Vaping supposedly linked to mysterious lung disease, investigations ongoing

More than 150 cases reported in the US



Image credit: Sarah Johnson, Black Note

If you’ve gone out within the past few years, you’ve probably ended up in a dense mist of vape smoke. In fact, you might have tried the smoking alternative yourself. Since its invention, vaping has prided itself as the safer bet compared to tar-riddled cigarettes. Further, vaping is supposedly less addictive and cooler in today’s standards. Case in point, vaping bars have popped up all over the world. The fairly new technology became a cultural sensation.

Unsurprisingly, vaping’s clean reputation owes to its recency. So far, scientists haven’t finished conducting more rigorous tests confirming the technology’s safety. Naturally, science will eventually catch up.

In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating more than a hundred pulmonary cases linked to vaping. Across the States, 153 people have succumbed to “severe lung illness” from June 28 to August 20 of this year. All cases involved some sort of vaping usage.

The unnamed illness includes “breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain before hospitalization.” In some cases, the illness further developed “mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea.” Thankfully, none of the cases have caused death.

So far, the CDC has not pinpointed a definitive compound or product causing the illness. Investigations are still ongoing. Further, health officials are also investigating a potential link with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, the same compound found in marijuana. As of late, vapers have started vaping with THC oil. Several of the existing patients used such products prior to the illness.

In any case, the CDC is still finalizing its investigation, indefinitely extending vaping’s clean slate. If anything, the phenomenon is now under the microscope. Is it still as safe as it claims to be?

Featured image by Black Note.

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Guy shoots low-cost prenuptial shoot using Pixel 4 XL

A smartphone can really do wonders!



Engagement shoots are one of the things we look forward to. However, it usually comes with a hefty price and nerve-wracking preparations. From considering the location, arranging the permit, rentals, and whatnot — there’s so much to think about!

Luckily, one of our Matchketeers — Tyrone Galang — shared how he was able to pull-off a low-cost prenuptial shoot. Galang, who manages a travel community page called “Dito sa Tarlac” (Here in Tarlac), proves that even a Pixel 4 XL can do wonders — either when used to promote tourism or on a prenuptial shoot.

Galang told GadgetMatch how his friend asked locations perfect for prenuptial shoots. He then asked his friend the equipment they’ll be using whilst recommending Farmer’s Love Agri Farm and a big crochet tree from Asiaten Hotel. To his surprise, Galang’s friend said they’ll only use a smartphone since they don’t have a budget.

Stepping in, Galang offered to shoot using his Google Pixel 4 XL — his daily driver since December 2019 — despite not knowing how to shoot a prenup. When Galang and the couple were done shooting, they reviewed the photos they shot. Most of the photos were taken just like a point-and-shoot camera.

Galang lamented how it’s lame for a flagship smartphone to not have a wide-angle lens. Thus, he’s considering using a wide-angle lens moving forward. Nonetheless, Galang shared how his heart is filled with joy when he saw the couples’ excitement, surprise, and happiness.

“Such simple things we can do to do good to others is priceless, and the wonderful things a smartphone can do now is unbelievable.”

It was indeed priceless in more than one way. Galang says he, “didn’t earn a dime doing the shoot, but the joy it gave me and our friends — especially the couple — is the one I will treasure forever.”

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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020



Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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First-ever Star Wars virtual run happening on May the 4th

Open to runners in Southeast Asia



If you bought any of the Star Wars running sneakers that came out in late 2019, this is the perfect time to put them to use and “Run with The Force” with Southeast Asia’s first-ever Star Wars virtual run.

The run is happening on Star Wars day, May 4 — a date derived from the iconic phrase “May the Force Be With You.” Registration is now open and interested participants can clock-in their run distance. Upon registration, you will be prompted to choose either the light side or the dark side. Runners may run on run on treadmills or any running path they choose.

This run is made possible in collaboration with Social Fitness app LIV3LY. The Star Wars Virtual Run is open to runners from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Runners may opt to run solo in the 5.4km (Individual) or pair up with a friend in the 40km (Individual or Group of Two) where the distances can be completed all at once or over a period of time.

The distance needs to be completed by May 31, 2020 in order to be eligible for the Finisher Trophies. Finishers of the 40km distance will receive an additional The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Trophy.

Registration can be done through the MOVE by LIV3LY app. Participants will have to activate the MOVE Run Tracker in the app before they are able record their distances from May 4 to 31.

Limited edition merchandise will also be available for purchase through the app including a Star Wars Pass Holder and a Mobile Phone Stand. The merchandise on sale will be exclusive to Southeast Asia and available in limited quantity only. The Finisher Trophy and any purchased merchandise will be sent to the registered address of the participants upon completion and verification by LIV3LY

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