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Keep a Soap-Filled Dish Wand in the Shower for Easy Cleaning [Household]


Alan Henry

Keep a Soap-Filled Dish Wand in the Shower for Easy Cleaning Whether you like to clean as-you-go, or you just want an easier way to scrub down your shower walls when it’s time to clean the bathroom, consider keeping a dish wand—you know, the kind where you fill the handle with soap—in the shower so you can pick it up, wet the sponge, and scrub the walls or tub whenever you need to. Add a little vinegar and dish soap, or dish soap and a few drops of bleach to the handle and leave it in the corner of your shower, and it’s ready to go.

While the tip here originates from Pinterest user Karlene, I’ve actually been doing this for a while now, and it really makes bathroom cleaning much easier, and when I notice the occasional discoloration in the grout or stain from the bottom of a can on the tub, I can clean it right away. My mix of choice is some bleach and dish soap, but Karlene suggests vinegar and dish soap (whatever you do though, do not mix bleach and vinegar!)

The best part of this tip was that I repurposed an old dish wand for the bathroom when I got a new one for the kitchen, so it didn’t cost a dime. Even if you opt to buy one for the purpose, they’re pretty cheap. What do you think? Willing to give this a try, or are you fine with a sponge or Magic Eraser? Sound off in the discussions below.

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Remains of the Day: Twitter Brands Get a Little Less Spammy [For What It’s Worth]


Craig Lloyd

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Remains of the Day: Twitter Brands Get a Little Less SpammyTwitter introduces tailored tweets for brands, both Google Music and Rdio bring interface improvements to their Android apps, and web app integration comes to Ubuntu.

  • New targeting adds greater relevance to your Promoted Tweets Twitter introduced today a new feature that will have users receiving tailored tweets from brands based on their location. For instance, global companies that have different launch dates for different countries can send tailored tweets at different times for different countries. This will hopefully cut back on the amount of irrelevant tweets that users receive. [Twitter Advertising Blog]
  • Google Music Updates with Minor Tweaks and Additions Google updated its Music app which brings minor tweaks to the user interface, such as larger album art and the ability to change around music order in the Now Playing queue. The app’s widget also received a slight redesign with the added ability to thumb-up music without opening the app. [Google Play]
  • Rdio for Android Updates with UI Improvements Rdio updated its Android app today with a few user interface improvements. It’s now a lot easier for users to scroll through newly-released albums thanks to a new grid view. Users are also now able to manage and edit their playlists easier than before. [Google Play]
  • Web App Integration in Ubuntu Integrated web apps are coming in Ubuntu 12.10, which means that web apps can be launched as individual windows separate from your main browser, from pretty much anywhere in the OS—including the HUD, Menus, Quicklists, and Launcher. Most of the popular web apps like GMail, Last.fm, and Google Docs are already supported, with more apps being added in the future from the development community. [jonobacon@home]

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The Transparent Desktop [Featured Desktop]


Alan Henry

The Transparent Desktop Flickr user joergermeister wanted a really original desktop, so he decided to make his completely transparent. That’s right—the wallpaper sits in the back, but the windows, alerts, and other utilities are completely see-through.

Even his application windows (the ones that could be modified, that is) are clear, and show through to the desktop. That’s Chrome right there, and while we can’t tell if he’s using a static image as his Chrome theme and just has it placed nicely or Chrome really is transparent, we dig the effect. Want to try it for yourself? Here’s what you’ll need.

That should get you most of the way there. Of course, he had transparency turned on in every application he could find transparency options for, just to stay consistent with the look, but naturally not every application will let you see right through the window and its content to the wallpaper. Still—we like the effect he’s managed to achieve, it’s pretty original. Want some help getting yours set up just right? Head over to joergermeister’s Flickr page to ask how he made it happen, or check out our guide to Rainmeter if that’s the part that’s giving you trouble.

In this case, it’s tough to tell Mac and Linux users that it’s easy to get the same effect. Mac users can give GeekTool a shot to get the clock on the desktop (and our guide to it to help), but I’d love to hear from Linux users who know a way to get the same effect on their systems. Let me know in the discussions below!

Do you have a beautiful, creative, and functional desktop to share with the world? We’re running short on Mac and Linux desktops in the pool, so make sure to submit it to the Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr Group! Please include a description of how you made it. You never know, it may be the next featured desktop!

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Remains of the Day: AT&T Shared Data Plans Coming in August [For What It’s Worth]


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Remains of the Day: ATT Shared Data Plans Coming in AugustATT announces shared data plans, YouTube launches new face-blurring editing tool, Evernote for Mac updates with Retina support and Activity Stream, and Bing gets Foursquare integrations.

  • ATT Announces Shared Data Plans, Available in Late August ATT announced today new shared data plans that will go live sometime in late August. These new plans will start at $40 per month plus $45 per smartphone line. This will get you unlimited minutes and messaging and 1GB of data. The plans go all the way up to $200 plus $30 per smartphone for 20GB of data. Feature phones can be added for $30, laptops for $20, and tablets for $10. Additional data will cost $15 per gigabyte. [Boy Genius Report]
  • Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity YouTube launched a new tool that can blur faces in videos. It’s a great tool to use if you’re uploading sensitive content like a riot or protest, where the subjects’ identities would want to stay private. YouTube is making it very easy to do this—a single click and the rest is done for you. [YouTube Blog]
  • SwiftKey 3 Updates with Jelly Bean Support SwiftKey 3, your favorite Android keyboard, updated today with support for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update also addresses an issue for predictions not appearing in pop-ups, as well as miscellaneous UI tweaks and bugfixes. [Google Play]
  • Evernote for Mac: Now with Activity Stream and Retina Support Evernote for Mac updated today with new features like Retina display support and Activity Stream, which keeps you updated on all the activites that are happening with your notebooks using the drop-down notification menu. [Evernote Blog]
  • Foursquare Arrives on Bing Microsoft’s search engine Bing has introduced a new feature where tips and recommendations from Foursquare show up in a sidebar on the right-hand side of search results. So, whenever you search for something specific on Bing, Foursquare information about the search query will automatically show up for you on the side. [Bing Search Blog]

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Remains of the Day: AT&T Might Charge for FaceTime Over 3G [For What It’s Worth]


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Remains of the Day: ATT Might Charge for FaceTime Over 3GATT could possibly begin charging for 3G FaceTime in iOS 6, Dropbox updates with third-party folder sharing, Evernote for Android gets a tablet redesign, and Barnes Noble launches Nook for Web.

  • ATT Appears Set to Control and Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular in iOS 6 Just like how ATT charges users to utilize the iOS Personal Hotspot feature, it seems they’re ready to do the same with FaceTime over 3G. While using iOS 6 Beta 3, some ATT users were prompted to either call or go to ATT’s website to enable 3G FaceTime. [9to5Mac]
  • New Options for Shared Folders Dropbox updated today with a new folder-sharing feature. When users share a folder, they can now choose whether or not to let recipients invite other users. This also works with folders that are already being shared. [Dropbox Blog]
  • Evernote for Android Gets a Tablet Redesign, Swipe Navigation and More Evernote for Android updated today with a completely new interface that takes advantage of larger 7-inch screens, and there’s also new swipe gestures that make navigation much easier. [Evernote Blog]
  • Barnes Noble Introduces Nook for Web Barnes Noble launched Nook for Web today, a platform where users can read Nook books right from their web browsers. The company plans to compete head-on with Kindle’s Cloud Reader, Apple’s iBooks, and Kobo’s Instant Reader with the launch of this new service. [Business Wire]

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