Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the famous people you shouldn’t Google

Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the Buddhafamous people you shouldn’t Google

 

Who doesn’t have a pop celebrity fan in their family? You know, people who constantly scour the web for the latest news on a particular movie star or musical artist.

Well, cybercriminals are on the lookout for the latest celebrity trends too, and they exploit the public’s obsession with the most popular celebrities to lure fans into giving up more than their admiration.

Here are the names and terms you, your kids and your friends should watch out for when you search for them online.

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2017’s most dangerous celebrities

This year, female pop-rock celebrity Avril Lavigne has dethroned Amy Schumer as “the most dangerous celebrity to search online.”

This dubious title is courtesy of McAfee, and for the 11th year in a row, the computer security company has listed the top 10 riskiest celebrities you shouldn’t Google. This year, Lavigne ousted last year’s “winner,” Amy Schumer, to take the top spot.

According to McAfee, searching for these celebrities return the most dangerous results that can expose users to malicious links and websites.

Additionally, searching for the celebrity name plus “free mp3″ generated the most links for potentially malicious websites. This helps propel musicians to regularly make the list but this is actually the first time the top 10 is wholly dominated by musical celebrities.

Here’s McAfee’s list of top 10 most dangerous celebrities in 2017:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Bruno Mars
  3. Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. Zayn Malik
  5. Celine Dion
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. Justin Bieber
  8. Diddy
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Beyonce

By exploiting the consuming public’s fascination with celebrities, cybercriminals are using these names to lure online denizens to potentially dangerous websites that can install malware and steal personal information.

“In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis. “Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities.

“It’s imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content. Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online,” he continued.

Who is Avril Lavigne?

Well, she’s just the second best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Lavigne took a musical hiatus the last four years due to her battle with Lyme disease. She recently announced that she’s putting out new music soon and this may be the reason for the resurgence in online searches for her name.

According to McAfee, if you search for “Avril Lavigne free mp3″ right now, you have a 22 percent chance of landing on a malicious website.

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

Gary Levin and Jayme Deerwester , USA TODAY

It’s that time of year. The spring flowers are in bloom and TV executives are already gearing up for fall. USA TODAY

Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks’ fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.

But first, comes the culling of the herd.

This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.

The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network’s ownership stake.

In a surprise move Saturday, NBC took a page from the script of this year’s top Save Our Shows vote-getter, went back in time and reversed its cancellation decision. It’s bringing the time-travel drama back for 10 episodes next summer. It also renewed another favorite, Blindspot. It has yet to decide what to do with Chicago Justice.  Later in the day, CBS renewed the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, which finished second in the poll, for a sixth season.

In other Save Our Shows news, ABC has canceled Last Man Standing and American Crime, Fox has renewed The Exorcist and CBS has canceled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. ABC’s immigrant comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which finished mid-pack in this year’s poll, was granted a fourth season Friday.

Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.

Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death’s door or already canceled.

ABC

Renewed: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless

On the bubble: Quantico

Canceled, or nearly dead: American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time

 CBS

Renewed, or almost: The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man With a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts

On the bubble: Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Canceled, or nearly dead: Doubt, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Training Day, 2 Broke Girls, The Great Indoors

Fox

Renewed, or almost:Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth. Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, The Simpsons, Star

On the bubble: Prison Break, 24: Legacy

Canceled, or nearly dead: Pitch, Rosewood, APB, Bones, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, Making History

NBC

Renewed, or almost: Timeless, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore, This Is Us, Taken. Great News

On the bubble: Chicago Justice, Trial & Error

Canceled, or nearly dead: The Blacklist: Redemption, Emerald City, Grimm, Powerless, 

CW

Renewed, or almost: Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, The 100, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, iZombie, The Originals

Canceled: Frequency, No Tomorrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries 

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

Image courtesy of: Dreamstime.com

See if this sounds familiar: You’re not sure where your U.S. road atlas is or if you even own one. It’s been so long since you licked a stamp, you’ve forgotten what it tastes like. You’ve seen more scrumptious two-minute videos in the past week than you’ve consulted a cookbook in the past year.

We all know technology is making things easier and less time-consuming, but it’s hard to believe how much our devices have transformed the way we live. Tasks and tools that once seemed routine now seem hopelessly out of date, and in only a few short years. Example: Who would post an ad on the personals page of a local newspaper? Sounds so Victorian!

Here are some of those rituals that are no longer necessary in high-tech households. Teenagers may shrug, but if you’re 20 years or older, you’ll probably smile with nostalgia.

1. Memorize a phone number

Pop quiz: How many phone numbers do you know by heart? Some people don’t even know their spouse’s numbers. Before our smartphones automatically stored our friends’ contact information, we resorted to cocktail napkins to scrawl down numbers, for fear we wouldn’t find that listing in the phone book. How times have changed.

2. Use a phone book to find a company to do work around your house

Once upon a time, we felt perfectly comfortable flipping through the Yellow Pages and randomly calling a plumbing company to fix our pipes. Maybe we’d consult friends for a recommendation, but we often relied on trial-and-error. But consumer services like Angie’s List and Yelp have changed this game entirely. You can quickly read reviews of a local business, and if you like what you read, you can tap their number and automatically dial.

3. Park your used car on the street with a sign that says it’s for sale

Selling your car on your own is a pretty risky business. True, you stand to profit more, because you’ll avoid a dealership’s fees. But unless you’re selling your vehicle to someone you know and trust, these transactions can get sticky and dangerous without someone to oversee it. Craigslist started up more than 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong. But if you want to sell your car, here are three sites that are better than Craigslist.

4. Figure out math in your head

Calculators have been around for a long time now, but few of us ever carried calculators with us to the grocery store. In contrast, pretty much everyone with a smartphone has it available to do double-digit multiplication, no matter where or when we need it. In fact, there’s even an app called PhotoMath that can solve any equation just by taking a picture with your smartphone’s camera.

5. Call a family member to ask where they are

Find My Friends is a radical app that helps family members and close friends pinpoint each other’s precise location. Note that these people have to sign up for the service, but customers can decide who can know where they are located. Click here for ways to really take advantage of your smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

6. Telling time by hands on a clock

Like cursive writing, analog clocks are teetering on extinction. Few people with smartphones bother with watches anymore, unless they’re fashion statements or fitness trackers. With digital clocks dominating our computers and hardware, those 12-numeral timepieces may become pure novelties. Even your trusted alarm clock has received a tech makeover. Click here for three apps that monitor your sleep cycle and wake you up when you’ll feel the most rested.

7. Make photo albums

Purists still love their dark rooms, because chemicals and photo paper can be so rewarding for the patient photographer. But few people pine for the days of dropping off rolls of film at a one-hour photo shop. Instead of pasting five-by-seven snapshots into your faux-leather album, most people will prefer the ease of photo-sharing services like Flickr and Amazon Cloud.

8. Have a CD or record collection

Wasn’t it cool back in the day to walk into a shabby apartment and see those shelves of CDs? Wasn’t it a joy to flip through boxes of vinyl records? Well, the MP3 generation has transferred all those songs to a digital index. Turntables have seen a resurgence in popularity, but it’s hard to imagine CDs making a comeback.

9. Make mix tapes

There was something so personal about a mix tape. We spent hours finding the right song, then lining up two cassettes in order to copy a song. So many lovers cemented their relationships using a blank tape and a few dozen favorite albums. Now, you can throw together a digital playlist in seconds.

10. Call a theater to get movie times

Millions of people would rather buy a hit new movie on iTunes before it’s even finished in theaters. But if we do decide to drive all the way to the cinema and fork over $40 for two tickets and popcorn, there’s no need to call ahead and find out what time a movie is playing. The internet has everything we need. In Google, you can often just type “movie times” and the search engine will list films based on your location.

11. Record your favorite programs on tape

All year, we’d wait for “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Wizard of Oz” to pop up on TV. When they did, we’d push a VHS tape into the machine and wait until the proper moment to press “record.” When TiVo emerged, it streamlined this process by making scheduled recordings even simpler. Now, with streaming services, web archives, and easy-to-purchase downloads, the timing of a broadcast barely matters anymore.

12. Watch shows when they are broadcast live

In the same vein, we rarely have to sit in front of the television, eagerly waiting for a “major network event.” Services like Hulu and YouTube convert a huge amount of national television into a digital format, and local news stations log most of their important segments onto their websites.

13. Run to the store for a last minute gift

Curses! You forgot a Mother’s Day gift! Should you change your whole schedule so you can rush to the store and hurriedly pick something out? If you have Amazon Prime and live in an Amazon hub, there’s no need. You can order same-day delivery and have that gift curried to your front door. It’s just one of the many benefits you probably didn’t know Amazon offers. Click here for more than 20 lesser-known perks that come with your Amazon Prime membership.

14. Cut things out of the newspaper

Many grandparents still love to buy newspapers, and when they find an article they like, they snip it out, put it in an envelope, and send that little slip of newsprint to a relative. “Thought you might find this interesting!” reads an accompanying note. But most of us don’t waste our time. Nearly every article in every major newspaper is archived online and can be instantly shared by email, social media, and even text message.

15. Send a handwritten letter

Don’t get me wrong: It’s still wonderful to receive a postcard from far away places. You might say that email, texting and Skype conversations have made handwritten letters even more special. But no one is forced to transcribe their thoughts by hand and drop those letters in a mailbox.

16. Looking up the spelling of words in the dictionary

Spellcheck is nearly as old as word processors, and many of us have grown up expecting Microsoft Word to underline our mistakes in red squiggles. But autocorrect takes this concept a step further, guessing what we actually intended to write and correcting our mistakes. This can be handy for clumsy thumbs, but it can be embarrassing when autocorrect guesses wrong. Click here for five ways to take control of autocorrect.

17. Use a phone booth

Phone booths are so rare nowadays that you’d probably have an easier time just buying and activating a cheap cellphone. The last holdout may be your local airport, but even international travelers can usually nab a SIM card the moment they step off the plane.

18. Carry enough change to make a phone call

I remember my dad telling me, “Always carry a quarter because you never know when you’ll need it.” In a world of debit cards and Apple Pay, shoppers rarely have to carry cash anymore. So what happens when your phone is dead, there’s no one around and all you have is a phone booth? Luckily, most public phones in the U.S. are outfitted with credit card strips.

19. Use a travel agent

Travel agents can be essential for elaborate vacations, but for generic flights, services like Kayak and CheapFlights have completely transformed how we book our passage. You can compare hundreds of airlines and agencies in seconds for the best deal. If you’d like to save even more, use Google Flights to find the cheapest airfare. Here are five ways Google Flights can really help you save as long as you’re flexible with your travel schedule.

20. Getting your old checks back from the bank every month

Oh, people still write checks, and physical paychecks are still routine methods of payment, but I doubt this antiquated practice will last much longer. Even depositing checks has become digitized, thanks to ATMs that scan the piece of paper and print a facsimile on your receipt. Gone are the days of banks sending you old checks to jam into a filing cabinet. Thank goodness for that!

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

By Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019.

The fifth installment of the adventure franchise – which stars Harrison Ford in the titular role – will be released on July 19, 2019, 11 years after the fourth movie Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released.

Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed in a statement: ‘Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.’

He's back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

He’s back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

It was added: ‘It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.’

It also marks the first time the film franchise has been under the Disney studio label after Lucasfilm – who owns the franchise’s rights – was sold to Disney in 2012.

Ford will reprise his role as the iconic character while Steven Spielberg will direct.

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

Husband and wife duo Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce and John Williams is set to score the film’s theme tune.

Spielberg has also confirmed that George Lucas – who created the character to pay homage to the action heroes of 1930s – will serve as executive producer.

Meanwhile, David Koepp previously revealed he has begun writing the script for the hotly-anticipated movie.

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

He said: ‘I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end.

‘Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.

‘I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.’

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

And Koepp doesn’t feel the last Indiana Jones was as successful as the previous movies in the franchise.

He added: ‘It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say.

‘For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.’

Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015.

He likes big film franchises: Ford's last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

He likes big film franchises: Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

Teens react to Marilyn Manson

Teens react to Marilyn Manson

by Metal Hammer

 

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What do teenagers of today think about the Antichrist Superstar, Marilyn Manson?

It’s weird to think, but it’s been almost two decades since Marilyn Manson was public enemy number one. Courting controversy everywhere he went – thanks to both his look and behaviour – he was the antichrist, the boogeyman, the reason you weren’t allowed to listen to ‘that devil music’. Of course, nowadays, music has evolved and The Double M’s gothic persona no longer sends grandmas into fits of terror. But what do the youth of today make of the man who was the voice of the lost generation? The man who spoke to millions disillusioned teens across the world, uniting them through a communal hatred for the mainstream and abusive authority.

A group of teenagers (aged 15 to 19) were played various Manson videos to gauge their reactions. The videos included some of Mazza’s biggest hits, from The Beautiful People to This Is The New Shit. So far, so normal, you might think. But not everyone was impressed, and some really didn’t like it.

Here are some choice comments:

“Satanic music”
“He’s ultimate edge”
“Do people actually listen to this?”
“He’s a weird dude but I love him”
“I don’t think I could listen to this and enjoy it”
“Oh my god, he has boobs”

It’s fairly one-sided when it comes to deciding if they’d ever listen to Marilyn again. Everhet really isn’t keen on the idea, but Sabrina D is fully in on the Pale Emperor himself.

Angus Young Planning a New AC/DC Album With Axl Rose for 2018

Angus Young Planning a New AC/DC Album With Axl Rose for 2018ACDC With Rose
by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

With Gun N’ Roses dates running through until September, it is expected that the next AC/DC album with Axl Rose won’t be ready until 2018.

AC/DC fans in Sydney and Melbourne were treated to the Rose/Young sampler last week when Angus Young joined Gun N’ Roses to play the AC/DC Bon Scott songs Whole Lotta Rosie and Riff Raff.


Axl Rose became the fourth lead singer of AC/DC after the sudden removal of Brian Johnson from the band after 36 years. Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott in 1980 who replaced the fired Dave Evans in 1974.

The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record but Guns N’ Roses touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalise the project.

As all of the AC/DC shows were filmed it is possible fans may be treated to a live album with Rose from the Rock Or Bust tour prior to the new studio album.

Despite the departure of Johnson and the retirement (at age 66) of bass player Cliff Williams after 40 years with the band, Angus has vowed that AC/DC will continue.

Williams has retired to Fort Myers, Florida. Johnson lives in Sarasota, Florida, just over a one-hour drive away.

Former drummer Phil Rudd, who was banished from the band after his recent legal problems, initially said that he would not play in AC/DC with Axl Rose but has now changed his tune, recently saying that the decision would be up to Angus.

9 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Smartphone

9 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Smartphone

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Whether you splurged on your smartphone or opted for a budget-friendly device, a phone is a big investment. That means that you’re probably doing your best to keep your smartphone looking and running like new. But no matter how much time you spend clearing out old apps or ensuring that your software is updated, there are still plenty of ways that you can inadvertently damage your phone. (Dropping your phone in the toilet or shattering the screen on the sidewalk aren’t the only ways to do some serious damage to your device.)Whether you’re planning on upgrading to a new smartphone within a few months or hoping that your current phone will last you for a couple more years, it’s probably in your best interest to make sure you aren’t inadvertently sabotaging your phone’s chances at a long, Facebook-and-Minecraft-filled life. Ahead, check out nine ways that you may be accidentally damaging your smartphone — and figure out a few ways to stop the bumps and bruises before they result in a broken phone.

1. Installing malware

Using smartphones while walking

One of the biggest misconceptions about smartphones is that you don’t have to worry about security with them nearly as much as you do with your computer. But that’s a myth, and downloading apps at random without doing your research is a great way to end up with malware on your device. Malware ends up on your phone via an app, so it’s in your best interest to avoid downloading apps from third-party stores or clicking download links on suspicious websites, even if they show the icon and name of an app you think you can trust. Downloading an infected app is a great way to damage or even permanently ruin your phone, so your best bet is to only download apps from trusted sources, always be vigilant about what you’re downloading, and be careful about which apps you’re granting permissions, especially if you’ve rooted or jailbroken your phone.

2. Leaving your phone plugged in

Testing smartphones

Leaving your smartphone plugged in and charging all night isn’t great for the longevity of the device. It may not really be a problem to leave your phone plugged in for a couple of hours once it’s charged completely, since devices can limit the power being transferred to the battery once that battery is fully charged. But there’s no benefit to continuing to charge your phone after the battery reaches 100%, and leaving the device plugged in for long periods of time can generate excess heat and damage your phone. Another great way to damage your phone as you charge it? Leaving the device plugged in when it’s tucked under your pillow or even just sitting on top of your mattress. A smartphone heats up as it’s charging, and if you don’t place it somewhere where that heat can dissipate, it can overheat.

3. Allowing your phone to overheat

Using a smartphone pedestrian sign

Speaking of overheating, your phone doesn’t have to be plugged in for the device to get too hot. Whether you’re reading the news on the beach or playing a game at your neighbor’s barbecue, it’s relatively easy for your phone to overheat in strong sunlight. Even leaving your phone on the table while you jump in the lake can be enough to make your phone overheat, and in some cases, a phone can get hot enough to shut down when left in direct sunlight, even in an air-conditioned room. The problem there is that excessive heat can damage the battery. That’s never a good thing, particularly because most people want longer battery life out of their smartphones, not shorter times between charges. Typically, a phone that overheats will shut itself off to prevent damage. But repeatedly pushing your phone to that point will likely do more harm than good, so shielding your phone from the sun, turning it off if you have to leave it in a hot car, and otherwise keeping your device at a comfortable temperature is a good idea to prevent accidental damage.

4. Dropping your phone, even if it’s in a case

Using a smartphone

You can choose from a practically endless array of cases to protect your phone, whether you want something sleek and minimal to protect against scratches or are more inclined to opt for a robust, reinforced case to prevent major damage in the event of a drop. But even the priciest case won’t prevent you from dropping your phone (or knocking it off your desk or counter), and a drop can still damage your phone. Even if you don’t immediately see a shattered screen or a dented corner, it’s still possible that a fall has weakened your phone’s casing or damaged something inside the device. If you routinely drop your phone when you get out of your car or when you’re lounging on the couch at night, consider whether or not there’s a way that you can keep your phone more secure, or a change you can make to your routine to stop the repeated impacts that may be doing more damage than you think.

5. Exposing your phone to liquids

Using a smartphone

Most people know that dropping their phone in a sink full of soapy dishes is a situation they want to avoid (just like throwing a phone in the pool or even dropping it into the toilet). But it’s not as immediately obvious that any exposure to liquids can do real damage to a phone, even when a large vessel of water isn’t involved. Plenty of smartphones aren’t made to stand up to use in a rainstorm, and you should probably prevent yours from getting splashed at the pool. But even encounters that seem innocuous can do damage to your phone, like dropping it into a car cupholder that’s still dripping with condensation from your morning caffeine fix or setting it down on top of a wet bath towel. And the damage your phone might incur when you use it with wet hands in the bathtub — even if you manage to avoid dropping it into the water — probably isn’t worth delaying your response to a text message by 20 minutes. Unless you’ve purchased a phone that’s specifically certified for water resistance, it’s better to be safe than sorry and assume that water needs to stay away from your phone in all settings.

6. Keeping your phone on 24/7

Using a smartphone

Just like you turn your computer off when you aren’t using it, it’s a good idea to shut your phone down at least occasionally to give it a rest. Leaving your phone on all the time burns through the life expectancy of its components more quickly than you would by shutting it off every once in a while. Headed to a movie? Hanging out at a concert? Planning to sleep in Saturday morning? Shut you phone off for at least a few hours, and you’ll not only give it a well-deserved break, but it may even run faster or more efficiently when you turn it back on. Regularly shutting down your device, or even simply rebooting it, will help ensure that caches are cleared and that everything is running smoothly. Think of it as a well-deserved power nap for what may be the hardest-working device you use on a daily basis.

7. Leaving your phone on the couch (or keeping it in your pocket)

Using a smartphone

It doesn’t sound like the easiest way to accidentally break a phone, but leaving your smartphone on the couch can be a bad idea. When you’re watching a game or just engrossed in a movie, it’s easy to forget that your phone is sitting right next to you, just waiting to be dropped on the floor when you jump up (either for a popcorn break or to celebrate a goal). Even accidentally sitting on your phone can damage it, so if you want to avoid the bumps and bruises that can add up to significant damage, it’s a good idea to put your phone on the coffee table or an end table instead. The same argument could be made to advocate against keeping your phone in your pocket. If you repeatedly sit on your phone or routinely find it falling out of your pocket and clattering to the ground, then you should probably reconsider your habits.

8. Filling up your phone’s storage

Using a smartphone

Many smartphones have a lot less storage space than would be ideal. That’s an easy problem to fix if you have an Android phone with a microSD card slot, but a little less so for an iPhone. In either case, filling up your phone’s storage capacity isn’t going to make the device explode or spontaneously combust, but it will hurt your phone’s performance. Keeping your phone packed full of apps and data will slow it down. And of course, if the memory is full, you won’t have any room to download a new app or store a new video. Deleting apps, browser data, and unused media can all help keep your phone performing well, and avoiding the temptation to overload the memory will save you the frustration of the constant struggle for space.

9. Being careless about plugging your phone in to the charger

Smartphone charging

Whether it’s just been a long day or if you’ve had a few too many to drinks, you’ve probably had nights when you made it to your bedroom and just didn’t want to bother with a finicky phone charger. But being rough or careless when you’re plugging your phone in is always a bad idea, since tiny ports are easy to ruin and major force is never necessary. From a scratched phone to a broken port, the outcome when you force the cable is never good. The moral of the story is that getting the cable situated correctly is worth the trouble.

Phil Anselmo to release 5 “tripped out” albums

Phil Anselmo to release 5 “tripped out” albums

Superjoint vocalist Phil Anselmo reveals he’s recorded 5 new albums which he hopes to release later this year.

Superjoint mainman Phil Anselmo says he’s recorded five albums which span a variety of musical genres.

He describes the material as “tripped out” and plans to release them at some point later this year – and may even give them away free just to get the music into people’s hands.

Anselmo tells Metal Wani: “I’m sitting on five finished records right now – and they’re all different and they’re all tripped out. Some are heavier, some are heavier than heavy, and then some are not. I guess you woudn’t be able to stuff it into the heavy metal category at all. I think it’s the love of all the many genres.

“It’s a set of songs that have grown up with me since I was first able to pick up the guitar – little things that I had just written along the way. These songs have grown up with me and advanced and grown.”

Anselmo says Superjoint bassist Steve Taylor has been instrumental in helping him with the material, and adds: “He’s really an incredibly creative guitar player. He’s my main man right now. If it wasn’t for him, we probably would’t have half of these mysterious songs I’m talking about.”

As for releasing the music, Anselmo says: “I think this year. If I have to dump some free albums just to get this fucking music out, I’m gonna do it. And, of course, we’ll always have the hard copies and vinyl and stuff like that, for the collectors.”

Superjoint released new album Caught Up In The Gears Of Application in 2016 and are about wrap up a US tour, with the final show taking place at Pensacola’s Vinyl Music Hall, Florida, on February 3.

 

 

21 positive habits that all happy people know

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21 positive habits that all happy people know

 

It seems to be simple. You’re either happy or you’re not, and you can’t change it. But it’s not just that: you can make yourself happy. All you need is just a little effort and to practice some good habits.

The Huffington Post recently published a list of 21 positive habits almost every happy person displays. It caused an enormous public reaction, collecting more than 250 thousand likes on Facebook in two days. Bright Side thought we’d share their article for you. So here are the 21 positive habits that all happy people know:

  1. They surround themselves with happy people
    Joy is contagious. Researchers who studied the ’spreading happiness’ phenomenon over 20 years found out that those surrounded by happy people are ’likely to be happy in the future’. A good reason to separate yourself from sad friends and find happy ones.
  2. They smile
    Even if you don’t feel joy, think about something good and smile. It should help. Think positive, too! If you smile while thinking bad thoughts, it won’t help.
  3. They develop an ability to recover
    Psychologists say that an ability to recover is the opposite of depression, not happiness. Happy people know how to recover from the shock of bad events. It’s kind of a weapon against some of the inevitable miseries that happen in our lives. As a Japanese proverb says: ’Fall seven times, get up eight.’
  4. They try to be happy
    Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds: attempts to be happy improve your inner emotional state of mind.
  5. They pay attention to good events
    It’s important to celebrate your achievements at the end of a long and difficult day. But happy people pay attention to the little successes as well. When we take the time to notice the little things, we get a bigger emotional kick which helps us to feel better during the day.
  6. They appreciate simple pleasures
    Eat ice-cream while sitting in a park, pet a dog, feel something, look out for a rainbow. Happy people really appreciate things like this, which don’t cost anything to anyone and appear on their own. Finding happiness in little things and being thankful for all you have is directly related to a sense of joy in your heart.
  7. They devote part of their time to giving
    Even though the day consists of 24 hours, positive people spend a part of this time doing good for others’ sakes, which brings the good back into their lives. Volunteer work or just doing random good deeds has a positive impact on both your mental and physical health. People that do good and suffer from depression are quite rare. Psychologists talk of something called the ’rush to help’, and they even compare it the positive emotional feeling some people get from drugs, because good deeds is a trigger for the development of dopamine (but in this case it comes without any of the terrible negative side effects!)
  8. They lose sense of time
    When you’re bound up in something extremely difficult, inspiring and meaningful, you feel something that may be called a ’flow.’ Happy people subconsciously seek a thing to do that’ll make demands on their talents and skills, which will become a challenge, will motivate them, and have clear objectives. Being carried away by this ’flow’ brings them a feeling of success.
  9. They prefer deep conversations to meaningless conversation
    There’s nothing bad in engaging in a bit of small talk, but having a long talk on serious topics is a great way to feel cheerful and alive. It brings more pleasure than a simple ’blah-blah’. One of the top five regrets of dying people is ’I wish I had more courage to talk about how I feel’. A sentimental thing, more so than chatting about the weather, can fill our hearts with joy and meaning.
  10. They spend money on others
    Money can buy happiness. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? But it can happen only when you spend it both on yourself and on other people. Giving is always better than receiving.
  11. They can listen
    When you listen, you open your mind to new knowledge and experiences. When you talk, you block it from entering. By listening to people you’re showing respect for them. People cannot remain indifferent to this, and you evoke positive feelings in them which make you yourself feel a little bit happier. An ability to listen is a skill that strengthens relationships.
  12. They keep in touch
    It’s simple and fast to write an SMS, call or post something on a social network. But to fly halfway across the country to see a dear friend is much more interesting and fun. Every person needs a sense of belonging to other people, and that demands communication with friends. Not online. Social networks don’t let us physically be with a person, and that’s extremely important to be happy.
  13. They see the bright side in everything
    Optimism has a positive impact on your health: it means you’ll experience less stress, which means fewer heart diseases, and have better pain tolerance. If you choose to look intentionally for the good in everything happening around you, you choose health and happiness. Seligman gave one of the best characterisations of optimists and pessimists in one of his books: ’The main characteristic of pessimists is that they believe that bad things last forever, ruin everything they achieve, and it’s all their fault. Optimists, though, who struggle against the exact same difficulties we all encounter in this the world, think of bad luck in the opposite way. They believe defeats to be temporary, and they’re certainly not their own fault: it’s down to circumstances, bad luck, or other people. They’re not disturbed by failure. Surrounded by troubles, they consider them to be a challenge and just try harder’.
  14. They appreciate good music
    There’s a power in music. Choosing the right music is an important factor in being happy. A song, being either happy or sad, can influence our view of life. There was some research carried out where the participants were asked to decide whether people were happy or not judging only by their photo. In most cases their answers were dictated by the mood of the music which the person being tested was listening to at that very moment. That means you need to listen to cheerful music more to feel good.
  15. They disconnect
    Technology, the news, and information won’t magically disappear if you step away from your laptop/PC for a while, or if you put your iPad aside, or turn off your smartphone, but it’s worth the short while you’re away. Digital detoxification lets your brain reload and relax.
  16. They’re in touch with their spiritual side
    An important part of all beliefs is the expression of gratitude, sympathy and compassion. They ask the ’big questions’ that fills life with context and meaning. Research in 2009 showed that children who believed they had an aim and superior purpose were happier than their peers living without it. But it’s not only about religion — it’s about any spiritual practice, the ’sacred rituals’ of our life. Meditation, prayer, or just a small amount of time every day given over to thinking — it doesn’t matter. Daily, weekly, monthly…whenever. The point is to have an anchor which regulates your life, makes you more spiritually enriched and gives you timeout in this eternal race.
  17. They do physical exercise
    Physical activity fills our body with endorphins. Endorphins make people happy. Due to chemical reactions in the brain, exercise relieves the symptoms of depression, anxiety and frustration. Plus, exercise gives us the opportunity to appreciate our body and love it, and it’s extremely important to be in a good mood. By-the-bye, even if a person doesn’t lose weight or reaches success through exercising, he/she still loves himself/herself more.
  18. They go for a walk
    Nature is source of life for the soul. Even a twenty-minute walk in the fresh air improves our general state of mind. When we feel tired, we drink a cup of coffee, but it’s better to go for a walk and take energy from nature.
  19. They have a lie-in
    ’Waking up on the wrong side of bed’ isn’t a little thing. Waking up having had the right amount of sleep is one of the ways you can avoid a bad mood during the day. Doctors advise not to jump immediately out of bed and run, but to start waking up slowly, enjoying the comfort of your blankets and pillows.
  20. They laugh
    You’ve heard about it hundreds of times: laughter is the best medicine. It provokes the production of hormones in your brain, which help you feel happier and reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. Try to laugh as often as possible. The brain reacts to laughter in the same way that the body reacts to regular physical exercise.
  21. They take wide steps
    This is not a metaphor. Happy people have a more free and relaxed pace, and their steps are wider. This begins a chain reaction in the brain. The wider our steps, the happier we are — no matter how weird and absurd it sounds. Just try small shuffling steps, staring at the ground. Feel happy? Of course not!

Based on materials from Huffington Post

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