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Stündenglass Gravity Infuser

Elevation in hookah takes a new form with Stündenglass’ Gravity Infusers. These fully customized rotating glass hookahs elevates hookah experience, which is why even Seth Rogen is using it! These exceptional infusers have a spectacular look, paired with a diverse array of abilities.

Stündenglass, aka “hourglass” in German is owned by the vaporizer company Grenco Sciences. The brand lifts the experience of gravity hookah to a new level with the Dr. Greenthumb X Stündenglass Gravity Infuser. The company’s founder Tracey Huston had the idea to transform his at-home gravity bong set-up. Seth Rogen was initially gifted the prototype of Stündenglass, and after he posted a video of him using it online, it went viral. Husten then started selling them himself, but shortly was transformed into a business in 2020 when Grenco Sciences invested in Stündenglass, hiring Huston.

The Dr. Greenthumb X Stündenglass Gravity Infuser is a fully equipped set with an aluminum hookah bowl kit and glass bowl. The infuser, too, showcases the ability to join with any smoking or vaporization device with a 14mm male joint. The Dr. Greenthumb X Stündenglass Gravity Infuser comes with a 3-foot silicone hose that connects to produce direct draws. The 45° adjustable mouthpiece allows for a completely contactless consumption process, which extremely is useful during the onset of the pandemic. In addition to this added layer of protection that the infuser has, it also is easily accessible for cleaning… its even dishwasher safe!

The 360° rotating glass hookah that the Dr. Greenthumb X Stündenglass Gravity Infuser showcases provokes a high-tech feel and experience. The materials that are used to make the infuser are of the highest quality. Pure consistency and smoothness are delivered through the borosilicate glass globes and aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. The rotating glass hookah stimulates kinetic motion via cascading water displacement, opposing airflow technology paired with the natural force of the gravity. As if the elevated design with the ergonomically rotated cylinder is not advanced enough, the entertaining experience of using the infuser is that no other infuser can provide.

Coming in at $599.95, the Dr. Greenthumb X Stündenglass Gravity Infuser ensures that you get everything you’re paying for, with an added 10-year warranty after registering the product. The smoothest draw, futuristic technology and safety features elevate this infuser above the rest. Packaged in a reusable craft box, the infuser can always be packaged up safely and transported easily. This comes in handy for those on the go. The Dr. Greenthumb X Stündenglass Gravity Infuser comes with instructions and you can even find videos on the Stündenglass’ YouTube page to aid in the assembly process.

This infuser is versatile and like no other, and you’ll make sure to add it to your collection.

By: Vaughn Lowery, McKinley Franklin

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Jesse Royal – Royal Review

By: Skyler Johnson

Jesse Royal is back at it again with his sophomore album: Royal. The Jamaican musician hasn’t released any music for two years and is now coming back with a new album. I’ve gotten the privilege to listen to this album so I can tell you all about it. 

The album as a whole is continuation of Royal’s previous works, and are solid pieces of the roots reggae genre. The album is relatively short, only containing eleven songs, four of which having been previously released (LionOrder, Dirty Money Rich Forever, Natty Pablo), but each song is solid. There aren’t any major duds on the list. The songs center around the themes of wealth, and the importance of wealth in our lives. 

High Tide or Low

The album starts off with this song,  that beautifully and perfectly begins the album. Starting off with the intro of classical music and the soft drop with Royal’s stunning vocals, and continuing with a solid reggae beat makes this a great opening track and a great listen overall. 

LionOrder and Dirty Money

The next two songs have previously been released. Needless to say, these are both great songs that fit well within the album. “LionOrder” comes in with a slower beat which contrasts perfectly with “Dirty Money’s” fast-paced pre-chorus and chorus.

Natty Dread 

“Natty Dread” has a catchy beat with an excellent chorus, and is overall a nice love song, with lyrics more challenging than in most love songs. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs off the album. 

Home

More lowkey then the previous few songs, I really enjoyed listening to “Home”. It’s slower, and takes some influence from R&B. The result is a beautiful song about family that I really enjoyed. It’s not all the time that I see musicians talking about family as beautifully as Royal talks about it, and with such an excellent beat to go along with it. 

Rich Forever

The previously released “Rich Forever” comes next with one of the best beats in the album. The chorus has an excellent bass riff and the pace is perfect. The drop is also solid, and the buildup is excellent as well. “Natty Pablo” is also a great track, and has some solid beats, though it’s hard to follow up “Rich Forever.”

Black

“Black” is a fast-paced hard-hitting song and one of my favorites off of the album. This isn’t a dance album but this song could be played at a club and I’d dance to it. It definitely is the song to listen to whenever you want to get up and move, and will be the one that gets stuck in your head the most.

Like Dat and Differences 

These next two songs and are clearly the worst off the album, which is why they’re strategically placed between two of the better songs on the track, “Black” and “Strongest Link.” “Like Dat” is reminiscent of emo rap, which is a genre that’s oversaturated as it is. “Differences’” is better but also not very memorable. This isn’t to say that either of these are bad songs, they’re just not the best. 

Strongest Link

Last but not least is this song. It hits hard from the beginning and remains hard-hitting throughout it’s four minute runtime. Also, the lyric, “It’s funny how money, how money turns friends into foes” will replay in my head over and over again. 

Overall, this is a great album, filled with a lot of bangers. Definitely give it a listen!

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Review of Solo: The Survivors of Chaos Vol. 1-2

By: Skyler Johnson

For an artist who’s biggest claims to fame are Tom & Jerry and Disney comic books, it’s hard to imagine that he’s also credited for something like Titan ComicsSolo: The Survivors of Chaos. While it has an art and writing style you’d likely see with either Tom & Jerry or Mickey Mouse, it’s not. Solo instead is essentially if Disney were to show the underlying evils that exist in their movies. It’s if at the end of Tarzan, we would see Clayton being hanged. Blood is spilt and body parts are shown. 

The Series Overall Thus Far

The graphic novel follows Solo, a competent fighter who’s just trying to survive in a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland. You can tell Martin put a lot of time and effort into worldbuilding, evident from the lore documents provided at the end of the second book. You want to see more of the universe, which will hopefully occur in later volumes. 

The character of Solo is an interesting mix of Guts from Berserk with a touch of Joseph Joestar from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures. He’s stoic but polite, and seems to have a good heart, at least from what we’ve seen so far. The characterization isn’t the draw of the comic, but the characters are engaging enough to be rooted for. 

The most impressive aspect of the series so far is the action. Solo: The Survivors of Chaos has some of the best action I’ve ever seen in comics. You can clearly see the motions of each character and it makes for an engaging read. It makes sense given the writer’s background working with Tom & Jerry

However, for a comic that’s so action-focused, the dialogue is still solid. You can tell it’s not Martin’s main strength as there are scenes that feel as though they should’ve been more dialogue heavy but instead were filled with narration, but the narration nevertheless works in conveying what it needs to convey. There are a few places where the reader has to make a few assumptions but anyone who’s read any comic or watched any movie ever should be able to make the conclusions they need to.

The issues I have with it are minor, but need to be discussed. While these types of characters haven’t appeared in the comic thus far, there are a few species that I already know I won’t like if forced to see them. The “trolls” and the “femme fatales” seem like stereotypical depictions of people with intellectual disabilities and sex workers. While I don’t know what they’re going to be, it’s something I’ll look out for as the series continues.  

What to Expect in Volume 2

The first volume introduced us to the characters and the story whereas volume 2 was more of a deep dive into the characters. It’s not as action packed as the first volume but still contains good action sequences nonetheless. You also get a glimpse into a possible conflict for our protagonists.

Conclusion

The series thus far has shown itself to be intriguing and I’ll be interested to see where Martin takes it. We’re only two issues in but if Martin develops on the themes he’s hinted at, it’ll be an excellent ride. So far the series gets an 8.8/10. 

Volume 1 is out now and Volume 2 will be released on June 22nd. For more updates from Titan Comics, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Kali Uchis illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Kali Uchis Virtual Concert

Grammy-winning artist Kali Uchis and 1800 Cristalino Tequila host Sin Miedo: La Experiencia

Virtual Concert Premiere Via YouTube

Watch the performance here!

Here at 360 Magazine, we had the pleasure of viewing the premiere of Sin Miedo: La Experiencia. Leading up to the virtual concert, there was a creatively animated two-minute countdown introducing the virtual concert. Kali Uchis appears in a beautifully nude colored bodice with delicate sheer fabric flowing down the length of her legs. Surrounded by cacti, beautiful sky background and sultry lighting, Kali began her performance.

The creative direction had a heavenly yet playful vibe as Kali beautifully shifted between songs with her soft, sultry, siren-like voice. 1800 Christalino Tequila was seen strategically placed throughout the premiere and Kali poured a glass at the end of the performances as she thanked her fans for watching.

1800 Cristalino Tequila and Kali paired up to benefit the Human Rights Initiative, which is Kali’s preferred charity that provides free legal and social protections for immigrant communities in need. 50% of the proceeds from each 1800 Cristalino x Kali Uchis Cocktail Kit sold will benefit the charity.

1800 Cristalino Presents: Kali Uchis “Sin Miedo La Experiencia”

0:06 La Luna Enamorada

1:53 Fue Mejor

5:07 Aguardiente y Limón

7:48 Te Pongo Mal

9:49 An Intro for Telepatía

1800 Por Vida

  • 1.5 oz. 1800 Cristalino Tequila 
  • 1 tsp. light agave nectar
  • 2 dashes of grapefruit bitters
  • 4 oz. citrus tonic 

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass with ice and stir. Top with tonic, stir gently to combine. Garnish with half grapefruit wheel and rosemary sprig. 

1800 Cristalino x Kali Uchis cocktail kit

Loose Standards Undermined Research on COVID-19 Test Accuracy

The COVID-19 pandemic was met with a rush of research on the many factors related to the crisis, including the accuracy of different testing methods. However, many of the studies conducted in the early stages of the pandemic did not meet the usual rigorous scientific standards, according to researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine.

In “The estimation of diagnostic accuracy of tests for COVID-19: A scoping review,” which will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Infection, authors Dierdre Axell-House, Richa Lavingia, Megan Rafferty, Eva Clark, E. Susan Amirian and Elizabeth Chiao found that better-designed studies are needed to appropriately evaluate the different types of COVID-19 tests.

They reviewed 49 articles published between Dec. 31, 2019, and June 19, 2020, that evaluated the validity of different types of coronavirus testing. These studies were assessed using elements of the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) guidelines, which are used to evaluate if bias could be playing a role in the results of studies on diagnostic test accuracy.

Amirian, an epidemiologist at Rice’s Texas Policy Lab (TPL), said when it comes to conducting studies on testing accuracy, design is critically important. She said the major limitations found in the design of most of the studies they examined could lead to erroneous or misleading results.

“Without rigorous evaluations of which tests are the most accurate, it’s hard to know which tests are more likely to lead to false negatives, which could contribute to greater spread of the virus,” said Rafferty, a health data analyst at the TPL. “Although it’s difficult to say, some of the quality issues may have resulted from these studies being streamlined in response to the immediate need for timely information.”

“COVID-19 has now been a health crisis for nearly a year,” Amirian said. “With regard to research, the academic community needs to move away from being in acute emergency mode and think about how we’re going to handle this as a chronic crisis. When researchers are in emergency mode, we tend to be more open to sacrificing a lot of the strict quality standards for conducting research that we usually uphold.”

The paper is available online here.

PuroQuiet Headset Review

PuroQuiet’s new Active Noise Cancelling Headphones do exactly what they promise – they deliver the great sound you want to hear, and none of the sound you don’t. With 82% noise isolation, listeners can put these on in loud environments and hear audio crisply, without damaging their ears. This is great for children as well, who may not be aware of the dangers of loud headphones. This is also why PuroQuiet has installed a volume limit on the headphones, to protect children from this damage.

The headset is great for calls, as it comes with a microphone that makes 2 way calling easy when mobile or in loud environments, and especially on flights. The headset is light, so it isn’t a burden to carry around on a busy day. Many headphones can hurt your scalp or ears after extensive use, but PuroQuiet’s lightweight aluminum material, plush ear pads, and leather headband protect from this kind of discomfort. 

Of course the set is also great for music of any kind – the whistle tones of Ariana Grande on “Rain on Me” or the low bass riffs of Paul McCartney can be heard as clearly as ever.

On top of all this, the new PuroQuiet headphone set is affordable, so you can get quality audio without breaking the bank. They are also very durable, ensuring you get your money’s worth.

PuroQuiet Active Noise Cancelling Headphones promote Healthy Ears® by protecting hearing in the following ways:

Active Noise Cancellation – ANC makes daily noise and background sounds up to 22 dB quieter, complemented by 82% of noise isolation. You can let your kids hear more of what you want them to hear with less distraction. The ANC switch puts the world on mute, so youngsters can listen clearly in loud environments without the need to increase volume beyond safe listening levels.

Volume Limiting to 85 dB– This is the maximum safe listening level as recommended by many organizations (Hearing Health Foundation, OSHA, World Health Organization, American Speech Pathology Association, etc.). Intelligent digital signal processing imperceptibly limits the volume so that listeners don’t even notice.

Studio Grade Audio Quality with our patent-pending Puro Balanced Response® curve – Genuine studio grade audio, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals and full, dynamic bass all within our 85 dB volume limit.

Super soft protein leather wrapped headband and ear cushions – The plush ear pads, combined with an adjustable headband mean children can custom fit all head sizes and shapes to ensure a comfortable long-term fit. Less than 6oz of weight leaves almost no pressure on young heads.

FEATURES


• Puro Sound Labs Studio Grade Frequency Response • 22 Hours of Play Time and 16 Hours with ANC
• Durable, Light-weight Aluminum Construction
• Supple Protein Leather Ear Cushions and Headband • Microphone for 2-Way Calling
• Folds Flat for Travel CONTENTS
• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide

CONTENTS


• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide
*Measured at 1 kHz

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs. iPhone 11

Let’s quickly undertake a full comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus vs. the new Apple iPhone 11. These phones are from two of the biggest rivals in the Smartphone industry.


If you have the intention of buying any of these phones, then this review will help you to decide which one you’ll go for. Both handsets share similarities in terms of physical size, durability, build quality and video quality, yet, these two phones are vastly different.

A lot of people have been asking questions such as “Is the Apple iPhone 11 a better Smartphone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus or vice versa?”


Well, right off the bat, here is our detailed review of notable differences and similarities between Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Apple iPhone 11.
Key Differences and Similarities in Body & Design Between Apple iPhone 11 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The Apple iPhone 11 boasts a moderate 6.1 inch OLED display, while the Samsung galaxy note 10 plus has a much bigger 6.8-inch dynamic AMOLED display.


They are both pretty thin, although the note 10 plus is thinner at 7.9mm, while the iPhone is 8.9mm thin. In terms of weight, the Samsung galaxy note 10 is a lot heavier at 196g, while the weight of the iPhone 11 stands at 194g.


The Note 10 plus has super slim bezels around the edges with the display covering almost the entire front screen.


Both Smartphones have improved water resistance ratings. They can both deal with a rainy day or an accidental drop in water.


Pros for Galaxy Note 10+
● Up to 1TB of internal storage
● Up to 1TB of microSD expandable storage
● Three powerful cameras
● Multipurpose S Pen tool
● Great edge-to-edge display
● Battery life is awesome with fast charging
● Amazing 6.8-inch display
● Beautiful design
● Live Focus effects for video


Cons for Galaxy Note 10+
● No headphone jack
● Quite expensive
● Low-light camera quality is poor.


Pros for Apple iPhone 11
● Amazing ultra-wide camera
● New Night mode is great
● Long battery life
● Superfast A13 Bionic processor
● Affordable price
● Tougher glass located at both front and back
● Durable design
● Available in six beautiful colour options.


Cons for Apple iPhone 11
● Fast charging not included
● Low 64GB storage
● LTE is slightly slow

Now you know what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Apple iPhone 11. Whichever one you decide would ultimately depend on your budget.


Overall, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Apple iPhone 11 ranks among the top Smartphones you can buy. So, if you feel that anyone of them is right for you, simply go for it.

About the author
Mary Hunter is a well-known American freelance blogger with advanced writing skills. Currently, she works as a translator at TheWordPoint translation service. Mary has experience in editing, marketing, and her works have appeared in numerous publications and website articles. From 2015 til the present, she has been studying at William Paterson University as a philosophy major.

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Paul Basagoitia HBO Documentary

By Vaughn Lowery

At the ripe age of 10, Paul Basagoitia has been one of the top mountain bikers in the world. Fast forward a decade or so later, he became one of the first MTB athletes to complete a backflip on natural terrain. Nevertheless, on October 16, 2015, during a run at the Red Bull Rampage his bike slip during his set and caused him to tumble down the face of a mountain, resulting in a spinal cord injury. This intimate documentary exhibits his struggle to overcome one of the most serious injuries an athlete has to endure. Intercut with other patients and their stories, this motion picture is heartbreaking and delves deep into the mental psyche of those who experience such tragedy. Approximately 250,000 people per year injure their spines and only have a 5% chance of recovery. Mr. B’s personal journey is brutally honest and vulnerable. By far one of the best told stories of 2019. Be prepared to be torn between life and the inability to follow what makes you happy – your passion.

Any One Of Us debuts Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9pm on HBO.

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LA Times The Taste

By Vaughn Lowery × Krish Narsinghani

The Taste LA‘s 10th anniversary didn’t disappoint. Held at the legendary Paramount Studios on Gower and Melrose in Hollywood. Opening night was nothing short of whimsical. Canopy lights draped the movie lot as people pranced throughout the evening with sips and bite-sized dishes in tow. The soon-to-be iconic event is hosted by the LA Times. If you’re seeking a savory night out with influential foodies, then this is your place.

Throughout the three day experience, various restaurants rotated booths to serve small bites and spirits. 360 Magazine favorites included Castaway, McConnel’s Fine Ice Creams and RiceBox. VIP ticket holders had access to an additional plethora of wines, lounge area and a personalized wine glass crafted by Signature Hand Engraving.

Ticket prices ranged from $115 to $200 USD for a VIP experience. Passes are all-inclusive and good for unlimited food, beer, wine and spirits tastings, plus all stage activities (including cooking demonstrations). The Taste 2019 left foodies satisfied and dreaming of LA’s hottest restaurants.

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Back to School Bluetooth Essentials

“If Bose and JBL had a child it would be 1MORE. Excellent battery life with a comprehensive yet crisp sound.”360 MAGAZINE

1MORE Adds New Headphone to the Piston Fit Series and Introduces First Portable Speaker

1MORE, the most awarded headphone company from CES the past two years, launches a Bluetooth version of the beloved Piston Fit Headphone as well as its first Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which features a true stereo mode

1MORE, a global premium consumer audio company, today announced the release of its new Piston Fit Bluetooth Headphone, and first speaker, the 1MORE Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Just in time for anyone going back to school, these Bluetooth essentials provide an affordable option for superior audio quality while studying in the library, commuting to campus, playing games or hosting a movie night. For $29.99, the Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones can be purchased on or on Amazon. 1MORE’s Portable BT Speaker is available on 1MORE.com for $99.99 or as a bundle of two speakers for $149.99.

“With the introduction of our first-ever Portable BT Speaker and reimaged Piston Fit Bluetooth headphone, we’re excited to continue expanding our product line-up. These additions really embody 1MORE’s mission to provide quality products at pocket-friendly prices for everyone, even students, to enjoy,” says Tyler Runyon, Marketing Director for 1MORE USA.

1MORE Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone Specs:
• Titanium Composite Dynamic Driver – A 10mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm balances powerful bass and exquisite detail, reproducing crystal clear sound in an ultra-compact design for enhanced efficiency.
• Reliable & Convenient – Using the latest Bluetooth 5 technology means these headphones are optimized with better transmission and connectivity to Bluetooth enabled devices.
• Fit & Design – Extremely lightweight earbuds with 45° oblique-angled nozzles naturally lay in your ear canals for a tight, secure fit during extended use. While not in use, the magnetic earpieces clasp together for convenient and worry-free storage around one’s neck.
• Durability – Aluminum alloy earpieces provide a sleek but sturdy build, while the grooved tangle-free neckband cable reduces friction. The added IPX4 water resistance ensures long-lasting resilience from all directional splashing.

1MORE Portable BT Speaker Specs:
• Multiple Pairing Modes – Choose between a single speaker in mono mode or pair two speakers in true L/R stereo mode for a fully immersive surround sound experience.
• HiFi Sound Quality – A true, active two-way design includes 1 plane woofer + 1 tweeter in a compact system that provides crisp highs and rich, thumping bass. Coupled with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, and separate amplifiers for the woofer and tweeter, the highs, mids, and lows are adjusted dynamically to create clear and natural sound no matter the listening volume.
• Virtual Bass Technology – Outfitted with Virtual Bass technology that produces apparent low frequency sounds under 70 Hz to provide a more complete low end experience.
• Acoustic Design – The saucer style design allows for 360° sound dispersion, creating a full range of coverage throughout all areas of a room.
• Grab and go – Keep the speaker on your table to listen to music while at home, or use the built-in tether when heading out and attach it to anything—a backpack, bike, or your wrist.

Like with all 1MORE’s products, the Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones and Portable BT Speaker are expertly tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi, so that listeners hear exactly what the artist intended. For a full list of product specifications and features visit 1MORE.com and 1MORE’s Amazon Storefront.

ABOUT 1MORE
1MORE specializes in acoustic design and development, smart software and wearable audio products. Born with a profound mission to deliver superior quality audio at a consumer-friendly value, 1MORE has shipped 38 million headphones globally in over 25 countries in just the past 4 years. Additionally, 1MORE’s products have received multiple industry and design awards including prestigious CES Innovation awards, RedDot, iF Design awards and other major industry accolades. Visit 1MORE at 1MORE.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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