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Boost Your Reading Speed To Broadband Levels With Spritz

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Spritz is a new smartphone application in development that could dramatically increase your reading speed in as little as a few minutes. Instead of teaching you to silence your inner voice (which is a skill needed for effective traditional speed reading and is a common bottleneck), it presents the words to you in a completely novel format: flashing them one after the other at a preset speed. In this fashion, you don’t have to scroll your eyes from side to side; you just look at the same spot and the words come to you. Eventually, your inner voice ends up disappearing, and you simply understand the words without vocalizing them. It’s counter intuitive but extremely effective, boosting reading speeds up to 500 words per minute very quickly. Some people are even able to blaze at up to 1,000 wpm, allowing them to read an 80,000 word novel in less than 2 hours.

You can try it yourself at the link below. It’s really fun. And it’s a little different from other applications (like Spreeder) in its implementation. For instance Spritz “places each word at the “Optimal Recognition Point (ORP),” which is the placement in front of our eyes that’s best for reading comprehension of each individual word (multisyllabic words are read differently monosyllabic ones).” And it flashes a blank screen at the end of each sentence, preserving the essential rhythm of ideas.

It’s a great little program, but it’s not ready for primetime. The plan is to launch on Android first, although the company is working on iOS, web, and Microsoft phone SDKs. We’re not clear on the timeline, but keep an eye out: this one’s pretty awesome.

[ Try Spritz ] VIA [ DVice ]

FaceRig Lets You Be Whoever (and Whatever) You Want to Be While You’re Chatting

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Everyone has those days when they really don’t feel like showing their face, whether it’s in person or online. It doesn’t make sense to cancel for this reason alone when you’ve already made an appointment with someone over Skype, so the next best thing at this point is FaceRig. It’s a neat program that replaces your image with that of another person, animal, or character, so you can chat away without having to shave, shower, or get dressed, even.

This wasn’t the actual reason FaceRig was created, but I know a lot of people who would use it in that manner. FaceRig was actually developed to give people total freedom when it comes to expressing themselves in real time via video chat services, including Skype and Twitch.

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FaceCrypt Lets You Secure Your Data With Your Mug

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Passwords, PINs, voice recognition, biometrics. People have figured out hacks for all of those, so you’re better off using multiple security programs to safeguard your stuff. One such program that you should definitely consider is FaceCrypt. It’s an iOS app where your face essentially becomes the key to access your encrypted files and data.

The great thing about it is that aside from the main vault, you have the option to store files in drawers. Aside from biometric face recognition, you can also restrict access to these drawers by adding passwords and pattern access to make them more secure.

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3D Printing App Makes Object Creation Easier For Windows 8.1 Users

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The ecosystem around 3D printers gets a little more mature each day. Just last week we were reporting that about the Smithsonian launching a set of 3D files of their exhibits that you can print at home. And now comes news that Microsoft has released an application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It’s meant to make it possible for people with no experience with CAD software to easily create objects to print. Aside from containing a catalogue of items that you can use immediately, the app allows you to modify them and even to import your own external ones, of course only as long as you have the hardware to do so. It’s free and you can give it a spin at the link below.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

New Chrome Feature Tells You Which Tab Is Making Noise

googlechromebeta32250wide There has to be very few things more annoying than having 20 tabs open when suddenly one of them starts playing music, and you just don’t know which one it is. This of course sends you on a furious hunt for that stupid website that would dare run ads that play audio without your consent, which is an activity most often accompanied with a generous amount of swearing. Well, a new feature on Google Chrome can dramatically cut down on the time it takes to take care of business, by showing a small icon on the offending tab. You’ll be able to zoom in immediately, and shut that down before you have to start pulling your hair out.

Currently available on the Chrome 32 beta release, we expect the feature to be implemented on the next stable release.

[ Source ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Print You Own iPhone Keyboard On A Piece Of Paper

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Maybe you find the keyboard on the iPhone a tad too cramped? Your big meaty fingers make a mess of everything? Maybe you’d be better off giving this application a look, then. It’s called Paper Keyboard and involves you physically printing a special keyboard on a piece of paper. You know, like people did in 2006? Print stuff in 2D? Right, so once the keyboard is printed, you place your phone in the specially designated area and its front facing camera takes care of the rest. Its “sophisticated algorithms” track where your fingers are and register the key presses. You’re then free to use that text in other applications.

Now… we’re not sure about this one, cool as it sort of sounds at first. If you’re able to print something, there’s a good chance there’s a full computer nearby, no? So why not just use that? Like, this could be useful if you have to type a really long email and don’t want to stare at a tiny keyboard for the whole thing. But if there’s a computer nearby… what’s the point?

In any case, it’s free to download and try out, though they’ll ask for money if you want to use the in-app chat application.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Mind Blowing Future Graphic Manipulation Technology Extracts Structures From Images

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Imagine you can take a flat picture, and with just a few clicks, extract the three dimensional structures present. And not just extract them, but then manipulate them, transform them, copy them, and move them around the image. That’s what this software, 3-Sweep, does. It was demonstrated at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, and while a written explanation is all fine and dandy, you really won’t get the scope of just fantastic this technology is unless you watch the video below.

You get the feeling that this is still in its early developmental stages, so there are some visible limitations. But in terms of what it’s capable already, we’ve never seen anything like it. If Adobe doesn’t have their eye on these guys, they’re making a big mistake.

VIA [ Reddit ]

The Benefits Of Using Netspy Mobile

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The following article is brought to you by Netspysoftware, and does not represent the opinions of OhGizmo.com or its staff. -Ed.

Have you ever had any concerns as to what is going on with your child or even if your partner is cheating on you? Do they appear to be spending a lot of time on their phone and acting secretive about it? If so, then using Netspysoftware may actually be a very good idea. This piece of cell phone spyware will allow you to learn so much about that phone that it will either answer questions you may have or at least give you some peace of mind. However, what else is there to know about this piece of software?

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Mind Over Matter: This Virtual Mirror Can Turn That Frown Upside Down

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Sometimes, all you need to see is another smiling face to turn your own frown upside down. That concept works even more if it’s your own smiling face that you’re seeing. I don’t mean an old photo of yourself; rather, I’m talking about a smiling image of your face in real-time.

This is made possible by the “Emotion Evoking System” that was developed by Shigeo Yoshida and other researchers from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies.

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