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The Motiv Ring is now compatible with (some) Android devices

A fitness tracker that’s stylish, compact, and functional

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The Motiv Ring, released in the summer of 2017, is one of the most discreet fitness trackers out there, and is marketed to address the hassles of some fitness devices.

It’s compact, being about the size of a wedding band, is able to track metrics like most fitness watches (heart rate, steps, sleep, active minutes, distance, calories burned), has a battery life of about three days with normal use, and is waterproof.

This fascinating product has been around for a while, but it just got a little more accessible recently with their Android Open Beta finally ending. While it’s yet to be compatible with many Android devices, the list of devices it’s compatible with is a good start for the product, which was initially only compatible with iOS devices.

In a world wherein things are better when they serve more than one purpose, accessories can’t just be accessories. In a crowded market with an abundance of smart accessories (mostly watches) in many shapes, sizes, and colors, the Motiv Ring provides a different approach to the perennial trend.

With its simple aesthetic and lightness to boot, it’s perfect for those who want the benefits of tracking metrics, but not so much the bulk.

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Follow these 7 artists to beautify your Twitter timeline

Make your timeline ~a e s t h e t i c~

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Between all the memes, anecdotes, hot takes, and viral text and photos that make up most of the posts on Twitter, a thriving community of artists use the platform to share their work with the world. Many of them have also decided to take part in the yearly #Inktober challenge, wherein each person creates one piece of themed art for each day of October — whether using the official prompts as a guideline or adding their own spin on themes.

With just a week or so of October left, let’s celebrate seven of them that can add a touch of cute and whimsy into your social media browsing sessions. Here’s who to follow!

@Floofyfluff

Ida, or Floofyfluff, is a Swedish artist specializing in drawing cute, round creatures, often creating merchandise around them that she sells through her store, Afternoon Fika. Other than the conventionally cute puppies and birds, it’s her drawings of marine animals (like sharks), reptiles, and dinosaurs that make her stand out.

@Heikala_art

One illustrator currently making the most of #Inktober, her work’s themes this year focus on magic, space, and discovery. Finnish illustrator Heikala creates calming watercolor scenes and often posts the equally soothing process videos to match. Her art is also available to buy as prints and artbooks through Tictail.

@Maruti_Bitamin

More elegant watercolor art on a Twitter feed? Don’t mind if we do! Canada-based Maru, or Koyamori, inks and paints fantasy-inspired portrait illustrations. Expect to see individuals with flowers sprouting directly out of their clothes, hair made out of seafoam, and vibrant but restrained color palettes.

@Meyoco_

Love pink? Get a dose of it every week by following Meyo, well-known for her pastel pink backgrounds and focus on interpreting everyday objects in surreal and fanciful ways. The highlight of her merch selection is definitely the pins — don’t miss out!

@Mochiipanko

Liya, a Chinese interior design architecture student currently based in Germany, is known on Twitter as Mochiipanko, as well as for her knowledge and skill when it comes to depicting spaces shows. Backgrounds and locations are lovingly detailed. Look out for her current #Inktober series, where she arranges witches, plants, and windows in visually stunning sets.

@Nkim_Illustrate

Nadia Kim loves working with color. It’s worth going through her entire selection of work to see just how much can be done using a few main colors in different shades. On the other hand, she’s also great at drawing adorable and delicious-looking desserts.

@Vacuum_chan

For kawaii with a rebellious edge, Vacuum’s your girl. Women are the stars in her work, and when drawn in elaborate clothing and sporting demon horns, fangs, and wings, makes for striking and compelling illustrations. Warning for fashion envy: You’d wish you owned the clothes her girls are sporting.

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Lumos Candle is a real candle that lights up with a press of a button

Because why not?

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Technology these days have no doubt reached unimaginable heights. From talking refrigerators to robot dogs, we’ve seen a lot of weird but amazing things. But, nothing will prepare you for the mind-blowing, but probably useful innovation one Korean company brings to the table. These are Lumos Candles.

They may look like your typical candles — and they are — except with one press of a button, they light up.

That’s right. No need for matches, or lighters. With one touch, actual flame ignites on the candle’s wick.

Lumos credits “the principle of electric discharge” for this tech, but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. All I know is that this candle can actually light up with one quick press and I am losing my mind.

Since it’s a real candle, it does get spent. But, you can simply replace it with a refill candle and you are ready to get lit (pun intended)!

The pad, on the other hand, is charged via a micro-USB cable. One charge cycle is good for four months if you use it four times a day.

The handmade soy candles are made without paraffin and come in a variety of scents which include vanilla, lavender, and even fresh cotton.

The candles ship out November of 2018, and the basic starter pack with two candles and a pad is priced at US$ 58. Check out Lumos’ Indiegogo page here.

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Humanizing the YouTube star: Reactions on Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul documentary

My eyes are burning but why am I still watching?

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On a Friday afternoon, I paused my work as I watched the highly anticipated last installment of what you can probably call a YouTube documentary.

The cast of characters? OG YouTuber Shane Dawson who has a penchant for creating in-depth videos on the internet’s most hated and, well, one of internet’s most hated, Jake Paul (second only to none other than his older brother Logan who earlier this year posted a vlog shot in Japan’s suicide forest which showed a dead body).

What is going on here? 

Now let me make it clear that I’ve never watched a Jake Paul video in my life (what any self-respecting adult would say), but I also had no idea who Shane Dawson was until the first Jake video dropped. And yet, I find myself glued to the screen excited for the one hour and 45-minute finale after having watched each minute of every preceding video Shane has churned out on the topic. And, I’m not the only one.

The very first video in this series posted three weeks ago now has 21 million views. And the last part which was posted 24 hours ago? 13 million and rising.

“Is Jake Paul a sociopath?” That is the question Shane sought to answer as he jumped into the rabbit hole of the YouTuber’s downward spiral from fame. Shane hypothesizes that it takes a special type of person to be a YouTuber. He goes on to research on the 21-year old’s YouTube history, family background, and even surrounding controversies.

It seems like an uncanny tandem: Shane, seemingly wiser in YouTube years, and Jake, young, reckless and crass. The question on everybody’s mind, will the young Paul redeem himself in this series?

YouTube killed the Vine star…

This whole thing plays out on YouTube which is fitting. It’s the next big controversy and it’s trending but there’s something peculiar about a seven-part-long series cut up into videos that run 40 minutes to almost two hours long each.

See, this is what YouTube has done. It’s created spectacles out of people and the next explosive thing to watch is what the audience jumps to. This is precisely how former Vine star Jake Paul has grown his YouTube empire. But, at a time when audience attention spans rival those of a goldfish and people have been trained to watch short, excitable, attention-grabbing bursts of nonsense in video form, this longer documentary format is refreshing. And surprisingly, it’s a success.

Spoiler alert

Those who hated Jake hated Shane for doing the series, knowing fully well that the series will humanize Jake no matter how shitty of a person he really is. Spoiler alert: We find midway through the series that Jake is unlikely to be a sociopath. Instead, at the end of the series, what we find is a confused kid who can’t process emotions or controversy.

Those who love Jake, well, I judge them — and that’s the thing. We want the bad guys to get called out. We don’t want redemption for them, for people like Jake who’s been accused of racism and abuse, recklessly burning down a pool, climbing atop a news van, and the list goes on. 

More spoilers: Any villain will seem less evil when we get to know them. That is what has happened here. Shane Paul has effectively humanized the YouTube superstar. And, some will argue, he’s humanized the worst of them.

So is there redemption after all? If the view count is to be believed, probably. As to if that’s a good thing, I leave that to the audience to decide.

One thing’s for sure: YouTube is an ongoing show and this is just one of the chapters.

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