Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan – Tips for MacBooks

Tips for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

  • “Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. “Battery lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced. Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.

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Update to the latest software.

Update to the latest software

Always make sure your MacBook is using the latest version of macOS. If you’re connected to the Internet, macOS automatically checks for software updates every week, but you still control when the updates are installed. To confirm that you’re using the latest software, go to the Apple menu and choose Software Update.


Optimize your settings

Energy. The Energy Saver preference pane includes several settings that determine power levels for your MacBook. Your MacBook knows when it’s plugged in and runs accordingly. When using battery power, it dims the screen and uses other components sparingly. If you change this setting to maximize performance, your battery will drain more quickly.

Brightness. Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level to achieve maximum battery life. For instance, when watching a video on an airplane, you may not need full brightness if the cabin lights are off.

Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi consumes power, even if you are not using it to connect to a network. You can turn it off in the Wi-Fi status menu in the menu bar or in Network preferences.

Applications and peripherals. Disconnect peripherals and quit applications not in use. Eject an SD card if you’re not currently accessing it.


Plug in and power on your MacBook to charge other devices

Make sure your MacBook is plugged in and powered on when you’re using it to charge other devices via USB. Otherwise those devices may drain the battery in your MacBook faster than normal. If another device is connected to your MacBook when it’s turned off or in sleep or standby mode, the device’s battery may drain.

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Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan – Tips for iPods

Tips for iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod classic

  • “Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. “Battery lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced. Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.

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Update to the latest software.

Update to the latest software

Always make sure your iPod is using the latest version of Apple software. Put your iPod in its dock or plug it into your computer, and iTunes will notify you of available updates.


Optimize your settings

Hold and pause. Set the Hold switch when you’re not using your iPod. This will prevent iPod from accidentally waking up and using unnecessary power. If you’re not listening to your iPod, pause it, or turn it off by pressing the Play button for two seconds.

Equalizer (EQ). Adding EQ to playback increases use of your iPod processor, since EQ isn’t encoded in the song. Turn EQ off if you don’t use it. If, however, you’ve added EQ to tracks in iTunes, you’ll need to set EQ to “flat” in order to have the effect of “off,” because iPod keeps your iTunes settings intact.

Backlight. Setting the backlight to “always on” will significantly reduce your battery life. Use the backlight only when necessary.


Plug in and power on your computer to charge your iPod

Make sure your computer is plugged in and powered on when you’re using it to charge your iPod via USB. If your iPod is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the iPod battery may drain.

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Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan – Tips for Apple Watch

Tips for Apple Watch

  • “Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. “Battery lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced. Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.

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Update to the latest software.

Tips for Apple Watch

Update to the latest software

Always make sure your Apple Watch is using the latest version of watchOS.

  • To see if you need an update, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch > General > Software Update.
  • If an update is available, connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi, attach the charger to your Apple Watch (make sure it has at least 50% charge), and update wirelessly.

Adjust your settings

There are a few ways you can preserve battery life on your Apple Watch:

  • During running and walking workouts, turn on Power Saving Mode to disable the heart rate sensor. To do this, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, go to My Watch > Workout, and turn on Power Saving Mode. Note that when the heart rate sensor is off, calorie burn calculations may not be as accurate.
  • For longer workouts, you can choose to use a Bluetooth chest strap instead of the built-in heart rate sensor. To pair the Bluetooth chest strap with your watch, make sure the strap is in pairing mode, then open Settings on Apple Watch, select Bluetooth, and choose from the list of Health Devices.
  • If you’re very active with your hands and your watch display turns on more than you think it should, you can prevent the display from turning on every time you raise your wrist. Open Settings on Apple Watch, select General, select Wake Screen, and turn Wake Screen on Wrist Raise off. When you want to turn on the display, just tap it or press the Digital Crown.
  • Disabling Bluetooth on your iPhone increases the battery drain on your Apple Watch. For more power-efficient communication between the devices, keep Bluetooth enabled on iPhone.

View Battery Usage information

To view your usage and standby information, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone and go to My Watch > General > Usage.


Plug in and power on your computer to charge your Apple Watch

If you want to charge from your computer, make sure it is plugged in and powered on when you’re using it to charge your Apple Watch via USB. If your Apple Watch is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the Apple Watch battery may drain.

If your Apple Watch battery needs service, use Apple or an authorized service provider.


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Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan – Tips for iOS Devices

Tips for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  • “Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. “Battery lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced. Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.

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Update to the latest software.

Update to the latest software.

Always make sure your device is using the latest version of iOS.

  • If you are using iOS 5 or later, see if you need an update. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • If an update is available, you can plug your device into a power source and update wirelessly or plug it into your computer and update with the latest version of iTunes.

Optimize your settings

There are two simple ways you can preserve battery life — no matter how you use your device: adjust your screen brightness and use Wi‑Fi.

Dim the screen or turn on Auto-Brightness to extend battery life.

  • To dim, open Control Center and drag the Brightness slider to the bottom.
  • Auto-Brightness adjusts your screen to lighting conditions automatically. To activate it, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations and set Auto-Brightness to On.

When you use your device to access data, a Wi‑Fi connection uses less power than a cellular network — so keep Wi‑Fi on at all times. To turn on Wi‑Fi, go to Settings > Wi‑Fi to access a Wi‑Fi network.


Enable Low Power Mode

Introduced with iOS 9, Low Power Mode is an easy way to extend the battery life of your iPhone when it starts to get low. Your iPhone lets you know when your battery level goes down to 20%, and again at 10%, and lets you turn on Low Power Mode with one tap. Or you can enable it by going to Settings > Battery. Low Power Mode reduces display brightness, optimizes device performance, and minimizes system animations. Apps including Mail will not download content in the background, and features like AirDrop, iCloud sync, and Continuity will be disabled. You can still use key functions like making and receiving phone calls, email, and messages, accessing the Internet, and more. And when your phone charges up again, Low Power Mode automatically switches off.


Remove certain cases during charging

With iOS, you can easily manage your device’s battery life, because you can see the proportion of your battery used by each app (unless the device is charging). To view your usage, go to Settings > Battery.

Here are the messages you may see listed below the apps you’ve been using:

Background Activity. This indicates that the battery was used by the app while it was in the background — that is, while you were using another app.

  • To improve battery life, you can turn off the feature that allows apps to refresh in the background. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and select Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi & Cellular Data, or Off to turn off Background App Refresh entirely.
  • If the Mail app lists Background Activity, you can choose to fetch data manually or increase the fetch interval. Go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Fetch New Data.

Location and Background Location. This indicates that the app is using location services.

  • You can optimize your battery life by turning off Location Services for the app. Turn off in Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  • In Location Services, you can see each app listed with its permission setting. Apps that recently used location services have an indicator next to the on/off switch.

Home & Lock Screen. This indicates that the Home screen or Lock screen was displayed on your device. For example, the display was awakened by pressing the Home button or by a notification.

  • If an app frequently wakes your display with notifications, you can turn off push notifications for the app in Settings > Notifications. Tap the app and set Allow Notifications to Off.

No Cell Coverage and Low Signal. This indicates either that you are in a poor cell coverage area and your iOS device is searching for a better signal or that you’ve used your device in low-signal conditions, which has affected your battery life.

  • You can optimize your battery life by turning on Airplane mode. Open Control Center and tap the Airplane mode icon. Note that you cannot make or receive calls while in Airplane mode.

Plug in and power on your computer to charge your device

Make sure your computer is plugged in and powered on when you’re using it to charge your iOS device via USB. If your device is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, your device’s battery may drain. Note that iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS cannot be charged with a FireWire power adapter or FireWire-based car charger.


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Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan – General Tips

General Performance Tips

  • “Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. “Battery lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced. Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.

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General Performance Tips

Update to the latest software.

Apple software updates often include advanced energy-saving technologies, so always make sure your device is using the latest version of iOS, macOS, or watchOS.


Avoid extreme ambient temperatures.

Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C) as the ideal comfort zone. It’s especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 95° F (35° C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery won’t power your device as long on a given charge. Charging the device in high ambient temperatures can damage it further. Software may limit charging above 80% when the recommended battery temperatures are exceeded. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly. When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the battery’s temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well.


iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch Comfort Zone

 


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Remove certain cases during charging

Charging your device when it’s inside certain styles of cases may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity. If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first. For Apple Watch Edition models, make sure the cover of the magnetic charging case is off.


Store it half-charged when you store it long term

If you want to store your device long term, two key factors will affect the overall health of your battery: the environmental temperature and the percentage of charge on the battery when it’s powered down for storage. Therefore, we recommend the following:

  • Do not fully charge or fully discharge your device’s battery — charge it to around 50%. If you store a device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state, which renders it incapable of holding a charge. Conversely, if you store it fully charged for an extended period of time, the battery may lose some capacity, leading to shorter battery life.
  • Power down the device to avoid additional battery use.
  • Place your device in a cool, moisture-free environment that’s less than 90° F (32° C).
  • If you plan to store your device for longer than six months, charge it to 50% every six months.

Depending on how long you store your device, it may be in a low-battery state when you remove it from long-term storage. After it’s removed from storage, it may require 20 minutes of charging with the original adapter before you can use it.


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WHAT WILL REPLACE SMARTPHONES

REPLACEMENT OF SMARTPHONES

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Technological changes are so rapid and fast that most of our ancient communication devices have become obsolete and history. So much so that accessories and their repair facility has worn out. You might have heard of old vintage rotary phones, fax machines and beepers, almost all of them are an obsolete technology and rare commodity in these days. These communication devices were revolutionary upon invention, but they're now all but extinct.

What About Smartphone, will it also get Obsolete?

The smartphone is the most widely used mobile technology in the world. It's created swift and interconnected communications, offering people the ability to connect with friends and family in seconds besides has facilitated businesses with much advancement. In the technology race, today's smartphone is no exceptions and being slated for obsolescence.


Three tech innovations are already shifting mobile usage:
  • Augmented reality (AR),
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistants.
  • Smartphones currently serve as a valuable conduit for these innovations by connecting us to AR worlds, VR headsets and voice assistant apps. But as software for these innovations develops and improves, smartphones will become superfluous, serving as a gateway for the tech that will cause its own extinction.
  • Given the rapid advancements in AR, VR and voice technology, the smartphone’s end is likely. It’s not how will the smartphone go extinct, but when?
  • In June 2017, Apple introduced its ARKit, a framework that allows developers to create mobile AR apps on the new iOS 11 platform. In September 2017, the brand announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as the earliest smartphones designed for ARRumors are swirling that Microsoft is developing a surface phone optimized for AR, and Huawei is said to be working on a smartphone with AR software.
  • Right now, ubiquitous smartphones and tablets are the perfect hardware platform to sustain AR. They offer the necessary components for AR operations such as cameras, app installation and connectivity. There’s no better way — at least right now — to augment our world with navigational cues, real-time weather forecasts or holographic Pokemon.
  • But as AR software develops, wearables and glasses will make these experiences more believable and efficient. Numerous tech companies including SamsungFacebook and Amazon are said to be investing in further AR tech research, and by 2024, it’s estimated that head-mounted displays will encompass over 50% of the augmented reality industry share. To sustain augmented reality advancements, the hardware platform likely will evolve beyond the smartphone to goggles, glasses and — eventually — contacts or implants.
Virtual Reality
  • If augmented reality is already changing the way we use our phones, VR will have an even greater impact. The current state of play allows users to experience near-real emulations in a virtual environment. Today, smartphones have made their VR debut by allowing users to connect to clunky headsets and download a related app, but you can bet that inefficient connection won’t last forever.
  • By 2021, it’s expected that about 257 million VR headsets will be used with a growing compound annual growth rate of 71.8% during the period. A total of 88.5% of the headsets will be portable devices that use a new smartphone-like gadget at their core operations.
  • Much like the bulky computers of yesteryear, today’s headsets will seem like an ancient relic in a few years’ time. Major electronics companies like Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia and Intel are already making heavy investments in VR tech, and plans are being made to optimize eye-tracking technology on mobile VR platforms. The HTC Vive Pre and PlayStation VR are decent and early gateways to the virtual reality playground, but new advances may make smartphones unnecessary for accessing the virtual world.
Artificial Intelligence Voice Assistants
  • It’s still early days for voice recognition technology and AI voice assistants, but they can already be used separately from the smartphone. You can tell Alexa to order groceries, ask Siri to retrieve the weather and command Cortana to help you navigate around town. Computer scientist Andrew Ng estimates that by 2020, at least 50% of all searches will be conducted by voice or image.
  • In the future, it’s likely AI voice control will be the main way to Google your questions, schedule appointments and take notes. Research from Gartner estimates that 20% of all user interactions with smartphones will take place through virtual personal assistants by 2019. As the 2020s progress, that percentage may grow exponentially.
  • As interest in virtual digital assistants (VDAs) grows, it will inevitably launch the next generation of the Internet of Things, connecting with other objects around us and becoming an integral part of the way we communicate. Instead of wasting time typing and searching a question, you’ll command your devices to get you the answer.
What’s Next?
  • For now, smartphones will be the primary hosts for these emerging technologies, but it would be a mistake to think that they will be the only platform. Instead, thanks to significant capital and resources, it’s likely that as the fourth wave of innovation progresses, smartphones will be replaced with other devices that are more efficient, immersive and effective. The phone part of those devices may disappear or be replaced completely.
  • There are varying opinions about when smartphones may become obsolete. While It depends on how quickly these technologies advance, the aforementioned Gartner report predicts that by 2020, the majority of our devices will be designed to function with limited or no touch.
  • Mobile phones won’t phase out right away. Old habits die hard, and we may be far too addicted to our pocket devices to give them up entirely when new technology makes them superfluous. But one thing is for sure: AR, VR and voice technology are primed to send today’s smartphone to its grave over the next decade.

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AUGMENTED REALITY

Had the line between the virtual and the real been missing, what it would have costed you?

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  • Your classroom could become the cosmos. The past could be as vivid as the present. And the familiar could look like nothing you’ve ever seen.
  • With iPhone and iPad, those experiences are not only possible, they’re here. Augmented reality is a new way to use technology that transforms how you work, learn, play, and connect with almost everything around you. And this is just the beginning.

Welcome to a new world.

ARKit 3 makes it possible for developers to create augmented reality experiences that you can enjoy simultaneously with friends. Save and return anytime to pick up right where you left off. And easily send AR objects through Messages and Mail to be viewed in the real world.

iPhone and iPad have been custom-tuned with cameras that are great for shooting in low light and at 60-fps video — the perfect speed for augmented reality applications. And optical image stabilization enables greater visual clarity, so virtual elements can appear more naturally in your environment.

A13 Bionic isn’t just the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone — it’s also made for AR. CPU efficiency cores provide enormous processing power to support AR experiences. And the image signal processor enables real‑time lighting estimation, making virtual objects appear incredibly realistic.

Effective motion tracking is the key to maintaining the magic of AR. When interacting with a virtual object as if it’s in the real world, your iPhone or iPad has to accurately characterize the position of the object in relation to itself. That’s why iOS and iPadOS have been designed to precisely account for the distance between the motion sensors and cameras in every iPhone and iPad — as well as your device’s place in the world around you.

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NEW FEATURES – NOTE 10 CAMERA

FEATURES NEW TO NOTE10 CAMERA

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SUPER STEADY (Super steady only works on the rear camera and can be used with Video and Hyperlapse camera modes.)
  • Open the Camera app, and then navigate to the rear camera. Select either Video or Hyper lapse, and then tap the Super steady icon at the top of the screen. It looks like a little hand and will glow yellow when activated. To make things better, Super steady can be used on both the Ultra wide and Wide lens.
  • To prevent unsteady videos, use Super steady on your Note10. It helps stabilize videos to make them come out super-smooth. This function is added because of the fact that even if you’re rock solid, your hands may still shake a little when you hold up your phone.

LIVE FOCUS VIDEO: (The best part is that you can use it on both the front and rear camera)

To use Live focus video, just open the Camera app, swipe to Live focus video, and then select your desired effect. Just be aware that the filters may not appear unless the camera detects a face.

Here are the different options:

  • Blur: Add a touch of blur to the background to give the video a unique look. 
  • Colour point: Make the background grey, so the video’s subject really stands out. Use the slider to adjust the amount of grey.
  • Big circle: Alter the background with garbled orbs of light. The subject will pop out and the picture will have an ethereal look.
  • GlitchGives videos a glitchy-look like something out of a horror movie.

NIGHT MODE
  • Open the Camera app, and select Night mode. Then take pictures as you normally would.
  • Note10’s camera will automatically capture and stitch together multiple images into one single shot, making the picture much brighter. You won’t even realize that the picture was taken somewhere dark.
  • Nothing is more upsetting than taking a picture – only to realize later that it came out too dark. That won’t happen on your Note10. Use Night mode in the evening or in low-light settings to brighten up pictures.

ZOOM-IN MIC : (The Zoom-in mic option may be greyed out depending on the camera mode selected)
  • The setting for this feature is by default, however one should cross check for confirmation. Open the Camera app, and navigate to the rear camera. Select Video, and then tap the Settings icon. Tap Advanced recording options, and then tap the switch next to Zoom-in mic.
  • This features addresses the concern to record a sound at distant. All worries in this respect are over in Note10. The new Zoom-in mic feature increases the volume of the recording as you zoom in on the audio’s source. Moreover, the same also minimizes / filter out background noises.
  • In view to make the sound quality enhanced and even better, Note10 has therefore been installed with three microphones instead of two.

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iPhones over Android

8 Best Reasons - People Prefer iPhones over Android

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  • There is a lot of mix feelings, but the one who used both Android and iOS, certainly they have tilted to prefer iOS. Moreover, it merely a liking and affiliation develops after prolong use of either brand.
  • Let us jot down the factual advantages / reasons, which will explain why some people buy iPhones instead of Android phones. Following are the details:
1. Apple Smartphones Support Most Required Apps

App Store is an undeniable drawing card for the iPhone. One of the reasons why people buy smartphones (instead odumb phones) is to gain access to the wide world of apps. For better or for worse, most of the super popular apps you read about online or hear about on the news are available in the iOS App Store. So if you’re picking a platform based on its support for the apps you want to download, chances are that you will be comfortable going with an iPhone.


2. They’ve heard all kinds of things (true and false) about the security of iOS

The iOS system of iPhones is considered more secure and robust than any other system. One of the biggest myths about iOS is the operating system is immune to malware. Therefore, in a worst-case scenario, many people know they can take their iPhone to an Apple store for help — an option for which there isn’t an exact analogue when you’re buying an Android phone. 


3. iPhones Carries on well with its other Apple devices

There are a variety of third-party apps you can use across your devices from different manufacturers. If you’re shopping for a new smartphone and you already have Apple products like a Mac or an iPad at home, it makes sense to at least consider going with an iPhone. Moreover, if you do use an iPhone and a Mac, for instance, you can take advantage of features that Apple has baked into the operating systems to make it easy for your activity and information to flow from one Apple device to the other. 


4. Why iOS is preferred over Android

There are a growing tendency that people have started liking iOS smartphones over Android. Most likely Apple’s interface and design is much appealing and draws attention. Perhaps, most people like iOS because Apple phones starts working right away when out of the box and no need to customize and waist time and energy. Apple phones / iPhones carry advanced and user friendly features like Siri etc give upper edge over other competitive smartphones.


5. Carrier doesn’t load apps and bloatware in iPhones

One of the drawbacks of going with an Android phone, even if you love Google’s platform and its apps and services, is the carrier you purchase your phone will probably add all kinds of apps and bloatware of its own. That isn’t a problem on an iPhone — you can delete any unwanted Apple apps when you set up your new phone. On Android phones, many of the apps that were installed by the carrier can never be uninstalled. That doesn’t seem like a big problem when you have a brand-new phone. But when you’re a year or two in and need more storage space, you won’t be looking at those unwanted apps kindly. 


6. Once Used will always Use Apple / iPhone

It is for sure that you will prefer to purchase the iPhone, when in need, provided you already have one and used to. Brand equity is very strong. It is like an addiction and difficult to change the brand.


7. Recognition of iPhones is easy

There are a number of brands and a vast variety of smartphones in market. Yet, Apple Smartphones will have its quality and demand because of its unique style and easy to recognize. So undoubtedly, some people pick iPhones because they’re the only familiar devices among an overwhelming array of other choices. 


8. They think an iPhone will last longer than an Android phone

Apple has a resale value at any point of time. It has a reputation for supporting older models for years after their release. Sure, a new version of iOS may not be quite as great on a three-year-old iPhone as on a newer model. But at least that old model can get the update. Thanks to Android manufacturers’ slow update schedules, some consumers are unsure whether a phone that’s new now will continue to be supported as long as they want to keep using it, which makes an iPhone feel like a safer choice.


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