Tilt Interface for Amazon’s Rumored 3D Phone Sounds Neat, and Hopefully Not Aggravating

Originally posted on TIME:

One thing that’s never been clear about Amazon’s rumored 3D head-tracking smartphone is how it would rise above cheap gimmickry and actually prove useful.

Now, Boy Genius Report has a possible explanation:

By tilting the handset in different directions while the device is in use, Amazon’s interface will display additional information on the screen without the user having to touch or tap anything. This will not only be a point of differentiation for the company’s phone lineup, but also a way for larger devices such as Amazon’s upcoming 4.7-inch flagship phone to be operated more comfortably with one hand.

BGR’s “trusted sources” provide some examples of how the Amazon phone could work: You might be able to tilt the phone in the Kindle app to bring up Amazon’s X-Ray feature, which provides supplemental information about what you’re reading. You could potentially tilt in the messaging app to bring up…

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Mobile addicts launch apps 60 times a day

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Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Are you a mobile addict? You probably are if you open apps more than 60 times a day.

That’s how Flurry, the mobile marketing and analytics firm that monitors data from 500,000 apps across 1.3 billion devices, defines a mobile addict. Simon Khalaf, chief executive of Flurry, described the characteristics of mobile addicts in a talk today at the company’s Source 14 mobile conference in San Francisco today.

Mobile addict data

Mobile addict data

On average, a typical consumer launches apps about 10 times a day. Mobile addicts would probably suffer from the shakes if they tried to limit themselves to that level of activity.

Khalaf said that the mobile addict segment is growing the fastest, posting 123 percent growth from 2013 to 2014. In March 2014, there were 176 million mobile addicts around the world, up from 79 million a year earlier. Another category called “super users” grew 55 percent, and regular…

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Andre Johnson Posts Bizarre Facebook Message After Cutting Off His Penis

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Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Andre Johnson took to Facebook to post a truly bizarre message on April 17, one day after the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper cut off his own penis and attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the second floor of an apartment building.

Andre Johnson‘s self-castration and subsequent suicide attempt on April 16 was definitely shocking. Almost as puzzling, however, is what the rapper also known as Christ Bearer had to say on Facebook after the incident. We definitely did not see this coming.

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Software is eating the world, and venture capital is feasting on older software

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Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Marc Andreesen once said that “ software is eating the world ,” and this past quarter of venture capital investment sure seems to back that statement up.

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) just released their MoneyTree Report based on data from Thomson Reuters for 2014′s first quarter. Their data tell us that venture capitalists believe that software is a huge deal right now — as big a deal as it was in 2000! — and that they’re staying close to these companies that have shown promise as the bulk of investments has moved from earlier stage companies to those in expansion and growth phases.

Software investments reached $4 billion last quarter (first time since 2000′s fourth quarter), making up 42 percent of total dollars invested and 44 percent of total deals made in 2014′s first quarter. They also increased by 39 percent since the previous quarter.

“Context is everything…

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Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs Over Ingredient Mix-Up

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Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft’s “Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners” may instead contain the company’s “Classic Cheese Dogs.”

The agency said the product labels are incorrect and do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs. Those products were made with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

It said the problem was discovered by a consumer who notified Kraft on Friday. The company alerted the USDA the following day, according to the statement.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service said it has not received reports of adverse reactions. A representative for the agency wasn’t immediately available for comment.

A representative for Kraft Foods Group Inc., Joyce Hodel, said in an email…

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Chance the Rapper Hospitalized, Cancels Coachella Set

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Originally posted on Variety:

Chance the Rapper will be missing the last day of Coachella, as the rising Chicago musician has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.

Chance was supposed to preform Sunday at 3:10 on the main stage at Coachella. However, hours before that, a since-removed photo appeared on his Instagram account of the rapper in a hospital bed with the captain “Pray for my boy chance.”

Chance tweeted Friday that he had not been feeling well, but would be ready for his Sunday set. However, after the Instagram photo was removed, his management announced the cancellation of the Coachella set via his Twitter account and gave some more information for concerned fans.

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Starbucks Japan releases yet another drool-worthy Frappuccino flavor for summer

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Originally posted on RocketNews24:

Chunky Cookie Frappuchino

Starbucks Japan does it again with another seasonal item: the Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino. It’s like milk and cookies in a cup, but it’ll also keep you cool this summer. With a vanilla base, chocolate chunk cookie clusters, and even almonds, it sounds like it’ll be another tempting option on their menu…with an entire cookie crumbled up and blended in!

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