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Telenor ‘iChamp2’ – successfully delivers digital awareness training to schools across Pakistan

Telenor ‘iChamp2’ – successfully delivers digital awareness training to schools across Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan  launched the latest installment of its flagship program ‘iChamp’, dubbed as ‘iChamp-2’ to leverage internet as an effective learning tool for school children, besides training them on staying safe in the virtual space all the while. The latest installment saw an unprecedented upswing in scale and scope of the program. It will be broadcast on leading electronic channels for widespread awareness. Telenor Pakistan first launched the iChamp program back in 2014 to deliver on its long term pledge to foster a more connected generation. It aims to equip Pakistani students with basic knowledge of mobile and data technology to help them advance and educate themselves for better future prospects. In the 2nd iteration of the program which ran in 2017, Telenor collaborated with Free Basics by Facebook, to provide students free access to an online information portal featuring 17 educational websites through Telenor 4G data connection. In addition, the program trains children on staying safe against instances of cyber bullying, online abuse and harassment through internet. The iChamp2 program has trained over 630,000 students across 1800 schools nationwide, teaching and training them on how they can make effective use of mobile technology to advance their learning skills. It covered schools from Gilgit to Karachi. Over 80 percent of the participating schools were government- run schools that usually lack access to the latest modes of technology. The iChamp-2 competitions will be broadcast on GEO Entertainment and PTV Home for widespread awareness about constructive and safe use of internet. iChamp runs on the idea of hunting an ‘Internet Champion’, who is ready to adopt data and cellular technology for changing their life and also sets aspirations for fellow students and the society. Participants competing for the title will engage in various educational activities using Telenor 4G data and enjoy hands on experience of technology.  Telenor Pakistan will award scholarships to top 12 participants, showcasing exemplary performances. Cash reward of PKR 1 million, PKR 500,000 and 300,000 will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders respectively to fund their studies. Last year six students were selected to receive the scholarship. “Telenor Pakistan has been making relentless efforts to further its long term vision of bringing digital enablement to society.” CEO Telenor Pakistan, Irfan Wahab Khan said. “iChamp program being extension of the same commitment, focuses on the responsible and safe use of  internet for advance learning by accessing thousands of online resources. Following our efforts towards empowering our society and connecting them to what matters most, our relentless commitment continues in the same direction with passion that will help nurture a responsible digital generation.” Telenor Pakistan has a strategic ambition of ushering...

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Momentum ’18-The leading tech and startup conference & exhibition to start next week

Momentum ’18-The leading tech and startup conference  & exhibition to start next week

In continuous efforts to serve the economic development of the nation and to create new platforms for the incumbent youth, Momentum is hosting a Startup conference and exhibition for technological entrepreneurs, on 19th and 20th of February 2018, at Expo Centre, Karachi. The grand affair will be graced by thousands of attendees interacting with more than 300 startups who will showcase their innovative solutions, around 50 practicing professionals and entrepreneurs conducting relevant workshops and seminars on successful startups and survival as an entrepreneur. Furthermore the participating startups will be able to pitch their proposals to more than 20 investors and various representatives from 20 incubators during the 2 day event. Asif Jafri, Founding Member of Momentum said; “It is true that in our developing nation, the factor of risk management plays a crucial role and any new business or startup requires an executable plan. People have innovative ideas but are weak in implementation strategies that results in most startups failing in the initial years. Momentum focuses to bridge the gap under the theme of changing mindsets. We strive to do this by bringing together the experienced and inexperienced to lend a helping hand to the feeble feet of the youth of Pakistan through this platform.” Momentum is a global startup community with a designated purpose of educating, inspiring and connecting entrepreneurs across Pakistan, who develop innovative ideas and work on disruptive technologies to solve problems and create a diverse knowledge platform for the economic growth of Pakistan. The Founder and CEO, Syed Amir Jafri, stated: “The response from the first Momentum Conference has been heartwarming. We received huge appreciation from both the tech fraternity and startups for our efforts. This gave us the encouragement and motivation to ignite the 2nd edition of Momentum conference. Momentum ’18 will be bigger and better this year. We will be hosting notable participants from the tech universe, to name a few: Google, IBM, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have all agreed to play an active role. A few of their delegates from these tech giants will be visiting Pakistan for the very first time. We hope their presence will help enlighten and boost the confidence of our youth to keep on working hard with zeal.” Momentum is a one of a kind integrated platform designed for startups, mentors and advisors, incubators and accelerators, academics, mobile network giants, financial institutions, technological companies and stakeholders in...

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Telenor Pakistan and Gameloft concludes Pakistan’s first mobile racing championship: ‘Asphalt 8 Telenor Cup’

Telenor Pakistan and Gameloft concludes Pakistan’s first mobile racing championship: ‘Asphalt 8 Telenor Cup’

Telenor Pakistan announced the success of Asphalt 8 Telenor Cup, in association with Gameloft, a leader in the development and publishing of mobile games, which recently took place in Lahore.  It was Pakistan’s first time-limited mobile gaming event with Gameloft’s top racing title: Asphalt 8: Airborne, customized exclusively for Telenor’s users in Pakistan. This engaging campaign was executed in two phases: Online and Offline, over 3 weeks through sponsored events inviting the Gameloft and Telenor Pakistan communities to square off on an Asphalt 8: Airborne track. More than 15,000 users participated in the online phase and spent a combined total time of over 70,000 minutes playing at the event. Top 16 players were invited for a face off at the Grand Finale competition in Lahore. After a nail biting contest, Mehtab Hussain, from Rawalpindi won the contest. Hussain won a Samsung S8 smartphone and cash prize of PKR 50,000 from Telenor Pakistan and Gameloft. Other cash prizes included PKR 25,000 for first Runner Up and PKR 15,000 for second Runner Up. Commenting on his success Mehtab Hussain said, “I am extremely thankful to Telenor Pakistan and Gameloft for giving us this opportunity as this was an amazing experience for me. Being part of this tournament has been very exciting and I will look forward to such gaming initiatives in the future as well”. Sharing his thoughts, Nauman Pervez Qureshi, Head of Digital Products, Telenor Pakistan said, “Our partnership with Gameloft is a testament to our commitment to introduce inventive methods of bringing the gaming community together. The Asphalt 8 Telenor Cup allowed local players to showcase their skills and be recognized. The impressive turnout and high engagement levels throughout the tournament signal the presence of a significant mobile gaming community in the country, and Telenor Pakistan will continue to provide such avenues to strengthen the digital ecosystem in this market segment.” Nitin Goel, Country Head, Gameloft, added, “We are extremely delighted to see the enthusiasm with which the participants enjoyed the game throughout the event. More than ever before, this endeavor with Telenor for Pakistan’s first mobile racing tournament has demonstrated our ability to orchestrate in-game brand activations that are innovative and engaging, thanks to our exclusive in-house advertising...

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Senate Committee recognizes contribution of Telecom Sector Highlights need for rationalized taxation

Senate Committee recognizes contribution of Telecom Sector Highlights need for rationalized taxation

The Senate Standing Committee for Information Technology and Telecommunication has recently recognized the contribution of cellular sector of Pakistan and appreciated the investment in the country and job creation opportunities provided by the sector. The committee also raised concerns over high levels of consumer taxation with special reference on giving relief to the masses who are below a certain annual income level, which is not taxable as per prevailing tax laws. The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology expressed its concerns on high tax deduction on mobile recharge particularly on deduction of advance income tax from majority of subscribers who do not fall under tax net and have no way of claiming the refund.  Senate Committee has directed the FBR and cellular mobile operators to present the recommendations towards a more rationalized tax regime. Mobile penetration and services uptake has already hit the glass ceiling and wouldn’t be able to break this barrier until substantial tax relief is introduced. The taxes inhibit growth, discourage investment and stall services uptake among the masses, and this directly impacts the people of Pakistan to adapt the modern and latest technology. The Telecom Sector suggests abolishment of Advance Income Tax for that majority of telecom subscribers, who do not fall under the tax net and yet have to pay Withholding Tax which that they cannot claim back. In addition the sector recommends harmonization of FED/GST across Federation and all provinces and its rationalization to 16% in line with GST/FED rates applicable on other sectors of the economy. Moreover, sector believes that data tax will not only hamper economic growth in the country but will also adversely impact Government’s initiatives for the proliferation of mobile broadband in Pakistan. Telecom sector strongly recommends abolishment of GST on data services by the provinces. The sector has time and again called for rationalized reduction in taxes that will help ensure affordable services for the masses, which in turn will increase mobile penetration, bring further socioeconomic benefits to Pakistan and will go a long way towards realization of the Government’s ambition of a Digital Pakistan. Pakistan’s cellular sector, since its deregulation, has been at the forefront of introducing innovative services for enabling and empowering people and has played a key role in social and economic advancement. It has made substantial contributions to the welfare of the society and is amongst the largest contributors to the country’s exchequer in terms of direct and indirect taxes. The sector has invested over USD 15B in the economy since deregulation in 2003 and has created over 14,000 direct and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs. The sector is recognized as an enabler for society, bringing greater financial and digital...

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HUAWEI & Porsche Launch PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 in Pakistan

HUAWEI & Porsche Launch PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 in Pakistan

The country’s glitterati came out in full force as HUAWEI and Porsche teamed up to launch the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10. The flagship offering in the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 combines technological prowess of HUAWEI and the design philosophy of Porsche to bring a premium experience for people. It features a polished, ceramic-texture design that is exclusively available in chic Diamond Black. The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 is the most powerful Mate Series smartphone. Housing a 6GB RAM + 256GB ROM it delivers the ultimate power-packed performance and tons of storage. A customized UI compliments the overall design showcasing the unique sense of speed and customization of Porsche. The device is shipped in special premium packaging with exclusive accessories and VIP member services. The launch party was a glamorous affair that brought together the who’s who of Pakistan’s fashion & lifestyle fraternity. A presentation by Saira & Shakira saw Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman Khan as showstoppers – with Sabeeka Imam, Amna Baber, Cybil Chaudhary, Nooray Bhatti and Farwa Kazmi dressed in black & white gowns complimenting the device’s theme. The brand ambassador of HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro Tapu Javeri and superstar Shaan Shahid drew major eyeballs at the event. HUAWEI Consumer Business Group’s General Manager – Pakistan Blueking presented the first-look of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10. He remarked: “The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is the most popular smartphone range in Pakistan. Witnessing the tremendous love and warmth from people, we’re bringing yet another top class offering. The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 is an eclectic mix of superb hardware and innovative software housed in a premium design crafted by Porsche.” The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 has encapsulated people all over Pakistan with the first wave being sold out within one day. It is up for grabs for PKR...

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Start your journey in style for free with TPL Maps

Start your journey in style for free with TPL Maps

Finally bought your much awaited Corolla Altis Grande 1.8L? Thanks to TPL Maps, You can now get the most out of your new purchase without paying a penny! In addition to mapping services, TPL Maps’ flagship offering includes in-dash navigation hardware and software which is a state of the art advanced system equipped with the latest technology tailored for the region to make navigation accurate, faster and on-point! According to telematics specialists, high-definition maps in navigation software are the foundation for all future driving experiences. Knowing exactly where the car is and where its heading and having accurate road information is what enables perfect navigation and advanced driving assistance. Navigation in your car even influences fuel economy by guiding you through the shortest route to your destination and make your daily commute even more manageable. So it’s no wonder that the methodology used to create and update maps is now in a dramatic state of flux. This solution is designed for fully offline environments and mixed online/offline scenarios. The application behavior between online and offline mode does not change so there is no additional integration cost. Your Corolla 1.8 comes with pre-installed free navigation software powered by Sygic. Activation of this software is just a phone call away! Dial 03008276082 or 03018272991 now to activate and make the most out of Urdu Maps, door to door navigation, housing address search, HD graphics with 3D landmarks, voice-guided navigation, alternate routes and multi-stop route planning, the option of city first or street first address entry, among many other features which  are now just a phone call away! Activate now to stay informed and entertained with TPL...

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Grab the best Full-Screen Display Smartphone

Grab the best Full-Screen Display Smartphone

http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Tecno-Camon-I-Teaser.mp4 Tecno Mobile, a leading Hong-Kong based is coming up with lot of surprises this year for Pakistan, One of them is the launch of their upcoming product, according to the rumors this new product has full-screen and has 13MP camera. Tecno Mobile has already effectively disrupted the smartphone market in Pakistan last year with several innovative products however, it is expected that the coming gadget will set the pace for subsequent product designs in 2018. Asides from debuting a bezel-less screen and offering users more screen space to better appreciate their multimedia content, the new TECNO gadget is supposed to revolutionize photography on a smartphone and leave people deliberating how such a simple handheld gadget can capture fantastic images like a professional DSLR camera. Though there has not been any leaked detail about the phone’s exact specifications however, one would expect that its camera shouldn’t be less than a 13MP – Considering in mind that, the normal camera rating of their gadgets released previously, has 13MP. Unsurprisingly, other features of the camera, the hardware specs, design and the flexibility has been tipped to excite. Interestingly, rumor has it that the brand is forecasting the launch of the new device on 8th February as they have recently started teaser campaign over digital as well. If everything goes as expected; smartphone lovers across Pakistan will soon be holding their full-screen device designed for everyone. So guys, let start the countdown, so we all can finally activate our new smartphone experience with the TECNO full-screen device....

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Globally Renowned Smart Devices Manufacturer Riversong Finally Launches in Pakistan

Globally Renowned Smart Devices Manufacturer Riversong Finally Launches in Pakistan

Riversong, global smart accessories manufacturer with its presence in 17 countries, has officially launched an entire range of products in Pakistan. Riversong is globally renowned for making affordable yet high-quality products. The smart accessories manufacturer has entered the Pakistani market on seeing tremendous growth opportunities and a high penetration rate of mobile phones in Pakistan. At the time of launch, Riversong unveiled affordable Bluetooth wireless earphones, fitness bands, power banks, and other audio accessories. The entire portfolio of these products is available to the users across the country both online as well as offline. For the first time in Pakistan, Riversong is offering replacement warranty under which customers can get a new device, with no questions asked, if there is a malfunction with their current device. Such warranty replacement offers are unprecedented in Pakistan. Ali Yousuf, the COO of Riversong, said, “We have received exceptional feedback in all markets. We believe that Pakistanis are going to love our products. We always strive to provide affordable yet very premium in quality products which makes our offering very unique.” He further added,  “Riversong is focused on bringing slick, innovative and people-oriented smart devices into the mainstream. Pakistan is a country with the highest mobile phone penetration in the region and people are migrating to smartphones quickly. We believe this technology-friendly market holds a lot of potential for high-quality products. We are focused towards bringing a range of state-of-the-art smart devices with an exceptional customer experience. Riversong stands for a technologically equipped and well-connected Pakistan.” Riversong’s presence in Pakistan will provide more options for tech gadgets’ consumers in the region. Pakistani consumers can now get sleek designed fitness trackers, appealing power banks, classy and elegant wireless earphones and wifi adapters by Riversong online with the shipment. TikTech, the official distributor for Riversong, is making all the products available for the customers across the country. Riversong products are also displayed nationwide at Alfatah, Metro, and Hyperstar shopping centers. Additionally, Riversong will launch the new range of products in Pakistan as per their international launch schedule. About Riversong:  Riversong, a global award-winning premium-quality mobile accessories manufacturer, is the subsidiary of China-based IMG Group Communications Technology Ltd., an innovative high-tech enterprise working since 2001 specialized in mobile phone manufacturing, design & R&D. Riversong is registered and operating in more than 17 Countries including US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UAE, India, Singapore, Japan, Australia, China, and now also in Pakistan. It offers an array of smart & innovative products for improving productivity in daily life. The products range include fitness bands, Bluetooth powered earphones, power banks and wi-fi adapters to give users a seamless travel, connectivity, and musical experience. About Ali Yousuf: Syed Ali Yousuf is a technology industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in...

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HUAWEI Mate 10 lite Emerges as the Mid-range Bestseller

HUAWEI Mate 10 lite Emerges as the Mid-range Bestseller

HUAWEI has received an overwhelming response from Pakistanis making it one of the most popular brands in the country. According to the latest GfK report, HUAWEI Mate 10 lite took the top spot in the mid-range segment (USD 200/- to 300/-) in the month of December 2017 over all other smartphone brands. Along with other HUAWEI smartphones, the market share in the mid-range segment bumped to 40% in December, 2017. HUAWEI Mate 10 lite outshines all other mid-range smartphones by being the world’s first smartphone with FullView display and four cameras. The device is a hit among selfie lovers making it a true Selfie Superstar. With an upcoming Face Unlock + Augmented Reality Lens update, the experience is going to be euphoric. People can have the ultimate convenience and efficiency of unlocking their HUAWEI Mate 10 lite just by looking at it. Talking about the commercial success of the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, Blueking, General Manager, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group – Pakistan said: “HUAWEI is elated to see such a superb response for its smartphones in Pakistan. Our products are an amalgamation of smart mobility and superior quality, which is why consumers love them. We deliver the best experience to people, surpassing their expectations by going the extra mile.” The HUAWEI Mate 10 lite boasts an Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset with 4GB RAM. Already acclaimed as the Selfie-Superstar, this device has more reasons to excite people. It delivers a power packed combination of stunning photography and 5.9” Full-View display. The 13MP front camera and 16MP rear camera are each paired with a secondary 2MP camera to capture amazing selfies and pictures. A Smart-Selfie Toning Flash lights up to capture crisp images in low-light...

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Telenor collaborates with Ministry of IT on “DigiSkills Training Project”

Telenor collaborates with Ministry of IT on  “DigiSkills Training Project”

Telenor Pakistan, country’s leading digital services provider, has partnered with the Virtual University of Pakistan to launch a nationwide digital skill-building program aptly named ‘DigiSkills Training Project’. Under auspices of Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom through IGNITE – National Technology Fund (formerly National ICT R&D Fund), the 2 year mega-program aims to train 1 million people in Digital Skills for Freelancing and entrepreneurship using ICTs. The agreement signing took place at the Prime Minister Secretariat in the presence of Prime Minister Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Minister of State for IT & Telecommunication Ms. Anusha Rahman – with Telenor Pakistan and Virtual University top management finalizing a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Thoughts were shared on how leveraging the emerging ICT technologies in Pakistan could create a virtual cloud of aspiring workers who are ready to take up online assignments to make a living besides promoting Pakistan as a go-to market for outsourcing of diversified freelance projects. Pakistan is the world’s 4th largest provider of online freelance services with an estimated registered number of freelancers ranging in several hundreds of thousands. Most of the work done is for international clients; therefore the money earned by them is brought into the country mainly in the form of foreign remittances. Pakistan has the potential to increase its share in the freelance industry by folds and resultantly bring in valuable foreign exchange into the country and reduce unemployment. Addressing the event here at the PM Office, the prime minister said his government was committed to support the private sector in its ventures of introducing cutting edge technology and taking the country forward. Prime Minister Abbasi said the government would ensure availability of the broadband across the country and facilitate e-commerce He stressed the need to further work on it and said the entrepreneurship was a unique skill and only the private sector has the ability to take it forward. The Prime Minister said the Digiskills program would equip the youth to get online jobs and earn money in a non-traditional way. He said he has great faith in the youth of the country and expressed confidence that the women would lead in these areas. We have taken major strides toward digital transformation in the country with our ICT partners and this major development widens our scope to optimize new technologies to upskill our youth, “ said Ms. Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication.  “DigiSkills combines an ideal mix of partnership between Ignite and Virtual University’s expansive and advanced eLearning platform to further Ministry of IT’s digitization and empowerment goals.  The online freelance market offers a myriad of opportunities to thousands of jobseekers whom we...

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Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke calls on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Davos

Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke calls on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Davos

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Mr. Sigve Brekke, CEO Telenor Group at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today. Special Assistant to PM Mr. Ali Jehangir Siddiqui and senior government officials were also present. During the meeting, the Prime Minister appreciated that Telenor has created jobs for around 130,000 Pakistanis, directly and indirectly. He acknowledged Telenor’s investment in the training and development of its workforce and thanked Mr. Brekke for providing many Pakistanis the opportunity to work in a progressive environment. While recalling the inauguration of Telenor’s new Headquarter in Islamabad, the Prime Minister stated that he was pleased to observe the state-of-the-art facility that has set new standards for workplace environment in Pakistan. Sigve Brekke, CEO Telenor Group thanked the Prime Minister for facilitating Telenor’s operation in Pakistan and said that based on our commitment to empower societies, we remain dedicated to bringing the benefits of telecommunications to everyone in the markets where we operate. Our team in Telenor Pakistan is working continually towards this objective and through innovative products that connect people, help them make informed decisions, and bring them into the folds of the economy through digital and financial inclusion. We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the Government of Pakistan to ensure a transparent and predictable business environment that encourages further investments Telenor has been operating in Pakistan since 2005 and has also launched convenient mobile financial transaction mechanism namely ‘Easypaisa’. Telenor has so far invested over US$3.5 Billion in...

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HUAWEI Announces “Smile for HUAWEI” Campaign for Face Unlock & AR Lens Features

HUAWEI Announces “Smile for HUAWEI” Campaign for Face Unlock & AR Lens Features

The word is out as HUAWEI is all set to roll out the remarkable Face Unlock and AR Lens features on the HUAWEI Mate 10 lite. The company has announced a “Smile for HUAWEI” campaign – as the features are sure to put a big smile on everyone’s face. While the update will be shared with all HUAWEI Mate 10 lite users OTA in February, the company is looking for experience ambassadors to try out the features during the beta testing phase. The Face Unlock feature is truly magical as it lets you unlock your HUAWEI Mate 10 lite just by looking at it. You simply need to pick up your phone, smile at it and see the magic happen! It only takes 800 milliseconds to read your face and works only when your eyes are open. This allows for a lot of convenience, efficiency and security as your phone cannot be unlocked while you are asleep. Face Unlock records more than 1,000 data points on your face and stores it in Kirin processor’s Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) to prevent thieves from using your photos or videos to unlock the device. Adding a lot more excitement to your HUAWEI Mate 10 lite, the AR Lens feature lets your creative juices flow. Now you can personalize your favourite moments by adding effects, faces, masks and dynamic backgrounds to your photos. The AR lens allows you to customize and edit all your photos and videos without the need of a third-party app. To become an experience ambassador, all one needs to do is look for HUAWEI Mobile’s Facebook page, like and share the “Smile for HUAWEI” post, and share their experiences of the HUAWEI Mate 10 lite in the...

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