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Best Strategy Games for Android


Put on your thinking hat with these strategy games for Android

We’re rounding up some of our favorite strategy games on Android for the deep thinkers out there. These are more than just simple puzzles games — these require careful planning and forethought to emerge victorious. You’ll find some great replay value in games like these as well, since the same strategy won’t always work twice.

Strategy gamers, pop on your thinking caps and get downloading these outstanding Android games.

  • Mushroom Wars 2
  • Clash Royale
  • Plague Inc.
  • Pandemic: The Board Game
  • Vainglory
  • Hearthstone
  • Plants Vs. Zombies 2
  • Star Command
  • The Battle for Polytopia

Mushroom Wars 2

Mushroom Wars 2 is an award-winning real-time strategy game that has you controlling tiny armies of mushroom soldiers in online or offline battles. Finally released for Android, this game features beautiful graphics, and gameplay that’s easy to learn but challenging to master.

Your goal is total domination, which requires you to move your troops across the map, taking over strategic mushroom huts and other structures while defending against advances from your enemy. There are four Mushroom tribes to choose from with a full campaign episode available for each, but the real action begins with the online multiplayer. You’ll need to keep your wits about you as you balance your troop levels, build morale, and use special skills to dominate your opponents.

Don’t let the cutesy characters confuse you — this is a cutthroat strategy game at its core, and certainly a game you’ll want to check out!

Download: Mushroom Wars 2 (Free w/IAPs)

Clash Royale


From the makers of Clash of Clans comes Clash Royale. Battle human opponents in real time via frantic card-based battles where you must take out the enemy’s Crown Towers while defending your own.

To be successful in Clash Royale, you’ll need to learn the strengths and weaknesses of all the different cards, then use them very strategically during battle. Play the wrong card at the wrong time and it might be game over, so be smart, and patient.

The longer the play and the more trophies you collect, the more cards you unlock. In-app purchases can help expedite your progress, but they’re not necessary as you’ll be automatically matched up with opponents at your skill level. Clash Royale is one of the best games of 2016, so download it and find out what the hype is all about.

Download: Clash Royale (Free)

Plague Inc.


Plague Inc. is a rather dark global virus simulation game. Players gently guide a disease from a modest cough to a deadly worldwide pandemic by evolving it with new symptoms, means of transmission, and resistances. Over time, players unlock new disease types with their own unique traits. World events also randomly pop up every game, forcing you to change your evolution path.

With an in-app purchase, you can get rid of ads and add a fast-forward option, or shortcut to new virus types. As morbid as it may be, Plague Inc.’s gameplay is truly infectious.

Download: Plague Inc. (Free)

Pandemic: The Board Game


From spreading the plague, to trying to prevent one, this mobile version of the popular strategic board game of the same name that provides a real challenge whether you’re playing alone or with friends. Your goal: Try to cure four contagious diseases from spreading and taking over the world.

You select your characters at the start of the game, with each character performing specific roles to help eradicate the diseases. Which characters you pick will have a big effect on your team’s ultimate success. This is a pass-and-play game to play with friends, and you’ll all have to work together and use your teams strategically if you want to win. There’s an in-app purchase available for expansions, which improves the replayability of this addictive and challenging game.

Download: Pandemic: The Board Game ($6.99)



Vainglory is the complete package, featuring all the frantic MOBA action fans of the genre have come to expect — jump into a quick match with random teammates and opponents, create your own party of friends and take on all comers, or chill offline and practice your strategies against bots. There are five hero classes featuring a total of 25 unique heroes to unlock, upgrade and take into battle. The touch controls are smooth and easy to pick up, so you’ll be able to jump right into the heat of the battle instantly. As you fight your way down the lane, there’s a significant upgrade system that branches out, allowing you to react and counter your enemies more effectively.

If you’re new to the MOBA genre, no worries! After introducing you to the gameplay fundamentals on first launch, Vainglory also features the Academy, an extensive tutorial section that will help you bolster your skills and abilities in the game. There’s also a ton of things to unlock, live events to participate in, and a bustling online community on Twitch. Jump in!

Download: Vainglory (Free)



Hearthstone is a free, turn-based card game that follows a familiar formula: players summon creature cards and cast spell cards based on the Warcraft universe in an effort to defeat online opponents.

Every one of the nine heroes has their own unique special ability as well as a sizeable batch of collectible and craftable cards. Casual online games, ranked matches, wacky weekly Tavern Brawls, and gruelling Arena games appeal to varying levels of commitment, as you build your deck and your best strategies.

Hearthstone is without a doubt the best free card game to come to Android to date.

Download: Hearthstone (Free)

Plants Vs. Zombies 2


Plants vs. Zombies is a venerable mobile franchise for a good reason.

The bizarre premise of protecting your back lawn from hordes of undead with sunflowers and pea shooters (literally pea plants turned weapons) is certainly part of that, but there’s a lot of tactical thinking in terms of plant choices before the attack begins, and placement. In Plants vs. Zombies 2, you’re taken back in time to defend against zombies dressed in era garb, and try out all sorts of new mechanics. The zombies are getting smarter, and challenge your reaction speed in a number of ways, though you also have a whole new complement of plants to use. Stages also have new terrain features to keep every round fresh. Plant food can be collected to super-charge any plant when things get especially hairy.

All in all, Plants vs. Zombies 2 presents deep strategic gameplay in a fun, colorful package.

Download: Plants Vs. Zombies 2 (Free)

Star Command


Star Command is a sci-fi strategy game with a retro pixel art style. Players take command of a spaceship that vaguely looks like it could have been pulled out of a Star Trek movie, and recruit a crew, upgrade facilities, and embark on intergalactic adventures that usually end in a firefight with grotesque aliens.

Battles rage between ships with different mini-games for each weapon system, or against boarding parties, where you need to move crew members into position, put out fires, and make sure your people don’t get sucked out into the cold void of space when there’s a hull breach. Over time, your crew increases in skills, enabling them to man the ship’s various stations with increasing effectiveness.

If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted single-player experience with great writing and a lot of long-term progression, Star Command is where it’s at.

Download: Star Command ($2.99)

The Battle for Polytopia


If you’re a fan of the Civilization franchise, you just have to check out The Battle for Polytopia. This indie game features polygon tribes battling for control of the battle arena. The game features simple turn-based gameplay that’s quick and easy to pick up and play. Each turn, you collect stars based on the number and size of the cities you control, which you can spend on upgrading your tribe’s technology tree, building troops, or collecting resources. You must be wise with how you spend your resources and position your troops on your turn.

There are multiple ways to play. For solo play, you can create a custom game that either ends after 30 turns, or play until only one tribe remains. There’s also the rarely scene pass-and-play multiplayer option, which lets you set up a custom game among friends and even keep them saved so you can play the same game over time. If you aren’t able to play in person with friends, the AI offers a pretty decent challenge with difficulty levels ranging from easy to “crazy”. There are four tribes available to you when you download the game, with six others available via in-app purchases.

Download: The Battle for Polytopia (Free w/IAPs)

What are you playing?

These are our picks, but we love to hear what our readers are playing. Let us know in the comments and your picks just might appear in a future update!

Updated September 2017: We’ve added the award-winning Mushroom Wars 2 to our list! Check it out!

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Galaxy Note 8 cases: Zizo keeps it safe and stylish!


The Galaxy Note 8 is here! And Zizo is here to help you keep it safe.

There are a lot of case companies out there, but none protect your phone from the calamities of daily live quite as well as Zizo. With a full collection of unique, stylish options for the new Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, you’ll be able to stand out with Zizo’s fun and powerful Bolt or color-forward and throwback Retro.

Check out all the options below!

Zizo cases for the Galaxy Note 8

All of Zizo’s cases are built to withstand drops and scrapes, and most come with screen protectors.



The Zizo Bolt case is designed perfectly to suit all of your needs in any adventure. It is carefully structured to become the ultimate phone case. Additionally, the Bolt is 12 ft. military grade drop-tested (810-G Compliant), so you can adventure on, knowing your precious Note 8 will be protected.

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The crystal clear Zizo ION case is designed to accentuate the already elegant features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The case fits snugly to provide protection and durability up to and beyond that of military standards. This minimalist styled case provides that excellent protection you’re looking for without adding bulk or extra weight.

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The Zizo Static case is engineered to protect your phone without adding bulk. It is made to absorb shock force when you drop your phone and it implements impact-dispersing technology so your phone doesn’t take a beating.

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The Zizo Proton is the perfect ride-or-die sidekick for any thrilling adventure. The Proton is military grade drop-tested (810-G Compliant) and features multiple layers of protection to handle all of life’s bumps and drops.

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The Zizo Retro allows you to carry your ID and Credit Cards in one retro case. This military grade, drop-tested Samsung Galaxy Note 8 side wallet case is designed to protect your phone and keep your ID and cards accessible. Everyone wants a protective phone case, but you don’t need a phone cover that gets in the way! Slip your phone into our polycarbonate cover that offers a snug slim fit.

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How to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S7


Unwanted calls becoming annoying? Block them on your Galaxy S7.

Between all the texts, emails, and other notifications you get on your phone, phone calls are usually the most intrusive. That’s why unwanted phone calls sometimes make our blood boil. Luckily for Galaxy S7 users, they are easy enough to block.

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How to block all anonymous calls on Galaxy S7

Samsung gives you the ability to block all incoming calls that are from unknown numbers. Whether it’s telemarketers or just the wrong number, you won’t have to worry about being disturbed with pointless calls.

Launch the Phone app from your Home screen or app drawer.
Tap on More. It’s in the top right corner for you screen.

Tap on Settings.


Tap Call Blocking.
Tap on Block list.

Tap the On/Off switch.


How to block specific numbers on Galaxy S7

If you keep getting spam calls from the same number you can block just that number from bugging you ever again.

Launch the Phone app from your Home screen or app drawer.
Tap on More. It’s in the top right corner for you screen.
Tap on Settings.

Tap Call Blocking.


Tap on Block list.
Type the number you want to block.

Tap the add button. It’s the little + on the righthand side of your screen.


How to block a contact on Galaxy S7

Launch the Phone app from your Home screen or app drawer.
Tap on More. It’s in the top right corner for you screen.
Tap on Settings.

Tap Call Blocking.


Tap on Block list.

Tap on contacts.


Tap on the contact you wish to block.

Tap the add button. It’s the little + in the on the right of your screen.



Recommended Reading: Why Cassini had to be destroyed

Analysis: Why Nasa’s Cassini Probe Had to Be Destroyed
Fedor Kossakovski,

By now, you’ve likely read a bit about NASA’s Cassini probe plunging into Saturn to end its tour of duty this week. You’ve also probably wondering why that had to happen. PBS breaks it down.

29 New TV Shows to Watch This Fall
Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic

There’s a lot of new TV material to sort through this fall. From HBO to Netflix and more, The Atlantic has a guide to fall television so you know what to look for.

Meet the Camperforce, Amazon’s Nomadic Retiree Army
Jessica Bruder, Wired

Amazon employs thousands of retirees and people in their 50s and 60s to work during the busy Q4 season. For many, it’s a fresh start even if it means living in an RV.

Bodega Isn’t Just Bad Branding, It’s Bad Business
Helen Rosner, Eater

Bodega made big news this week with its plan to offer corner store-like convenience without the retail shop. Eater explains why the name isn’t the biggest issue — the concept is.

There’s Blood in the Water in Silicon Valley
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BuzzFeed takes a look at the current state of the US tech industry, including a solid case for why the golden age is over.


The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Apple’s big hardware event dominated the week’s news, but it wasn’t the only thing going down. We’re still dealing with the aftermath of Equifax’s leak, and now NBA jerseys come with NFC tags.

iPhones, Apple TVs and more.Apple iPhone event 2018


A week flooded with Apple news means that even while paying close attention you could’ve missed something. Whether you’ve already pre-ordered an iPhone 8 or you’re waiting for an iPhone X you can find all the information you need right here.

This mess isn’t going away.Equifax’s chief security and information officers are out


The latest revelation from Equifax is the sudden “retirement” of two executives. Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chief Information Officer David Webb had their departures announced Friday, just a few days after the company explained hackers used a security hole that it could have closed with a patch a month earlier.

Are more Great Firewalls on the way?The missing trade war against China’s digital protectionism


As China’s digital economic power grows, the question is whether that will change, as freedom-of-expression groups and, increasingly, the tech industry have been asking. The goal: ensure that digital trade and information flows as freely in and out of China as do lightbulbs, shoes, or any of the other Chinese-made consumer goods found in stores across the US.

Interact with your apparel.Nike’s ‘NBA Connected’ jerseys tap into the game with NFC tags


On Friday night Nike officially unveiled new NBA jerseys and included some news for the fans as well. Its replica and authentic jerseys will include NFC tags that bestow digital bonuses to wearers via the NikeConnect app. Tap the correct spot to your iOS or Android phone on game day, and you could see exclusive team-related content, or get a boost for the corresponding player in NBA 2K18.

New game? Y/NNintendo’s NES Classic Edition is coming back in 2018


Nintendo says that due to demand, it plans to resurrect the tiny retro console in 2018. Shipment timings are yet to be announced, but this is big news for fans who thought they were going to miss out after the console began disappearing from store shelves. Until then, you’ll have to make do with that tiny Super NES Classic Edition, which lands at the end of this month.

Good news?Chrome will make autoplay videos less annoying in 2018


Starting in January next year, the browser will no longer autoplay videos unless they’re muted and don’t have sound or you’ve shown interest in watching them.

Everything Apple.The Engadget Podcast Ep 42


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple held a keynote at its glass-empaneled new “spaceship” campus this week, during which it announced a boatload of stuff. Join Dana Wollman and Chris Velazco as they talk about the new iPhones (all three of them), plus the Apple TV 4K and LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3.

But wait, there’s more…

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  • Google’s next Pixel smartphones arrive October 4th
  • Now the Essential PH-1 phone will work on Verizon too

The Morning After is a new daily newsletter from Engadget designed to help you fight off FOMO. Who knows what you’ll miss if you don’t subscribe.


RIP, Cassini: 25 spellbinding Saturn images from NASA’s self-sacrificing probe

The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has spent nearly two decades in space collecting invaluable data and unprecedented close-ups of the Saturnian system. The craft has logged nearly 5 billion miles on its cosmic odometer, and the library of Cassini images contains more than 400,000 images and counting.

Cassini sports 18 unique scientific instruments and is 12,593 pounds making it one of the largest and heaviest space probes ever constructed.

From the drawing board onward, the Cassini mission was set to be one of the most ambitious unmanned missions ever launched into the cosmos. Tricked out with 18 unique scientific instruments, the spacecraft hit the launchpad at a not-so-svelte 12,593 pounds, making Cassini one of the heaviest and largest interplanetary probes ever constructed. In fact, only the two interplanetary spacecraft (Phobos 1 and Phobos 2) launched by the Soviet Union were more massive.

Once hurled into the solar system, Cassini spent the next seven years braving the unforgiving vacuum of space before even reaching Saturn. A system glitch, meteorite, or haphazard collision with any number of orbiting hunks of space junk could’ve killed this $3 billion dollar mission before it even started. Fortunately, this was not Cassini’s fate, and on July 1, 2004, the probe finally arrived at its destination. The spacecraft would spend the next 13 years investigating the enigmatic gas giant and relaying data back to us earthlings nearly 900 million miles away.

After successfully executing more than 2.5 million commands including 162 targeted flybys of Saturn’s moons, Cassini boasts a rather lengthy list of accomplishments. Outside of discovering previously unknown moons (no big deal) and observing massive hurricanes at both Saturnian poles, the craft also detected the elements necessary to potentially host living organisms on the ice-spewing satellite, Enceladus.

NASA illustration of Cassini on final dive towards Saturn.

Unfortunately, in the cosmic scheme of things, nothing lasts forever, and even the stalwart Cassini is not exempt from the inevitable. Protecting these aforementioned potentially life-sustaining “ocean worlds” is the central purpose of the so-called Grand Finale that will culminate with a final “suicide dive” into Saturn’s tumultuous atmosphere. This subsequent series of dives toward the planet will prevent Cassini from possibly contaminating one of these potentially life-sustaining moons with sturdy microbes that may have survived the journey from Earth.

The craft began the first of these plunges in August and earlier this week Cassini received its “goodbye kiss” from Titan, a final flyby and consequential gravitational nudge toward Saturn. The steadfast craft is expected to crash into the planet’s atmosphere on September 15, 2017, transmitting data to the bitter end.

Of the more than nearly half a million images the probe has snapped during its 20 years adrift in the solar system, these are 25 of our favorite. Godspeed, Cassini.

If you’re craving more stunning glimpses of our celestial neighbors and beyond, we’ve also curated a gallery of the best photos of outer space.


Meet Rembrandt in this Samsung Gear VR experience

The best thing about VR experiences is that they can take you to fantastical places — or meet people you’ll never get to meet in real life, like Dutch master Rembrandt. Oculus has teamed up with virtual reality studio Force Field for a Samsung Gear VR experience that takes you back to 17th century Amsterdam. Meeting Rembrandt recreates the artist’s home and surroundings, using a live actor to play the artist against computer-generated environments.

It’s quite different from the Vincent Van Gogh experience The Night Cafe, which gives you the power to jump into the world in his oil painting. Meeting Rembrandt puts you right in the middle of the most notable events in the artist’s life instead. You can even interact with him in his atelier and see the creative process behind his most famous painting, The Night Watch.

“It’s as if you are actually there, up-close with Rembrandt, in his atelier, in his house, as he interacts with you and lets you understand why his work was so controversial in that day and age,” Force Field chief Arthur Houtman said.

The experience is now available on Oculus’ Gear VR store for free. Since it was made for Samsung’s VR platform, you’ll of course need the tech titan’s headset and a compatible phone like the Galaxy S8 or Note 8 to run it.

Source: Oculus


Nike’s ‘NBA Connected’ jerseys tap into the game with NFC tags

Nike is the new apparel maker for the NBA and tonight it officially rolled out updated jerseys for the teams. They’re specially constructed to keep players cool and allow for freedom of movement, but there’s a new feature for fans too. They’ll debut the new NikeConnect system, which relies on a mobile app of the same name that reacts to NFC tags embedded in the jerseys. The hook is the ability to unlock “premium content” like “pregame arrival footage, highlight packages and top players’ favorite music playlists.” One hook that may work for gamers is the inclusion of specific boosts for NBA 2K18 players that are unlocked by buying that player’s jersey in real life.

For most fans the experience of wearing team apparel on gameday (whether they’re in the stadium or at home) is enough to make them feel plugged in, but this is an attempt to take things a step further. The NikeConnect system will be a part of the $110 “Swingman” replica jerseys and $200 authentic jerseys when they go on sale September 29th, but we might wait and see if Nike’s “Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket” can bring the offseason’s fabled Hoodie ‘Melo to life in the regular season before making a purchase.

Source: Nike


LG E7 OLED TV unboxing and setup: Get this 4K TV performing for you

The LG E7 OLED TV is a 4K HDR TV that does just about everything and has the best picture quality on the market. To top things off, it is also easy to unbox and set up. In this video, we take a look at the LG E7 OLED TV unboxing and setup to show you exactly what to expect when you get your new TV.

Unboxing Tips and Cautions

Looking at the top of the box can make the unboxing of the LG E7 OLED TV seem confusing, but the diagram can also be quite helpful. The instructions tell you to take the lid off the box, insert foam, and use that as a support structure for the TV while you’re mounting the stand on the TV. If you follow the pictured directions step by step, you will have a much easier time mounting the stand.

What’s in the box

  • Product and set up literature.
  • Break out cables.
  • 2 Batteries.
  • Magic motion remote.
  • 4 screws.
  • Stand.
  • Decorative piece.
  • Cord organizer.

One of the great things that LG does with the packaging of this TV is put everything, except the stand, in an accessory box. This makes it really easy to find all the small pieces, such as screws and batteries, that you need to assemble your TV.

Items that aren’t included

Several items are not included with the TV. You will need to buy HDMI cables to connect your TV to other devices. The easiest way to ensure you have HDMI cables is to buy the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI cables at the same time you buy your TV. If you do not buy the AmazonBasics HDMI cable, make sure that the HDMI cables are rated as “high speed” cables so they can accommodate the large amount of data 4K HDR content requires.

Additionally, the TV does not come with any wall mounting hardware. For information about wall mounting check out our wall mounting guide video.

Set up TV

To put the TV together, lay it on its front with the back exposed. Then slide the stand into the bottom of the TV and secure it in place with four screws. After the stand is secure, cover the screws with the decorative piece that snaps into place. There will be a small square that extends from the center of the decorative piece, that is where you put the small black cord organizer – it also snaps into place.

Looking at the back of the TV, you will see that the power cord is hard-wired in the bottom left corner. All you have to do is plug the cord into the wall. Moving over to the right-hand side, you will see where all of the connections go. The side bay has two HDMI inputs, one ARC HDMI input (for easy connection to a sound bar), and one USB input. The rear-facing bay has one HDMI input, two USB inputs, one digital optical output, an Ethernet connection, and one input for break-out cables.

Design Features

If you are looking at your TV from the side you might have a hard time seeing it. That is because it is about as thick as an iPhone at the top. It does get wider, to about 2.4 inches, toward the bottom where the hardware is stored. Because the TV is so thin, it would look great mounted on the wall. For more information about mounting a TV check out this article.

The screen for the LG E7 OLED TV is what makes this TV stand out from other LG OLED TVs. This is because the OLED panel is fitted to a solid sheet of glass. The resulting impression is that there is a see-through bezel all around the black screen where the glass extends.

The second thing that makes this OLED TV stand out is the grille at the bottom of the screen. This grille hides a series of speakers and acts as a built-in sound bar. As a result of this addition, you will get clearer and bigger sound, better stereo separation, and virtual surround sound.

The stand does not detract from the look of the TV at all. In fact, it is quite small when you compare it to the whole TV. At just 24 and 1/4 inches wide and eight inches deep, this silver stand makes it easy to place the TV on a small entertainment stand.

Set up the connections

When you first power on your TV, the LG WebOS Smart TV system takes you through a setup wizard. First the TV will scan for TV channels via the connected antenna or cable box. Then you will be asked to use your magic motion remote to connect the TV to your Wi-Fi router.

Adjusting settings

While you are still setting up your TV we suggest you adjust your settings. In regard to picture presets, we suggest selecting either expert bright room or expert dark room, depending on where you place the TV. For most TV users, the expert bright room will be preferred, unless you have a dedicated darkened home entertainment room. There are no presets for you to alter or turn off, as this setting is set up perfectly right out of the box. You can have a professional calibrator adjust the TV to get slightly better color, but for most people that is not necessary.


NBC CEO claims Facebook has ‘no respect’ for pro content

NBC CEO Steve Burke talked to The Information about the current state of the media industry and seemed very unimpressed by Facebook’s video efforts. While the social network just launched the Watch section it’s trying to flood with video Burke finds it lacking. At least, lacking in comparison to the social network NBCUniversal has $500 million invested in, Snapchat. The “unsustainable” Facebook “doesn’t allow us to put ads in and sell them,” while Snapchat does.

We guess that means NBCUniversal won’t pull in a large portion of the $1 billion Facebook reportedly plans to spend on original content next year, but there’s always a chance today’s competitors can become tomorrow’s partners. Oh, and if you’re wondering whether or not the Comcast-enmeshed NBC could pull a Disney and sell its content via streaming it seems unlikely — he’s more interested in the possibility of $50 internet packages with add-on a la carte channels.

Source: The Information

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