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Can a casual numbers game be fun? You bet it can

Threes is part math and part matching game as you slide numbers to make multiples of three while trying to get the highest score possible. At first blush, it doesn't seem very exciting, but once you hear the music and sound effects and get into the flow of the game, it can be incredibly addictive.

What's amazing about Threes is that it came out only one day before this review, but it's currently sitting at No. 1 in the paid app listings at the App Store. I think once you start playing and get to know the … Read more

Can a casual numbers game be fun? You bet

Editors' Note, March 13, 2014: This review was updated to include impressions of the Android version of Threes.

Threes (Android|iOS) is a part-math, part-matching game as you slide numbers to make multiples of three while trying to get the highest score possible. At first blush, it doesn't seem very exciting, but once you hear the music and sound effects, and get into the flow of the game, it can be incredibly addictive.

What's amazing about Threes is that it came out only one day before this review, but it's currently sitting at No. 1 in the … Read more

How to password protect your iWork documents

Apple on Thursday released updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The update included a bug fixes and feature enhancements to the iOS, OS X, and iCloud.com versions of the apps.

One such feature included in the update was the ability to password protect specific documents. By adding an extra layer of protection to a document with a password, it ensures sensitive information will only be viewed by those it's meant for.

Adding a password to an iWork document -- no matter the platform -- is extremely simple, taking just a few taps or clicks.

Setting a password on … Read more

The 404 at CES 2014: Where your kids are gonna love it (podcast)

LAS VEGAS -- Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Christopher Lloyd arrives at CES in iconic time machine.

- Cutting board + iPad holder: What could possibly go wrong?

- Corning's bacteria-banishing antimicrobial smartphone glass appears at CES 2014.

- Antimicrobial NueVue case for iPhone, iPad kills phone germs dead (hands-on).

- Sleep Number x12 bed with sleep monitor, snore-stopper.… Read more

Sleep Number x12 bed with sleep monitor, snore-stopper

LAS VEGAS -- Sleep monitoring has turned into a popular digital activity. You buy a piece of hardware or load up an app and snooze with your iPhone tucked in with you. Or you can drop just under $8,000 and pick up the new Sleep Number x12 bed instead. You'll get sleep monitoring and whole lot more tech crammed under the covers.

The x12 has the dual-air adjustable mattress system that made the company famous, but then it goes off the high-tech deep end with all sorts of extra goodies. It integrates sleep-monitoring technology from Bam Labs that is much like Santa Claus. It knows when you're asleep. It knows when you're awake. It knows your heart and breathing rates. It can capture data from two different people and sends it all to an iOS app that gives you a sleeping score along with the details of each night's rest (or unrest).… Read more

How to check if your Snapchat account info was leaked

To ring in the new year, Snapchat suffered from a fairly large data breach. A file containing 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers was posted for all to view.

When leaks like this occur, it's natural to wonder if your data is included in the breach. With the original document and site no longer available (the site itself was suspended), you're not able to grab the leaked file yourself and search for your username or phone number.

But as Mashable reported earlier today, there are a couple of Web sites built specifically to help people identify if … Read more

How to find your Mac's serial number

Your Mac's serial number is required for warranty service, among other benefits that Apple offers its customers. Therefore, while not commonly used, you may occasionally need to look it up. While you can always look on your Mac's chassis to find the printed label that contains the serial number, there are a number of additional ways do do this, some of which are more convenient than others.

Besides using the Mac's chassis, the easiest way to find your Mac's serial number is to use the About This Mac information panel that's in the Apple menu. … Read more

How to move the SwiftKey number pad to the left

SwiftKey, the popular alternative keyboard for Android, released their 4.3 update earlier this month. It introduced custom layouts and combined the phone and tablet versions into a single app. Today's minor update to 4.3.1 fixes some bugs and now lets you move the number pad.

The number pad is normally positioned on the right side of the secondary screen, with the symbols to the left. Listening to feedback from their users, SwiftKey now gives you to the option to swap the number pad and symbols so that the numbers are on the left, making it easier … Read more

Numbers gets more templates, better touch controls

Numbers has been redesigned to match the design scheme of iOS 7 and is useful for creating spreadsheets and organizing data while away from your desktop. It's not going to take the place of more robust spreadsheet apps like Microsoft Excel, but it's great for tinkering with your data on the go. On the iPhone the app works admirably, but the smaller screen size makes it a bit less easy to use than the iPad version.

Like the other new iWork apps that were released in October, Numbers was built from the ground up for both iOS and … 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