Archive for August, 2016

Pre-Order Omate’s Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch with Amazon Alexa Voice Service on September 1st

by on August 30th, 2016

Omate3The fall is always one of my favorite times of the year with New York Fashion Week, new technology products launched and the upcoming holidays you can feel the excitement in the air. A new product that will only be available to pre-order September 1st through the 3rd on their Indiegogo campaign page is Omate ‘s Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch with Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

The Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch is the First Standalone 3G Enabled Smartwatch with Carbon Fiber Bezel Powered by Android and Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Omate launched their Indiegogo campaign for the Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch in December 2015 and was the world’s first two day crowdfunding campaign to raise over $240,000. 

Finally the much anticipated Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch will be available to purchase but note the pricing of $199.00 only last two days and after September third it will be $349.00. Since the list of specs and capabilities of the Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch is so long below are detailed pictures showing all the Rise’s bells and whistles.

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Starting tomorrow you could be the proud owner of the Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch but don’t forget it’s only available to pre-order for 2 days only and they only have 999 units so timing is of the essence.  To pre-order or to check out the Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch’s Indiegogo campaign page click here.

Below is a great video of Omate’s  Rise Limited Edition Smartwatch and the official Press Release. Enjoy!

 

Official Press Release:

Omate Announces the First Standalone 3G Enabled Smartwatch with Amazon Alexa

Seattle August 29, 2016 – Today, Omate announced the Omate Rise Limited Edition smartwatch with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service available later this year. The watch will be available for pre-order Sept. 1-3, 2016 on the Omate Rise Indiegogo page for $199.00 and will start shipping in Dec., 2016. Starting Jan., 2017, the price will increase to $349.00.

The Omate Rise Carbon Fiber Limited Edition with Amazon Alexa will feature a number engraved on the nano SIM card back plate from 001 to 999.

Additionally, backers of the Omate Rise Beta Tester Edition will receive access to the Amazon Alexa service via a firmware over-the-air update by the end of the year. Omate Rise early backers have so far contributed over $240,000 in just two days on Indiegogo.

With Amazon Alexa, Omate Rise users now have access to a range of over 2,000 skills straight from their wrist anytime, anywhere. Through the Omate Rise smartwatch, customers can gain access to a myriad of information, control their smart home devices, and much more.

“It has been a fantastic experience working with the Amazon Alexa team to bring Omate supporters voice-experiences through the Alexa Voice Service. We are excited to welcome new members to the Omate community with the exclusive Omate Rise Limited Edition with Amazon Alexa.” said Laurent Le Pen, CEO at Omate.

“We built the Alexa Voice Service so companies like Omate could bring their customers truly magical voice-experiences,” said Aaron Brown, Director of Amazon Alexa. “We’re excited to see customers communicating with Alexa while on-the-go through Omate Rise later this year.”

Ting 3G nano SIM card embedded Omate has partnered with Ting to include a FREE Ting GSM SIM card with the Rise Limited Edition with Amazon Alexa. “This partnership is such a great example of companies focusing on what they do best,” added Michael Goldstein, Ting VP of Sales and Marketing. “Omate makes beautiful, durable, capable smartwatches. We make it easy and affordable for their customers to get those smartwatches online. I think the combined experience will be very popular here in the US.

About Amazon:

Amazon is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

About Omate:

Omate is a hardware and software company that designs wearable tech / IoT products. Omate is a 500startups backed company operating in Mountain View – California and Shenzhen – China. Omate offers a full turnkey solution allowing tech, fashion, watch, jewelry brands and insurance companies to design IoT and wearable tech devices “Powered by Omate”. For more information please visit: www.omate.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/omateofficial or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @OmateOfficial.

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CES® 2017 Events, 50th Year Anniversary Celebration and Innovation Awards

by on August 26th, 2016

 Upcoming Events 

  • Innovate! and Celebrate – Register
    September 20-22, San Jose, CA
  • CES Unveiled Prague – Register
    October 20, Prague, Czech Republic
  • CES Unveiled Paris – Register
    October 25, Paris, France
  • CT Hall of Fame Dinner
    November 9, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled New York
    November 10, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 3, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES 2017
    January 5-8, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES Asia 2017
    June 7-9, Shanghai, China
**Information and pictures provided by CES and CTA.**
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New Indiegogo Campaign: Axum Gear – True Wireless Earbuds for Extreme Athletes

by on August 16th, 2016

AXToday Axum Gear launched their Indiegogo the world’s first wireless Bluetooth earbuds with M-voiD Technology using M-voiD Technology (Multidisciplinary Virtually Optimized Industrial Design Technology). I personally have been waiting for a while to have waterproof high quality wireless earbuds though I fear I may loose them.

The most important thing I have learned about audio in the 7 years of  writing for technology is not all products who say they are waterproof really aren’t. Trust me, I go through earbuds monthly for that reason or I accidently break them. I would love to review the Axum Gear earbuds and put them through my waterproof test. Along with being waterproof the Axum Gear can also endure extreme sport conditions and come in three different sizes to make the perfect fit while doing any sports activity. AX 2

Amazingly Axum Gear has surpassed their original goal of $15,000 on Indiegogo in the first couple hours of launching their Indiegogo campaign today. Their current grand total for funding this project is at $24,928 which is %166 of their initial goal and they still have a month to go! Below are the current packages to help back the Axum Gear campaign and they official press release from today. Also, for more information about the Axum Gear Indiegogo campaign click here.

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Official Press Release

August 16, 2016—Axum Gear announces the release of the world’s first-ever wireless Bluetooth earbuds to use M-voiD sound technology on Indiegogo. Up until this point, M-voiD technology has been almost exclusively used by luxury automobile manufacturers to create top-notch, surround-sound audio experiences for drivers. Now, Axum is doing the same thing, but for a different group of music enthusiasts—fitness buffs and extreme athletes.

Speaking of how his innovative, wireless earbuds came to be, Founder of Axum Gear Igal Golovan says, “I’ve always been an active guy with two passions—extreme sports and music. So, when I first heard about Bluetooth headphones, I figured there would be no better way to bring together the things I love to do. The next day, I bought a generic pair—they were awful.”

The answer to Golovan’s audio problem was to spend the next two years developing his own earbuds for athletes just like himself. Partnering with the German sound design experts at Konzept-X, he found that M-voiD’s realistic and predictive audio simulations created wired-sound quality with a freedom-filled, state-of-the-art wireless experience.

In addition to using M-voiD technology and a design structure featuring an adjustable hook that promises a secure fit for the athlete using them, Axum Gear’s earbuds come fully equipped with a number of other appealing features:

• Waterproof nano-coating to guarantee product longevity

• The latest APTx Bluetooth functionality

• Adjustable hooks to ensure universal fit

• Magnetic charging capabilities

ABOUT AXUM GEAR: Axum Gear is a sports technology and lifestyle brand. To learn more about Axum Gear and the company’s new-age wireless Bluetooth earbuds for fitness fanatics and extreme athletes, check out the company’s website: http://www.axumgear.com.

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Kickstarter “HELLO” Campaign: New Video Communication Device

by on August 15th, 2016

Hello 1Crowdfunding has become a phenomenon over the past five years. It never ceases to amaze me how many innovative products on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo make their goal. I typically receive several emails a week of new crowdfunding campaigns but HELLO stood out from them all plus the campaign is on Kickstarter, my favorite crowdfunding platform.

What is HELLO?

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HELLO is a Video Communication Device that is an affordable alternative to high-end video conferencing systems launched by Solaborate, HELLO connects to any TV and provides an all-in- one, voice-controlled smart-home or office-device for video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting, security surveillance with motion detection and more.

HELLO is engineered with four smart Microphones, a 4K video sensor and quad-core processor working together to guarantee that every person in the room is seen and heard clearly. HELLO also features both a built-in accelerometer and tilting lens, for an easy setup on any TV and the image captured is of the highest quality. HELLO is built for modern businesses, professionals, freelancers and creators at an affordable. Per the Solaborate team, HELLO cuts out the cost of networked conferencing hardware and IT services to install and maintain it.

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Recently HELLO activated its Stretch Goal  to $300K to add support for Microsoft Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, and Cisco WebEx. They are currently at $216,721 with 23 days to go to accomplish their goal. Kickstarter backers can get one for $189 or less, depending on the pledge package. All the backers of HELLO will also get unlimited lifetime use of HELLO at no cost. The HELLO will ship to backers 4 months after the successful campaign. Consumers can pre-order HELLO on Kickstarter at http://kck.st/2abHLnH.

Hopefully HELLO  Campaign will be a success and I will be able to do a product review in the near future. Good Luck HELLO!

 

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iPhone 7 Cases by PATCHWORKS

by on August 11th, 2016

Apple logo rainbowThe fall and pre-holiday season is always a fun time for newly released technology. It is also timing for a new iPhone model, iPhone 7 and 7 plus to be exact.

The rumorville continues to churn on if the iPhone 7 will launch on the 7th or will it be it be another alleged date of the 16th? The most current rumor is said but not confirmed with Apple that the new iPhone 7 will be launched on September 7th.

It is said that the iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5mm jack and instead earbuds can connect via Bluetooth or the lighting jack. Apple has confirmed one thing there will be more than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters that will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10.

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As we continue to speculate what will the iPhone 7 look like and new changes accessories are already being created for it. My favorite so far is the LEVEL Card Case by PATCHWORKS. As much as I like the Atlas Wallet Case I currently have for my iPhone 6S it would be nice to have a case less bulky and I believe the LEVEL card case is the solution.

Below are the different case models for the iPhone 7 that will be available also in the fall. If you would like to pre-order or want more information about PATCHWORKS click here.

LEVEL case

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 PATCHWORKS LEVEL case comes in all new revamped design with Clear Poly-carbonate back with Impact dispersion RIB design on sides. Drop proof (US MIL-STD-810G) and Style proof with its slimmest profile among drop protection cases available in the market.

LEVEL Card case

Level Card Case2Who wants to carry a wallet All-the-time? LEVEL Card case offers a card slot where you can store 2 cards securely and secretively. The slimmest profile among Drop protection cases that can hold 2 cards inside!

LEVEL Sky case

Level Sky 3Beautiful Sky. Onto your brand new iPhone 7. LEVEL Sky case added in-mold Laminated film of beautiful graphics of Sky onto the existing LEVEL case. All the great features of LEVEL case, PLUS a Sky into your hand.

FlexGuard case
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Looking for a perfect Grip case with Flexible and soft feel? Look no further. FlexGuard offers all that, PLUS superb drop protection using PoronXRD Impact resistant materials in 4 corners. Finished with Metalized Rubber to add a sense of gorgeousness.

PureSnap case

Pure 5We understand there are customers who prefer to add as minimal detail as possible for their new iPhone with reasonable protection. We wanted to take clear case to the next step, and came up with a ‘PureSnap’ case. This case is made with strong clear Poly-carbonate with UV coating, yet it covers all 4 corners of iPhone.

ITG Glass screen protectors

Glass 6Over a Million sold and still No. 1 in Premium Tempered Glass screen protection. As a pioneer in Glass screen industry, we promise to offer the BEST product you can get in the market. For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, we will Lauch ITG Plus, ITG Pro Plus, ITG Privacy, ITG Silicate and ITG Full Cover glass screen protectors.

As I get more news and accessories for the iPhone 7 I will share via Cutegeek and Hi-Tech Chic or on twitter at @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic.

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CES 2017 Music Contest: Open Call for all Musicians and Artists

by on August 9th, 2016

CES Logo 2016Announced today CES is having a Music Contest for the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show and has an open call for ALL musicians and Artist. Creators will compete for chance to be the CES2017 soundtrack and perform on CES stage in Las Vegas.

To enter the music contest and to see the rules and requirements it click here. 

As a reminder the contest closes on September 1, 2016 so don’t waste time and register for the contest. Also for those planning on attending CES 2017 registration opens on September 6th and you can find the CES registration page hereCES 2017

Good Luck to all those that enter the contest and below is the official Press Release for the Music contest. See you all at CES 2017!

Official Press Release:

Arlington, VA, August 9, 2016 – Building on the success of the inaugural CES® 2016 contest, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™  is once again hosting a contest for artists to have their music featured as the soundtrack for the CES® 2017 opening keynote video. The competition runs through September 1, 2016.

“Creative minds use consumer technology to shape and produce their art. Technology enables and enhances music, so we want to use our platform to help the career of a yet-to-be recognized musician,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association.

The winning individual or group will be publicly announced during CES Unveiled New York on November 10, 2016 and receive worldwide recognition as well as a $5,000 cash prize, a two-night stay in Las Vegas during CES 2017 and the opportunity to perform their winning song live on-stage prior to the opening keynote address. CES 2017 runs January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Eligible applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, September 1, 2016 and meet the following criteria:

  • Music must be an original piece
  • Music must be at least 90 seconds in length
  • Any lyrics cannot be offensive
  • All genres of music are welcome
  • The individual or musical group submitting the music must own the rights to the music and be willing to license the music to CTA in perpetuity for use in the keynote opening video, online distribution and for promotion purposes
  • Individuals or groups submitting music must be 18 years old or have written permission from a legal guardian to submit the music
  • Individuals or groups submitting must be legal U.S. residents
  • Music submitted by stock or royalty free music suppliers WILL NOT be accepted

Since winning last year’s contest, Lexie Hayden’s song “When I’m With You” has been featured in sorority Alpha Delta Pi’s national philanthropy video. Lexie now lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she is working on new music and performing in the area. The previous keynote video can be found on CES.tech featuring the CES 2016 winner’s music. Questions should be directed to music@CTA.tech.

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Ultimaker 2 Go Backpack

by on August 4th, 2016

UltimakerWhen I got this email with this image I honestly thought it was a joke (people do pranks to me all the time). It’s not, in fact it is the real deal. Ultimaker announced its new Ultimaker 2 Go backpack to allow users to travel with their Ultimaker 2 Go 3D printer. The Ultimaker 2 Go backpack now has more sturdy straps added to the original packaging case of the Ultimaker 2 Go.

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If I see someone walking down the street with the Ultimaker 2 Go backpack because it just looks plain funny! I could see how the Ultimaker 2 Go backpack is useful for users that go to allot of tech conventions since I see several 3D on the convention floor lately. The only concern I have is someone jumping me for the 3D printer in my huge awkward backpack. It’s not every day you see someone walking around with a 3D printer in tow on their back (but if you do kudos).

The Ultimaker 2 Go backpack will be included as an add-on with every Ultimaker 2 Go purchase of $ 1199.00.

Below are the features of the Ultimaker 2 Go backpack:

·         The Ultimaker 2 Go is safe and secure on the move.

·         The new backpack offers extra space to store tools and supplies.

·         Sturdy packaging provides additional support for plane, foot or bike travel.

If you want more information or want to purchase the Ultimaker 2 Go click here. Below is a video of using the Ultimaker 2 Go backpack on the streets of New York. Happy printing and happy hump day to you all!

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Back To School Tech Products

by on August 2nd, 2016

It’s time to do some Back to School shopping this weekend as it’s Texas Tax Free Weekend which is August 5-7, 2016. To help you all out here is a short list of some interesting and cool technology products for Back to School 2016.

ZEUS Educational Package

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3D Printers have become pretty popular and though they are really cool they still are on the pricey side of consumer electronics. Till August 27th, 2016, ZEUS is offering 249$ off any ZEUS machine purchase or $300 off any ZEUS Educational Package purchase. To redeem, enter the code “BACKTOSCHOOL” during checkout on the ZEUS website.

Gazelle.com

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Gazelle.com has a brand new Apple promotion for back to school. For those that do not know of Gazelle it is the leading trade-in site for consumer electronics, and they are currently offering savings of up to $100 (or more!) on MacBooks and iPads. Each Gazelle certified, pre-owned device must pass a 30-point quality inspection and comes with a 30-day risk-free return policy. New users also will receive $10 off their first order!! To learn more about this deal, monthly payment plans or to check out the Gazelle.com site click here.

OGIO Cinnamon Hudson Back Pack

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Last year I got the OGIO Cinnamon Hudson back pack to review. The cool thing about this back pack is that its main compartment can fit most 15 inch laptops, while the front organizer panel will keep everything in its place. I love the functionality, durability, and the Cinnamon color which is perfect for fall!

Freedom Earbuds by Jaybird

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New wireless earbuds are a must for back to school and I am in love with the new Freedom Blue tooth Wireless Earbuds that I just received from Jaybird. Freedom Wireless Earbuds come with a Charging Clip, Comply™ Foam Ear Tips: S/M/L, Silicone Ear Tips: S/M/L, Secure-Fit Ear Fins: S/M/L, Cord Management Clips, Cord Shirt Clip, USB 2.0 Charging Cable, and Magnetic Carry Case. The play time is 4 hours plus an additional 4 hours with included charging clip and Freedom Wireless Earbuds are compatible with any Bluetooth device including iPhone (3, 3S, 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus), Apple Watch, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad mini, the new iPod nano, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Android Wear Smartwatches, PC, Mac and gaming devices.

CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Apple Pencil holder and Smart Connector for iPad Pro 9.7 inchLogi case

Logitech announced today their new CREATE Backlit Key Board Case for the iPad Pro 9.7 just in time for back to school shopping. CREATE is the iPad Pro case that has all-around protection against bumps, scratches and spills. The outer fabric of the case is resistant to spills and can be wiped clean. The inside has a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a keyboard module. It’s currently $129.99 and to get more information about the CREATE Backlit Key Board Case or to purchase it click here.

Logitech’s M325C Party Collection Mice

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If you are a huge Logitech fan like I am and want to dress up your desk in your dorm check out Logitech’s latest M325C Party Collection. The M325C Party Collection offers 5 different colorful mice and it’s Logitech, who makes a better mice than them?! The M325C Party Collection is a great way to spruce up your desk and they start at $29.99. Click here to view or buy the M325C Party Collection.

Kidz Gear Headphones

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Kidz Gear has volume limit headphones called KidzControl™ and are designed to have the safest listening experience for your child. . They have wired, wireless bluetooth and headphones with a mic included. Headphones based on your personal needs start at $19.99 and you can purchase them here.

Good luck this tax free weekend and good luck to all the folks going back to school this fall! I will continue to post more products for Back to School and Product Reviews throughout August. Stay tuned!

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ATX Classic Game Fest 2016

by on August 1st, 2016

Classic Game FestThis weekend I attended the Classic Game Fest in Austin, Texas. To be honest if it wasn’t for the fact that it was in Austin and Tekforce was performing I probably wouldn’t have stayed long. Not that it’s not cool; I’ve been going to so many gaming conferences I am conferenced out (that and getting probed by teenage boy’s light sabers in my bum gets annoying real quick).

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Since the Classic Game Fest is all about retro games there was not any major announcements and mostly us geeks playing all the games we use to love as a kid. The Classic Game Fest included 45,000 square feet of about 6,000 retro video games at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. There was also several different booths where you can purchase old school game cartridges, accessories and memorabilia of games from Atari, Sega, and Nintendo. I did not expect to see the various rows of old school gaming on Macs (Apple 2 I believe) and PCs; took me back to kindergarten.

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One of my favorite booths was Geekazoid that has customizable cases for your smart phone. A true geek is always excited to customize their technology. Geekazoid also has some unique case designs like the Edgar Allan Poe Cell Phone Case for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. To check out more of Geekazoid’s designs and unique products or accessories click here.

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In true Nina fashion while at Classic Game Fest I asked random people I don’t know to take a picture with me. It’s amazing how many people immediately agree. The Flashion Statement shirt does attract allot of people.

Lastly the Tekforce performance which also included MegaRan, Doug Funnie and 1-up was awesome. I first saw Tekforce perform in Dallas after a grueling day of Comic Con and it was a breath of fresh air considering I was at the convention center all day. I was also avoiding a few annoying people by going to a show outside the convention center. It was the first time I ever saw Tekforce and the performance of “Level Up.” I was intrigued considering it’s a rap about gaming and we all know how much I love rap and hip hop.

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Interestingly enough at the Classic Game Fest Tekforce performed at the convention center instead. To my amazement I spent more time at the convention center than I intended to or normally do because of Tekforce. Take notes for those who plan major conventions; having a live band or performance in the convention center makes people stay longer. Besides the wackadoodle chick trying to dance with me during the entire show it was cool to see MegaRan, Doug Funnie and 1-up perform with Tekforce considering I haven’t seen them all on stage. To check out more of Tekforce’s music or to buy a CD click here.

All and all it was another successful technology convention. I actually got approach by few people that have been Cutegeek fans for a while and they knew me! How cool is that?! Sometimes I wonder if people actually read my posts and this was validation they do and they like my articles.

Below are a few more videos of from the Classic Game Fest and Tekforce performance. Enjoy and see you all at the next tech convention!

 

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