Hone your vocals with learn to sing software

Learning to sing doesn't come naturally and hiring a professional trainer doesn't come cheap. At the same time, it's virtually impossible to learn how to sing just from reading books. Fortunately, modern technology has an answer in the form of Listening Singing Teacher, learn to sing software that listens to you and gives you accurate feedback to help you hone your skills to perfection. After 10 years in active development, the software is now available for free to help anyone with a musical heart get started. The software analyses your singing skills using precision listening. This will help you improve your pitch retention, which is easily one of the main challenges people have when learning how to sing. All you need is a decent microphone and Listening Singing Teacher will let you leverage its proven scientific approach to assess your current skills and observe and improve your progress over time. It's also available for both Windows and MacOS.

Getting started with pitch feedback

To improve your skills meaningfully, Listening Singing Teacher provides a simple step-by-step approach that anyone can get started with. Even if you have never sung a single word before, the program will help you get started in the right direction. It is easy to use thanks to its intuitive interface, making it the ideal choice for beginners and advanced learners alike. To begin with, you can make your choices based on your current skill level. This first step involves choosing an exercise, setting the desired tempo and pitch height and the desired feedbacks that you want to receive during your performance. For beginners, the best option is to let the program wait until you hit the note. More advanced users might want to try some rhythm exercises, which start with a slow tempo, getting progressively faster until you've mastered the beat. You can also select counting hints for clapping.

Listening Singing Teacher offers a much easier solution in many ways than a real singing tutor. You don't need to be nervous as a beginner, since the computer will always be ready to help you. This way, you can easily prepare yourself mentally by synchronizing with the beat or optionally listening to a reference note. When the time comes, you will be all prepped and ready to sing the first note. You can also listen to the sample before you start doing the actual singing or, in the case of a rhythm exercise, clapping. Once you get started with these practical lessons, you will be able to analyze your performance, recognize trends in your learning, and watch your progress. As you watch your progress increasing in color-coded levels from blue to green to yellow to red, you'll be motivated to continue. Once you have reached the highest level in a particular exercise, which is red, you'll have built up the confidence you need to hit any note without needing a reference.

If you are looking for a home singing course that will help you learn to sing, you'll be able to sing in tune, gain self-confidence and prepare gain that perfect pitch. To get started with the learn to sing software, download Listening Singing Teacher today at http://www.listening-singing-teacher.com.

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Vivaldi Browser Improves Profile Management, Blocks Abusive Ads and More!

At Vivaldi, we continue to focus on our two hallmarks - privacy and customization. We are always looking to enhance what a browser should provide, and the latest version of Vivaldi has a handful of new features that do just that.

We've improved security by blocking advertisements on sites with abusive ad practices. There are new ways to navigate quicker, customize user profiles along with overall improvements that add more flexibility to Vivaldi's intuitive user interface.

Browse safe with no abusive ads

We want you to be safe while on the web, and worry less about who's abusing you with dangerous ads.

We've added a new functionality to block adverts that use abusive technologies and ads designed to be misleading. The Abusive ad-blocker functionality stops ads from sites that are causing you problems, such as pop-ups that prevent you from leaving the site.

The Abusive ad-blocker gives the browser access to a blocklist that has been enabled by default and can be turned off in the "Privacy" section of Vivaldi Settings. This feature is an addition to our wide range of privacy settings.

The blocklist is hosted on our end-to-end encrypted servers. It is updated from the server automatically by the browser, and applied to intrusive websites without needing to contact the server each time.

Going forward, the blocklist of abusive ads gives us the opportunity to consider adding similar, related functionality for the benefit of our users. The way that we've implemented this functionality is an interesting step in the direction of relying less on third-party services.

More personality to user profiles

We know that you love to make Vivaldi personal. And we always work towards improving every feature so that you feel it is built precisely for you. We've got great feedback on our support for User Profiles and based on that we've added new ways to customise those for you.

For the uninitiated, you can create multiple "users" without logging into a different operating system user account, or the need to maintain multiple standalone installations of Vivaldi.

The inherited default set of avatars clearly needed more customization even if you are logged in through your Vivaldi account. Now you can make this process much easier and personal for non-synced profiles with the following additions:

  • Update the avatars

  • Add and delete profiles in the pop-up

  • Edit avatar within the pop-up

More highlights of Vivaldi 2.6

We want you to stay ahead, browse smarter and faster. Just like our previous updates, this one is no exception adding more efficiency and convenience to your browsing.

Filter saved passwords: Imagine scrolling through a long list to find your saved passwords, for example, a particular bank account? Go to Settings -> Privacy and you can easily find your saved passwords by filtering either through account names or websites. Super convenient!

Keep a tab on unread tabs in the Window Panel: When you open a link in a background tab, you'll be notified in the Window Panel if it is unread. The unread tab counter tells you precisely the number of tabs that still need your attention.

Navigate faster with 'Find in Page': Are you a keyboard lover looking for a specific word or a term in a lengthy article or post? You can find whatever you are looking for much faster with 'Find in Page' - if the search result is a link, it can be opened instantly using Ctrl+Enter.

Visually enhanced Search Field: The magnifying glass on the Search Field on the right side of the Address Bar can now display the favicon of the active search engine, helping you to easily identify the search engine. Enable this under Settings > Search.

Game is still on: Our previous update with Razer Chroma integration grabbed quite a few eyeballs but this time we've got your ears as well. Users requested for support for Razer headphone devices and we've added it.

Performance improvements to speed up Vivaldi

We've made performance improvements that will appeal to those of you who work with loads of tabs. There is a marked improvement if you tile tabs into split-screen views, or often move tabs to new windows. Opening, closing, and resizing of Panels in the sidebar is also much snappier.

Even though the summer has set in the Northern Hemisphere, we are continuing to build Vivaldi that is just right for you! At the same time, we are also laying the foundation for upcoming future releases. As always, thanks for your feedback! Keep them coming in and download Vivaldi 2.6 right away: https://vivaldi.com

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How to save and open groups of tabs in Vivaldi

Tabs have a tendency to multiply by the dozen when you research stuff or do online shopping. Each activity can take a few sessions to complete and tabs will stick around for a bit (and if you forget to close them, for a lot longer). You're soon looking at a Tab bar with 50+ open tabs.

Tabs are cool, no question about that! But if you aren't managing them properly, they can really slow you down.

In other browsers, you could bookmark such tabs and reopen them again later (you can do this in Vivaldi too). But bookmarking would not only take longer, it would also defeat the purpose. You don't bookmark temporary stuff, right?

Vivaldi understands this and has just the thing for you.

Entre Vivaldi's Saved Sessions.

With this handy feature, you can save groups of tabs as a named session and open them with a click later. Sessions can cover your ongoing research or, indeed, represent a collection of the top shopping, tech or social media sites that you visit on a regular basis. For example, you can have a session with possible places to stay in a town you'll be visiting.

Bottom line, you can relax when it comes to opening tabs - open as many as you like and transform them into a saved session later.

With Saved Sessions, you can save a selection of tabs or all open tabs in one go.

To create a session, click on the Vivaldi button at the top left of the browser and select File > Save Open Tabs As Session.

If you are after saving a selection of tabs, first mark the tabs you'll be saving. Hold down the Shift key to select tabs in a row or Ctrl / ⌘ to select tabs that aren't next to each other. Next, right-click on one of the selected tabs to open the context menu > Save Selected Tabs as a Session.

You can also start typing "Save Selected Tabs as Session" in Quick Commands.

You'll be invited to give the session a name and asked whether you want to save only the tabs in the current window. If you have more than one window open, tick this option.

You can save as many sessions as you want.

Once you've saved your session, close the session tabs on your Tabs bar, so that they don't create clutter.

When you come back to your research, open the session by going to File > Open Saved Session. In Quick Commands, just start typing "Open Saved Sessions".

Save and open groups of tabs with Window Panel

In Vivaldi, you can also manage your sessions with Window Panel - the tree-style view of open tabs to the side of your browser window.

To open the Window Panel, click on the window icon that sits on the Vivaldi Side Panel. You will get an overview of all open tabs.

Next, select the tabs you want to save as a session (Ctrl/ ⌘ /Shift), right-click and save them as a session via the context menu. Alternatively, right-click on any tab and select "Save all as Session".

Find out more about the Vivaldi browser at http://vivaldi.com

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What to Do If Your Data Is Compromised

The best approach you can take upon hearing the news of a major data breach is to stay calm. There are immediate steps you can take if you think your personal data has been affected.

From determining if your information has been compromised to deciding whether you need to change your passwords or not, iolo technologies is here to walk you through a simple set of actions that could make the difference.

Determine if you were affected

If you were affected by a data breach, the company in question will contact you. Another common approach is for affected businesses to set up a web page where you can check to see if your data has been jeopardized.
In addition to determining if you were affected, it's important to understand the severity of the breach. Not all of our data is valued in the same way by hackers. A leak of your name and address is mostly harmless. Email addresses, date of birth, and credit card information represent a more severe exposure. Social security numbers and online passwords are the holy grail of personal data to hackers.

Check all of your passwords at once

The easiest and best way to handle your password security is to use a password manager. Among many other features, ByePass password manager can check if any of your passwords have been leaked on to the internet or dark web.

Change your affected passwords

Though changing all of your passwords can be a hassle, it is essential once a data breach has occurred and you have confirmed you were affected. ByePass makes this a painless process by easily generating and storing your secure passwords for you. It also helps prevent dangerous password breaches by supporting two-factor authentication for your most sensitive data, like financial and email accounts.

Look out for phishing emails

If your email address was exposed, hackers may try to send you targeted emails. Do not open any attachments from unknown entities. Pay close attention to emails from your bank. Financial institutions will never ask you for your password or other sensitive information via email. If you see an email like this, forward it to your bank.

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How to master browser settings in Vivaldi

You may have suddenly become concerned about your privacy online. You may be looking for the optimal new tab position or wishing you could change your downloads' location. Or you may just want to make Vivaldi your default browser. For all this and a lot more, you need to head over to the browser's Settings.

But how comfortable are you with Vivaldi's Settings? After all, they are pretty comprehensive and have myriad options to explore.

To get to know Settings, you'll need to invest a bit of time.

In a recent survey, one-third of Vivaldi users said that they discover new features by looking through Vivaldi's Settings. That's great news. The more you explore, the better. No matter how long you've been using Vivaldi, there's bound to be something you haven't noticed before.

Access Vivaldi Settings

There are multiple ways to access Settings. Let's run through them:

  • Windows and Linux: Tools > Settings or the Keyboard Shortcut Alt P

  • MacOS: Vivaldi > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut ⌘

  • Open Settings from the bottom of the side Panel by clicking the Settings icon

Choose your format

Before you do too much exploring, you should configure your Settings to open either in a new tab or in a separate pop-up window. You do this in Settings under Appearance > Window Appearance. Tick "Open Settings in a Tab" if you are not a pop-up person.

Settings coming in useful already? 😜

One step at a time

Vivaldi's Settings are split into 18 sections (you won't find this volume or depth in any other browser). That does mean however that a certain effort is required on your part. We recommend that you go through all sections to get familiar with what we've got going for you.

Here are a few examples:

  • Choose "General" to manage your home page, startup behavior and set the UI language.

  • Select "Themes" to pick, create, edit or schedule a theme for your profile.

  • Go to "Privacy" to manage third-party services, cookies, and passwords.

  • Pick "Search" to configure your search fields and search engines.

You can display all settings at once by choosing the "Display All" section at the bottom of the list.

You can also search for the setting you want to modify by entering a term in the search field above the section list.

Many settings will be auto-saved and applied immediately. However, for some changes to be applied the browser needs to be restarted. When that's the case, you'll see a short text next to the respective setting.

Create a test profile

Let's say that some of the settings have piqued your interest. If you are eager to experiment but are afraid you'll mess up your main profile, here's a thought. Create a new profile just for testing and only apply changes to the main profile when you're confident you like them.

Your test profile can have its own look and configuration - Themes, Keyboard Shortcuts, Mouse Gestures, etc. In addition, it can run with a different set of Extensions, Bookmarks, Speed Dials, Cookies, and History.

Download the latest version of Vivaldi at https://vivaldi.com and give it a try. Don't be afraid to test. No setting is permanent anyway. But please note that we currently don't have a "Reset all settings" button (though you can reset some individual settings, such as Mouse Gestures, Keyboard Shortcuts and Search Engines).

Help Pages to the rescue

We make an effort to maintain and update our Help Pages because we believe that with so many features and options, there can be no end to educating our users. If you have questions about any of the settings, try searching through the Help Pages first.

It will be great if you could give us feedback on the articles so that we can add the missing information .

If you don't find the answer you're looking for on the Help Pages, you can always search or ask on the forum or send us a message.

Please note that currently only some of our settings are synced. In the future, we hope to bring you the ability to synchronize most settings.

Tick away with confidence!

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Do more with XML files with XMLBlueprint

XML, or Extensible Markup Language, is one of the most established and most common programming languages of all. Unlike many programing languages, it defines a clear set of rules for encoding documents which are both machine and human readable. The current specifications are all open standards, with the goals being to place the emphasis on simplicity, standardization and easily usability across the internet. The format also provides full support for the Unicode standard, making it fully compatible with languages that don't use the Latin alphabet. Yet, despite the enormous popularity of the format, Windows computers still don't provide a convenient way to view and work with XML files. You can open them in Notepad or WordPad, but you won't be able to see the markup, which rather defeats the purpose of XML in the first place. XMLBlueprint was developed to overcome this limitation.

Edit and validate very large XML files

XML syntax is the standard for many document formats and systems that we use every day. Examples include XHTML used to render certain webpages, RSS feeds, SVG vector graphics images, and Atom. XML-based formats are also common for productivity applications, such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and even Microsoft's own Office 365 applications via Office Open XML. Because of its widespread use across a large variety of applications, you may come across some XML files that are very large, with some even approaching one gigabyte in size. For example, a highly technical drawing might exist in a vector graphics format encoded in an SVG-XML file. Larger and more complex drawings can be extremely large in file size. XMLBlueprint is available as a 64-bit version for making it easier to edit and validate larger XML files up to 1 GB in size.

Extensive range of editing features

XMLBlueprint ships with an extensive range of features that greatly enhance the way you can work with XML files. These improve efficiency while easing the burden on your workflow. There are context-sensitive helpers based on XSD, DTD and Relax NG Schema for element names, attribute names and values. Closing tags will be added automatically, and there's an options dialog that lets you customize how the program behaves. There's also a feature to change the structure of your XML documents called XML Refactoring, while the XML Formatter utility lets you split long lines, indent text, remove any whitespace, handle empty elements and format attributes for improved readability and faster validation. Folding simplifies working with larger XML files, while Syntax Coloring for XML, CSS, HTML, and Java lets you customize text and background colors to help you create a more comfortable working environment that suits your needs.

Being a feature-rich application that gives you all the features you need to work more efficiently with XML files, XMLBlueprint also includes XML validation features to check for errors and improve readability and speed. There's also a context-sensitive XSLT editor, and tools for generating XML and XSD files from multiple sources. If you're ready to get started, take a look at https://www.xmlblueprint.com/ and download your free 15-day trial today.

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Drive image backup and restore made easy with TeraByte Unlimited

Most computer users have experienced the dreaded feeling of losing precious files like treasured family photo albums or critical work documents. As we become more reliant on digital data, many people find themselves leaving far too much to chance. Unfortunately, data loss happens, either due to an accidental deletion or formatting a disk, a hardware failure or even an attack by ransomware. Every computer user needs to be prepared for these possibilities, and that means not taking your hard drives or other storage devices for granted. Always having a backup in place, preferably stored in a location other than your home or office, is not just good practice - it is critical for safeguarding your digital life. And there is no better way to ensure that everything is kept safe than by making a complete byte-by-byte copy of all data on the device.

Backup and restore made easy with TeraByte Unlimited

When manually backing up individual files and folders, there's always a risk of forgetting about something important. For example, a lot of users assume that everything worth backing up is stored in the documents folder, but that's not necessarily the case. Furthermore, it's a good idea to back up all your programs and even your operating system too. If you ever need to recover your device, you will need a complete copy of the disk to ensure that your applications work again, and that all your personalized settings have been preserved. By creating a drive image, you have a carbon copy of the original data. If it is a backup of your system drive, then you should even be able to boot into your desktop by connecting the device to another computer. If you regularly move around and need easily accessible backups, then using TeraByte Unlimited will save you a lot of time and hassle.

What makes TeraByte Unlimited the perfect choice for backing up your data is that it uses the same technology already provided in Windows, the Volume Shadow Copy Service, as well as a third-party tool known as PHYLock. Thanks to this component, it is possible for you to continue using your computer as normal while the backup itself is locked to a certain point in time. This is important, since complete disk images can take quite while to make, particularly with today's enormous hard drives and data-hungry software. This also eliminates many of the problems and inconsistencies when you are manually backing up a partition that's presently in use. This solution can, however, work with any partition, regardless of the file system it uses. Although it runs under Windows itself, it can back up Linux drives and even encrypted drives. The image files themselves are compatible across all the TeraByte Unlimited range of products of the same major version number.

Whether you're looking for a dependable backup solution or a simple way to move your operating system, applications and documents over to a new device, TeraByte Unlimited provides all the tools you need to get the job done quickly. Visit https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm to find out more.

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Analyze digital storage infrastructure with STOR2RRD

As businesses grow increasingly dependent on digital data, many are having a hard time trying to keep up with the demand. Today's operating systems and applications aren't getting any less storage-hungry either, and many in-house data centers are bursting under the seams of constantly increasing demand. To become more scalable and adaptable to change, every business needs a reliable way to track and manage its digital assets. STOR2RRD was developed to help ease the digital storage burden by giving businesses the control they need. It gathers information from all the physical and virtual servers and other data-bearing devices connected to your SAN or WAN. It gives you a prognosis for all covered infrastructure, lets you fix problems proactively and troubleshoot issues easily. If you're looking for a way to optimize your mission-critical IT infrastructure, then STOR2RRD provides a must-have solution.

Optimize your storage networks and bandwidth consumption

Now that the modern business has grown so data-hungry, it has become more important than ever to retain complete control over the administration of your digital assets. The very performance of your business right down to the levels of productivity of your employees and the availability of every mission-critical system depend on it. Today's companies need to think about things like data governance, security, compliance, privacy and availability to name a few. But you cannot expect to do any of those things effectively if you don't know where your assets lie and their various specifications. With STOR2RRD at your disposal, you can monitor the performance and more of the storage devices connected to your network. This lets you monitor or troubleshoot activity in a proactive manner, access a real-time prognosis for all your infrastructure and optimize bandwidth consumption and storage space without having to constantly fork out for more hardware and services.

STOR2RRD provides full native support for a huge range of storage devices, including those from leading brands like NetApp, IBM, Hitachi, Dell EMC, Lenovo, HPE, and many other vendors ranging from Huawei to Pure Storage. On top of that, it supports storage area networks powered by Cisco, Brocade, and QLogic, and local area network devices made by Cisco, Huawei and any other networked device which is compatible with Cisco SNMP MIBs. Support for various other devices is always under development, so in the unlikely event STOR2RRD doesn't support your current infrastructure in its entirety, just keep an eye out on the under-development page and product roadmap or send a query to find out more at www.stor2rrd.com.

STOR2RRD is all about convenience and accessibility when it comes to helping businesses carry out data governance and proactive management procedures with ease. It allows you to obtain the information you are looking for with just two or three clicks, and you can find the exact utilization of any attached device in a simple and user-friendly graphical form. This makes it comprehensible to anyone from technicians to management-level people who might not also be technical experts themselves. It is also free to use, making it a great alternative for those who would rather not invest in costly commercial solutions.

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Regain control over your time spent on the web with hide.me VPN

A lot of people still don't realize that their every move is being tracked while they're surfing the internet. This is perhaps due to the dated concept that interactions over the internet are generally anonymous. The reality is quite different. Although websites generally can't collect the sensitive personal information without using fraudulent tactics, most websites and online services collect whatever information they can to use for customized advertising and other things. For example, whenever you visit a website or use an online service, the owner can see your IP address. This is a unique identifier that every device connected to the internet has, and it contains information about your internet service provider which, in turn, gives away your approximate geographical location. That's why you often see localized advertisements and other content stating your city or state.

Take back control by hiding your real IP address

A virtual private network lets you connect to the public internet through a third-party intermediary. Hide.me VPN for Windows provides a handpicked list of VPNs across multiple countries and territories, thereby allowing you to browse the internet as though you're browsing from the location of the VPN server rather than your real one. This allows you to take back control over which websites and online services you use, instead of being subjected to oppressive local content filters, licensing regimes and other restrictions. For example, if you are travelling abroad, yet you want to be able to still watch your favorite Netflix shows, you may see a message stating that the content isn't available in your country. In this case, you can connect to the internet via a VPN located back in your home country without having to be subjected to local restrictions and website versions.

Regain control over your online privacy

Whenever you visit a website, it records information about your visit. This data may be sold on to advertisers or used by the website owners to deliver personalized ads. Sometimes, these ads pop up at the most inconvenient time even to the point of spoiling things like birthday surprises by showing which presents you purchased in the form of on-site ads. When you connect through a VPN, you can choose a different server every time to hide your browsing habits from advertisers. Combined with an ad blocker, using a VPN can provide you with a completely anonymous experience over which you have complete control. To further enhance your online experience, using a VPN lets you connect to public networks, such as wireless hotspots, without having to worry about data being intercepted by an eavesdropper between a local router and your device.

hide.me VPN for Windows provides many special features to help you protect your online experiences. It protects your security with DNS leak protection and split tunneling while automatically connecting at startup to the VPN provider of your choice. There is no sign up or registration requires, and the developers of the program don't collect any personally identifiable information about you. It also requires no special knowledge and is easy to use even for complete beginners. Download your VPN client today at https://hide.me/en/software/windows.

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Protect your accounts with a free password manager for Windows

A study in 2015 found that the average internet user has 90 online accounts. This is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why so many people have poor password habits, such as reusing the same password for most, if not all of the online accounts they own. On the other hand, trying to remember so many different passwords is simply impossible for most of us. Without having a suitable way to manage so much login information, it is easier than ever to end up compromising your digital security. Yet, passwords still play a central role in digital security, and that is not likely to change any time soon. Unfortunately, password overload is a real problem, and it constantly feeds into the temptation to reuse passwords or choose ones that are easy to remember and, therefore, easy for attackers to guess or crack.

Almost all of us have experienced the annoyance of forgetting login details for an important online account on multiple occasions. If those accounts are for a system that contains lots of highly sensitive information, such as online bank accounts and email accounts, then entering the wrong login information repeatedly often results in being locked out of the account. If that happens, you often need to go through lengthy processes to regain access to the account while, in the worst-case scenarios, you may be locked out for good. This is a particularly widespread concern with things like Bitcoin wallets, which typically aren't mediated by third parties. In other words, if you lose access to the account, you lose access to your money for good. No wonder so many of us are in the habit of using the same, easy memorable passwords over and over!

What is a password manager?

Cyclonis Password Manager is a free password manager for Windows that keeps a secure repository of all your passwords under a unified login, also known as a master password. That way, you only have to worry about remembering a single password. It's much easier to remember one very long and complex password and change it regularly than try to remember the login details for almost a hundred online accounts. Using a password manager helps boost your online security simply by giving you a more convenient way to store and look after and manage your passwords. This makes users far less likely to develop poor security habits that can compromise their online safety and lead to disasters like fraud and identity theft. With the free password manager for Windows, you can store all passwords in one location and have them synchronized across all the devices you use.

Cyclonis Password Manager helps you boost your online productivity with its quick and user-friendly functionality. You can log in to all of the websites and online services you use automatically, and fill in long and complicated online forms with just a few clicks. All data is stored in a password vault protected by an AES-256 encryption algorithm, and you can add it to your browser by way of a simple plugin that supports Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Download your free password manager for Windows today at https://www.cyclonis.com/products/password-manager.

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