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Using Youtube to Promote Sites

Using Youtube to Promote Sites

This idea was in my marketing/advertising arsenal the minute i started car sites, wrote article about custom grilles br t rex, but to widen the markeable niche here I’ll give out a few tips on how you can use youtube to promote almost any kind of sites, Recently i saw a post on tc that showed a youtube video of microsoft promoting vista, which by the way is an awesome idea overall.

Here are the stats for it, although it was blogged about on techcrunch the video did not get many views but still you can use SMM to get traffic tot he videos, even if your video knocks out around 100 views thats a good thing because now 100 mainstream users know about your website.

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Figuring out just what to promote..

If its the anime/video streaming niche, then you probably already know what to do but if you have a product website or a niche that isn’t really “video” friendly then you’ll need to be a little creative.

  1. Promoting an activity is a good way to get people’s attention too, the best example for this should be this site : Pimp My Walk they either create their own videos or find videos using p2p programs and upload them to their youtube as a resource to their own users at their site and on every video page they link to themselves which gives them some kick ass traffic.
  2. Promoting a service can be tricky stuff, i mean “ebooks” and “how to books” when i say services because thats the most popular niche in the how to topic, this one is tricky because here you will have to either upload testimonials or case studies of people with the problem or whatever the niche suggests, it has to be genuine and moving and this can be really hard because you can’t just find these videos you’ll have to make them (record them) using real people.
  3. Promoting a blog, this is my favorite part because bloggers can make or upload (showcase) videos just about anything as long as the video gets tons of views no one cares where it was retrieved from, the bloggers such as Shoemoney and Johnchow are examples of this one, Jeremy has videos on his personal life which features him and videos on SEM by Pam, whereas Johnchow loves to make videos on cars, past time activities, food, movies anything that will float his boat. When bloggers make videos and showcase them on their blog its the best marketing tactic ever because it makes your users feel like they are a part of the blogger’s life!

Including your link..

Including your link on every video is crucial and its better if you can somehow make an intro that you can add to every video, something really really flashy that shows your site’s name and address, you can also add your link to the description and/or on your youtube profile page that will definitely help bring in people to your site as well as give you some link love, not that it would be all that great but keep in mind the whole objective here is to bring in excessive traffic.

 

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Google Introducing its Photo Apps Appsperiments

Google Introducing its Photo Apps Appsperiments

Google’s new “Appsperiments”: Photo Apps

In a new series of experiments, where Google combines its ‘Google” technology to create apps, Google has come out with 3 photo apps. Google’s new “Appsperiments” take into account today’s selfie generation, where anyone and everyone wants to rake a pic. Forget just selfie, everyone these days is taking a pic often with them in it for social media or some other reason.

Bottom line is these photo apps Appsperiments allow an individual to configure or play around with their images to get a whole new portfolio of sorts. From comics to a- at-home-photoshoot, Google is giving users a chance to experiment with their photo apps.

Google’s inspiration for their Photo Apps- “Motion Stills”:

Google has used Motion Stills as an inspiration for their new Appsperiments. Motion stills uses google technology to capture many photos and then make it into cinematograph or a time lapse.

Motion Stills was created by google researchers and was the first app to use Google’s experimental technology. Taking cue from motion stills, google researchers have created the first installment of experimental photo apps using google technology.

Google’s photo Apps- “Storyboard”:

Google’s first in its Appsperiments photo app line up is- Storyboard. In storyboard a user can take a video of whatever mundane activity and transform it into a cool comic book layout.

There are over 1.6 trillion possible ways in which google technology converts the video stills into a comic book layout. Not happy with the layout? Simply pull down to refresh and get a new layout. This app is only available to android users.

Google’s photo apps-“selfissimo”

This Appsperiment sounds like a magic act. In this photo app available to both android and IOS users, users get a custom photo shoot at home itself.

This photo apps allows you to pose and pout just the way you want and then clicks the picture without you having to lift a finger. All you have to do is strike a pose and the app takes pictures as soon as you stop moving. You tap the screen to start a photo shoot and tap it again to end it. Users can then select images they want and delete the rest.

 

Google’s photo apps- “Scrubbies”

This photo app works much like a DJ’s remixing.  All you have to do is take a video with your phone and create video loops by speeding up the playback or focusing on funny faces all while “scratching” the phone like a DJ.

Scrubbing with one finger plays the actual video and you can capture the playback by scrubbing with two fingers and then save or share it.

This photo apps is available to only IOS users.

These apps are first in a series of Appsperiments that google plans on launching so there might be more in the future. There are many photo apps out there that allow you to edit your pics in various ways but none offer the same thing as Google.

These photo apps are focused on ways to bring Google’s trademark software to mobile phones in the form of apps.

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Get Local Help with Your Google Assistant

Get Local Help with Your Google Assistant

Google Assistant can help you with local stuff more smartly and intelligently

Google is simply aiming at making the Google Assistant the most intelligent and smart smartphone AI for the millions of users. It has enhanced the capability of the AI when it comes to sorting out the local stuff and offering the best of results to the users. Now users will be able to make use of AI to look for different nearby service such as house cleaner, plumber, electrician and other with simple commands.

Search things local easily with  Google Assistant

Users are only required to say “Ok Google, find me a plumber’ and the Assistant will work on finding it through the search engine. This feature will work not just on the Android devices but also on iPhone and other voice activated speaker like the Google Home. This Assistant can even come up with follow up questions in order to offers you a more precise and local nearby options within few seconds. This feature helps in doing away with the need of typing out the query on the search box and actively looking into the search results to find the best possible match. Now users can simply ask the Google Assistant to do the apart of looking up the local services within few seconds without much effort. Ask the assistant for the recent sports score and it will surprise you with accurate live scores and yesterday’s score with ease.

Some other cool features of  Google Assistant

You can ask the Google Assistant to search for images by simply asking for it. When it comes to local searches Assistant can advise you on where to eat, drink, shop and dance. It makes use of the ‘Nearby’ feature to locate the requite places near you and bring the best possible options in a moment’s notice. You can ask Assistant casually to shows you the nearby restaurants and it will be do so by bringing forward a list of popular restaurants in the vicinity with reviews, rating, address, direction as well as a link for calling the restaurant.  If you are planning for getaway trip for the weekend but could get the ideas then simply ask Google Assistant about some cool vacation spots or ideas and it will showcase requisite search results which you can easily tap to get more information about some great vacation spots or ideas.

 Google Assistant new features is coming soon enough

Google is all set to lunch this new feature in US in the upcoming week while it will be rolled out in the rest of the weeks at the earliest. This feature will specifically showcase the pre-screened service providers in order to provide secure and safe service delivery. These service provider are either been screened by Google and partner companies like HomeAdvisor and Porch. If there are no pre-screened service providers then also Google Assistant will offer the nearby results but it has to be ascertained by the user whether they are up for job or not. Now users will be able to plan fixing, painting or cleaning projects with Assistant awesome help.

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5 Google Maps Tricks That Make Travel Easier

5 Google Maps Tricks That Make Travel Easier

Some Useful Features of Google Maps

One of the useful features of smartphones is the navigation apps and Google Maps has been extensively considered the best of the lot.  Most of the users are not aware that there are some useful features in Google Maps which would make mapping on their next holiday much easy or even enhance their daily travel.  We present some google maps tricks which would be beneficial to iPhone and Android users.

  1. Download Offline Maps

If the user desires to save the mobile data or check map without access of the internet, Google enables you to save maps to be viewed offline. Users could zoom the map according to their details and type OK Maps in the search option to save the map.  Another alternative for google maps tricks is that one could explore for a precise location select it to get the information car and click the menu icon towards the top-right area and bring up the `save offline map’ option.

  1. Launch Navigation Mode Faster

Detailed directions are provided on Google maps which are very helpful while navigating and these google maps tricks could be beneficial.It tends to take a few clicks to launch the feature though one can get started on Android instantly on holding down the blue transportation icon towards the bottom left area of the app.  The icon is seen by default as a person, car, train or a bicycle based on the mode of transportation Google would assume to be suitable.

  1. Zoom in With One Hand

Users could pinch and zoom on a location with Google Maps and if the user tends to have only one hand free then you could double tap the screen for zooming instantly.  Should you hold your finger on the screen after the second tap you could swipe up or down to smoothly zoom in or out.

  1. Star Popular Place

Starring places tends to be useful while making plans and one can have their own personal directory whenever the need arises.  It separates the contents one would be interested in and helps in identifying places of interest like restaurants, coffee shops, dentist, your favourite stores, movie theatres, galleries, museums, a friend’s apartment which would be complex to reach if forgotten.

  1. Save Work & Home to Save Time

Though it seems fundamental it is essential to save your home and office wherein instead of having to enter your address each time one attempts to reach home you would only have to type HOME and you can be on your way.  While driving, Google Maps would lead you through the fastest route to reach your destination.  Should the user avoid the beaten path and come across winding back road, ensure to head to your setting and switch on `Avoid Highways’ and `Avoid Tolls’. Thus the user will not get delayed in driving through long highways and find interesting pit stops en route.

  1. Speed up Searches

Chrome enables text shortcuts to various search tools and Maps is said to be one of them.  In order to create the shortcut one can click on the menu icon – three vertical dots towards the top right area of Chrome window and opt for Setting.  On Scrolling down to – `Search Engines’, click `Manage search engines’. Scroll to the bottom of the `Other search engines and one will come across three boxes to add new search engine.

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Finally Facebook Creator App Unveiled Just Made for the Video Creators

Finally Facebook Creator App Unveiled Just Made for the Video Creators

Facebook Creator app for Video Creators

Just a few months ago Facebook made it clear that it is looking forward to establishing its social media platform as dedicated video sharing platform. Facebook simply wanted to give YouTube a stiff by banking on its massive active user’s base and it is trying to woo the video creators on its platform on a serious note with the launch of the Facebook Creator app. It brings a wide range of tools which helps in streaming videos, messaging people on varied Facebook platform as well as for updating stories.

Facebook had already other apps

This isn’t the first Facebook brought a dedicated app for a particular function or feature available on its platform. In the past, people had made use of the Facebook Pages app in order to manage varied pages present on the platform. It even had dedicated app for celebrities which helped in community building. But Facebook Creators app is different from the usual apps as it brings hard-core features for the users to actively manage the videos on the Facebook like never before. But this Facebook Creators app isn’t an original concept rather it is an updated and to be more precise a rebranded version of the app which was set to be named Facebook Mentions.

Exciting features in the new Facebook Creator app

Facebook Creator App boasts some special features which is designed for the Facebook Live. Using this app, users will be able to add intro as well as outros to their live videos and they can even add interactive stickers and custom video frame to make the video more punchy and individualized. This app can even be used for capturing and editing photos which can be posted later on in the Facebook Stories or on other platforms like Instagram.

Facebook has given a priority towards enhancing the communication with it new app. Facebook Creator app brings a unified inbox for the comments having both Facebook, Instagram & Messenger messages in a single place. This ensures that users don’t have to jump in between different apps to respond to other people messages, responses, and requests. Facebook Creator App isn’t free from glitches and shortcoming it happens to be a right step in the direction of efficiently managing to message within the varied Facebook services.

Facebook Creator app: Everything is thought of by Facebook

Since  Facebook Creator app is an app directed towards the video creators then it is essential to bring analytics functionality embedded into to understand the performance of the videos. Keeping this thing in mind Facebook has brought analytics feature in this app so creators can make the best use of their video. Facebook is making this app available at first on the iOS platform followed by the Android platform roll out in the coming months.  Facebook Creator app will certainly help the video creators towards making active use of the Facebook platform to take their video to a massive user base and with it will be strong enough to give stiff competition to the YouTube.

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Seamless Google Street View Panoramas

Seamless Google Street View Panoramas

Google Street view was first launched in 2007.It is a technology used to capture and provide panoramic views of streets, places, towns and even museums.

Google street view was first launched in a number of cities in the US and then susbsequently it has moved to other places as well. Google is still in the process of mapping and photographing various places but it has achieved its presence in all the seven continents.

It is not an easy task to provide a series of panoramic images of places and this is seen in the process of making Google’s street view possible.

Equipment used in The Google Street View:

Taking pictures in rocky, snowy terrains or even underwater is no easy feat for any person. Considering that you cannot take a car ride to such places, the only other option is to take the a photography trip by foot. Google has come out with a backpack that has a 360 degree camera attached to it for such excursions. It is called the Street View Trekker.

Google has the Street view Trolley for all it’s indoor sightseeing. To fit through narrow doorways and not bump into any objects that may be lying about such as a statue in a museum, google has introduced a versatile mobile known as the street view trolley.

For those snow covered slopes, google has the street view snow mobile and for those places with narrow alley ways, Google has introduced the street view trike so that the Google team could pedal along zoos, campuses, UNESCO world heritage sights and more, capturing amazing photographs on the way.

Google’s Street View Publishing Process:

The first step in the venture is of course clicking photographs. For this Google has to see the time and place to click photographs in a particular place. They do this by first checking out the population density, weather and various other factors in a particular place.

The next step in the process would be to align the images according to their geographical location on the map. Google achieves this by using various sensors on their google street mobiles. These sensors measure the speed, direction and the GPS location of the image. The images are then adjusted according to their position on the map.

The third step in the process is to turn the images into 3D images. Whenever a picture is taken, the adjacent picture is taken with a slight overlap, Google then stitches the images to gather for a seamless 360 degree view using various algorithms.

Finally, there are lasers which are used when the pictures are taken. These lasers are used to gauge the distance of various objects in the image. Google then uses this info in making their 3D panorama.

Problems in 3D Panorama in Google Street View:

There are many problems that could come up when taking a picture. The rosette camera which is used to take pictures could be mis-calibrated, there could be timing differences in taking pictures and parallax. While parallax can be still taken care of by using more approximate geometry, other problems could still occur.

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Six Gestures You Need to Learn for iPhone X

Six Gestures You Need to Learn for iPhone X

Getting Accustomed to iPhone X New Gestures

One of the things any new iPhone X owner would have to get used to is the fact that there is now no home button. Right from the time when the first iPhone was released to now there has always been a home button. This absence of a home button actually changes things up a bit.

It may take a couple of days to get used to the new gestures and ways to interact with your new iPhone X without a home button, but many of the tap, swipe, pinch and other functions remain the same as compared to previous models.

The Power button in the new iPhone X takes up some of the functionality of the home button that is where Face identification and a few tactile interactions are concerned. But in the end it is important to know how to navigate the interface without a home button.

 Going Home on the iPhone X:

If you are on a page or an app and are looking for ways to get off the current content and want to land the home page, then all you have to do is swipe the bar that appears on the bottom part of the screen, up and lift your finger off from there. That will take you directly to the home screen. The bar appears white or black depending on the matter you are reading.

Moving to different apps in the iPhone X:

To get to the apps that are at present running on the phone all you have to do is swipe right, this brings you to an app that is already opened. You can then swipe right or left depending on the app that you want to see. An important feature to note here is that if you pause at an app for a few seconds, the app moves to the rightmost position.

Swiping and getting rid of apps while multi- tasking in iPhone X:

To get rid of some of the apps that are running, you can access the multi- task list of apps by swiping the bar at the bottom to the top and hold it there, this is different form the home gesture as you remove your finger from the screen once the bar is dragged to the top. Once you get to a list of the apps running, it is then a simple task of tapping and holding on an app to get the minus sign on it that allows you to get rid of the app.

Swiping for Notification and Control center on the iPhone X:

To get to the notification center all you have to do is swipe down from the time that is displayed on the top of the phone, this then brings you to notifications that you can click on normally to go to the respective app.

Unlike previous models, the control center can be reached by swiping down from the WiFi, Cellular and battery usage icon.

Swiping to get Spotlight in the iPhone X:

All one needs to do in order to get the spotlight search is to swipe down from anywhere on the home screen.

 

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5 Google Drive Hacks That Will Transform the Way You Work

5 Google Drive Hacks That Will Transform the Way You Work

5 simple tricks to use Google Drive

Google Drive is an indispensable work tool for many companies and individuals and offers us an ever-expanding range of possibilities and tools to make our work faster and easier, as well as free. We have selected five Google Drive functions that you may not know about. With them, you can have the work better organized and carry out a more fluid communication between colleagues.

Change the color of the folders of Google Drive

If you have many folders, or especially if you share the Google Drive account with colleagues or study, this feature of personalization of folders will suit you very well. In Google Drive, you can choose the color you want it to have, and thus visualize it and locate it before. What do you have to do? Simple. Just put your cursor over the folder you want and use the right button. When you do this, you will be presented with a menu with a series of actions. Under “Undock” you will find a painter palette and the phrase “Change Color”. Click there and another menu will open with 24 colors to choose from. Mark whatever you want and it’s done. For the Google Drive mobile version you just have to press your finger on the folder, and you will have the option to open the same menu mentioned above.

Voice Writing in Google Drive

Known by few, this functionality allows you to dictate words in Google Drive using the computer microphone. You just have to enter a text document, go to Tools and there to search for Voice Write. It will open a microphone icon, and you can choose the language in which you want your words to be recognized. You click on the microphone, you speak, and almost at the moment, you will see how your words become written lyrics. When you finish, press again and you already have your paragraph. A very dynamic and useful feature that is missed in the mobile version, which is precisely where it may be more uncomfortable to write a long paragraph.

Scan and save option of Google Drive

A function still only existing in the Android version, allows us to scan a text using the mobile camera, the system then converts it directly into a PDF file and saves it to Google Drive. Once there you can share it quickly with other partners. Scanning documents have always been a tedious process that can now be speeded up thanks to this feature. And also without worrying about having a computer or a printer at hand.

Comment and edit live in Google Drive

Working live with other colleagues who are not present often requires reformulation of sentences or content, and it is good to have feedback at the time. Sure, you can use a messaging service like Skype or Facebook Messenger but, would not it be better if you could do it from the same Google Drive? Well you can. In a file that is shared with more users, you just have to give the Comment button, which appears right next to Share, in the upper right area. You can also mark a word or phrase, and comment it, using the right button and checking Comment.

How to Make forms in Google Drive

This feature in Google Drive allows you to make forms in shared folders. Depending on the security level of the file, it will be open to all types of users or only those who have permissions. You have the possibility to do test forms or with short answers. Either way, the answers to these formulas will not be public, only the administrator of the account will receive them. Perfect for assessing your bosses and employees ensuring the privacy of the participants. To do this you have to enter the main menu of Google Drive, give New, and then down to More. That will open a new tab, and the first option is the forms.

We hope these simple tricks will make work and communication much easier.

 

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The Best Apps through Which You Can Make Easy Money

The Best Apps through Which You Can Make Easy Money

Smartphones are getting smarter by the day, and as a result, many people are getting more attached to their phones and spending more time on them. A lot of time is wasted browsing various social media pages and playing games, but did you know that you can make better use of your smartphone time and earn good money from it? There are many apps through which you can earn money either part-time or fulltime.

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Part-Time Money Making Apps

Clashot

If you enjoy travelling and taking photos, this app is for you. Through Clashot, you can take pictures of cities, food, art, or anything else and sell them. You can make as much as $80 for a single shot. You need to create an account with Clashot to be able to sell your photos. Your photos need to be original and high-quality if you want to make good money from them.

AppTrailers

It is very easy to earn money using this app. All you have to do is watch app trailers on your phone. The videos are usually not longer than 30 seconds.You can also upload videos and get rewarded for the number of likes your videos get. The rewards are in form of points which can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. 10 points are worth 1 cent and the minimum number of points you can get is 500 points. AppTrailers can be used on both android and iOS devices.

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This app rewards users for completing various assignments such as taking pictures of a meal, or the clothes or shoes that one is wearing, or other consumer products. You then have to review the item in your picture and upload the photo and the review. The rewards are in form of points which can be redeemed for cash and withdrawn via PayPal.

Ebates

With Ebates, all you have to do is download the app to your phone. You stand to get up to 40% of your cash back every time you shop online from any of the participating stores if you have this app on your phone. There are almost 2,000 participating retailers. You can also earn money by referring people to the app. The minimum number of people you can refer is 2 if you want to earn from your referrals.

Surveys on the Go

Surveys on the Go pays users to complete various surveys. Some of the topics include sports, health, politics, technology, entertainment, and so much more. You can earn anything between 25 cents and $5 per survey, and the minimum withdrawal amount is $10.

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Fulltime Money Making Apps

CMC Markets

This online trading platform has developed an application for android and iOS devices. Through this app, you can trade in forex, stocks, CFDs, financial derivatives, and other financial instruments. The app has a great user-friendly design and the best thing about using the app is that you can trade from wherever you are, whether you are stuck in traffic, on a business trip or on vacation. You stand to make a lot of money from online trading using this app.

BookScouter

Through BookScouter, you can sell your old books and earn quite some money from them. You just have to register to be able to start selling your books. The app can give you a reasonable price point by checking how much the books you are selling normally go for. You then get to choose who to sell your books to by comparing the prices offered. Shipping is absolutely free.

Gigwalk

This app enables you to connect with businesses that are in need of the skills you have to offer in your locality. You can get many contract jobs through Gigwalk. Payments are made via PayPal.

Conclusion

The above are just some of the most popular apps through which you can earn money. Others include Field Agent, Money Machine, Shopkick, and Slidejoy. Some of these apps give you the option of donating your earnings to charity if you do not want to redeem them. People have made millions of dollars through these apps and you should not be left behind. They are a great way to supplement your income. If you did not know how much you can achieve using that smartphone that you so love, now you know.

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Say Farewell to Old Google Drive Desk Top App

Say Farewell to Old Google Drive Desk Top App

Google Drive Desktop app is dying or more appropriately phasing out

Every great thing ultimately comes to their end whether you like it or not. Google has brought a number of great things for its users but rather than growing upon their popularity Google rolls over it. Google Drive is dead or nearing its demise in near future. Google has left everyone confused and shocked by stating that it will be ending the support for Google Drive on Mac and PC from Dec 11. 12th March 2018 has been set as the date when Google Drive finally stops working for once and all.

This isn’t the first time Google is doing away one of its successful product or feature altogether. For example just a few years ago Google pulled the plug under the GTalk and supplemented it with the Google Hangouts. Hangouts are good but it isn’t as simple and straight forward as the GTalk. Hangout is a feature rich messaging which even allows video conferencing to the users along with a plethora of features and functionalities.

A new product set to take  place of Google Drive

As just stated there is nothing to worry for the usual users as Google is set to bring two products in place of the Google Drive desktop app. First of the users should understand Google is doing away with desktop application of the Google Drive but it will not affect the usual Google Drive. All your documents, spread sheets and multimedia files will remain stored in the cloud storage offered by it. Google Drive cloud storage services are going to go away rather its desktop app is set to stop working from March next year. Google is planning to bring ‘Backup and Sync’ and ‘Drive File Stream’ for the home consumers and enterprise users which happens to be highly enhanced and improved version of Google Drive for Desktop.

What should Google Drive users do now?

Users with Google Drive Desktop app present on their desktop there is nothing to do at the moment. They are expected to start getting warning in the month of October notifying them that it will be going away by March 2018. Therein you will get the chance to upgrade to the ‘Backup and Sync’ or ‘Drive File Stream’.  If you are restless and need to get into the groove right now then go ahead and download ‘Backup and Sync’.

Enterprise users who make use of the G Suite will be able to make use of the Drive File System in order to manage their cloud storage. But this functionality will not be provided to them until September 26.  Google’s Drive File System will be turned on for all the customers and it will only appears as the download links in the Drive interface. If any user has both Drive Files System and Back & Sync installed on their system then Google will ask them to stop using the Backup & Sync in order to save the disk space.

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