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Get ready to blast through Anna Karenina in under six hours.

Get ready to blast through Anna Karenina in under six hours, said Angela Moscaritolo in PCMag.com. A new app called Spritz is promising to help readers gradually increase their pace—up to 1,000 words per minute—by stripping out “the inconvenience of scrolling, swiping, squinting, and pinching to read on your devices.” The app works by flashing words one at a time on a user’s device, eliminating time-consuming eye movement and allowing “the brain to focus on each word, promoting faster reading and higher information retention.” Spritz has a preview on its website, spritzinc.com, and will debut the mobile app on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear 2 smartwatch (an iOS version is planned, too). The company says it will expand the number of supported languages beyond the current offering of English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Korean.

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