Acer Stories May 27

Chromebooks have, over the past couple of years, graduated from the cheap alternative to Windows/Mac and have become real options in the laptop market. As a result, a lot of the hardware out there is solid but nothing remarkable. That’s the impression I walked away with after spending a few days with the new Acer Chromebook 514, a delightful laptop that does everything well.

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During the Next @ Acer event, the company unveiled four new Chrome OS devices, including world’s firsts with the first Chromebook with a 17-inch screen, and the first to be Intel Evo certified.

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Acer Stories January 19

CES 2021 saw a handful of Chromebooks, and the announcements are continuing at the BETT education show. Acer has four new devices with the Snapdragon 7c-powered Chromebook 511 leading the pack. 

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Acer Stories January 7

For years Chromebooks have arrived with mostly Intel and some MediaTek chipsets, but in late 2020 AMD announced a new series of Chromebook chips. Now, Acer is adopting AMD Ryzen in its new Chromebook Spin 514.

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Acer Stories October 21, 2020

The vast majority of Chrome OS devices today are powered by Intel chipsets today. Acer is breaking that mold today with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c-powered Chromebook Spin 513. 

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Acer Stories October 6, 2020

Over the last few years, Chromebooks have become useful to more than just students. Thanks to support for Android and Linux apps, Chromebooks are great for productivity and even app development. Now Chromebook makers are rising to meet the needs of power users and developers, and the Acer Spin 713 is one of the best and most affordable high-performance Chrome OS devices.

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Acer Stories January 21, 2020

Acer has been a big player in the Chromebook space with an ever-increasing presence in the education market. Today, the Acer Chromebook 712 (C871) has been announced with an affordable price, several years of automatic updates, and a 3:2 display that’s great for productivity.

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Acer Stories September 4, 2019

As the second half of 2019 passes by, new Chromebooks are hitting the market. Today at an event in Berlin, Acer unveiled four new Chromebooks for (very) late 2019 that start at $249.

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Acer Stories July 25, 2019

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 model w/ i7 and 16 GB of RAM coming soon

Since the advent of Linux apps on Chrome OS, what makes a device one of the best Chromebooks on the market has been changing. Now, more than ever, performance matters, and OEMs like Acer are beginning to meet the demand by bumping up specs across the board. Today, Acer has posted specs for a souped-up version of their Chromebook Spin 13 with a top-of-the-line Intel i7 processor.

Acer Stories April 11, 2019

Before Google’s Pixel Slate launched, we discovered that two additional Chromebooks were in-development with built-in fingerprint support. During today’s Next@Acer event, both of these fingerprint sensor equipped devices showed up as the Acer Chromebook 714 and 715, and we were able to go hands-on with them.

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Acer Stories March 30, 2019

As Chrome OS continues to improve and offer consistent features and experience across all devices (with the exception of the Pixel line’s special treatment), the only real difference between two Chromebooks is the external and internal hardware. The Acer Chromebook 514 has hardware that certainly sets itself apart from the pack, but not always in a good way.

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Acer Stories February 4, 2019

We learned last year that at least one Chromebase, the official name for an all-in-one style Chrome OS device, was in development from Chromium source code. Acer is the first to unveil their next generation of Chromebase hardware with the Acer Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 and Acer Chromebase 24I2.

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Acer Stories January 23, 2019

Acer announces new 11.6-inch Chromebooks, including AMD-powered convertible

Acer yesterday announced the Chromebook Spin 512 with a 3:2 aspect ratio that’s also found on the Google Pixelbook. At BETT 2019, the company is launching four more Chrome OS device, including two running AMD processors.

Acer Stories January 22, 2019

Over the past month, a number of vendors have announced new Chrome OS devices for education. Acer today is launching the Chromebook 512 and Chromebook Spin 512 with 3:2 aspect ratio displays.

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Acer Stories January 6, 2019

Since 2011, Chrome OS devices have been powered by either Intel or ARM processors. At CES 2019, Acer is launching one of the first Chromebooks powered by an AMD chip with the 15.6-inch Chromebook 315.

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Acer Stories August 29, 2018

Acer is one of the biggest names in Chromebooks today, and the company has some really solid options on the market. Now, a revamp of the company’s popular Chromebook 14 has gone official with the Acer Chromebook 514.

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Acer Stories August 2, 2018

Acer Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13 will arrive in September starting at $650

The Chrome OS market has been relatively quiet for the past few months. Earlier this year, Acer turned heads when it debuted several new models, and now, we finally know when the Acer Chromebook 13 and Acer Chromebook Spin 13 are going to hit the market…

Acer Stories June 18, 2018

Acer’s Chromebook Spin 15 is now available for pre-order for $450

Late last month, Acer announced several new Chromebooks including the Chromebook 15 Spin, one of the largest Chromebooks we’ve seen thus far. Slated for a July release, the Chromebook Spin 15 is now available for pre-order directly from Acer.

Acer Stories May 23, 2018

Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 15 is the largest Chrome OS laptop/tablet convertible yet

In addition to launching the Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13 this morning, Acer announced larger 15-inch models. The Spin 15 is the more premium version, but the line in general focuses on more casual use cases and media watching, with the Chromebook 15 targeted as being “value-oriented.”

Back in March, Acer and Google announced the first Chromebook tablet aimed at the education market. A first for Chrome OS, Acer is now expanding into the underserved premium laptop form factor with the Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13.

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Watch today’s next@acer event in New York City here [Livestream]

Tune in below to watch the next@acer event, live from New York City. As you may know, Acer is a pretty important player in the Chromebook space, so that’s the bulk of what we’re expecting for today when it comes to Google-related news. Tune in below…

Acer Stories May 17, 2018

Ed. Note: After publication, Acer changed the price from $250 to $270 which is only $20 more but quite a bit in this budget segment. 

The Chromebook train keeps on trucking with Google’s partner companies turning out new, better specced, higher quality devices every few weeks it seems. Today we are taking a quick look at Acer’s new $270 fanless 4GB Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H-C5DV) in an Indigo Blue matte finish. It puts a speedy higher end 4GB/32GB SSD storage into a durable package kids will love.

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Acer Stories April 13, 2018

Acer Chromebox CXI3 is now available online for $300

Chrome OS has undergone a lot of changes in the past several months, and recently we’ve been seeing a lot of new hardware form factors. Older options, though, have basically fallen by the wayside, especially in the case of Chromeboxes. However, Acer is keeping that option alive with the arrival of a brand-new Chromebox with the CXI3.

Acer Stories January 25, 2018

Over the past week, companies like Lenovo, Dell, and Acer have announced new Chrome OS devices as part of an education tradeshow in London. The latter announced a Chromebox and two Chromebooks, but Acer is apparently also showing off what appears to be a tablet running Chrome OS – in what would be a new form factor for the platform.

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Acer Stories January 23, 2018

Following several announcements at CES and Lenovo’s yesterday, Acer is now the latest company to announces Chrome OS devices for 2018. Highlights include a Chromebook with built-in 4G LTE connectivity and a new Chromebox with 8th Gen Intel chipsets.

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Acer Stories August 30, 2017

Announcements from IFA are slowly starting to trickle in, and one of the first comes from Acer with the company’s updated Chromebook 15. This latest model of the Chromebook 15 makes some solid improvements over its predecessors, and for those in the market for a large and powerful Chromebook option, this looks like one of your best bets.

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Acer Stories August 9, 2017

Earlier in the year, we reviewed Acer’s Chromebook 11 C731 – a solid offering for around $300 that our Hayato Huseman said “makes a great budget laptop” for those looking for an inexpensive computer for note-taking, web-browsing, etc. Acer just announced an updated version of this with the C771, and like the C731 before it, this latest model is focused directly at customers in the education and commercial spaces.

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Acer Stories May 25, 2017

Acer today has taken the wraps off of two new tablets: the Iconia Tab 10 and the Iconic One 10. The company announced the new tablets in a press release, touting the former as an entertainment-focused device and the latter as a productivity powerhouse.

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Acer Stories January 24, 2017

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Today at the BETT Show in London, two new Chromebooks have been announced. The first is from Acer, the Spin 11 while the second comes from ASUS, the C213. These new Chromebooks are designed specifically for education customers, packing a strong build, compact design, and special features for the target audience.

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Acer Stories January 3, 2017

Acer debuts the education-focused rugged Chromebook N7 at CES 2017

CES 2017 is going into full swing this week, and at the show we’re expecting quite a few exciting new product announcements. To help kick things off, Acer has just debuted a brand new Chromebook, the Chromebook N7.

Acer Stories October 17, 2016

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If you’ve been trying to choose between a cheap Chromebook and one with a larger screen, Acer may have solved your dilemma. The new Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C47C provides a 15.6-inch display for just $199.

The catch is that the resolution is just 1366×768 (you get what you pay for), so don’t expect to have too many windows on-screen at any one time. But if you just want a larger screen to better see what you’re doing, view movies and create room for a larger keyboard, it may well be all you need …

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Acer Stories August 31, 2016

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IFA 2016 is now in full swing over in Berlin (with 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall at the show), and among other insane laptops, Acer has today announced the new Chromebook R13, a bigger brother to the popular Chromebook R11. This new convertible Chromebook packs a 13.3-inch touchscreen display on a reversible hinge, along with the first MediaTek processor ever in a Chromebook.

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Acer Stories July 27, 2016

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Following the arrival of Android apps on Chrome OS, new Chromebook models should be coming soon. Among those is a reported addition to Acer’s R lineup with the 13.3-inch Acer R13. While there’s not too much new about this Chromebook, it will reportedly be the first Chrome OS device powered by a chipset from MediaTek.

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Acer Stories June 3, 2016

Acer’s new Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 go up for sale on the Google Store

Acer has been in the Chromebook world for a while and today their latest offerings have just gone up for sale on the Google Store. The first is another refresh to their popular line of 11.6-inch Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), and the second is the Acer Chromebook 14 which sports an all-aluminum build…

Acer Stories April 21, 2016

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As a follow-up to the Chromebook 14 announced last month, Acer announced the Chromebook 14 for Work this morning. The rugged Chromebook is meant for businesses, features a spill-resistant keyboard, and has been tested to military standards.

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Acer Stories March 29, 2016

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Acer has announced a brand new Chrome OS-powered notebook this morning, and despite being a familiar looking design, boasts a few company firsts including an attractive metal build and 14-hour battery life.

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Acer Stories February 26, 2016

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Earlier this week, Acer announced the all-new Liquid Jade 2. The new Android Marshmallow-powered smartphone features fairly high-end specs for what looks to be a mid-ranger.

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Acer Stories February 23, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Acer 15″ Chromebook $160, USB Type-C cables from $7, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Grab this manufacturer refurbished Acer Chromebook for $160 (Orig. $300)

Power Deals: USB-C/Lightning Cables from $7, 3-port Charger $10, more

Get 55% off ‘Civilization: Beyond Earth Collection’ for Mac (Steam code): $27 ($80+ value)

Review: Audioengine turns it up to 11 with its newest Bluetooth HD6 powered speakers

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Networking: D-Link Powerline Starter Kit $40 (Reg. $60), TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug $20, more

Media – 12 classic Pixar films in HD for $15 ea, Mad Max: Fury Road & The Martian $10 ea, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Seiki 42-inch 4K Ultra HD LED HDTV for $299.99 with free shipping (Reg. $400)

Seiki 39-inch 4K 120Hz LED UHDTV w/ 3 HDMI inputs: $300 shipped (Orig. $700)

Samsung 55-inch Smart 4K UHDTV w/ 3 HDMI inputs: $700 (Reg. $900+), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Faraday’s latest eBikes hit Kickstarter with a minimalist step-through design and iOS connectivity

Acer Stories February 22, 2016

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As part of its Mobile World Congress announcements this week, Acer today announced the Acer Liquid Jade 2, the latest in the company’s lineup of flagship Liquid Jade branded smartphones.

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Acer Stories January 27, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Acer 15.6″ Chromebook (refurb) $175, Samsung 4TB external HD $100, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Acer 15.6″ Chromebook w/ 4GB RAM, and 16GB SSD (Refurb): $175 (Orig. $280)

Samsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $130+)

ULAK iPhone 6/s/Plus, iPad mini 4 and Android cases from $1 shipped (Orig. up to $30)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Netflix February Preview: Better Call Saul – Season 1, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Nexus Deals: 6P from $450 (Reg. $500), 5X w/ $20 Gift Card $300 (Reg. $350)

Networking: Motorola SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + NETGEAR Router: $100 ($160 value), more

Game pre-orders for Amazon Prime members –Zelda, Far Cry Primal, FFXV: $48 ea (Reg. $60)

Pay What You Want: The 2016 Mac Bundle ~12

Work Faster & Smarter on Your Mac with 12 Apps to Clear Your Hard Drive, Enhance Audio, Track Device Activity & More

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

This German eBike blends a minimalist design with serious battery power

You have to see NERF’s new Crossbow and Zombie Brainsaw that are coming out this fall

Upcoming 2016 LEGO sets focus on Marvel, Star Wars and City collections

Razor introduces two new electric-powered products at Toy Fair 2016

Acer Stories January 4, 2016

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Today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Acer announced its next lineup of budget-friendly Chrome OS and Android based products. It announced a brand new Chrome desktop with Intel Core processors, a small, durable Chromebook and an affordable tablet…

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Acer Stories December 21, 2015

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Chromebooks are all the same, but in this case that’s a good thing. The minimum hardware mandated by Google results in an affordable computer that runs a capable operating system. Since its inception six years ago, Chrome OS has been continuously updated with useful features, while in parallel, Google’s services have become immensely powerful and feature-rich for just being web apps.

While Chromebooks with touchscreens are not new, convertible Chrome OS devices are just starting to arrive. The Chromebook R11 is Acer’s first contribution to this field and I try to predominantly use it as a tablet in this review.

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Acer Stories December 1, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Acer 1.5GHz Chromebox $120, LG G Watch $80, Anker 4-Port USB Charger $14, more

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Acer 1.5GHz Chromebox w/Keyboard+Mouse, more: $120 shipped ($60 off)

LG G Watch Android Wear watch: $80 shipped (Reg. $150) | AT&T

Anker USB Power Deals: 4-port 36W Wall Charger $14 (Reg. $20), 12W Car Charger w/ Lightning Cable $10 (Reg. $14), more

9to5Google Gift Guide: Stephen and Cam’s favorite Chrome and Android-powered products

9to5Google Gift Guide: Great Android phones at Black Friday prices

9to5Google Gift GuideThe best Chromebooks for everyone

9to5Google Gift Guide: These are the best Android wearables

Storage Deals: PNY 128GB SDXC Flash Card $40, PNY 64GB Flash Drive $15 Prime shippedmore

Kindle First Books for December: Out of Sorts, A Death in Sweden, more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Networking: HooToo 802.11n Travel Router $15 (Reg. $20), more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Free PS Plus Games for December: Far Cry 3, Gaunlet Slayer Edition, more

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for December: Thief, Adventures of Van Helsing, Sacred 3, more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Unboxing and Review: Star Wars Battlefront limited edition PS4 is out of this galaxy [Video]

Mohu launches a “high-end” speaker with built-in Android display, save 10%

Acer Stories September 2, 2015

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Both Acer and Lenovo have updated their Chromebook lineups at IFA 2015 in Berlin today, and both are looking to offer decent products at attractive price points. Acer announced the new R11 Chromebook in a bid to compete with the convertible ASUS Chromebook Flip, while Lenovo unveiled the budget-friendly Chromebook 100S.

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Acer unveiled a range of ‘Predator’ branded products at its conference this morning, including a quick teaser of an incredibly powerful smartphone. While that was only teased, the company has officially announced the Predator 8, a small, but powerful 8-inch tablet running Android 5.1 Lollipop. It’ll be available in 2-3 weeks time. From first impressions, it sure seems like a lot of bang for your buck …  expand full story

Acer just teased a beast: Predator 6 smartphone has 10-core processor, 4 loudspeakers, 4GB RAM and more…

As part of its IFA announcement this morning, Acer teased an upcoming product which could have any spec-hungry smartphone fans drooling with desire. It didn’t give all the details, but what it did share is enough to get us to stand up and pay attention.

Acer’s Predator 6 smartphone will feature a ridiculous deca-core (10 cores!) MediaTek Helio X20 with 4GB RAM and four front-facing speakers. This is designed to be a mobile gaming power-house. Its internal specs are made to handle even the most intensive gaming, while the four speakers will create an immersive experience. If that wasn’t enough, it also has a 21MP camera on the back, because why not?

No other details were shared. We don’t know pricing or availability. We don’t even know for certain if it’s going to run Android, they didn’t say. It’s safe to assume that it will be an Android device given the specifications and that the Predator 8 is launching soon, and definitely runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. We’ll keep you updated once the phone gets an official announcement with all the important details. Update: It definitely runs Android.

Image via: GearDiary on Twitter.

Acer Stories August 6, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG Optimus Exceed 2 $15, Canon T5 w/ lens kit (refurb) $252, HTC One M9 (unlocked) $380, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Verizon Wireless Prepaid LG Optimus Exceed 2: $15 (Reg. $70)

Canon’s refurbished T5 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit is on sale for $252 shipped (Orig. $549)

Refurb HTC One M9 32GB flash 4G LTE (unlocked): $380 shipped (Reg. $500+) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB (unlocked): $370 shipped (Reg. $700) | eBay

Acer 15-inch Chromebook 1.5GHz/4GB/32GB SSD: $270 shipped (Reg. $350)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $480 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

More new gear from today:

Sony Headphones: Bluetooth over-ears $95 (Orig. $150), Extra Bass w/ mic (refurb) $25 (Orig. $118), more

  • Games/Apps: Pokemon X/Y $30, $100 PlayStation credit for $90, Motocross Elite goes free, more
  • Daily Deals: TurtleCell iPhone 5/5s headphone case $25, Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Receiver $20, more
  • Harman Kardon HKTS9 5.1-channel Surround Sound System w/ Subwoofer: $190 shipped (Orig. $600)
  • TigerVPN Lite Lifetime Subscription: $29 (Orig. $790)

More deals still alive:

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

New products & more:

Bang & Olufsen brings it all together with new whole home audio capabilities for existing products

Review: Sony’s RX100 IV is the best compact photo/video camera that money can buy (Video)

DJI reveals a new Phantom 3 for beginner pilots loaded with specs

 

Acer Stories August 4, 2015

The rise of Chrome OS has been nothing short of fantastic. With so many of our daily computing needs being met with online services, having a laptop which “only runs a web browser” and a bunch of useful web apps isn’t such a bad idea anymore. You can save on costs massively, and still be able to do almost anything you need to do. Unless you need lots of storage for gaming or media, it’s hard to argue against buying a Chrome-based notebook.

But is the same true of a desktop? I’ve been using the Acer Chromebase Touch for the past week or so and, as much as there are frustrations, there are also things I really enjoyed.

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