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Refreshed phone app has NY Times Square countdown

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NEW YORK — The breathless drama of New York City's Times Square Countdown to the New Year has gone miniature with a streamlined free app for electronic devices.

Dubbed "The Times Square Official New Year's Eve Ball App — 2014," the product promises news and updates from the Times Square Ball. It says users can follow "The Ball" as it slides into the New Year. The new version is touted as simpler than earlier versions.

The app provides a link to the official six-hour broadcast program viewed primarily on televisions and computers in the past. It also provides capability to interact with the Times Square Ball on Twitter in real time and the ability to customize to any time zone.

It's available with the latest Android phones and iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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