Hitting the snack bar and the souvenir shop used to be the biggest activities for fans at a sporting event, aside from actually watching the competition. Well, loading up on food and drink, and snagging a hat or t-shirt are still important parts of the on-site experience, but fans might have more pressing matters on hand.

A new survey of smartphone or tablet owners who attend sporting events reveals some interesting breakdowns on how fans spend their time during the game. The most popular activity was texting, with 59 percent of fans saying they did this during games. Taking pictures with their mobile device was second with 58 percent.

The fans who answered the survey also said they used their devices for Facebook (47 percent), to check, to make phone calls (40 percent), check/send email (35 percent), check other sports scores (20 percent), connect with other friends in the stadium (15 percent) and engage on Twitter (15 percent).

But all this digital engagement isn't all fun and games. The biggest gripe among these users? Well, 22 percent complained they can't hear the caller. Also on the list of frustrations: Poor battery life (17 percent), weak signal/dropped signal (17 percent) and a slow data download (14 percent).

If fans can't make it to the game, the smartphone/tablet is becoming more of a viewing option with apps and equipment like Slingbox. Eighteen percent of the fans in the survey said they used their device for live sports viewing. And the percentage is likely to grow with 41 percent saying they would be interested in doing this.

But smartphones and tablets haven't quite displaced the local bookie for those fans who enjoy spicing up the action. Just 5 percent of owners admit to using their device to place a bet.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Consumer Survey was conducted by Ipsos among 1,500 U.S. residents within the ages of 18–50 who are the primary owners/users of smartphones and tablets.

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We've all been there before. Standing at the cross walk, waiting for the light to change and bored out of our minds.

Two German students have just the cure to this sidewalk fatigue. Sandro Engel and Holger Michel of HAWK University in Germany have designed a simple game that can be played at your local crosswalk.

The fun starts when the light turns red. The user begins by logging on to a monitor which is attached to the traffic light. The system pairs the initial user with another player, for example someone who is on the other side of the street. Then, for the duration of the red light, the two users can engage in a game of pong. And during the game, the screen displays how much longer the players have until the light changes colors.

The video below is a simulation in which the players use a green screen to replicate what an actual game would look like. There's a lot to work out before this could ever be implemented, but it's a cool idea nevertheless.

Maybe this would keep New Yorkers on the sidewalk.

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There may not be any humans that can outrun Usain Bolt, but now there is a machine that has proven to be faster than the lightning-quick Jamaican sprinter.

On Wednesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video of its innovative "Cheetah" reaching a speed of 28.3 mph on a treadmill. That's about .5 mph faster than Bolt was running during his world-record peak in 2009.

The cheetah was built by the engineering company Boston Dynamics with the support of DARPA. According to DARPA, the goal with this machine is to "attempt to understand and engineer into robots certain core capabilities that living organisms have refined over millennia of evolution: Efficient locomotion, manipulation of objects and adaptability to environments."

In March, the robot was running at a maximum speed of 18 mph. But thanks to improved control algorithms and a more powerful pump, the machine increased its speed by 50 percent in just six months.

While the machine is technically faster than Bolt, it should be noted that the machine has the advantage of running on a treadmill (with tail winds) and has an external power supply that reduces its weight. Plus, there's no way this Cheetah's celebrations are as innovative as Bolt's.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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