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11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better

Living in a dwelling that you don’t own can have a lot of benefits. Your life is more flexible and the management company will most likely take care of maintenance for you. However, it can also be stressful when you think you’re going to lose your security deposit because you broke, scratched or lost something.

Never fear! These easy DIY tips will help you restore your apartment or all of its former glory (or at least to the state it was in before you got there). They’re all relatively inexpensive and you can use items you have around the house.

1) Everyone has damaged furniture


11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


2) Clear clogged drains by pouring baking soda down your drain, followed by vinegar and hot water.
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


3) Wrap a wide rubber band around doorknobs to soften a door that slams (and reduce noise complaints).
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


4) Make late-night entrances much less annoying.
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


5) Use coarse salt to clean any cast iron skillets that came with your furnished apartment.
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


6) A broom and a hose can help you clean off your dirty deck.


11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


7) Remove a stripped screw by using a rubber band and some elbow grease.
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


8) Did you think you wrecked your linoleum?
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


9) Freshen up the place without using a ton of aerosol sprays.
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


10) Are the couch’s pillows looking flat?
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


11) And finally, use WD-40 for all of this: silence squeaky doors, lubricate stuck windows and remove crayon marks from walls.
11 Completely Unknown Home Hacks That Are Going To Make Your Life So Much Better


I personally believe that these are the most useful life hacks I have ever seen. If you agree then please SHARE these with your friends.


Australian Police: Using Apple Maps Could Be ‘Life Threatening’

via PC Mag: 


Since its release, Apple’s less-than-perfect iOS 6 mapping tool has irked users, been mocked onTumblr, and made fun of on late-night TV, but now the software has a new detractor: the police.

The Victoria police in Australia issued a sternwarning Monday urging iPhone users to stop using Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6 after having to rescue several people who became stranded thanks to the flawed program. Police said they have been called to rescue of a number of distressed motorists over the past several weeks who got lost in Australia’s Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their iPhone.

The police tested out the mapping system and found that it lists the Australian city of Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 43 miles away from the actual location of Mildura. Police have contacted Apple about the issue, though they did not say whether Cupertino is working on a fix.

Police warned that they are “extremely concerned,” as there is no water supply within the park, and temperatures can reach as high as 114.8 degrees Fahrenheit, “making this a potentially life threatening issue.” Some of the people saved by police had been stranded for up to 24 hours without any food or water. Others walked long distances through dangerous terrain to try to get phone reception and find their way out.

“Anyone traveling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified,” police said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the issue. The company back in September issued an apology for the performance of its Maps app, and even encouraged users to look into competitive offerings in the interim. Apple has ousted two executives over the much-maligned program.

As for alternatives, Nokia recently released its HERE mapping app for iOS, while Google has beefed up the browser-based version of its Maps app. Google is reportedly working on a full iOS app version of Google Maps, but has not yet made any announcements.

Update: Apple on Monday updated its Maps app following widespread coverage of the problem, The Guardian reported. Mildura is still labeled incorrectly on the map, though navigations directions will reportedly send you to the town’s actual location.

Wikipedia Has Figured Out A New Way To Stop Vandals In Their Tracks

via Business Insider: 

In a small but fundamental change to Wikipedia, a tool which protects articles from malicious vandalism while simultaneously permitting good-faith edits has gone live on the English Wikipedia.


When a page under ‘pending changes’ protection is edited by a new user or a user without an account, the edit does not go live until it has been reviewed by a more experienced editor.

Edits made to Wikipedia articles are normally visible immediately.

The new tool is in contrast to the typical means of page protection on the online encyclopaedia, which, in the case of a flurry of vandalism to an article, completely locks it from being edited at all by new users.

Pending changes is already used on the second largest Wikimedia Foundation project, the German Wikipedia, but unlike the English one, on which pending changes can be assigned to and removed from pages that are frequently subjected to unconstructive edits, it’s applied to all articles by default.

This is a significant and long-awaited development. Wikipedia cannot remain the resource that it is if its four million-plus articles – the product of enormous amounts of volunteer time – are fair game.

At last, the burden for dealing with problematic edits is being shifted away from good-faith editors constantly having to challenge them, and onto those who make drive-by and contentious edits, who may now find themselves arguing the case for why their changes should even appear, let alone remain once already published, as they otherwise would.

There is already plenty of evidence within the project that suggests this is the only way forward. More and more experienced editors are inserting FAQ sections in the discussion pages of articles to save themselves from constantly dealing with the same questions and disputes, and at the top of the dispute resolution ladder, the Arbitration Committee has a large list of sanctions for various articles and topics, which can be applied to editors who don’t follow the rules.

But some might argue it’s much too little, much too late. Wikipedia has regrettably served as an anonymous platform to libel people, one which appealed to Johann Hari when he used it to describe people he didn’t like as alcoholics, anti-Semites, or homophobes.

Pending changes would not only have made it much more difficult for such edits to get through, but might even have diminished the incentive to make them in the first place if they didn’t appear immediately after submission.

And then there’s the matter of simply getting things right. If pending changes was enabled on all articles, would Lord Justice Leveson have inadvertently labelled a 25 year old Californian student as a founder of The Independent newspaper?

The fact that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone is arguably both the site’s best and worst aspect: without it, it wouldn’t be what it is. But with September 2012 seeing the lowest monthly level of new editors since September 2005, a laissez-faire attitude to content is no longer sustainable. Sharing knowledge is a worthy and appealing undertaking; baby-sitting its potentially fleeting presence in a digital no-man’s land, not so much.



The Answers To Every Question You’ve Ever Had About SEO

via Business Insider: 


At our recent IGNITION conference in New York, SEO experts Define Media Group shared a presentation that explains key SEO concepts.

From social’s effect on search to keeping up with algorithm changes like Panda and Penguin (hint: don’t even try), their presentation makes sense of a topic that is intimidating to non-experts, but that you can’t afford to ignore. If you think SEO is like voodoo, you’ll find this presentation helpful.

First, given the growth of social, is search still important?

Yes! Search and email are still the most popular online activities.

OK, but is search still growing?

You bet. Google handles 3+ billion searches every day.

What are your competitors spending on search?

On average, 21 percent of ALL ad spend goes to search. And that number is only growing.

Is SEO Voodoo?

No. And there are no shortcuts.

Right, but what about the algorithm?

You WILL go insane trying to reverse engineer Google’s algorithm — don’t even try.

Do I need to worry about Panda and Penguin?

Yes, be aware of these two algorithmic shifts.

How can data help my SEO?

Knowing the right “keywords” can make a world of difference.

Do users click on paid or organic listings?

Overwhelmingly organic: It wins 82 percent of the time.

How does ranking affect click-through?

It’s all about being in the top 10 search results.

How does social affect SEO?

Social’s starting to matter. Its “signals” are factored into search algorithms.

Does organic search work in generating conversions?

Yes, better than any other source

Should I optimize for local search?

If you are a local business, it’s critical.

Guess what the second largest search engine is?

What’s important for publishers to know about SEO?

Pay attention to AuthorRank and markup.

What about for e-commerce companies or vendors?

This time “ microdata” markup.

To contact the gurus directly:

Want more IGNITION insights?

Disney, Netflix sign exclusive TV distribution deal

via Reuters: 

A sign is shown at the headquarters of Netflix in Los Gatos, California September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co agreed to give Netflix exclusive TV distribution rights to its movies, becoming the first major studio to stream its movies to TV viewers via Netflix instead of distributing them to HBO, Showtime or other premium TV channels.

The agreement begins in 2016, after Disney’s current deal with Liberty Media’s pay-TV channel Starz expires.

The deal gives Netflix streaming rights to movies from Disney’s live action and animation studios, including those from Pixar, Marvel, and the recently acquired Lucasfilms. On October 30, Disney announced a $4 billion deal to purchase the famed studio founded by George Lucas and responsible for the “Star Wars” franchise.

Neflix’s stock jumped after the deal was announced. It finished Nasdaqtrading at $86.6491, up $10.6491, or 14 percent, the biggest daily gain in percentage terms since January.

“An exclusive deal with Disney differentiates the Netflix content from Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video,” said Anthony DiClemente, an analyst with Barclays Capital.

To get the deal, Netflix paid a “significant premium” to the $250 million annual payment he estimates that Starz was paying, he said. He called the jump in Netflix’s price “overdone.”

Analysts have been concerned that Netflix has paid large sums to studios in a bid to lock up premium content.

“This deal brings to our subscribers some of the highest quality, most imaginative family films being made today,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, in a statement. “It’s a leap forward for Internet television.”

Movies from Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios are not included in the deal, as that studio distributes its movies through CBS’s Showtime on TV. Disney recently signed a deal to distribute DreamWorks’ films theatrically after the studio’s deal with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures expired.

Under the deal’s terms, Netflix can stream Disney movies beginning seven to nine months after they appear in theaters, as Starz had done in Disney’s prior agreement. The deal does not cover DVD rentals of Disney movies.

The agreement follows similar deals Netflix has inked with smaller studios, including Relativity Media, The Weinstein company and DreamWorks Animation.

Losing Disney’s movies means Starz is left with only Sony Pictures for film content. The pay-TV channel cast the ending of its agreement with Disney as its decision, saying it preferred to use the money for original programming creation.

In a statement, Starz said it now has an “opportunity to implement our plan to dramatically ramp up our investment in exclusive, premium-quality original series which will best meet the needs of our distributors and subscribers.”

Judge Gives Bradley Manning Permission to Plead Guilty for WikiLeaks Dumps

via Wired: 

A military judge in Maryland has accepted the terms under which alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning has proposed to plead guilty.

The terms would allow Manning to plead guilty to 7 of the 22 charges he’s currently facing for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to the secret-spilling site in 2009 and 2010.

The 7 offenses together carry a total maximum prison term of 16 years in prison, presiding officer Col. Denise Lind said during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Manning hasn’t formally submitted a plea yet; he was simply seeking approval from the court that the terms under which he contemplated entering a plea were acceptable.

Earlier this month Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, explained the move by saying that his client was willing to accept responsibility for some of the lesser included offenses against him, but not the charges as they stand in whole.

The move is known as “pleading by exceptions and substitutions.”

Defense attorney Coombs wrote on his blog that Manning “is not pleading guilty to the specifications as charged” by prosecutors, but rather “is attempting to accept responsibility for offenses that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offenses.”

The plea would not dispose of the remaining charges, but it would let Manning’s attorney focus his defense on fewer points of contention at trial next year.

Manning’s attorney may be hoping that the government will drop the more serious charges once Manning pleads guilty to the lesser ones.

Government officials have not said whether they would continue prosecuting him for the other 15 counts he would face, including an aiding the enemy charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Under the plea proposal, Manning would admit to giving WikiLeaks a battlefield video file, which WikiLeaks published under the title “Collateral Murder,” as well as some classified memos, more than 20 Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and other classified materials, according to AP. He would also plead guilty to wrongfully storing classified information.

The hearing on Thursday was held to hear arguments on motions that Manning’s attorney have filed to have all of the charges dismissed, on grounds that he was treated unconstitutionally during nine months of his confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.

Manning’s trial is currently scheduled for February. He has told the court that he has elected to have a trial by military judge, instead of a trial by jury.

These Are The Biggest PR Disasters Of 2012

via Business Insider: 


From corporate social fails to “pink slime” scandals to Apple launching a widely hated mapping feature, 2012 was filled with epic PR disasters. 

While many of the public relations nightmares were due to typical company failings, others were unique to the digital era.

All it takes is a single employee’s bad tweet — like a Burger King staffer standing in a tub of lettuce — to send corporate headquarters into damage control mode.

We’ve collected 10 of the worst PR disasters of the year.


10. KitchenAid tweeted about Obama’s dead grandma.

10. KitchenAid tweeted about Obama's dead grandma.

During one of the presidential debates, KitchenAid tweeted to its 24,000 fans that “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president’. #nbcpolitics”.

KitchenAid immediately deleted the quote and tweeted an apology.

A spokesperson said that “The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won’t be tweeting for us anymore.”

9. American Apparel exploits Hurricane Sandy.

9. American Apparel exploits Hurricane Sandy.

American Apparel

People were outraged when American Apparel used Hurricane Sandy — a storm that killed over 100 people and initially left 8 million without power — as an excuse to sell merchandise.

The retailer were offered a 20 percent off sale if they typed “SANDYSALE” in the online checkout “in case you’re bored during the storm.”

American Apparel decided to ignore the PR disaster and didn’t apologize.

Gap, on the other hand, also did a Sandy sale and then tweeted apologies for offending people.

8, The NRA’s magazine posted an insensitive tweet after the Aurora shooting.

8, The NRA's magazine posted an insensitive tweet after the Aurora shooting.

Hours after the nation learned about the tragic Aurora shooting that left 12 people dead at a late night showing of “The Dark Night Rises,” American Rifleman, a magazine for the NRA, tweeted: “Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?”

The tweet went up at 9:20 am EST and was taken down three hours later.

A spokesman for the NRA stated, “A single individual, unaware of events in Colorado, tweeted a comment that is being completely taken out of context.”

PR lesson: be careful with pre-scheduled tweets.

7. Apple Maps was so bad, the CEO had to issue a public apology.

7. Apple Maps was so bad, the CEO had to issue a public apology.

When Apple banished Google Maps from the iPhone in September, consumers were concerned.

Apple’s own maps app turned out to be riddled with errors, and didn’t even include public transportation mapping.

CEO Tim Cook had to issue a public apology, conceding that the maps “fell short” before suggesting users download competitors’ products from the Apps store. Cook specifically called out Bing, MapQuest, or going to Nokia and Google’s website.

The product manager who oversaw the maps team was fired months later.

6. The Internet exposes a Burger King employee who stood in tubs of lettuce.

In July, a Burger King employee thought that it would be a fun idea to post pictures on 4Chan of him standing (shoes on) in two large tubs of lettuce. The caption read: “This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.”

Within minutes, other 4Chan members tracked down the culprit.

Burger King addressed the PR disaster in a public statement regarding the chain’s “zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question” and fired three employees for the incident.

5. A Taco Bell employee tweeted a picture of himself urinating on a plate of nachos.

Even though the Indiana worker assured people that the plate was going to be thrown out anyway, Taco Bell dealt with the crisis immediately by firing him.

4. Chick-fil-A’s president bashes gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A caused quite a stir when its president publicly came out against gay marriage.

Dan Cathy, who also serves as the COO, told “The Ken Coleman Show”: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

This caused a national outcry — some for, and others against. Citizens held boycotts and kiss-in protests at local chains, and mayors threatened to ban the chain from their cities. (Which mayors can’t actually do.)

More controversy arose when Jim Henson Co. slammed Chick-fil-A for its public stance, and then Jim Henson toys were prematurely pulled from the chicken chain.

3. “Pink Slime” is discovered.

In March, ABC News released a series of reports raising concern over a hamburger ingredient dubbed  “pink slime,” a mechanically separated and disinfected beef product officially known as lean finely textured beef.

People began petitioning to get supermarkets, restaurants, and schools to all stop carrying the slime, even though various consumer experts said it was safe. This PR disaster led to massive layoffs.

BPI eventually filed a lawsuit against ABC for $1.2 billion for allegedly making about 200 “false and misleading and defamatory” statements about the product.

2. McDonald’s #McDStories Twitter campaign gets out of control.

McDonald’s January Twitter campaign asked readers to tweet their own special #McDStories.

The problem: people used the hashtag for horror stories like: “Fingernail in my BigMac” and “Hospitalized for food poisoning after eating McDonalds in 1989. Never ate there again and became Vegetarian. Should have sued.”

McDonald’s had no way to control what people tweeted, and all the stories showed up whenever anyone clicked the hashtag.

McDonald’s social media director Rick Wion emailed BI that:

While #meetthefarmers was used for the majority of the day and successful in raising awareness of the Supplier Stories campaign, #mcdstories did not go as planned. We quickly pulled #mcdstories and it was promoted for less than two hours.

Within an hour of pulling #McDStories the number of conversations about it fell off from a peak of 1600 to a few dozen. It is also important to keep those numbers in perspective. There were 72,788 mentions of McDonald’s overall that day so the traction of #McDStories was a tiny percentage (2%) of that.

With all social media campaigns, we include contingency plans should the conversation not go as planned. The ability to change midstream helped this small blip from becoming something larger.

1. Penn State covers up the Sandusky scandal.

1. Penn State covers up the Sandusky scandal.


Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged and later convicted of repeated counts of child molestation while at Penn State.

Although the scandal was unveiled in 2011, the university felt the full fallout in 2012 when the Freeh report stated that Joe Paterno and the administration covered up Sandusky’s abusesMajor companies pulled sponsorships of the program.

Part of the PR disaster was due to Penn State’s initial difficulty addressing the problem. Pulitzer-winning stories in The Patriot-News of Harrisburg initially uncovered the scandal in March 2011. But Penn State remained tightlipped. PR firm Ketchum was hired in November of 2011, and the school hired Edelman and La Torre for crisis management in April 2012. The school pledged to spend $208,000 a month for 12 months on PR support, but the damage was done.

Microsoft Takes On Trolls In IE10 Ad Targeting Haters

via Business Insider: 

Microsoft has dropped another of its “Browser you loved to hate” commercials, in which the company admits — and confronts — the fact that a lot of people just don’t like Internet Explorer.


And it’s completely charming.

The company started the quirky campaign in March of this year with a commercial that suggested IE was the browser you used only to download another, better browser. That spot, from CP+B, featured a guy ignoring his up-for-it girlfriend while he tried to uninstall Explorer from this PC. (The joke, for non-nerds, is that you cannot uninstall Explorer from a Windows machine.)

In the new commercial, a basement dwelling geek — signified by a lava lamp, an ET doll, double screen setup, etc. — attempts to troll Microsoft by repeatedly leaving the message “IE SUCKS” on comment boards and Twitter.

The company responds by extolling IE10’s virtues, including “IE adopts an island of kittens and donates them to children everywhere!!!” Check it out:

Internet down across Syria for second day

via Telegraph: 


Phone and internet networks were down across most of Syria for a second straight day on Friday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Syria: rebels fight to unite opposition-held areas before 'final push' for Damascus

Rami Abdel Rahman, Observatory director, said in some areas it was still possible to access the internet “but with great difficulty”.

“It is also very difficult to reach people by phone. But we have received reports that it is possible to communicate between certain regions via fixed telephone lines,” he added.

The official news agency SANA had still not resumed transmission Friday after its feed was cut on Thursday at midday. Its website was also inaccessible.

On Thursday afternoon, when communications were first cut in Syria, activists accused the regime of preparing a “massacre” while the authorities explained this interruption as “maintenance”.

The United States on Thursday accused the Syrian regime of cutting off internet and telecommunications links in the war-torn country, branding the move a sign of desperation.

Amnesty International said on Twitter that reports of an internet shutdown were “very disturbing”.

Meanwhile delegates from more than 60 countries agreed in Tokyo to ramp up pressure on Bashar al-Assad’s regime and urged the international community to unite to force change in Syria.

The “Friends of Syria” condemned the “incessant killings, bombings of residential areas” and the “gross violation of human rights” that have taken place since Assad’s forces moved to crush an uprising.

At a meeting in the Japanese capital, the group’s fifth since its inception, they called for a full oil embargo on Syria, a move aimed at cutting off a rich source of currency for the regime.

In a statement released after the meeting, the group, which includes Western and Arab countries, called on “all members of the international community, especially members of the United Nations Security Council, to take swift, responsible and resolute action”.

Two of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China and Russia – have blocked action.

The statement welcomed the formation of the National Coalition, a newly-unified opposition group that has been recognised by Britain, France and Spain as the legitimate representatives of Syria.

It also called for ramping up of sanctions to tighten the noose around the regime, insisting that any ill effects suffered by the populace were the fault of the government in Damascus.

“The group called on the international financial and business communities to diligently comply with ongoing and forthcoming measures against the Syrian regime,” it said.

“The group reiterated its call on all states to impose an embargo on Syrian petroleum products and a ban on the provision of insurance and reinsurance for shipments of Syrian petroleum products.”

Presently, the United States has banned the import of Syrian oil and gas, but the EU has not.

On Thursday Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said Washington was weighing what further help it could give the Syrian opposition rebels.

“We are going to carefully consider what more we can do,” Clinton told a Washington forum, saying the United States was constantly evaluating the situation and adding: “I’m sure we will do more in the weeks ahead.”

But she stopped short of saying whether the US would recognise the National Coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people.

Privately, US officials have said the Obama administration would likely go ahead and recognise the group at some point.

“We hope the National Coalition … will play a further role as an entity that represents a wider range of the Syrian society, with a common objective of having all the Syrians enjoy peace and prosperity in the new Syria,” Gemba said on Friday.

Along with sanctions on the Assad regime, “providing assistance to refugees and internally displaced people” is essential, said Gemba, adding the world also had to “look ahead to a post-Assad” Syria.

‘Gangnam Style’ Christmas [VIDEO]

via Daily Caller:

Move over, Clark Griswold, you’re so … 1989. This year, all the cool kids are decking out their houses “Gangnam Style.”

My sympathies if the owners of any of these homes are your neighbors.

Also, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months and are unacquainted with Korean singer-songwriter PSY’s magnum opus, check it out here.


10. Perhaps the most basic display on the list, it still has a lot going for it. The three Christmas trees on the roof are the highlight here.

9. Tired of the original Gangnam Style? Remix time. Hipsters who find the original Gangnam too “mainstream,” this is for you.

4. This reindeer has dancing skills PSY himself would be proud of.


3. Hilarious lip syncing. They even include multiple faces and mouths for the Gangnam backup singers. Technically a Halloween display, but too cool not to include.


2. No gimmicks here. Just well timed flashes and a cool-as-ice color scheme. The effect of cutting all the lights at certain moments is particularly striking. Check out some local news coverage of this house here.


1. We go down under to Perth, Australia, for the house topping out the list. What’s so great about it? It combines what made so many of these other houses work into one neat and tidy package: cutting the lights for dramatic effect, synchronized face, cool colors. Also, the lights drawn along this sweet house’s straight edges give the display a sleek modern look.