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Holiday Gift Guide 2019



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It’s the little things that count. Gifts that come from the heart doesn’t always have to be huge in size. Check out these stocking stuffers! You might just find something for someone on that list of yours.

1. Notebook

books droodleThis mashup of notebooks and adult coloring books is designed to inspire creativity, reduce stress, and increase productivity. Made from recycled paper and including 20 unique designs, Droodle Books are great for the environment and your mind.

2. Cards

no-holds-cardPerfect for the little douche bag in all of us, give the gift of a No Holds Card, a card with a message that will make some giggle and offend others. Recently completing their Kickstarter campaign, they will be producing new cards that will be ready for a stocking near you.

3. Car Phone Mount

car mount aukeyEasily mount your phone for quick access in your car with the Aukey Air Vent Magnetic Phone Mount. You’ll never have to fumble around while driving again. The ultra-strong magnet holds your phone securely in place, so you can focus on the important things.

4. Unique Phone Case

society 6It’s the season for giving, so why not give back to an artist when purchasing a really cool phone case? For every Society6 purchase, part of the proceeds goes to the artist. Support independent artists while gifting iPhone cases with unique artwork from around the globe. Two birds with one stone!

5. Mini Adapter

nondaNonda is one of the best products for your new MacBook Pro Touch Bar (2019). It’s extremely light weight and incredibly easy to use. Even though this product is small, it’s nearly impossible to lose due to it’s importance. Not having a USB can be a drag, but with our experience, Nonda is a must have this holiday season for MacBook Pro Touch Bar users.

6. Earphones

beats by dreWith 12 hours of battery life and wireless design, the Powerbeats³ will be able to provide your fitness fanatic with powerful sound in style. It is sweat and water resistant, so it is as tough as your workouts.

7. Unicorn Light

light unicornNighttime just became a bit more magical with this adorable unicorn light by Smoko. Whether you need a nightlight, or am working late, this LED ambient unicorn is the answer.

8. Charging Rug

bear rug charger snoozzThis cozy bear rug charges your phone without the use of wires. Made of plush faux sheepskin, it is designed to not interrupt you with vibrations when you’re sleeping.

9. Sriracha Keychain

keychain srirachaTake your favorite hot sauce everywhere you go with the Sriracha keychain. Clip it onto your keys for easy access, and you’ll never have to be without Sriracha again!

10. Water Bottle

thermoflask takeyaKeep your drink cold all day with the Takeya Thermoflask. Perfect for the fitness enthusiast or that person who is always outdoors, the bottle will not disappoint.








holiday gift guide home

Decorate the home and body with holiday gifts fit for even the pickiest person on your list. Accent pieces like candles can complete a room, while the perfect bag can make a trip much more enjoyable.

1. Echo Dot

amazon echo dotThe Echo Dot is an amazing addition to any room in your home. It is a voice controlled device with a built in speaker capable of playing music, setting your alarm, tell you the weather, control your thermostat, and more. With built in skills like requesting an Uber and the ability to play games like Jeopardy, you have endless uses for this smart device.

2. Pomade

baxter of california pomadeFor the man with a pompadour, or that friend that is obsessed with her hair, Baxter of California’s Paste Pomade will be an amazing gift. This hair product promises all day definition and thickness with a semi-matte finish. We’ve got your hair junkie covered.

3. Shoes

shoes joy and marioGive the gift of shoes with these His and Hers matching pairs of espadrilles from Joy & Mario. Both comfortable and fashionably versatile, these will be a great gift for you and your significant other without being over the top.

4. Essential Electronics Toolkit

toolkit ifixitFor the crafty one on your list or the one who loves to fix things like electronics and household items, the iFixit Toolkit will be the perfect gift. You can’t go wrong, especially with a warranty that guarantees the product should function as long as you own it!

5. Face Masks

dr jart face masksEveryone loves to be pampered, and Dr. Jart+ face masks is the perfect way to gift wellness and relaxation. During these upcoming brutally cold months, our skin takes a beating. Dr. Jart+ face masks are perfect for every skin type, from dry to oily to acne prone skin. They are great stocking stuffers or addition to a gift.  

6. Candles

baxter of california candleCandles are the perfect gift for anyone on your list, including yourself! Whether you want to give something special to the party planner or spice up your home, Baxter of California’s White Wood 2 will give your space a wonderful woodsy scent. This candle is a true crowd pleaser.

7. Messenger Bag

messenger bag moshiYour favorite traveler will love Moshi messenger bags because of the versatility and storage capabilities. Made with innovative materials and a modern design, they perfect for a business meeting or just strolling through town. 

8. Onesie

onesie forever lazyStay warm during these chilly months in a onesie! Always fun to wear and easy to please. Comfort is key, and you can’t go wrong with the festive print on this onesie by Forever Lazy. This fits both men and women, so everyone can enjoy!

9. Kitchenware

pokeball-bowls-thinkgeekHave you ever thought about what it would be like to eat out of a Pokéball? Well, now you can! Fulfill nostalgic dreams by gifting something that will warm hearts and fill stomachs. Putting the two halves together, it is about the size of a volleyball. That’s plenty of room for tasty snacks.

10. Wallet Phone Case

wallet cases incipioFor the person in your life that loses everything, they would love these wallet phone cases by Incipio. They are the perfect solution for protecting your device and storing cards. Incipio wallet phone cases are made for convenience, so you can leave your wallet at home.

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Discover tech gifts that will get you in the season of giving. You might even find some cool gadgets to fill that space under the tree. Whether they enjoy gaming or an Apple fanboy, this guide will spark your imagination to give something that will make everyone happy.

1. Glasses

eyebuydirect-eyezenFor the techies in your life, you know their eyes are constantly glued to the computer screen. Whether it is for fashion or function, EyeBuyDirect provides affordable quality eyeglasses with its new Eyezen digital protection lenses. It features a unique blue light filtering technology to shield eyes from the negative effects from digital screens. With frames beginning at just $6, it can’t be beat!

2. Drone

drone mavicEveryone wants one, and now is the perfect opportunity to gift something extra special like the Mavic drone. If they are ready to go outside and pilot one of these amazing devices, prepare yourself for breathtaking views.

3. USB-C Charge Cables

cable moshi usb cFor the Mac and Google Pixel lovers, USB-C charge cables are an ideal gift. Charge and power any device equipped with a USB-C port with the Moshi USB-C Charge Cable.

4. Phone Cases

cases moshiProtect your loved one’s phone this year in style. Made with scratch resistant and shock absorbing materials, Moshi phone cases provides smart functionality and military grade protection. Their iPhone will look sophisticated and sleek while staying practical for everyday use.

5. Portable Battery

ionbank moshiWe all have that one friend who’s phone battery is always low. The Moshi portable battery is the perfect stocking stuffer. Whether they are constantly checking their Instagram or still playing Pokémon Go (lol), they’ll love the convenience of an extra charge right from their pocket. The Moshi IonBank 5k gives up to two full charges and can charge two devices simultaneously.

6. Saent

saentCan you imagine your workday without distractions? With the, it’s possible. Saent blocks apps and websites that distract you for instant focus.

7. Candle

candle macFor the Apple fanboys out there, having all their electronics may not be enough. This candle is perfect for the one that has everything. With notes of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin and sage, your nose will be transported to your local Apple store with the New Mac scented candle by Twelve South.


8. MacBook Stand

bookarc twelve south

Slide your MacBook into the Twelve South BookArc for the ultimate desktop setup. Connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse, and you’ll have a comfortable desktop setup without losing desk space.

9. Laptop Bag

Helios Moshi backpackPerfect for travel, the Helios backpack by Moshi features sleek design with function in mind. Made with water-repellent coating and fully padded compartments, your laptop and electronics will stay safe wherever you go. The Helios backpack can hold a 15” laptop as well as slots for your notebooks, phone, and whatever else you may need on your travels.


10. Fitbit

charge 2 fitbitHelp your friends prepare for their New Year’s fitness resolution with a Fitbit. The Fitbit Charge 2 is better than ever with the abilities to track your heart rate, steps, alerts from your phone, breathing levels, and much more.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.


5 Deadly Outbreaks You Probably Never Heard Of



Some health practitioners and experts say one common thing: we were due to have a new flu virus.

In December 2019, a new virus strain, COVID-19, started to infect thousands in China. By early 2020, its infectious nature reached different countries like the United States, Italy, and Spain. At the time of writing, over 1,000,000 people are infected, and over 60,000 have died.

In this article, we examine viral outbreaks like coronavirus in the 20th and 21st centuries.

H1N1 (1918)

The 1918 H1N1 Influenza (Spanish flu, as many call it) is possibly one of the deadliest outbreaks in history. 

Experts aren’t sure where the virus originated. It’s hypothesized to have started in Asia, while some do say it began in the Iberian Peninsula. That’s why some historians or researchers called it the Spanish flu. It’s also named as H1N1 because the virus came from an avian origin.

At the time, you had the Spanish flu if you exhibited these symptoms:

  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Blue skin
  • Fluid in lungs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first wave of the outbreak in the United States started in March 1918. The disease was so infectious that it spread to different continents in six months. By October 1918, over 195,000 Americans died because of H1N1 influenza. One of the most surprising findings of the 1918 influenza that it even killed healthy individuals between 20 to 40 years old.

Researchers and scientists only gave an estimate as to how many died from the virus. Estimated deaths were between 50 to 100 million, while there were over 500 million people infected globally. Taubenberger and Morens believe that the mortality rate was 2.5%. Besides, History suggests the death toll for the H1N1 virus claimed more lives than World War I.

H2N2 (1957)

The CDC reports that the new influenza strain was in Singapore first then spread to Hong Kong. Its other misnomer is Asian flu since the virus spread in the region. Britannica finds that similar to viral outbreaks like coronavirus in 2003 and 2019, it first appeared in China and spread in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Most of the infected are the elderly, children, and pregnant women.

Those who contracted H2N2 had these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia

This virus strain claimed over 1 to 2 million lives globally. There’s no official case fatality rate (CFR) globally, but in a symposium paper by Dr. Payne, they estimate that it’s less than 1% in England. Meanwhile, CFR for the young and elderly range from 1 in 2000 to 1 in 6000.

H3N2 (1968)

Another virus strain in Asia manifested ten years later. Some called it the Hong Kong flu. Many researchers suggest that it was from the same virus strain as the Asian flu. It spread to the United States in September 1968, with over 100,000 deaths in the country.

Similar to H2N2, there were over 1 to 4 million deaths worldwide. Symptoms of the 1968 Influenza are:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain

It’s similar to the viral outbreaks like coronavirus in 2003 (SARS-CoV) and 2019. The CDC says that this strain of influenza continues to infect as Influenza A (or the seasonal virus). 

Sino Biological states that the CFR for the Hong Kong flu is 0.5%.

H1N1 (2009)

Six years after the SARS-CoV outbreak, a new flu virus strain emerged.

According to Krista Duda in Very Well Health, the first case of the H1N1 virus was found in a 10-year old girl in California. They add that it’s a mix of swine, avian, and human genes. Based on the CDC timeline, WHO declared it a public health emergency on April 25 then raised the pandemic alert on April 27.

People at risk of contracting the 2009 H1N1 disease are the elderly, pregnant, immunocompromised, chronically ill patients, and children less than five years old. Those who had the 2009 H1N1 virus had some of these symptoms (alongside cough and body pain):

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

The CDC estimates that 0.001 to 0.007% died from respiratory complications. Plus, they also estimate that the death toll was around 151,700 to 575,400 worldwide. It’s one of the viral outbreaks like coronavirus in 2019.

Ebola (2014-2016)

Aside from COVID-19, one of the most recent viral outbreaks in history is the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Scientists first discovered the Ebola virus disease in 1976. There were no cases of Ebola in the ‘80s, but it reemerged in 1994 and has reemerged time and time again.

Those who contracted Ebola presented these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Body pains
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

Plus, according to the National Health Service, the symptoms can last up to 21 days. Other symptoms that could occur are diarrhea, rash, and internal bleeding.
The 2014 to 2016 outbreak is significant because of reported cases outside Africa. The reported incidences for this outbreak were 28,652, while the death toll was at 11,325. There were only 11 cases of Ebola in the United States during this time. Only two of them died. WHO reports that the CFR is 50%.

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Otakon Welcomes Writers Roland Kelts And Frederik L. Schodt



Frederik L Schodt Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese pop culture has invaded us, and writer, translator, and conference interpreter, Frederik L. Schodt have both joined as guests for Otakon 2017. Fans of the writers were thrilled for their appearance at the convention, as they share their most popular and influential works. Frederik writes exclusively on pop culture, technology, and history, while Roland is currently a 2017 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he is currently working on a new book. Both Frederik and Roland are devoted writers, with similarities in expressing Japanese culture in their writings.

While living in Tokyo and New York City, Roland writes for a variety of well-known publications that includes, “The New Yorker, Time,” “The New York Times,” “Harper’s Magazine,” “The Christian Science Monitor,” “Newsweek Japan,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The Yomiuri” and “The Japan Times,” and is an authority on modern Japanese culture and media. His writings are spread throughout, though his recognition is from Japanese fans especially. Likewise, he is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK, and the BBC. With additional lectures for TED Talks in Tokyo and The World Economic Forum in Tianjin, Roland is looking for various opportunities to share his work, in order to spread awareness to the Japanese culture.

Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, with the title of holding in one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. In the celebration of anime, manga, video games, and especially music from the Far East, Otakon attracts like-minded fans. Created from devoted fans for fans, the staff is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff. The conventions are solely for the purpose of celebrating and sharing Japanese and East Asian cultures.

Frederik is best known for his many works on manga that includes, “Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics” (1983), “Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga” (1996), and “The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution” (2007). He has won numerous awards for his talent in the past as a result. In 2009 especially, the emperor of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his success in introducing Japanese popular culture to North America. His most influential work gave recognition to both him and to what Japan has to offer.

As of recently in 2013, his book, “Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—And Japan to the West,” won the Circus Historical Society’s Stuart Thayer Prize. Doing so, for the last three years, he has served on the executive committee of the Japan International Manga Award. Additionally, he is an active translator and has worked on much well-known manga series, as well as novels including Yoshiyuki Tomino’s “Mobile Suit Gundam” trilogy.

Frederik has been involved in spreading Japanese culture and will continue as he attends Otakon 2017. The convention holds determined fans who wish to express their culture with other similar people. In Otakon 2017, writers Roland Kelts and Frederik L. Schodt are invited to continue the tradition. All while cementing their writings and work to Japanese culture, the awareness can now be shared in North America.

Otakon will be continuing their gatherings next year on August 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C. 

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Ultimate Gift Guide For Pet Owners



As an entrepreneur, you’re up to your neck in work. Your days are filled with constant thoughts about the status of your business, and we can’t blame you! Sometime during your journey, you may have picked up a furry friend or two along the way. The holidays are about appreciation, and when it comes to our pets, it should be no different. They love us unconditionally and they deserve to be pampered. We put together a list of gifts that we think your pets will love.

P.L.A.Y Santa’s Little Squeakers Plush Toys

Inspired by Christmas ornaments, Santa’s Little Squeakers Plush Toys are perfect for your pooch this holiday season. You can collect all five ornaments for your tree and as a gift for your best fur friend. My personal experience with dogs is that they like to destroy their toys as quickly as possible. The Santa’s Little Squeakers Plush Toys are high quality and made using durable construction. They are also safe for the environment! Each toy is stuffed with their in-house eco-friendly soft PlanetFill® poly fiber.

Arty Cat Scratcher

Cats love to sharpen their claws and will find any means necessary to do so. Instead of allowing your cat to scratch up the ends of your couch, check out the Arty Cat Scratcher. It has an innovative curved design, made to blend in well with your decor. The Arty Cat Scratcher can be separated into two pieces, allowing your feline friends to scratch or lounge until their hearts’ content. The curved area is perfect for hiding! You can use them together or place them in different areas of your home. What’s great about the Arty Cat Scratcher is the weight. It’s slightly heavier than most cat scratchers, so when it’s being used, you won’t have to worry about it slipping and sliding everywhere.

CleverPet Hub

As a dog owner, you probably feel sad when leaving your dog at home alone. With the CleverPet Hub, you no longer have to worry! The technology used for CleverPet keeps your dog entertained while you’re away. The hub has three lights at the base, and when it is touched, treats will be distributed. The lights are lit in a sequence of colors, and treats are only distributed when the correct light is touched. It’s a game console for your dog! While you’re at work, you can turn it on remotely using their CleverPet app. The app also tracks their activity and gives you updates on their progress. As for the toy itself, it is highly durable and easy to disassemble. It stays in place while it’s being used and holds quite a bit of food. When introducing your furry friend to CleverPet, be patient and watch as they learn how to get rewarded with treats!

Kurgo Explorer Carrier

If you have an active lifestyle, the Kurgo Explorer Dog Carrier is for you. It features a sturdy base, perfect for a small pooch to rest in comfortably. The Explorer Dog Carrier is waterproof and easy to clean. When you’re traveling, you can attach it to a seat belt to prevent sliding. It’s a guaranteed seat for your furry best friend! You can choose to keep the carrier open or zipped according to your dog’s comfort. The Explorer Dog Carrier is also designed to fit under your seat when you fly, so you can take your pup with you no matter where you go.

iFetch Ball Launcher

Exercise is a MUST for dogs. iFetch innovated the way we play with dogs with their interactive ball launcher. It can be set to launch at 10, 20, or 30 feet and comes in different sizes to fit your dog. You or your dog can drop in the ball at the top and it will launch out of the machine for your dog to fetch. This can lead to hours of fun, keeping your pooch entertained. You’ll have time to work on your projects while your dog is preoccupied with iFetch.

Kurgo K9 Carrier

We all have to take our pups on car rides every now and then. The Kurgo K9 Courier is perfect for just that. It provides your dog with a booster seat so he will be right beside you, secure in his pouch. This way, dogs can look out the window safely during long drives. The K9 Courier can only fit dogs on the smaller side but is versatile for multiple situations. If you are staying at a hotel, it can also be used as a pull out travel bed. It comes with a long adjustable strap that you can use to take your dog from place to place with ease.

Wonderwoof Bowtie Activity Tracker

You have the FitBit, and now your dog can have the WonderWoof! It keeps track of your dog’s activity, so you know how to keep him happy and healthy. The bowtie activity tracker can easily be clipped onto a collar and is lightweight enough to be comfortable. Through their app, you can map your walks, set care reminders, add caretakers, and connect with dog lovers in your area. The app is customized by breed, so the activities are specially chosen for your special friend.

ViviPet Cat Bowls

Get your cats the modern dishware they deserve. ViviPet Elevated Feeder is perfect for your feline. The bowls are shaped like cats and they sit on a wood base. Cats prefer to eat at an elevated position, and the ViviPet Elevated Feeder is just that. It is tilted at 15 degrees to prevent food fallout. Made of pine wood and ceramic, your feline friend will be very happy with your choice.

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