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Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML Review: Specifications, Pros, Cons & Price

Asus announced another variant of Asus Zenfone 2, which is known as the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML.  The phone shares the same variant number as Zenfone 2 (4GB) which was launched some months earlier. The phone has been priced Rs. 22,999 and Rs. 29,999 based on the processor/memory variant you choose. Let's see what Asus has stored for you in this flagship.
 

In the box

In the Deluxe box is the handset, 18W Boost Master Adapter, USB cable, User Manual and Warranty card. Like any other Asus phone, the manufacturers have also done away with headphones in this mobile.
 

Design

The front panel of the phone has not received any updates. But the edges and the back panel has been beautifully crafted to help make a firm grip on the phone. The rear panel has the concentric circle design owing to the firm grip. The front panel has the loudspeaker on the top which looks supported by the ASUS logo. To the right hand side is the front camera (whose specifications have been discussed in the Camera section below). On the lower side you will find the usual navigation buttons.
 
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On flipping the phone over, you see something new. Since the edges have been made thin, they have adjusted the Volume Up and Down Button in between the rear camera and the ASUS logo. On top of the logo is the LED Flash.
 
On the lower back panel are the loudspeakers. Luckily the few users having used it have said these speakers are enough to reach your ears when you are in a crowded place or have kept the phone on some flat surface.
 
On the top edge is the 3.5 mm jack slot. Asus Golden Ear Team has developed the Sonic Master technology exclusively to give you a clear and rick audio experience on speakers as well as headphones!
 

Display

Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML has a gorgeous 5.5 inch IPS capacitive display. The Asus TruVivid technology takes up the task of making the screen look natural and lifelike. The screen is having a high display with a pixel density of 401ppi (1080 x 1920 pixels) and a scree size of ~70.8% screen-to-body ratio. The phone’s screen comes safely encased in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a anti-fingerprint coating to reduce scratches and smudges. The phone also promises to respond to you touch as soon as in 60ms.
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And, definitely it comes with the wonderful Asus ZenUI. The ZenUI let's you play around with a  couple of new features such as ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro Security and ZenUI Instant Update.
 

Performance

Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML is powered with the super-fast Intel Atom Quad core Processor clocking at a speed of 2.3 GHz / 1.8 GHz. Now you can really know the definition of speed with this super fast processor. What couple up with this speed is a PowerVR-G6430 GPU and 4GB RAM. Wrapping up the package is the Android 5.0 Lollipop to keep you up-to-date with technology.
 

Memory

Asus is giving you a pool of memory in terms of external and internal slots. The internal slot has 64 GB for both the variants. The internal slot can be expanded up to 64GB or 128GB as per your choice.
 
Meanwhile, why don’t you grab a 32 GB or 64 GB or 128 GB micro SD cards from Amazon.
 

Camera

The phone is a dual camera phone with a 13MP rear camera that shoots wonderful pictures at 4128 x 3096 pixels. There are some other features that you can play around with in your phone. They are - auto focus, dual LED Flash, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR and video recording 1080p@30fps. The front camera is a 5MP camera.
 
You can also enjoy other camera features like selfie panorama which let's you click amazing panoramic selfies with 140-degree front camera, dual tone LED for clicking wonderful selfies in dark, zero shuttle light and low light mode that will increase light sensitivity and color contrast  and decrease noise.
 

Connectivity

Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML is a dual SIM phone. Slot 1 can be used for GSM, HSDPA and LTE purposes. Meanwhile the Slot 2 supports only 2G facilities like voice calls and text messaging.
 
Other wireless connectivity features are GPRS and EDGE. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM Radio and micro USB.
 

Battery

The phone is backed up by the non-removable Li-Po 3000mAh with the fast battery charging feature that charges your phone up to 60% in 40 minutes.
 

Pros

+ Android 5.0 Lollipop
+ Great display
+ Sonic Master for better audio experience
+ Great memory expandability
+ Powerful full-day battery
+ ZenUI
+ Low SAR values
 

Cons

- Extra Rs.7,000 for more external slot and slight increase in clock speed isn't justified
- Android 5.1 Lollipop would have been great
- No NFC
- Battery should have been little more powerful
- Heavy(~170 grams)
- No headphones in the box
 

Price

The phone comes in two price in accordance with the processor clock speed and memory expandability.
 
 
 

My impressions

I really liked the phone. The specs and pricing is pretty neat. But the Rs. 29,999 variant for more external slot and slight increase in clock speed isn't justified. With such high end specs, the phone does have some heating issues. So you might have to give some time to the phone to cool down.With such high screen resolution, clock speeds and multi tasking capabilities the battery capacity is not up to the mark.  As the internal slot is more than sufficient for storage, an additional storage would come handy if the user has a habit of storing 'lots' of data. I'm really excited to see how many users opt for the 128 GB version.
 
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How to Make Money with Infolinks on Your Blog

Infolinks has been the one of the best contextual advertising programs and is the next best option for both newbie and experienced bloggers. Technically, Infolinks provides the better opportunities to make money compared to that of Google AdSense. This is being realized slowly by the bloggers these days. The reasons to say so are,

 

Infolinks gives quick approval – Infolinks, unlike Google AdSense won’t take much time for approval.When you apply for an account, the team will hardly take 48 hours to get back to you with the status. But Google AdSense takes a week or more to send you any status.

 

Infolinks need no ad space – Unlike other contextual advertising programs, Infolinks need no ad space on the website layout. It comforts the website designers and causes no worry about adjusting the design to blend the ads in.

 

Different kind of  advertisements – Displaying ad spaces in different sizes and different places can’t help all the times. That is the reason why only a few people could make good money from other advertising network programs.

 

Infolinks provides flexible options to display ads of different categories on the website. The type of ads they provide are easy to configure and install.

 

(You should notice that I haven’t used the word ‘create’ here)

 

Yes, you don’t have to create ads on Infolinks. All you need to do is choose the particular ad type that you want to display on the site and configure it according to your blog styles (link and font). The piece of code that you install on your site at the time of activating the account will take care of it.

 

Cross network compatibility –Infolinks is compatible with other advertising networks as well. It can be used along with most of the other advertising networks like Google AdSense.

 

If applying and configuring is that easy, why should you miss the opportunity?  Sit back tight, I’ll take you on a tour that shows how to make money from Infolinks on you blog.

 

Applying for Infolinks

Applying for Infolinks is an easy process. It won’t ask much form information initially. To apply for an publisher account, go to Infolinks.com and enter your basic details to get started. This includes the first name, email address, and the website/blog URL.

 

That’s it! You’ve now successfully applied for an Infolinks account to monetize your blog/website. Now wait for 24-48 hours for the response from the Infolinks team. Meanwhile, they would review your website and check if it is eligible for displaying their ads. This is how the advertisers actually get quality websites to show their advertisements through Infolinks.

 

Note for reader: Bookmark this page and come back after you get the approval.

 

Activating the website

It is easy to activate your website after approval. You should activate your website to start earning from it. You would get several flexible options to get your website activated. Infolinks provides native activation methods for WordPress, Blogger, Drupal and Joomla platforms through direct plugin installations. If you are not a techie and don’t know how to edit and save code on your blog/website, better go with this readymade option.

 

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There is another method to activate your website i.e., through installing the code directly on the website and saving it. Go for this option if you are a techie and have knowledge about the code on your website. Choosing this option will help you have an idea of where you have placed the code and that is useful when you are optimizing  or tweaking your website.

 

Or

 

You can activate your website through the “Integrate” option on the dashboard later.

 

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Type of ads

Infolinks allows publishers to show different kind of ads based on the interest of the user. They always recommend to have all kind of ads activated on your website to get the best of revenue.

 

But generally, it is not recommended to sink your website with only ads as the visitors who come would expect to access quality information only. Advertisements should not be distracting the visitors from accessing the website.

 

Make sure you don’t over flood your website with ads than the content.

 

There are five type of ads Infolinks displays on a website. Let’s see which type of ads suit best for your website that can help you earn the best your website deserves.

 

In text ads

Infolinks script automatically finds out the best keywords and displays hyperlinked ads on them.

 

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You can set the no. of links to be displayed on a page, color of the links, type of styling (dotted or double dotted) and color of the ad unit that pops up when hovered on the link on the dashboard itself. When done, tick the option ‘ Turn on InText ads for www.yoursite.com’ option and click ‘Save’ button.

 

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Tips:

  • Do not display more than 4-5 in text ads on the page. Having too much links on the page will disturb the visitor and may increase bounce rate.
  • Choose the same link color that matches your website’s links color.

In fold ads

In fold ads option pops up a window with ads from the bottom of the screen. You can only customize the color of the window as it won’t need much customization to blend in. This type of ads minimize on to the bottom of the screen and maximize according to the scrolling behavior.

 

If yours is a site with large articles and much scroll-down-to-access information, then this type ads would surely bring you good revenues.

 

Tips:

  • Choose this type of ads for long article based or scrollable websites.
  • Blend the color of the popup with the colors on the site. 

In tag ads

The ‘In tag’ type of ads display ads in the form of tags under the article, based on the keywords from the page. These ads will not disturb the rest of the content.

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Tips:

  • Turn on this ads if you don’t want your visitors get away without reading the information on the page completely.

In frame ads

In frame ads cover up the empty spaces that appear on either sides of the website’s layout. These ads also will not touch the content at all.

 

Tip:

  • Turn on this ads if your website has a narrow layout.
  • In frame ads can overlay the layout of the website if it has the full screen responsive template.

In screen ads

In screen ads display advertisements in a light box pop up before leaving the page. For example, if the visitor click on a link  and that takes him to another page, then the ‘in screen ads’ will display. They will not appear while scrolling through the information on the page.

 

Tip:

If you have a download website or website that encourages visitors to navigate through the webpages much, then this type of ads will be very useful in making the best revenues.

 

Report generating

Infolinks provides easy report generating methods to access the earnings information on the dashboard. You can choose to get these reports to your email directly and periodically. You can choose to receive reports on daily, weekly and monthly basis. The email reporting can be toggled on /off with just one click.

 

Or

 

You can view your reports right on the dashboard by choosing the date ranges.

 

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Payment settings

Infolinks allows publishers to receive payments through different services. They include eCheck/Local Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, Payoneer prepaid debit card and PayPal. One must need to reach $100 threshold to receive the payment through wire transfer and $50 threshold to receive the payments through other payment options.

 

To set your payment method, go to Account > Payment Settings and enter the full details.

 

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Once done, the above screen will show up. You can now go back and manage your dashboard.

 

Add websites

If you want to show up Infolinks ads on the other websites also, you no need to apply for them separately again. Just go to Account > My Websites > Add Website and enter the details like website URL, category, language and your message for the Infolinks team.

 

Referral earnings

Infolinks allows you to earn by referring yours friends to join. Every publisher will get a referral link with an unique ID in it. You can just send it to your friends or you can use the banners to display on your sites.

 

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The banners are available in every common sizes 300x250, 728x90, 160x600 and 350x50. You can choose one of the best sizes and place it on your website.

 

Quick support and blog

The team of Infolinks is always active in taking concerns of the publishers and advertisers. They respond with-in 24 hours and 48 hours at max. They have a blog that contains the information like trends which is helpful in keyword research for any  publisher.

 

Infolinks have well established history and is well known to every blogger at an average today. One can make bold figures of income with them through proper keyword optimization and ad type selection.

 

When are you joining? What do you think about making money with Infolinks on your blog? Share your thoughts in comments section.

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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Specifications, Pros, Cons & Price [Updated]

Asus has announced the next variants of Zenfone 2 in different budget ranges so recently and Zenfone 2 Laser is the under 10K INR variant with very good upgrades over the previously announced  Zenfone 2 smartphones (open in new tab). Let’s take a look at the technical specifications of the Zenfone 2 Laser and see what’s new and upgraded.

 

In the box

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Asus packs up no new goodies in the box. A wall mounted charger (USB cable detachable), an USB cable, user guides and warranty card come along with the handset in the box. Asus skips the earphones with this package as usual.

 

Design

The design of the Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL looks similar to that of Zenfone 2 ZE550ML version  with rubberish back panel and available in the same colors too. The difference between the previous Zenfone 2 and Zenfone 2 Laser in terms of design is the placement of the flash, laser (new feature) and the logo on the back panel.

 

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Zenfone 2 ZE550ML | Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL

 

The ‘Intel inside’ logo has been removed for Laser ZE550KL as it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

 

Display

The Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL has got 5.5 inch 1280x720P IPS HD display with 178 degree viewing angle capability and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

 

Gorilla Glass 4 is tougher and flexible than its previous version Gorilla Glass 3. It extends the protection to the screen very well. Zenfone 2 Laser might be the first smartphone under 10K INR budget to get this upgrade.

 

720P screen will not take much battery power than 1080P screen. This can give a couple of hours battery life overall when compared to the 1080P screen smartphones.

 

Performance

The Intel Atom processor with GFX 6 series chip configuration has got a replacement in Zenfone 2 Laser. This is the reason behind the removal of Intel logo on the back panel.

 

Asus takes out the charm of Intel Atom processing power in Zenfone 2 Laser. Instead, it embeds Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad Core Processor clocking at 1.2 GHz speed. It comes with the same 2 GB RAM and new Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU supporting the processor.

 

Snapdragon processor performs no less in processing with the support of 2 GB RAM and 306 GPU. It somewhat uses less power compared to beasty Intel Atom processor. So, you would get most of the battery with this device.

 

Operating system

Zenfone 2 Laser comes out of the box with Android Lollipop v5.0 installed on the system. The previous version of the Zenfone 2 has also got Lollipop 5.0 on the board with a lot of bugs on its hunch back. Asus of course is providing the bug fixes and patches from time to time but Android Lollipop v5.1 update was much anticipated in this version which hasn’t been fulfilled.

 

The memory leak bug on Android Lollipop v5.0 eats away the RAM too much and lags the system sometimes. As they have came up with what they got up their sleeves now, the Android Lollipop 5.1 update might be on the way very soon.

 

Memory

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser comes with 16 GB internal memory on the board and it can be expanded up to 128 GB. This is definitely a great upgrade compared to the previous released version of Zenfones. Only some Microsoft Lumia  budget phones are having this vast memory upgrade capability so far now.

 

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Camera

Zenfone 2 Laser has got 13 MP autofocus rear camera with dual tone LED flash and a 5 MP front camera just like its previous versions. The back camera is collaborated with a laser autofocusing system which is the main boasted feature of this Zenfone 2 version.

 

Though the new laser system is embedded with the back camera, the tap-to-focus still takes a more than one and half seconds to adjust the focus on the object.  The camera is good but not that great.

 

Connectivity

Unlike the previous versions, Zenfone 2 Laser comes with dual 4G LTE SIM support in both the slots.  It also supports 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, HSPA+.

 

It also has Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and GLONASS with Google Maps. It lacks the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), Satellite-Based Augmented System (SBAS) and BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BSS) compared to the previous versions.

 

Battery

Zenfone 2 Laser comes with Li-ion 3000mAh user replaceable battery. It can stay alive all the 24 hours in a day on moderate usage and can stay up to  two complete days on an average usage. The Snapdragon 410 processor and 720P support the same.

 

Pros

The following features makes the Zenfone 2 Laser worthy to buy.

  • Great design
  • Laser auto-focusing system for the rear camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Extended memory expandability
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Dual 4G SIM slots
  • Great battery life

Cons

The following features lack in the device which is a bit disappointing but yet good at the price range it is available for.

  • No 1080P screen
  • No extra-satellite navigation system
  • No Android Lollipop v5.1

Price

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is available on Flipkart for Rs.9999. I think it is very reasonable price for the number of upgrades they had given to the device. If your budget is under 10K INR and you needed a phone with good performance and good battery life, this is it.

 

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My impressions

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is a great device with such great upgrades in such a low budget price point. It has got better processor (not compared to Intel Atom), better memory, better camera with laser autofocusing feature (still not that great), dual 4G SIM slots (lacked in previous Zenfone 2 release) and the Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

 

It is simply a Christmas package for anyone who wants to buy it. No other thought is needed to grab this device.

 

Buy Zenfone 2 Laser now before it goes out of stock

 

What do you think? Is Zenfone 2 Laser good worthy to buy? Share your thoughts about it in comments below.

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What’s New in MIUI 7: Exploring the Features

I started using Xiaomi since this March. Then it had MIUI 5. Within a couple of days it got updated to MIUI 6. And then I started exploring the never ending awesome features of MIUI 6. The more I explore, the more I fall in love with it. And now that MIUI 7 has had a global release, I excited to get my phone system updated and see what new is in for the Xiaomi users.

 

1. New System Designs

Xiaomi has introduced 4 new system designs, which can be further tweaked with additional colors. Another wonderful thing ( for those who love personalization ), is the the new MUSE engine which let's you design new MIUI themes without hassle.

Another wonderful things about Indian users is the 10 pre-set available wallpapers that could be used on a daily rotation.

 

2. Better Battery and Response Time

I love my Note 4G's battery life. It lasts a day. And this news has pushed my urge to lay hand on the MIUI 7 even more faster. It's said that the company has made extra effort on the customized Android OS. Due to this, the apps load faster and the battery life is improved. I have never had any problem with the response time of my Xiaomi, but MIUI 7 promises a much better response time. This is definitely icing the cake.

 

3. Data Saver Service

Xiaomi has partnered with Opera Max (the app that helps track data) to use a data compression for the entire system and also optimize audio and video streaming. Almost 40% of data can be saved in apps like YouTube, Instagram, Line, Lazada, etc.

Data saver has been available in China for over a year now. But now they will be made available in other parts of the world - India, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Philippines from September this year.

 

3. Features Exclusively for India

Now that Xiaomi has set up factories in India for assembling mobiles and have already started producing Xiaomi has rolled some features exclusively for Indian customers. The MIUI 7 comes with a support of 10 local languages. There will be special features called the Visual IVR which will allow users to use voice prompt to rush through the automated calls of the call centers, There are more than 50 Indian companies whose call centers have been listed. To name a few world be Citibank, ICICI Bank, Spicejet, Indigo, Tata Sky, HeroMotoCorp, etc.

 

4. XXL Text Feature

We know that smartphones are not limited to the youngsters. Elderly people like our grandparent have also developed a thing for these. Often they have poor eyesight and it's really a tough job for them to get any job done. For them, Xiaomi is here with the XXL feature which improves readability not just in the phone in general, but also a huge range of apps.

 

5. Child Mode

The Child Mode is the way of introducing Parental Control over apps, emails, messages and other necessary things via a setting menu.

 

6. Grouping Baby Pictures

In this feature, all the baby pictures gets piled up in one separate folder. You can link the folder to your lock screen and have cuteness overloaded at your lock screen.

 

7. DND Mode

You can enjoy this feature only when you own a Mi Band. When the Mi Band detects that you are sleeping, it sets the phone into DND / Sleep Mode automatically.

MIUI 7's developer version will be available to Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Mi3, Mi 4, Mi4i, Note 3G, Note 4G from 24th August. The other devices will also get the upgrade, but later this year.

 

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In a nutshell, MIUI 7 is like an improved version of the MIUI 6. The previous features have been polished to give us a better experience all together. What are your views on the update? Let us know down below.

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Lenovo A2010: The Cheapest 4G Phone Ever?

Oh yes! You read it right. With the launch of Lenovo A6000, the company had bagged the title of manufacturing cheapest 4G phone. But that was only short lived. Now Lenovo is again back to rock the mobile market with its Lenovo A2010 to steal the spotlight. The phone has been launched via Flipkart( #OnlyOnFlipkart) only at Rs.4990.

Design & Display

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The Lenovo A2010 is a 4.5 inch handsome smartphone with a capacitive touch screen that allows multitouch. The phone is really light weighted with weight only 137 grams. With a 63.8% screen-to-body ration, the screen resolution of the phone is 218 PPI (480 x 854). The phone has a 3.5mm jack slot on its head and loudspeaker on the back lower end.

Performance

The performance of the phone is spiced up by the Android OS and 64-bit MediaTek (MT6735M) quad-core chipset clocking at a speed of 1 GHz. For GPU, you have the Mali-T720.

Operating System

The phone operates on the latest Android OS, i.e. Android 5.1 Lollipop. This is a very wonderful addition to the phone as you must be knowing that many other manufacturers are not yet able to provide their users with Lollipop 5.0 leave aside 5.1.

Storage

The manufacturers have given a pool of storage with 8 GB ROM for apps and media. In additional to this, they also have given the option of external expandable storage with cant be expanded up to 32 GB with the help of microSD card.

Camera

The Lenovo A2010 has 5MP-2MP duo. The rear camera also has LED Flash which and offer pictures at 2592 x 1944 resolution.

Connectivity

The Lenovo A2010 is a dual SIM (GSM, HSPA, LTE) phone. Other wireless connectivity is done via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, FM Radio, and microUSB v2.0. The phone is GPRS and EDGE enabled and also has gravity sensor.

Battery

The phone is backed up by a Li-Po 2000 mAh removable battery that gives a talktime of a day and standby of up to 372 hours. The battery capacity might not sound too good to your ears but it is owing to the display, camera, processor and other tech specs. Plus the battery offered is comparatively better than other phones of the same pricing range.

In the box

In the box you get Handset, Battery, USB Cable, 2-pin Wall Charger.

My take on Lenovo A2010

Lenovo has been doing pretty well with their smartphones. I really liked the idea of launching a 4G phone at such a cheap price. Not just 4G, other features are also commendable. You are getting the latest from Android, a decent camera and battery. The storage and processor sounds really good. This can be your phone if you want any high-end devices at a cheap price.

What else do you want at that price? Marshmallows?
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