This app is a perfect weapon for fighting your own online privacy war

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The internet can be a dangerous place for those who aren’t careful. But you know that already. 

One way to stay safe online is by investing in a VPN  – a basic security solution that masks your online activity from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), hackers, and snoops alike. This is really the base level of security that everybody should already be employing while surfing the web. 

Another solution is something like Disconnect, an all-in-one premium tracker blocker and VPN that has been recognized by The New York Times and the SXSW Interactive Conference as one of the best privacy and security tools on the market. A lifetime subscription to this service is currently on sale in the Mashable Shop for $49. Here’s why some people swear by it:    Read more…

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KFC is launching a sandwich to the edge of space, and I don’t want to live on this planet anymore

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This isn’t what President Kennedy had in mind when he ushered in the space age. 

In a move that could probably be fairly described as “peak capitalism,” KFC and the private spaceflight company World View are teaming up to send a chicken sandwich to the edge of space for a four-day trip into the stratosphere, at about 7 to 30 miles off the ground. 

*Sigh* 

SEE ALSO: Adorable children’s letters adorably fly to the edge of space and back

“We’re excited to be the ones pushing spicy, crispy chicken sandwich space travel forward,” Kevin Hochman, KFC U.S. president, said in a statement. 

“But in all seriousness, we’re proud to support World View’s commitment to advancing space research and trust them to take our world famous Zinger sandwich to space.” Read more…

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A new app sends you on a first date immediately. No swiping, no messaging allowed.

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What if we told you that you have to meet the next person you matched with on a dating app — no swiping, no chatting, no ghosting involved?

That’s the idea behind a new high-stakes dating app called First. You post a date idea and a time, and people can submit to join you. You pick a winner, and then — get this — you just show up for the date. Are you having heart palpitations yet?

Depending on your personality, this kind of blind meetup might either sound fun or like your worst nightmare. But that’s kind of the point. The app is the brainchild of Truman Kain, a 25-year old from Los Angeles, who told us his goal is “getting you off of your phone and onto the date.” Read more…

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A swarm of 20,000 bees took over woman’s car and it’s horrifying

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One buzzing bee is bad enough — imagine an infestation of up to 20,000.

SEE ALSO: Beekeeper makes a mistake and spends 2 hours in a pond

Shirley Taylor from Hull, England received a text from her neighbor warning her to be careful when she got home. The vehicle had been completely taken over by a swarm of bees.

Taylor told the BBC that the sight of them was hair-raising. Both she and her granddaughter were were stung by rogue bees.

Chairman of the Beverley Beekeepers’ Association, Chris Coulson, said it could take some time to safely move the hive. “We are trying to make them fly,” he said. “In the box on top of the car we have young bees, some eggs and things like that and the bees in the car will hopefully try to cover those to make sure they don’t die.” Read more…

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Why people are posting rainbows all over this political party’s Facebook page

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Theresa May’s plan to seek a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) following the disappointing results at the general election has caused serious concerns about the party’s human rights record. 

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The DUP opposes same-sex marriage and Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where it’s not legal. 

While Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, said she’s received assurance gay rights wouldn’t be touched for DUP support to a minority Tory government in Westminster, people are still worried.  Read more…

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Katy Perry chooses to rank her sexual partners rather than eat a 1000-year-old egg

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Not many people would choose to voluntarily rank three of their previous sexual partners in front of an audience of millions. But when it’s a choice between doing that or eating a 1000-year-old egg, the decision becomes a little trickier to make.

SEE ALSO: Katy Perry accuses Taylor Swift of ‘character assassination.’ Sounds a lot like Taylor Swift!

Katy Perry ended up going with the former option. As part of her Witness World Wide event, she sat down with James Corden for a round of his ever popular truth-telling game “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” (basically you have to either answer an awkward question or eat a horrendous food item). Read more…

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Grab is considering on-demand helicopter rides in congested Asian cities

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Ride operator Grab, Uber’s biggest threat in Southeast Asia, just ran a limited helicopter-on-demand trial in Indonesia over the weekend.

The service was free for the lucky few who got to try it, in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.

SEE ALSO: An all-electric flying car just made its first flight and it’s as cool as it sounds

This is the second time Grab’s trying out helicopters in the region, after a three-month trial in 2015 in the Philippines.

One of the Indonesian passengers over the weekend.

One of the Indonesian passengers over the weekend.

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But while novelty rides such as these have typically served as marketing stunts for both Grab and Uber, this is the first time Grab has said it’s seriously considering offering helicopter rides as a commercial service. Read more…

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James Corden worked in Harrods for a day and it was a disaster

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James Corden is good at many things — singing, acting, presenting, writing — but working in a store is not one of them.

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In the video above, Corden goes to the iconic London department store, Harrods, to give some employees a much deserved break. During his very brief time at Harrods, Corden manages to steer the well-oiled ship straight for an iceberg. He chats about impregnation while selling fruit, nearly kisses a customer, and shuts down the chocolate department.

His most successful stint is in the toy department — or rather, it wasn’t as disastrous by comparison. Read more…

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Make believe you’re playing peek-a-boo with a giant cat with these genius eye masks

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Add this to your shopping list for the cat lover in your life.

We all know their squishy little beanie paws are one of the best things about cats. 

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So it only seems natural that Japanese company Felissimo — which specialises in feline-themed products — has made a mask and foot cover set that you’ll want to get your paws on.

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The eye masks, which make you look like you’re playing a game of peek-a-boo with a giant cat, have a pouch for you to put a cooling or heating pad in, so you can relieve eye strain while still looking kawaii. Read more…

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This walking tour of James Corden’s London life is hilariously inaccurate

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If you’ve been looking for a James Corden-themed tour of London, then we’ve got the guide for you.

SEE ALSO: James Corden and Emily Blunt’s musical version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ will give you butterflies

In the video above, Ensworth Plankwhistle — who bares an uncanny resemblance to Late Late Show staff writer Louis Waymouth — takes viewers through a comprehensive tour of James Corden’s London. From the place he wasn’t born to the church James did not build — Plankwhistles’ tour is basically a bunch of hilarious lies. 

While his tour is completely lacking facts, you’ve got to give him credit for creativity. Read more…

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