Preview: Nokia Lumia 625

by Blogger on ‎03-29-2014 12:22 PM - last edited on ‎04-04-2014 02:57 PM by Editor in Chief

Lumia Preview.jpgFans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system have less choice in smartphones than their Android counterparts, so it’s always news when a new device arrives in Canada. Nokia’s Lumia line of smartphones set the standard for the Windows Phone experience and the Lumia 625 is set to raise the bar for value-priced Windows mobile devices. Improving on 2012’s Lumia 620, the 625 gains a faster Snapdragon CPU, bigger display, LTE compatibility and a leap in battery life. There are some compromises compared to the 620 (for example, NFC support has been dropped) but the Lumia 625 provides much of the experience of more expensive smartphones in a budget-friendly device. Expect to see it soon at Best Buy.

 

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HTC One M8 Unboxed and Reviewed

by Blogger on ‎03-28-2014 07:27 PM - last edited on ‎04-04-2014 02:49 PM by Editor in Chief

HTC Preview.jpgLast year, HTC had a hit with its HTC One, considered by many to be the best-looking Android smartphone ever released, not to mention a solid performer. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 ended up running away with the Android sales crown in 2013, but HTC is back this year with the One M8, a successor that’s bigger, looks even better and offers solid performance combined with an innovative new dual camera system. I just spent a few days with HTC’s new flagship and this is probably the best Android smartphone I’ve laid my hands on. And it's coming soon to Best Buy!

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Read at 1,000 words per minute: Spritz app overview

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2014 05:35 PM - last edited on ‎03-28-2014 11:46 AM by Editor in Chief

Spritz Preview.jpgWhat is all the fuss about Spritz? If you were using a Spritz-enabled app, you would already have read to the end of this post and could tell us. But given that Spritz-enabled tech isn’t out there yet (it's coming soon, though), here’s the scoop. Spritz is new speed reading technology that’s based on the theory that much of our time spent reading is wasted as our eyes move side to side. Display a word in one place, flash one word at a time and suddenly reading becomes much more efficient. Not only that, but by displaying just one word at a time, reading is suddenly possible on compact displays, like a smartphone or smartwatch. Being able to quickly (and painlessly) read e-mail, reports or even books on your Gear2 or Gear Neo suddenly makes the idea of wearable technology even more appealing.

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S health is the new fitness coach

by Blogger on ‎03-21-2014 02:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-28-2014 01:04 PM by Editor in Chief

Samsung_SHealth.jpgThe Samsung Galaxy S5 is being released for spring and one of the key features is the new and improved S Health app.

 

This powerful health management system signals that Samsung is positioning itself as a key player in the fitness tracking market.

 

Find out how S Health app can help you get  in shape and on the road to a healthy lifestyle -- just in time for summer.

 

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Mobile World Congress 2014 Wrap-Up

by Blogger ‎02-27-2014 06:48 PM - edited ‎02-27-2014 06:49 PM

MWC preview.jpgDuring the past week, the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile electronics —smartphones, tablets and wearable technology— have been showcasing their latest products at Mobile World Congress 2014. MWC is the mobile industry’s equivalent to the Consumer Electronics Show and that means big names (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote) along with big product reveals —like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Basically, If you want to know what to expect in the world of mobile for 2014, just look at what’s on display at Mobile World Congress. Our MWC 2014 wrap-up covers the big news from Barcelona.

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How to create your own ringtones in iTunes in 6 easy steps

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2014 06:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-14-2014 11:12 AM by Editor in Chief

ringtone.jpgNot satisfied with the default ringtones in iOS 7? Many iPhone owners are happy enough with “Cosmic,” “Stargaze” or classics like “Old Phone.” But if you’re bored with the ringtones you get as part of iOS 7 or you’re tired of reaching for your phone (along with dozens of people around you in the mall) every time you hear that familiar ring, maybe it’s time to change things up. Maybe you’d like a riff from your favourite song instead. While you can buy pre-made music ringtones directly from your iPhone, it’s easy to create your own from your iTunes music library. Here’s how.

 

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol X: big, thin, colourful smartphone coming soon

by Blogger ‎02-26-2014 04:53 PM - edited ‎02-26-2014 04:53 PM

Iodle X preview.jpgEven if you’re pretty plugged in to the smartphone scene, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Alcatel. Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Apple, Sony, Motorola —of course. Alcatel? Maybe not so much. But that’s about to change. One of the biggest smartphone brand names in China’s booming smartphone market, TCL’s Alcatel is making a push into the Canadian market with the OneTouch Idol X, a big, colourful and super slim Android device that’s set to challenge the status quo. Look for the OneTouch Idol X to make an appearance soon at Best Buy.

 

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New Galaxy S5 Revealed at Samsung Unpacked

by Blogger on ‎02-24-2014 02:12 PM - last edited on ‎02-25-2014 03:40 PM by Editor in Chief

galaxy-S5.jpgSamsung has a bit of a tough act to follow in the Galaxy S4. The company’s flagship smartphone has been the top-selling Android smartphone since its release in 2013, it’s the biggest competitor to Apple’s iPhone and in many ways it set the bar for what other manufacturers brought to the table since then: bigger displays, more powerful CPUs and innovative software like S Health. Competition in the smartphone market is fiercer than ever in 2014, so the Galaxy S5 really has to hit it out of the park to stay on top. Based on what we saw at Samsung Unpacked today, it looks like the Galaxy S5 has the chops to keep Samsung’s winning streak going.

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G Flex from LG: the high tech curved smartphone comes to Canada

by Blogger on ‎02-23-2014 09:17 AM - last edited on ‎02-24-2014 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

G Flex Preview.jpgFor years, the basic smartphone form factor hasn’t changed much: a rectangular slab of plastic, glass and metal. As displays have become larger, some people have found that rectangle becomes a bit cumbersome to use as a phone and all the flat glass leads to a lot of glare. Enter the G Flex from LG. Canada’s first curved smartphone, the G Flex ups the display size to 6 inches and offers the high contrast ratio and deep blacks that only OLED can. Thanks to its innovative curved design, the G Flex feels much more natural to use as a phone than much smaller traditionally shaped smartphones, while the curved display reduces annoying screen glare. The G Flex offers even more technological breakthroughs than its unique form factor and it’s coming soon to Best Buy.

 

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Avani fashionable smartphone cases are coming to Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎02-15-2014 03:21 AM - last edited on ‎03-05-2014 03:40 PM by Blogger

Avani_padded_metallic_burberry-2.jpgAvani has taken a different approach to designing smartphone cases. They’ve used premium materials and combined them with stellar workmanship and attention to details.

 

The results are fashionable, elegant and sophisticated cases that make your Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5 really stand out from the crowd.

 

Here's a preview of these stylish cases, now available at Best Buy.

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New netTALK VoIP App for Android Promises Savings for Canadians

by Blogger ‎01-31-2014 10:17 AM - edited ‎01-31-2014 10:16 AM

netTALK Preview.jpgWe all want to save money and VoIP (Voice over IP) technology is one of those great ways to cut your spending. It uses the Internet and its cheap data as an alternative to making voice calls using a telephone or cell phone. Great idea. When it comes to VoIP, netTALK is one of leaders in Canada and the company has just announced the launch of a new Android app that’s exclusive to Canadians. This netTALK app features a long list of benefits including a free Canadian number, free international calls between app users and free international radio streaming. Given the popularity of NetTALK’s Duo VOiP telephone hardware, this app is definitely worth checking out.

 

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Logitech Case + Tilt Reviewed: An Ingenious iPhone Case That Solves Four Issues

by Blogger ‎01-15-2014 03:02 PM - edited ‎01-24-2014 06:20 AM

Logitech Preview.jpgSome of the coolest gadgets are the ones that come out of nowhere to solve a problem you didn’t even realize you had. The new Case + Tilt for the iPhone 5/5S from Logitech is one of those products. It provides the expected protection for your phone, but adds three bonus features: a magnetic mount, a tilt stand and ear bud cord management. Three things you probably don’t think about on a daily basis, but once you see them incorporated as part of a smartphone case design, they suddenly seem like the best idea ever. That’s why the Case + Tilt was a Kickstarter success story, that’s why Logitech subsequently bought the company and released the Case + Tilt case under its own label and that’s why you can expect to see the Case + Tilt soon at Best Buy.

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CES 2014: Mophie Space Pack is World’s First iPhone Battery Case With Built-in Storage

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2014 10:46 AM - last edited on ‎01-13-2014 09:45 AM by Editor in Chief

Morphie preview.jpgI’m an iPhone owner, as are many of you, and much as I like my smartphone one of the biggest complaints I have is running out of storage space. While 16 GB sounds like plenty, apps are getting bigger to take advantage of higher resolution displays while more advanced cameras are cranking out ever larger digital photo files. Mophie is a name many people will recognize as the maker of some of the most popular smartphone and tablet battery accessories made, including the popular Juice Pack line that combines a smartphone case with a booster battery. Mophie just made history at CES 2014 with the introduction of the Space Pack, the world’s first iPhone 5/5s case that not only offers extra battery power, but includes additional built-in storage.

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CES 2014: Sony unwraps new Xperia Z1S smartphone, pushes underwater photos

by Blogger ‎01-08-2014 03:07 PM - edited ‎01-08-2014 03:12 PM

Xperia underwtaer photo.jpgSmartphones don’t typically get the spotlight treatment at the Consumer Electronics Show. There are plenty of big conferences like the Mobile World Congress where these devices tend to get their big reveals. Still, Sony made a splash (literally) at CES 2014 with the introduction of its new Xperia Z1S flagship Android smartphone. With upgraded water resistance compared to the Xperia Z1 and carryover of the powerful 20.7 megapixel image sensor, Sony is now positioning this as “the world’s first ultra high resolution camera in waterproof smartphone.” While Canadians will be happy to know that also means it’s pretty good at keeping out rain and snow, attendees at CES 2014 in Las Vegas could probably make better use of the Xperia Z1’s resistance to dust.

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Begin the new year saving money with these great apps

by Blogger on ‎12-31-2013 08:19 AM - last edited on ‎01-02-2014 09:47 AM by Editor in Chief

money saving apps.jpgYour smartphone and tablet aren’t just for playing games, surfing the web, watching movies or updating Facebook —although the mobile devices are pretty awesome at any of these tasks. You can also put your favourite gadget to work saving you money. Here’s an overview of five apps that will make you feel even better about your smartphone or tablet in 2014 because that slab of glass, plastic and metal is putting money back in your pocket.

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New Year's resolution: using tech to keep family close in 2014

by Blogger on ‎12-30-2013 01:41 PM - last edited on ‎12-30-2013 02:15 PM by Editor in Chief

Skype topper.jpgOver the holidays, thoughts turn to family. Chances are, you have family scattered across the country and maybe even around the globe. Being able to spend time with the ones we love isn’t always possible —at least not physically. But thanks to the technology we’re carrying with us every day, it’s easier than ever to keep your family close. Whether that’s taking advantage of Skype to video conference using your smartphone, tablet or laptop, updating Facebook or sharing your photos online, keeping your distant friends and family close is more practical, spontaneous and engaging than a long distance phone call could ever be. So take advantage of your gear’s built-in capabilities to make 2014 the year you reconnect and stay connected.

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Boxing Day: So you got a smartphone, now what?

by Blogger on ‎12-24-2013 03:54 PM - last edited on ‎01-13-2014 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

mophie.jpgYou won the holiday lottery and someone gifted you with a smartphone. Congratulations! It’s activated, you started downloading some apps, you imported your contact list then called the first person on it just to test the voice quality (and maybe to brag, just a teensy bit). What next? The answer is obvious. Accessorize! Make that shiny slab of glass, metal and plastic your own. Make it stand out in a crowd, do more than a “stock” version can and protect it so you still have it come December, 2014. And with Boxing Day approaching fast, there’s no better time to hit your Best Buy store in search of smartphone customization.

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Have a Green Holiday

by Blogger ‎12-19-2013 06:29 PM - edited ‎02-19-2014 09:20 PM

Green_Recycling_Christmas.jpgPart of the excitement of the holidays is welcoming new electronics into our home. At the same time we want to avoid clutter from discarded electronics. 

 

Walking them to the curbside or throwing them in trash is NOT an option. Here's how to clear out the old for the new and help out some your community along the way.  Happy holidays!

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Sennheiser scores high with PRESENCE Bluetooth Headset

by Blogger ‎12-06-2013 08:50 PM - edited ‎12-13-2013 02:42 PM

Sennheiser PRESENCE Bluetooth Headset.jpg

I’ve tried my fair share of headset gear and have usually ended up disappointed.

 

When the German-based company, Sennheiser recently launched its PRESENCE Bluetooth Headset, I took notice. This company has a 70-year track record of producing top audio electronics.

 

I was eager to take PRESENCE on a test drive. It did not disappoint. Some companies just do it better than others.

 

 

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Comparing the Latest Android Flagship Smartphones

by Blogger ‎11-29-2013 08:18 PM - edited ‎11-30-2013 09:33 AM


Smartphone Comparo Preview.jpgTablets may be getting much of the attention leading up to the holiday season, but all the top consumer electronics manufacturers have their flagship smartphones on shelves now too —it's a great time for comparison shoppers. 
Every year choosing the right phone gets more difficult as the devices get faster, more capable and more attractive than the generation before. We’ve gone from chunky phones with 2.5-inch displays, 1 MP cameras and basic texting capability to sleek devices sporting 5-inch displays crammed with as many pixels as a HDTV, along with photo and video capabilities that rival a digital camera, mobile web surfing faster than some home Internet connections and the ability to play console-grade video games. Throw in variables like customized interfaces, and choosing a smartphone is tougher than ever. To help you pick the right phone for your needs, we’ve put together a comparison of five of the most popular Android flagship smartphones.

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Moto G stands for GO

by Blogger on ‎11-13-2013 02:04 PM - last edited on ‎11-14-2013 02:50 PM by Blogger

Motorola_Moto_G.jpgMotorola has unveiled its newest phone, the Moto G. It promises the full smartphone experience without the large pricetag.

 

Moto G is going to retail at $179 USD for the 8GB version  or $199 for the 16GB version. And that is with no locked SIM cards and no contracts.

 

Christmas has come early.

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Review: HTC Desire 601 — A Mid-Range Smartphone With Serious Sound Cred

by Blogger on ‎11-06-2013 05:17 PM - last edited on ‎11-12-2013 10:07 AM by Editor in Chief

HTC 601 Preview.jpgWhile flagship smartphones like the HTC One can offer a spectacular user experience, not everyone wants or can afford the absolute latest and greatest. Fortunately, manufacturers have been putting considerable effort into expanding the capabilities and appeal of their mid-range models. The HTC Desire 601 is a great example of how smartphones in the tier below the flagships can be solid devices in their own right. The Desire 601 gives up some specs and the premium finish of the HTC One, but the end result is a more affordable Android smartphone that still offers plenty of performance. The display may not be on par with flagship devices, but it’s still bright, fairly big and reasonably sharp. The camera takes decent photos and the sound is a standout thanks to  HTC’s BoomSound dual front speakers. The Desire 601 will be available in Best Buy stores starting on November 8, through Koodoo and Virgin Mobile.

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Protect your Smartphone from the undead and other unsavoury creatures

by Blogger ‎10-30-2013 12:08 PM - edited ‎10-30-2013 12:10 PM

ZombieCellPhoneProtection.jpgThese safety tips will protect your phone from the zombies and ghouls roaming the streets. 

 

Stop vampires from latching onto your personal information and trying to steal not just your soul but also your identity.

 

Learn the red flags of possession by something unsavoury.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Lands at Best Buy Next Week

by Blogger ‎10-10-2013 05:54 PM - edited ‎10-10-2013 05:54 PM

Z1 Preview.jpgSony made a splash with the Xperia Z smartphone earlier this year (literally —the Xperia Z is waterproof) and the company is about to release the latest iteration of this flagship device, the Xperia Z1. The new Sony looks very similar to its predecessor, but the Z1 includes some serious improvements including a faster processor, a rounded aluminum case and a huge camera upgrade: a 20.7 megapixel Xmor RS image sensor (1/2.3-inch) with G Lens and BIONZ image processing engine. With the emphasis on the Xperia Z1’s primary camera, Sony is bringing its flagship smartphone into battle with the likes of Nokia’s Lumia 1020 for the heart of mobile users who want to ditch their pocket camera for good.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Quickly Rises to the Top of its Class

by Blogger on ‎10-06-2013 11:27 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 01:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Note 3 Preview.jpgSamsung received some pretty solid reviews on the Galaxy Note II when it was released last year and has reportedly sold around 30 million to date. The Galaxy Note 3 is the followup with a lot riding on it, and from the reviews that have been surfacing, it looks as though Samsung nailed it. There have been reports of potential speed benchmark shenanigans, but despite any attempts to make it seem better than it is, the Galaxy Note 3 is showing itself to be an incredibly powerful and well-designed device. Some sites are even calling it a contender as the best smartphone ever. Here are three of the key ways the Galaxy Note 3 is proving that it’s a big leap forward.

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Review - Connect-to-Cell & Link-2-Cell

by Blogger on ‎10-05-2013 05:51 PM

cell2.jpgThese days, the percentage of people with both a cell phone and a home phone is much smaller than it was only five years ago. In fact, according to Statistics Canada’s December 2010 Residential Telephone Service Survey, 13% of Canadians reported using a wireless phone exclusively, up from 8% in 2008 – and that data is from three years ago, so I imagine that percentage is even higher now that we’re in the latter part of 2013.

 

As a wireless-only individual myself, I am completely reliant on my smartphone for all my phone calls. And while I don’t regret cancelling my landline service, I do miss some of the convenience of a home phone. While I’m at the office throughout the day, I keep my phone on silent, and often forget to switch the volume back on when I am home, so missing calls is a frequent event. Also, the cell service in my apartment can be patchy from time to time, in which case I’ve had to stand awkwardly in a corner of my kitchen to do what I can to keep my calls clear.

 

Enter a new breed of home phone that allows you to pair your cell phone to the system and make and receive cell calls (and landline calls) via a cordless handset – just like having a landline! I tested two cordless answering systems, the VTech Connect to Cell™ Cordless Phone with Caller ID/Call Waiting and the Panasonic® KX-TG7733C Link-to-Cell Cellular Convergence Solution.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: The Top of the Camera Phone Foodchain

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2013 09:27 AM - last edited on ‎10-04-2013 09:01 AM by Editor in Chief

Nokia preview.jpgSmartphone cameras have come a long way from the days of the 2MP shooter that was included as an afterthought. Those early camera often lacked features we take for granted now, like a flash, autofocus and video recording. Current smartphone cameras are much better, to the point where some people rely on their mobile phone instead of carrying a point-and-shoot camera for casual photography. The Nokia Lumia 1020 takes things to a whole new level. This is a serious camera (41MP PureView image sensor and Xenon flash) with a colourful smartphone wrapped around it. It runs Windows Phone 8 —currently the fastest growing mobile platform— and has the power to compete with the best out there. Look for Nokia’s Lumia 1020 to be at select Best Buy locations with Microsoft Windows Store-Within-a-Stores on October 4.

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How To Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer: 12 Power Saving Tips and One Alternative

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2013 07:12 PM - last edited on ‎01-13-2014 09:55 AM by Editor in Chief

Battery PReview.jpgHow long does your smartphone battery last? For many people the answer is simply “not long enough.” That was the case five years ago and even with the latest biometric-scanner equipped, gold clad, must-have phones, a short battery life remains one of the top complaints. Battery technology has improved, but for every slight increase in battery efficiency, there’s been a massive increase in processing power, display size and pixel density —technology that demands more power. The net result is we’re not much better off today than we were then five years ago, at least when it comes to coaxing a smartphone through an entire day of use without recharging. We might be able to buy smartphones that can be dunked in water, sport DSLR-like cameras or with displays that rival the size of a tablet, but none of these has addressed the age old problem of battery life. Until smartphones reach the point where running out of juice isn't something we even think about any more, here are some pointers on how to make your existing battery last longer.

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Review: LG G2 Smartphone is a multitasking powerhouse

by Blogger ‎09-27-2013 06:51 AM - edited ‎10-03-2013 09:04 AM

LG-G2_Smartphone.jpgThe LG G2, has everything you could ask for in a smartphone: A big, beautiful screen, high-resolution display, a long lasting battery, a powerful camera and customizable software.

 

The LG G2 can definitely go head-to-head with any other android smartphone.

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Blackberry's new Cross-Platform BBM

by Blogger ‎09-26-2013 10:44 PM - edited ‎09-26-2013 11:01 PM

bbm-android.pngBefore Apple and Android, there was Blackberry. A pioneer in the smartphone market, Blackberry was the go-to device for those wanting to stay connected on the go. In no time at all, it made its predecessor, the Palm, archaic. Its growth was unprecedented, and until about 2010, it seemed that consumers were so addicted to their “Crackberrys” – and BrickBreaker, of course – they would never switch to another device.

 

Fast forward three years … today, the smartphone landscape is much different. Only four years ago, Blackberry held 51% of the smartphone market. Today, that number is much, much lower, with a market share of only 4.5%. There are myriad reasons for this decline, but the bottom line is that Blackberry isn’t the golden child it once was. So, what’s a brand to do? Try its damndest to compete, which is exactly the road Blackberry took last week with its launch of a highly anticipated cross-platform BBM (Blackberry’s proprietary instant messaging application). 

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