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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

Review: BDayPresent has a handful of free birthday greetings you can share

BDayPresent is a great idea but lacks a lot of the features and depth needed to make it a truly useful birthday wishes app for your iOS device. With a limited number of videos, no deep Facebook integration, and mediocre production values for most of the videos, this free app lacks the kind of versatility needed for anyone who knows more than a half-dozen people whose birthdays they'd like to recognize.

The app is fairly straightforward. Open it and you'll find eight video messages with different types of birthday greetings -- one from Elmo, one from a girl … Read more

Review: Get Songs Off iPod for Mac makes it easy to back up to your computer

Get Songs Off iPod for Mac allows you to transfer music from your iPod to your Mac computer with the click of a button. It's fast, stable, fully functional, and it will save you the hassle of other similar apps.

Get Songs Off iPod for Mac sports a welcoming and functional interface. To begin copying your music between devices, you have to connect your iPod to your computer. Songs populate in the main interface window, and you can select which tracks you would like to back up to your computer. We liked that the artist and song title were … Read more

Review: Paint My Place is a hard-to-use app with a potentially useful concept

Paint My Place is a home painting app that shows you actual paint colors so that you can imagine and view what your home would look like if you painted it that color. Paint My Place could be a useful app, but it is difficult to work with, requires a $2.99 upgrade to gain access to most features, and bombards you with requests for that upgrade.

Paint My Place isn't a complicated app in terms of purpose. You take a picture of the inside or outside of your home, select paints, and then decorate the home to see … Read more

Review: presetDj for Mac lets you add music files to sophisticated custom playlists

presetDj for Mac allows you to drag and drop audio files from iTunes and other sources into the application interface to create on-the-go playlists. It's a wonderful app if you have audio files located in multiple playback applications or locations and need a quick way to bring them together before a big party. Besides, the app offers a couple of other features, too.

With presetDj for Mac you can drag and drop several MP3 audio files from iTunes and the Finder directly into the interface, which displays track information like artist and title in the playback screen, making custom … Read more

Review: Compass HD is loaded with fun, useful tools for tracking measurement ranges

Compass HD offers a range of tools that go well beyond finding magnetic north with a compass -- something iOS devices have built in. With it you can measure and track magnetic fields, measure acceleration in various forms, and much more. The tools are very well executed and offer some fascinating results you can track on your iOS device.

When you load Compass HD, it will, by default, be set to the magnetometer. You can switch it into a compass mode to track location, or you can use it to measure the magnetic pull of nearby objects. The developer claims … Read more