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Saturday March 4

09:00
AI continued its world domination at Mobile World...

Silicon Valley investor and web pioneer Marc Andreessen said in 2011 that "software is eating the world." The explosion of app ecosystems seems to prove his point, but things have changed dramatically even since then. These days, it might be more acc...

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08:35
Apple stops buying (for now) cobalt from Congo mines...

Apple says it’s temporarily stopped buying cobalt (used in lithium ion batteries) mined by hand in Congo while it continues to deal with problems with child labor and harsh work conditions. A Washington Post investigation last year detailed abuses in Congo’s artisanal cobalt supply chain, showing how miners labored in hazardous, even deadly, conditions. 

Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the tech giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of thousands of people in what is one of the world's poorest countries. Now, Apple tells the Post it’s...

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08:00
Become Tech Savvy: Navigating macOS with ease

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to navigate your Mac with confidence and ease
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

Last week we covered building confidence and ease with iPhone and iPad navigation by dialing in to five different features and how they work. We’ll do the same today looking at macOS (previously known as OS X) which is Apple’s operating system for Macs.

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08:00
Watch the first 10 minutes of Fullbright's...

Tacoma feels a lot like its predecessor, Gone Home, even though its environments couldn't be more different. Rather than leading players on an emotional journey through an abandoned family house, Tacoma places players on an abandoned space station....

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07:12
NASA prevents probe's collision with Martian...

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft and Phobos would have arrived at an intersection in their orbits within seven seconds of each other on March 6th. Phobos is the larger of the two Martian moons, and MAVEN would most likely crash into it if the space agency lef...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Leather makes it better

Luxurious leather!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a few accessories that make something beautiful and useful out of the old rawhide. Read on!

Jisoncase

Image by Jisoncase

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07:00
Notable apps and app updates for March 4, 201

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

MacXDVD Software has released MacX MediaTrans 3.3 for the Mac, extending its supported coverage to iTunes content. 

The upgrade makes it possible to backup movies, TV shows, music, songs, audiobooks purchased from iTunes store to Mac in normal MP4 and MP3 files, making them accessible to non-Apple devices. Plus, the upgrade lets you delete photos from iPhone's camera roll list.

The iPhone manager is available for macOS Sierra or earlier and supports all iOS 10.3/9/8/7 powered iDevices. You can download a demo here. Registration starts at $29.95 for a one-year license.

Synium Software has released...

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06:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's been an exceptionally busy week in the world of technology, as Engadget had teams of editors in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, and in San Francisco covering the Game Developer's Conference. At MWC, we saw all the n...

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06:00
Five ways to prevent computer related stress with...

By Code 42, makers of CrashPlan

What most people don¹t know is that by shutting down your laptop improperly you are computers to age faster. An electrical surge can cause severe internal damage, potentially killing your computer. To lessen the potential for an electrical surge anddeal with other computer related stress issues for a Mac, do the following:

Unplug and shut down. An electrical surge can cause severe internal damage, potentially killing your computer. The best way to prevent such damage is to unplug your laptop when it’s not in use. Also, shutting down your laptop improperly can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your machine. Use the menu command to shut it down, and stick around for the 30 seconds or so it takes to completely power down; it’ll be well worth the hassle in the long run. 

Avoid extreme weather. Leaving your computer in the car overnight in the middle of winter (or all day in July,...

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05:30
Traditional personal computers have stronger-than-...

Global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) — comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables) — are forecast to decline from a total of 435 million units in 2016 to 418.2 million units at the end of the forecast period in 2021, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -0.8%.

The new forecast comes on the heels of a stronger-than-expected showing for traditional personal computers (PCs) such as Macs in 2016, when a combination of...

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05:00
Artificial Intelligence is the next key growth area...

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the next big growth areas for the mobile industry according to a white paper released by IHS Markit, which specializes in critical information, analytics and solutions.

“We see AI making smart devices even smarter with improved user experiences,” says Ian Fogg, director of mobile and telecom analysis at IHS Markit. “Existing AI agents like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant will expand across the industry, complemented by embedded AI in all parts of mobile devices from cameras, to audio, to machine. Smartphones will both be the interface for consumer AI and deliver the vast amount of data technology companies need to train AI systems.”

Software...

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04:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple shareholders meeting,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 3, 2017

Image by Apple

Will Apple ditch lightning for USB-C in the upcoming iPhone 8? That’s the rumor, but we won’t really know for sure until later this year. While you wait, you can check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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03:04
Typos are kryptonite to Alphabet's anti-...

"Don't read the comments" is a cardinal rule of the internet. They're often hotbeds of toxicity and abuse, and rarely does a person come away from them feeling enlightened. Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is working to combat this problem through a...

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02:26
Audeze's Lightning-connected iSine 10 planar...




Almost everything about Audeze's iSine 10 headphones is audacious: the technology, the ambition, the appearance, and the sound itself. On paper they shouldn't work, but in practice they are some of the best sounding compact in-ear headphones money can buy.

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00:24
iFixit teardown reveals what's inside a...

Now that Nintendo's newest console is on store shelves you may be familiar with the outside of it, but what's inside? The crew at iFixit has completed its teardown of the Switch, pulling apart the console and those Joy-Con controllers. Within, they p...

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Friday March 3

23:44
This week on AI: To USB-C or not to USB-C, Apple...




Rumors this week suggested that Apple's new iPhones will use some form of USB-C technology, and that the company is looking to recruit Hollywood film and TV producers for ends unknown. Legal battles, a huge Amazon outage and more contributed to an eventful few days.

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21:32
Beam's next update makes game livestreams more...

Seven months after snapping up Twitch competitor Beam, Microsoft is unveiling a major update to its interactive tools for video game streamers. Called Interactive 2, the new system is "built from the ground up" to improve interactive features for bot...

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20:58
Nautical horror game 'Sunless Sea' heads...

Aquatic RPG Sunless Sea has been a big win for British indie developer Failbetter Games. The well-reviewed game has sold half a million copies since its 2015 PC release, and soon, iPad users will be able to get in on the Victorian Gothic adventure. N...

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20:35
US suspends 'premium processing' for H-1B...

In a move that could restrict access to foreign engineers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced tonight that it will "temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions." In a statement, the department said this...

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19:25
FCC waiver helps Jewish community centers ID bomb...

Following a string of more nearly 70 anonymous bomb threats made to Jewish community centers in 27 states since the start of the year, the Federal Communications Commission issued an emergency order on Friday. The order, which takes effect immediatel...

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18:44
Sticker company warns against skinning the Nintendo...

Given the portability of the Nintendo Switch, owners may be tempted to personalize theirs. The only problem is that according to dbrand, a company that makes covers for devices like phones and laptops, the system and its controllers don't react well...

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18:08
Microsoft reduced Windows update sizes by 35 percent

Fans of Windows and snappy downloads will be relieved to learn that Microsoft's Unified Update Platform, which has been rolling out to Windows Insiders since November, will be available to all retail users starting with the release of the Creators Up...

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17:26
Google Photos automatically fixes your pictures...

Google Photos is one of the more hidden jewels of the company's software family -- especially if you snagged a Pixel phone and unlimited storage. A way of storing all your photos online (and making them delightfully searchable thanks to machine learn...

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16:40
Nintendo Switch locks eShop games to your '...

Nintendo's excellent but imperfect Switch console is hitting stores and shipping out to homes today, but there's still a few odd details sprouting up. It appears that the Nintendo Account, which replaces the Nintendo Network ID, ties itself to whiche...

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15:58
New Alexa devices could get speakerphone, intercom...

Amazon plans to reveal new voice-controlled devices this year that will let you make phone calls, according to a report today from Recode. These gadgets might also allow you to "call" a buddy who has another Alexa-powered speaker, making for a sort o...

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15:42
∞ Why planes don’t fly faster

Interesting discussion of different kinds of engines but the most important line is: “In the end, time is the enemy of the privileged few. Cost is the enemy of the masses.”

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15:30
The cyberpunk revolution begins with video games

Hey, game developers: William Gibson called. He wants his dystopian sci-fi future back.

The annual Game Developers Conference showcases the latest projects from studios around the world, offering a first-hand look at the themes and trends driving t...

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15:16
The Travel Series: How To Be Safe On Public Wi-Fi...

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on the way home from a fun vacation trip, but he’ll be providing readers with a few more helpful tips over the next couple of weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere.

The previous posts in this series include:

Backing Up Data When You're Away From Home or Office

Voice and Data Around The World

Packing Your Tech

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14:54
Feds are using Palantir's tech to root out...

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has yet another tool from Palantir to track and identify immigrants, according to The Intercept. Dubbed "Investigative Case Management" (ICM), it's a system that aggregates information from the Drug Enforceme...

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14:45
The Week in iOS Apps: MLB At Bat's update for...

The kids apps are alright

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a major update for everyone’s favorite baseball app, MLB At Bat. Plus, you’ll find a couple of storytelling apps for children, new offerings that help you keep your embarrassing moments hidden from public view, and more. Read on!

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14:35
The Border Patrol can take your password. Now what?

There's a whole world of bad security advice going around about traveling in and out of the United States. It's largely because under the Trump Administration there has been an uptick in Customs and Border Protection agents searching the phones and d...

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14:33
First look: Nintendo's iPad-like Switch hybrid...




Taking a cue from the touchscreen tablet market kickstarted by Apple's iPad, Nintendo on Friday launched a hybrid home and portable game console. It's set to feature integration with an official Nintendo app for iOS, though it is not yet available at launch.

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14:25
Apple Daily Report for March 3, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple is re-launching the iPhone 6, originally released in 2014, in a 32GB gold configuration. This model is technically “new” as Apple never sold the iPhone 6 in a 32GB model before.

Apple CEO Tim Cook attended former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore's new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which was screened for a select audience in Silicon Valley on Thursday. 

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14:16
'Descent'-inspired 'Sublevel Zero...

If you're interested in some Descent-like shooter action, you could wait for Descent Underground, the crowdfunded game from from a developer behind Star Citizen. However, it's not expected to arrive until next year, and when it does, there are no pla...

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14:14
Friday 5: a few of my favorite Mac apps [Video]

In this Mac-centric Friday 5, I wanted to highlight features from several macOS apps that I utilize on a regular basis. A few of these apps are built-in macOS apps, while others can be found on the Mac App Store and directly from third-party developers.

As a huge fan of the Mac, these are some of the apps that I use most often. Perhaps you’ll find a new gem in this week’s edition of Friday 5? more…

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14:12
Players gonna publish

I remember when The Players’ Tribune was first published and the traditional sports media mocked it unmercifully. It has become a great place to read stories directly from the players.

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14:11
The best wall outlets with USB charging ports

I’m not a fan of these devices (mostly because I’m an incompetent boob when it comes to tools and installing stuff) but this is important because if you do this wrong or buy an inferior product, you could have serious issues. Wirecutter says there are only two models that meet their standards.

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13:55
Fan requests didn't change 'Nioh' too...

In an age where developers seemingly bend over backwards to accommodate fan requests (cough, the Mass Effect 3 ending, cough), Team Ninja decided to buck that for its latest game, Nioh. That's not to say that the developer didn't take feedback to hea...

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13:54
Apple's latest iPad Pro ads focus on notetaking...




Apple on Friday released yet another two videos in its ongoing ad campaign for the iPad Pro, using Twitter posts as a springboard to sell different features of the tablet.

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13:48
PSA: Some unable to access Apple Music today due to...

Some Apple Music users report being locked out of the service today from what appears to be a bug affecting those subscribed to a Family Membership.

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13:47
NeXTWORLD poster signed by Steve Jobs could fetch...

A rare NeXTWORLD Expo poster signed by Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The color 24 x 30 poster promoting the inaugural NeXTWORLD Expo held at San Francisco's Civic Auditorium and Brooks Hall on Jan. 22–24, 1992, is signed in the upper border in black ink by Jobs. 

Having resigned from Apple in the fall of 1985, Jobs founded the NeXT project, a computer and software company aimed at the markets of business and higher education. The first NeXT Computer was introduced in 1988, and the smaller NeXTstation two years later. While the computers themselves saw subpar sales, the NeXTSTEP operating system and development environment proved highly influential.

Apple purchased NeXT in 1997 for $429 million and 1.5 million shares of Apple stock, with Jobs, as part of the agreement, returning to the company he had co-founded in 1976. The consignor of this piece worked for Canon USA and was demonstrating the NeXT computers in a booth...

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13:26
Uber used 'Greyball' tool to evade...

Saying this week could've gone better for Uber is a massive understatement. After its SVP resigned over undisclosed sexual harassment investigations and its CEO argued with one of the company's own drivers for complaining about its lower pay, Friday...

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13:17
∞ Trying out the Google Wifi Mesh network

Like many people I’m using Apple’s Airport base stations (I’m running two of them) in my home to provide wireless coverage. Again, like many people covering all the areas that I need a signal has proven to be difficult, so I started looking for solutions—the one I’m considering strongly is Google Wifi. […]

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13:10
Apple Cracks Down Further On Cobalt Supplier in...

Last year, a Washington Post investigation found several instances of miners -- including children -- labored in hazardous, even deadly, conditions at Congo's artisanal cobalt supply chain. Amnesty International and other human rights groups also have alleged problems. Earlier this week, British broadcaster Sky New published an investigation that alleged continued problems in the cobalt supply chain. The Washington Post now reports: Apple said it has temporarily stopped buying cobalt mined by hand in Congo while it continues to deal with problems with child labor and harsh work conditions. The Post connected this troubling trade to Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Company, a Chinese firm that is the largest buyer of artisanal cobalt in Congo and whose minerals are used in Apple products. Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the tech giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of...

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12:24
One year of air traffic

This is an incredible data visualization. You can click on individual countries to see their incoming/outgoing traffic (Canada’s is unsurprisingly small) or zoom in to see individual details.

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12:24
Apple bundles Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, other...

This is a great deal for those who qualify for it.

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12:09
9to5Rewards: PhotoFast MAX Lightning/USB 3.0 flash...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is PhotoFast and its line of MAX flash drives for iOS devices.

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11:55
Happy Hour Podcast 109 | Apple’s ‘new’ iPhone launch...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s annual shareholders meeting, Tim Cook’s pro hardware promise, Apple’s new iPhone in Asia, and the USB-C and Lightning iPhone rumors…

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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11:25
Google Keep for iPhone and Mac disappoints, imposes...




Even with Google's powerful search, the company's Keep service is too lightweight for serious use, but AppleInsider squeezes the most out of it that we can.

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11:17
Apple Is Expanding Its War With Qualcomm

Apple has opened a new front in its global patent war with Qualcomm. From a report: The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has sued Qualcomm in a U.K. court, accusing the chipmaker of violating patents and design concepts Apple owns. Details on exactly which patents Qualcomm has violated and why Apple believes Qualcomm has violated the patents were not disclosed in the public court records, according to Bloomberg, which earlier reported on the lawsuit. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of disputes Apple and Qualcomm have engaged in around the world. The main dispute resides in the U.S., where Apple has accused Qualcomm of using its position as a prominent chipmaker to hurt competition in the mobile marketplace. Apple, which has used Qualcomm chips for its iPhone's wireless connectivity, claims Qualcomm owes the company $1 billion in rebates the chip maker allegedly held back after Apple spoke to South Korean regulators about Qualcomm's business practices.

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11:10
Can you get a 25/25 on this advanced grammar test?

I got 25/25. “You must be an English scholar because only 4% of Americans can get a perfect score on this test.”

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10:55
The curse of the Bahia Emerald

I love these weird investigative stories from Wired.

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10:35
An 81-Year-Old Woman Just Created Her Own iPhone App

After 43 years working in one of Japan's leading banks, 81-year-old Masako Wakamiya has launched an iPhone app called "Hinadan" that shows users how to stage traditional dolls for the Hinamatsuri festival. From a report on CNN Money: She says she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age. "We easily lose games when playing against young people, since our finger movements can't match their speed," Wakamiya told CNN. The retired banker asked a bunch of people to create games for seniors, but no one was interested. So she took matters into her own hands and achieved something many people half her age haven't done. "I wanted to create a fun app to get elderly people interested in smartphones," she said. "It took about half a year to develop." Wakamiya started using computers at age 60 when she was caring for her elderly mother and finding it difficult to get out and socialize with friends.

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10:34
Apple reportedly looking for a ‘transformative...

Senior Apple executives — including Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services— have reached out to some of Hollywood’s most successful TV and film producers recent about going to work for the tech giant, according to the New York Post. The article claims the Cupertino, California-based company is looking for a “transformative acquisition and not just a deal to buy TV shows.”

“They talked to Sony and Paramount last week. They are preparing something big,” The Post says, quoting an unnamed source.

Apple has dipped its toes into original programming with Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke, which it will offer via an Apple Music subscription.

The company considered a buyout of Time Warner in late 2015, but it didn’t pan out. And, of course, there’s ongoing speculation that Apple plans to launch its...

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10:32
Apple Music ads aired during BRIT Awards shared on...




Apple has shared a pair of commercial spots that aired during the United Kingdom's BRIT Awards last month, with the two ads promoting Apple Music to viewers as a venue to listen to the nominated and winning musical acts featured during the show.

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10:32
GM is rolling out unlimited data plans for all its...

As a motorcyclist, that “17.5 million hours” number terrifies me. I understand this particular genie has been let out of the bottle but I’m constitutionally against anything that decreases the amount of time the driver spends focused on driving and looking at and through the “dumb glass” of his windshield and rearview mirrors.

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10:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: TP-Link 802.11ac Wireless...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Make the switch to 802.11ac Wi-Fi: TP-Link Wireless Gigabit Router...

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10:26
Caught dead

I had no idea bluefin tuna used to be considered garbage fish. I do know we are overfishing at an unsustainable level.

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10:06
Using Philips Hue Lights as a Hurricane and Tornado...

After a tornado scare, Josh Centers whipped together a warning system using the IFTTT automation service and his Philips Hue bulbs.

 

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09:55
Dropbox Changes Pro to Plus, Drops Public Folders

Dropbox is making a couple of changes to its file-storage service: a rebranding of Dropbox Pro and completely dropping the public folder for Dropbox Basic (free) users.

 

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09:52
T-Mobile announces free iPhone 7 promo for switchers...

As it has done in the past, T-Mobile today kicked off its latest promotion offering switchers a free iPhone 7 (or an iPhone 7 Plus or higher capacity mobile for an extra cost).

In addition, the company announced it will kick off a promotion April 4th that will offer a free season-long MLB.TV Premium subscription and MLB.com At Bat Premium via its T-Mobile Tuesdays app that offers weekly perks for customers. more…

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09:41
Poll: Would you wait for the iPhone 8 if it shipped...

Imagine this possibility: Apple holds an iPhone event in September, unveils iterative iPhone 7s and 7s Plus upgrades shipping in 2-3 weeks, and a radically different iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro that won’t ship for another 4-6 weeks.

Even when the totally new iPhone does ship, supply is extremely constrained and only the very first pre-orders get stock before the end of the year. Would you be willing to wait it out for the dramatically different iPhone?

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09:37
Apple execs looking to recruit TV & movie...




Senior Apple executives have been talking to big-name Hollywood TV and film producers in the past two weeks in a bid to recruit them, a new report claims, as part of what could be a more ambitious video strategy.

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09:05
Apple Losing Out To Microsoft and Google in US...

Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life. From a report on MacRumors: According to research company Futuresource Consulting, in 2016 the number of devices in American classrooms that run iOS and macOS fell to third place behind both Google-powered laptops and Windows devices. Out of 12.6 million mobile devices shipped to primary and secondary schools in the U.S., Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of the market, up from 50 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, school shipments of iPads and Mac laptops fell to 19 percent, from about 25 percent, over the same period, while Microsoft Windows laptops and tablets stayed relatively stable at about 22 percent.


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09:05
The Nintendo Switch launched today, and nobody'...

Look, in the living room! It’s a tablet...it’s a console...it’s the Nintendo Switch!

Nintendo's latest gaming device started shipping today, Friday, March 3 with an MSRP of $300. Since it’s launch day and preorders covered the first run of the console, all you can find on Amazon right now are price-gouging third parties trying to sell the console for an extra hundred dollars or so.

If you haven’t ordered the Nintendo Switch yet, you’ll have to wait a few weeks, and that might not be a bad thing. Launch days are always a mess. There are bugs to fix, patches to download, and features that still aren’t ready. The good news is we’ve now got a clearer idea about what version two of the Switch (if there is one) should look like based on early...

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08:50
Feature Request: Dropbox-style shared folders and...

Apple’s iCloud Drive feature has matured to the point that several months ago I stopped using Dropbox on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad without having to dramatically change any workflows. I still interact with Dropbox on the web once a week to produce the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast, but iCloud Drive could totally replace Dropbox for me with a few additional features…

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08:45
Google's second-gen Pixel due in 2017, will...




Riding off the success of its first self-designed phone, the Pixel, Google is at work on a second-generation model that will continue to challenge Apple's iPhone in the "premium" smartphone market, the company's hardware chief revealed on Friday.

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08:31
‘Shazam for art’ app Smartify aims to educate...

Shazam is one of my favorite apps. If I’m in a coffee shop or bar and hear a track I like, I can instantly find out what it is and check out the artist later on Apple Music. Smartify aims to do the same job for art, aiming to educate art gallery visitors and gallery owners alike, reports New Scientist.

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08:18
Taiwan Mobile opens preorders for limited release of...




Taiwan Mobile has started to accept pre-orders for a limited-edition release of the iPhone 6, with the Taiwanese carrier offering the gold version to customers on March 10 with 32 gigabytes of storage, a capacity that Apple hasn't offered in western markets.

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08:12
GIT CEO Adriana Gascoigne: More Women in Tech Means...


Prior to founding Girls in Tech, Adriana Gascoigne was one of very few women working at a startup. "I'd look around the room every day and see that there was a huge problem of representation. I knew we needed to change the culture of the company to recruit more women and benefit more women, but we also needed diversity in product development," she recalled. "If you have a diverse team, your product is going to be more successful. I think having a diverse group of people helps you to make a better product in the end."

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08:09
The Bluetooth keyboard Apple should be making

A battery that lasts an entire year before you need a recharge. Pair with 4 different devices, each one getting its own dedicated keyboard button to make switching between devices trivial. Supports Mac and iOS devices.

At $95, this looks like a no-brainer purchase. Great find by Jeff Benjamin. Watch the video in the main Loop post and buy the keyboard here.

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08:04
Replacing your long fluorescent bulbs with new LED...

Great tip (and links) from Rob Griffiths on replacing any fluorescent bulbs in your house or garage with new LED bulbs. Do it. You’ll have better light and they’ll last forever.

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08:02
Patient plays guitar during brain surgery

[VIDEO] Daily Mail:

‘I was told that I had to undergo a surgery and there were two methods. One totally sedated or, two, to wake me up during surgery.’

But because the second option had a much greater chance of success, he decided to choose that.

My guess is, they wanted to make sure they were cutting in the right place, his ability to play the guitar was an indicator. Both oogy and fascinating. Video embedded in the main Loop post.

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08:00
Zerolemon 2-meter Lightning Cable 2-Pack Only $23.99

It appears that the rumors earlier this week about Apple moving the iPhone (and other iOS devices) to USB-C were just that -- rumors -- so we can expect to see Lightning as the iOS charging/syncing connector of choice for the foreseeable future. If you were putting off the purchase of spare Lightning cables to replace those frayed or lost ones, delay no more! We have a deal on a 2-pack of high quality ZeroLemon 2-meter USB to Lightning cables for just $23.99 (or $20.49 for black and white cables).

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08:00
Slice up the world to succeed in the puzzling...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Many console and computer games can work well on iPhone and iPad with the right kinds of modifications, or with virtual buttons atop the action, but it’s always refreshing to play something original that only really feels at home on a touch device. Splitter Critters is definitely one of those games, and it rejiggers the puzzle-platform genre by changing the way you interact with the world.

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07:38
Second coloration firm arises offering users of...




Competing with first entrant Colorware, new vendor Blackpods is also offering a coloring service for the white Apple AirPods, to allow users to color-coordinate the popular wireless earbuds with the iPhone.

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07:35
T-Mobile wants to give you an iPhone 7 for signing...

T-Mobile really, really wants your business. Starting today, anyone who brings their number to the wireless carrier can get an iPhone 7 – or iPhone 7 Plus for $100 – after trade-in and rebate. This screaming deal is available for new and existing customers, but it only lasts through Thursday, March 16.

To get your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, bring your number to T-Mobile and sign up for T-Mobile ONE—with monthly taxes and fees included. You can trade-in any qualifying phone and get your new iPhone on T-Mobile’s interest-free Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). You’ll get instant credit for your trade-in. After registering online, you’ll get a prepaid MasterCard in the mail with your rebate which you can apply to your remaining EIP balance. 

This offer is good for up to 12 iPhone 7 devices. For more info, click here.

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07:27
Apple's 'iPhone 8' using custom...




Apple is developing a custom fingerprint sensor for its OLED-based "iPhone 8," and as a result might not begin production of the device until September -- well after a July start date for two LCD-based iPhone models, a report claimed on Friday.

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07:23
Bare Bones Drops TextWrangler for BBEdit’s “Free...

Bare Bones Software is sunsetting its free TextWrangler text editor, encouraging TextWrangler users to move over to the non-expiring demo mode of BBEdit, which offers all the same features and more, including ponies.

 

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07:23
Transport Sleeve is available for Mac laptops and...

Triple Aught Design has debuted the Transport Sleeve for Mac laptops and iPads. The main compartment is accessed via an L-shaped zipper in both vertical or horizontal orientations. 

The front of the Transport Sleeve features a pleated, weather-resistant pocket that expands to fit additional accessories such as cables and chargers, and lays flat when not in use. The back of the sleeve contains a document sleeve that can hold paper or other flat, thin items.

Transport Sleeves sport semi-rigid padding on all sides to help protect against impact and are constructed of lightweight, weather-resistant, and VX-03 and VX-21RS. A slim profile allows the Transport Sleeve to slide in and out of packs.

The back of the Transport Sleeve features Helix attachment points along the perimeter to allow mounting in any Triple Aught Design pack or bag. Additionally, these attachment points allow Triple...

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06:57
Apple to use its own Authentec algorithm in the ‘...

Apple will use its own Authentec algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology to redesign a new fingerprint ID solution instead of Synaptics' Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor or Qualcomm's Sense ID fingerprint technology for its OLED “iPhone 8,” reports DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “industry sources.”

Apple acquired AuthenTec, a company that makes fingerprint sensors and identify management software, as well as a handful of chip foundries, in 2015. The Apple designed "built-in fingerprint sensor device" will almost replace the current TouchID capacitive touch technology.

Privaris primarily makes tiny fingerprint readers that attach to your key chain. In 2015, the company transferred 26 of its 31 patents to Apple.

Production for the new OLED iPhone is unlikely to start until September due to the redesigned fingerprint ID solution, says DigiTimes. This...

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06:57
NY Times: Apple’s devices lose luster in American...

Natasha Singer:

Apple’s Macs and iPads have lost significant ground in the U.S. educational market during the last three years, in 2016 slipping to third place behind Chromebooks and Windows devices, according to new research.

The research in question is this report from Futuresource. From the report:

At an operating system level, Chromebooks continue to gain market share, reaching 58% in 2016, up from 50% in 2015. The strong combination of affordable devices, productivity tools via G-Suite, easy integration with third party platforms/tools, task management/distribution via Google Classroom and easy device management remains extremely popular with US teachers and IT buyers alike.

And:

Whilst the growth of Chromebooks has certainly been a major headache for...

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06:54
Comment: Offering a 32GB iPhone 6 as an entry-level...

Apple has an interesting tightrope to walk when it comes to entry-level products. While you and I may choose Apple products because we like the UI, the ecosystem and the designs, a large chunk of the company’s customer base automatically buys Apple simply because it is seen as the most premium brand. They may not know the specific benefits of Apple products, but they are – to quote an old ad slogan for a lager – reassuringly expensive. If they cost more, they must be better.

Indeed, in many markets, being seen with an iPhone, iPad or Mac bestows social status for that very reason, making them aspirational products.

Apple cannot afford to dent that premium image by offering low-end products, but at the same time it needs to bring in new customers to maintain growth. So far, its approach to doing this has seemed to me to be smart. But offering a 32GB...

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06:39
Apple sues Qualcomm in UK court

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. sued Qualcomm Inc. in a U.K. court, adding to lawsuits across the globe in a sprawling battle over patents and licensing fees between the iPhone developer and the largest designer of mobile phone chips.

And:

Apple is separately suing Qualcomm in California, accusing it of monopolizing the market for chips for wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities.

At the heart of the dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is a push by phone makers, with support of some regulators, to reduce the patent royalties Qualcomm charges. Qualcomm gets the bulk of its revenue from selling chips, but more than half of its profit from a separate licensing business.

Sprawling. Exactly.

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06:36
Bare Bones to retire TextWrangler, fold features...

If I read this right, Bare Bones Software will take all of TextWrangler and fold it into the demo version of BBEdit. When your free 30-day demo expires, you’ll still have basic BBEdit features and ALL of the TextWrangler features.

Smart move, and respectful of the user base. And it still doesn’t suck.

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06:15
Apple adds second-generation Apple TV to “vintage”...

As much as you may love your second-generation Apple TV, it’s now on Apple’s “vintage” and “obsolete”products list, thereby rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

With the new change, the only places where service and parts may still be available are in Turkey and California, where the device is still classified as “vintage” according to an Apple support document. Vintage devices are defined as being made over 5 but less than 7 years ago, and the category typically excludes products from support except where required by law.

For all other places, the second-generation Apple TV has been declared “obsolete”, which generally refers to products discontinued more than seven years ago.

The second-generation Apple TV launched in September of 2010 with production ending in 2012, when it was replaced by the third-generation unit.

Apple is already largely distancing itself from the third-gen model, providing minimal updates. A fourth-...

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06:13
AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone and USB-C, iPads...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about USB-C and iOS devices, iPads as computer replacements, and what the definition of "pro" is.

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06:00
Rumor: All three 2017 iPhone models to feature...

It’s thought that all three upcoming iPhones will both retain the Lightning connectors but add USB-C Power Delivery for faster charging. The rumors currently state that Apple will release an all-new OLED model with a larger L-shaped battery and updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo offered the following comment in his most recent note:

New 2H17 models may all support fast charging. We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port). A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge. In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI’s power management and Cypress’s Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models. We note the OLED version may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design...

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06:00
CPUG Network announces 16th annual Las Vegas...

The Creative Pro User Group Network says the 16th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

This SuperMeet will celebrate the 16th anniversary of holding SuperMeets in Las Vegas and promises to be the single largest gathering of Adobe, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2017 NAB Show. 

The SuperMeet agenda hasn’t been announced, but will feature user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, HP|NVIDIA, Other World Computing, FCPWORKS and more. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle" where tens of thousands of dollars worth of valuable prizes will be handed out. Earlybird tickets are on sale online through March 27 for $10 each, plus a ticket fee, and $7 for students and teachers with a valid student ID. 

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05:30
How to stop pop-up ads in macOS Sierra’s Safari

Do pop-up ads annoy you as much as they annoy me? If so, you can stop ‘em fro popping in macOS Sierra’s Safari web browser. Here’s how:

Start by closing any pop-ups that are open on your Mac. Press the Close button on the pop-up. If the pop-up reappears or will not close, you can click the “x” on the tab or close the entire Safari window.

Close Safari. The next time you open the web browser, hold down the Shift key while Safari opens. This prevents Safari from automatically reopening any windows.

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05:19
Apple quietly re-launching iPhone 6 in a gold 32 GB...

Apple is re-launching the iPhone 6, originally released in 2014, in a 32 GB gold configuration. This model is technically ‘new’ as Apple never sold the iPhone 6 in a 32 GB SKU before; it debuted with 16/64/128 GB options.

The 32 GB iPhone 6 is going on sale at select carriers in Asia as a low-end model; the device is not sold by Apple retail. The device is launching on Taiwan Mobile on March 10 and has been quietly available in China since late February …

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05:08
City Guides coming to Facebook app, suggests places...

Facebook is testing a City Guides feature in its iOS app. When you’re visiting a city, the feature points you to popular attractions, upcoming events and places locals visit – but with the friend focus you’d expect from Facebook. The app highlights places friends have visited, and events friends are attending …

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05:00
FineReader Pro for Mac makes it easy to management...

By Aaron Lee

ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac allows you to easily edit, share, archive and search through your documents by turning them into popular electronic file formats, as well as copy and quote text from scans, PDFs and digital photos. By providing accurate text recognition, intelligent reconstruction of layout and formatting, and a straightforward interface, FineReader Pro for Mac offers a reliable alternative to manual retyping.

The tool provides tools for scanning documents and converting images of documents such as scans, photographs and PDFs into popular formats including DOCX, ODT, RTF, XSLX, searchable and protected PDF and PDF/A, PPTX, HTML, EPUB, and FB2. In addition, it allows users to process and recognize only selected areas on a document to quickly copy and quote information they need without having to process the entire document. FineReader Pro for Mac can also be effectively used to prepare documents for use by various text-to-...

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04:37
Report: iPhone 8 to start mass production in...

Digitimes is today reporting that Apple has developed a custom fingerprint sensor replacement for Touch ID, which will allow Apple to offer biometric fingerprint recognition in the iPhone 8 — a device that is rumoured to have no bezels at all. The report describes the component as a ‘built-in’ sensor which very much implies that it is integrated into the screen.

Rather than use Synaptic or Qualcomm technology, Apple will reportedly be building its own system using Authentec algorithms and Privaris glass tech. Strangely, the report also says that the iPhone 8 will not go into mass production until September …

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Thursday March 2

20:49
Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Silicon Valley screening...




Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his schedule to attend former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore's new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which was screened for a select audience in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

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20:23
After contradicting reports, do you think the iPhone...

Over the past few days, we’ve heard two conflicting reports regarding what sort of connection the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature. First, The Wall Street Journal reported that the upcoming iPhone will feature USB-C, with Apple shifting away from Lightning.

Then, earlier today, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPhone 8 will feature Lightning connectivity with internal changes to support a faster charging.

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Tim Cook introduces Al Gore’s new movie ‘An...

Former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore today debuted his new movie “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” in Silicon Valley. The movie comes as a sequel to the original film debuted in 2006.

In attendance of the debut in Silicon Valley today were Apple CEO Tim Cook and VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson…

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18:05
Spotify reaches 50 million paid subscribers

Spotify this afternoon announced that it has hit a new milestone, reaching a total of 50 million paying subscribers. That’s up from 40 million in September, suggesting Spotify is growing at a rapid pace despite the surging popularity of Apple Music.

I wonder where all of these people are coming from. Are the Tidal and Pandora users or are they new users that have never used streaming services before? Clearly, there’s still a lot of growth in the streaming business.

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17:50
Bare Bones Software to retire TextWrangler in favor...




Bare Bones Software recently announced it has halted development of popular -- and free -- OS X text and code editor TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit, the company's professional-level HTML and text editor.

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17:48
Amazon says human error caused outage that affected...

Earlier this week, Amazon’s Web Services suffered from a significant outage, bringing down a number of online services and plaguing Apple’s own iCloud platform. While not much was known about what caused the lengthy outage at the time, Amazon has published a new blog post detailing what exactly went wrong, pinpointing it on a human error.

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