Belkin’s new wireless charging dock is almost like AirPower

Apple’s AirPower — the wireless charging mat that can charge up to three Apple gadgets at once — is a year late and will reportedly be even more late. 
Luckily, third-party manufacturers are stepping up. Belkin has a new charging dock called Boostup Wireless Charging Dock that can simultaneously charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a third device of your choosing. 
SEE ALSO: 7 wireless chargers that will juice up your phone crazy fast
Granted, the Boostup Wireless Charging Dock is not as elegant as AirPower. You can’t just place the gadgets onto it; instead, it has a lean-on surface for the iPhone,…

Belkin’s new wireless charging dock is almost like AirPower

Video games deserve a place in sex education

The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility.
Have you ever had a weird question about sex? We want to know about it. Fill out this Google Form and your response may be included (anonymously) in a future story.

Some say the best way to learn is to do. We learn math by doing math problems. We learn the complexities of chemistry by completing chemistry labs….

Video games deserve a place in sex education

Next time someone annoys you on Tinder, rock this Halloween ‘ghosted’ costume

Ghosts are everywhere — in haunted houses and on our most popular dating apps.
That’s why Party City has developed an adult ghosting costume for women. Plenty of women have encountered someone who just won’t stop bothering them on dating apps or over text.
Might as well “ghost” them in real life.
SEE ALSO: Here’s a sexy ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Halloween costume that no one asked for
The costume is now available for $24.99 on the Party City website. As of now, there is only a women’s costume.
“If someone’s blowing up your phone, ghost them in a Ghosted Costume for women!” the Party City description reads….

Next time someone annoys you on Tinder, rock this Halloween ‘ghosted’ costume

Here’s how to set up a VPN and protect your data

On today’s internet, having at least some level of protection is essential.
A VPN or virtual private network is a tool to get an extra layer of protection — it essentially masks your connection while encrypting your data. The best part is you don’t need to get any physical hardware to use one; using a VPN is usually as simple as downloading and launching an app
Once you have a VPN setup, you can use it on your home WiFi, public networks, over LTE, and even while traveling. 
SEE ALSO: Facebook to pull its creepy VPN Onavo from App Store after Apple pushback
Certainly, the…

Here’s how to set up a VPN and protect your data

This 1979 George RR Martin short story could hold a clue to the end of ‘Game of Thrones’

Fair warning: I may be reaching a little bit with this one.
Still, this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about, and that means absolutely no potential clue is too small to write at length about.
SEE ALSO: It sounds like something’s totally up with Jaime and Brienne in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8
This one popped up when I decided to read some of George R.R. Martin’s early short stories. The collection is called Dreamsongs, and the short story which jumped out at me is titled “The Ice Dragon”.
Being the dangerously obsessed Thrones fan that I am, I was hooked halfway into the…

This 1979 George RR Martin short story could hold a clue to the end of ‘Game of Thrones’

Peter Dinklage played a classic dark prank on the ‘Game of Thrones’ set

Game of Thrones, what with its constant violence, intense politics, and casual dragons, doesn’t seem like it’d be a set abundant with hilarity and horsing around.
But three-time Emmy-winner Peter Dinklage says he played both prankster and victim on set, telling Jimmy Kimmel he had quite the dark (and pretty classic) trick to play.
“I like to pretend I’m dead,” he told the late show host on Wednesday. “It’s fun.”
And for who’s benefit? “For whoever, the wardrobe person, or the producers, just my legs sprawled out in the trailer. You’ve got to get really smushed into the floor, like, a very awkward position….

Peter Dinklage played a classic dark prank on the ‘Game of Thrones’ set

Bored? Make a doo-wop song on an iPad like Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon

Here’s a fun activity: Get two friends, a Looper app, and make a doo-wop song.
On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon dragged out live music looping app Loopy to create a doo-wop iPad masterpiece with powerhouse singers Queen Latifah and Kelly Clarkson.
Choosing classic tune “Earth Angel,” originally by ’50s group the Penguins, and popularized by Marvin Berry and The Starlighters in Back to the Future, the trio layer up some sweet, sweet harmonies, then some deep basslines, and a whole lot of bahp-bahps.
It’s damn delightful, and could be a pretty solid activity for your next bored night. Read more…
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Bored? Make a doo-wop song on an iPad like Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon

Hannah Gadsby’s one-minute of Emmys glory stole the show

What are jokes anyway?
A delight in an often lacklustre Emmys, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pretty much stole the show on Monday with her brilliantly dry, but very funny bit while handing out the Outstanding Director for a Drama Series award.
SEE ALSO: There were a few Emmys bright spots — but it sure wasn’t the hosts
Hosting alone, Gadsby took some time to acknowledge how amazing it was to be there, with her free outfit and everything thanks to the people who didn’t quite get Nanette. 

Second, @Hannahgadsby’s bit. So good! pic.twitter.com/osw9Fo8bjI
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Hannah Gadsby’s one-minute of Emmys glory stole the show

Football player stuns fans by retiring from the entire sport at halftime

It might be only two games into the NFL season, but it’s been a sorry affair for the Buffalo Bills already.
After losing their first game 47-3 against the Baltimore Ravens in the first week, the Bills were pummeled by the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.
SEE ALSO: Sports Twitter is a fun and weird haven from an often bleak news cycle
Cornerback Vontae Davis, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Bills earlier this year, did something most only dream about. Then and there, midway through the game, Davis decided to quit and retire. Even his teammates had no…

Football player stuns fans by retiring from the entire sport at halftime

BMW’s autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

As I approached San Francisco International Airport, my expectations for BMW’s new concept car were as big as the looming Boeing 777F Lufthansa cargo jet waiting for me. 
I had surrendered my cellphone and everything in my purse but my drivers license to see BMW’s iNext vehicle. Its tour started in Munich a few days earlier; it came to the Bay Area after a stop at New York’s JFK airport, and was scheduled to continue on to Beijing. Talk about precious cargo.
SEE ALSO: BMW makes sure we can’t escape voice assistants while driving
After passing a final security check, I climbed up the…

BMW’s autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

Little Baby Bum has billions of views on YouTube — and just sold for millions

Did you know that a near hour-long collection of children’s nursery rhymes set to 3D animation is the 20th most popular YouTube video ever?
The video, with over 2 billion views and counting on the site, was created by the YouTube channel Little Baby Bum. 
And the husband-and-wife duo behind the popular channel just sold Little Baby Bum, likely for millions of dollars.
The exact sale price is confidential, but a social media marketing firm told Bloomberg that the London couple likely made between £6 million to £8.5 million ($7.8 million to $11.1 million).
SEE ALSO: YouTube lets parents handpick videos their kids can see…

Little Baby Bum has billions of views on YouTube — and just sold for millions

The quintessential cool car of the early-2000s, the VW Beetle, will be no more

The car of our teenage dreams will be no more.
Volkswagen announced that it will end production of the Beetle in 2019, finishing with the last ever models to the carry the name, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.
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“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO of Volkswagen America, said in a statement.

The VW Beetle Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.Image: VolkswagenDebuting in 1998,…

The quintessential cool car of the early-2000s, the VW Beetle, will be no more

Logitech MX Vertical review: Flipping the mouse on its side is hardly an upgrade

Logitech MX Vertical
$99.99

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The Good
Futuristic design • Great connectivity through Bluetooth or USB

The Bad
Right and left clicker sit too high • Uncomfortable to use

The Bottom Line
The Logitech MX Vertical flips a traditional mouse on its side. The idea has some benefits, but they don’t make up for a bumpy user experience.

Mashable Score3.5

Cool Factor4.0

Learning Curve3.0

Performance4.0

Bang for the Buck3.0

Logitech is flipping the design of the computer mouse on its side with its MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic mouse.
The idea is to re-invent the mouse, at the same time making in forward-looking and more useful, I guess. It also happens to look…

Logitech MX Vertical review: Flipping the mouse on its side is hardly an upgrade

Sarah Jessica Parker agrees ‘Sex and the City’ was ‘tone deaf’ on diversity

Fashionably late as ever, Sarah Jessica Parker has come to a conclusion most of us came to years ago: Sex and the City didn’t age as gracefully as its cast. 
The main actress behind the beloved, decades-old show even went as far to call it “tone deaf” when looking back on the show with the hindsight of today’s social politics.
SEE ALSO: Cynthia Nixon insists she’s not Miranda so let’s all just stop with the SATC jokes
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Parker discussed the major issues with reviving Sex and the City for the modern zeitgeist.
“You couldn’t make it today…

Sarah Jessica Parker agrees ‘Sex and the City’ was ‘tone deaf’ on diversity

Of course Elon Musk’s very serious Boring Company treats machines like video games

Out of all of Elon Musk’s ventures, the Boring Company is undoubtedly the most WTF.
For instance, the tunneling company may be best known for its Not-a-Flamethrower, the barely legal $600 flame-spewing gadget with Dr. Seuss-inspired terms and conditions. 
SEE ALSO: Dear Elon Musk, where the hell is my Boring Not-a-Flamethrower?
Even Musk himself recently admitted that “the flamethrower was a terrible idea,” and that “I’m not saying the Boring Company will succeed.” 
So it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that the company doesn’t take other aspects of its business too seriously either. Like its machines, some of which are apparently controlled…

Of course Elon Musk’s very serious Boring Company treats machines like video games

Tucker Carlson’s anti-diversity rant for Fox News didn’t go over well on Twitter

Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant Friday against Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats and politicians who have called for a more diverse workforce, government, and American way of life.
Carlson went off on anyone who has said “diversity is our strength” with the chyron on the screen blaring the question: “How exactly is ‘diversity’ our ‘strength’?” 
SEE ALSO: Fox News forced to apologize for mixing up Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. Oops.
He rhetorically asked how can we get along better “if you can’t understand each other or share no common values.” Then he noted that the…

Tucker Carlson’s anti-diversity rant for Fox News didn’t go over well on Twitter

BMW makes sure we can’t escape voice assistants while driving

Another “wake word” has entered the lexicon. Instead of “OK, Google” or “Hey, Alexa,” this time it’s “Hey, BMW.”
With BMW’s new virtual assistant, coming to the German car maker in 2019, voice commands are front and center in the car. It’s a new way to interact with your vehicle.
SEE ALSO: Amazon’s Alexa will soon do your bidding through your car infotainment console
The assistant was revealed Thursday at a TechCrunch Disrupt main stage event. BMW senior vice president of digital products, Dieter May, showed it off, extolling its skills beyond “just voice commands.” He said the assistant would “live side by side…

BMW makes sure we can’t escape voice assistants while driving

Google will likely announce the Pixel 3 on Oct. 9

It’s time to get hyped!
Google just sent out press invites for a “Made by Google” launch event in New York City on Oct. 9, where the company will most likely announce the Pixel 3.
As for hints on the invite, there’s not much that could tell us what to expect from the event.
SEE ALSO: Google accidentally confirms Pixel 3 in new Android source code
The invite shows a Google logo and then an “I <3 NY”. The “3” in the “<3” (that’s a heart in case you didn’t know) likely refers to to the Pixel 3.

Google’s expected to announce a Pixel 3 and…

Google will likely announce the Pixel 3 on Oct. 9

Airport security bins are gross as hell, according to a new study

Surprisingly, the toilet seat isn’t the dirtiest part of an airport. Neither is the bathroom door handle, or the baggage claim, or even the floor. 
Germs love the plastic security trays, according to a study from the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare. 
SEE ALSO: Kathleen Turner reveals what it’s really like to experience Donald Trump’s ‘gross handshake’
For the study published in BMC Infectious Diseases, researchers swabbed a variety of frequently touched surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport during peak travel time in the winter of 2016. They discovered viruses on 10 percent of all the tested surfaces, including…

Airport security bins are gross as hell, according to a new study