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Get Free Bitcoins from 56 Faucets That Pay

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:50:04 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added a new faucet to the confirmed list, removed some faucets that disappeared, and updated the BTC faucet payout amounts. – Bryan]

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Photos and Thoughts from Opening Day at Apple Park Visitor Center

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:09:35 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin stopped by the Apple Park Visitor Center, took some pics, bought a shirt, and talked to folks on opening day. Here are some of those photos and thoughts on this delightful place.

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Here Are All the Apple-Branded Clothes You Can Buy at Apple Park Visitor Center

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:28:40 +0000

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Here’s a look at the Apple-branded merchandise you can get at the company’s new Apple Park Visitor Center.

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Apple vs. the Competition: The Art of Corporate Decision Making

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:48:04 +0000

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If there’s a theme to this week’s Particle Debris, it’s how some companies are struggling with technology decisions while others, like Apple, seem to have smooth sailing.

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tvOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 for Apple TV Ready to Download

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:42:53 +0000

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Apple rounded out its Friday developer beta updates with tvOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 for Apple TV.

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Join Our Apple Context Machine Facebook Group

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:37:07 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet launched a Facebook Group for The Apple Context Machine, their weekly podcast for in-depth discussions about Apple and the tech world.

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Apple Releases watchOS 4.2 Developer Beta 4 for Apple Watch

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:28:35 +0000

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Along with iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 Apple released watchOS 4.2 Beta 4 for developers on Friday.

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Apple Rolls Out iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 for iPhone and iPad

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:18:13 +0000

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Just a day after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Developer Beta 4 Apple rolled out iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4.

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Disk Drill PRO Lifetime License: $34.99

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:04:07 +0000

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We have a deal on a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO for Mac. This data recovery software can recover 200 different file types, and more. The lifetime license gives you access to all future updates and major upgrades, and it’s $34.99 through us.

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Get a Free 32GB Apple TV 4K With DirecTV Now

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:05:00 +0000

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There is a limit of one TV per account, and two per household.

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5 Cooking Apps to Help You With Thanksgiving Dinner

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:44:57 +0000

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’ve found five cooking apps to help you plan and cook your big meal for friends and family.

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Apple Officially Delays HomePod Launch Until 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:59:33 +0000

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If you’ve been saving up your pennies to buy a HomePod before the end of the year put on your patience pants because that’s not happening.

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8 Dark Mode Apps That Look Great on iPhone X

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:06:44 +0000

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Even if you don’t have the latest iPhone, these apps still look good on any Space Gray/Black/Jet Black model.

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5 Places to Find Cool iPhone X Wallpapers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:47:43 +0000

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The iPhone X OLED screen is beautiful, so how do you show off its visual awesomeness? With really cool wallpapers, of course.

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HomePod Shipping Delay, Listener Comments – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-17

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:28:23 +0000

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John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s announced HomePod shipping delay, plus they respond to listener comments to John’s macOS upgrade rant.

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Apple Won’t Accept watchOS 1 App Updates Starting in April 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:57:03 +0000

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Apple isn’t accepting app updates made with the watchOS 1.0 SDK starting on April 1, 2018. That sounds kind of ominous, but for most Apple Watch owners it’s a non-issue.

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Denise Young Smith Will Leave as Head of Apple’s Inclusion & Diversity

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:56:40 +0000

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Ms. Young Smith moved to the position in May after a three year stint as head of Apple’s Human Resources, and she will be replaced by Christie Smith, a 17 year veteran of consulting firm Delloite.

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Record and Live Stream Animoji with AnimojiStudio

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:03:37 +0000

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If you have an iPhone X and want to record Animoji longer than 10 seconds, and don’t want to have to send your creations to someone just so you can save them, AnimojiStudio has you covered. The Maccast’s Adam Christianson turned me on to the app, and it’s pretty awesome. You can record and save Animoji videos without Apple’s built-in 10 second cap, and you can live stream your Animoji-fied self on services like Periscope. AnimojiStudio is free, but comes with a catch: it uses Apple’s private APIs so it isn’t on the App Store. You’ll need a paid or free developer account and Xcode to compile and install the app, or sideload the precompiled IPA file.

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Tim Berners-Lee Wants Your Help in Protecting Net Neutrality from Ajit Pai’s FCC

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:41:54 +0000

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Internet-inventor Tim Berners-Lee has written an editorial for USA Today asking Americans to help save the Internet from an irresponsible vote on Net Neutrality expected from the FCC.

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Apple iPad Commercial Asks, ‘What’s a Computer?’

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:22:56 +0000

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Apple would very much like for this to be a post-PC era, thank you very much. The company has a new spot out called What’s a computer that does a pretty job of making the case that the iPad does everything a computer does. Especially, or at least, if you’re young. It follows a young woman through her life while she sends things, FaceTimes, looks up stuff on the internet, does school work, sheens around on her bike with iPad on her back, listens to music, draws with Apple Pencil, and more. At the end, her mom comes out and asks what she’s doing with her computer. The young woman looks over her shoulder and casually responds, “What’s a computer?” I’d love your thoughts.

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Apple Needs a Smarter Way to Encourage macOS Upgrades

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:40:15 +0000

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Currently, it’s a just a simple notification out of the blue and strong nudge for the user to upgrade macOS, but the OS needs to be smarter in its approach.

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MekaMon: The AR Robot You Control with Your iPhone is Even Cooler than it Sounds

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:30:19 +0000

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Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want a battle crab robot in their livingroom? That’s the distilled essence of living in the future, and exactly what Reach Robotics is giving us with its MekaMon. The MekaMon is a 4-legged robot you control with your iPhone or iPad for games and to battle against other MekaMon robots—in real life or AR. It’s is amazingly cool, and you’ll have to pay a trip to the Apple Store (online or in person) to get yours. MekaMon is priced at US$299.95 and is available now.

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Apple Fixes iPhone X Live Photos and Video Distortion Bug with iOS 11.1.2

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:16:33 +0000

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Apple released iOS 11.1.2 on Thursday, a bug fix release for two iPhone X problems.

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iOS 11: How to Remove Photo Metadata for Anonymous Images

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:23:29 +0000

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Image metadata is typically called Exif data, and it can include date/time of capture, GPS information, type of camera used, and type of software used to edit the photo.

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Jony Ive: Blindly Holding onto the Past Leads to Failure

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:16:34 +0000

The comment came in regards to design decisions Apple has made with its iPhone line, including ditching the headphone jack in iPhone 7 and the Home button on iPhone X.

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5 Composite Image Apps to Create Art on iOS

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:31:00 +0000

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Composite images, also known as a photomontage, is a combination of photos to create a new photo.

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Apple Accelerates macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Cycle with Release of Developer Beta 4

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:08:47 +0000

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This marks an acceleration of the release cycle, which in the past has meant Apple is nearing release.

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John’s macOS Upgrade Rant – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-16

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:46:18 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about John’s issue with Apple’s macOS upgrade strategy, plus Jeff shares an iPhone X complaint.

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BauBax Travel Windbreaker: $109.99

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:04:56 +0000

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Check out the BauBax travel windbreaker. In addition to being water-repellant, it has 15 features including built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, iPad pocket, drink pocket, and many more. That was enough to help the company raise US$9 million on Kickstarter, and now it’s shipping. You can get it for $109.99 through us, less than half retail. [Link corrected below. – Bryan]

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iPhone X Wait Times Drop to 2-3 Weeks

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:53:06 +0000

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iPhone X shipping times are improving with waits down to two or three weeks instead of the five and six weeks we were seeing.

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Use Reminders on Macs, iPhones, and iPads to Remember Anything

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:45:13 +0000

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When Dr. Mac needs to remember something, he merely asks Siri (on his Mac, iPhone, or Apple Watch) to remind him of that thing at a specific time and date or place. He says he rarely forgets stuff anymore with this almost foolproof system.

 

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4 Great Note Taking Apps for iPad and Apple Pencil

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:32:42 +0000

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The iPad is a great note taking tool for classes and meetings, so it’s only fitting to find a lot of really great note taking apps for Apple’s tablet. The Mac Observer rounded up some of our favorites to help you pick the one that’s best for you.

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Pages: New Options for Formatting Links

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:43:42 +0000

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Within Pages, Apple’s word-processing program, typing in a URL will automatically create a link and underline it. But if you hate this behavior, you can turn it off—and the options you have for doing so are a bit different in recent versions of the program. We’ve got the details in today’s Quick Tip.

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Wearable Market Breakdown, Harry Potter AR, iPhone X Camera – ACM 437

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:29:08 +0000

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Bryan and Jeff argue that the wearables market is breaking down into three competitors, Apple, Xiaomi, and Fitbit. All others are lolwannabes. They also think Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be way bigger than Pokémon Go, and talk about just how good the camera is on iPhone X.

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More Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:33:16 +0000

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Continued use and testing has revealed a few oddities in macOS High Sierra.

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DJI Sells New Mavic Pro Drone Exclusively With Apple

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:32:42 +0000

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Called the Mavic Pro Alpine White, it’s available today for US$1,049.

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 44

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:48:24 +0000

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This release enables Payment Requests by default, and it includes 38 other improvements and bug fixes, too.

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5 Video Editing Apps For iPhone Videographers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:36:52 +0000

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These video editing apps are for people of all skill levels, whether you need a video for social media or a more professional-looking video.

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Goodbye Pokémon, Harry Potter Wizards Unite is Coming to iPhone AR

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:14:48 +0000

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Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go, and WB Games have pre-announced Harry Potter Wizards Unite, an augmented reality world based on JK Rowling’s enduringly popular books.

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Artemis from Andy Weir is Out and Here’s Where to Buy It

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:54:14 +0000

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Ready to start reading Andy Weir’s new book Artemis? Here’s where you can get it today, or at least by tomorrow.

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Apple’s Aqua Connect Patent Fight, Firefox Quantum – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-15

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:22:57 +0000

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John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the latest patent infringement fight for Apple, plus they chat about Web browsers and Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum.

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Sphereo X2 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers: $29.99

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:17:45 +0000

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We have a deal on a pair of Sphero X2 Speakers. These wireless Bluetooth speakers come with a charging dock, but allow you to place the speakers wherever you want. They’re $29.99 through us.

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iPhone X Review: Here’s What Apple Gets Right, And Wrong

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:53:19 +0000

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We’ve been putting the iPhone X through its paces since it came out and are ready to tell you what we think. Best iPhone ever, or just an expensive toy?

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Apple Facing ITC Patent Infringement Investigation Over Aqua Connect Complaint

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:41:11 +0000

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The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating Apple over patent infringement allegations stemming from a complaint submitted by Aqua Connect and subsidiary Strategic Technology Partners.

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Apple Watch Retakes #1 Slot in Wearables in Q3

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:18:39 +0000

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Apple shipped 3.9 million Apple Watch units during the 3rd quarter, including some 800,000 Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, according to estimates from Canalys.

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How Many Times Can You Fold a Podcast? – Mac Geek Gab 683

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:10:32 +0000

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Have questions about your Mac or iPhone? Just want to learn more? Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, as they entertain and inform you this week.

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Apple’s Lisa Jackson Joins Execs from JetBlue and Others to Discuss Sustainability in Open Forum

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:52:34 +0000

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The Washington Post is organizing a forum called A World in Balance for business execs, policy makers, and experts to discuss sustainability, including Apple’s Lisa Jackson.

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Mac Caddy on Kickstarter Sits on Your iMac, Includes Camera Cover

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:01:33 +0000

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Check out the Mac Caddy on Kickstarter. It’s a clip-on caddy designed to specifically fit on the back of current iMacs. That’s the slim edge 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac design from late 2012 to current 2017 models. In addition to being a caddy to help reduce desk clutter, it also has a built-in camera cover for those concerned about privacy. There are cable slots on the side, as well as compartments for your stuff. The company has raised US$2,600 towards a goal of $18,000 so far, with 27 days to go. Funding is earmarked for tooling to put the Mac Caddy into production. As of this writing, there are Early bird slots available for $30 that will net you a Mac Caddy. As someone with a messy desk, it instantly resonated with me.

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Mozilla Launches Firefox Quantum for Mac, Twice as Fast and More Customizable

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:36:45 +0000

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Quantum is being seen as a major effort to gain back market share from Google’s Chrome with a new “Photon” user interface and a new, speedier engine.

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O-H-A?-O State Trolls Apple for the Autocorrect Bug

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:03:56 +0000

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Oh my, but this makes me laaaaugh. Ohio State University trolled Apple for the now-corrected iOS autocorrect bug that turned the letter “i” into an A with a mystery symbol. And it was some pretty expect trolling. Below is a tweet iDownloadBlog found from someone at the college’s football game against Oklahoma State University. There are other tweets, too, but the point is that’s some funny ^#%@.

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