London will host the 2012 Olympics this summer from the 27th of July to August 12th. A lot of preparation and technology goes into prepping for the worldwide gaming event, and we'll gather all the news we can find about it right here.
Lesson learned from #NBCFAIL: Olympic streams enhanced prime-time viewing
Viewing figures prompted NBC to shift course
NBC broke even on London Olympics coverage, had more than 219 million TV viewers in US
NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus has revealed that the network broke even on its London Olympics coverage.
YouTube offers live 2012 Paralympics video to US and Canada
Cord cutters will have an easier time watching the 2012 Paralympics than they did watching the Olympics, thanks to live streams of all the events provided by YouTube. Unfortunately, the live streams only apply to people in the US and Canada, but the full archives of over 1,000 hours of archived footage will be available worldwide. Both live and archived video is available now at http://youtube.com/paralympicsporttv, where you'll also find video blogs from the athletes and interviews as well. The games run through September 9th, and if you catch an event live you'll also be able to use YouTube's real-time commenting feature.
Paralympic opening ceremony turns stadium into Large Hadron Collider
London's Olympic Stadium was transformed into a representation of the Large Hadron Collider last night for the Paralympic opening ceremony.
YouTube viewers watched 231 million streams during London Olympics
Worldwide YouTube saw more than 231 million stream views during the London Olympics, 159 million of which came from the US.
By the numbers: the social and digital explosion of the 2012 Olympics
Both social and traditional media outlets saw an explosion in online engagement during this year's Summer Olympic Games.
The Olympics: another exhibition of amateur photography looking amateur
The technology's getting better, but we're not
Tracking athletes' Twitter mentions over the Olympics
An infographic shows how many Twitter mentions 140 prominent athletes received over the games.
Usain Bolt: full-time Olympic legend, part-time sports photographer
Usain Bolt's grabbing all the headlines today following another dominant performance at the London 2012 Olympics, this time in defense of his 200m sprint title. In amongst the pictures accompanying coverage of his feat, however, you might find a few taken by the "living legend" himself.
Fans turn to mobile devices for Olympic searches, says Google
Europeans have turned to smartphones and tablets for Olympic information more than any other continent, according to figures from Google.
Google's latest Doodle lets you run hurdles like an Olympian
Google's newest Doodle lets you control a hurdler with your computer's arrow keys and space bar. The Doodle coincides with the 2012 Olympic Summer Games happening in London.
Usain Bolt vs. 116 years of Olympic sprinters
Today's fastest 16-year-old could have scored bronze in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, according to a visualization from The New York Times.
BBC's Olympics website breaks records of its own with 29 million video requests
The BBC is providing viewership data after first week of London Olympics coverage.
NBC's Olympics website garners 744 million page views, quadrupling Beijing Games
During the first week of the 2012 Olympics, NBC's dedicated site for the Games brought in over 744 million page views and more than 75 million streamed videos.
Photojournalist covers the Olympics with an iPhone
Guardian photojournalist Dan Chung is keeping a blog of pictures from the Olympic Games taken with an iPhone.
'Wi-Fi police' hunt down unsanctioned hotspots at the London Olympics
The London Olympics' organizing committee and Ofcom have sent out "Wi-Fi" police to shut down unsanctioned hotspots at the event.
Netflix streaming activity may have dropped 25 percent due to the Olympics
Broadband company Procera Networks noted a 25 percent decline in online Netflix streaming activity this past Sunday, which the company attributes to interest in the 2012 Olympics.
Dr. Dre skirts Olympic rules with Beats marketing campaign
The IOC and London Olympic organizing committee have gone to great lengths to protect their official sponsors from outside competition, but Dr. Dre appears to have circumvented these regulations with an ambush marketing campaign for his Beats headphones.
Olympic swimmer blames social media influence for failing to win gold medal
Emily Seebohm, the Australian swimmer that set a new Olympic record in qualifying for the 100m backstroke final but narrowly missed out on the gold, has admitted that spending too much time on Twitter and Facebook may have affected her performance.
NBC blames you for poor-quality Olympic streams
An NBC spokesperson has blamed poor bandwidth and user devices for issues with the company's Olympic streaming platform.
Olympics Opening Ceremony sparks 9.66 million Twitter mentions
Twitter saw 9.66 million mentions of the Opening Ceremony from the start of the event at 8:00PM in London until the end of the delayed US broadcast.
NBC insults viewer intelligence, says Olympic Opening Ceremony is too 'complex' for online audience
NBC has defended its decision to not livestream the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony, stating that it would not have translated online without context provided by its coverage team.
How to watch the 2012 London Olympics online in the US: have an offline option
Finally, the 2012 London Olympics are upon us. Prepare yourself, for the next several weeks will bring more details than you ever cared to know about this year's competition — and thanks to our hyper-connected culture, you'll be hearing about it through every online outlet you can imagine.
Twitter and NBC launching 2012 Olympics spotlight site to 'carry the roar of the crowd'
We heard a few days ago that Twitter and NBC were partnering to be the "official narrator" of the 2012 Olympics. As the event kicks off today, Twitter and NBC announced they are launching a dedicated page to highlight tweets from "Olympic insiders," including players, coaches, and teams.
Airbnb is cashing in on the Olympics, and why that's a good thing
Airbnb has revealed a three-fold increase in London bookings in the lead up to this month's Summer Olympics.
Olympic venues clamp down on threat posed by Wi-Fi hotspots, oversized hats
LOCOG, London's olympic organizing committee, has released guidance for what visitors to the 2012 Olympics can and can't bring with them to venues.
Twitter to be 'official narrator' for London Olympics under NBC deal, says WSJ
Twitter and NBC are set to team up to provide an official hub page for the London Olympics.
NBC launches Olympics mobile apps, includes live-streaming with one-time authentication
The official NBC Olympics apps are now available, letting you live stream coverage from an Android or iOS device.
NBC embraces Facebook for Olympics coverage both online and on-air
NBC is teaming up with Facebook for the event with changes to the NBC Olympics page and website including the introduction of Talk Meter and Open Graph functionality on NBC's site.
Oscar Pistorius to make history as first amputee athlete to compete in track and field at Olympics
Oscar Pistorius is set to become the first Paralympian to compete in track and field at the Olympics after South African sports officials relaxed their strict qualification rules and named him in both the individual 400 metres and 4x400 relay.
First ever 'dead heat' photo-finish at US Olympic trials
First ever 'Dead Heat' photo-finish at US Olympic trials results in the creation of new tie-breaking procedures.
BBC Sport launches new mobile site with video streaming over 3G
The BBC has updated its BBC Sport mobile site to include support for video streaming over 3G and Wi-FI.
Getty to photograph London Summer Olympics in 3D, 360 degrees, and to use robotic cameras
Getty Images announces its intention to shoot the Summer Olympics using 3D, 360 degree, and robotic camera techniques.
London Tube Wi-Fi network now live at King's Cross St. Pancras and Warren Street
London's free Tube Wi-Fi network has finally gone live today in two stations, with four more to follow this week.
London Olympics to be streamed to 64 countries in Asia and Africa via YouTube
The International Olympic Committee has announced plans to 2,200 hours of the Olympics on YouTube, focused on providing free coverage to 64 countries in Asia and Africa.
Visa exclusivity agreement forces the closure of 27 ATMs at the London Olympics
Thanks to Visa's exclusive sponsor status for the 2012 London Olympic games, 27 ATMs at the nine various Olympics venues around London will be shut down. In their place will be eight Visa ATMs that won't work with Mastercard or other card providers.
First 80 Wi-Fi Tube stations named in London
Transport for London and Virgin Media just announced the first 80 Tube stations to receive free Wi-Fi for the Olympic Games.
Panasonic to deliver a record-breaking 12,000 TVs to London Olympics
Panasonic has just dished some of the statistics from its Olympics sponsorship this year, the highlight of which is a record-breaking number of TVs provided — over 12,000 — which spans a total display area of 1,730 square meters.
NBCUniversal London Olympics coverage will total 5,535 hours across TV, web, mobile apps
NBCUniversal plans to offer 5,535 hours of London Olympics coverage across TV, the internet, and mobile apps.
David Beckham promotes the Galaxy Note as Samsung's Olympic Games ambassador
Samsung has made David Beckham its official representative of the 2012 Olympic Games. To commemorate the occasion, the company has released a commercial featuring the LA Galaxy star promoting the Galaxy Note.
O2 announces Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y Olympic Games editions
Images of what seems to be an Olympic Edition Samsung Galaxy Note have surfaced on Twitter.
BBC's live Olympics video stream will include pause, rewind, alerts, and Twitter integration
The BBC unveiled its new online video platform in London yesterday, which will offer 3.5Mbps high-quality video, along with pause and rewind options, along with live participant information (such as leaderboards and results) and clickable alerts that can take you to other streams when key moments are happening elsewhere.
London traffic lights rigged to win International Olympic Committee's favor
A Vanity Fair article profiling the political journey that Britain took to secure the 2012 Olympics reports that the bid committee went as far as messing with traffic signals to ensure that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visitors were impressed with the city's infrastructure.
NBC's Olympic portal goes live, ready to stream all 32 sports
NBC has announced its intention to stream all 32 sports live from the London 2012 Olympic games.
Fearing Olympic traffic jams, London data center staff will sleep with servers
Dutch hosting company Interxion will be having some of its London employees sleep in pods in the data centers they manage during the upcoming Olympic Games.
The Cloud to offer 60 minutes of free Wi-Fi at London Overground stations
London Overground stations will be fitted with free Wi-Fi access by the end of 2012, thanks to a deal with The Cloud.
The Olympics may cause a 'massive hit' on London's internet infrastructure
This year, there's a particular concern for how London's internet and mobile phone networks will hold up under the deluge of people streaming the games and tweeting up a storm throughout the Olympics.
Virgin Media to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground during Olympics
Virgin Media has won a contract to provide free Wi-Fi in the London Underground in time for the Olympics. The service will later be available for a fee.
NBC to use YouTube streaming technology for 2012 Olympics
NBC and YouTube have partnered to offer streaming video of the London 212 Summer Olympics. NBC has stated they plan to stream every event of the games live from NBCOlympics.com.
Acer announces Iconia Tab A700 and A510 Olympic Games Edition
Acer has announced that it is launching a special edition of the 10-inch Iconia Tab A510 to celebrate the London Olympic Games 2012.
London Underground stations to get Wi-Fi in time for Olympics
Transport for London is apparently in the final stages of contracting to provide Wi-Fi access at 120 Underground stations in time for the 2012 Olympics.
'London 2012' official Olympic game coming in June with motion control
Sega's London 2012 official Olympic video game is coming in June with support for Kinect and Move motion controls.
London 2012 Olympics volunteers won't be tweeting freely
The BBC has details on the social media restrictions in place on people volunteering to help with the London Olympic Games. Volunteers will not be allowed to post pictures of backstage areas, or give out any information related to VIPs' locations.
London to get Europe's largest free Wi-Fi zone this year
O2 is turning two boroughs of London into the largest free wi-fi zone in Europe, just in time for the Summer Olympic Games. The carrier will begin installations this month.
Starbucks UK embraces Olympics, freeloaders: offers free one-click Wi-Fi to all
Starbucks UK releases and announces easier one-click Wi-Fi hotspots in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
3D Olympics broadcasting live in 2012, courtesy of Panasonic
London 2012 Olympics announce 3D broadcasting partnership with Panasonic.