Epix Now streaming service now available on Android TV

Cable network Epix launched an on-demand streaming service, Epix Now, in February. It launched on Android and iOS, with the promise of Roku and Fire TV apps to follow. Epix never mentioned Android TV by name, but it did say the app would come to "other platforms" as well — and now it has. Epix Now has been updated to work on Android TV.

The service offers Epix's original content — shows like Deep State and Berlin Station — as well as feature films.

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Samsung Internet Browser Beta can stop autoplaying videos, QR code reader also added [APK Download]

Samsung updated the beta version of its Internet Browser app earlier this month, adding a notification manager and home screen shortcut renaming. A couple of extra items have been snuck onto the same changelog, one of which is sure to be very popular — there's a new feature that can prevent videos from autoplaying.

There are tons of sites out there that present these annoying hidden autoplaying videos (looking at you, Cnet), but Samsung Internet Beta now includes a toggle that will put a stop to them.

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Choose which days of the week you want Digital Wellbeing to wind down your phone [APK Download]

One of the pillar features of Digital Wellbeing is the ability to "wind down" your device. That means switching the display to grayscale to make time-sink apps like social media ones less visually appealing, and turning on Do Not Disturb to stop notifications from waking you up or grabbing your attention. However, this setting was the same for every day — you couldn't disable it on Saturdays but keep it running every other day.

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[Update: Now for Pixel 3a and 3a XL] Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world

I can't imagine having to navigate today's world while visually impaired. From streets to people to items, and even trivial things like preparing a sandwich or knowing the proper toilet sign in a restaurant, it would all be infinitely more difficult without sight, and I have a lot of admiration for those who have to handle these situations every day.

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[Update: Now for Pixel 3a and 3a XL] Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google rolls out new Material Play Store interface with bottom navigation bar [APK Download]

Last month we reported the Play Store was about to get a design overhaul, including a new navigation bar that moved to the bottom of the screen. Although this could only be activated by fiddling with feature flags when we published our initial post, Google is now widely rolling out the new interface to users.

    

As expected, the new design elements feature more rounded edges and a new navigation bar that's now at the bottom of the screen.

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[Update: Officially available] Google Maps helps you choose popular dishes when checking out a restaurant

  • It's been a few weeks — nearly a month — since we first started getting reports of popular-dish recommendations coming to Maps, but as we noted at the time, availability

For months now, Google Maps has asked users who upload photos of food and drinks at restaurants to tag their images with the dish name. That crowdsourced information was bound to be put to good use at some point, and according to a few tipsters, there's a new Popular dishes feature in restaurants' Menu tabs that uses these images and tags to show you the most liked dishes.

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YouTube is working on AR-powered makeup samples for beauty shoppers [APK Teardown]

YouTube is undeniably one of the most influential platforms in the world; and when it comes to product marketing, there's no place better. Google recognizes this and is preparing to integrate Google Shopping into YouTube in the near future. While there are plenty of implications, we're going to focus on a specific feature that uses AR technology to help customers shop for makeup.

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Netflix officially certifies 23 more phones and tablets, brings HDR to OnePlus 7/7 Pro

Due to the Netflix app's use of DRM and other restrictive technologies, not every Android phone or tablet can automatically watch movies and shows in HD. In most cases, Netflix has to certify each device for HD playback, and run additional tests to make sure HDR works. The company has now certified 23 new phones and tablets for HD playback, and brought HDR compatibility to a handful of phones.

First, here are the phones and and tablets that have been added to the HD compatibility list

Tablets:

  • Honor WaterPlay 8
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10 (CMR-AL09, CMR-W09, CMR-AL19, CMR-W19)
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10 Lite (HDL-AL09, HDL-W09)
  • Huawei MediaPad T5 10 AGS2-L09, AGS2-W09, AGS2-W19, AGS2-L03)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy View 2 (SM-T927A)

Phones:

  • Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
  • Honor Play (COR-L29)
  • Huawei P Smart+ (INE-LX1)
  • Huawei P30 and P30 Pro
  • OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro
  • Razer Phone 2
  • Samsung Galaxy A10
  • Samsung Galaxy A20 and A20e
  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy A40
  • Samsung Galaxy A50

Also, six new phones are now supported for playback of HDR content.

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[Update: Complete list] Google Maps speed camera alerts and speed limit indication expand to more countries

  • We've been updating this post pretty regularly as you in the comments helpfully chimed in with reports of more and more nations where Google's made this feature available. And while

When Google bought Waze in 2013, a lot of people expected some of the application's key features would make their way into Maps. Although the company stated both development teams would remain separate, we started seeing some integration a few months later, as the Israeli company's traffic and incident reports were available to Maps users.

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[Update: Officially available] Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is coming to Android on May 30, and you can pre-register right now

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a remake of the 1989 Master System platformer Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap. The developer Lizardcube has announced that the title will be coming to Android on May 30th. Once the game is launched, you'll be able to pick it up for $8.99, though if you'd like to save 30% off the retail price, you can pre-register on the Play Store to receive that discount.

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[Update: Out now] Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest is available for pre-registration

The real-time massively-multiplayer strategy game Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest was published as a soft-launch beta title in the Philippines this past November. Now that a few months of testing have passed it would appear that the official Android launch is nearing. You can now pre-register for Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest on the Play Store as well as the official website.

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Google Duo users around the world are receiving ads for the Indian cricket team

Despite facing fierce competition, Duo managed to make a name for itself and even passed more than one billion downloads on the Play Store. A nice touch that makes the app fun to use is the special video effects it features during holidays such as Valentine's Day or Holi. Continuing with the tradition, Google wanted to celebrate the launch of the twelfth Cricket World Cup with a special message to supporters of the Indian national team.

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Google still plans to kill Chrome's existing adblock APIs

Earlier this year, Google got the internet riled up when it tentatively planned to remove the APIs that content blocking extensions including ad blockers use. The proposed replacement API wouldn't be as powerful or flexible, so both users and developers forwarded their complaints to Google. However, the company is mostly sticking to its guns.

First, let's rewind a bit. The current platform used by Chrome extensions is called Manifest V2, which was introduced in 2012.

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Microsoft's Your Phone app testing new accessibility features, GIF and emoji buttons in messaging

Microsoft is bolstering its PC-to-phone bridging app, Your Phone, with the release of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview — in fact, it's the bulk of the changes touted in this preview version. For build 18908 (20H1), fast ring insiders will be able to try out new accessibility tools and messaging features with more Android devices. Oh, and there's a new logo, too, but that's just the start of things.

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Sex, loot boxes, and hate speech: Google tightening up Play Store policies all over

Google has made major updates to its Play Store policies in a bid to make Android's app ecosystem just a little bit more friendly to children. In so doing, it has introduced expanded definitions of prohibited content, including sexually explicit characteristics and hate speech.

We've already covered the major changes regarding kids apps and marijuana apps, but there are other, smaller additions and subtractions to the text of other policies in Google's Developer Distribution Agreement.

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[Update: Going live] Google Lens revamp rolling out, comes with new Dining and Shopping modes

  • We've recently been hearing reports of significantly expanded availability, but have been waiting for Google to make some formal announcement regarding the spread of these new Lens features. Sure enough,

Earlier this month, Google announced new "filters" would make their way to Google Lens, such as the ability to point your phone at a restaurant menu and get recommendations on the most popular dishes. These new features are starting to roll out to some users, together with a design revamp.

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[Bonus Round] KIDS, Zombie Night Terror, Beyond Our Lives, Purple Diver, Ritual: Sorcerer Angel, and MU ORIGIN2

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an odd game about crowd control, a fantastic twist on the Lemmings puzzle-platformer genre, a completely free narrative-based point-and-click adventure, an enjoyable arcade game about diving, a magical twist on pinball, and a new auto-play MMORPG themed after MU Online.

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Google strengthens kids apps safeguards with new Play Store policies

Google has plenty of digital minefields for children and parents to navigate through — inappropriate videos on YouTube labeled for children are just one of them — but Android apps have also been a tricky place. Today, the company has announced sweeping changes to its Play Store policies, including new requirements for anyone publishing apps intended for kids.

Developers will now be required to define a target audience for their apps in the Play Console, designating their product as suitable for children, older users, or children and older users.

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No chill: Google just banned marijuana delivery apps from the Play Store

So much for being the chiller of the two mobile platforms: Google just changed its content policy for the Google Play Store such that all apps selling or facilitating the sale of marijuana are banned. Presumably, apps that merely promote the use of marijuana are still A-OK in Google's book, but it's less clear what the fate of apps which don't actually sell marijuana, merely tell you where to find it - will be.

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Building a safer Google Play for kids

Posted by Kanika Sachdeva, Product Manager, Google Play

At Google Play, we’re committed to providing a positive, safe environment for children and families. Over the last few years, we’ve helped parents find family-friendly content through the Designed for Families program and empowered them to set digital ground rules for their families with Family Link parental controls.

After taking input from users and developers we are evolving our Google Play policies to provide additional protections for children and families. These policy changes build on our existing efforts to ensure that apps for children have appropriate content, show suitable ads, and handle personally identifiable information correctly; they also reduce the chance that apps not intended for children could unintentionally attract them.

Over the next few months, we will continue to roll out additional features that will help parents make informed choices before they install apps for their kids.

What’s changing for developers

We are asking every developer to thoughtfully consider whether children are part of your target audience.

  • If children are part of your target audience, you must meet policy requirements in your app concerning content and handling of personally identifiable information.
  • Ads in your app that are served to children need to be appropriate and served from an ads network that has certified compliance with our families policies.
  • If children are not part of your target audience, you should make sure your app does not unintentionally appeal to them. We will double check your app marketing to confirm this and ask you to make adjustments where required.

Declaring a target audience

As part of the new policy, all developers must complete the new target audience and content section of the Google Play Console.

The new target audience and content section of the Google Play Console.

For most developers, the target audience does not include children and this section should be relatively quick to complete. If children are part of your target audience, we will ask you follow-up questions.

We will use the information you provide in the Google Play Console, along with our own review of your app marketing assets, to categorize your app and apply policies according to the following target audience groups: children, children and older users, older users.*

We recommend you review our new policies, developer guide, and this training before starting the target audience and content section so that you clearly understand the implications of your answers.

Rolling out these changes

These changes affect every developer on Play, so if your app is already live on the Google Play store, we want to give you time to make any necessary updates. Below are the key dates to keep in mind:

  • Today: Target audience and content section available in the Google Play Console. All new apps must comply with the updated policies.
  • September 1st, 2019: All existing apps must have filled out the new target audience and content section and complied with the updated policies.

Our commitment to you

We’re committed to providing the resources you need to understand and implement these changes. You can view more information on the Android developers website and access training on our new policies on Google Play's Academy for App Success. We have also increased our staffing and improved our communications for app review and appeals processes to help you get timely decisions and understand any changes that are needed.

Thanks in advance for the work you are putting in. We will continue to listen to your feedback and use it to improve the way we roll out these updates and communicate with the developer community.

*Note: The word “children” can mean different things in different locales and in different contexts. It is important that you determine what obligations and/or age-based restrictions may apply for the countries where you target your app.

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Pokémon Home will let you share your Pokémon across multiple devices and games

Pokémon has been an international phenomenon ever since it populated the early Game Boys. By now, the franchise has become considerably more cross-platform, with Pokémon GO available on Android and iOS and Pokémon Let's Go on the Nintendo Switch. At a press conference on Tuesday, the company behind the games announced Pokémon Home, the missing link between its games: It allows trainers to bring over their favorite pocket monsters from one platform to another for the first time (well, wirelessly anyway).

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Google confirms turning off Digital Wellbeing does not speed up your Pixel, but other fixes on the way

For a couple of weeks now, a rumor has been making its rounds on Reddit. A user posted a thread on r/Android where he explained how turning off Digital Wellbeing made his Pixel 3 blazing fast – to use his own words: "Holy Sh** my Pixel 3 is finally a flagship phone." Many commenters chimed in, claiming that their Pixels were gaining significant performance after turning off the health feature, while others said they didn't notice any difference at all.

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[Update: In stable] WhatsApp beta rolls out continuous voice note playback and message forwarding count

  • Continuous voice note playback has rolled out to the stable version of WhatsApp. You should have it now on version 2.19.150, which is available on the Play Store or

Step by step, WhatsApp has been implementing features to combat the uncontrollable spread of fake or even just sugar-coated news on its platform. Today's update to the beta app includes one more measure to help monitor forwarded messages, but it also brings one very handy feature for voice notes.

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[Update: Wider rollout] Google Keep rolling out dark mode for some users [APK Download]

  • We've received a screenshot of dark mode note colors. They are indeed toned down pastels that are easier on the eyes in a gray environment. Thanks, Hupro!
  • Here are more screenshots of this dark interface in Keep, courtesy of our tipster. The only outlier is the drawing mode, but that was to be expected.
  • Along with Calendar, Google has officially announced the rollout of dark mode to Keep.
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Happy fourth birthday, Google Photos

When Google launched photos back in 2015, it probably didn't expect it would become one of people's most favorite apps around. All of us at Android Police really enjoy using it because it makes storing, finding, and sharing pictures so much easier.

First and foremost, Photos is a Google app, which means it has to excel at finding items you're looking for. Thankfully, the software lives up to the promise and makes digging up old shots a breeze: you need only tell it where you took the picture or who's in it, and it will instantly find these for you.

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Marvel Super War brings MOBA action to Android and iOS in its first closed beta

Marvel Super War is a newly-announced MOBA from NetEase and Marvel Entertainment that's coming to Android and iOS, and it just entered into its first closed beta. The title will feature everyone's favorite heroes and villains from the Marvel universe, and each character will offer a variety of powers that players will be able to utilize in combat.

Gameplay footage from Techzamazing

The gameplay video I've linked above should give people a good idea of what to anticipate from the closed beta of Marvel Super War.

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Google Maps adds helpful route preview to commute notifications

When you're getting ready to leave for work/school in the morning or drive back home in the afternoon, Google Maps can be quite helpful. It usually pops up, telling you how long it'll take to get to your destination, letting you prepare for a peaceful drive or a long one with lots of traffic. Maps has recently begun improving that notification with an overview of your drive.

If you expand the notification, you'll see a square preview of your commute.

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Chrome tests larger bottom bar for Duet with labels, but you can disable it

Duet, aka Duplex, is the alternative Chrome interface that puts the toolbar at the bottom, making it easier to access your homepage, search, share the current site, switch tabs, and open the overflow menu. Duet has seen many changes ever since its inception in 2016 as Chrome Home, but it's been mostly the same over the past months. However, a recent test sees the bottom tab get larger and pick up labels.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google Maps to improve the Local Guides contribution process

  • This new contribution process appears to be rolling out for more Local Guides. Both our tipster, Samarth Verma, and I have it, and we're level 6 and 7 guides, respectively.

If you're an avid Google Maps Local Guide, or even a beginner, you've probably noticed that the app helps you figure out what to review and which photos to upload. The Your contributions section has plenty of suggestions, but the interface is a little confusing.

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Google Maps speed camera alerts and speed limit indication expand to more countries

When Google bought Waze in 2013, a lot of people expected some of the application's key features would make their way into Maps. Although the company stated both development teams would remain separate, we started seeing some integration a few months later, as the Israeli company's traffic and incident reports were available to Maps users. Many of us also wanted Google's navigation software to get Waze-like alerts when passing by a speed camera, and while the wait lasted for a while, some users started seeing the feature back in January.

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Google Maps speed camera alerts and speed limit indication expand to more countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Photos reminds you to add related pictures to an existing album

Being a Google app, Photos comes with a powerful search feature that doesn't even require you to sort your pictures. Indeed, you just need to type the location and people you're looking for, and the engine will bring up corresponding items in a breeze. Nevertheless, if you're still an organization-freak like me and like to order your photos into albums, the app has you covered with a new feature that is rolling out to some users.

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Android Q desktop mode up and running through experimental third-party launcher

Android has always been open to desktop modes, but so far, this has only come to fruition in the form of manufacturer customizations like Samsung DeX, custom ROMs such as Remix Singularity, and other individual solutions. In Q Beta, the OS is finally adding standardized, native support for this option. Developer Daniel Blandford took the opportunity and has built the first desktop launcher that takes advantage of this.

At the moment, Android's desktop mode is pretty much hidden away from most users as it has to be activated in developer settings followed by an adb command.

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[Update: Further improvements] Chrome tab groups are live on Android

We've known for a while that the Chrome team was working on tab groups. The feature first showed up in Canary on the desktop, but it's now made its way to Android, also in the Canary channel.

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[Update: 8 icons in a row] Google Maps to speed up discovery of nearby hotels, parks, and other places

  • Maps appears to be testing another variant of these eight icons, this time showing them on one row. The UI looks very cramped though, with the round icons being cut

Anytime you open Google Maps, you land on a nice overview of where you are and an Explore tab that helps you find nearby places and see restaurants, events, and attractions around you. Moving around the map and using that same tab is also helpful when trying to plan for a short day-trip, a weekend getaway, or a long vacation.

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21 best new Android games released this week including Pokémon Rumble Rush, The Eyes of Ara, and Daggerhood

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the global release of the latest mobile Pokémon game, a drop-dead gorgeous point-and-click adventure game, and a fantastic 2D platformer with pixel-based graphics. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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Google Files offers up to ₹1000 in India for sharing files offline

Google released its smart file manager back in 2017 with the purpose of helping people remove junk and clean up their device easily. In addition, the software also has a built-in sharing feature to send files across devices without the need for an Internet connection. The app passed more than 100 million downloads in January, but it seems the number isn't high enough for the company. Indeed, in order to encourage people to use Files, Google is offering up to ₹1,000 that can be used for later purchases.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last three weeks including Adobe Premiere Rush, Abstruct, and Tor Browser (5/4/19 - 5/25/19)

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous three weeks or so. Today I have a video editor from Adobe, a gorgeous wallpaper app, and the stable release of the Tor Browser. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last three weeks.

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Spotify does the unthinkable and adds a sleep timer on Android

There are times when applications add a new groundbreaking feature that surprises us, flabbergasts us, elates us, and makes us go "wooooow, that's really cool!" This is not such a time. Instead, we're here to talk about Spotify adding the basic of most basic features of any music or audio playing app: a sleep timer. It's 2019 and this has just happened. Miracles, my friends. Don't stop believing.

To set up a sleep timer, tap on the overflow (three dots) icon on the top right of the Now Playing screen in Spotify, then look for Sleep timer.

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Google shutting down YouTube Gaming app on May 30

Late last year, Google announced that it was shutting down the standalone YouTube Gaming app as it migrated the features to the main application. We had a shutdown date of March of this year, but that Google seems to have missed that mark. Now, the company is saying the app will shut down on May 30, just a few short days away.

The feature migration already began last year, so it's a wonder why Gaming is still around.

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YouTube gets smarter voice search and starts playing videos immediately after your query

To me, the whole idea of using voice search when I can just as easily type the exact query I want isn't appealing, but perhaps I should start changing my perception. Google's voice recognition algorithms are getting better and smarter, and one of the areas where you can notice this improvement is YouTube. Even more appealing now is the fact that YouTube immediately starts playing a video when you do a voice search.

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Google's Android Messages passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

Google's been heavily working on improving its Messages app, by enriching it with advanced features such as context-aware recommendations, a dark mode, RCS support, and a web interface. Thanks to these, it's only natural for the software to be one of the most installed messaging apps on the Play Store, as it's in the top 25 communication software on the Play Store according to App Annie. It's actually so popular it's been downloaded more than 500 million times by Android users.

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