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Japanese badminton player Satoko Suetsuna keeps her phone in hand while watch a badminton match in progress at the Olympic arena on July 31. In addition to social media increasing interest, NBC’s live streams inspired people who had never played videos on their tablets or smartphones to do so. Many watched events on more than one screen. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.