John Beck

30 Flips | 4 Magazines | 2 Likes | 9 Following | 2 Followers | @jb9143 | Keep up with John Beck on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “John Beck”

Five Tips To Keep Your Indoor Plants Alive

These Pinterest hacks are for all the plant parents out there.<p>Our plants are our children, and we honestly can’t cope when we lose one to overwatering, underwatering, too little sunlight, too much sunlight — you get the picture. There are a lot of ways to kill a plant. Thankfully, we have five …

Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter

• Poor writing can make others think you aren’t intelligent.<br>• I’m the executive editor of a magazine and know firsthand how grammar can change the …

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

22 Cleaning Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

Store a box of this stuff in every room of your house.<p>Sure, it's an essential for grandma's amazing chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda also has the power to freshen and clean seemingly countless spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, …

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It alls starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my young career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to "schmooze" or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the wind-bag …

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

Six Places to Buy Customized IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

IKEA kitchens—and bathrooms and wardrobes—are super-popular, but sometimes you want to kick things up a notch and move past the ubiquitous IKEA look. …

Kitchens

Why bother with IKEA when you get free shipping AND free returns from Amazon’s new furniture brands?

IKEA? What’s that?? No, I love IKEA just as much as the next person, but it was only a matter of time until something better came along. And make no …

Free Shipping

What You Need to Know About the IKEA Kitchen Planner

Whether or not you are planning to use IKEA kitchen products (namely, its kitchen cabinets), you can reap some benefits from using its online 3D …

How to fix 7 annoyances in iOS 11

As with any iOS update, you may not welcome all of iOS 11's changes.<p>There's an adjustment period with any new iOS. New features get added. Things get moved around. If some of iOS 11's changes have left you feeling frustrated, then perhaps the following seven fixes will have you feeling better about …

App Store

Six Months After David Rockefeller's Death At 101, His Heirs Are Selling His Homes

Six months after David Rockefeller’s death his children have decided to sell at least three of his homes–including the Westchester, N.Y., mansion where he died in March at 101. His townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was listed in June with a $32.5 million asking price. One of his islands in …

Real Estate

To Live Your Best Life, Learn These Ten Simple Habits

<i>What can I do to make sure I am becoming the best version of myself? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering</i> …

The best wireless outdoor home security camera

<i>By Rachel Cericola</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After spending …

Why Micro Income Streams Are Better Than One Big Payday | Inc.com

It's probably not a surprise that entrepreneurs experience more anxiety than their employee counterparts. A Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that 45% of entrepreneurs said they were stressed out, 3 percentage points more than other workers. Depleted finances, pressure to succeed, and …

Entrepreneurship

8 things ridiculously successful people do before 8 am

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz planning to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years. Much of this …

Time Management

4 iOS-Specific Flipboard Tips You May Not Have Known About

Hey iPhone fans! Optimize your daily Flipboard routine with these iOS tricks. Here’s how to take advantage of these features.<p><b>1) QUICK START: Choose where you want to begin your Flipboard experience</b><p>Do you want to start Flipboard in your home feed or immediately dive deep into what you’re following? …

iPhone 5

How to Dominate Dark Colors Like a Londoner

Londoners aren't the <i>only</i> people in the world who often use dark, dramatic colors in their home, but they are world-class masters at it. Shadowy …

Home Decorating

How to Learn Many Things at Once (And Stay Sane Doing It)

One of my good friends (let’s call her Linda) is struggling with a terrible problem–her life is too interesting and she doesn’t know what to do about …

The 7-Day Kitchen Cleaning Plan That You Can Actually Manage

If it's been a few months (or years) since you've cleaned your kitchen, Clean Mama's Becky Rapinchuk can help you reset—without losing your mind.<p>Be honest: you probably only deep-clean your kitchen a few times a year, if that. Countertops are hopefully wiped down every time you cook and floors are …

Kitchens

15 Black Shiplap Ideas That Will Convince You to Come to the Dark Side

Here's why you should try the bolder, moodier take on the trend.<p>Rest easy, Chip and Joanna fans: Shiplap, or country-chic wood paneling, is here to stay. But if you're looking to put a sophisticated spin on the farmhouse favorite, why not paint it black? An edgier take on the trend, black shiplap …

How to share your iPhone photos with AirDrop

Quite possibly the best iOS feature you're not using, AirDrop makes in-person photo-sharing a snap.<p>You know the drill: everyone gathers around for photos, and then everyone <i>in</i> the photos says, "Hey, can you send me those?"<p>Now comes the hassle of sending a bunch of text messages and/or emails -- …

Apps

How to travel with a Wi-Fi-only iPad

Get five travel tips to make the iPad the perfect travel companion.<p>Whether traveling for work or pleasure, the iPad is a perfect travel companion. It's lighter and runs longer than a laptop and springs to life instantly. Plus, its screen is large enough to get work done or enjoy TV shows or movies …

Apps

Back up iPhone photos with new share sheet for Google Drive

The Google Drive app for iOS received an update lets you backup photos without leaving the iOS Photos app.<p>Both the Google Drive and the Google Photos app for iOS have an auto backup feature. I take so many screenshots and useless photos, however, that I prefer an ad hoc approach where I upload only …

Apps

Use This Clever Trick To See Your iPhone's True Signal Strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

Microsoft's next surprise is free Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android

There's no such thing as a free lunch, or is there?<p>Microsoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you'll no longer …

What's the Difference Between My Photo Stream and Camera Roll?

<b>UPDATE, Sept. 18, 2014:</b> Where is Camera Roll in iOS 8? Find out <b>how to find your photos in iOS 8</b>.<p>You're snapping away photos with your iPhone, and see …