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Best wireless mice for Chromebooks

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Best wireless mice for Chromebooks

Which wireless mice are best for Chromebooks?

While your Chromebook's trackpad works well enough for most situations, there are some tasks for which a wireless mouse is better.

Whether you need a wireless mouse to scroll through long documents faster, or to perform fine manipulations, there's a great wireless mouse out there with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites.

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

The Microsoft Touch Mouse is unique in that it has no buttons or a scroll-wheel, yet it functions as though it has them.

Instead of pressing physical buttons or using a scroll-wheel, you tap and swipe, much like you would on the touchscreen of your phone.

It is comfortable to use with either hand and has the benefit of Microsoft's Bluetrack technology, which helps it work on pretty much any surface.

If you're looking for a unique mouse that works well with either hand and on most surfaces, then the Microsoft Touch Mouse might be the one for you.

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Logitech Wireless Mouse M320

Logitech Wireless Mouse M320

Available in black, blue, red, and two-tone gray and yellow, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M320 has received positive reviews from users and reviewers alike for its long battery life and its functionality.

Logitech states that this mouse will last up to two years on a single AA battery. Mileage may vary, but in general, users report that the battery does last a while — maybe a year or more on average.

Another benefit of this mouse is that its curved, asymmetric shape and rubber surface make it comfortable to use for long periods of time.

If you want a wireless mouse that has a long battery life, is comfortable to hold, and comes in different colors, then check this one out.

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Logitech Performance MX

Logitech Performance Mouse MX

Logitech's Performance MX is meant for people who do a lot of mouse work on a daily basis. Reviewers and consumers alike praise it for its well-crafted, durable design and for its superb functionality.

Made for right-handed users, its sculpted shape fits easily and comfortably in your hand and if you use your mouse a lot, then you'll really appreciate how good it feels to grip. Its Darkfield Laser also tracks on most surfaces, including glass.

This mouse has a rechargeable battery that you can charge either by connecting it to your Chromebook via the USB cable it comes with, or by connecting it to its wall charger, which is also included. If you plug it into your Chromebook, you can continue to use it while it is charging.

If you use your mouse a lot, want one with a rechargeable battery, and you want it to work on glass, then consider the Logitech Performance MX.

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AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver

AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse

The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is a 2.4 GHz mouse that connects to your Chromebook via a small USB transceiver. Customer reviews state that it works well and is easy to use, providing an amazing value for a bargain price.

This optical mouse comes with a one year warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you can always get a replacement.

If you're looking for an inexpensive wireless mouse that does the job, then the AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is for you.

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Logitech Marathon M705

Logitech Wireless Marathon M705

The Logitech Marathon M705 is another wireless mouse that has received accolades from reviewers and consumers raving about well it works and how long it lasts on a single set of AA batteries.

Designed to conserve battery power, this mouse can last as long as three years on one set of batteries. Customers who have been using it for a while confirm that it indeed uses less power than comparable mice.

Sculpted for right-handed people, the Logitech Marathon M705 remains comfortable to hold, even after many hours of use.

In addition, its laser-tracking keeps its clicks precise and gives you the ability to whiz through long documents and web pages with ease.

If you are looking for a mouse with a long battery life that is comfortable to hold for long periods of time, then the Logitech Marathon M705 is a great choice.

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Logitech MX Master

Logitech MX Master

The Logitech MX Master is the master of all wireless mice because of its ability to track well even on glossy surfaces and its long battery life. Reviewers and users agree that it's a top-notch wireless mouse.

With a shape sculpted for your right hand, it is comfortable to use all day. In fact, it was designed for people who use their mice a lot, all day, every day.

It has a rechargeable battery, so you never have to replace it. Simply connect it to your Chromebook using its USB cable and continue using it while it charges. If you don't have an extra USB port, you can use its wall-charger unit instead. Either way, four minutes gives you four hours of use and a full charge will last you up to 40 days.

If you're looking for a wireless mouse that will work, even on glass, and has a long-lasting rechargeable battery, the Logitech MX Master is a great choice.

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Which wireless mice are your favorites?

We've looked high and low for great wireless mice that work with the Chromebook, but we're only human, and we might have missed something super-amazing. Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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5 months ago

Best wireless security cameras

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Best wireless security cameras

Security, sans power cables.

Having a home security camera is a great way to keep an eye on your house while you're out. Sometimes, you'd like to place your camera in such a way that power cables might be cumbersome or might not reach. Battery-powered security cameras are an excellent solution but are few and far between right now, since they usually have to compromise on key features. We've rounded up our favorites to help keep your security untethered to power outlets (for a while at least).

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5 months ago

Best accessories for Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Best accessories for Toshiba Chromebook 2

Customize your Toshiba Chromebook 2 with these great accessories!

So you've got yourself a Toshiba Chromebook 2 and want to know how you can make it your own.

Don't worry, we've done the searching for you and we know just what you'll need, so you can deck it out with all the best accessories.

Skinit vinyl skins

Skinit Chromebook 2 skins

A vinyl skin is a great way to decorate your Chromebook 2 and protect it from scratches. Skinit offers hundreds of skins with designs ranging from Hello Kitty to your college alma mater, classics paintings to abstract art starting at around $30. You can also customize a skin with your own photos or artwork.

The skins are a breeze to install and just as easy to remove, with no residue left behind, so you can change it up as often as you like. They take into account the Chromebook 2's indicator lights and ports so you always have access to what you need.

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iPearl mCover hard shell case

iPearl mCover hard shell for Chromebook 2

To protect your Chromebook 2 from bumps or drops you'll need a hard shell case, and iPearl's offering is just right. It's designed specifically for the Chromebook 2, is available in nine colors, and is priced around $20.

The translucent polycarbonate material is shatter-proof and it covers every corner. It's also designed not to interfere with the heat vents at the bottom, to prevent your laptop overheating, and retractable feet at the rear bottom of the case make typing at a desk ergonomic and comfortable.

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Toshiba dynadock universal docking station

Toshiba dynadock for Chromebook 2

The dynadock will turn your Chromebook 2 into a multi-tasking, multi-media machine. If you can't live without adding screens and having a massive variety of ports and options, this is the accessory you need. You can buy it directly from Toshiba for about $166.

You'll be able to connect two additional HD displays for movies and gaming, along with added surround sound capabilities. It has six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, so you'll never run out of ways to plug in your other devices, whether it's for fast data transfer or connecting to a printer.

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JETech Bluetooth mouse

JETech bluetooth mouse

Sometimes you just need a mouse to get the job (or the game) done. This Bluetooth mouse from JETech pairs with your Chromebook 2 to give you the portability of a laptop and the feel of a desktop — all for about $17.

The design is slim and ambidextrous. It clicks quietly and with precision, thanks to the high-definition optical sensor, and holds the connection to your Chromebook 2 wherever you are. All it takes is one AA battery, which will power the mouse for up to one year before needing to be replaced.

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Sound Intone headphones

Sound Intone headphones

Block out the noise around you with headphones from Sound Intone. You'll be able to focus on your music or hear every piece of dialogue from your favorite show on your morning commute. The built-in microphone also lets you talk away during video calls.

The on-ear design is comfortable, with padding that isn't overly bulky. The headphones also conveniently fold up for easy storage when you're on the move. Sound Intone makes them completely adjustable so that anyone can wear them and they come in at around $18.

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Logitech multimedia speakers

Logitech multimedia speakers

Everyone needs to get a little loud from time to time, and so does your Chromebook 2. Unleash those movie and game soundtracks with gusto by adding Logitech's multimedia speakers for about $23.

You're able to plug in two devices, such as your phone and your laptop, and the speakers will play from both sources at the same time. If you want to switch to headphones , just plug into the headphone jack into the front of the right speaker and you're good to go.

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Evecase briefcase bag

Evecase briefcase bag

Easily take your Chromebook 2 everywhere you go with this briefcase bag from Evecase. Your laptop will fit snug inside (even with a skin or hard case on it) and be protected from bumps and jostles while you're travelling or just getting from one place to another on a busy day.

It comes with a mousepad and a smaller pouch that snaps onto the bag that's designed to hold your phone, your mouse, a USB or two, or a charging cable. You can get yours in one of four different colors for around $22.

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So wise to accessorize

Have you found some stellar accessories that you and your Chromebook 2 just can't be without? We want to know about them! Tell us all the details in the comments!

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5 months ago

A quick look at Incipio's Galaxy S7 edge Design Series, DualPro and Octane cases

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Incipio Galaxy S7 edge cases

Get protected, but don't take away from the beauty of your new phone

When looking for a case to protect that nice Galaxy S7 edge you just bought, we either go in the direction of function or straight to what looks the best. But we know that it doesn't have to be so binary — you can get a case that both fits your style and protects your phone just as much as you need, and Incipio's range of Galaxy S7 edge cases do just that.

A well-known case maker as big as Incipio obviously makes a huge variety of cases for popular phones like the GS7 edge, but we've picked out four that strike a great balance between looks and protection. It comes down to the thin-and-light Octane and the protective DualPro, along with a couple of choices from the "Design Series" that build on those two cases with some stylish looks. Let's take a look at all four.

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5 months ago

Best Android apps to use with your Chromecast

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Best Android apps to use with your Chromecast

What are some of the best apps I can use with Chromecast?

Your Chromecast, small as it is, can do a lot thanks to a plethora of available apps. Play games with your friends in the living room, compete in dance competitions against people around the world, stream your latest vacation pictures to your big-screen, and keep up with the latest and greatest TV and music. There are a ton of apps to use with Chromecast in the Play Store; here are the best for whatever you're looking to do.

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5 months ago

Coolpad is launching Cool VR 1x in India for an immersive 3D experience

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Coolpad, the Chinese smartphone maker, will release its visual reality gear for Coolpad devices, the Cool VR 1x, tomorrow in India.

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5 months ago

BioLite's PizzaDome will let you charge your phone while you cook a pizza

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BioLite, which makes, among other things, camping stoves that can charge your phone, has introduced the PizzaDome, a new accessory for its larger BaseCamp stove. With the PizzaDome, you can easily cook pizza, flatbread, and more, all while your phone charges using the stove's heat.

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5 months ago

Best cases and sleeves for Dell Chromebook 13

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Best cases and sleeves for Dell Chromebook 13

Protect your Dell Chromebook 13 with a quality case or sleeve.

Having a good case or sleeve for your Dell Chromebook 13 is essential for keeping it looking like new and protecting it from damage.

While there aren't too many cases or sleeves made specifically for the Dell Chromebook 13, there are a number of them that will still fit it well. Here are our favorites.

Dell Premier Briefcase

Dell Premier Briefcase

Dell's Premier Briefcase was designed with the business traveler in mind; however, students can make use of it too. It has multiple pockets for paper, pens, other tech, and even textbooks. If you're traveling on business, you'll appreciate how it helps you stay organized while you're on the road.

Additionally, its compartments are padded, so you don't have to worry about your expensive laptop getting smashed while you're struggling to navigate the packed center aisle of your airplane (or the campus bookstore). It's TSA-friendly too.

If you're looking for a case for your Dell Chromebook 13 with a lot of extra storage and that can help you stay organized while you're on the go, this case is a great option.

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iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case

iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case

Made with Dow polycarbonate material in two pieces, The iPearl mCover Hard Shell easily snaps onto the top and bottom of your laptop, surrounding it in a protective cocoon. It comes in clear and a variety of translucent colors that won't detract from the sleek aesthetic of your laptop.

Another benefit is that it has retractable feet at the bottom for comfortable typing, as well as providing your laptop with extra ventilation.

If you're looking for a protective shell for your Dell Chromebook, the iPearl mCover is a great choice.

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ProCase Sleeve Cover

ProCase Sleeve Cover

The ProCase Sleeve Cover is a stylish yet simple laptop bag that's lightweight and doesn't add any bulk to your Dell Chromebook 13.

Its soft materials protect your laptop from scratches and even short drops. One user reported dropping their laptop while it was in this case, albeit on a carpeted floor, and it survived without a scratch or a dent. We don't recommend testing this out for yourself, but there it is.

If you're worried at all about scratching your Dell Chromebook 13 when pulling it out of its case, this one opens 180 degrees, so you can lift your Dell Chromebook 13 out of it — no pulling necessary.

It also has a pocket in the front for pens, documents, homework, a mobile phone, tablet, or other odds and sods that you regularly carry with you.

If a lightweight case for your Dell Chromebook 13 is what you're looking for, this may be the one for you.

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AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve

AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve

The AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve is meant to cover your laptop in a cocoon and protect it from getting scratched up. It's so slim that you can easily place it and your Dell Chromebook 13 inside a backpack or messenger bag.

It zips open from the top so you can easily slide your laptop in and out without hassling with straps, buckles, or other cumbersome fasteners.

If you're looking for a simple, protective laptop sleeve for your Dell Chromebook 13, this one may be right for you.

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Inateck Sleeve

Inateck Sleeve

Inexpensive yet stylish and protective, the Inateck Sleeve fits most 13 inch laptops. Although the fit might be a tad snug on your Dell Chromebook 13, a tight fitting case is not necessarily a bad thing.

Featuring a layer of foam padding and soft fleece lining, this sleeve not only protects your laptop from scratches, it also protects against bumps and shocks — without adding too much bulk.

It also opens from the top so that you can easily slide your laptop in and out, and you'll love its elegant black woven canvas exterior.

If you want a stylish yet protective laptop sleeve for your Dell Chromebook at a cheap price, check this one out.

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What's your favorite?

We've told you about the sleeves and cases we like, but what about you? What cases are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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5 months ago

Ultimate Ears' Boom 2 and Megaboom pick up Google Now integration

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Ultimate Ears is rolling out a firmware update to the UE Boom 2 and Megaboom that brings Google Now and Siri integration to the Bluetooth speakers. With the update, you can press the Bluetooth button and ask Google Now to play music, check the weather, search for nearby restaurants, and much more.

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5 months ago

Best Micro-USB cables

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Best Micro-USB cable

Wherein we help you pick a great Micro-USB cable.

Whether you have a smartphone, tablet or wearable, odds are that you've got a Micro-USB cable (or three) laying around. They're ubiquitous. Just in case you don't, here are some of our favorites.

EZOPower Micro-USB cable

EZOPower Micro-USB cable

If you need a longer yet inexpensive Micro-USB cable, the EZOPower Micro-USB cable works very well.

It's 6 feet long, so you have plenty of length to play with, whether you're charging your phone in your car or at home. With charging speeds of 2.1A, you'll top up your battery in no time at all.

Additionally, with its data transfer rate of 480Mbps, you can sync music or other files from your computer to your phone in seconds.

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ReTrak Premier Series Retractable Micro-USB cable

ReTrak Retractable Micro-USB Cable

If you're tired of dealing with messy cables while traveling, the ReTrak Retractable Micro-USB cable may be the one for you.

Available in black and seven bright colors, this Micro-USB cable retracts neatly into a small case — forget about wasting time winding and unwinding cables — a light tug pulls the cable into its casing. When expanded, this Micro-USB cable reaches a length of 3.2 feet in total.

Also, it has a transfer speed of 480Mbps, so you can sync music, pictures, or anything else from your computer to your phone in no time at all.

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Anker 10-foot Nylon Braided Micro-USB cable

Anker 10-foot-Braided-Nylon-Micro-USB cable

Anker's 10-foot Nylon Braided Micro-USB cable is a good choice if you have limited power outlets in a large room and you need the reach.

Constructed of braided nylon, this cable is strong, durable, and resists tangling. Anker claims that this cable has a lifespan of more than 4,000 bends, and customer reviews seem to back this up. Its gold-plated connectors aid in resisting corrosion as well.

Another benefit of this cable is that it gives you a 480Mbps data transfer speed, as well as fast charging.

If you want a durable, extra-long Micro-USB cable that's fast, the Anker 10-foot Nylon Braided Micro-USB cable is the one for you.

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Monoprice Premium Micro-USB cable

Monoprice Premium Micro-USB cable

The Monoprice Premium Micro-USB cable is well-rated by consumers for its durability and speed.

Sheathed in polycarbonate housing, its gold-plated connectors resist corrosion, and are durable besides. The housing is also slim, making this cable easy to use in tight spaces and easy to store as well.

Additionally, its 28/23 AWG wire means that it will charge up your device quickly because of its wider diameter — and with 6 feet of cable, you'll have enough play to connect your phone, whether you're in your bedroom, living room, or in the car.

If you're looking for a longer Micro-USB cable that's long-lasting, capable of fast charging speeds, and has a slimmer form factor, look no further than the Monoprice Premium Micro-USB cable.

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Anker PowerLine Micro-USB cable

Anker PowerLine Micro-USB cable

The Anker PowerLine Micro-USB cable is rated highly by consumers because it is very durable and performs its job well.

Made of Kevlar — the same stuff that bulletproof vests are made from — this cable isn't going to fray or otherwise break down any time soon. In fact, Anker boasts that it has a 10,000 bend lifespan, which customer reviews appear to confirm.

Additionally, its heavier-gauge wires are able to charge your device fast.

If you're looking for an inexpensive Micro-USB cable that will last for years without fraying and coming apart at the ends, the Anker PowerLine Micro-USB cable might be your best choice.

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And you?

We've laid out our picks for best Micro-USB cables, but how about you? What Micro-USB cables are you using and why are they awesome? Let us know in the comments below.

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Top 5 leather bands for the LG Watch Urbane

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Top 5 leather bands for the LG Watch Urbane

Nothing goes with your LG Watch Urbane like a genuine leather band.

Not all genuine leather bands were created equally. Luckily for you, we have five leather bands you can get for the LG Watch Urbane that will add a touch of class and rugged beauty to your favorite accessory.

Rerii genuine leather band

Rerii genuine leather band

Top-grade, flexible genuine leather makes Rerii's band a strong leader on the list. The quick-release feature makes it easy to change out the band when you need to, but we think you'll love the look so much it'll just be your forever band.

It comes with a tool specifically designed for installation with the LG Watch Urbane, so there's no searching around for tiny pins and it comes in black, deep coffee, and light brown for around $13.

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Lucco genuine leather watchband

Lucia genuine leather watchband

For those with slightly thicker wrists, the band from Lucco will be an excellent fit and the lightweight genuine leather is supple and strong.

The spring-loaded pins make installing the band on your LG Watch Urbane easy and it comes with a beautiful array of unique colors, like pink, blue, orange, brown, and black. For around $13 you could get a color to match each mood.

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Hadley-Roma genuine leather watch strap

Hadley-Roma genuine leather watch strap

How about something timeless and classic for your modern timepiece? The grained genuine leather band from Hadley-Roma looks perfect with your LG Watch Urbane and has a water-resistant lining.

The brown band looks good at every occasion with whatever you're wearing and the stainless steel buckle is secure and adds just a touch of shine. At around $16 Hadley Roma bands are reasonable, functional, and ideal.

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RaySun genuine leather wristband

RaySun genuine leather wristband

RaySun's genuine leather band was designed with the LG Watch Urbane in mind; it's the perfect complement to the stylish watch face.

The leather is anti-slip, waterproof, and breathable with subtle stitching that blends in and finishes the classic look. It's the kind of band you wish all your watches had and it comes in at around $13.

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Tech Swiss genuine leather band

Tech Swiss genuine leather band

Our final band is a showstopper for the LG Watch Urbane. The Tech Swiss genuine leather band is a little heavier than some of the others, but the leather is soft and fits the watch to a tee.

The band's leather develops beautiful character with time and wear, and the dual retaining rings near the buckle add security and an original look that make this band stand out from the crowd. At around $35, it's a little more pricey but entirely worth it.

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The genuine article

Our top five certainly has room for more. If you've found a luxe leather band that's perfect for the LG Watch Urbane tell us about it in the comments below.

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