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2 weeks ago

Here's how to use the Edge panel on the Galaxy S8

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What's that little tab that lives on your Samsung smartphone's home screen? We'll show you how to use it, customize it, and remove it altogether.

Sometimes, Samsung's smartphones are equipped with features that may leave you wondering whether they're actually worth using. Well, if you're the fast-moving type, or you're addicted to keeping your home screen as light on the icons as possible, you may want to consider diving into the utility of the edge panels on the Galaxy S8.

Now that both of Samsung's latest flagship models are equipped with cascading edge screens, you can take advantage of the Edge Panels that were previously limited to the edge variant of the Galaxy S8's predecessors. The Edge Panels can be extremely useful if you're looking to save space on the interface, add quick access links to your favorite contacts, or you like the idea of having a "shelf" for oft-used tasks. Here's how I use the Edge Panels on the Galaxy S8+ and how you can set up yours to fit your needs.

Quick access to making GIFs and editing photos

The Galaxy S8+ is my "social media" phone — it's quick to launch Snapchat, takes incredible pictures with its 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and offers a ton of storage space due in part to its microSD expansion slot. As a result, I've set up the Edge Panels with the Apps Edge so that only the apps I use for editing photos are readily available.

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The Edge Panel on my Galaxy S8+.

I have 10 of my favorite apps at the ready for filtering photos, recording vintage-looking video, or adding neon colors to RAW images snapped with the Galaxy S8's manual mode. The shortcuts make it so that all I have to do is swipe my thumb a little from the edge to reveal the apps, and then tap to launch one right away. I can easily swap out apps as I download new ones, too, by tapping the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen. I still have the camera icon and Galaxy S8's quick launch capabilities set up, however, so that snapping the photo and then transforming it into social media art is a mere two step process.

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For those who need plenty of cropping options, there's Smart Select.

The other Edge Panel I'm finding to be particularly useful is Smart Select, which offers a multitude of cropping options while you're using the Galaxy S8. These are carryover features that were originally introduced on the Galaxy Note 5, but they've been since been iterated on so that they're easier to use. Smart Select gives you the option the crop out a rectangle or oval part of the screen, though you can also use it to make an animated GIF of a non-DRM video that's playing on screen. Additionally, there's a "pin it" feature that lets you crop out a part of the screen and then pin it to the top of the phone's interface — this is especially useful if, say, you need login credentials and the multi-window feature is too much to set up.

What you can do with the Edge Panel

It's convenient to have the most oft-used shortcuts readily available with the swipe of a finger. If you're sold on the idea of the Edge Panels, here is how to set them up.

  1. Launch Settings from the notification shade.
  2. Tap Phone.
  3. Tap Edge screen.
  4. Tap the switch next to Edge panels to enable them.
  5. Tap on Edge panels to customize the shelf.

Note: The above steps may be different depending on your location, since Samsung likes to make things different for different parts of the world. You may find Edge screen under Display in your settings instead.

Out of the box, there are 13 pre-packaged Edge panels to choose from, including the Clipboard edge, which stores and showcases the latest text you've copied to the clipboard, or Quick tools, which offers up shortcuts to a virtual compass and ruler. If you desire more options, you can download additional Edge panels, including a Spotify one, which offers easy access to your playlists, as well as one that integrates your Google Keep. Some of the panels are either free, or they'll cost a couple of dollars. Regardless, you'll have to sign in with your Samsung account to get more. Also note that you can only set up nine Edge panels at a time, so don't go too crazy.

The tab overlay for the Edge panel on the Galaxy S8 is entirely customizable.

When you're finished setting up what works for you, tap on the overflow menu button in the top right corner to reveal the Handle settings option. This will allow you to customize the virtual tab overlay that lives on the Home screen. You can set its placement, decrease its size, or set it to be transparent. You can also select whether there is haptic feedback when you touch the Edge panel tab.

What's in your Edge panel?

Are you using the Edge Panel feature on your Galaxy S8 or S8+? We're curious to hear how you've customized your Samsung device.

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2 weeks ago

Best Vertical Docks for PlayStation 4

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So long as you have a decent dock, standing your PlayStation 4 up vertically isn't a problem.

While your PlayStation 4 console has a sturdy base to sit on horizontally, there is a way to save some space on the entertainment center. By using a dock, you can easily ensure that, when standing vertically, your console is stable and ready to give you access to your games, music, and movies.

Keten Vertical Stand

Keten Vertical Stand

When it comes to saving space on your entertainment center, moving your console so that it is standing is a solid choice that can help to give the illusion of decluttering. The Keten Vertical Stand for the slim PlayStation 4 model is a great example of how to do this right.

You get the stand, which will securely hold your system in place, along with a few bells and whistles to help you out. This includes two fans and multiple USB ports that can be used to charge your controllers, all of which are powered by a USB port. There is even a fold-out tray, which can display your games so that you always know where to find them.

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Ortz PS4 Vertical Stand

Ortz vertical stand

The Ortz Vertical Stand has a slightly bolder look than some of its competitors, with a wide, hexagonal shape to its vertical stand. This isn't just made to save you some space, although it certainly does that by letting you safely move your PlayStation 4 console to a vertical position.

Ortz is also powered by a USB that includes two extra ports for charging your controllers, as well as a built-in cooling element to help keep your system a bit cooler during those marathon gaming sessions.

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Official PlayStation Vertical Stand

Sony Vertical Stand

Sometimes you just want the product that's going to get the job done, without having to consider any additional bells or whistles. If that's the case when it comes to looking at vertical docks for your PlayStation 4, then the Sony Vertical Stand is probably the one you'll want to look at.

It's a single-piece stand, built by Sony for the PlayStation 4 console. There aren't any additional features here of any kind, just a small stand that won't be grabbing attention or creating more clutter for you in the long run.

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Tosa Blue Light Stand

Tosa Blue Light Stand

There aren't many ways that you can make your PlayStation 4 console look slicker when you've got it in a vertical dock, but the Tosa Blue Light Stand can definitely help. This stand is pretty low-key, until you plug in the USB that powers it.

As you might guess, the stand has a light bar, which glows the same blue as your console does when it is active and being used, giving this accessory a bit more flair than some of the other stands on our list. It also includes several USB ports, which means you can easily charge your extra controllers without having to argue about where everything plugs in.

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Have you gone vertical?

Vertical stands can help you to save some room if you are rearranging your entertainment center, as well as being a great way to ensure that all of your controllers are charged and ready for when you want to play. Have you been considering a vertical stand? Is there an excellent stand we didn't cover that we should know about? Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know about it!

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2 weeks ago

Niantic celebrates Pokémon Go anniversary with huge update, real-world events

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Niantic is planning summer-long events to celebrate Pokémon Go's anniversary.

Niantic has announced that it is kicking off a series of in-game and real-world events to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pokémon Go. Launched last summer, the title proved to be a monumental hit around the world, amassing over 750 million downloads.

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2 weeks ago

Moto Z2 Play lands in India for ₹27,999; pre-orders now live

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Motorola's latest mid-range phone makes its debut in India.

Motorola has launched the Moto Z2 Play in India for ₹27,999 ($435), or $65 less than its retail price in the U.S. The phone is now up for pre-order on Flipkart and offline stores, with a full launch slated for June 15.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook Video is now on Android TV

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Facebook has updated its app for Android TV, but with a twist.

While you won't see a dedicated Android TV version of the app itself, you will find a slick Facebook Video player built for your big screen. Once installed and logged in (you'll need your phone handy for the login part), you can check out suggested videos by topic, live videos, games, and your own videos. You can also search to find something worth watching using your TV remote.

Getting the app is easy. Fire up the Google Play Store on your Android TV and install the Facebook app. You can search for it or find it at the top of the "Top Free Apps" list. Google Play knows you're using an Android TV device so it automatically sends you the Facebook Video app.

If you don't see Facebook for your TV right away, don't worry. Google Play can take a day or two to have an update available for everyone and you might not have it just yet. We also have no word on when (if ever) to expect an optimized Facebook timeline app for Android TV. For now, this will have to do.

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2 weeks ago

Google Chrome's latest update helps soup it up for more robust web apps

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With every new update, Google appears to be readying Chrome for a future where few "real" apps exist.

If you're an Android user, Google Chrome is probably your mobile browser of choice. And if it is, then this latest update might get you excited about a future where you don't even have to worry about having an entire app installed to get to its best functionality. Many of Chrome 59's new features seem to have been added with the goal of revving up the browser so that it's both able to support and compatible with the purported future onslaught of web-based apps.

Android Police helped break down the various new pieces that make up Chrome 59. The update adds animated PNG support, which is actually a format utilized heavily by Apple's iMessage; an image capture API, which gives websites more access to a device's front- and rear-facing camera abilities, and improved security, like cutting off a known technique used by spammy websites that launch pop-ups on your mobile browser. Just say no to spam, kids.

Developers have access to a few new features within Chrome 59, too. They include the ability to implement the Installed Related Apps API, which refers to a very specific feature that essentially checks to see if you have an actual application installed, as well as a new "headless mode," which hides the navigation bar and forces the webpage on display into fullscreen mode.

Many of Chrome 59's new features clearly point to a future where instant and web-based mobile apps are the norm. Even the most minor feature additions, like the ability for a webpage to go full screen, seem to have been added in an effort to make webpages more dynamic by giving them more control over a device's user interface — after all, full-size mobile apps already function in this manner. It makes sense if you consider Google's investment in Instant Apps and progressive web apps.

If you're curious about the new Chrome features, wait for the update to hit your mobile device this week. The update is coming to the Chrome desktop app, too.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge users on T-Mobile are finally getting Android 7.0

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You can hold off on upgrading your aging Samsung device for a little bit longer.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge may no longer be the two most popular Samsung smartphones, but if you're still holding on to one of the two and you're on T-Mobile, you're due for an update. Both devices are officially getting Android 7.0 Nougat, which includes interface tweaks, Android's multi-window mode, and Doze capabilities. You're still a few minor iterations behind the very latest version of Android, but at least the 2-year-old device has a few more months of relevance before you retire it.

Those of you holding on to the mega-size Galaxy Tab S2 purchased from T-Mobile will also see the Nougat update hit the tablet device. And note that if you're holding onto a regular, non-contracted Tab S2, there might be an Android 7.0 update waiting for you.

Software updates are always good news, especially if the updates are for the near-latest version of Android on an aging device. For many, the update to Nougat could be enough to help spark a bit of new life in a device that's still chugging along, even after a year and a half of constant usage. There's no word on whether the old Galaxy S6 and S6 edges on T-Mobile will still receive their security updates, but at least this is enough of an update to tide you over until you can commit to another two years of monthly payments for a new device.

Those of you with other U.S. carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, who are still waiting on Nougat may have missed the update when it hit earlier this year.

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2 weeks ago

Win a Peel case for Pixel or Pixel XL from Modern Dad!

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There's no shortage of chunky cases out there, and that's great. But when it comes to phones like the Pixel and Pixel XL, it can be hard to find something that's truly next to naked.

That was before I ran across the Peel case, though. It's less than a half-millimeter thick (0.35mm, to be precise), and it's a ridiculously great option if you want to protect the finish on your Pixel but not feel like you just wrapped your phone in a spacesuit.

And Modern Dad has a few to give away. Six for the Pixel, and eight for the Pixel XL, in a smattering of colors. Hit up the widget below to enter.

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2 weeks ago

The HTC Vive you can buy now is very different from the original

Take a look at how much the Vive has improved since launch.

If you are one of the many people with a pre-ordered launch edition of the HTC Vive, you'll be a little surprised to see how different the Vive is now for someone walking into a store to pick one up off the shelf. The latest refresh happened in January, and all of the little changes come together to form a decent little refresh.

Here's what's changed since the original launch Vive!

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2 weeks ago

Modern Dad does basic storm tech

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High-tech gadgets can be lifesavers when severe weather hits. But don't count out some low-tech options, too.

We've reached that part of the year in which those of us who live in storm-prone areas start to take stock and make sure we're ready for the worst. Maybe (fingers crossed) that'll mean nothing more than a temporary power outage. Maybe it'll be something more serious.

In any event, though, we've got more tech today than we've ever had, helping us prepare, ride out and then recover from a storm.

Batteries are more prevalent than ever, of course. The Anker PowerHouse is crazy big (and not cheap because of it), but I've also been having fun with their $60 solar charger. Because for as great as external batteries are, they still need to be recharged at some point.

But the most important thing after a storm? A low-tech $10 sun shower. Trust me on this.

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2 weeks ago

4 reasons to buy a U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8, and 3 reasons to be cautious

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and SIM cards

You have the option to break the carrier shackles.

Slowly but surely, Samsung is doing a better job of offering and promoting its unlocked phone options. With each year of Galaxy S phones on U.S. carriers we get a closer launch of the U.S. unlocked variants, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are prominently displayed as being available unlocked on Samsung's website.

But what are the pros and cons of buying unlocked in the U.S. versus buying from a carrier as so many do already? We have you covered right here.

Reasons to buy a U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

We so often preach the importance of looking for an unlocked phone rather than going directly to a carrier, but perhaps don't always enumerate the benefits. Here's what you can look forward to when buying a Galaxy S8 or S8+ unlocked directly from Samsung.

No bloatware

One of the most annoying aspects of buying a carrier-sold phone is all of the apps and software it includes. Some carriers add a dozen or more apps and trials on the phone, cluttering it up with tons of things you don't need or want.

When you buy unlocked directly from Samsung, you don't get any of that. We wish we weren't all subjected to this time after time, but the carriers continue to leverage their market dominance by adding in all of these apps, and the only way to avoid them is skipping their sales channel altogether.

Not locked to any carrier

We all just want to be free. Free from being forced into using one carrier. And when you buy a phone directly from a carrier, chances are for some period of time your phone will be locked to use on that carrier — especially if you're buying the phone on a financing plan.

While you may not go hopping from carrier to carrier every month, just knowing that you have the option is empowering. It can be a practical feature, too, if you travel internationally and want to use your phone with a local SIM card rather than pay your U.S. carrier for data roaming charges.

But all big networks are supported

Even though the unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ don't have any of the carrier software or apps pre-loaded on them, Samsung has still done the work to certify that they will work fully on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. That means you don't have to worry about compatibility when popping in your SIM, or switching between carriers in the future.

That also means you'll have options to try lower-cost prepaid carriers, too, since they almost all operate on AT&T and T-Mobile's networks.

Samsung and Best Buy offer financing, too

Carriers moved away from two-year contracts, but found a new way to lock us in: financing plans. Now, people are so often incentivized to buy from carriers just so they can pay off their phone over time. But when buying a Galaxy S8 or S8+ unlocked, you actually have the same sort of offering from Samsung and Best Buy.

Samsung offers 24-month zero-interest financing when buying from its website, while Best Buy offers the same terms using a My Best Buy credit card. Consider these options instead of just jumping at the carrier because you're afraid of that big hit of a full $725 or $825 price.

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Reasons to be cautious

Galaxy S8 and S8+

For all of the big upsides of buying unlocked, it isn't all roses. Here are some potential downsides you should be aware of.

When will the updates come?

Here's the big question any enthusiast looking at an unlocked Samsung phone has: will I get software updates? Last year's U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge lagged way behind in software updates. And for all of the crap we give carriers for delaying software updates, some of the carrier models have actually been kept up to date — with most getting Android 7.0 Nougat well before the unlocked model.

Samsung says it can turn this around and get the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ their updates on time — and hopefully before carrier models — but history isn't on its side in this regard.

Limited color options

For some, it's all about looks. While you may be okay with the black Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, many are intrigued by the orchid grey or arctic silver colors — and those aren't available for the unlocked models (at least right now).

This is likely the case so that Samsung can limit its inventory of devices that aren't likely to sell that well, but with any luck we'll see the colors come later.

No carrier incentives

For as much as we dislike what carriers do to phones, they do still sometimes offer really good deals on phones. If you're looking to get a discount on service, a buy-one-get-one deal or maybe a gift card rebate of some kind, you're most likely to find that at a carrier rather than buying unlocked.

Some would say that getting a carrier-branded phone in the end isn't worth whatever discount you got, but for a lot of people money is the number one consideration for buying a phone — do your research and see what deals are available.

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Work Towards Cisco Certification with this Comprehensive Training suite

Getting ready for a career change, or ready to take your current one to the next level? If so, you've got some studying ahead, lots of prep work, and maybe even a large cost associated with the choice.

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2 weeks ago

How to uninstall Gear VR apps

Uninstalling Gear VR apps is easy from within the Oculus app.

Gear VR delivers all sorts of excellent experiences that are delivered right from your phone. However, the day may come when you need to unistall a few apps to make enough room for something new. When that time comes, the process is very simple, you just need to deal with it from inside of the Oculus app. We've got the details for you here.

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2 weeks ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Google Pixel

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As usual, the curved screen of the Google Pixel makes finding a tempered glass screen protector that much harder.

Looking to keep your Pixel's screen in pristine condition? A tempered glass screen protector is your best bet. The problem is, like so many newer phones these days, the Pixel has a slightly curved screen around the edges which is less than ideal and can result in the dreaded halo effect.

It's been a point of discussion in the forums, with the consensus being that the following screen protectors are your best bets. It's also worth considering pairing your screen protector with a quality case, which will add another layer of protection and help cover a bit around the curved portion of the screen.

Mr Shield [3-pack]

Mr Shield offers the best value for Pixel screen protectors — you can get this 3-pack for under $10. When properly installed this screen protector will like up with the actual screen of the phone but leave the curved bevel along the side and edges exposes. That's where a case will come in handy to provide protection in those vulnerable areas.

These screen protectors feature a cutout around the front-facing camera and ear speaker and come with everything you need to get a clean and dust-free installation the first time — though if you mess it up you've got two more fresh attempts.

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Supershieldz [2-pack]

Supershieldz is another trusted brand for tempered glass screen protectors, and it offers a 2-pack for the Google Pixel. Similar to Mr Shield's offerings, these screen protectors feature cutouts along the top for the front-facing camera and ear speaker.

Again, because the screen is curved and the tempered glass is flat, this won't provide the ideal edge-to-edge protection, but it will protect against direct impacts to the screen and also features an oleophobic coating to help keep fingerprints from smudging up your screen.

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Orzly Pro-Fit

The Orzly Pro-Fit screen protector offers really good protection with a trim around the screen that's available in either black or white to fit the style of your phone, so if you've been looking for edge-to-edge protection this is your best shot.

However, to get that full protection requires a dot matrix grid that may be hardly noticeable to some and extremely distracting to others. Users have also reported that this screen protector is a fingerprint magnet so you may need to carry around a microfibre cloth to keep your screen protected and smudge-free. Either way, if full-screen protection is what you're after, it's worth giving it a try.

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Spigen [2-pack]

Spigen actually offers a full line of tempered glass screen protectors for the Google Pixel, which are all case friendly. That's good news, because of Spigen also makes some really great cases. It offers a 2-pack of crystal clear tempered glass screen protectors that come with everything you need for a clean install. If you've had difficulties installing a screen protector before it can be really handy to have that second screen protector if you need a second go at it.

Alternatively, Spigen also sells single screen protectors with trim around the screen (very similar to the Orzly screen protector) available in black and white. It aims to offer true edge-to-edge protection and are also worth considering if that's exactly what you're after.

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How to listen to audiobooks using Amazon Alexa

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Setting up alexa to read your audiobooks is a breeze.

Talking to Alexa can make keeping organized easier, but it's definitely useful for more than just an interactive to-do list and search engine. You can also use Alexa to listen to your Audiobooks when you're ready to relax. We've got the details on how to get listening to your favorite books in no time.

Alexa can read audiobooks

Alexa on the Amazon Echo can connect to a variety of different apps and services in an effort to make your life easier. This ranges from everything from shopping lists, to movies, and yes, even audiobooks. By just asking asking Alexa to open one of your audiobooks up, you can lay back and listen to the book you've been craving.

To access them you'll need to connect to either your Audible or Amazon account, depending on which service you prefer to listen to. This means that if a new book comes out that you just have to have, you can order it, and then lay back and have Alexa open it for you.

Getting set up shouldn't take any time at all, since your Audible account is connected to your Amazon account. The most you'll need to do is make sure you are signed in to the Audible app if you plan on purchasing more books. The app should automatically sync up your library, letting you listen to the books you are interested in within moments of purchase.

How to use the Alexa app to listen to an audiobook

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the overflow icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Music, Video & Books.

  4. Tap Audible.
  5. Tap the audiobook you would like to listen to.

Are you listening?

Alexa is here to make your life just a little bit easier, and that includes playing your audiobooks for you when it's time to relax. With virtually no setup required, this means you don't need to worry about anything but settling in to listen to the story you want to hear. Have you been listening to audibooks with Alexa? Let us now about it in the comments below!

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