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What Can Video Game Consoles Offer You?

What Can Video Game Consoles Offer You?

You’ve probably heard it all before – there is a new video game console out and people are lining up all night long to buy it. Why are they so popular, and why are they therefore so expensive? Isn’t it a fact that they are all the same and that you shouldn’t have to spend more money to upgrade when you’ve already spent a lot of money on what you have?

The reason that there are always some new consoles out is simply that technology has gotten so far advanced and video games are trying to keep up. Each of the major brands simply keeps releasing new systems because they find new technologies to use. The graphics on the Nintendo GameCut compared to the DS compared to the Wii just keep getting better and better. When you are looking at things like the Playstation 2 compared to the Playstation 3, you are seeing vast differences. You are also seeing the same when you look at the Xbox and the Xbox 360. You are always going to get newer games, even if they are games for your PC or other video games. There are always going to be advances, so there will always be upgrades, like the PS2 to the PS3 and the PSP and GBA, as well as things like Wii and Nanchuck.

One of the best things that you can do is to cash in on the technology. Buying video games and video game consoles might seem like something you’d rather not do, but getting a hold of this technology and being able to use it can be a great way to pass the time. There are many new things that are coming out all the time, such as new video games and new video game accessories. The Wii remote and the xbox core, and well as systems that have wireless controllers and other video game bundle systems all strive to take advantage of the latest technology. There is so much that you can find when it comes to new video game systems, it is almost impossible for you to pass it up.

One of the greatest things that you can do is to have several different video game consoles. They are not all the same, far from it, and you’ll find that as you get each new one you have different things that you can do and different things that you like and don’t like about each. It is a great experience, to have more than one type of video gaming software and systems, because you never know what you are going to get, and you might surprise yourself by really getting good at one system or the other. The fact that they keep coming out with new ones is great too because the prices eventually drop on the older systems and you can collect them if you would like to.

The Evolution Of The Video Camera

The Evolution Of The Video Camera

It’s incredible to think just how far camcorder technology has come and evolved from its humble beginnings. Video cameras, like all forms of technology and gizmos and gadgets, have improved and become more user-friendly and more innovative over the years. That’s nothing new, and there’s no reason to trump the advancement of the video camera onto a higher pedestal than anything else. But, when one looks at the history, timeline and growth of the video camera, it is remarkable to see where it has come from, where it has gone, and where it will venture to in the future.

Video cameras emerged as large, bulky and cumbersome devices that required tapes or reels to record and store the moving pictures. The either rested uncomfortably upon the shoulder, or stood on tripods or legs. Their movement and portability was severely hindered and limited by wires, cords or cables. Only specialized technicians and trained individuals could operate them. And, perhaps most stunning of all, video cameras could only record, broadcast and play back in black and white.

Fast forward (another innovation on the video camcorder) to the digital age, and we are now inundated with brand upon brand of digital camcorder. Some dwell in the higher price range, with all the requisite bells & whistles and features. While others are more simple and affordable. Most do not require tapes – which, upon further reflection, were probably larger than today’s digital camcorders – to record and playback the movie. Nowadays, today’s video cameras are built with a hard drive included in the unit, so that it can store the movie right on the device itself. Which, in and of itself, also shows how far computer technology has evolved over the years.

Digital video cameras have improved and advanced so much that they are now not just limited to the traditional video camera venue. Camcorders are now found in a variety of devices, including cellular phones, portable digital assistants, hand-held video game consoles and a whole host of other portable devices. Whereas before, perhaps only an important event warranted to use of the video camera, today’s generation uses the video camera in the same regard as they would a pair of scissors – they are a tool of convenience.

Digital video camcorders appear to be everywhere these days, even if we are oblivious to their locations and whereabouts. Certainly, the hand-held video camera will always be in favor and in style. But, more and more people are choosing to own a digital video camera that is part of another item altogether, rather than just a stand-alone item. And, just as interesting as the technology itself, is how it is being used. Video cameras are being used regularly to document, record, create and share. Perhaps they have always been employed for that purpose, but they are now playing an even greater role in society, media and culture.

Generations of Video Game System: Defying the Way we Define Entertainment

Generations of Video Game System: Defying the Way we Define Entertainment

Entertainment takes its new form. With the development of technology and its integration to various aspects of our lives, traditional entertainment such as theatrical plays and cultural shows is replaced by so-called “electronic entertainment”. There you have various digital and animated films that you can watch on movie houses or on your home entertainment system, cable television system (CTS), and the video game system, which is popular not just to young and old gamers alike but also to game developers, merely because of the development of innovative technologies that they can use to improve existing game systems.

The video game system is intended for playing video games, though there are modern game systems that allows you to have an access over other forms of entertainment using such game systems (like watching DVD movies, listening to MP3 music files, or surfing the Internet). Thus, it is often referred to as “interactive entertainment computer” to distinguish the game system from a machine that is used for various functions (such as personal computer and arcade games).

The first generation of video game system started when Magnavox (an electronics company which manufactures televisions, radios, and gramophones or record players) released its first video game system, which is the Magnavox Odyssey designed by Ralph Baer. Odyssey’s popularity lasted until the release of Atari’s PONG video games. Magnavox realized that they cannot compete with the popularity of PONG games, thus in 1975 they created the Odyssey 100 video game system that will play Atari-produced PONG games.

The second generation of video game system came a year after the release of Odyssey 100. In 1976, Fairchild released the FVES (Fairchild Video Entertainment System), which made use of a programmable microprocessor so that a game cartridge can hold a single ROM chip to save microprocessor instructions. However, because of the “video game crash” in 1977, Fairchild abandoned the video game system industry. Magnavox and Atari stayed in the video game industry.

The rebirth of the video game system started when Atari released the popular arcade Space Invaders. The industry was suddenly revived, with many gamers made purchase of an Atari video game system just for Space Invaders. In other words, with the popularity of Space Invaders, Atari dominated the video game industry throughout the 80s.

Video game system’s third generation came into being after the release of Nintendo’s Famicon in 1983. It supported full color, high resolution, and tiled background gaming system. It was initially launched in Japan and it was later brought to the United States in the form of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985. And just like Atari’s Space Invaders, the release of Nintendo’s famous Super Mario Brothers was a big success, which completely revived the suffering video game system industry in the early months of 1983.

Sega intended to compete with Nintendo, but they failed to establish substantial market share. It was until 1988 when Sega released the Sega Genesis in Japan on October 29 of the same year and on September 1, 1989 in the United States and Europe territories. Two years later, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1990.

Atari came back with their new video game system, which is the Jaguar and 3DO. Both systems could display more onscreen colors and the latter made use of a CD instead of game cartridges, making it more powerful compared to Genesis and SNES. Nintendo, on the other hand, opted to release new games such as Donkey Kong Country instead of producing new video game systems. Sega’s Vectorman and Virtua Racing followed suit. Several years later, Sony, Sega, and Nintendo released the fifth generation of video game systems (PlayStation, Saturn, and N64, respectively).

The sixth generation of game systems followed, involving Sega (Dreamcast, which was their last video game system and the first Internet-ready game system), Sony (PlayStation 2), Nintendo (Game Cube which is their first system to make use of game CDs), and the newcomer Microsoft (Xbox).

The latest generation of video game systems is now slowly entering the game industry. These are as follows:

• Microsoft’s Xbox, which was released on November 22, 2005;
• Sony’s PlayStation 3, which is schedule to be released on November 11, 2006 (Japan), November 17 of the same year (North America), and March 2007 (Europe); and
• Nintendo’s Wii, which is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2006 (North America), December 2 of the same year (Japan), December 7 (Australia), and December 8 (Europe).

The development of video game system does not end here. There will be future generations of game system being developed as of this moment, which will defy the way we define “entertainment”.

Using Online Video Can Help Increase Your Business Profits

Using Online Video Can Help Increase Your Business Profits

Marketing is a business necessity wherein tools and technology innovations are utilized to increase a business’ profitability. The relatively new online video technology is one technology example that can be harnessed to increase profits and even possibly lower marketing costs.

Now that video can be attached to almost any web page, the possibilities of using video as a marketing technique (in the same manner of television) is slowly but surely gaining ground.

- Research on the phenomenon of communication retention show that people remember only 10% of what they have read and 20% of what they hear; however, people remember more than 50% of what they see and hear at the same time – just like watching a movie.

- Marketing analysts report that companies that currently use on-demand video, video e-mail or streaming video podcasts have reported sales increases of close to 25%, sometime more. The increase in client response is attributed to the fact that multimedia rich content is a better catalyst to move and/or persuade clients towards buying a product or service because they can see its benefits in action.

- As far as online viewers are concerned, video builds credibility and trust. It is very similar to having a live person communicating to the end-user/client the benefits of doing business with somebody that they can see and listen as opposed to something that they read online. Customer rapport, trust and a mutually fruitful business relationship is much more easily established and achieved.

- Sending personnel to various locations at the same time to set up a product demonstration invariably entails a long list of additional expenses. Doing the same using online video, streaming video or on-demand video obviously lowers the costs significantly. Lower product marketing costs results into more profits for the company.

- Cost of savings is not limited to product marketing costs. Video can also be used to set up conferencing and training methods, locally and internationally. Live conferencing and training can be easily set up and synchronized between two or more groups of people, regardless if they are at different time zones, at the same time.

The above are only a few of the dollar related reasons why the emerging technology of online videos is fast becoming an effective marketing and

Formula Drift Alliance’s Bad As Hell Video

Formula Drift Alliance’s Bad As Hell Video

Formula Drifting is a popular sport. In fact, it is so popular that there is a good chance that you are a fan. If so, do you regularly watch Formula D programming on television? What about a live event? Have you ever been to one before? Regardless of whether or not you have, have you ever wonder what the sport is all about and what goes on behind the scenes. If so, you are like many other fans. The good news is that you do not have to wonder any more. You can get all the answer to your questions by buying or renting Bad as Hell.

Bad as Hell is a video that was produced in 2005 by the Formula Drift Alliance. The Formula Drift Alliance is known as one of the best and most well known drifting teams in all of the United States. In fact, its popularity expands past the United States; the team is even known on a global level. The Formula Drift Alliance Team composes of four popular and well known Formula D drivers. These drivers include Chris Forsberg, originally from Furlong, Pennsylvania, Vaughn Gittin Jr, originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Tony Angelo, originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Ryan Hampton, originally from Glendora, California.

Bad as Hell takes you on a ninety minute ride that you will never forget. That ride includes live drifting competitions, as well as private practices. What is unique about Bad as Hell is that it doesn’t just show you the sport of drifting, from the fan perspective. There are a number of different videos on the market that already do that. In addition to showing you exciting drifting techniques, Bad as Hell also gives you a glimpse into the lives and personalities of the Formula Drift Alliance Drivers. As previously mentioned, these drivers include Chris Forsberg, Vaughn Gittin Jr, Tony Angelo, and Ryan Hampton. You will not only get quality interviews, but you will see these drivers horsing around, having fun, and much more.

In addition to the drifting coverage, you will also find that the video has amazing music. The Drift Alliance partnered with a number of up and coming bands for their video. This is unique, because they went with relatively unknown artists and music groups. Although, when you think about it, it is only fitting. Formula Drifting was once unknown in the United States, but with a chance, it started increasing in popularity. In reality, this makes the music on the video the perfect fit.

As previously mentioned, the Formula Drift Alliance’s Bad as Hell movie is unlike any other drifting movie, currently on the market today. There is a good chance that you will enjoy the video, but there is an even better chance that it will become one of your favorite videos to watch or own. Numerous critics and fans have labeled it as one of the best drifting movies ever made. Of course, you can take the word of everyone else, but you are advised to find out for yourself. You can easily do this, as mentioned above, by renting or buying the movie.

Bad as Hell is available from a fairly large number of retailers, both on and offline. You may also be able to find it at your local video rental store. Whether you would like to purchase the movie or learn more about it, you are advised to checkout the online website of the Formula Drift Alliance. That online website can be found by visiting www.driftalliance.com. At the online website for the Drift Alliance, you can also order autographed copies of the video. These copies sell for around twenty dollars. Considering what you are getting, it is a real steal.


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The Dangers of Documenting Illegal Activities with Online Video Websites

The Dangers of Documenting Illegal Activities with Online Video Websites

Each day, a large number of individual make an online video. Online videos, in most cases, are displayed on online video websites. While online videos are fun to make and share with others, there are a number of things that you should be concerned about. One of those things is the use of illegal activities in your online videos.

As previously mentioned, online videos are most commonly hosted on online video websites. Online video websites are websites that allow internet users to view videos or make and upload their own. In most cases, this is done free of charge. A number of popular online video websites, such as Google Video and YouTube, have restrictions in place. Those restrictions often prohibit the use of certain video material. While a large number of video sites do have restrictions, not all do. Even though you may be able to make a movie of whatever you want and post it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

It is becoming popular to document your “bad,” side online. There are many individuals, especially high school students and college students, who are trying to impress others. Unfortunately, this often results in the documentation of dangerous or illegal activities. While you may think that it is harmless to post a small video of you and your friends getting into a fight, vandalizing something, or using drugs or alcohol, there are a number of ramifications, many of which you probably never even thought about.

When documenting the use of drugs, underage drinking, vandalism, or anything else that is considered illegal, it is important to remember that you are committing a crime. Most police departments will not scour the internet in search of online photographs or videos, but they may come across your online videos on accident. While you may not be able to be arrested, most officers are actually required to see you in the act, you may raise suspicions. If you enjoy participating in illegal activities, such as underage drinking, there is a good chance that you will continue to participate in them. With suspicion arose, there is a good chance that you may be being watched by your local authorities.

In addition to the authorities, if you are student, whether you are a college student or a high school student, there is a good chance that you could be suspended from school. Across the country, there have been numerous reports of school officials finding online content, including videos hosted on online video websites, that document illegal activities. These activities often included underage drinking, drug use, or threats against other students. In addition to be spoken to by your local police department, there is also the chance of school suspension or suspension for any school related activities, such as sports.

The possibility of being suspended from school and talked to by your local police department are things that could happen right away. Despite what you may think, your online video could come back to haunt you in a couple of years. Most online video websites will allow you to remove your video, if and when you choose to do so. However, it is likely that a large number of individuals have already seen it. Although they are not supposed, it is also possible that your video has been reproduced and redistributed throughout the internet. If illegal activities were documented in your online video, there is a good chance that you could be terminated from your job, especially if your video was viewed by your employer. Also, there are a large number of employers who use the internet to research their new applicants. Your online video, especially if it documented the use or participation in illegal activities, could prevent you from getting that new job that you always dreamed about.

As much fun as you may think it would be to make a video of your next underage drinking party, you are advised against doing so. Perhaps, it is best to stay cautious. You can never tell who will be watching your video and what they will do about it.


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How to get videos onto your iPod video

How to get videos onto your iPod video

The iPod video is known as the last generation of iPods, which surprised the market and the sales since its appearance. Basically, this new device is able to play videos. If this seems like fun, the technical part might need some guidance.

Firstly, you should know that both the PSP and iPod can play H.264 / MPEG-4 encoded videos with AAC audio tracks. Due to this fact, the resolution is rather limited, together with the limitation of the bit rates that you can use on the device. For the new iPod video, this limits means (for the H.264 video) up to up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 and 30 frames per second. For the MPEG-4 video, the limits are up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480 and the same 30 frames per second. Even more, the AAC audio bit rate is around 160 Kbps. After establishing these limits, the next step is to establish the source of the video, which can be either from a DVD or a video of the computer.

In other terms, the company Apple claims, in a purely informative ad which is posted on the official website, that the new iPod, as they call the new iPod video, can store 15, 000 songs, 25, 000 photos and not less than 150 hours of video.

If wanting to get a video from a DVD, then the first thing you should do is to insert the DVD in the device. After this, you should open (in case it doesn’t immediately open by itself) the DVD, using file and open DVD from the menu. Check the options in the DVD menu, to set up everything as you like, meaning language, subtitles or chapters. Begin playing the movie, using the DVD menu to navigate. When the movie begins, you should press the record button and select the folder in which you want to store the recorded files. When you want to end the recording, simply click the stop button and if the recording goes well, there will be a screen confirmation that you have converted your file successfully.

If you wish to convert a video from your computer to your iPod video, then the first thing that you should do is go to the menu file and click open video file. After this, your video is supposed to begin to play, the perfect moment to adjust the video as you like. Also, you can set the perfect moment to start the recording, using the bottom playback controls. When you decided this, click the button record and feel free to stop it at any time. After recording, just like in the case of importing videos from a DVD device, there will be a message on the screen saying that everything went on successfully.

If respecting these basic rules, the videos and movies will be stored carefully in your iPod and you will be free to watch them, at any time. Still, be aware of the fact that the iPod offers limited space and resolution, which means that you should be picky when deciding what to keep and what to delete. The new iPod video is a challenging and innovative product that combines music with images, offering, for the first time, the possibility of playing video on such a small digital device.


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Relive the Past with Old Video Game Systems

Relive the Past with Old Video Game Systems

In its early days, video games were really simple in terms of graphics technology and sound technology. Games were also relatively easy to play and the characters you play with are so simply made that you can never really imagine how it came from there to the stunning 3D graphics you see now with the latest gaming systems available in just a short period of time.

Thinking about the old video game systems, it is unavoidable that you will seek those “retro” games again out of curiosity. If you played with these video game systems when you were a child, you know how fun it is to play with. Compared to the games that you see today, it is hard to imagine how those simple graphics amazed you when you were a kid.

Come to think of it, those crude and simple graphics were considered to be state-of-the-art in the video game industry during its time. In just a short period of time, you can see how well the technology in video game systems has evolved. Now, you see stunning 3D graphics technology and amazing storyline in some of the games, which you can easily mistake to watching a movie instead of playing a game. The quality of the 3D technology integrated in today’s game are in fact so amazing that you will actually think that the characters you are controlling are real-life characters.

Compared to the old video game systems, graphic technology and sound technology were really simple. Some are only simple squares or circles that you control around.

If you are curious about the old game systems, here is a list of the old game systems that you can still buy over the internet or play their old games in the internet:

• Atari 2600 – This game system is what most people consider to have paved the way to modern gaming technology. This is also the game system that took the world by storm in the late 70s and is one of the most popular game systems ever made. Atari 2600 also has popular game titles that many people love to play with. Today, this gaming system can still be brought in the internet through online stores or through auction websites. You can also find Atari games that are available online.

• Nintendo Entertainment System or NES – This game was developed in the mid 80s and is the best selling game systems in its time. Almost every household in the United States have this video game system and some people simply never get tired of the games by Nintendo. There is even a great chance that you have this game system stored in your attic or your basement. If you don’t, there are still available units that you can purchase in the internet. You can also play with some of the games in Nintendo online.

• Sega Genesis – This game system is also one of the best selling game systems ever made. With graphics better than Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, this game system developed by Sega also became one of the most popular game systems ever made. There are still available Genesis game systems available in the internet that you can purchase. Some Genesis games are also available in the internet that you can play with for free.

These are some of the old game systems that you can still play with in the internet or right in your own home. If you do get tired of playing with the latest gaming systems in the market, you can easily go up to your attic or basement, get your old game systems, wipe of the dust that accumulated and hook it up with your entertainment system. There are so many old games that you can still play with your old game systems.

Today, some game system manufacturers are now integrating a backward compatibility feature that will enable you to play with old games that you used to play in your old game systems.

With this feature, you can now enjoy playing the different old games that you once enjoyed playing with the latest game systems available. Old games are simple and fun to play with and, if you have kids, they can also enjoy playing with the games that you also enjoyed with your old game systems when you were their age.

Camtasia Give Users Seamless Video Authoring And Sharing Platform Through Screencast Hosting

Camtasia Give Users Seamless Video Authoring And Sharing Platform Through Screencast Hosting

TechSmith launches Screencast.Com, a beta of a web-based service that targets business and academic professionals to allow them to share information, ideas, and knowledge in an online Camtasia-specific video hosting site immediately after the release of its latest video editing and production software, Camtasia Studio 4.

Wikipedia defines screencast as “a digital recording of a computer screen’s output, often containing audio narration”. It is in effect a movie of what a user sees on the pc monitor.

Screencasting is one of the better ways to showcase new software, an online service, or a product. With TechSmith’s addition of an online service to Camtasia Studio 4, users can post their multimedia files directly to Screencast.com addressing the drawback of the program’s earlier versions wherein users are saddled with the task of finding a place to host their videos. Finding your own video hosting site present users with two inherent problems – control and ownership of video/multimedia file and file re-sizing which can sometimes render full-screen captures unreadable.

Screencast is a video hosting service that allows you to retain ownership of your content; however, it is not free – it costs .95 a month and may go up as you consume bandwidth. For the fee, Camtasia will produce your published screencasts in the best format for online streaming, which in effect contributes to saving bandwidth and money.

Screencast.com highlights the advantages of emerging Web 2.0 softwares, a fusion of software/online products: users do intensive development and production work on local PCs, and upload finished work to a site that is tightly linked to the application, a direction Microsoft and other software developers are aggressively promoting.

Camtasia Studio 4 and Screencast Uses

-Screencasts can be utilized to demonstrate a software’s features. Alternatively, it can also be used to help report bugs on beta and Release Candidate versions prior to hitting the market.

-Camtasia can be used to show how a given task is accomplished in a specific software environment and the file made generally available through screencast.

-Screencasts can be excellent tools for teaching how to use computers; very likely, it can be a cost-effective instruction method.

-Computer Based Tutorials (CBTs), seminars, and training programs can be recorded and made available on DVDs for future reference or for sale. This can be an additional revenue stream for educational and training institutions, and seminar organizers to make the knowledge readily available to a broader audience at a lesser cost.

With Camtasia Studio 4 and Screencast.com, users are in a better position to provide multimedia content to a broader market base at a fraction of the cost of other high-end video editing/production/authoring products without sacrificing functionality

Top Rated Video Game Systems That You Should Buy

Top Rated Video Game Systems That You Should Buy

If you played with video games before, then you know how much fun it is to play with. Whether it is strategy, RPG, adventure, or online RPG, these games can provide you with a lot of fun for many hours. If you are planning to get a new video game system, then here are some of the things that you have to remember in order for you to get the best system available in the market today for you.

First of all, there are basically three big names in the video game system industry. These three are considered to be leaders amongst the various video game systems available today and is known to provide some of the best video games in the world.

The three major producers are Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. With Microsoft, you have the Xbox 360 game system, Sony has the Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo has the Nintendo Wii. These three video game systems are the most popular in the world and these are the three video game systems that you should choose from if you are planning to buy a video game system or console.

Each system offers a unique feature that cannot be found on the other video game system. This is what makes it hard for people to decide which video game system they should purchase. You also need to remember that each video game system has its advantages and disadvantages. By knowing these factors, you will be able to make the right decision on what video game system you should purchase for yourself.

For starters, you need to consider the price of the console, the graphics capability, the game library or selection, and also other features, such as online gaming feature, portability, and how interactive the game system is for the gamer.

One of the most popular video game systems available today is the Nintendo Wii. Known for its Wii remote feature, you will see that this video game system is highly interactive as it will require you to move various parts of your body in order to play the games properly. Most people who purchased and played with Nintendo Wii said that it didn’t just let them play the game, but it virtually took them inside the game.

The Xbox 360 is another popular video game system. Developed by Microsoft, the Xbox 360 is known for its huge library of games. This means that you have wider game selections, which means that you will virtually never run out of games to buy. Another great feature of the Xbox 360 is the Xbox Live. Here, you will be able to access a variety of other games and also play online with your friends from different parts of the world.

The PlayStation 3 by Sony is also a very popular video game system that you should consider buying. This seventh generation video game system offers online download of games and various forms of interaction while you are playing online with the PlayStation Network. The great thing about PlayStation 3 is that it offers a lot of accessories which can be wired in to the system. You can also connect camera and remote here which you can use when you play online.

One great thing about PlayStation 3 is that it is more than just a gaming system. With this, you can view DVD movies and even pictures from your USB flash drive. You can even play MP3s with this video game system.

These are the three major names in the video game system industry. If you are planning to buy a video game system that will surely provide you with plenty of fun and entertainment, you should consider buying one of these three or if you have the money for it, you should get all of them.

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