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Get 18 Science Fiction Novels By Cory Doctorow For Only $18

Wed, 03/06/2024 - 00:16

The only thing better than curling up with a good book to read is curling up with 18 good books locked and loaded for your reading pleasure. Over on the Humble Store, you can grab a rich selection of novels from celebrated science fiction author Cory Doctorow. This Humble Bundle offers tremendous value, as you can get 18 books for only $18. Yup, that means you're getting each book for a buck. As an added bonus, the books are delivered instantly as DRM-free EPUB files, so you can read them on any device and reading app.

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If you only want to dabble with Doctorow's writing, you can pay $1 to get Little Brother, Doctorow's 2008 novel about four teenagers in San Francisco who have to defend themselves from state's draconian security forces in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

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This Month's Humble Choice Game Lineup Is Definitely Worth Checking Out

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 22:07

The March lineup of games for Humble Choice members is now live. As usual, these are PC game codes being offered, and they'll be yours to keep forever once you claim them, even if you unsubscribe from Humble Choice. New subscribers who sign up before the end of today (March 5) with promo code FEB10 can get their first month of Humble Choice for only $10 instead of the usual $12.

Join Humble Choice Humble Choice March 2024 games
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin Ultimate Edition
  • Nioh 2 Complete Edition
  • Saint Row
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Black Skylands
  • Soulstice
  • Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter
  • Fashion Police Squad

The highlight for this month is Nioh 2: Complete Edition, a sharp and challenging game of swords and sorcery from Team Ninja. Improving on the first game, Nioh 2 is a terrific Souls-like that will push you to your limits. It can be incredibly punishing if you make just a single mistake, but this samurai game is immensely rewarding and encourages you to master its intricate combat systems. This is the complete version as well, so you're getting the base game along with all three DLC expansions; The Tengu’s Disciple, Darkness in the Capital, and The First Samurai.

While it's admittedly not anywhere close to as good as early games in the series, Saints Row is a decent open-world game if you're looking for some mindless fun. It's a competent dive into familiar territory, and there are some outrageous highlights to enjoy here. Otherwise, this is a by-the-numbers game in its genre that has been upgraded with some much-needed patches and additional content since launch.

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Genshin Impact's Next Update Adds A Cosy Potion Shop Management Sim

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 18:32

Genshin Impact Version 4.5 is arriving soon on March 13, and developer HoYoverse has announced some of the new content and features that'll be added with the update. A new event will see players managing an alchemical potion shop, seamstress Chiori will join the roster of playable characters, and another event will allow players to spend some downtime playing with a bunch of cute cats.

While Genshin Impact's bread and butter is in team-building and elemental-based combat, the game is no stranger to adding in game modes from different genres--from tower defence to base building. Now, the game will be able to play a management sim in the new major seasonal event Alchemical Ascension.

Alongside Mondstadt's Jean and Lisa, players will have to build up an alchemical business, from collecting ingredients to making and selling potions, down to dealing with the demands of familiar customers. The event will be awarding multiple different rewards, including the exclusive 4-star polearm Dialogues of the Desert Sages.

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Nintendo Lawsuit Shuts Down Switch Emulator Yuzu And 3DS Emulator Citra

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 17:48

The court has reached a judgement in Nintendo's lawsuit against Tropic Haze, which develops the Yuzu Switch emulator. The judgement finds that "Yuzu is primarily designed to circumvent and play Nintendo Switch games," and has issued a permanent injunction forcing its creators to cease all involvement with or distribution of the emulator.

Tropic Haze has been ordered to pay Nintendo $2,400,000 in damages, as well as immediately ceasing to develop, promote, or distribute Yuzu or any of its associated software or source code. The developer will also have to close down its website and any social media presence, including its Discord server, and will have to surrender the domain name to Nintendo.

3DS emulator Citra is also affected by this judgement--while not explicitly named in the court documents, the emulator was created by the same people behind Yuzu, who are now barred from working on any project that infringes on any of Nintendo's copyrighted games or operating systems.

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Upcoming Elden Ring Figma Figure Comes With Iconic Raging Wolf Armor

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 09:58

A new Elden Ring Figma action figure is on the way, this time inspired by the game's flagship armor set, Raging Wolf. Fans will recognize the outfit as the armor worn by the player character, The Tarnished, in trailers and official gameplay videos. Like other Figma collectibles, the 6.5-inch Elden Ring Raging Wolf figure features highly detailed filigree on the armor and accessories and plenty of articulation for posing.

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If you've played Elden Ring, you know how much customization the game affords players, letting them create their own builds based on the many weapons, spells, and abilities they collect while exploring The Lands Between, and the Raging Wolf figure pays homage to that build variety by including several weapon accessories based on in-game armaments like the Bastard Sword, Iron Roundshield, Twinblades, and Dark Moon Greatsword, as well as the Torch and Flask of Crimson Tears items. The Iron Roundshield and Bastard Sword scabbard can be attached to the figure's back. It also includes an action base for added stability.

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The Biggest Changes In Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 09:38

At the end of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Square Enix made it perfectly clear that whatever lay in store for our band of adventures would be significantly different from the original game. Now that we finally have our hands on the second installment in the Final Fantasy 7 remake trilogy, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, we can confirm that there are numerous differences between it and the '97 classic. From entirely new combat systems, a plethora of added minigames, and some fairly big character alterations, Square Enix has added plenty of new features that make the latest entry feel fresh.

Below we cover all the biggest changes made to the original Final Fantasy 7 in Rebirth. We'll start with the least spoiler-filled changes before giving you a big, bolded warning and digging into the juicy stuff. That said, if you're trying to go into the game with as little information as possible, we recommend you give this a read after playing.

New materia

Like previous Final Fantasy 7 entries, materia--orbs of solidified lifestream that grant the wielder unique powers--come in five different forms. Green materia is most common, and offers the user both offensive and defensive spells. Yellow materia contains additional battle commands, purple provides stat boosts, blue augments whatever materia is attached to it, and red grants the user the ability to summon gods and creatures that can help turn the tide of battle. However, while this all seems familiar, Rebirth adds a few new materia to the mix.

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The Stellar Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra Xbox Controller Gets First Discount

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 08:58

The Elite Series 2 is certainly the most popular pro-style controller for Xbox Series X|S, but the recently released Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra is a great alternative. The unique gamepad arrived late last year, and now it has received its first discount, bringing it to $185 (down from $200). That's still a bit pricey, but with everything it has to offer, this high-end controller is worth considering.

Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra Wireless Gaming Controller $185 (was $200)

Turtle Beach designed the Stealth Ultra with anti-drift (Hall Effect) thumbsticks, tactile microswitch face buttons, four mappable back buttons, and a colorful RGB lighting system. You'll also get adjustable trigger stops to actuate your pulls faster--giving you a leg up on the competition. But what makes the controller even more compelling is its built-in display, which lets you customize your experience and even displays notifications from your phone.

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You won't find the unique display features on other gamepads. Toss in 30 hours of game time on a single charge, the option to store 10 profiles on the controller, ergonomic grips, and support for Xbox, PC, and mobile devices (thanks to Bluetooth), and the Stealth Ultra is the rare third-party controller that rivals Microsoft's first-party offerings. The Stealth Ultra also happens to be one of the few third-party Xbox controllers with a wireless connection.

"The Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra is a worthy competitor to the Elite Series 2. At $200, it's pricier, especially when you consider how often Microsoft's pro-style controller is on sale, but the feature set offered here makes it stand out in a big way," critic Steven Petite wrote in GameSpot's Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra review. "Premium build quality, well-designed controls, and the onboard suite of customization features make the Stealth Ultra a controller that's hard to knock in any meaningful way."

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Samsung Spring Sale Features Popular Phones, Laptops, Monitors, And TVs

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 08:38

Warmer weather is just around the corner in the US, and Samsung is celebrating with a promotion that runs from now until March 10. The Discover Samsung Spring Sale is loaded with solid deals on smartphones, laptops, and monitors, with some discounts slashing prices by over $1,000. If you need help sifting through the catalog and finding worthwhile discounts, here's a look at all our favorites.

You can secure the deals directly from Samsung or at major retail partners such as Amazon and Best Buy. You'll find the same prices for many products, though it's worth noting that My Best Buy members can get $100 off a future Samsung purchase by spending $1,000 or more on the current deals.

Samsung Discover Spring Sale

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Disney Dreamlight Valley: How To Make Apple Sorbet

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 08:10

Disney Dreamlight Valley is a cozy title that is absolutely overflowing with enjoyable tasks to complete as you engage with dozens of lovable Disney characters. Whether you like to go mining for gems, grow a massive garden, or just decorate your valley just the way you want it, you'll never run out of stuff to do. One of the many things you'll find yourself doing sometimes is cooking, and that includes making some yummy desserts like Apple Sorbet. If you need to know how to make this refreshing dish, we've got you covered below.

How to make Apple Sorbet in Disney Dreamlight Valley

Apple Sorbet is a 3-star dish, which means you'll need a total of three ingredients to make it. When you're ready to dive in and start whipping up this dish, here's everything you'll need to do so:

  • Slush Ice
  • Apple
  • Sugarcane
Apple Sorbet

While Apple Sorbet may sound delicious, it's not one of the best dishes to make if your primary goal is energy replenishment. Unfortunately, it only provides a total of 1,077 energy per meal, making it much less efficient than some other desserts that use a similar amount of ingredients, such as Berry Salad.

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Respawn Is Making Another Game In The Titanfall Universe - Report

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 07:01

Titanfall developer Respawn is working on a new game in the Titanfall universe, but it's not Titanfall 3, according to a new report.

Jeff Grubb of GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb said Titanfall game director Steve Fukuda is leading a team working on a new game in that universe. "But everyone I talk to keeps saying, well it's not, don't get in your mind that it's Titanfall 3, like a game with online multiplayer and a single-player campaign," Grubb said, as reported by VGC.

... OK. Look. It's not Titanfall 3. But it does seem like it will involve Titans in some way.

— Grubb (@JeffGrubb) March 4, 2024

Grubb went on to say that this game, whatever it may or may not turn out to be, has progressed further in development beyond the early prototyping phase and is now considered a "real project," though it is still reportedly a prototype.

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Save On New Games And Get Free Steam Keys In Fanatical's Spring Sale

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 06:51

Fanatical's annual Spring Sale is now live, giving you the chance to grab some of the best new and old PC games for cheap, and even preorder upcoming titles at a discount. You can even earn extra goodies like bonus free games and coupon codes while the sale is live for the next two weeks.

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Many recent releases are included in Fanatical's Spring Sale, including Balatro for $13 (was $15), Like a Dragon Gaiden: Infinite Wealth for 61 (was $70), and Tekken 8 for $59 (was $70). You can also scoop up popular games like Rimworld for $25 (was $50), or in a bundle that includes all Rimworld expansions for $88 (was $100).

Tons of Capcom games are also discounted during the sale, including the Resident Evil 4 remake, Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak Definitive Edition, and Street Fighter 6. This is also a good time to grab Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for just $4 if you want to check out the classic action-RPG before Dragon's Dogma 2 drops later this month. Speaking of Dragon's Dogma 2, preorders for the upcoming sequel are discounted to $57.39 (was $70) during the sale. You can also save on preorders for a handful of other anticipated PC releases like Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, and more.

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Save Big On The Stunning Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Manga Box Set

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 06:47

If you've been looking to update your personal manga library with a collection of classy--and violent--cyberpunk adventures, then look no further than this Battle Angel Alita box set. Reprinted in a deluxe format, this six-book hardcover set of Yukito Kishiro's legendary manga is more than 2,000 pages of elegantly brutal storytelling and comes loaded with extras. Amazon is selling the Battle Angel Alita box set for only $103, down from $180.

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The original run of the manga spans five volumes, which are presented in oversized format. Similar to the deluxe edition of Berserk, this allows you to really soak up the impressive art and appreciate the manga even more. This release also features several extras, like a newly published collection of short stories translated to English for the first time in a dedicated volume, three art cards--two of which have gorgeous silver foil accents--multiple interviews with Kishiro, and an alternate ending to the original series.

Set in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, this scrapyard is where disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido discovers the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. Adopting the name Alita after she is repaired and outfitted with a powerful body, this warrior sets off on a journey to reclaim her memories as she faces off against dangerous cybernetic enemies. Alita is a master of the Panzer Kunst martial arts, and she uses her skills to become a hunter-killer mercenary to help those in need.

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CoD: Warzone Season 2 Reloaded Adds A New Killstreak For Dealing With Campers

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 06:24

Warzone's Season 2 Reloaded update arrives on March 6, and this midseason update adds new features to Call of Duty's battle royale, including a new tactic for dealing with a campy opposition.

Season 2 Reloaded introduces the brand-new Bunker Buster killstreak, which is designed to help players flush out opponents who are holed up in a building or deal with a pesky squad of rooftop snipers. With this new streak, players can pull out binoculars and target a building to activate a missile that creates an explosive blast through multiple floors and leaves a column of gas in its wake.

While it's uncertain just how powerful the Bunker Buster will be, this should still be a beneficial streak to deal with building campers across Urzikstan, Fortune's Keep, and Vondel. It also sounds quite dangerous if you're on the other end of the streak, making it a bit harder to hide in those late-game moments.

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Disney Dreamlight Valley: How To Make Lancetfish Paella

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 06:00

Disney Dreamlight Valley features an unbelievable amount of content for players to work through as they decorate their valley and engage with its plethora of beloved Disney characters. When you're not setting furniture or running errands, though, you may find yourself in the kitchen cooking up some dishes. And if you've found yourself in need of some Lancetfish Paella, look no further--we've got the recipe for this seafood dish below.

How to make Lancetfish Paella in Disney Dreamlight Valley

Lancetfish Paella is a five-star dish, meaning that you'll need a total of five ingredients to make it. Here's everything you're going to need:

  • Lancetfish
  • Shrimp
  • Any Seafood
  • Tomato
  • Rice
Lancetfish Paella

Keep in mind that when you see "any seafood", this can also include Clams, Oysters, or Scallops you find on Dazzle Beach, so you don't necessarily have to use up any of your more valuable seafood in order to make this five-star offering.

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Star Wars Strategy Game From EA Still In The Works Following FPS' Reported Cancellation, Mass Layoffs

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 05:59

A Star Wars strategy game set to be published by EA is still in the works, with the development team confirming the game was "unaffected" by recent EA layoffs.

Last week EA laid off around 670 people, about 5% of its staff. As part of the mass layoff, multiple in-the-works projects were also canceled. That reportedly included an unnamed Star Wars FPS in development at Apex Legends and Star Wars Jed developer Respawn.

Last week was difficult for the industry, and more so because of our strong relationships within the other teams at Respawn.
But for those asking, we are still hard at work, and our game was unaffected by last week's news.

— BIT REACTOR (@bitreactor) March 2, 2024

The layoffs threw into question other projects in development under the EA umbrella, including a Star Wars strategy title in development at Bit Reactor that was being made in collaboration with Respawn. In a post on X, Bit Reactor confirmed that its Star Wars game is still in development.

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Dune 2 Actor Is "Heartbroken" His Scene Was Cut

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 05:48

Dune: Part Two is in theaters now, and some people are wondering why veteran actor Tim Blake Nelson--who was announced as being in the cast--is not in the film. His scene was cut, director Denis Villenueve has confirmed, and there is little chance it will ever see the light of day.

Nelson told MovieWeb that he was upset that his scene was cut for time, but it didn't sour his experience working on the movie. What Nelson's role in the film might have been remains a mystery.

"I don't think I'm at liberty to say what the scene was. I'd leave that to Denis [Villeneuve] if he wants to talk about it. I had a great time over there shooting it," he said. "And then he had to cut it because he thought the movie was too long. And I am heartbroken over that, but there's no hard feelings. I loved it, and I can't wait to do something else with him and we certainly plan to do that."

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CoD: Warzone And MW3 Season 2 Reloaded Adds Space Marines And New Zombies Content

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 05:38

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone's Season 2 Reloaded update is now officially confirmed for March 6, and a new blog from Activision details the major Zombies update, Space Marines skins inspired by the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and more.

Season 2 Reloaded adds two new DLC weapons to unlock with the SOA Subverter battle rifle and Soulrender melee weapon.

This half of the season is also packed with events, starting with the Dune: Rule of Fate event from March 6-3, then the Warhammer 40,000: For the Emperor event from March 13-27, and lastly, the Vortex: Decay’s Realm event runs from March 27-April 3. In addition to the Warhammer 40,000 event, there will be shop bundles featuring operator skins themed around the franchise's Space Marines.

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Xbox Game Pass Dropping These Three Games Soon

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 05:05

Microsoft will remove three more games from Xbox Game Pass later this month. The trio of titles includes a beloved RPG developed with Studio Ghibli, a snowboarding game, and an FPS that involves searching derelict spaceships.

Spotted by Wario64 on X (formerly known as Twitter), Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is probably the biggest title leaving Xbox Game Pass on March 16. The remastered RPG from Level-5 originally arrived on the subscription service in 2022 when it first launched on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

The other two games are Shredders and Hardspace: Shipbreaker. The former is a snowboarding game inspired by the Amped series from the 2000s. Meanwhile, the latter sees you salvaging spaceships to assist in paying off your debt. Hardspace: Shipbreaker comes from developer Blackbird Interactive, also known for its work on Minecraft Legends and the upcoming title Homeworld 3. GameSpot confirmed on the Xbox Game Pass app that all three games will indeed be taken down from the service March 16.

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MacBook Air M3 Preorders Live Ahead Of This Friday's Launch

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 04:44

Apple has officially pulled back the curtain on the MacBook Air M3, showing off what appears to be another impressive entry to the lightweight laptop lineup. You won't have to wait long to get your hands on the device, as it's slated for release this Friday, March 8. Preorders are live now for the MacBook Air M3 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Apple. The M3 Air comes in 13- and 15-inch models and four colors: Midnight, Space Gray, Silver, and Starlight. At a starting price of only $1,099, the M3 MacBook Air looks to offer high performance at a lower price than the existing M3 MacBook Pro laptops.

Here's a look at MacBook Air M3 preorders along with their pricing details. My Best Buy Plus/Total members can save $50 on their preorder. Since My Best Buy Plus only costs $50 per year, you'd essentially be getting the membership for free. My Best Buy Plus members get free two-day shipping and access to exclusive discounts like this MacBook Air deal.

Preorder MacBook Air (13-Inch, M3 Chip) Starting at $1,099

Three versions of the MacBook Air (13-Inch, M3 Chip) are up for grabs. All three feature the powerful M3 chip and a vibrant, 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display. There are a few different configurations up for grabs. The base model costs $1,099 and includes an M3 Chip with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, along with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. The mid-tier model offers an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Climb up to the top model at $1,499, and you'll get the same specs as the mid-tier model with double the RAM at 16GB. As usual, the new MacBook Air includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera, a Force Touch trackpad, and a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for quick access.

You can click the buttons below to see the Amazon listings for each of the three 13-inch MacBook Air configurations. You can also preorder at Best Buy. Simply use Best Buy's "Configure your Mac" section to choose your preferred specs.

256GB + 8GB RAM 512GB + 8GB RAM 512GB + 16GB RAM Preorder MacBook Air (15-Inch, M3 Chip) Starting at $1,299

Aside from a larger 15.3-inch display, these models are virtually the same as the three above. That includes three available configurations, a built-in webcam, a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and Force Touch trackpad. The larger screen will cost you $200 more regardless of configuration, so you'll have to decide if the additional screen real estate is worth the jump.

You can preorder the 15-inch MacBook Air at Amazon using the buttons below. Once again, you can configure your MacBook to your liking at Best Buy.

256GB + 8GB RAM 512GB + 8GB RAM 512GB + 16GB RAM

Climb Dune: Awakening's Factions Ranks To Become "The Next Baron Harkonnen"

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 04:30

Dune: Awakening puts a major focus on surviving on the extremely hostile desert planet Arrakis from the Dune movies and books, but that's not the only thing you'll have to survive. In addition to fighting other players, you'll also have the opportunity engage in the kinds of political machinations that are central to the classic sci-fi story.

In developer Funcom's first Dune: Awakening Direct video, creative director Joel Bylos explains some of how you'll deal with the different factions at war for control of Arrakis, and it's incredibly valuable "spice." Those factions include the movies' protagonists, the Atreides, and antagonists, the Harkonnens, but other parties are trying to influence the flow of spice and the control of power on Arrakis, as well.

"You start the game kind of lost in the desert, and then by the end of the game, maybe you're the next Baron Harkonnen," Bylos said. "As you make your way through the game, you progress and you sort of meet these factions in the world. The Atreides and the Harkonnen are at war, there's a War of Assassins going on, as it's called. And as a player, you decide which side you want to help, which side you want to join, then you start to partake in missions for those factions. And eventually you work your way up through the ranks of the factions, and maybe you take on a position of power as well. So the politics are designed to actually encourage players to develop their own politics around the sandbox system."

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