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NASA Personality Test Gives Tim Cook the Trait of Advisor

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:52:04 +0000

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A psychological test once used by NASA on astronauts calculates Tim Cook as “Advisor.” It’s called the Process Communication Model, and it categorizes people under six categories: Advisors, Connectors, Doers, Dreamers, Originals, and Organizers. According to one website, Advisors make up 10% of the population, and curiously this trait skews 75% male. Tim Cook is well known for his careful, articulate way of speaking in interviews and keynotes, and when you look at Advisor traits, it makes sense. Or, it could be a cognitive bias. You see, I personally find this whole thing a bit concerning. Online personality tests are fun to take, but they definitely aren’t valid medical advice. That requires seeing a therapist. So it’s easy to cast yourself as one personality or another by comparing and contrasting traits you think you have, versus the traits that the personality has. However, unless Mr. Cook has seen a psychologist, the news that Tim is this trait is probably bunk. But I still think it’s Cool Stuff.

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Google Brings Its ‘ARCore’ to 100 Million Android Devices

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:25:56 +0000

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This is essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s ARKit, and Bryan Chaffin can’t help but think it illustrates Apple’s advantage and Google’s disadvantages in the smartphone business.

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French Tax Reform Activists Win Legal Permission to Continue Protesting at Apple Stores

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:56:57 +0000

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Attac accuses Apple of dodging local taxes, an offshoot of controversy over Apple’s international corporate structure, and a court ruling affirmed their right to protest at Apple Stores.

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HomePod Will Soon Be Obsolete as Companion Robots Become Popular

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:42:40 +0000

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Just what exactly is an intelligent speaker? It’s a companion robot that just sits, without mobility. Who wants that?

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1Password Can Find Your Pwned Passwords: Find Out How

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:29:42 +0000

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Agilebits has announced a tremendously important feature for 1Password subscriptions: the ability to see if your passwords are pwned passwords—here’s what you need to know about it.

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iOS: How to Use Siri Hands Free From Your iPhone Lock Screen

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:35:53 +0000

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Using Siri hands free with AirPods is great, but then I ran into a problem.

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Study Shows Consumers don’t Use Smart Speaker Voice Control for Much

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:31:59 +0000

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Loup Ventures just released a survey on smart speaker owners and it has two interesting points: HomePod is already gaining marketshare, and people don’t use their smart speakers for very smart stuff.

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Need a Mac IRC Client? Here are 3 You Can Use

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:03:06 +0000

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I spent a couple of days trying out different ones. Here are my thoughts.

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HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support: $44.99

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:24:58 +0000

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We have a deal on the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support. This device expands what you can do with your USB-C ports on your MacBook with HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, and an extra USB Type-C port. It’s $44.99 through us.

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How We Use Smart Speakers, the Future of Companion Robots – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-23

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:43:36 +0000

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Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at a survey showing how consumer use their smart speakers, plus they talk about the future of companion robots.

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How to Turn Off HomePod’s Siri Light

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:53:43 +0000

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If you don’t want a pulsing light on top of your HomePod every time you say, “Hey Siri,” here’s how to turn it off.

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Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Reportedly Coming in March

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:11:40 +0000

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When Apple unveiled its AirPower wireless charging mat last September the company said it would ship some time in 2018, and it’s looking like “some time” may be March.

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Apple Repair Center Making Lots of 911 Calls By Mistake

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:07:29 +0000

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The issue appears to be iPhones and/or Apple Watches making emergency calls when they’re being handled by technicians.

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Family Robot Companions Are Evolving Fast, Will Soon Be Common

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:02:54 +0000

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John just interviewed a company that’s making a family robot companion, and he sees the future more clearly than ever.

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Apple Hires Another Veteran TV Executive – Carol Trussell Will Be Head of Production

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:34:24 +0000

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Deadline reported that Ms. Trussell will start in March, and will oversee production issues for Apple’s original shows.

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The Spotify Platform Problem, Tim Cook Insights, and Apple TV Gaming – ACM 450

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:07:51 +0000

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Bryan and Jeff talk about the Spotify Platform problem and the problems facing any independent music streaming service. They also talk about the things they learned from Tim Cook’s interview with Fast Company, and whether or not Apple is signaling a bigger play in Apple TV gaming.

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An Apple Patent Hints at an Apple TV Gaming System

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:59:54 +0000

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It’s not clear if it’s a separate console (probably not though) or just video game accessories or a platform.

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HomePod Review, Cook Interview, Crypto Tax Haven, Music in Ear of Beholder, App Picks – Pop.0 Ep.30

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:45:17 +0000

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In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss Apple’s new HomePod after 10 days of use, Apple CEO Tim Cook’s FastCompany interview, Wyoming wanting to become a Crypto Tax Haven, and how music influences really are in the ear of the beholder. They also offer a couple of app picks. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

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iOS Developers can add up to 10 App Screenshots Now

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:31:25 +0000

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Adding more app screenshots will let developers show more of an app’s capabilities.

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Design+Code2 iOS Design and Xcode Training: $39

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:05:18 +0000

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We have a deal on the Design+Code2 iOS Design & Xcode Training, a developer training course. It includes 44 hours of video training material, and it comes with more than 36 Sketch files and 36 Xcode project files and templates. This course is $39 through us, 74% off retail.

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What You Need to Know About the FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Changes – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-22

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:44:35 +0000

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John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the state of Net Neutrality now that the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” is in place, along with what we can expect to happen next.

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iOS 11.3 Public Beta 3 Ready for Download

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:33:31 +0000

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Apple followed up its iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 release with a matching public beta. that removes AirPlay 2 support.

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AirPods with ‘Hey Siri’ Support Coming this Year

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:05:21 +0000

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Apple’s second generation AirPods are reportedly in the works and will include “Hey Siri” support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands.

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There’s a New Privacy Safari API Coming Called Storage Access API

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:36:15 +0000

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To prevent potential abuse, Apple will monitor the adoption of the API.

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Some Interesting Excerpts from Tim Cook’s Fast Company Interview

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:25:42 +0000

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It’s a wide-ranging interview filled with a mix of marketing speak and genuine insight.

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Apple Sponsors 2018 UK BRIT Music Awards

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:19:52 +0000

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There a dedication section in iTunes and Apple Music.

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iOS 11: How to Save a Webpage as PDF & Store in Files App

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:14:49 +0000

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In iOS 11, John shows how to create a PDF of a webpage, save it in Files, rename it and delete it.

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Tony Fadell and Benoît Mintiens Discuss That Crazy Ressence Type 2 Watch ‘e-Crown’ Concept

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:39:50 +0000

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Tony Fadell, former Apple executive and the father of the iPod, recently did an interview with Benoît Mintiens, a watch guy and the founder of Watch company Ressence. You might have seen the totally crazy looking Ressence Type 2 watch. Gorgeous and very, very different looking, the Ressence Type 2 is a mechanical watch married to your smartphone through what they call an “e-Crown.” Bloomberg published a piece with Hodinkee on the Type 2, and it included the video interview below. In it, Messrs. Fadell and Mintiens talk about working together and the early development of the Type 2, but they also talk about the e-Crown. You also get to see the Type 2 in action. It’s interesting, but note at the end where Mr. Mintiens notes that the watch crown has been around for 176 years. “So it’s about time to think about something else.” That sure sounds like a pot shot at Apple, whose Digital Crown is effectively rooted in that same 176 year history. It’s an interesting watch, an interesting article, and an interesting video.

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Setapp (Netflix for Mac Apps) Gets Even Better

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:29:48 +0000

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Dr. Mac likes Setapp—a subscription software service with 100+ (mostly) high-quality Mac apps for $9.99 a month—even better today than last year.

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Takieso Marble Qi Wireless Charger: $69

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:03:33 +0000

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We have a deal on the Takieso Marble Qi Wireless Charger. As the name suggests, it’s a Qi wireless charger for your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, and it’s made of marble. The link is to a deal on a black marble unit, but there’s also a white marble unit available. They’re $69 through us.

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Review: MyIdol is a Weird but Fun 3D Avatar Creator for iOS

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:42:32 +0000

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MyIdol is a 3D avatar creator that uses machine learning to create a lifelike replica of you.

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Use Reminders to set Multiple HomePod Timers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:20:08 +0000

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You can only set one timer at a time on the HomePod. But there is a workaround.

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AirPlay 2 goes MIA, How to Improve macOS Update Notifications – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-21

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:34:05 +0000

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what may happen next now that AirPlay 2 has been pulled from iOS 11.3 developer beta 3, plus they have some ideas on how to improve Apple’s software update notifications in macOS.

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AirPlay 2 is Gone in iOS 11.3 DB3, but that Doesn’t Mean it’s Dead

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:48:41 +0000

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When Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 on Tuesday, one feature that had plenty of testers excited was missing: AirPlay 2.

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AT&T 5G Coming to 12 Cities this Year

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:10:23 +0000

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AT&T plans to start rolling out its 5G wireless network in 12 cities this year, starting with Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.

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Surprise! Alto’s Odyssey for iPhone, iPad Ships a Day Early

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:23:17 +0000

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The followup to the side scrolling adventure game Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, is available a day early for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

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iPhone X: How to Go to Your Last App from the Home Screen

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:17:25 +0000

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There’s a gesture that’ll let you go back to your last-used app from the Home screen on the iPhone X—without having to invoke the app switcher! In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how.

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Fast Company Names Apple Most Innovative Company in 2018 for ‘Delivering the Future Today’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:00:54 +0000

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Apple beat out Netflix, Square, China’s Tencent, Amazon, Patagonia, CVS Health, The Washington Post, Spotify, and the NBA, the other top ten companies.

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Spotify May Turn to Hardware to Solve Its Platform Problem

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:57:19 +0000

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Spotify appears to be turning to hardware to solve what Bryan Chaffin calls the Spotify platform problem, and it may be turning to hardware to solve it.

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AR/VR Startups Will Compete in the 10th Annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:31:16 +0000

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Registration to attend the event is open, with badges ranging from US$545 to US$1650.

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How to Get Around One of the Most Annoying macOS (non) Features

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:12:43 +0000

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One of the most annoying features of macOS is the persistent notification of available software updates. John shows how to get back in control.

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macOS: 5 Ways to Find and Launch Mac Apps

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:56:37 +0000

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There are multiple ways to find and launch Mac apps, and we’re here to tell you about 5 of them.

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Track the Position of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with Starman

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:08:03 +0000

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Ben Pearson, an electrical engineer by training, has put together a website that tracks the Tesla Roadster that the SpaceX Falcon Heavy put into orbit around the sun. His website scripts extract data from  from JPL Horizons to provide continuous updates on the position of Roadster’s passenger Starman. Check it out.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Developer Beta 3

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:20:15 +0000

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Hot on the heels of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 developer beta 3, Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 on Tuesday. So far, it looks like the update squashes some bugs, but doesn’t add new features.

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Developer Beta 3

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:21:48 +0000

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The two biggest known new features in this release cycle are Messages on iCloud and Business Chat, plus the gorgeous wallpaper included with iMac Pro.

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Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows: $11.99

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:11:28 +0000

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We have a deal for you today on Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows. This tool is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies, and even story timelines for novels and other creative writing. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $19.99, but coupon code USA40 will get you another 40% off until 11:59PM tonight, February 20th. That brings the price down to $11.99.

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iPhone X Perceived Failure, Siri’s Device Delegation – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-20

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:08:31 +0000

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John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the perception that iPhone X sales are tanking, plus they explain Siri’s hierarchy in deciding when it should respond from your iPhone, iPad, or HomePod.

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Here’s How Siri Decides Which Device to Respond From

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:00:10 +0000

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Curious how Siri decides which device it should respond from? There’s a process, along with a pecking order, and it takes only milliseconds to play out.

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Photos: Editing Your Images with an External Program

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:21:41 +0000

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Photos has a nifty little feature that’ll let you edit an image in Photoshop, say, and have the changes reflected in its library, no importing or exporting required! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover all of the details—including a big ol’ caveat that you’ve gotta know.

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Apple Files a New Trademark for its Iconic Rainbow Logo

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:29:24 +0000

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The Mac and iPhone maker filed for a new trademark for its iconic rainbow Apple logo that’s likely going to end up on hats and other headgear.

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