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According to Boston-based startup Spritz, you spend as little as 20 percent of your readin...

Static blocks of text like the one you’re looking at now are an antiquated and inefficient way to get words into your head. That’s the contention of Boston-based startup Spritz, which has developed a speed-reading text box that shows no more than 13 characters at a time. The Spritz box flashes words at you in quick succession so you don’t have to move your eyes around a page, and in my very quick testing it allowed me to read at more than double my usual reading pace. Spritz has teamed up with Samsung to integrate its speed reading functionality with the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.  Read More

The Uber taxi app for iPhone and Android.

Paying two, three or even ten times as much as usual for a taxi ride across town sounds like a pretty crappy deal, right? But I’m sure you can imagine times when you’d be happy to pay it – times, for example, when demand is so high that it’s impossible to get a ride. And that’s the theory behind Uber, a mobile app that’s aiming to use basic economic theory to eliminate taxi bottlenecks. And as it turns out, it just might end up being better for everyone.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Google/LG Nexus 5

Samsung's Galaxy S5 looks like it's going to be a pretty minor update over the Galaxy S4. But is it an upgrade over the latest Nexus? Let's take the features and specs of the GS5 and Nexus 5, put them in our magical comparison machine, and see what happens.  Read More

The Soap router features a touchscreen for easy configuration

Generally, when a new router comes along, the main featured touted by the creators is how fast it is. Soap is a little different, instead focusing on its touchscreen interface for ease of use and configuration.  Read More

The Boeing Black boasts two SIM cards, allowing operators to switch between government and...

Boeing has stepped outside the field of aeronautics to develop a security focused smartphone – the Boeing Black. The device will be unavailable to the general public, being designed from the ground up to be the go-to device for the US Defense and Security communities. It offers what Boeing describes as “trusted access to data," allowing said agencies to carry out highly sensitive missions.  Read More

One Llama's new app aims to make walking down the street with headphones safer Photo: Kuma...

Let's be honest, walking around in a busy city with loud music blasting through a pair of headphones is not a safe thing to do. Still, that doesn't stop people from doing it every day. A startup called One Llama has just announced a new application that's designed to make that activity a little less dangerous. It constantly listens to background noise, and when it hears something that the user needs to know about, such as a car horn, it automatically mutes the music and alerts them. At least, that's the promise.  Read More

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is claimed the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet

Sony is claiming that the new Xperia Z2 Tablet launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week is the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof slate around. The new 10-inch flagship tablet also packs Qualcomm's speedy Snapdragon 801 chip, runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, and features image and audio enhancement technologies for, according to Sony, unbeatable viewing and best-ever sound.  Read More

The Ibis smartwatch by Creoir Ltd

While the big players in the smartwatch market continue to tweak their designs, searching for a device with the right mix of functionality and style, others are banking on the latter being the force to drive mass-market appeal. Finnish company Creoir Ltd certainly fits this description. Its concept Ibis Dual Face Smart Watch on show at this week's Mobile World Congress bears a closer resemblance to a piece of jewelry than other smartwatch designs on offer.  Read More

The Sony Xperia Z2 represents a significant internal upgrade over its predecessor

Just months after launching the Z1, Sony has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z2. The handset, which largely shares its design with the older device, offers improved screen technology and improved optics, including the ability to capture 4K video.  Read More

Lenovo's all-new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

The world's biggest expo for mobile tech, GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, has just opened its doors and Lenovo has honored the occasion with a new refined and enhanced version of last year's 10-inch Yoga tablet. The hold, tilt or stand Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ brings a much-improved high resolution display panel, a faster processor and more RAM, while still managing the same reported 18-hour per charge battery life.  Read More

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