Fall Updates: New EPL Teams, NCAA Conferences, and NFL Blogs

We’ve made a handful of additions for the start of fall sports.

We’ve added the three English Premier League teams that were promoted due to their success in the Football League Championship, England’s second-highest division of soccer. These new teams are Cardiff City, Hull City, and Crystal Palace.

We’ve also updated the NCAA Football conferences to include the new American Athletic Conference, as well as added ESPN’s new NFL Nation blogs to all 32 NFL teams to replace their divisional blogs.

Enjoy the games this long holiday weekend!

Looking For a Google Reader Replacement? We’ve Got Your Sports Covered

With Google Reader shutting down on July 1, hardcore sports fans who rely on RSS are looking for an alternative for their daily sports fix. Enter LockerPulse. We’ve been around since 2010, we cover over 250 teams and sports, monitor more than 4,000 news sources, and our proprietary software has indexed over 7 million stories, most in less than 15 minutes from the time they were published.

Stories update in real-time, and you can cycle through them rapidly with your familiar j/k Google Reader shortcuts:

LockerPulse My News

You can track your fantasy team too:

LockerPulse Fantasy Updates

Managing sources doesn’t require you to know the RSS feed:

LockerPulse Source Management

We’ve also got video, live scores, standings, and rosters to supplement your news. Our HTML5 app works great on any table to or smartphone. Sign up only takes a few seconds.


Click here to learn more!

Video Now in Search Results

Today we added video results to our sports news search engine. Say for instance that you just heard that Chip Kelly took the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job and you wanted to learn more. A search would return the latest news stories with related videos alongside the right hand side of the page:

Chip Kelly Eagles LockerPulse Search

This column replaces Twitter search results. With some of the new rules and restrictions on Twitter’s API, we’ve decided to go in a different direction for now. We certainly may add it again in the future as we continue to improve the search results because it is a very valuable source of real-time news.

Questions/comments/suggestions? Leave us a comment or shoot us an email!

Scheduled Downtime Friday Evening 11/16 and Saturday Morning 11/17

We’ll be performing some routine server maintenance this evening, Friday 11/16/2012 starting around 9 PM ET. If all goes as planned, you’ll probably notice that our site is down for a little while, then back up through the night, and then down again for roughly an hour on Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon everything should be back to normal. We won’t be sending our Daily Newsletters out on Saturday, but they will resume on Sunday morning. I’ll post any further updates to this blog or to our Twitter account.

Getting Ready For Windows 8: Pinning LockerPulse in Internet Explorer

In preparation for next week’s launch of Windows 8 we’ve released a few improvements to help integrate LockerPulse with Internet Explorer and Windows.

In Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can now pin LockerPulse to your taskbar so that you can launch LockerPulse like a native Windows application.

The next time you log in to your LockerPulse account in Internet Explorer, you’ll notice a prompt:

LockerPulse IE Pin Notification

Simply drag the icon to your taskbar:

LockerPulse Pinning to Windows Taskbar

Now, you can launch LockerPulse from the taskbar like a native application. You’ll notice that it opens in a LockerPulse-themed version of Internet Explorer:

LockerPulse Theme in Pinned Ineternet Explorer

By right clicking on the LockerPulse icon you’ll be able to quickly access the most popular sections of your account with just one click:

LockerPulse IE Pinned Jump List Tasks

In Windows 8, you can pin the LockerPulse tile right to your Windows 8 Start Screen:

LockerPulse Pinned to a Windows 8 Tile

There is a lot more that we can do with Windows 8 in the future, such as notifying you of new stories right in the tile. For now though, this is a great simple way to integrate LockerPulse into your existing Windows environment so that it’s even simpler and quicker to get your news!

As always, leave feedback, questions, and suggestions in the comments below.

New & Improved Video

Today we released several improvements to how we display video news, video highlights, and video commentary. Your custom Video page got a nice aesthetic overhaul, as well as a new system for showing you the videos we think you’ll want to see most based upon your favorite teams:

New LockerPulse Video

We don’t just show you the latest videos for your teams though. We also mix in the latest breaking videos from NFL.com and ESPN.com so that you won’t miss a hot story. You will however notice videos for your teams hovering towards the top for a bit longer than the rest of the videos to ensure you don’t miss anything important.

You can access your customized video page by clicking Video on the top of any page while logged in to your account. If you don’t have a LockerPulse account yet, you can sign up for free in just a few seconds.

In other video news, we’ve also fixed some issues that were causing the ESPN videos not to show up in your My News feed as a story. You may still see a few inaccuracies, but we are working on cleaning those up. We’re also considering adding videos for your Fantasy players to your Videos page. If that’s something you’d like to see, or if you have any other video-related suggestions, be sure to leave us a comment below.

Happy watching!

Morning Site Issues (Hopefully) Resolved

Over the past few weeks you may have noticed that LockerPulse was extremely slow and unusable from roughly 8 AM – 9 AM Eastern Time each morning. We’ve been working extremely hard with our server team to determine the cause of the issues and the to implement a solution. After much trial and error, we think we’ve got it. There were a few unnecessary processes that ran each morning that were causing a drastic load spike, the ripple effect of which was taking down our MySQL database. These have been disabled and this morning everything ran normally during that time period. We’ll continue to monitor the situation. We know many of you rely on LockerPulse for your morning sports fix. We’re sorry for the interruption and we hope that this issue is now behind us.

New at LockerPulse: NFL.com Video, Improved Filtering, Fixed Standings, Google+, and More

We’ve recently made several notable improvements to LockerPulse. In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a quick summary.

NFL.com Videos

Videos now include highlights and other video content from NFL.com. If you follow a NFL team you should already be seeing the highlights in your My News as long as you haven’t specifically unsubscribed to video updates. You can also see these videos by visiting your Video page.

NFL Videos on LockerPulse

“More News” Available When Filtered

The More News button to browse older stories is now at the bottom of all filtered news in addition to your main My News section. This way if you fall behind on a specific team or source, you can go as far back as 30 days by just clicking More News. Stories older than 30 days can be viewed in our Archives.

Complete Standings

NCAA and EPL standings have been updated to work for their new seasons. We also added GB (games back) to MLB and NBA standings, which was missing due to an oversight on our part. As of today all standings should be accurate, and should stay up to date on a daily basis.

Share to Google+

We’ve added a Google+ button at the bottom of every story so that you can now share stories to your Google+ account in addition to Twitter and Facebook. This was a common request from our users.

New Teams

The Brooklyn Nets have been added to the NBA, and new EPL members Reading, Southampton, and West Ham United have been added to our soccer coverage. We will be expanding our sources for the new EPL teams within the next few days so that coverage matches the variety of the rest of the teams in the league.

Custom Publisher Icons

We’ve added the ability for our publishers to have custom icons displayed next to their stories to help their content stand out. If you’re a publisher, be sure to contact us to have your icon added.