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WhatsApp prepares for growth by turning away certain models

By the end of the year 2016, instant messaging giant, WhatsApp will no longer offer their services to certain operating systems. Did your phone make the cut?

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Hello Peter: Cell C Dominates in Customer Service

According to HelloPeter, Cell C has the highest percentage of compliments amongst all users while MTN customers have quite the opposite reaction with the highest percentage if complaints.

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The Brand New LG V10 is Now Available for Pre Order

The LG G4 was not exactly a hit with the public as the Korean company expected, but this has opened up a new can of worms for LG.

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These Are The Most Downloaded And Fastest Growing Apps In SA

Facebook’s flagship app and its subsidiaries, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the top four most-downloaded apps in South Africa, according to a report.

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5 Words CEO’s Dread, “Apple Is Entering The Market”

After Nokia and Blackberry were crushed to dust by the behemoth Apple, it seems the next big thing on their list is Hollywood studios.

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Mobile Internet Penetration Rises to 88 Million

Despite the slow broadband penetration in the country, Nigeria still has a steady and impressive growth rate in mobile internet penetration, according to recent statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

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Which SD Card Should You Buy?

When it comes to taking photos there are many factors to consider, what camera to buy, what lenses to buy and of course which bag looks the coolest. However, there is one thing that many photographers don’t consider.

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Which South African Mobile Provider Has The Worst Service Delivery?

Anyone that owns a cellphone and makes use of one of South Africa’s major network providers have their own accounts of poor customer service, bad signal reception or being overcharged. Below is a blow-by-blow account of the worst service delivery by South African mobile providers.

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8 Of The Best Free Photo Apps

Today is international camera day, and to honour the occasion we’ve put together a list of 8 of the best free photo apps for your phone. Check out the list below and spice up your phone photography with these free social, editing and camera applications.

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Mobile Use In South Africa Is On The Rise

Since the first mobile phones were introduced in South Africa, roughly twenty years ago, their usage and popularity has continued to grow. Nowadays, South Africa is ranked as one of the world leaders in smartphone use, mobile data usage and mobile internet access.

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Me&you: South Africa’s new mobile network operator

The teaser campaign, with the #BeUnordinary hashtag, led many to believe that the European mobile network, Orange would be setting up shop in the country. Instead, it has emerged that this campaign formed part of the pre-launch of me&you mobile, a new virtual mobile network operator that will be making its debut on 4 May this year, through Durban-based company, Ignition Group

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Mobile Apps That Are Useful To South Africans

With thousands and thousands of mobile apps available for download, we take a look at a few of them that are most useful to South Africans.

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Uproar Over Cell Phone Contract Price Hikes

There was much opposition when major cell phone provider, Vodacom, announced last week that there would be an increase in the price of all cell phone contracts, both new and existing. This quickly turned to outrage that the hike not only applied to new contracts, but also existing contracts, even if the customers were not set to renew it. Many have been questioning whether implementing the increase on existing contracts is legal and, it would seem Vodacom is fully within their rights.

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Lia Travel Assistant App Revolutionises Business Travel in South Africa

A mobile app has been developed, named Lia, which acts as your personal travel assistant. This tool simplifies the process of business travel, eliminating the frustration that comes with making travel arrangements.

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Lia Travel Assistant App Revolutionises Business Travel in South Africa

A mobile app has been developed, named Lia, which acts as your personal travel assistant. This tool simplifies the process of business travel, eliminating the frustration that comes with making travel arrangements.

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Madiba Map App Now Available for Cellphones

The 'Madiba-inspired tourist attractions' map, developed last year by South African Tourism in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has been developed into a cellphone app to give visitors all the information they need at their fingertips.

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Experimental Aluminium Battery Charges in 60 seconds

With a reported global smartphone audience of 1.75 billion people, it is widely known that the battery life of smartphones is generally poor. While lithium-ion batteries take hours to charge, the prototype aluminium battery would be able to charge your smartphone in 60 seconds!

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Typing Too Energetic For You? Lazyboard is a Zero-Effort Keyboard For Your Phone

Ever since those early Nokia phones back in the late 90s, predictive text entry has been swimming tide – sorry, saving time – for typists working on small screens and keyboards. You’d think that with tablets, tablets and large screen phones we’d be happy. But apparently not.

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LG G4 Smartphone to be Unveiled 28 April 2015

South Korean tech giant, LG has sent out invitations to the international press for an event that will take place on 28 April 2015. The invite, which reads “See the great, Feel the great”, is an indication that the highly anticipated LG G4 smartphone will be unveiled after months of speculation regarding the launch and release of the device. The event will be held in London, New York, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and Instanbul.

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The Age of Wearable Tech

Smartphones have been dominating the market in recent years, but they will soon have to make some space for the newest tech fad that’s got the world excited; smart accessories.

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Zest T1 – Africa’s First Smartphone Still A Major Success

Africa’s first smartphone, the Zest T1 was launched in South Africa on 18 June 2014 and still remains one of the cheapest smartphones available in the country. It can be described in three words: power, beauty and affordability.

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Samsung Launches Online Repair Booking Service

Samsung Electronics South Africa has launched a new online Cyber Service Centre, enabling customers to pre-book the repair of their mobile devices at a service centre and time that is convenient to them.

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Improved Lobola Calculator App Launches

Building on the success of its initial Lobola Calculator app, released in October 2014, Friday 13 March will see the release of the improved version by developers, Digital Peppa. The first version of the app attracted over 74,000 downloads within the first four months, generating interest from across the globe.

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Pay As You Go VS Contract

My cell phone bill was my nemesis. Every month my conversations resulted in large chunks of cash being deducted from my bank account. In July last year, a particularly hefty bill of R2300 had me choking on my morning coffee. So I logged off facebook, abandoned twitter, switched off the radio and went on a cell phone offensive. I called my service provider to find out what activity caused this void in my bank account.

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The Six Appeal

After being overtaken on the smartphone market by arch rival, Apple, Samsung has made a comeback. Recently revealed at the Mobile World Conference, the new Galaxy S6 Edge has been hailed the most advanced smartphone in the world.

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The Best Smartphones of 2015

In recent years, smartphones have become showcases for some of the most advanced and innovative technology. Check out the best phones currently available, and when the highly anticipated new models are set to be released.

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The World’s First Ubuntu Smartphone To Go On Sale

The Ubuntu Linux edition of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 smartphone will be available across Europe from BQ.com in coming weeks through a series of online ‘flash sales’.

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Panic Button App Comes to South Africa

IT company, Ever After, launches the first panic button app in South Africa that is directly connected to police response services. February marks the beginning of the app trial in Tshwane, demonstrating how mobile technology can assist in crime fighting.

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The Most Convenient Android Apps

One of the best parts of technology is the development of new smartphone apps. We looked through the Android PlayStore and found the most convenient apps for everyday life.

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Figures of the Apple Revolution

Apple recently announced their iPhone sales figures for last quarter, and the record-breaking numbers put them well on the way to world domination. The iPhone has sold more than any other phone is history, and Apple still has more to come. Other companies will be struggling to hold onto their market shares in future as Apple popularity continues to grow.

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Volunteers Can Lend Their Eyes to the Blind Via Video Chat App

Be My Eyes enables sighted volunteers around the world to provide assistance to blind people via an in-app live video connection.

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Availability of Low-Cost Smartphones Will Increase in 2015 - A4AI

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has predicted that availability of low-cost smartphones will increase in 2015. The alliance in its list of predictions for the expansion of global broadband access in 2015 said it also expects National broadband plans across emerging markets will become more comprehensive and focus on lowering costs.

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Ebola Survivors Share Life-Saving Tips Via Mobile App

#ISurvivedEbola, a West African multimedia campaign, has launched an interactive mobile app that allows Ebola survivors to connect with one another, share public health advice, and update the world on the challenges they still face during their post-recovery lives.

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Introducing the Latest Version of the Google Translate App

It’s an app you won’t believe until you see it for yourself. And, by all means, please go and visit the iStore/Google Play Store and download the latest version of the Google Translate App; you won’t be sorry you did.

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10 Mind-Blowing Facts about Mobile Usage

No one was especially surprised when CNN announced in January that, for the first time, smartphones and tablets had overtaken PCs for internet access – least of all millennial, a whopping 76% of whom own smartphones compared to about 50% for the entire population. That same report indicated that about 50% of responders won’t come back to any website that doesn’t work on their mobile phones.

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How to Understand the Google-Apple Smartphone War

When thinking about smartphones — the most important digital devices today — it’s customary to think of the business as a simple market-share contest. The conventional wisdom is that, of the two players who count, Google, via its Android platform, has soundly trounced Apple, via its iOS platform. So, game over.

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Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Are you reading this after a long day's work, lounging in bed with the love of your life? If so, I promise I won't feel bad if you stash the phone to take some time to talk in real life. But if you're still reading, you're probably not alone — 70 percent of women in a recent survey said smartphones were interfering in their romantic relationship.

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Survey Shows Many of You Have No Idea How Much You’re Paying For Your Smartphone

Gadget trade-in website Gazelle has shared some new survey data with us that suggests many us are completely clueless when it comes to how much we’re really paying for our smartphones.

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To Your Spine, Texting Is Like Hanging a 60-Pound Bowling Ball From Your Head

Looking down at your phone to read text messages puts a stress on your neck equivalent to tying a 60-pound bowling ball around your head, says Kenneth Hansraj, a New York back surgeon. The good doctor found this number by looking at computer models of how gravity affects the human spine, using equations that assumed the average weight of the human head to be twelve pounds.

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LET’S HAVE A CHAT ABOUT THIS WHATSAPP BLUE TICK AND SOCIAL EXPECTATION

After WhatsApp recently forced their blue tick read message report on us, I think it’s time we had a talk about cellphones and expectation. We need to take things back a few steps, because we’re currently in a very unhealthy space when it comes to social pressure to be available, and what is now considered polite phone etiquette.

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Prynt Turns Your Phone into a Picture-Printing Polaroid Camera

As smartphones continue to up the ante when it comes to how well they take pictures and the technology used in doing so, more and more people turn to their phone as the main photo shooting apparatus of the house. Companies like Prynt realize that, and have developed a smartphone case that essentially turns your smartphone into a picture-printing on-the-go Polaroid camera.

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It's Always 9:41 on the iPhone 6

In ads for the latest version of Apple's phone, it's always the same time. Here's why.

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How Much Data Vodacom Customers Use

The average volume of data consumed per smartphone on Vodacom’s network in South Africa has jumped by 55,4% in the past year.

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Insights Into the Average South African Mobile Phone User

Mobile is definitely the way forward for market research, but you need an accurate profile of the respondents, and don't dare ignore consumers' fears of online and mobile security...

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Amazon Stuns Rivals With Back Chat Speaker

Internet retail titan Amazon on Thursday introduced a home virtual assistant always at the ready to answer questions, fetch news, play music or help with to-do lists. The cloud-based brains referred to as "Alexa" are built into Echo speakers and seen as a challenge to "Siri" virtual assistants in Apple's mobile devices.

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Firefox OS phones coming to MTN

MTN South Africa and two other big African operators, Airtel and Tigo, intend launching phones running Mozilla’s open-source, Linux-based Firefox OS platform, it has emerged.

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MTN prepaid users get 4G access

The mobile operator has finally made its 4G/LTE network available to prepaid customers.

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Mr Price launches MVNO

Mr Price’s MRP Mobile is only the second mobile virtual network operator to be launched in South Africa.

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SA first with new Instagram app, Bolt

Bolt, which competes with Snapchat, has debuted in three countries, and South Africa is one of them.

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Orange to ramp up SA presence

France’s Orange intends launching its own branded stores and an Internet service provider business by the end of year as it moves more aggressively into the South African market.

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Ashas to ashes as Microsoft signals shift

Microsoft is discontinuing Nokia’s Asha and S40 feature phones in a move that could have a big impact on Nokia’s market share in South Africa.

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Alcatel turns heads

When Alcatel unveiled the One Touch Idol Alpha, it didn’t aim for the stars with regard to features and specs, but produced a rather decent smartphone that would compete very effectively on price.

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Free minibus taxi Wi-Fi: details revealed

Minibus taxi commuters will get 50MB/month of free Wi-Fi data as taxi council Santaco announces it intends rolling out hotspots to more than 90% of taxis within three years.

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Acsa launches Airports app

The airports company has launched a smartphone application to provide services to travellers.

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Afrihost to launch own smartphone

The company will offer early adopters 12GB of “free” bandwidth if they buy the dual-Sim device.

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Say goodbye to shattered smartphone screens, thanks to a new miracle film

Researchers at The University of Akron in Ohio have created an amazing transparent film of electrodes on a polymer surface that will add durability and flexibility to protect your smartphone screen.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviewed

The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone offers many features and, on paper, looks like one of the top smartphones. But does it live up to the hype?

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SA’s Coolest Tech Brands Revealed

Vodacom, Samsung, Apple and WhatsApp are among the brands that South African youngsters believe are the coolest in the technology space.

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New Driving App Set to Rev Up Driving Standards in South Africa

Discovery Insure have launched an app aimed at creating a nation of better drivers with driving diagnostics. A global first, Discovery combined mobile technology and behavioural economics to improve road safety and make better drivers.

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Apple iPhone 6 Coming in August?

Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday.

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Now Vodacom Chops Call Rates to 79c

The country’s largest mobile operator has quietly cut prepaid call rates to 79c/minute – but only on a promotional basis until mid-July for now.

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Half a Billion Users For WhatsApp

WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook said.

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Apple's iPhone 'Lock-out' Patent Could End Texting While Driving

A new automatic system to preventing phone use while driving could ‘change the culture’ of texting addiction, say experts.

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7 Incredible Health Tech Innovations Changing the Way South Africans Live

The importance of health technologies is becoming more prevalent as everyone, from athletes to housewives, have realised the need to track calories and steps using an app or a wristband.

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Questions Over What’s Next for Autopage

In the wake of news that Reunert intends closing down Nashua Mobile, rival Altron has said it can't comment on the future of Altech Autopage Cellular until next month.

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LG’s Curved G Flex Reviewed

The LG G Flex holds the title of the world’s first curved smartphone, but is this unique feature worth the price you’ll pay and does it live up to the excellent LG G2?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s

A study finds that Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year’s model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperforms all of them

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Anti-theft Tool on Smartphones Planned

A trade group for wireless providers says the country’s biggest smartphone makers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the devices

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Has Smartphone Evolution Stalled?

The release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has not been a game changer, what does the future of the smartphone world look like?

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Leaked iPhone 6 Photos Appear To Show New Design In All Its Thin, Rounded Glory

Amazing renderings of leaked sketches give a fairly accurate depiction of the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 release.

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Windows Goes Free for Phone and Tablet Makers

Microsoft will give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets as it seeks to counter the massive success of Google’s free Android platform.

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Court Ruling Costs Vodacom R500 Million

Vodacom is set to lose around R500 million in revenue over the next six months after the new call termination regulations kicked in on Tuesday.

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ANC Welcomes Icasa Ruling and Credit Amnesty

Government’s steps to ease the burden of high communication costs and access to credit for many South Africans is bold and decisive, the ANC said on Tuesday.

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MTN, Vodacom Call Termination Case: Court Rules

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that new call termination regulations issued by Icasa are “unlawful and invalid”.

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Apple and Samsung to Renew Patent Battle

Apple and Samsung will return to federal court in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday for a new round in their seemingly perpetual patent war.

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Vodacom Neotel Deal Valued at $460 Million

Wall Street Journal puts the deal between Vodacom and Neotel at close on R5 billion, reporting that a commercial announcement is anticipated in the next two months.

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Icasa Makes Fresh Changes to MTR Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published fresh amendments to its call termination regulations.

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We May Have To Increase Prices: Cell C

Cell C says that it may have to increase prices in the event that there is no certainty around the effective date of the 2014 call termination rate regulations.

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Streamline Your Pockets, Smartphone Technology as the Key to Your Home

Control the security of your home anywhere in the world, simply through the Goji Lock app.

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HTC One Mini Proves Dynamite Comes in Small Packages

The new HTC One Mini has entered the market with a bang, this powerful pocket-sized smartphone contends against the HTC One.

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The Invasion of Normandy, Nokia’s New User Interface Leaked

Nokia's new user interface design for the low-end Android device, Normandy, has been leaked on @evleaks.

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