Gogobeans: Digital Locker and Sharing Solution for iPhone & Android

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web There’s new application launching here at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida: Gogobeans. The app is a digital locker of sorts for all your phone’s content – photos, videos, contacts, bookmarks, files, apps and more. So in one sense, it’s like a cloud-based backup of everything on your phone. But Gogobeans isn’t just a backup tool – it’s a platform where content can be shared with anyone just by shaking your phone.“Shake to Bounce”This sharing feature, which Gogobeans calls “Shake to Bounce,” works by using the phone’s accelerometer. The company’s servers register that you shook your phone, but it does not access your location. When another user then shakes his or her phone, the action causes their name appear in a list of people to share with.This type of sharing may remind you a lot of how the Bump app works, but instead of tapping phones to share content, users are shaking their phones. However, there’s a practical purpose to this feature – you don’t have to be in close proximity to the other user in order to share items this way.That means you can send photos to mom and dad across town, files to a remotely located office colleague or videos to a far-away friend, all with just a shake. The app supports sharing of applications too. But instead of simply recommending the app, a placeholder is downloaded to the device. The other user then can complete the app download process and/or purchase from the appropriate application store.And in addition to one-to-one sharing, you can use the app to share from your phone to Twitter and Facebook.I’m not convinced that we’ll all be shaking our phones to share apps in the future, but it’s interesting to see the various solutions developers have come up with to the app discovery problem. There are too many apps in the app store – even when apps are “curated” like Apple is doing. We know that personal recommendations work best, but how do you access them? Bumping phones? Sharing on Facebook? Reading blogs? App search engines?Shaking?Of course, app sharing isn’t Gogobeans’ only feature, but it’s the one that addresses the biggest pain point for me: finding good apps.Googbeans is available on iPhone and Android. Anyone want to share apps?last_img read more

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Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders

first_imgA new training program developed and presented by the Passive House Institute U.S. aims to get builders and remodelers up to speed on the Passive House standard. Among the topics covered during the four-day program are envelope details, HVAC systems, and bidding on Passivhaus projects.The curriculum for the new training program has been developed by three experienced Passivhaus builders: Dan Whitmore, Adam Cohen, and Mike Kernagis.(Dan Whitmore built the first Passivhaus building in Seattle; for more information on that project, see Visiting Passivhaus Job Sites in Washington State. Adam Cohen is a builder in Roanoke, Virginia; for more information on Adam Cohen, see Passivhaus Practitioners Share Their Success Stories.) Learn how to talk to electriciansTim Linn, a builder form Milwaukee who went through the program in the fall of 2012, found it valuable. “The training isolates the particular details a builder needs to focus on and demonstrates different ways of properly executing these details,” said Linn.The program is also designed to give Passivhaus builders strategies for dealing with subcontractors and clients. Tim Linn notedd, “I now know how to explain to my electrician why I want him to gasket a penetration in the building envelope. I can also explain to my client why he can’t choose a vapor-impermeable finish for his interior walls.”Course participants who pass the qualifying exam at the end of the course become PHIUS Certified Builders.The next open class will be held April 3-6, 2013, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. The dates and locations of future classes will be announced later.General registration costs $800; Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) members save $50.More information is available at this link: PHIUS Builders Training.last_img read more

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Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega with 4000mAh battery, 13MP camera launched in India at Rs 11,490

first_imgPanasonic India on Wednesday launches a new smartphone called the Eluga I3 Mega. The key highlight of the Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega smartphone is its battery set up. The smartphone comes packed with a a massive 4,000mAh battery. The Eluga I3 Mega is available at a price tag of Rs 11,490.In terms of specifications, the Eluga I3 Mega comes packed with 5.5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass. Furthermore, the smartphone features 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which can be further expandable up to 128GB.On the camera set-up, the Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear which comes paired with auto-focus. While on the front, the handset comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The smartphone further runs on Android Marshmallow operating system and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.”The powerful smartphone with 4,000mAh battery will solve the undying issue of college students and professionals who are always on the go,” says Pankaj Rana, Business Head, Mobility Division of Panasonic India, in a statement.The Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega will be available at all Panasonic authorised dealer outlets starting today onwards.Further, on Monday Panasonic unveiled its home-entertainment experience with a new 2017 line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs along with the UA7 sound system. Along with the UA7 sound system The high-end 4K television series namely — EX750 and EX600 further boosts the viewing experience. “The high-end 4K television series EX750 and EX600 are designed to deliver picture quality and sound, accurate to the filmmaker’s original vision,” says Panasonic.advertisementAt the launch event, Neeraj Bahl, Associate Director – Business Group Head, Consumer Electronic, Panasonic India says, “With the introduction of our 2017 line up of 4K UHD TV range EX750 and EX600 series, Panasonic is offering UA7 – the all-in-one dynamic sound system, with an aim to provide cinematic experience to our customers. The UA7 features a total of 10 speakers and produces a level of dynamic sound that simply can’t be imagined from its slim body. With Hexa Chroma Drive Pro, high brightness panels and sophisticated smart features, the new range ensures that our customers will get the maximum impact from the 4K resolution, enhancing your viewing experience. At Panasonic, it is our continuous commitment to focus on innovation and to provide the best picture quality and impressive viewing experience to our customers.”Also Read: Panasonic launches 2017 line up of 4K Ultra HD TVs with UA7 sound systemlast_img read more

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Sydney T20I: Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in Australia

first_imgKrunal Pandya set a new record in the third T20 international against Australia on Sunday as he registered the best bowling figures by an Indian in the format on Australian soil.Pandya picked up a four-wicket haul and gave away just 36 runs in four overs to help India restrict Australia to 164 for 6 after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat in the final match of the three-T20I series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.The senior Pandya’s career-best figures are also the best by a spinner in T20Is in Australia. He was ably assisted by chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up one wicket and gave away just 19 runs in his quota of 4 overs.India vs Australia 3rd T20I in Sydney: Live BlogJust when the partnership between the openers seemed to be getting bigger, Krunal came in with the much needed breakthrough, picking Finch (28) before the wickets, with Australia at 68/1 in 8.3 overs.India’s Krunal Pandya sparked a mini collapse from the Aussies on his way to a four-wicket haul.#AUSvIND @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/KRXwXZNXSucricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 25, 2018With the addition of another five runs on Australia’s scorecard, Kuldeep gave another jolt as the chinaman packed back a well-settled Short (33) in the 10th over. Krunal then dismissed incoming batsman Ben McDermott on a duck, leaving the hosts at 73/3.Also read – David Warner put to test by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood at SCG netsHis fall saw Glenn Maxwell come in the middle, but while trying to launch a ball of Krunal into orbit, the batsman was caught at long-on by Rohit Sharma, leaving the hosts tottering at 90/4.advertisementStumper Alex Carey (27) and Chris Lynn (13) then added 29 runs for the fifth wicket, helping their side cross the three digit mark. However, Krunal was in no mood to spare the aussies, who had clobbered him for 55 runs in Brisbane, and picked his fourth wicket by sending back Carey in the 16th over.India vs Australia 2nd T20I at Sydney: Live Cricket ScoreWith Australia at 131, Lynn departed after failing to complete his ground and Jasprit Bumrah made no mistake in hitting the bulls eye.Marcus Stoinis then played a 15-ball 25 run knock, while Nathan Coulter-Nile chipped in with 13 runs off seven deliveries in the final overs to help the hosts reach a good total.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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PUBG MOBILE beats PUBG PC and all other online games in India, played by 73.4%

first_imgIt’s not wrong to argue that PUBG MOBILE is the biggest sensation of the current times. The game has been widely lapped up by players and has made it as one of the top games that can be played on Android and iOS devices. The game became so popular in fact that PUBG MOBILE got its own e-sports event and saw some great talents exhibiting their skill on the battlegrounds of Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok or Vikendi. Therefore, have you ever wondered by how much has PUBG MOBILE made itself a part of our daily lives? The numbers show above70 per cent.According to recent research conducted by Internet service provider Jana for Quartz, PUBG MOBILE has made a substantial impact on Indian mobile gamers. The game is so popular that from a universe of all PUBG players, including players from PUBG PC and PUBG on the console, around 73.4 per cent of total PUBG players mainly rely on PUBG MOBILE for their Chicken Dinner thrills. Only a mere 5 per cent of players in India prefer to play the PC version of PUBG while a minuscule 1.1 per cent of all players play PUBG on consoles.Not only does PUBG MOBILE beat its evolved versions, but it also beats other online games by a huge margin. Out of a total of 1,047 Indian respondents, around 61.9 per cent get voted it as the top online game, beating other games such as Fortnite, Free Fire and others. And a majority of these players spend at least eight or more hours on the game on a weekly basis. And around 52 per cent of players prefer to play during the night.advertisementThe increasing popularity of the game is helped by the fact Tencent Games keeps on adding new content to the game every few weeks. The last major update to the game was in December in the form of Vikendi, which is a new snow map. The snow map provides for challenging gameplay in a completely different scenario.However, to keep players engaged, Tencent Games collaborated with the developers of Resident Evil 2 and came up with Season 5. Additionally, the much-awaited zombie mode will make it to the game under this collaboration. The zombie mode is already a part of the latest update to PUBG MOBILE Beta and brings all zombie as well as villains from the Resident Evil universe.With the upcoming zombie update, PUBG MOBILE could see an increase in demand. Zombie shooting has always been an exciting part for gamers and the upcoming update will make PUBG MOBILE more exciting that it has ever been.ALSO READ | PUBG Mobile: That Chicken Dinner is a trap, have fun but don’t get caught in its questALSO READ | PUBG Mobile: What is it, is it affecting students and why have Gujarat, VIT and other institutions banned itALSO READ | PUBG MOBILE player in Jammu falls sick after playing game for 10 days without rest, admitted to hospitallast_img read more

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10 months agoBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinner

first_imgBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Jurgen Locadia was delighted to prove the matchwinner for victory over Everton.The Dutchman claimed his second goal in two games.He said, “It’s crazy, I’ve gone from not playing every game to then scoring two games in a row. I’m very happy and proud and I want to thank everybody for reaching this moment.“We started well in the first half and also began the second half well too. Everton created a lot of chances, and they almost scored, but I feel that we deserved the win today.“For the goal, I saw the ball deflect off an Everton player and it was a clear goal in my opinion, but the referee had his doubts. In the end, he gave it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Melting Arctic sea ice may be behind endless winter scientists

first_imgScientists are suspecting that not enough winter in the Arctic has led to too much of it across the rest of Canada.From Toronto, where ice storms cancelled baseball games, to Calgary where residents this week faced yet another heavy snowfall warning, April 2018 has come to feel like endless winter.Some climatologists say this is the future — long stretches of freakishly unseasonable weather that flip to something else on a dime.“It was looking like it was going to be the warmest December on record in Western Canada,” said David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist.“Then it turned on you — several days of -30 C. It was from one extreme to the other.”In Ontario, Ottawa’s warmest day so far this year was on Jan. 12 when the temperature hit double digits. That hasn’t happened since.“They had their spring in February,” Phillips said.The East Coast endured five massive nor’easter storms in three weeks.Why? Icy Arctic air is normally held back by a strong, high-altitude, west-to-east river of air called the jet stream.The jet stream is powered by the temperature difference between the Arctic and mid-latitudes. But the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere on Earth, especially this year, when temperatures at the North Pole were up to 30 degrees above normal.That weakens the jet stream. And that, said Rutgers University climatologist Jennifer Francis, is the problem.“When the jet weakens, it tends to take these bigger north and south swings,” she said.“When it takes one of these big southern swings, it allows all that Arctic cold air to plunge much farther south than it normally would and it tends to stick around there longer.”Hence, ice storms in April.It’s not quite that simple. There are multi-year temperature cycles in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that have their own impact. The Gulf Stream, which used to reliably move warm water around the Atlantic, is weakening. And this was a La Nina year, when lower sea and air temperatures in the Pacific brought more cold and snow to much of North America.Many scientists aren’t completely comfortable directly linking melting sea ice and weather.“There is likely some connection, especially early in the winter,” said Faron Anslow, a climatologist at the University of Victoria.“It’s being studied, and single events or even sequences of events can’t be tied to that cause yet.”Phillips, who called this winter unique in his 50 years of experience, believes there’s something to the link.“There’s so many different factors at play. But I think it comes down to that very simple reason why the jet stream is wobbly rather than straight — the gradient of temperatures between the north and south is less.“That is the major climate control to the position of the jet stream. And when it weakens, it wobbles.”Evidence for a sea-ice link is building and at least 15 recent papers have found a connection, Francis said.“I don’t think you’d find a scientist who’d say there’s nothing going on. The events that we’ve seen in the last few years are very consistent with what we’d expect.”Arctic sea ice isn’t recovering. So if the effect on southern weather is real, look for more of the same, said Phillips.“It’s the preview of what we’re going to see. The circulation has changed. It’s almost a fundamental change in our weather.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Stephen Poloz says rate cut not off the table as economic risks

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he has not ruled out a future cut to interest rates despite his belief that the global and Canadian recoveries are picking up steam and that disinflationary pressures appear to be waning.The head of Canada’s central bank made the comment after it decided to keep the trendsetting overnight rate at 1% for the 29th time in a row since September 2010.The bank also pared back its estimate for first-quarter economic growth by a full point to 1.5% — mostly because of the severe winter weather that began in December — and 2014 growth to 2.3% from 2.5.But in its overall assessment, the Bank of Canada’s new monetary policy report appeared to reflect a growing confidence in the global economic recovery and less concern about persistent low inflation and an overly hot housing sector.Still, Poloz said in a teleconference from Toronto — where he was to attend former finance minister Jim Flaherty’s funeral in the afternoon — that considerable risks remain, including the possibility that Canadian exports won’t recover fully and the potential for a political shock from Ukraine’s difficulties with Russia.“We are neutral, that means a rate cut cannot be taken off the table at this stage,” Poloz said. “It will depend on the data.”The central bank has set an ideal target of annual inflation at 2.0% but considers it acceptable within a range of between 1.0% and 3.0%.Most economists are pencilling in a rate increase in the summer or fall of 2015, but say the chances of an actual cut from an already low setting are receding with each month of positive economic data, including more normal levels of inflation. The last reading was 1.5% and analysts are expecting the consumer price index will rise to 1.6% for the month of March in Thursday’s report from Statistics Canada.Poloz went to great lengths on Wednesday to say that inflation remains weak — despite expectations it will approach the desired 2% target within the next few months. He said the near-term return of inflation will be due to temporary factors such as higher energy prices, but underlying inflation likely won’t likely return to the target rate until 2016. Still, the bank’s new outlook as outlined in the monetary policy report suggests Poloz and his deputy governors are becoming a little more convinced in the growth story.The first-quarter slowdown is already looking like old news and the bank expects the second quarter to pick up to 2.5% growth, and the economy to average 2.5% annual growth in 2015 as a whole.While essentially similar to January’s report, the new monetary policy report sounds a little less concerned about disinflation, or too-high house prices and excessive household debt. The bank governors also seem more confident in the sustainability of the recovery, and that stronger U.S. demand and the lower Canadian dollar will start to benefit exporters, particularly manufacturers.The most encouraging aspect of the report is what the bank’s governing council sees happening to exports, which remain about 5% below pre-recession levels and are considered the economy’s weak link. The weak exports not only keep factories operating under capacity, muting job creation and salary growth, but also keeps businesses on the sidelines in terms of investing in improvements that would increase productivity.Rising energy prices mean oil and gas exporters will do even better than previously expected, the bank says. But it is also encouraged that manufacturers will soon see a lift, particularly now that the Canadian dollar has lost about 10% of its previous value since February 2013. The dollar traded at about 90.7 cents US at midday Wednesday, down about one-third of a cent from the previous close.“Canada’s non-energy range of export sectors are expected to benefit, including those linked to the U.S. construction activity, such as logging and building materials,” the bank says. “As U.S. investment in machinery and equipment strengthens, export sectors, such as industrial, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, computers, and aircraft, should strengthen.”Still, competitive pressures will keep those benefits below the levels one would have expected given the higher demand from the U.S., the report cautions.“Obviously our story hinges critically on the export outlook,” said Poloz. “We obviously have what looks like a soft landing emerging in housing, so it’s critical we get a pick up of momentum in exports which will then be followed by a pick-up of investment. And those two shifts will give us sustainable growth trend.”Poloz said all the ingredients were there for an export sector recovery, but was reluctant to count his chickens yet, noting that those ingredients have been “present for quite a while and we have not seen a response yet.”The bank says it is still concerned about a downward shift in inflation, but for the present it expects the headline consumer price index will gravitate close to the 2.0% target in the upcoming few months, although that is mostly due to the lower loonie and the effects of higher energy prices.However, it says core, or underlying, inflation won’t return to target until 2016 because of slack in the economy and growing competitiveness among retailers. If the bank is right about the analysis, it suggests interest rates won’t be raised until sometime in 2016.After highlighting the dangers of high consumer debt and frothy house prices through most of 2012 and 2013, the bank says that, while the danger has not fully passed, it is less worried about a severe correction that would sideswipe the economy.“Recent developments are in line with the bank’s expectation of a soft landing in the housing market and stabilizing debt-to-income ratios for households,” it judges.In a separate section on the likely impact of the ballooning shale oil extraction activity in the United States, the bank said the increased supply may depress crude prices somewhat but won’t significantly deter Canada’s oil sands production.“Since shale oil is often as expensive to produce as oil from the Canadian oil sands, only the most marginal and costly Canadian projects would be affected,” it says. read more

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US Steel Canada decision coming today

We’re waiting for a bankruptcy judge to rule whether U.S. Steel Canada will be able to suspend payments for taxes owed to the city of Hamilton and Haldimand County, as well as pension and benefit payments to retirees.The decision by justice Herman Wilton-Siegel is expected to be released late this afternoon. It will come in the form of a brief notice to all parties of what the court intends to do. A full decision, and the reasons behind it will come on Tuesday. The ruling is also expected to halt post-employment benefit payments to retirees, and contributions to the pension plan, which now sports a current deficit of more than $800 million.In court proceedings yesterday, it appeared that the judge has accepted U.S. Steel’s argument that unless it allows a temporary halt to the company’s financial obligations, there’s not enough money to keep the Canadian mills going. Local federal NDP candidates joined Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath outside the gates of U.S. Steel this morning to talk about the new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement which they linked to the Conservative government’s handling of the U.S. Steel crisis.“Stephen Harper doesn’t know how to negotiate a good deal. And when he gets a deal, he doesn’t know how to enforce it. Instead of protecting good jobs here in Hamilton, he signed a secret deal with U.S. Steel.”Hamilton Mountain candidate Scott Duvall: “It’s not enough that more than 2,000 jobs are at risk at U.S. Steel, and it’s not enough that more than 20,000 pensioners and their families are terrified about the future, or that Hamilton taxpayers may have to cough up $6 million to cover their municipal taxes owed by U.S. Steel.”The payments expected to be suspended in 2016 would cost U.S. Steel roughly $100 million. At the moment, it has only $75 million in guaranteed financing. The most significant issue is whether U.S. Steel intentionally created the very conditions that led to the bankruptcy of the Canadian operation. That issue has not yet been tested or proven in court. read more

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SMMT unveils UKs global leadership of specialist car manufacturing

Specialist UK automotive companies had a combined turnover of almost £2.5 billion in 2011, exporting around 70% of their products.The companies manufacture around 25,000 vehicles a year, typically sourcing 65% of their components from within the UK.Niche manufacturers employ about 10,000 staff, including highly skilled designers, engineers and craftsmen.SMMT has today launched a report that demonstrates the value of the UK’s unique low volume car manufacturing industry, highlighting some of the challenges these companies face and, importantly, the opportunities for growth that can be achieved with industry, government and other stakeholders working together to support a world-renowned British success story.“The UK is home to more specialist car manufacturers than any other country, including some of the world’s most iconic and prestigious brands,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “These marques boast a strong brand heritage, enviable motorsport pedigree and display a world leading use of innovative new technologies.”SMMT’s report highlights how specialist car manufacturers inspire diversity in the marketplace, provide highly-skilled jobs, positively contribute to net exports and are often at the leading edge of product design and innovation. The UK’s niche vehicle manufacturing is often associated with sports cars, but the sector also produces small city cars, taxis, accessible and adapted vehicles, limousines and hearses, highlighting the wide range of specialist vehicles built in the UK.To launch the report, SMMT hosted a panel discussion featuring Michael van der Sande (Chief Commercial Officer, Aston Martin), Antony Sheriff (Managing Director, McLaren Automotive) and Phil Abbott (Managing Director, Radical Sportscars) speaking about engineering expertise, heritage and innovation within their own specialist manufacturing companies.Following the panel discussion and Q&A, the Business Minister, Mark Prisk MP, delivered a speech in which he acknowledged the contribution of the UK’s specialist car manufacturers to the UK automotive sector, and the potential business opportunities.Business Minister Mark Prisk said, “We have one of the most diverse automotive sectors in the world. Although dominated by global vehicle manufacturers, we have many strong and thriving specialist and niche marques. With production up, exports up and exceeding the value of imports, automotive is a UK success story”.To download a copy of the report, Specialist car manufacturing – a uniquely British success story, visit the SMMT website’s UK automotive publications section.In preparing the report, SMMT collated statistics from 20 of the largest specialist vehicle manufacturers in the UK. Each represents a pinnacle of innovation, prestige, performance and engineering skill, making a significant economic and social impact on the industry.To mark the report launch, an exhibition featuring a cross-section of UK automotive’s specialist car manufacturing expertise has been assembled at SMMT which includes:Aston Martin One-77 – Just 77 of these £1.2 million cars will be built. They have a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis, a handcrafted aluminium body, and a naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12 engine.Bentley Mulsanne cutaway instrument panel – A unique look inside the multimedia system of the company’s flagship model. The Mulsanne is handcrafted over a nine-week build process at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe.McLaren Automotive Carbon MonoCell – The carbon fibre chassis tub of the MP4-12C, the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the iconic F1 supercar.Morgan Plus E – A prototype electric version of the classic Morgan, using a lightweight aluminium chassis.Radical SR3 SL – Radical is the world’s second largest race car manufacturer. The SR3 SL is its first fully type approved road car, meeting Euro 5 emissions standards.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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