive a dishwasher cycle, it should be fine if cousin Barry from Newark has one too many shots and falls in the pool:

2. Put a Camera or Smartphone by the TV for Automatic Reaction Shots

Reaction shots and videos are fun, but they require someone to anticipate what's going to happen and then take themselves out of the moment to do the actual recording.

The solution? Mount a camera or smartphone by a TV to record video. This way, every moment will be captured automatically with zero effort, and you'll probably forget the camera's even there.

Another option is to make a time-lapse video. There are plenty of Apple iOS and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android apps that add this functionality, and some stand-alone cameras have it built in, though an external trigger of some kind may be required.

Make sure you research your devices' capabilities. Storage space, battery life, and recording-time restrictions could be obstacles.

3. Maximize Social Media for Gambling and Trash Talk

I looked far and wide for a simple multi-platform betting app so partygoers could make virtual bets on World Cup matches. Sporting Mouth looked like it fit the bill, but it's only on iOS and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone -- not Android. 

So I would suggest using Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and Instagram, where you can publicly challenge people to bets and talk trash. This way, if guests do end up gazing at their phones and tablets during your party, they may actually be drawn right back to the party!

Remember, some people will be bored out of their minds watching soccer. But if you throw in some low-stakes gambling and a few insults, they'll perk right up.

4. Three Words: Drinks, Food, Music

I have a simple philosophy for party planning: If there are good drinks, good food, and good music, everything else will take care of itself.

So grab a drink-recipe app like Mixology so you'll be ready to mix up some fun Brazilian caipirinhas to complement the Bud Light.

I'd also suggest downloading a food-delivery app like Seamless so you can have surprise food deliveries at random times. (Want to be a hero? Whip out buffalo wings or dumplings when people least expect them.)

And have some music ready to go, preferably with a portable Bluetooth speaker like the Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) Ultimate Ears Mini Boom. You can turn it on during lulls between games, and the speaker can be handed off in case folks want to ignore the games and hang out somewhere else. 

5. Use Uber to Punish the Wicked

Before your party, make sure irresponsible people (read: those fit to wear a GoPro at your party -- see No. 1 above) download the Uber taxi app to their phones.


Because if they can't handle themselves at your party and are unfit to drive home, they can be sent safely home via Uber.

And best of all, since it's World Cup Time, there's a chance they'll be caught in Uber's surge-pricing web, where prices go up during periods of strong demand for Uber cars.

Hey -- if they can't keep it together, they're gonna pay.

Twitter: @MichaelComeau

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