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Dell refresh of XPS 13 arrives with Apple in its sights

Dell has begun selling the refresh of a strong rival to Apple's MacBook Air, the XPS 13. It has also launched the super-svelte XPS 11 -- another Air-esque design -- and the Ubuntu version of the XPS 13.

The updated model sports a "Haswell" fourth-generation Core processor -- the power-efficient U series variety -- and comes for the first time with a touch screen option.

Specs for the $1,300 XPS 13 include 8GB of RAM, a 1,920x1,080 resolution 13.3-inch touch display, Intel HD 4400 graphics, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0, … Read more

Review: MyCalendar TopSecrete Free hides your photos, videos, and notes

MyCalendar TopSecrete is not a calendar app at all but a way to hide your personal images, videos, and more on your iPhone. The app uses a calendar overlay and a clever password system to lock out those images and "hide" them behind a facade that most people won't see through, over a casual glance. The setup process can be a bit confusing, but it generally works quite well.

When you open the app for the first time, there is no indication of what you're supposed to do. There is a blank calendar onscreen with no … Read more

Review: Defend your home stadium from intruders in Baseball Vs Zombies

Baseball Vs Zombies overcomes mediocre graphics and ads to become a solid tower defense game. Though it starts off incredibly easy and is somewhat repetitive, many people will love the goofy gameplay and the fun premise. It's definitely worth trying out if you're a big fan of tower defense games.

This game has you take the role of a popular baseball team, defending your home stadium from an onslaught of zombie invaders. In addition to protecting your home field, your team has to destroy the zombie base, each level, in order to succeed. As with most tower defense … Read more

Review: Human-to-Cat Translator plays back random cat sounds

Human-to-Cat Translator allows you to record your voice and play back any number of random cat sounds or play the cat sounds, manually, on your phone. The result will vary in its amusement factor depending on who is listening and how often it is used; but the cat sounds are varied and there are a lot of them, so if the joke plays well or if your cats enjoy it, this app could be a fun addition to your iPhone.

When you load up Human-to-Cat Translator, you get a telling warning. If the app drives your cats too nuts, use … Read more

Review: BattabattabattaSWING! Baseball Hero is big-league fun

Lots of us are great ballplayers in our minds, but now you can be a Baseball Hero on your phone, too, with Doodle Mobile's free 3D Android game. Batters face realistic pitches, and pitchers not only get to call the pitch but also the speed, since Baseball Hero responds to finger motion when you're at bat or on the mound. Smooth 3D motion adds to the realism, too. Quickplay, Practice, and Career modes let you hone your game in the batting cage or play an entire season. You start as a rookie but can work your way up … Read more

It's 11-12-13! Time to test your luck?

Do you always glance at the clock when the numbers hit 2:22? Or do number dates that line up just so make you nervous or excited? Then today, which brings the one-of-a-kind day-month-year lineup 11-12-13, is your day. Unless, of course, you live in Europe, where people write the day ahead of the month, 12-11-13.

Numerology is the mystical belief that numbers hold special meanings and possible divination of significant events to come. Many numerologists study double "master numbers" -- such as 11 and 22 -- and their significance in Viking Runes, the Kabbalah, and the I Ching. Not to mention the endless studies on such unlucky numbers as 666 (sign of the Beast); 13 (in Western culture); and 4 (in Chinese culture).

For math geeks, however, days like Pi Day, 11-11-11, and 12-12-12 are arithmetical holidays to be celebrated. … Read more

Review: Add a customized signature line to your Web-based e-mails with WiseStamp

Customize your signature line with WiseStamp Email Signatures, a Firefox plug-in that creates professional looking results with a streamlined interface.

WiseStamp Email Signatures is an Internet Explorer and Firefox extension. You'll notice an icon as soon as you log in to your Web-based account like Gmail or Yahoo Mail. But first, you'll need to get your e-mail address set up. From LinkedIn to Twitter, you can quickly enter your links and add them to your signature line. In fact, this plug-in seems to have all of the bases covered when it comes to how to contact you, follow … Read more

Review: Face Warp can deform your selfies

Face Warp lets you mutate your face into a bizarre work of art, but it's too bogged down with advertisements to really be fun. Video ads and other pop-ups seem to be lurking around every corner of the app. That sucks most of the fun out of this app.

This application lets you drag, twist, and contort multiple elements of a picture at once so you can see how they look warped out of shape. You can load a picture already on your SD card or take a new picture, but you'll have to use Android's default … Read more

Reviews: Papers, Please for Mac turns inspecting passports into thrilling gaming

Papers, Please for Mac transports you to a dystopian city where you play the immigration officer, providing a slow, text-based gameplay that can sharpen your memory skills. Since the gameplay is largely based on text and reading, there's not much action in this game, and the graphics aren't too impressive, either. If all your favorite games are shooters, this one isn't for you. But if you want a different yet captivating gaming experience, you should try it.

When playing Papers, Please you have to pay close attention to the onscreen text instructions. There aren't many game … Read more

Review: Launch apps and more with trimDesk

Software-Wunderlich's trimDesk desktop dock/launcher/toolbar ties together your programs, files, and Windows features in one easy-to-access spot. For trimDesk, that means the upper-left corner of the desktop: You can minimize or dismiss trimDesk's toolbar, but you can't unpin it and drag it somewhere else. If you're OK with that, trimDesk's got some things going for it, such as user-defined hot keys to launch programs and files, turn the Volume up or down, take screenshots, and more. The latest version of trimDesk, v1.3, is now freeware.

The compact toolbar and an extensive system tray … Read more