Star Apps: Mobb Deep

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Star Apps: Mobb Deep

Star Apps: Mobb Deep

Posted: 14 Mar 2014 04:17 PM PDT

Mobb Deep is one of the most successful rap acts, with millions of records sold, including tracks like "Survival of the Fittest,'" "Shook Ones Part II," and "Quiet Storm RMX." But the duo's unity has been tested numerous times, including a feud that spilled over onto Twitter and caused a brief split back in 2012. Prodigy and Havoc have patched things up and reunited for the 20th anniversary of breakout album "Juvenile Hell" (1993) and the upcoming release of their first studio album in eight years, "The Infamous Mobb Deep," on April 1. Mobb Deep is excited to debut new material at nine upcoming SXSW shows.

Mobb Deep members Havoc [left] and Prodigy [right] play nine shows at SXSW.

What will Mobb Deep be doing at SXSW? We're down there from the 13th to the 16th, and we're doing about nine shows within that time. We're doing a show for the San Antonio Spurs and some other shows -- so much stuff that I can't even think about right now.

Will you be debuting music from the new album? Yeah, we'll be performing new music and some of my solo songs off "Albert Einstein."

What can you tell us about "The Infamous Mobb Deep" album? Well, the new Mobb Deep album is our first self-titled album and our first album in eight years. Unfortunately I had to go to jail in 2008 and did three years. Since I've been back, I'... [Read more]


3 Spritz-like speed-reading apps for Android

Posted: 14 Mar 2014 02:58 PM PDT

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced, details emerged about Spritz -- a speed-reading feature that comes built-in to some apps on the phone. Spritz uses rapid serial visual presentation, or RSVP, to display words one after another using a single focal point. The company calls this point the optimal recognition point, or ORP.

The technology isn't exactly new -- it dates back to the 1970s -- and it was even used in software for last decade's phones. In 2005 CNET covered a demo version of BuddyBuzz, mobile software that could display one word at a time on your phone's tiny screen, making message reading a more pleasant experience.

If you don't want to wait to check out the software on the new Galaxy S5, you can try it now with one of these three Android apps:

A Faster Reader

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

This app, by BaseTIS SL, is free with a premium upgrade option offered as an in-app purchase of 99 cents. Once installed, highlight text in an app that allows sharing and then choose A Faster Reader from the pop-up menu. A small window will appear above the text, and ... [Read more]


Mozilla scraps Metro version of Firefox, citing low interest

Posted: 14 Mar 2014 02:44 PM PDT

The Bookmarks and Recent History screen in the Firefox Metro Preview, a version of the browser that's now mothballed.

(Credit: Mozilla)

After more than two years of work, Mozilla has scrapped its effort to build a Metro-specific version of Firefox for Windows 8, saying that users have shown almost no interest.

Microsoft designed what it previously called the Metro interface for touch-screen devices like tablets and introduced it with Windows 8 along with a version of Internet Explorer designed to run on it. Two years ago, after winning a debate with Microsoft over whether it even could be possible to bring a modern third-party browser to Metro, Mozilla embarked on its Firefox for Metro journey.

But it's over for now, although Firefox will mothball the code in case it needs to change its mind.

"As the team built and tested and refined the product, we've been watching Metro's adoption. From what we can see, it's pretty flat," Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, said in a blog post Friday. "On any given day, we have, for instance, millions of people testing prerelease versions of Firefox desktop, but we've never seen more than 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment."

... [Read more]


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