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 on: November 18, 2019, 03:51:46 PM 
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Lenovo owned Motorola a few hours ago unveiled its first foldable phone – the refreshed Motorola Razr that’s dripping in nostalgia. The form factor is unlike that of the Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X. It is one that is liked by all, and it appears we would be seeing more of that in the coming months.

Following the release of the Razr, a Xiaomi patent was spotted showing off similar tech, and now we have a fresh patent design by Huawei that envisages a similar Razr foldable phone design.

The approval granted by WIPO, and filed by HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO. LTD and published in the Hague Bulletin no. 46/2019 reveals a foldable design that flips open in a vertical manner. The design has something in common with the Razr foldable phone – it folds from a conventional phone pattern to a more compact, and pocketable form. But unlike the Razr, it gets a single foldable display, with no external display. However, a small portion of the display remains exposed even when completely folded. That, perhaps, serves as the external display for viewing and performing quick functions.

The design reveals a triple camera on the back panel with a dual-LED flash, while there are no evidence of any camera sensor on the flexible display. The design also reveals the buttons are located on the right side, other than that, there isn’t anything we can glean from the design.

Do note that it is not certain the design will see the daylight since not all patent filings equate to an actual product. Huawei’s first foldable Mate X only became available for sale hours ago and is at the moment exclusive to China, and has yet to detail its international rollout plans.


 on: November 18, 2019, 03:35:19 PM 
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The three movies shot on the Huawei Mate 30 series we talk about in this article aren’t the only great feat achieved by the device in the past couple of days. The smartphone was indeed the start of another event:

How did it work? Well, it’s quite “simple”. A Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G was set in the main venue in Hubei and the concert was carried out by the Hubei Provincial Museum Bell Orchestra, while the other identical device was in the Shandong Museum where we find the Tianfeng Haitao Guqin from the prosperous Tang Dynasty.

Then, through a 5G connection, the two parts of the “band” were synced together. This resulted in a full-on real concert experience for the people who attended the event.

Obviously, the level of synchronization achieved couldn’t have happened without 5G. The next-generation cellular network technology has indeed the lowest latency we’ve ever seen on a mobile network; along with the fastest speeds.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, as the name suggests, clearly supports the tech. As a matter of fact, Huawei’s latest flagship is actually the best 5G phone according to China Mobile. The device did indeed win different awards at the internet provider’s conference which took place yesterday.

Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro 5G also got a five-star evaluation for video quality and a five-star evaluation for the camera department in general. Finally, the device also earned 5 stars for its gaming capabilities.

Other specs on the Mate 30 Pro 5G include a Huawei Kirin 990 CPU, a 6.53-inch FHD+ display (2400 x 1176), at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage, a nano-SD card slot and four cameras. These include a 40MP ultra wide-angle + 40MP wide-angle + 8MP telephoto + 3D depth sensor. In addition, these sensors support 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 30x digital zoom. On the front, there is a 32MP selfie shooter that supports 3D face unlock.


 on: November 18, 2019, 12:45:16 PM 
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If you’ve been encountering issues during the installation of the Windows 10 cumulative updates, you’re not alone. Over the past few months, several users have reported on forums that Windows 10 updates including the important Patch Tuesday releases and optional updates are failing to install.

Windows 10 KB4524570, which is the latest Patch Tuesday update, could also fail to install on PCs with May 2019 Update and November 2019 Update. Users have reported on Microsoft’s community forum that they’re currently unable to install this patch and seeing error codes such as 0x80073701 and 0x8009001d.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft acknowledged Windows 10 installation error in late May 2019 and the company reportedly developed a fix. According to the support doc, Microsoft resolved the installation issue on November 12 but some users might still experience issues.

“Installation of updates may fail and you may receive the error message, “Updates Failed, There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later” or “Error 0x80073701″ on the Windows Update dialog or within Update history,” the firm noted.

“This issue has been resolved for most users,” Microsoft noted. For those who are still having issues, Microsoft has posted a workaround guide a few days ago and the company has provided the following set of advice:

• Open Start Menu or Search, and type ‘cmd’ to open Command Prompt.

• Run Command Prompt as administrator.

• In the Command Prompt window, copy and paste the following command:

• dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

• Wait for a few minutes and restart the system

• Check for updates again.

It’s not clear if these issues are affecting a lot of users right now, but the problem is marked resolved and it’s possible that the firm might not fix it.

If you’re still having such issues, it might be a good idea to reinstall Windows 10 or wait until a proper fix is deployed.


 on: November 17, 2019, 11:54:52 PM 
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Now that Microsoft has released Windows 10 1909, otherwise known as the November 2019 Update, ISO disk images for this new version are also available. As it is always a good practice to have the original media for the latest version of Windows 10 available, we will explain how you can download the Windows 10 1909 ISO directly from Microsoft.

For those not familiar with an ISO, it is a sector-by-sector copy of a DVD that is stored in a disk image file. This ISO file can then be written, or burned,  to another DVD to create an image of the original, mounted as a drive letter in Windows, or extracted by a program like 7-Zip to access the files contained in it.

While the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool can be used to create Windows 10 media, this media is meant to be used to upgrade your PC and is customized towards that goal. A Windows 10 ISO, though, is the original media that can be used to install a variety of different versions of Windows 10 depending on your license.

Unfortunately, Microsoft does not normally offer a Windows 10 ISO but using a trick you can still get it directly from Microsoft's site as explained below.

How to download a Windows 10 1909 ISO

Normally when you go to Microsoft's "Download Windows 10" page, you are only given the option to update via Windows Update or to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

Below we are going to explain a method that causes Microsoft to offer an ISO image file for Windows 10 1909 instead.

To download the Windows 10 1909 ISO, follow these steps:

1. Go to Windows 10 download page in Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge.

2. Click on the Chrome menu, then More Tools, and then select Developer tools as shown below.

3. Now press Ctrl + Shift + M to open the Device toolbar. This toolbar lets you force Chrome to impersonate another
device such as a mobile phone or a tablet.

Click on the menu that should show Responsive and select iPad or iPad Pro so that you have a larger
screen to work with.

4. When you select one of these devices, you should see the screen resize to reflect the size of the device's screen. At this
point, I suggest you change the zoom to 100% as shown below.

5. Now refresh the page in the browser by pressing the F5 key. Once the page refreshes, Microsoft's site will now offer
you the Windows 10 ISO instead of the Media Creation Tool as seen below.

6. Select the Windows 10 option under "Windows 10 November 2019 Update" and then select Confirm.

7. After a few seconds, Microsoft's site will now ask you to select the language for your ISO.

Select your language and press the Confirm button again.

8. Finally, you will be asked to either download the 32-bit or 64-bit ISO. When ready, click on one of these choices and the
respective Windows 1909 ISO image will be downloaded.

It should be noted that the above instructions work in any Chromium-based browser, not only Chrome or the new Edge.

What should you do with the ISO?

Now that you have downloaded the Windows 10 1909 ISO, you may be wondering what you should do with it.

As blank writable DVDs are fairly cheap, costing between $0.50 or $0.70 at Amazon when you buy them in a multi-pack, my suggestion is to burn the ISO onto a DVD and store it in a safe place. This way you have it available in case you need to use it in the future as an emergency repair disk or as Windows installation media.

For example, if your computer is no longer able to boot due to an infection that disables the Windows 10 recovery environment, you can boot your computer using the Windows 10 installation media to repair your computer.

As Microsoft releases new feature updates at least twice per year, it is suggested that you create a new ISO every time a new Windows 10 feature update is released.


 on: November 17, 2019, 11:19:47 PM 
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Lenovo just wrapped up its feverishly anticipated Tech World conference in the Chinese capital. The tech giant headlined its event with a number of innovative products like the nostalgia drenched (but incredibly futuristic) Motorola Razr, a foldable ThinkPad and Lenovo One – a nifty piece of software that allows users to control their phone from their PC.

Lenovo didn't stop there though, it also showed off Project Limitless: the world's first 5G laptop.

First announced back in May, Limitless is determined to bring blisteringly fast network speeds in a thin and lightweight Yoga shell. The Chinese tech firm once again exhibited the device on-stage.

Limitless looks like a typical Yoga laptop from Lenovo, that means it comes with a display that can elegantly swivel around its base allowing you to enjoy superfast 5G in either a traditional laptop or tablet form-factor.

Just like it did back in May, Lenovo made a big song and dance about its partnership with American manufacturer Qualcomm that has supplied its Snapdragon X55 5G modem to be fitted under the bonnet of Limitless. As the name suggests, the X55 allows the Lenovo device to support next-generation networks on the go.

Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon X55 should not only deliver 5G, but it won't gnaw away at your battery life while it does thanks to a number of efficiency upgrades. Of course, will have to test this ourselves when we finally get our hands on it.

Why is the world's first 5G laptop a huge boost for Windows 10? Well, theoretically it'll allow you to download chunky files, stream pixel-packed 4K content and play online games with low latency when out and about.

5G is already here... in certain cities across the globe at least (including London, Liverpool, Manchester and many more in the UK). It's already proven itself to be capable of delivering speeds over 1Gbps, that's significantly faster than 4G and even most home Wi-Fi setups. So yes, that's a major advancement for Windows 10 machines.

Lenovo has declared Project Limitless was designed to be fit for the future where 8K streaming, augmented reality and virtual reality are expected to become the new norm.

Commenting on Limitless, the firm's Consumer Business of Intelligent Devices Group senior vice president and general manager, Johnson Jia, said: “At Lenovo, we don’t innovate for the sake of technology alone. Everything we do is about improving people’s experience.

Lenovo showed off Project Limitless during its Tech World keynote last week

Project Limitless is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 chipset

“With real 5G in a PC, it’s all about satisfying users’ need for speed: faster file transfers and streaming in 4K, 8K and even AR/VR; faster and higher quality video chats on-the-go; even faster screen refreshes for mobile gaming. When we say limitless connectivity, we mean it – 5G PC users the world-over will save time, stay productive, or get online entertainment from nearly anywhere, at any time.”

Although Project Limitless is an incredibly tantalizing prospect, Lenovo, unfortunately, stayed silent on its release date or price. However, if the laptop follows the trend set by 5G phones, it's likely to be priced at a noticeable premium above 4G or Wi-Fi only rivals.

We're expecting Lenovo to spill more information on Project Limitless next year.


 on: November 17, 2019, 10:59:09 PM 
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tianfu-cup-results - click to enlarge
China's top hackers have gathered this weekend in the city of Chengdu to compete in the Tianfu Cup, the country's top hacking competition.

Over the course of two days -- November 16 and 17 -- Chinese security researchers will test zero-days against some of the world's most popular applications.

The goal is to exploit and take over an app using never-before-seen vulnerabilities. If attacks succeed, researchers earn points towards an overall classification, cash prizes, but also the reputation that comes with winning a reputable hacking competition.

The Tianfu Cup's rules are identical to what we see at Pwn2Own, the world's largest hacking contest. The two events are more tied than most people know.

Prior to 2018, Chinese security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, with different teams winning the competition years in a row. Now, all that talent is going against one another.

In the spring of 2018, the Chinese government barred security researchers from participating in hacking contests organized abroad, such as Pwn2Own. The TianfuCup was set up a few months later, as a response to the ban, and as a way for local researchers to keep their skills sharp. The first edition was held in the fall of 2018 to great success, with researchers successfully hacking apps like Edge, Chrome, Safari, iOS, Xiaomi, Vivo, VirtualBox, and more.


The competition's first day was its busiest, with 32 hacking sessions scheduled on Saturday. Of these, 13 were successful, seven hacking sessions failed, and in 12 sessions security researchers abandoned exploitation attempts, for various reasons.

Of the successful sessions, Tianfu Cup organizers reported successful hacks of:

• (3 successful exploits) Microsoft Edge (the old version based on the EdgeHTML engine, not the new Chromium version) tweet

• (2) Chrome hacks tweet

• (1) Safari tweet

• (1) Office 365 tweet, tweet

• (2) Adobe PDF Reader tweet

• (3) D-Link DIR-878 router tweet

• (1) qemu-kvm + Ubuntu tweet, tweet

After the first day, Team 360Vulcan, a former Pwn2Own winner, is in the lead.

In the past, many software vendors have begun to attend hacking competitions, where they send representatives to pick up vulnerability reports minutes after a hacking session ends -- with some vendors shipping patches within hours.

There were few vendors at Tianfu Cup; however, with many high-profile successful exploits being recorded in the competition's first two editions, many companies will most likely begin considering sending a representative next year. Google had members of the Chrome security team on site. A Microsoft spokesperson acknowledged our email, but could not reply before this article's publication.

A competition spokesperson told ZDNet today that organizers plan to report all bugs discovered today to all respective vendors at the competition's end.


Of the 16 sessions scheduled for the second day of the competition, only half went through as planned, with researchers giving up on eight. Of the successful half, seven hacking sessions succeeded, with only one failing to hit its mark. The seven successful exploits targeted:

• (4) D-Link DIR-878 tweet]

• (2) Adobe PDF Reader tweet

• (1) VMWare Workstation tweet, tweet

Team 360Vulcan gave up on their attempt to exploit iOS in their highly awaited session, which was also scheduled last, to end the tournament.

Team 360Vulcan, however, won the competition regardless, earning $382,500 for their efforts of hacking Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office 365, qemu+Ubuntu, Adobe PDF Reader, and VMWare Workstation.

A big role in winning the competition played the VMWare and qemu+Ubuntu exploits, which brought in $200,000 and $80,000, respectively.

tianfu-cup-team-results - click to enlarge


 on: November 17, 2019, 05:17:51 PM 
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Microsoft has released a list of features and functionalities removed from Windows 10 v1909. If you want to find out what’s going away or features or functionalities removed in Windows 10 v1909, check out the list below.

List of features removed in Windows 10 1909

With every new OS update, some existing features get dropped or are stopped from being actively developed – while some new features are added. So, in its latest attempt to clean up Windows and remove features that may have turned obsolete or no longer useful, Microsoft has removed the following:


2. Taskbar settings roaming

Although no longer to be seen, it is possible that these features could be replaced by some third-party apps soon.

1] Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) APIs

The Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) cloud service was removed in Windows 10, version 1809. We are planning to complete the removal process by removing the corresponding APIs.

The Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) was a serverless name resolution technology that allowed nodes to discover each other. The cloud service was earlier removed in Windows 10, version 1809. Now, Microsoft has decided to remove the process completely by killing the support for its corresponding APIs.

When present in peer-to-peer environments, peers use specific name resolution systems to resolve each other’s network locations from names or other types of identifiers.

2] Taskbar settings roaming

Roaming of taskbar settings is removed in this release. This feature was announced as no longer being developed in Windows 10, version 1903.

The taskbar is a small strip located along one edge of the screen. It typically shows which programs are currently running. Until now, roaming was a big part of it but Microsoft decided to disable this capability completely for Taskbar Settings. In a document released, Microsoft informed users that the roaming of taskbar settings will be removed from Windows v1909 release.

Applications or codes that depend on these features too, won’t function with the new release installed. It is possible that the development of some third-party apps may enable users to replicate the same experience, as earlier.

Feature deprecated in Windows 10 v1909

Microsoft will no longer be developing the following features:


 on: November 17, 2019, 05:07:17 PM 
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Windows 10 OS has tons of System files that are part of the core OS. Many times end users get to see them running in the Task manager or when they face Blue Screen of Death. Today, we are explaining about three such system files — Ntoskrnl.exe, Ntkrnlpa.exe, and Win32k.sys.

Ntoskrnl.exe, Ntkrnlpa.exe, Win32k.sys are system files that help in the running of the Windows operating system

1. What is ntoskrnl.exe

NT-OS-Kernel = Ntoskrnl.exe

It is the kernel of the operating system which does and controls almost everything.

Windows will not work without it or if it gets into panic mode where it thinks the system is in a problem. Interesting to note that this file is picked up last in the Windows 10 Boot Process.  It will load Registry settings, additional drivers, and then passes the control to the system manager process.

It is responsible for hardware virtualization, process, and memory management. If you have seen BSOD where there is mention of Ntoskrnl.exe and is related to memory. Apart from this file, there are three more kernel files that work along with ntoskrnl.exe. They are ntkrnlmp.exe, ntkrnlpa.exe and ntkrpamp.exe.

2. What is ntkrnlpa.exe

New Technology Kernel Process Allocator = NTKrnlPA

Similar to Ntoskrnl.exe, Ntkrnlpa.exe is part of the Kernel file list. When Windows starts, these programs are loaded into RAM to start boot execution.

It is related to process allocation. It has access to system resources, computer hardware, and memory area, which is restricted to other programs.

3. What is win32k.sys

Win32 subsystem = win32k.sys

Once the boot process is complete, and drivers are loaded, Windows start the Session Manager to move into user mode. There is a Session Manager Subsystem that loads the kernel-mode side of the Win32 subsystem, aka win32k.sys. It consists of  Win32 API DLLs (kernel32.dll, user32.dll, gdi32.dll ) and the Win32 subsystem process (csrss.exe).

   • kernel32.dll: Dynamic link library for Windows

   • user32.dll: It contains Windows API functions related to the Windows user interface

   • gdi32.dll: It houses functions for the Windows GDI (Graphical Device Interface)

   • csrss.exe: Client Server Runtime Process

All these files, Ntoskrnl.exe, Ntkrnlpa.exe, Win32k. Sys files are located in the System32 folder. If you find them located in some other location as well, it is best to run your antivirus scan.


 on: November 17, 2019, 04:59:02 PM 
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Huawei’s folding Mate X, which was originally supposed to launch in June, then September, then on an unspecific date in November, then on November 15th in China, is now, in fact, officially on sale. The Mate X is the second major foldable to hit the market following the (also delayed) Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The Mate X stands out from other foldables because its folding screen is on the outside of the phone, unlike the Galaxy Fold’s and Motorola Razr’s internally folding screens.

That means that when the Mate X is folded, it has a 6.6-inch screen on the front and a 6.38-inch screen on the back — and when it’s unfolded, its screen is eight inches diagonally. The phone is also equipped with 5G, Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, and a dual-cell 4,500mAh battery.

All that tech comes at a very steep price — it costs 16,999 yuan, which shakes out to a little more than $2,400 dollars. And right now, you can only buy it from Vmall, Huawei’s online store in China.

It’s unclear if or when the device might come to other countries, but in October, Huawei told The Verge that “a global launch plan is under review.” And Huawei remains under heavy scrutiny by the US government, so Huawei may never sell the phone stateside.


 on: November 17, 2019, 04:54:17 PM 
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Google is announcing that today, a year and a half after it first unveiled RCS chat as Android’s primary texting platform, it is actually making RCS chat Android’s primary texting platform. That’s because it is rolling out availability to any Android user in the US who wants to use it, starting today.

RCS stands for “rich communication services,” and it’s the successor to SMS. Like other texting services, it supports read receipts, typing indicators, improved group chats, and high-quality images. Unlike several texting apps, like iMessage or Signal, it does not offer end-to-end encryption as an option. RCS is based on your phone number, so when you are texting with somebody who also has it, it should just turn on automatically in your chat.

To get RCS, you simply need to use Android Messages as your default texting app on your Android phone. Many Android phones do that already by default, but Samsung users will need to head to the Google Play Store to download it and then switch to it as their default.

Google is rolling out RCS incrementally, as it often does with new features. Once you have Android Messages, you should see an option to upgrade to “enable chat features.” Google says it will be lighting that option up “in the coming weeks,” and the full rollout will be completed by the end of the year.

iPhones do not support RCS, and over the past year, Apple has declined to comment on whether it ever will multiple times.

Until now, RCS was a service offered by carriers directly to their customers — or, more often, not offered, given the slow rollout. So to understand how Google is offering RCS chat to all Android users right now requires a bit of technical background. It gets even more complicated because the big four US carriers just announced that they will offer RCS in 2020.

In theory, you shouldn’t need to know exactly how it works because when carriers begin to offer their version of RCS chat, Android users will seamlessly switch over to their service. Or it’s possible that they will be able to continue to use Google’s servers.

In practice, however, it could get messy. The worst-case scenario of carrier-made texting apps conflicting with Google’s own Android Messages app is still very much a possibility:

If Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint don’t do a radically better job than they have in the past at offering good apps and good services, Android users will be stuck with something awful. If that happens, all Google will have really accomplished with its messaging machinations is to convince Americans that the only way to actually solve the messaging mess on Android is to buy an iPhone.

RCS chat is a shorthand way of referring to a technical standard that is slowly being adopted by carriers called the “Universal Profile.” (Some carriers have a form of RCS that isn’t compatible with that, which adds to the confusion.) When you use WhatsApp or iMessage, a single company handles the routing of messages and keeps a database of users. RCS, like SMS, is a “federated” system where multiple companies maintain servers that need to interoperate with each other.

When you get RCS turned on, what’s really happening is your phone gains the ability to tell other phones that it can send and receive RCS messages, and RCS servers help make that work. These RCS servers use modern software instead of the rickety mess of SMS, which, in theory, means the famous Syniverse screw-up that sent Valentine’s Day messages nine months late will be less likely to happen.

What Google is doing with Android Messages today is letting the app use Google’s own servers to enable RCS chat instead of waiting for the carriers to light up their own. In fact, in recent weeks, users on Reddit figured out how to configure Android Messages to use a testing server Google had set up for RCS. (Google tells me users who enabled that workaround will be transitioned to the official system.)

The bottom line is that routing RCS messages are more complicated than other messaging apps, but Google could have made it simpler by offering RCS services directly instead of waiting for carriers. That’s what it did in the UK and France in June, and now it’s happening in the US.

It’s a move Google should have made much earlier because the carriers have dragged their feet and muddied the waters on RCS for over a year now. It was only a month ago when US carriers promised they would finally adopt it but wouldn’t offer the service until 2020. Google is just making it possible to turn on now.

The US carriers have formed a joint venture called the CCMI (Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative), which promises to ship a new texting app and offer RCS services in 2020. Google promises it will interoperate with the CCMI’s system, and it has previously said that it can transition users from one RCS server to another.

There’s also the issue of Samsung phones that, out-of-the-box, use Samsung’s own texting app. It also supports RCS chat, but only if the service is offered by your carrier and only if your carrier happens to have turned it on for your type of Samsung phone. (Even then, it might not support the Universal Profile.)

The fix is simple: just switch to Android Messages, but the problem is that most users stick with the default. Since Samsung sells more phones in the US than any other Android manufacturer, there needs to be a better default solution. Most other Android makers have given up making their own texting apps and just use Google’s now.

Whether Android users will have a choice of what texting app they use is still an open question. My sense of the answer to that question is that Google and the CCMI are still negotiating around that. Google says it wasn’t surprised by the CCMI announcement and that the two companies have been in communication. The CCMI has not responded to a request for comment yet.

All of that is a problem for next year. This year, Google is finally doing what it should have done in the first place: offer a simple and universal way for Android users to have a better texting experience with each other by default.

Hopefully, that default will also offer end-to-end encryption someday. There’s no technical reason it couldn’t, and Google has previously said that it’s working on it.


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