Essential phone company valued at $1.2B before shipping anything

Andy Rubin deserves a lot of faith in the mobile world given his record being the creator of Android and before that, the Danger Hiptop (aka Sidekick). However, it may seem odd to some that his new company, Essential, has been valued at $1.2 billion despite having not shipped a final product yet.

Rubin announced the Essential Phone, along with a home assistant, at the end of May and at the time it was made clear that the company was not taking preorders for the device, but rather just “reservations”. As of a few weeks ago, Rubin sent out an update claiming the first devices would …


How to survive a 'Game of Thrones' sex scene with awkward company

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Warning: There might be a spoiler or two if you’ve never watched before or you’re very behind. 

It’s Game of Thrones season again and you know what that means! Blood, betrayal, and buttloads of sex. 

Despite (or possibly because of) all the sexy stuff that goes down in GoT, it really is a show pretty much anyone can enjoy. 

However, if your family gathers around the TV Sunday nights to see what’s going down in Westeros, things have potential get a liiiiittle awkward. 

So instead of excusing yourself to go get a glass of water (what if you come back too late and miss a major plot point), here are some solutions to various uncomfortable sex scene situations.  Read more…

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