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30
Jul
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Samsung’s phone market share takes a bruising as Chinese rivals surge


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Samsung warned that its smartphone sales weren’t that great this spring, and now we have the numbers to show just what the company meant. IDC estimates that Samsung’s smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking it from a lofty 32.3 percent market share down to 25.2 percent. That’s still enough to give it a comfortable lead, but a shock for a company which is used to growth. The cause, analysts say, is the rapid rise of Chinese brands that cut directly into Samsung’s low-end business. Huawei claimed 6.9 percent of the smartphone space after doubling its shipments, thanks in part to heavy discounts on phones like the Ascend P7; Lenovo jumped to 5.4 percent on the back of both budget phones at home as well as rapid expansion abroad.

Both Apple (11.9 percent) and LG (4.9 percent) lost share, although IDC notes that their shipments were up. Also, neither firm was expected to have a stellar season. LG only just launched its hot-selling G3 flagship at the tail end of the spring, while many expect Apple to jumpstart sales with at least one new iPhone in September. It may be trickier for Samsung to bounce back, however. The spring was supposed to represent a big spike in sales as the Galaxy S5 arrived, but that didn’t materialize. The company is pinning its hopes on both a new Galaxy Note and a mountain of budget phones. However, historically, neither has sold as well as the Galaxy S series.

IDC estimates for smartphone market share, Q2 2014

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Via: AppleInsider

Source: IDC

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24
Jul
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Here’s what happened at Engadget Live Seattle


Engadget made another appearance in Seattle last Friday, again taking over the Showbox SoDo. This year’s stop in the Emerald City was the second in our series of Engadget Live events, where readers can meet, mingle and try out all sorts of new tech. More than 1,000 folks did just that on a sunny day in the Pacific Northwest. Friends were made; photos were taken; and alcohol was… inhaled. Check out the gallery below for a few highlights.

Don’t forget to join us at the next Engadget Live event in Boston on August 22nd, followed by Los Angeles on October 3rd. It all leads up to our flagship Engadget Expand event in New York on November 7th and 8th.

For even more photos from Engadget Live Seattle, check out our Flickr gallery below.

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21
Jul
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Nothing says you’re an Arsenal fan like buying a Huawei P7


It’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan, now that Alexis Sanchez has been bought with cash from new sponsors Puma and Huawei. The latter firm also wants you to show your support for all things Arséne by buying its latest handset, the Ascend P7. Unlike the vanilla edition, which we reviewed last week, the Arsenal Smartphone comes with the club crest on the back and a club-centric version of the company’s Android skin. Appearances aside, the only other change is that the free BBC news and sport apps will come pre-loaded alongside FIFA 14 and Yakatak Soccer. There’s no word on how much the device will cost, but we’d imagine a little higher than the £315 you’d pay for the original — after all, that extra cash is going to ensure Sanchez stays happy.

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Via: Pocket-lint, Tech Digest

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15
Jul
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Engadget Live Seattle is this Friday!


To all our wonderful friends in Seattle, let’s make it clear: there’s no better place to be this Friday (July 18th) at 7PM than the Showbox SODO for our second Engadget Live event of the year! Why is this a cant-miss event? Flip through the gallery below to find out.

Now that we’ve hopefully won you over, grab your tickets and we’ll see you on Friday. After Seattle, we’ll bring the party to Boston on August 22nd, followed by Los Angeles on October 3rd. Then, we’ll bring our flagship Engadget Expand event back to New York City on November 7-8.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help put on our Seattle event (or any other event), drop us a line: volunteer [at] engadget.com.

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15
Jul
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Huawei Ascend P7 review: the best mid-range phone you’ve never heard of


Huawei Ascend P7 review: the best mid-range phone you've never heard of

What is a flagship? For some companies, it’s about cramming as many features into a device as physics allows. For Huawei, it means something else entirely: Though it creates smartphones for the power-hungry crowd, its most eye-catching devices typically favor mass appeal over brawn. Exhibit A: the Ascend P7, a smartphone that emphasizes design and user-friendliness over a blowsy spec sheet. When we reviewed its predecessor, the P6, last year, we found a gorgeous phone that struggled due to an underpowered engine and lack of LTE. The company promises it’s learned from its mistakes, though. So is the P7 the mid-range smartphone you’ll actually be proud to show off?

Hardware

Before we begin, we have to address the 800-pound gorilla in the room, and we’re not just talking about the type of glass that coats both sides of the device. The P7 looks like the result of gene splicing between the iPhone 4 and one of Sony’s Z-series handsets. That’s not meant to be a criticism, but the lens placement and machining scream Xperia, while the plastic dividers that separate parts of the aluminum band are there entirely for effect.

Similarities aside, it’s a beautiful piece of equipment and you’ll have total confidence in the solidity of this device when it’s in your hand. Huawei’s got a knack for putting smartphones together and there’s no worry that this kit will creak or bend. It’s also tremendously easy on the pocket, since it’s only 6.5mm thick and weighs a light 124 grams (4.37 ounces). Rest assured that despite being more than £200 cheaper than the Galaxy S5 here in the UK, it’s also a good-looking phone, so you needn’t be worried that the posher kids at school/the office/the pub will sneer at your cheaper device. In fact, this would happily sit beside flagships from Samsung and HTC without appearing like the dowdy friend who you only sit with under duress.

I’m conflicted on the subject of comfort. This is because the P7 is a great, big, boxy piece of hardware with squared-off edges. Despite this, at no point did it jab into the flesh of my hand or otherwise make my life uncomfortable. I can’t imagine delicate hands disliking the feel of this device, but I’m also aware that my mileage will differ from yours. What is consistent is that the glass backing makes this more of a slip risk than more tactile devices, so if you’ve got greasy palms and a tendency to be clumsy, buy a case.

If minimalism is your bag, then you’ll find the understated lines of the P7 right up your street. Up front are the speaker, light sensor and the 8-megapixel forward-facing camera, all of which linger above the display. On the bottom, there’s a micro-USB port for charging, with the 3.5mm headphone jack located up top. The left-hand side is bare, so the right has to hold the micro-SIM and microSD trays, as well as the center-mounted power button — another Xperia-esque trait. All three are metal, and there’s some beautiful machining on the center button — a high-quality detail from a company you wouldn’t always associate with small, design-centric flourishes.

Display and sound

The 5-inch, in-cell LCD from Japan Display really doesn’t look as big as it is, thanks to bezels that have been shrunk down to just 3mm. With a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (that’s FHD, acronym fans) and a pixel density of 445 ppi, it sits in the same league as the Nexus 5, which means we have little to complain about. Pictures and video are crisp; the viewing angles are almost universally good; and it’ll hold its own in the noonday sun, even when not on full brightness. Color accuracy is acceptable, although in side-by-side tests with another device, everything looked a little over-saturated. Not enough to annoy most users, though. The company has also retained its so-called gloves mode, which ups the sensitivity on the screen making it possible to use when you’re out in the cold.

One particular bugbear of mine is when smartphone manufacturers place the speaker close to where you hold the device. It’s been more than a year since HTC demonstrated front-facing speakers are the way forward, so why do companies insist upon this retrograde step? Unfortunately for me, Huawei has stuck the speaker right in the path of my palm, though it’s at least made the placement work to its advantage. Thanks to the vertical orientation of the speaker, the curve of your hand may actually make a funnel to amplify the sound, no matter which one you hold it with. The volume is strong up close, but won’t fill a room if you’re hosting an impromptu dance party. That’s not a criticism either, since it means that berks who forget their headphones on public transport will only annoy the people in their immediate vicinity. Small mercies, eh?

Software

The P7 runs Android 4.4, but you wouldn’t know it just by glancing at the screen. As ever, Huawei included its proprietary Emotion UI skin, with this particular device running version 2.3 of the software. The first thing die-hard Droid fans are going to notice is that there’s no app tray. Huawei and I share the same annoyance with Android’s two-stage launcher, so all apps now reside on the multiple pages of the home screen — yep, just like on iOS. In order to prevent the phone from becoming unnecessarily cluttered, the company crams several of the smaller utilities into folders. That’s fine, but don’t be surprised if you have to do a little shunting around to get things the way you like it.

The landing screen comes preloaded with weather, music, gallery and Google search widgets, all of which are easily dispatched. The “Me” module, which offers up instant access to a favorite contact or two, is largely useless and, thankfully, easy to get rid of. The other upside is that there’s a wide variety of customization options, and you can tweak the icons and environment to suit any number of tastes. There’s also the option to add a suspend button — a ring of shortcuts that hovers over the screen, offering instant access to utilities such as note-taking, messaging and music playback.

Buried within the settings menu is Simple, a home screen style that transforms the ordinary Android environment into something more akin to Windows Phone. The company’s been offering the setting since the start of the year, but this is the first time I’ve actually been able to sit down and see what it’s like up close. It’s certainly a clever way to present this phone to those who may not have as good eyesight or not much familiarity with smartphones in general, but the small icons and text — there’s a lot of blank space on each button — make me wonder if bigger text and icons wouldn’t have done a better job. Unfortunately, these shortcuts only work for launching apps themselves, after which you’re just using standard apps with the text blown up.

Camera

Imaging is one area where Huawei has, at least on paper, splashed the cash. Rather than attempting to craft a solution on its own, the company sought out Sony to provide the 13-megapixel sensor used in the P7. Even better, the forward-facing camera now boasts an 8-megapixel sensor, besting both the HTC One M8 (five megapixels) and the Galaxy S5 (2MP). The primary unit is much improved, and the over-saturation we found in last year’s model has been dialed down somewhat. There’s a pleasing depth to the images now, and I was happily snapping stills and landscapes in the summer sun. In the late-evening gloom, however, photos got a little too murky to be useful, and at night, the images were decent, but tremendously noisy. As the company works on the inevitable Ascend P8, we hope that instead of just throwing in more megapixels, Huawei improves the hardware as well.

Whenever you use a forward-facing camera that doesn’t take grainy, blocky selfies, it’s a moment of triumph, and even an unattractive curmudgeon like me enjoyed snapping some vanity shots with the P7. The forward-facing unit here is a great piece of kit, and should set the standard for all of those duckface-obsessed teenagers who want to show off how much of a good time they’re having on holiday. Speaking of which…

T-shirt: AOL; Coat: Red Herring; Face: Model’s Own.

In this world of artifice and constructed reality, everyone wants to be their best when they post braggies (bragging selfies) online. That’s why Huawei includes “Face Beauty Mode” as one of the options for the forward-facing camera. With the ability to detect one face in the frame, the P7 will get out the digital Vaseline and smooth out the wrinkles, blocked pores and creases in your face. The only downside is that at a certain point, the effect rapidly begins to backfire, and if you posted a picture of your mug at Beauty Level 10, we’re sure people would start calling you to check you weren’t ill. Surely those Dove ads have taught us all that natural beauty is the way forward, right?

What of the Huawei Ascend P7′s video performance? There’s nothing wrong with the images, per se, and we can even forgive the accelerometer issue that caused footage recorded in landscape to occasionally save in portrait. Audio, however, is an entirely different, and painful, story. The P7′s microphone manages to be both far too weak and far too sensitive. When the subject is mere inches away from the phone, the audio appears to be piped in from some faraway land. Despite this, the microphone just adores wind shear, and even on an almost entirely still summer day, the footage sounded as if I’d been filming it in a gale. Suspecting that those flaws would make it an ideal device to record indoor gigs with, I took the P7 to see The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and even standing at the back of the auditorium, the audio simply couldn’t handle the noise. Instead, it made everything sound as if the handset had been left in a box of dry cereal during an earthquake.

Performance and battery life

Huawei Ascend P7 HTC One M8 LG G3
Quadrant 2.0 7,175 25,548 25,548
Vellamo 2.0 1,141 1,804 1.405
3DMark IS Unlimited 7462 20,612 16,662
SunSpider 1.0.2 1,239.7 782 918
GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen (fps) N/A 11.2 N/A
CF-Bench 30,108 40,223 24,667
SunSpider: Lower scores are better.

The subtitle for our Huawei P6 review read “a beautiful handset, but performance is lacking.” That’s because that handset came with a Huawei-made 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, which, while affordable, wasn’t up to the task of running a flagship smartphone. The company says it’s learned its lesson, and promises that the tablet-class, 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, Mali-450 GPU and 2GB RAM on show here would be up to the task. This new silicon even boasts HPM technology — in short, a system designed to offer lower power consumption for demanding applications. As you can see above, however, this new hardware still isn’t enough to get the P7′s head above its rivals in the benchmark stakes. In fact, in an industry where standing still is equivalent to going backward, the fact that this phone is so far behind its rivals is going to turn off many people who would otherwise consider giving the P7 a shot.

But.

Benchmarks do not tell the whole story, and day-to-day, this apparent weakness was in no way noticeable. Tweeting, making calls, surfing the internet, dicking around on Instagram and watching video were all undertaken with only the odd flicker and stutter to mention. I did find that if I wanted to launch the camera app from a standing start (e.g., from the lock screen), the action didn’t keep up with the graphic reorientation as I switched the phone from portrait to landscape mode. The result was that everything would freeze for a second while the software caught up, which meant that I missed a few action shots I would have otherwise been able to take. The biggest test, of course, is in games performance, and graphically intensive 3D titles like Asphalt 8 worked like a dream. The only issue I found was that it took a few loads (and a hard restart) before Dead Trigger 2 would play, but once it did, it was buttery smooth.

So what of the battery life? In Engadget’s standard video-rundown test, I managed to crank out a respectable seven hours and 12 minutes from the handset’s 2,500mAh power pack. At least, it’s respectable if you’re contented to compare this with handsets in the same price bracket, such as the HTC One mini and the Galaxy S4 Mini, but more on that later. Over the course of a day with light to normal use, we were finding that it still had around 20 percent of charge remaining to it.

The other thing we need to talk about is the data rate, and unfortunately, while Norwich has a thriving arts scene, beautiful landscape and a fast train to London, Three have yet to offer LTE in the city. That’s why I was instead only able to test the P7′s 3G performance, which hit 6.62 Mbps down and 1.10 Mbps up. The next time I’m in an LTE area, I shall update this section with my findings. Call quality is perfectly fine, in case you were wondering, not that anyone uses their phones as phones anymore.

The competition

As I benchmarked the P7 and tried to assess its performance, I thought about which phones I should be comparing this device with. On one hand, Huawei, would position this as a significantly cheaper alternative to the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, at least in the UK, no carriers have announced that they’ll be offering the handset, and so we can only look at it in the context of its SIM-free price, which is £330. For around that same amount of cash, you can also buy the Galaxy S4 Mini (£330), the Huawei Ascend Mate (£330) or the first-generation HTC One mini for £320. (Yes, I know the replacement is called the HTC One mini 2, but let’s avoid confusion.)

Wrap-up

In a money-is-no-object world, every smartphone would come with a Snapdragon 805, a 41-megapixel camera, a beautiful body and a 4K display. Huawei’s aim here was to build a device that could be spoken of in the same breath as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 at a significantly reduced cost. And it succeeded with a handset that is more than the sum of its parts. Huawei wins points for the rock-solid build quality, the materials used and the overall aesthetic. The imaging prowess of both the forward- and rear-facing cameras is better than you may expect from a handset that’s priced well within the second tier. That’s another merit, since at £330, the Ascend P7 is about £220 cheaper than the Galaxy S5 — enough money to buy a first-generation Android Wear device and still have enough money left over for a meal. If you’re prepared to accept a few rough edges here and there, the Ascend P7 is a worthy recipient of your hard-earned cash.

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10
Jul
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What to expect at Engadget Live Seattle


We’re bringing our Engadget Live event series to Seattle’s Showbox SODO on Friday, July 18th, 7PM sharp! We also decided that we really enjoy making our readers happy, so effective immediately, all Engadget Live events this year will be free! (If you bought a ticket already, we’ll pay it back).

What can you expect at this crazy night of hands-on geekery? We’ve already announced some of the brands who will join us on July 18th, but there’s many more. Vapshot (which was a hit at Engadget Live Austin) will bring its vaporized alcohol technology to Seattle. To be clear — alcohol will be vaporized — nothing else.

Ministry of Supply will show off its tech-infused dress clothes that fight sweat, body odor and feel like your favorite sweatpants. You’ll also get to go hands-on with Exo Labs‘ cameras, which connect to any microscope and stream petri dish goodness to an iPad. Corning will show off Fibrance, a flexible fiber optic light source that lets designers add a pop color almost anywhere.

Now that you’re as excited as we are (hopefully), don’t delay, get your free ticket today! We’ll also bring Engadget Live to Boston in August and Los Angeles in October. If you’re in New York on November 7th and 8th, join us for our Engadget Expand flagship event, tickets for which you can purchase right here.

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Source: Engadget Live (Seattle)

7
Jul
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Leaked photos of the Huawei Ascend D3 show a device that looks a lot like the HTC One Max



Huawei Ascend D3Huawei was rumoured to be releasing a 5-inch device last month, said to be the Huawei Ascend D3, expect that device never eventuated. Instead, we get a leaked photo from what looks like the production floor at Huawei which shows a device that could easily be mistaken for the HTC One Max. The pictured device is allegedly the Huawei Ascend D3, which is rumoured to have a 5-inch, 1080p display as well a Kirin octacore processor. Apart from the price, $469, there’s not much else we know about the device, but it looks like a solid enough device, and might even pull a few fans looking for a cheaper alternative to HTC that still has the looks.

Huawei Ascend D3Above you can see a photo of the back of the device and it’s notable that there is both a camera and what looks like a slot for what was the fingerprint scanner on the HTC One Max. Maybe this is a crazy coincidence, but this isn’t the first time that a Huawei device has look suspiciously similar to a HTC device. Prior to MWC 2014 earlier this year, a picture leaked out days before the event showing the picture of a device that looks quite similar to the HTC One; we now know the device to be the Huawei MediaPad M1, which adopted the dual speaker configuration that HTC has pretty much made its own.


What do you think about the Huawei Ascend D3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: iGeek via Phone Arena


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24
Jun
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Engadget took over Austin for a night and here’s what happened


Bombs were dropped on our Editor-in-Chief while he innocently drove away in a Jeep. Engadget readers enjoyed alcohol in both vaporized and brewed form. A totally retro retailer crashed the party with its unique helmets. Those are just some of our favorite things that happened last Friday when we took over Austin Music Hall to kick off our Engadget Live series!

Chaotic Moon Studios, who introduced us to “Shark Punch” at SXSW, showed off its two-player experience game, “Death From Above.” Our Editor-in-Chief strapped on an Oculus Rift to enter the virtual Jeep as player one, while player two (me!) grabbed an iPad and dropped bombs on him. Ironically, as the social media guy who diffuses bombs on a regular basis, it was I who emerged victorious in the end.

This right here is a Vapshot, a machine that instantly vaporizes alcohol and services it up as a shot or mixed drink. Though the Engadget team was too busy running around greeting fans to partake, the long line to try it out indicated the company earned a ton of new fans.

Re3d showed off its enormous Gigabot 3D printers at the event as well. It won’t fit on your desktop, but you’ll be able to build items up to 2 feet tall!

Atlas Wearables, Brewbot, Huawei, Optical Cables by Corning, Plum, Snakable, Techjango, TiVo, and Zero Motorcycles filled the Austin Music Hall as well, showing fans what they’ve been up to. Speaking of electric motorcycles, we’re hopeful we didn’t break any fire regulations by letting this happen.

If you missed out on Austin, we’re already itching to come back, so stay tuned. Next on the list is our Engadget Live event in Seattle on July 18th. After that, we’ll head to Boston and Los Angeles to wrap up the series before Engadget Expand takes over New York City!

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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19
Jun
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Austin: Engadget Live is this Friday!


If you’re going to be in Austin, TX this Friday, June 20th, join us as we kick off our Engadget Live series at the famed Austin Music Hall, 7PM sharp! Come join your fellow Austin gadget lovers and the brands that excite them for an incredible night.

One of the brands you’ll get to interact with is Austin’s own Chaotic Moon. The production studio will be showing off the untitled follow-up to Shark Punch (which taught us what the ocean’s greatest predators looked like inside-out). One player will put on an Oculus Rift and drive a virtual Jeep, while a second uses an iPad to drop bombs on the other’s vehicle. Insane, right?

Some more brands you can expect to interact with at Engadget Live include: Atlas Wearables, Charmed Labs, Huawei, Optical Cables by Corning, Plum, Re3D, Snakable, Techjango, TiVo, Vapshot and Zero Motorcycles.

So if you’re still trying to figure out what to do this Friday night, let us just solve that for you right now. Go get your tickets for Engadget Live and join us for an insanely good time.

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Source: Engadget Live (Austin)

18
Jun
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Engadget Live heads to Seattle on July 18th!


Seattle, the always caffeinated, drone-building, Super Bowl-winning, beautiful city that coddles the Puget Sound. We had such a great time hanging with the locals last year that we’re making a comeback. Join us at Showbox SODO on Friday, July 18th, 7PM sharp for our second Engadget Live event of the year. (If you happen to be in Austin, TX this coming Friday, join us at our first “Live” event there!).

What’s Engadget Live? Unlike trade shows and press-only events, we bring together gadget lovers with tech brands in an interactive environment. A bunch of great companies (mostly local ones!) will show off their newest products and get feedback directly from fans like you.

What companies will eagerly await your arrival? PicoBrew will show off its Zymatic brewing appliance, which lets you brew top quality craft beers at the push of a button. While you sip on that beer, you can watch a show recorded on TiVo’s superior line of DVRs (which put those cable company-issued units to shame.) Huawei will show off its line of smartphones and let you go hands-on with them (after which you can write your own review on Engadget!).

Into interplanetary exploration? Planetary Resources, the company that is working to look outside Earth to discover natural resources, will bring its space telescope and meteorites for a little show and tell. Finally, castAR will be on hand to talk about the development of its augmented reality glasses (that don’t look like any other AR glasses we’ve seen before).

If all of this sounds just too good to miss, get your tickets right here for just $5 per person. If you’re not going to be anywhere near Seattle on July 18th, you can join us in Boston on August 22nd or Los Angeles on October 3rd. All of our Engadget Live events lead up to our flagship Engadget Expand show, which will take place in New York City on November 7th & 8th (tickets, for which, can be purchased right here!).

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Source: Engadget Live (Seattle)

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