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    After V30+, LG has finally started rolling out Android 8.0 (Oreo) update for the LG G6 smartphone in India. This will turn the phone into LG G6 ThinQ and also brings out several new features, including new camera app layout, but it doesn't bring AI Cam like the V30+. After updating, the start screen of the device will now show LG G6 ThinQ branding instead of LG G6.  The LG G6 Android Oreo update is 1.81GB in size, comes with build number OPRR1.170623.032 and software version V20f-IND-XX. It also includes Android security patch for July, 2018. Check out the complete changelog below. Update summary: Android OS Upgrade [Changed Privacy Policy Terms] The Privacy Policy of LG Software update has been changed. [Comfort view improved] The blue light filter in Comfort view has been improved. You can now adjust between 10 levels [Home Screen layout] Some apps may be placed differently in Home & app drawer, select Home after the software update finishes. Then go to Settings > Home screen > Select Home and set to Home & app drawer. [Home touch buttons improved] The Home touch buttons can now be hidden while using apps. [Icon shapes added] New app icon shapes have been ...

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    This week OPPO confirmed that F9 smartphone will launch in Vietnam on August 15, and OPPO India today confirmed that the F9 Pro smartphone will launch in India on August 21st. Now OPPO has announced that F9 will be launched in Philippines as well on August 15th. It also highlighted VOOC Flash charge, gradient colors, as well as a unique Waterdrop Screen design for the smartphone. VOOC Flash Charge, a first in the OPPO F series applies a low voltage fast charging mechanism to deliver lightning quick charging. It can achieve a charging speed 4 times faster than conventional 5V/1A charging technology while guaranteeing fast charging performance, VOOC also ensures a safe charging process. Specifically, OPPO VOOC has five layers of protection from the charging adapter to smartphone, including low temperature and voltage, which ensures a fast and safe charge. OPPO F9 uses a gradient color design, again a first in the F series. This uses advanced color processes. The three colors include Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple, with inspiration coming from nature – sunrise, twilight, and starry skies. OPPO said that it wants to infuse these feelings into the design of the product, to provide consumers with vitality rooted ...

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    Samsung just announced Galaxy Note9 smartphone at its New York event, as it had promised. It comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+  Super AMOLED Display – an end-to-end, bezel-less screen that extends to the phone’s sides, similar to the Note8. It has 12-megapixel rear camera with variable aperture tech that uses f/1.5 aperture for night shots for a brighter picture and f/2.4 aperture for normal shots in daytime as well as a secondary 12MP Telephoto lens for live focus for bokeh effect with background blur, similar to the S9+. It has Iris scanner, similar to the predecessor, and the fingerprint sensor is now present below the camera, like the S9 series. It s also water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes with IP68 ratings. It also has Bixby assistant that was first introduced with the S8 series and also has a dedicated Bixby hardware button. It also has an improved S Pen stylus with Bluetooth support that has a button on its surface along with a clicker on the bottom that lets you take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more. Samsung also said that it will open it to developers later this year so that they can integrate ...

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    Samsung just announced Galaxy Watch at its New York event.  It comes in 46mm version and 42mm options with 1.3-inch and 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On Display with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection and has rotating bezel. These run Tizen- Based Wearable Platform 4.0. It has 5ATM + IP68 ratings for water resistance, certified for military-level durability, comes with NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) support for mobile payments using Samsung Pay, built-in speaker for activate voice messaging and music listening, and GPS. It has new stress management tracker, which automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users centered and focused. In addition, a new advanced sleep tracker monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. Galaxy Watch adds 21 new indoor exercises, tracking a total of 39 workouts that allow consumers to customize and change up their routines. It also offers intuitive calorie tracking and personalized alerts. The 46mm model has 472mAh battery with battery life of 80+ hours with typical usage; up to 168 hours with low usage and Galaxy Watch 42mm with a 270mAh battery promises 45+ hours with typical usage; up to 120 hours with low usage.  Samsung Galaxy Watch Specifications 1.2-inch ...

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    Along with the Galaxy Note9 and the Galaxy Watch, Samsung at its New York event also introduced its new Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby smart assistant and eight fear-field microphone for voice recognition that works across the room. Samsung demoed it by playing its intro audio with a setup made of 160 Galaxy Home speakers. This promises natural sound processing with powerful speakers and a subwoofer for rich, deep bass. It has AKG-tuned directional speakers and supports Samsung’s smart home ecosystem that lets you control SmartThings devices with voice commands. Samsung also announced partnership with Spotify that lets you link your Samsung and Spotify accounts to play music across all Samsung devices, including the speaker with the SmartThings app. Samsung will share more details about the smart speaker, including the price and availability at the Samsung Developers’ Conference in a couple of months.

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    Palm seems to be taking steps to enter back into the smartphone space as the company's first smartphone since the Pre 3 release in 2011 has surfaced. The Palm's upcoming Android smartphone is currently codenamed 'Pepito,' and might be headed to Verizon. The upcoming Palm's Android phone sports a 3.3-inches 720p LCD screen and it is easily the smallest smartphone to go on sale in 2018. It will have an 800mAh battery and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC Octa-Core processor. It packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and it is possible that the phone might pack more than one variants with more storage. It is expected to run on Android 8.1 Oreo, weirdly enough the phone doesn't seem to have a 3.5mm audio jack. It packs a single rear camera, LED flash, but the phone doesn't seem to have a fingerprint sensor. However, there are no details regarding the launch and the pricing details, so it needs to be seen when the company is expecting to launch the phone. Source

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    At the Samsung event yesterday, Samsung mentioned that the new Galaxy Note 9 phablet is a “YouTube Signature Device” for 2019. This is YouTube's brand new initiative that suggests the best phones that offer superior YouTube watching experience. The company calls it "signature devices,” for watching YouTube. The YouTube signature devices feature the ability to watch the 360-degree footage, support for high dynamic range, high frame rate, 4K decoding, next-generation codecs, and reliable DRM performance. Google says that the team behind this program evaluates each device and works with manufacturers to fix video playback performance and capability issues. At the launch of the program, there are a total of 18 phones including Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy Note8 LG V30 Sony Xperia XZ1 Google Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Huawei Mate 10 Pro LG G7 ThinQ Xiaomi Mi 8 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Nokia 8 Sirocco Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Sony Xperia XZ2 Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact HTC U12+ OnePlus 6 Surprisingly, the list doesn't include iPhones, not even the iPhone X which packs AMOLED display, bezel-less design. Then again, Apple also doesn’t support the VP9 video codec, which Google developed. It needs to see how much impact this certification ...

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  • 08/10/18--00:34: Xiaomi Mi A2 Camera Samples
  • As promised, Xiaomi has launched its Mi A2 smartphone under Android One initiative in exclusive partnership with the search engine tech giant Google.  This device comes equipped with a dual camera setup -- 12-megapixel primary rear camera with f/1.75 aperture, Sony IMX486 sensor along with a 20-megapixel secondary rear camera with Sony IMX376 sensor to capture depth information for portrait shots with AI.  It also has a intelligent scene detection and has auto sensor section as well . The front side of the device is taken care of the same 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor for the front camera with soft LED flash and AI beautification. We got hold of the device and tested the camera in different lighting condition just to find out how good it is. While we reserve the verdict for our review, do check out some of the camera sample images below. [caption id="attachment_260512" align="alignnone" width="574"] Indoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260514" align="alignnone" width="574"] Indoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260536" align="alignnone" width="574"] Indoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260516" align="alignnone" width="574"] Indoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260533" align="alignnone" width="574"] Outdoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260532" align="alignnone" width="574"] Outdoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260531" align="alignnone" width="574"] Outdoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260529" align="alignnone" width="574"] Outdoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260528" align="alignnone" width="574"] Outdoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260605" align="alignnone" width="574"] Outdoor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260527" align="alignnone" width="574"] Night shot[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260522" align="alignnone" width="574"] Night shot[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260521" align="alignnone" width="574"] Macro[/caption] [caption id="attachment_260520" align="alignnone" width="574"] ...

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    Samsung Unpacked 2018 is over and we have a bunch of new devices to talk about. Let's start with the Galaxy Note9. The largest and most expensive Android phone. If you have spent any time with last years Note8, then you will feel right at home with the Note9. The biggest changes come under the hood and inside if that brand new S Pen. Let's go over the major specs first: 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 depending on the region 6GB or 8GB of RAM / 128GB or 512GB of storage, expandable with SD Card up to 512GB via Hybrid slot Dual rear 12MP cameras with OIS, wide-angle F1.5/2.4 & telephoto F2.4 4000mAh Battery with adaptive fast charging and wireless charging Getting it in hand you know right away it is a Note. A rectangular monolith of glass and metal, it feels super premium in hand. The edges are a bit uncomfortable while holding it in one hand but they allow the huge 6.4" screen to live in a body about the same size as last years Note 8. Fingerprint placement is greatly improved and even my smallish hands had no problem finding it. The biggest change has ...

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    Samsung introduced its flagship Galaxy Note9 smartphone at its New York event yesterday. Today the company has started taking pre-orders for the smartphone in India. Consumers who pre-book the Galaxy Note9 will get a chance to own a Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch for Rs. 4,999 (Originally costs Rs. 22,990). The Galaxy Note9 comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper (128GB only) colors and is priced at Rs. 67,900 for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version and the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage version costs Rs. 84,900. You can pre-order the phone from today, August 10th on Samsung online Shop till 21st August 2018. The company says that the shipments will begin 20th August. Amazon and Flipkart should start pre-bookings soon. Launch offers Buy from Paytm Mall to get a cashback of Rs. 6,000. HDFC Bank credit or debit cards or HDFC Consumer Durable loans (CD Loans) lets you avail a cashback of Rs. 6,000. Under the Samsung Upgrade Program, you can get upgrade bonus of Rs. 6,000 on exchange of old device for the Galaxy Note9. The upgrade bonus is over and above the exchange value. Samsung Galaxy Note9 specifications 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 516ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass protection ...

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    ACT launched its Gigabit broadband services in Chennai this week. It has also upgraded its plans for users as well at no extra cost, in just 3 months after the last upgrade.  In most plans speeds have also been upgraded. ACT Fibernet’s Retail 1999 plan now comes with 250Mbps speed up from 200Mbps even though the 2TB FUP remains the same. ACT is also allowing users who are using  200Mbps plan, to upgrade to Gigabit plan by paying Rs. 2000 for Gigabit switch. The company has also upgraded its SME plans from 200Mbps to 1Gbps, but the Giga plans seem like a better option since they offer more data and speed post-FUP compared to these. Plan Name Tariff (Rs.) Old Speed New Speed Old FUP New FUP Speed Post-FUP RETAIL ACT Basic Rs. 799 30Mbps 30Mbps 80GB 120GB 512 Kbps ACT Blaze Rs. 999 75Mbps 100Mbps 300GB 500GB 1 Mbps ACT Blast Promo Rs. 1049 100Mbps 100Mbps 1000GB 1000GB 1 Mbps ACT Storm Rs. 1099 100Mbps 125Mbps 500GB 1250GB 1 Mbps ACT Lightning Rs. 1299 100Mbps 150Mbps 1000GB 1500GB 1 Mbps ACT Thunder Rs. 1499 150Mbps 200Mbps 1500GB 1750GB 1 Mbps ACT Incredible Rs.1999 200Mbps 250Mbps 2000GB 2000GB 2 Mbps SOHO ACT SME Swift 2999 200Mbps 1Gbps 3000GB 3000GB 2 Mbps ACT SME Flash 3999 200Mbps 1Gbps 4000GB 4000GB 2 Mbps ACT SME Force 4999 200Mbps 1Gbps 5000GB 5000GB 2 Mbps

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    Sony might be preparing to launch new smartphones at the IFA on August 31st. Looking at the UAProfs user-agent profiles, the two phones come with model numbers  H84XX (H8416) and the second is the H94XX (H9436, H9493).  Going by the previous model numbers, the Xperia XZ2 Premium had model number H81XX, the Xperia XZ2 had H82XX, and the Xperia XZ2 Compact had H83XX. So, it is likely the H84XX might be another flagship device; the XZ3. As for the second model, we haven't a Sony model in the past with a similar model number, so it a bit difficult to judge the series. However, both devices will sport an FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels). Unfortunately, that is where all the good stuff end, so it might be a while before we see any further details on the upcoming Sony flagships. Source 1, 2, 3 | Via

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    HMD Global has launched Nokia 3.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 3 in India last month in 3GB RAM with 16GB storage version, now it has launched the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version in the country and also launched the Nokia 5.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 5 and the Nokia 2.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 2. Nokia 2.1 specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, anti-fingerprint coating 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with Adreno 308 GPU 1GB LPDDR3 RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), upgradable to Android P Dual SIM 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio,  Dual speakers Dimensions: 153.7 x 77.7 x 9.35 mm 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS 4100mAh battery Nokia 3.1 specifications 5.2-inch (720 x 1440 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750N (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory / 3GB RAM with 32GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS, upgradable to Android P Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, ...

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    Samsung started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone in India today. Now Airtel has announced that 128 GB version of the smartphone is available for order on its Online Store at a down payment of  Rs. 7,900 and 24 monthly instalments of Rs. 2,999. This comes to a total of  Rs. 79,876 for 2 years including the plan. The company is also offering instant financing with EMIs that will come built-in with a post-paid plan. The built in plan includes 100GB data per month, unlimited calling and bundled content like 1 year Amazon Prime membership and free subscription to Airtel TV and Wynk Music. Customers can pre-order the smartphone on the Airtel Online Store , and those who pre-order the phone can avail a special offer price of Rs. 4999 on the GearSport on Samsung website. It says that shipping will start from August 22nd. Commening on the offer, Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said: We are pleased to add Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to the range of offerings on our online store as part of our endeavour to enable customers to conveniently upgrade to high end smartphones. With our built-in plans, customers can truly unlock the Galaxy Note 9 experience on ...

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    OPPO R17 with model numbers  PBEM00 and PBET00 with in-display fingerprint sensor, and cheaper  PAGM00 and PAGT00  models with rear-mounted fingerprint sensor surfaced, now the OPPO R17 Pro has surfaced in first poster that reveals triple rear cameras arranged vertically. This also has a gradient design. It is said to come in two variants, one with Snapdragon 710 and the high-end version is said to be powered by Snapdragon 845 with 10GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The R17 has also surfaced in an image that reveals F9/F9 Pro-like notch on the front and dual rear cameras on the back arranged vertically. It also has a gradient design. The R17 is said to be powered by Snapdragon 670 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. These are said to come with a 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. We should get to know the complete specifications once these phones get certified by TENAA. Source | Via

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    Google released Android 9.0 (Pie) earlier this week for its Pixel devices and also said that it is working with several OEMs to roll out the update. Now HTC has confirmed Pie update for its flagship smartphones, including the HTC U11 that was introduced running Android 7.1 (Nougat). It is also the first company to confirm the update for several devices. We're pleased as pie to confirm updates to Android Pie for the HTC U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 life (Android One). Timeframes for roll-out will be announced in due course. We can't wait to know what you think of Google's freshest slice of Android! pic.twitter.com/mPJePFegne — HTC (@htc) August 10, 2018 HTC U12+ HTC U11+ HTC U11 HTC U11 life (Android One) The company updated HTC 10 to Android Oreo, even though it was launched running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), looks like it is not getting the Android Pie update. Android Pie comes with lots of new features and improvements including navigation gestures, Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, App Actions, and more. HTC is expected to add more devices to this list in future and it will reveal time frame for the roll out soon.

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    Update: The same Ukrainian blogger posted a new video before it was taken down. This reveals Antutu app showing some of the specs including a 6.7-inch (1440 x 2960) 19:9 aspect ratio display, Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 12.2 MP rear camera, 8.1MP front camera and a 3,430mAh battery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAsqFFtG2-s Earlier: Google's Pixel 3 unveil is due for later this year, however, that didn't stop the rumor mill from spilling details about the smartphones. Google might have accidentally revealed the Pixel 3 announcement date which is said to be set to October 4th and now we are getting to see the bigger variant; the Pixel 3 XL in its full glory, thanks to the live images leak. The live images leak gives us the full unboxing experiences with the stuff we will get within the box; the USB Type-C headphones, USB Type-C cable, adapter, 3.5mm to USB type-C dongle,  in-ear style earphones, and documentation. As for the design, it does feature the notch and a stereo speaker on the bottom chin. Despite the presence of a notch, there is a chin below the display and the battery indicator is moved to the left side. The notch area will accompany the front-facing selfie shooter, the usual set ...

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    Motorola smartphones with model numbers XT1943 and XT1942 got certified by TENAA which were expected to be introduced as Motorola One and One Power with Android One branding for global markets, now the Motorola P30, P30 Note and P30 Play have surfaced on official Motorola website in China. The XT1943 could be P30 and the XT1942 could be P30 Note, and these are expected to be introduced alongside Moto Z3 in China on August 15th. Even though the price listed might just be a place holder, it reveals variants of the phones. The P30 is expected to come 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB versions in White, Black and Aurora Blue colors. The P30 Note is expected to come in 4GB or 6GB RAM versions with 64GB storage in Black color. The P30 Play is expected to come in 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version in Black and White colors. Motorola P30 Note / Moto One Power (XT1942) rumored specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 6GB / 4GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB / 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano ...

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    Back at Google I/O, Google launched the new 'Google News' to help you keep up with the news that matters to you. To bring you news while your hands and eyes are busy doing some other thing, Google today is bringing the best of Google News to devices with the Google Assistant so that you can stay up to date wherever you are. Google's smart Displays with Assistant are finally rolling out in the US, this offers you get more done with a glanceable touchscreen and offer video or audio news briefings to catch you up on headlines, sports, politics, and more. You can choose your preferred news sources from hundreds of national and local broadcasters including CNBC, CNN, Cheddar and more. All you have to do is just ask, “Hey Google, what’s the news?” The Google Assistant will find relevant videos from YouTube to play on your Smart Display, and on Assistant speakers like Google Home, it will read out excerpts from news articles from a growing list of publishers. All these features are available today on Android phones and will soon be coming to Android Auto and Assistant-enabled headphones. However, they are limited to the US and is planning on expanding it ...

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    BlackBerry KEY2 LE passed through the FCC last month, now a new image and specifications of the smartphone has surfaced online that reveals that it will feature a similar 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio, 4-row QWERTY physical backlit keyboard, fingerprint sensor built into the spacebar (sans keyboard trackpad functionality like the Key One and the KEY2) and Android 8.1 (Oreo), but this will be powered by Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM, different cameras and a 3,000mAh battery. BlackBerry KEY2 LE rumored specifications 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display with 433 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD 4-row Physical QWERTY backlit keyboard with capacitive touch Android 8.1 (Oreo) Hybrid dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 5MP secondary rear camera Fingerprint sensor in space bar 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 150.25 x 71.8 x 8.35 mm; Weight: 156g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS / GLONASS 3,000mAh battery The BlackBerry KEY2 LE  is expected to come in Black,  Red, Blue, and Copper colors and ...

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