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The 404 1,391: Where we feel the endowment effect (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Kanye West said Zappos sells "sh*t product," and this is their awesome response.

- Kano Computer kit lets anyone build a PC from scratch.

- It's official. Fewer people are watching TV and the numbers prove it.

- Why you're more likely to buy something when shopping on your iPad.… Read more

Review: LEGO Ninjago is a fair representation of the popular children's show

LEGO Ninjago is a stage-based Lego game with power-ups and wave after wave of enemies to take out. For players who know the game's source material, a popular children's show of the same name, the game takes place in numerous iconic locations; but even for others, there is a decent game here, although for older players it can get dull rather quickly due to a lack of depth beyond its core mechanics.

LEGO Ninjago has a great concept. You must defeat as many enemies as you can before you are destroyed. As you flip, jump, and slide your … Read more

Apple to unveil 12.9-inch iPad, claims report

Apple is reportedly cooking up a tablet that would outsize the current iPad by more than two inches.

Citing an official at a Korean Apple supplier, news site Korea Times said on Tuesday that an iPad with a 12.9-inch Retina Display screen will launch in early 2014. The new iPad would boast a better picture than the current model, offering a display almost equal in quality to an ultra high-definition screen, according to the report.

The screen itself is currently being produced by one of Apple's major suppliers, the source added.

Why would Apple produce such a huge … Read more

Review: Basketball Playbook HD Free offers a handful of playbook diagraming tools

Basketball Playbook HD Free provides tools to create playbook entries on a basketball court screen with your iPhone. The result is useful for practicing drawing up plays but without options to save or share your play calls and drawings, the app is little more than a sandbox for testing out new play ideas on the go. That can still be useful for a lot of people, players and coaches alike, but it limits the usefulness of the app.

When you open Basketball Playbook HD Free, you can choose from numerous court designs to display on your screen, and then you … Read more

Review: Do more with less with Pixatel's File Manager

Pixatel's File Manager is a lightweight Android file manager. At 448KB, it's smaller than many images and dwarfed by the megabyte competition. File Manager isn't as stylish or feature-laden as the heavy hitters, but it's easy to use, fast, and uses fewer resources. It's free but displays banner ads.

As we noted, Pixatel's File Manager lacks the pizzazz of heftier apps, though stylish themes won't make your stuff any easier to access when you need it. File Manager's scrolling list view of folders and files could hardly be easier, and an equally … Read more

Review: PowerBlock for Mac prevents system shutdown

While PowerBlock for Mac does stop the computer from displaying a shutting down window when you quickly press the power button, it doesn't impede the shutdown function triggered by holding down the shutdown button -- making it an app of limited use.

Upon first starting PowerBlock for Mac, a pop-up box warns you that the program could cause your system to fail -- keep that in mind. The app's main feature is to ignore quick presses of the power button and, if selected, run an AppleScript. This can be useful if you use a MacBook and happen to … Read more

Review: Speakapedia for Mac converts Wikipedia articles into audio files

Speakapedia for Mac enables you to convert Wikipedia pages into podcasts with no hassle so that you can listen to them on your smartphone, tablet, or eBook reader. While the voice playback is robotic, the speed of the app and its ability to import files directly into iTunes make it worthwhile. This app is great for students.

Speakapedia for Mac greets you with an accessible interface that loads the Wikipedia homepage. You can use basic navigation buttons to find a specific page, or press the "Random" button to load a random page. Once you find a page you … 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: Change the color of your desktop background with LoneColor

LoneColor changes the color of your desktop with one click. It doesn't require installation and it couldn't be easier to use; but whether or not you need this app's services will depend on your visual preferences.

Once you download LoneColor, all you need to do is place the file on the desktop. One click and the color of your desktop changes. All the colors we saw in the random draw seemed to be in the bright, bordering on neon range, and we have to admit we didn't keep any of them for long. There's no … Read more

Review: Improve your focus with Shroud for Mac

If you're anything like us, you probably have multiple applications and windows open while you're working. While having everything at your fingertips is convenient, it can also be really distracting when you're trying to concentrate. Shroud for Mac is a basic program that creates a solid backdrop behind your active window, eliminating the visual clutter of everything else you have open. Shroud is a great choice if you want or need to keep lots of things open but also tend to have trouble focusing on the task at hand.

It never occurred to us that Shroud was … Read more