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Gifts For The Tech-Lover In Your Life

Although being able to give someone a gift – whether it’s their birthday, for another special occasion, or even if it’s simply because you feel like it, it’s often not the easiest thing in the world when you really don’t know what someone likes or if they already have everything, or even if they’re just one of those people who seem to be a bit fussy about the things they have.

However, other people do make it a bit easier, but then comes the question of what to get them within the area that you know they really like – and sometimes this can be even more difficult than not knowing what they like because that way you have more options to get it right, and this way you’re feeling overwhelmed with too many options.

So, in this post we’re going to share with you some of our top tips for gift ideas for the tech-lover in your life.



Drones have become massively popular in the last few years, and we have to admit they’re seriously cool things, so why wouldn’t they be popular? However, whilst they were at first only available to the military, the government and the media, they’re now available to pretty much anyone, and although they’re not exactly the cheapest things on the planet to buy, they would make an excellent gift for someone who’s a bit on the techy side. It’s important to remember though that drones are banned in many countries, so for example if someone is planning to use one whilst traveling to take pictures with, then this is going to be something they need to check the law on before deciding to take the drone with them because otherwise they risk it being confiscated or even finding themselves faced with a fine.



Although the hoverboards we have nowadays aren’t exactly those we envisioned from movies like Back To The Future, they are still pretty cool and would make a really fun gift for the techy person in your life. The great thing about hoverboards is that they’re available in most price ranges so you’ll pretty much always be able to find one to suit the budget you have available, and they also have cool features such as bluetooth.


Car/Motorbike Accessories:

If the person you’re buying a gift for is someone who has a passion for cars or motorbikes, then a great gift for them could be something like accessories for their car or bike. You can find all kinds of techy gadgets and cool supplies both offline and online at places like Solo Moto, so you’ll be able to see a huge selection of things that they could really enjoy and would get a lot of use out of.



Gadgets like laptops and tablets may not be the cheapest items on the market in the technology space today, however, if you know a tech-lover and are looking for a great gift, then you’re going to struggle to go wrong in this area since most of the ones being made today have some seriously cool features and are extremely powerful in many ways, and although they’re not cheap, they do come in a good variety of price ranges to suit most budgets depending on the features you’re looking for and how much you’re looking to spend.


VR Headset:

Virtual Reality has become massive in the past 5 years and is fast becoming one of the biggest and fastest growing industries in the technology sector, so it’s definitely one that anyone who’s interested in technology will be watching with enthusiasm. One of the best things about VR, aside from how advanced it’s becoming is that it’s actually affordable to normal people, and most of the big tech giants such as Samsung are really looking to cash in on this desire for people to have VR at an accessible and affordable price point, so this could easily be one of the best gifts they ever receive if you decide to pursue this route.



Although a camera may be just a camera to some people, if you know someone who loves to take photos either as a hobby or on a semi-professional level, then a good camera is something they’ll see as an investment and something they’ll truly appreciate because they know that a good camera will really enhance the photos they take. So, if you’re looking for a great gift, this is definitely one you can’t go wrong with and that will have lots of cool features.

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Car Tech You Really Need

The latest cars are all full of technology most of which is for safety or comfort reasons, as well as making the cars more efficient and cheaper to run. The technology has advanced at such a pace that you do not have to go back many years to find cars that have very little technology in them. You can always add some to older cars, and there are hundreds of great gadgets that could help to enhance your driving experience. However, there are also some technologies that will stay as part of newer cars only.


Dash Cams

Many new cars are being fitted with a dash cam, and some have a rear view facing cameras too. If you have an older car it is very simple to add a dash cam to it and then you will have a recording of the journeys you have made. These can be very useful evidence if there is a dispute with another road user.


Portable Jump Starter

Traditionally, car jump starters are made from a large battery that you store in your garage. Now there is one that is small enough to keep in the glove compartment of your car. It includes a USB charger that you can use for your other devices and has a built-in torch in case you need to use it in the dark.


300W Inverter

Most cars have USB ports these days, but what if you need to use something that needs a 3-pin socket? Then you need an inverter, which will change your cars 12V DC electricity supply to 240V AC in the UK. If you need to power anything over 150W, you have to clip the inverter directly to your battery. That will then be enough to power a laptop or a camping fridge.


Automatic Emergency Braking

This uses a variety of sensors to determine if a forward collision crash is about to happen and automatically applies the brakes to reduce its severity or to stop it or all together. This is going to be fitted as standard on all new cars by 2022 but would take a lot of work to install in an older car.


Technology Helping Maintenance

This technology might not be in your car, but the latest developments in servicing and maintenance can certainly help to keep in in a better condition at a more reasonable cost. For example, Mercedes AMG servicing & genuine parts do not have to break the bank and will prolong your car’s performance.  Technology and highly trained technicians have been combined to create the best service possible for your car maintenance and repairs.


Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control has been around for years, but now it can adapt to the speeds of the traffic around you. By using an array of sensors built into the car it will adjust the speed to suit the cars in front of you. Some of the more advanced systems will even stop and restart the car without you having to do a thing.


Technology and car are like everything else that is going on around us. They will continue to evolve and be very different in just a few years to how they are today.


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Twitter Conversations Subscription

Since Twitter rolled out a prototype app called Twttr, and other features which have been spotted in Twitter’s code. Such as a ‘Hide Tweet” button. Twitter also confirmed today that a feature will allow people to subscribe to an individual conversation. Without having to “like” or RT the tweet.

It was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong,a reverse engineer. She often peeks inside popular apps to discover new features that are on the way.

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Wong spoke to TechCrunch and found the new feature within the Android version of the Twitter app. It’s jus a prototype for now though. The new button is said to be placed in the top right hand corner of a Tweet.

When TechCrunch reached out to Twitter, they didn’t provide any details of a launch yet. The feature is still under development and that the new feature is designed to make Twitter more conversational.  Allegedly this is one of Twitter’s top goals at the moment. Alongside making abuse less prominent on the site.

The new feature will allow users to follow a conversation thread, without liking the tweet or joining in the conversation. Users can also opt to receive notifications for a conversation too.


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Apple March 25th Streaming

Apple March 25th Streaming Event – Surprise?

The Apple March 25th Streaming Event which many believe to be the birth of a long awaited video service. Which will be of a streaming service of some sort. However it may not be the typical Netflix type of subscription video service. But something else entirely different.

If rumours are to be believed it may be an enhanced version of the iTunes store and associated Tv app for the iPhone/iPad. The event is said to be more of an update to an already established service than the birth of a new one. The new updated platform will hold all of Apple’s Originals and the iTunes transactional video on demand service (movies, tv shows). Furthermore it will aggregate a broad range of third party tv and OTT video services. So things like HBO and of Showtime.


The new service will not be available to non-Apple devices. But Apple is also opening iTunes video content for viewing on non Apple devices via Airplay 2, on third party smart Tv’s. Apple make more money via third party services than it does selling movies and tv shows through iTunes. According to Ovum, iTunes global market share fell from 70% in 2011 to 22% in 2018! Yet it’s share in global retail OTT video revenue share it’s increased from 5% in 2016 to 10% in 2018.

It appears like Apple’s aim would be to get people back into iTunes. With the help from their Apple Originals videos. According to Ovum, the Originals service will also be free to Apple device owners, the content may also be already pre installed in the new app! Consequently once people are using iTunes, Apple will encourage users to browse their TVOD service and to sign up for the third party streaming services.

Apple will look to take all the best bits from Netflix/Amazon and incorporate them into their service. For example the high end productions from Netflix (Apple Originals) aggregation of third-party services (such as Amazon Prime Channels) and the curation of the TVOD service (Amazon). With Apple’s closed wall ecosystem and a 600million Apple device user base and what you’d expect to be a user friendly interface, Apple may be in a strong position.

The Future

According to Ovum, hybrid services that the one Apple is rumoured to be launching will take 33% of subscription market share by 2023. While Netflix’s global market share will stabilise around the 20% mark and Amazon’s will slightly increase to 12%.

Apple look to be placing their bets on rather than building a rival to Netflix. To reimagine TV while incorporating the best of Netflix. It seems as though Apple will move into this strategy in to the 2020’s. With a TV world whereby consumers can build their own entertainment package from multiple on-demand services and linear channel services. Plus AVOD where it charges consumers a subscription for access while also carrying advertising. While 2010’s belonged to Netflix and streaming the forthcoming years may look very different.

Figure 1: Netflix, Amazon and other services in the USA, 2018-2023 (in millions)

 Apple March Event Streaming

Source: Ovum

Google Stadia: Netflix of Gaming?

Google have announced an unveiled a brand new gaming platform. Which is very different to what Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are offering right now. It’s called Stadia and the games will be streamed to you via an internet browser. Which are said to be better than console quality! Stadia is said to work on existing desktops, laptops, tv’s and phones, said Phil Harrison VP and general manager of Google. Even the least powerful of PC’s can run Stadia!

The tech giant also revealed a controller for Stadia. It looks much like a regular console controller. Though it also has a Google Assistant button and a capture button to capture gaming and directly put it on YouTube.

Google Stadia Controllers

ID Software announced that Doom Eternal will be one of the first games on launch. Which will be in 2019 in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Exactly when that is in 2019 is unknown. No pricing was announced either.

Stadia: How?

How can even smartphones, TV’s and not so powerful PC’s play these top end games? Well, because the games run elsewhere on Google’s own high end hardware. You connect to it via the internet, the hardware then does all the hard work and sends you a video feed of what you are playing back to you. Essentially.

However, other services such as ‘OnLive’ which tried this back in the day (2010-2015) and Nvidia’s GeForce Now where some have encountered lag. They suffered due to the difficulty of offering high end games via an internet connection. But the question remains is it their end or is it the consumers own internet?

Lag: A delay between an action being performed on a controller or keyboard and the action being replicated on screen.

Google have said that the controller will connect to the internet directly. Which will then communicate with their servers which will reduce the amount of lag that players may encounter.

Impressively (if they pull this off) Google will be able to offer games at 4K at 60FPS and up to 8K 120FPS in the future. (Who needs 8K?!?) The Stadia is also insanely powerful with a GPU of 10.7 GPU teraflops while Xbox One X the worlds most powerful console has 6 GPU teraflops and the PS4 pro has 4.2 GPU teraflops. Basically, it’s very very good.


Google Stadia: We have some questions.

All very impressive indeed although we have some questions:

  • Are the games like Netflix: Pay to play many games for 1 subscription fee
  • Or we have to buy our own games?
  • Can we download our games to play them offline?
  • How does multiplayer work?
  • Are the multiplayer lobbies/parties
  • Is there protection from hacking?
  • What happens when the internet goes down?
  • How will my games me kept secure
  • How many games are available?
  • Will all the AAA games be available at launch
  • Will the footage be flagged for copyright from Stadia’s own capture system from YouTube’s Copyright flagging software?

But most of all, how laggy will it be? People’s internet will need to be able to cope with the game, if there’s the slightest bit of lag it will put gamers off. Coupled with multiplayer games, if there’s double the lag, people will not want to use the service.

It’s an interesting time to be a gamer certainly as Microsoft have their cloud service in the works too with ‘Xcloud’ so is this the way gaming is heading or will it supplement good ol’ physical disks or downloads.

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Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10: Get it at the right price!

First of all, as gadget lovers we all want the latest and greatest phone that’s out every year. While that may be the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Apple phone out later on this year. The phone’s available on offer are getting dearer and dearer though., have listed ways in which give us, the punters the best way to save some cash when buying new phones. Looking at the best contract or the best solution when trading in phones. Furthermore they’ll look at the best deals in buying and selling phones and sim only options.

Rob Baillie’s Tips

If you want the new Samsung Galaxy S10 or are waiting for the Galaxt Fold, will have the best solution for you. While, phones are getting dearer and they want to help.

“This was an interesting gamble for Samsung. The rush to seize the spotlight ahead of the biggest mobile event of the year meant they risked splitting the interest – deflecting buyers away from a very impressive S10 flagship handset, and towards the technically flashy, futuristic Fold device, that is at a price point which it can’t really back up yet in terms of proving value, that said sales are looking strong suggesting their new model does enough to get people upgrading.

The good news is that recycling prices have held steady in the aftermath of the launch, despite older phones typically declining in value when a new model is launched. In the four days leading up to the launch the average Samsung device trade in value was £70.66, and the four days after it was £70.78 with the average S9 losing less than £1 off the best price in the period before” Rob Baillie, mobile expert at

Not so Smart

Rob even gave some advice for those not looking to have all the latest gizmo’s:

“If you’re not yet ready to make that kind of investment, there are some fantastic phones on the market at the moment that won’t cost you thousands but also a lot of competing messages. The average consumer is likely to be lost in jargon-heavy white noise – do they need 5G? Do they need a bigger screen? Do they need a smaller screen? – when what they really want is a stable phone with a good performance and battery life. The market is about to be flooded with options and the risk is it will simply leave consumers with analysis paralysis, choosing to make no choice at the risk of making the wrong one. This is why we have rounded up the best options on the market.” Rob Baillie, mobile expert at

Trade In’s

To save some cash you can unlock your mobile at no additional cost to you once you are out of contract. So, all you have to do is phone your provider. Consequently, you can sell it to a much wider market this way. Furthermore you can get an additional 10% on what you would’ve received if you want to trade it in! Also, see below for a look at what you can be entitled to:

Device Working
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB £             73.00
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB £           220.10
Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB £           121.00
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB £           123.10
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB £           300.26
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB £            95.00
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 64GB £           248.20
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB £           203.00
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB £           280.20
Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB £            36.00
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB £            300
Apple iPhone 6 16GB £           85.00
Apple iPhone 7 32GB £           178.10
Apple iPhone 8 64GB £           321.10
Apple iPhone X 64GB £           476.10
Apple iPhone XS 64GB £           645.00

 Rob Baillie’s Picks


BUY: A Samsung Galaxy s10e 128GB on O2 via e2save , with £190 upfront cost, 4GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts

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BUY: Galaxy S10 plus with 128GB of memory on ee via Metrophone with no upfront cost and a mighty 60GB of data

Extras: unlimited minutes and texts + £25 auto-cashback

Monthly price: £58.00

SELL: Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB for £280.20



BUY: Galaxy S10 128GB on EE via with 50GB of data

Extras: unlimited minutes and texts

Monthly price: £43 + £99 for the handset

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DJI Osmo Pocket

DJI Osmo Pocket

The DJI Osmo pocket is an upgrade to the previous DJI Osmo as you can see the difference between the two products is absolutely incredible! It is such a small device, designed to be as convenient to you as your wallet, easy to remove from your pocket to quickly capture precious moments. But even though it is a much much MUCH smaller device, the video quality is absolutely incredible!

The DJI Osmo Pocket is the smallest 3-axis stabilized camera that DJI have ever designed. Focused on the capturing of life’s precious moments at a moments notice. In just seconds you can share the most important aspects of your life anytime. In real time the Osmo pocket can precisely adjust to your movements and make for some silky smooth movie like recordings.

The camera quality is not to be argued against either. The Osmo pocket shoots with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture. It can also shoot 4K/60fps video at 100 Mbps, slow motion video at 1080p/120fps 4x, and photos at 12 MP! Absolutely mind blowing when you see just how SMALL this device is! The Osmo has intelligent functions like ActiveTrack, Motionlapse, and 3×3 Panorama, Osmo Pocket unleashes your creativity with impressive effects that are impossible with smartphones.

DJI Osmo Pockets companion: DJI Mimo

DJI Mimo’s Story Mode is the companion app that lets you shoot edit and even share all that you create with the DJI Osmo Pocket. It is designed to help create professional quality video, no matter where you are! Taking advantage of preset shooting patterns and camera motions that are built right into the app! My Story also lets you add templates, filters, music and even watermark stickers!

You can even take some incredible photos with the DJI Osmo Pocket. Pro mode lets you manually adjust a ton of camera parameters. Such as exposure, ISO and even shutter speed. Something that is brought from the big boy DSLR’s is also available on the tiny Osmo Pocket. You can even shoot RAW/D-Cinelike Videos.


There’s a ton of accessories available for the Osmo Pocket allowing you a ton more creativity:

Controller Wheel: Dial a precise pan and tilt

ND Filter Set: Enabling more control of camera settings in any lighting condition.

Accessory Mount: Provides compatibility with a wide range of sports camera accessories to use Osmo Pocket for sports and action-based scenarios.

Smartphone Adapter: The Smartphone Adapter (Lightning, USB-C) allows you to connect your smartphone to the Osmo Pocket and use DJI Mimo App to experience more


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Samsung S10

Samsung Galaxy S10, Fold and much more!

Samsung recently announced a bunch of new phones including a brand new foldable smartphone called the Galaxy Fold. We have a plethora of Samsung Galaxy S10 information to tell you all about, plus new wearables!

Samsung S10

So, Samsung announced a total of 4 different variations of their flagship phone this year. The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e and the S10 5G version.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has an Infinity-O AMOLED display, which this time round has got rid of the notch and replaced it with a keyhole design. The only thing that’s preventing the S10 to be fully screen is the camera and we’re sure that at some point in the near future we will definitely see a full screen phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, has a 6.1″ display, the S10+ 6.4″, both are curved QUad HD+ screens and come with an inscreen fingerprint reader. Surprisingly the S10 5G version has an even bigger screen that the S10+ at 6.7″ Cameras are very impressive on the S10 too. Both the higher end models have a 12MP camera with variable aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4), that’s for the ‘main’ camera. There’s three in total. The ultra wide camera is 16MP and has a f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto has a f/2.4 camera. The selfie camera is 10Mp. Field of view portrait style photo’s are only possible on the larger end models, that being the S10+ and 5G version.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ have 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. However, if you’re pockets are deep you can go to 12GB RAM and an INCREDIBLE 1TB of storage, and that’s not including the optional microSD card slot for storage either! The high end 5G version is only available at 8GB RAM and no storage expansion. It’s also a little thicker than the other models too. The 5G version also has the biggest battery out of them all, standing at a crazy 4,500mah battery.  S10 and S10+ will be available on March 8th, costing $900 and $1000.

Release for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for the UK is at the beholden of carriers in the UK adopting 5G. Furthermore the Samsung Galaxy S10’s also have inductive charging on them so users can charge their Galaxy Buds, or Galaxy Watch Active on them. Even their phones. By simply placing the products on the rear of the devices.

The S10e is to rival the cheaper iPhone XR and as you’d expect, it’s slightly less powerful than it’s bigger brothers. There’s 6GB of RAM and only 256GB of storage, however, you can add in storage via the microSD slot. The screen is also smaller at 5.8″ flat Full HD+ AMOLED display. No in-screen fingerprint reader either. There’s a sensor on the side of the handset instead. Camera’s are the same, yet, there’s no telephoto or depth sensor on the front. March 8th is when you’ll be hable to get your hands on it and at a lower price too at $750.

Galaxy Fold

So, foldable phones are here and Samsung are the first to the punch with the Galaxy Fold. It’s as you’d expect. EXPENSIVE! $1,980 to be exact.

The screen is 7.3″ when folded out and the screen on the front is 4.6″. You could argue that the screen on the front is the secondary screen. Especially as it’s so small and designed just to show important information.Both screens are AMOLED, while the screen on the inside is described as Flex AMOLED.

It’s when you open up the device is when you get much more detail. Therefore much more real estate to do whatever you want, even run up to 3 apps at once if you wish. Watch a video on YouTube, whilst sharing it on Twitter and talking about it on WhatsApp. The smaller screen for example can show you basic information on Google Maps on the front, however, open it up and you see much more of your route.

There’s 12GB of RAM in this bad boy, 512GB of storage and a 4,380mAh battery to power it all. There’s 3 rear cameras, 2 front cameras and a 10MP sensor on the cover, therefore you’re never without a camera.

Galaxy Buds

As stated above the Galaxy Buds can be charged by placing them in their case and putting them on the rear of the Galaxy S10. They sell for $130 when they release on March 8th. However if you pre-order a Galaxy S10, you’ll get a pair thrown in for free.

The buds have Ambient Sound mode, that will make the sound around you clearer. You can activate it by taping them, this is Quick Ambient Mode. They also have “adaptive dual microphones” this will help people who are at the other end of phone calls hear you clearer. Regardless of how noisy the environment you’re in is. The way that this works is via the “inner mic” this will pick up your voice internally when in a busy environment. The Buds are able to sense your environment and will switch from the mic on the outside to the inside. Samsung have described the Galaxy Buds as use for both listening and talking.

They’ll last 6hrs when listening to music on a single charge or 5hrs when talking. The case, which comes with the buds as standard, will provide an additional 7hrs of battery life if you run out of charge when out and about. You can also quick charge these. 15mins will give you 1.5hrs of charge.


Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung also showed off a brand new fitness first focused smartwatch. It has blood pressure monitoring, stress tracker, automatic workout detection. The stress tracker will give users breathing exercises to users when it feels as though it’s user is overwhelmed. The Galaxy Watch Active is also smaller than the Galaxy Watch that is out now, additionally it’s thinner too, making it mroe comfortable to wear. Not only in workouts but every day too. It’s also out on March 8th alongside the S10 and sells for $199.




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Talisker Tasting Experience

Whiskey With Alexa!

Voice is going to be HUGE in 2019 and there are more and more usages that companies are discovering every day. One of the interesting ones that we’ve used is from Diageo. It’s available on Amazon’s Alexa and it’s called Talisker Tasting Experience. Once asking Alexa to open Talisker Tasting, consumers will be asked to name the Whiskey that they own. Be that the Talisker Skye, Talisker Storm or Talisker 10 year old Single Malt. Once informed Alexa will begin an audio journey. Consequently drinkers will be taken through an auditory journey of how to taste the Scotch and get to know the richness and complexity of flavours from within the Talisker range. Furthermore after completing their drink, tasters will be invited asked to ask questions about the story of their drink, or flavours of Scotch that they’re interested in.

The final stage invites the taster to ask questions about the story behind their drink or flavours of Scotch they may like to try in the future.

“Talisker is a brand with an extremely rich heritage, produced by the sea on the Isle of Skye. When approaching this project, we were looking to bring elements of this location and the fantastic tasting tours at the Talisker Distillery into people’s homes.”

“Voice is the perfect technology to do just this and provide an enhanced brand experience by putting the consumer, product and brand at the centre of a tasting, in a completely seamless and non-intrusive way.” Benjamin Lickfett, Head of Technology and Innovation at Diageo

Additional Apps

This isn’t the only Alexa based app from Diageo either! They also have  ‘The Bar’ which was released in December 2017. However, this app is specifically for the Echo Show. This app will highlight how to master mixology techniques and shop for ingredients. All through voice led advice. Furthermore  Happy Hour Amazon Alexa Skill uses voice to provide cocktail recipes. Consequently, the app will even recommend bars to drinkers, specific bars to enjoy a Diageo cocktail.

While, voice is getting really really good and we’re intrigued to find out how Diageo will develop their voice technology. It’s worked really well for the Talisker Tasting Experience and we cannot wait to see more!

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