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    Update: The iOS 12 beta 5 further hints that the new iPad Pro will have a display with rounded corners. Apple is rumored to launch the updated iPad Pro at its hardware event and this new iPad Pro is expected to feature a brand new designed, along with with the TrueDepth sensor, FaceID, no 3.5mm headphone jack. Thanks to iOS 12 beta 5 update many interesting things are being revealed about many upcoming Apple products, freshly the new finding more or less confirms a new bezel-less design. The new Accessibility settings as a part of the battery usage UI shows that the upcoming iPad Pad might not come with a home button, this means that it will rely on Apple's FaceID technology. Furthermore, it will have thinner bezels, thanks to a tiny glyph found in an OS. However, notably, the only thing that is missing from the glyph is a notch. This method in AccessibilitySettings confirms Face ID on the new iPad Pro (J3xx) pic.twitter.com/oeJQ0GxOoM — Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 1, 2018 This means that the 2018 iPad Pro will not pack a notch like the three upcoming iPhones. The name of the asset specifies “iPad”, it’s new to iOS 12 beta 5 and there are no references in the ...

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    Rumors so far been suggesting that Apple might be introducing a new dual-SIM variant of the upcoming iPhones. This would allow users to use two SIM cards with dual standby. However, it appears this functionality could be limited to iPhones that will be launched in China. According to Foxconn source, the dual-SIM dual standby feature could be exclusive to the 6.1-inch low-cost LCD iPhone model.  Furthermore, new iPhones slated for a September launch is currently underway and Foxconn employees suggest that Apple is producing four unique model numbers (801, 802, 803, and 804) for the upcoming iPhones, hinting at the extra two SIM model. The 801 and 802 models are the 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhones, while the latter two represent the 6.1-inch LCD iPhones; one with single and the another with dual SIM variant. Since the dual SIM usage is on the higher side in China and to stay competitive in the world's one of the biggest smartphone market, Apple is said to be taking this route for the first time. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also suggested that Apple is working on two 6.1-inch iPhone models for launch in 2018. While the dual-SIM model might be slightly costlier than the regular single SIM variant, he didn't mention that ...

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    Motorola introduced the Moto Z3 phone with 5G Moto Mod earlier this week, few months after it introduced the Moto Z3 Play. However, the Z-series phone never really gained the attention and sale figures the company wanted, and with that in mind, the company on Twitter confirmed that it wouldn't be launching anymore Moto Z-series phones in 2018.  Hi. We will not be launching any more moto z’s this year. — Motorola US (@MotorolaUS) August 2, 2018 Though this doesn't come as any surprise, it sure is a bold move from Motorola. The first-gen Moto Z phone has three models; the standard Z, the Z Play, and the Z Force. Ever since Motorola has been following the same pattern. But in response to a fan query which asked if Motorola would bring out the Moto Z3 Force, the company outright dismissed it by saying: "We will not be launching any more moto z phones this year." There are still some unanswered questions like if Motorola would continue to use the Moto Mod ecosystem now that its promised three years are up and the future of the Z-series. Let's wait to see where Motorola is aiming to go from this point.

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    Microsoft's Bing search is getting new features including improvements to hotel booking experience, home services pricing and schedules, coupons, deals and more. However, all of these features are available in the US.  Back in May Bing introduced the hotel booking experience with aggregated pricing from third party booking sites and today, the company is adding intelligent tips, a price trends view, and a comparison view. It provides historical price trends for the date range you’re exploring to help make price-based trade-offs. The new price trend feature allows users to browse price trends over time in a single view. The new comparison view provides an overview of pricing by hotel option. You can see the detailed breakdowns side-by-side so you can pick the best choice for your needs and budget. Up next is the home services pricing and scheduling which is becoming equally tough for users. To carter the users, Bing is bringing cost ranges to provide transparency for home services like sink installation costs and toilet repairs. These ranges show a visual distribution of prices, specific to your zip code so they’re tied to your location. The company says that the price data comes from its partnership with Porch. Bing finally brings aggregated deals across first- and third-party listings and display them when ...

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    [caption id="attachment_259195" align="aligncenter" width="573"] Images: @evleaks[/caption] Samsung accidentally outed a promo video that revealed some of the feature of the Galaxy Note9 that will go official on August 9th. Now the retail box of the smartphone has surfaced that reveals complete specifications of the smartphone. This reveals a 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen, slightly larger than the 6.2-inch screen on the S9+ and a bigger 4000mAh battery, however Samsung is said to retain the SoC and the camera from the S9+. А вот и он. Пока корейцы готовятся к мировой презентации в Нью-Йорке, новенький Samsung Galaxy Note9 уже лежит в российских магазинах. Теперь известны все характеристики до анонса 👌 pic.twitter.com/Dj51ohBUxZ — Dmitriy Ryabinin (@dryab) August 3, 2018 There is also a new 512GB storage version, but it is not clear if we can see 8GB RAM version, so it might make a debut with the S10 next year. Samsung Galaxy Note9 rumored specifications 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 514ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with Adreno 630 GPU / Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor with Mali G72MP18 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB/128GB/512GB storage (UFS 2.1), expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD ...

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    [caption id="attachment_260135" align="aligncenter" width="573"] Image: @onleaks[/caption] As we all know Google will be launching the Pixel 3 and other hardware products at the Pixel event later this year. While we see the renders, leaked live images of the Pixel 3 smartphones, we are yet to hear details about the launch schedule. However, Google might have just accidentally outed the launch date, according to Famebit promotional advertisement. According to the list, Google might be planning on launching the Pixel 3 series on October 4th sticking to its years-long schedule.  For those unaware, Famebit is a platform that connects advertising agencies and marketers with content creators for promotional purposes. In this case, the post allegedly is said to have been created by Google itself to promote the Pixel 3 in Canada with a description that notes, "The Pixel 3 Phone is launching October 4th, 2018." As mentioned, the launch date falls in line with previous Pixel announcements, at the "Made by Google" October 4th event. However, the world 'launch' is a tad bit confusing considering Google hasn't shipped the phones right after the announcement. However, there is no way to tell if this ad is indeed created by Google as there is a chance that it could be an elaborate hoax. Either way, if the ...

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    Google is moving past 2D as it is adding a new 3D Globe Mode on the desktop. This new mode shows the Earth as a globe rather than a flat surface. For the mode to work, you need to zoom out far enough, and then you will eventually get a moon's-eye view of the earth.  With 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps desktop, Greenland's projection is no longer the size of Africa. Just zoom all the way out at https://t.co/mIZTya01K3 😎🌍 pic.twitter.com/CIkkS7It8d — Google Maps (@googlemaps) August 2, 2018 This change brings in a more realistic view and according to Google, "with the 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps desktop, Greenland's projection is no longer the size of Africa."  This feature falls in line with the 'Google Earth' that represents the earth from that viewpoint. The new "Globe Mode" update is only available on desktop and works on all major browsers, including Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. However, there's no information regarding the mobile availability. Source

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    Huawei’s Honor brand just launched the Honor Play, the company's latest gaming-centric smartphone in India, as it had promised. It was introduced in China last month, packs a 6.3-inch Full HD+ 19:5:9 display with a notch and a 89% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Kirin 970 10nm processor with 6GB of RAM, NPU as well as GPU Turbo graphics processing acceleration technology that increases graphics processing efficiency of mobile phones for smoother and faster mobile experience, especially for mobile games. It has a 16-megapixel rear camera AI scene recognition that can detect over 500 scenes and the 2-megapixel secondary rear camera for portrait shots. The 16-megapixel front camera uses pixel binning technology, combining the information from four pixels to create one large 2.0µm pixel. It has a metal back and packs a 3750mAh battery with support for fast charging. The gaming experience is AI-enabled for total immersion. The 4D gaming experience includes not only graphics and 3D audio effects, but AI vibration customized games and matched to in-game objects and scenarios.  AI real-time image and audio recognition is enabled for 30 different scenario 10 different vibrations, according to the direction of approaching enemies or gunfire, and users will even feel the kickback as you pull the trigger. Histen 3D audio technology offers ...

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    Google is rolling out a new update to its Google app and as usual, there's aren't any major changes right out of the bat, but there are substantial changed lying beneath. It hints about features like a conventional translation on smart display, categories in top apps, memory Aid Locker and more.  Google seems to be developing a new feature; currently named "Memory Aid Locker." However, there are not many details about the feature except for the clues like the name, a placeholder for a settings screen, and a layout that only contains a web view. It could be a new version of 'Saved pages' in order to make it earlier to organize information. Google might soon bring live language translation to the first Assistant-powered smart displays. However, the code of the app just adds details like instructions to start talking, a couple more status messages to show when Assistant is listening and when it has begun translating. Over the last few versions, there are various bits and pieces appearing relating to a "Top Apps" feature. While there's were not many details in the previous versions, the new update adds a list of popular app categories. The topics cover the government, news, science, technology, and so on. It also a dedicated category ...

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    Corning Incorporated introduced the Gorilla Glass 6 with up to 2x better durability compared to Gorilla Glass 5, last month. Today it has announced that OPPO Mobile will be the first mobile device manufacturer to adopt Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on its upcoming model slated for release in the coming weeks. This will likely be the F9 and F9 Pro that are expected to launch in India and several other countries this month. The OPPO F9 smartphone has been teased with a patterned back in Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple colors, which could also use the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Corning said that the Gorilla Glass 6 is the company’s most durable cover glass to date, and added that Corning scientists developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the challenge of multiple drops. On average, in lab tests, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces. OPPO Find X and R15 flagship models use Gorilla Glass 5. Commenting on the partnership with OPPO,  John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass, said: We are excited to have OPPO adopt Gorilla Glass 6. OPPO’s new flagship model will provide consumers, who depend on their smartphone for every interaction ...

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    LG just launched the company’s flagship G7+ ThinQ smartphone in India. It was introduced back in May and has a 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision LCD Super Bright display that can be viewed easily even under direct sunlight with brightness up to  1,000 nit, displaying 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM. It has a glass back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, has a polished metal rim and it is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and also meets MIL-STD 810G requirements. It also has a dedicated Google Assistant button and the Super Far Field Voice Recognition lets you hear your voice anywhere in the room. Boombox Speaker utilizes the internal space of the LG G7 ThinQ as a resonance chamber to deliver double the bass of other phones. It also has DTS:X to deliver virtual 3D sound for all content, up to 7.1 channel audio with earphones and it has Hi-Fi Quad DAC for incredibly rich sound. LG G7+ ThinQ specifications 6.1-inch (3120 x 1440 pixels) 19.5:9 FullVision Super Bright IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128GB storage (UFS 2.1), expandable ...

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    There's no denying that Honor is making an aggressive play for a share of the Indian smartphone market. With a steady spate of launches, there's now an Honor phone at almost every price point. Enter the Honor Play, a solid device that brings high end specifications at a very affordable price point. Here's our first impressions.  Honor Play specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ LCD 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display, 85% NTSC color gamut Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU,  i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB (UFS 2.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, CAF, EIS, secondary 2MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack,  7.1-channel Histen audio Dimensions: 157.91×74.27×7.84mm; Weight: 176g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 3750mAh (typical) battery with fast charging The notch is mainstream, all hail the notch. The Honor Play is the latest smartphone to pack ...

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    Shenzhen-headquartered OnePlus hasn't been around for long but caused a tremendous stir by selling power-packed phones that sell at a significantly lower price in comparison with other manufacturers. Founded in 2014, the rising upstart OnePlus is making some much-needed noise across the globe including the Indian smartphone market. A couple of years ago, Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus, mentioned that the Android smartphone makers are more focused on marketing than producing the best product. On the other hand, OnePlus aimed to design a smartphone with a top-notch quality and groundbreaking specification at a lower price than other smartphones in its class, thus OnePlus One was born. With the OnePlus One, the company also introduced a one-of-its-kind invite system to purchase the device. As per the invite system, Invites are handed out through various means including social media, promotions, competitions and more whereas the OnePlus owners can also share invites with their friends. These marketing tactics along with positive WOM (Word Of Mouth) enabled OnePlus to build a community and loyal fanbase. While most of them thought the invite system will cease to exist with OnePlus 2, the company proved it wrong. Furthermore, to generate hype, the company kept it's device specifications under wraps and decided ...

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    Amazon and Flipkart have announced their Independence Day sale for this year. Amazon’s Freedom Sale n Sale is scheduled from August 9th till 12th. Flipkart’s 72-hour Big Freedom Sale starts a day later on August 10th and continues till 12th. Amazon said that it will have 20,000 deals on Smartphones, Consumer Electronics,Large Appliances, TVs and more from over 170 million products across hundreds of categories on Amazon.in. The company will offer deals across brands such as OnePlus, Huawei, Honor, Samsung, Vivo, RealMe, JBL, Sony and many more. Amazon Echo devices, Fire TV Stick and Kindle e-readers will be available at great discounts on all four days of the sale. There will be up to 40% off on Mobile phones & accessories and up to 50% of on Consumer Electronics. Amazon will also offer 10% instant discount for SBI card users. You can check out more details on Amazon Freedom Sale page here. Flipkart is offering deals on smartphones, laptops, cameras and more. There will be blockbuster deals and price crash which will refresh every 8 hours, revolutionary deals from 12 to 2AM on August 10th, Freedom countdown price drop from 7:47PM to 8:18PM during the sale, and 24 deals for 24 hours. It is ...

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    Xiaomi today announced that Holitech Technology which is its key component supplier will start smartphone component manufacturing in India. Holitech has signed an MOU with the state of Andhra Pradesh and will start local manufacturing in the city of Tirupati for Xiaomi. Holitech Technology said that it would invest nearly US$200 million over the next three years in Andhra Pradesh and would be the first manufacturer in India who will be manufacturing 'Compact Camera Modules' (CCM), Thin Film Transistor (TFT), Capacitive Touch Screen module (CTP), Flexible Printed Circuits (FPC), and fingerprint sensor locally. The local manufacturing is likely to start by Q1 2019. The company is aiming to generate 6000 jobs in three years. #MakeInIndia. A historic day for @XiaomiIndia!🤩 We & our partner Holitech have signed an MOU with AP Govt to start local manufacturing of 5 components: Camera Modules, TFT Screen, Touch Screen, Flexible Printed Circuits & Fingerprint Sensors.#ProudIndian #India #Xiaomi (1/4) pic.twitter.com/DTsVzKU0A7 — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 6, 2018 The component manufacturing plant would be spread across 75 acres of land in Tirupati and the mass production will start with the production capacity of nearly 50 million each component per year. Commenting on the same, Nara Lokesh, Honorable Minister of Information Technology said:  Andhra Pradesh is one ...

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    After getting certified by the FCC last month, the Xiaomi POCOPHONE  F1 has surfaced in an online listing the shows the images, reveals specifications and the price of the phone. This shows a 5.99-inch FHD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch, Snapdragon 845 SoC with support for liquid cooling and 6GB RAM, 12MP+ 5MP dual rear cameras, 20MP front camera, fingerprint sensor on the back and a 4000mAh battery with fast charging. Xiaomi POCOPHONE F1 rumored specifications 5.99-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memorywith microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9.0 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, 1.4μm pixel size, secondary 5MP camera 20MP front-facing camera with LED flash Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging The Xiaomi POCOPHONE F1 is rumored to start at 1999,00 Romanian Leu (US$ 497 / ₹ 34,265 approx.). It is expected to be officially announced in the coming weeks. Source | Via

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    Google officially named Android 9.0 P as Pie, and the update is already rolling out to Essential and Pixel series phones. At the I/O 2018 Google showed off the Digital Wellbeing feature, but it was missing in the developer's preview update. However, the Digital Wellbeing beta has finally opened up for Pixel owners on Android 9 Pie. The Digital Wellbeing feature is to promote, what CEO Sundar Pichai calls JOMO," for the "joy of missing out"—as opposed to the modern social terror of "FOMO"/fear of missing out. The beta version of the feature includes a 'Dashboard' that will help you understand your phone usage better, app usage timers so that you can limit the usage, a "devices down," Do Not Disturb mode for preventing interruptions, and a new Wind Down feature for encouraging you to disconnect at night. Combinedly, these features are here to help you better understand your habits and digital health, and will also enable you to limit the usage and how to switch off for a better balance. As mentioned above, it is only available for Pixel phones, and you can sign up for the beta here. Once you've signed up, you will receive an invitation via email in 24 hours and on accepting ...

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    Apple might be US's first $1 Trillion company and it could have bestsellers worldwide, but if you look closely, the company is struggling to keep up in one of the world's biggest market; India where it is lagging behind in the 11th position. Apple, in fact, sold less than 1 million iPhones in India in the quarter accounting to a meagre 1% market share. Fortunately, Apple is well aware of this and is planning a strong comeback, according to a report from Bloomberg. The report highlights the steps that Apple is willing to take in order to regain its position in the country and these include better retail deals with higher sales targets, the establishment of Apple stores in India, an overhaul of the company’s relationships with independent retailers, and improved apps and other services aimed more closely at Indians and this also includes a revamped version of Apple Maps by 2020. As for the better retail strategy, Apple will be partnering with individual stores to raise sales targets by four times to 40 or 50 units every week. It plans to cut off retailers that consistently fail to hit the mark. In exchange, Apple will train the retail sales staff to teach customers how to use ...

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    Microsoft today launched the Surface Book 2 in India, after announcing it for the country earlier this year. The Surface Book 2 was announced back in October last year. The Surface Book 2 sports a 15-inch display (3240 x 2160 resolution) and it is powered by the Intel 8th-gen core i7 processor 8650U clocked up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics option. It has 16GB of RAM with either 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD storage options. The company is promising up to 17-hours of battery life on a single charge and five hours for tablet video consumption. On the other hand, the 13″ model packs a 13.5-inch display (3000 x 2000 resolution) and powered by the 7th gen Intel i5 processor with 8GB RAM and the high-end model is powered by the i7 processor with 16GB RAM with256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD as storage options. The high-end 13″ model packs the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB graphics memory. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB-A, 1 USB-C, Surface connect, SD card slot, headphone jack with support for Dolby Atmos. Price and availability Surface Book 2 13.5" Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 620, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM - Rs. 1,37,999 (MRP) Surface Book 2 13.5" Core i7 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX ...

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    Microsoft has launched Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S. It was introduced back in May last year, and packs a 13.5-inch Pixel Sense edge-to-edge display with immersive touchscreen and ultra-thin bezel, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, is powered by 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and offers up to 14.5 hours of battery life. It has Alcantara fabric-covered keyboard with responsive keyset, large trackpad and soft palm rest offering typing comfort and has anodized metal on the outside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcO9MRiIGbI Microsoft Surface Laptop specifications 13.5-inch (2256 x 1504 pixels) PixelSense 10 point multi-touch Display with 3:2 aspect ratio,Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with Intel HD 620 (i5) / Intel® Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7) 8GB, or 16GB RAM, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD Windows 10 S 720p HD front-facing camera 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo microphones, Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium Ambient light sensor,  TPM chip for Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in Dimensions: 308.1 x 223.27 x 14.48 mm; Weight: 1.25kg Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect Up to 14.5 hours of video playback Pricing and availability Surface Laptop - Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 620, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM - Rs. 86,999 (MRP) Surface Laptop ...

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