Mobile Solar Chargers Traveller Solar Charger – Review (@mobilesolarchrg)

I think it is safe to assume that people are relying on their mobile devices more and more nowadays.  Whether they be mobile phones, tablets, even MP3 players, they aren’t much use without any charge left in the battery.  Anything that helps keep your devices juiced and ready to use is always a plus to me, and hopefully the MSC MP-S6000 6000 mAh Solar Travel Charger will be up to the job!  A full list of features and specifications can be found at the end of this review.

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The Traveler itself comes in a packaging that is easy on the eye.  You have see-through plastic that enables you to get a good view of the black and orange coloured device, as well as information such as the high 6,000 mAh capacity, the dual USB output, and the smart LED indicator that tells you how much battery life is left.  It also states that the charger is suitable for use with tablets, smartphones, Mp3/MP4 players, and portable game systems such as the NDS and PSP.  Removing the unit from the packaging, I was greeted with the device itself, user manual, and the charger cable.  The good thing about this charger cable is that it is an elasticated rubber material, and it also comes with all of the adapters you could want or need (aside from the lightning adapter used on the newer Apple devices – you can purchase these separately though).  The front of the charger itself has a large solar panel, four power LED indicators to let you know how much charge is remaining, a power button, and two smaller LED solar indicators that give you a rough idea how much solar charge is remaining.  Lastly, along the bottom of the charger is a MicroUSB port that you can use to charge the unit via a wall socket of PC, etc, and also two USB output ports that you use to hook up the devices that you would like to charge.  The USB port on the left is suitable for the iPad, and the one on the right is suitable for the Samsung Galaxy tablet.  I had no issues with my HTC One or Nexus 7 tablet when using either of the ports.

It’s recommended that you fully charge the Traveler prior to first using it, so that’s what I did.  However, when I got everything unpacked and ready to charge, the LED lights indicated that everything was fully charged and ready to go – bargain!  I used the charger to charge my devices constantly to see how long I could get out of it.  Because of the nice weather we have had over the past week, I have not encountered an empty device at all, and the 75% LED indicator is the one that is illuminated.  This is after using the charger for around 7 days with my phone and tablet while sitting both, inside and outside.  Without the lovely weather, you could get around 3 charges  before needing to recharge the unit – that is pretty good in my opinion.  You could quite easily go off on your travels and use this handy little device to keep your gadgets charged.  Once the charger has a full charge, it apparently holds that charge for months – obviously, something I have been unable to check myself as yet, but I’ll definitely give it a go and see.

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Considering the size of the MSC Traveler, I am impressed with how it has performed so far.  It is around the size of most smartphones nowadays, and if charging via USB cable, it fully charges in around the same time as a smartphone, which is handy.  You can get three, maybe four, full charges from it when not in direct sunlight, again, handy.  For the price you pay (around £35 GBP) I think it is well worth the money.  Not only does it provide on the go charging, it also provides peace of mind as far as not being caught with a flat battery, if and when it is really needed.  As far as I am concerned, this can stay in my personal collection and it will be with me when out and about for hours at a time.

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Technical specification

Solar energy transfer efficiency: 17% Solar panel 5v/90mA
Polymer Lithium-ion Battery
Capacity 6000mAh /22.2 wh
Input : Micro micro usb DC5v/1000mA
Output 2x USB 5V/2100mA
Working Temperature -10C to + 55C
Charging time about 5 hours via USB mains
Charging time from solar about 45 hours
Cycle Life >500 cycles
Weight 178g
Dimensions 130 x 76 x 16mm
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth etc

Product Features

High Capacity 6000mah Lithium-Polymer battery
Multi-charging capabilities: Mains, car charger, USB or Solar
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth headsets etc.
Robust and stylish rubberised case design
Single Reversable charge/discharge bungy lead.
10 detachable charging tips for the most popular devices
Simple one button operation
DC Input Port
Dual USB Output Ports
Remaining power leds
Solar charging led
Multiple protection charge/discharge and overcharge/undercharge

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Website: http://www.mobilesolarchargers.co.uk/
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Mini Buddy Heart Portable Speaker – Review (@KitSoundUK)

Today for review, I have quite a cute item.  It’s a Mini Buddy Portable Speaker from the guys over at KitSound.  There are several different characters and designs available, and I have the Heart speaker to review.  Perfect timing with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

The packaging for the Mini Buddy Heart Speaker is simple and shows you what you want to know.  It is just big enough to fit the speaker in, as well as the included USB charger cable.  The packaging is a clear plastic style that gives you a decent view of the speaker so that you can see the design fully.

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The speaker itself is actually really cute to look at.  It is a nice pink colour with a love heart pattern on the front which is made up of several small heart shapes.  On the side of the speaker there is a female 3.5mm port so that you can connect more than one together if you would like, while on the back is where the sound comes out, so naturally, there are several small holes for the speaker itself.  On the bottom of the buddy there is the power switch and a Micro USB port for the charger cable.  On the top, there is a short keychain that enables you to connect it up to your keys, which when coupled with the build quality of the speaker, you can feel assured that you can just throw it into your bag and not worry about causing any damage, etc.  Lastly, you have the 6 inch 3.5mm jack cable.

To get the speaker up and running, it couldn’t be easier – really.  Simply plug in the 3.5mm jack to the audio device that you want to use it with and you are good to go.  I plugged it into my phone and started up my music streaming app to test things out.  The sound quality was actually pretty good, especially considering the size of it.  The music I was playing came through nice and clear, and I didn’t notice any distortion.  I was able to enjoy my music listening session without feeling disappointed about my choice of speaker and the fact that you can actually hook up more of these little things together can only add to your listening pleasure.  Saying this, I was listening to music that didn’t contain a ridiculous amount of bass.

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Since first hooking up this buddy to charge when I took it out of the packaging, I haven’t had to charge it again, despite using it for a fair few hours.  This is something that has impressed me as I would hate to have to charge it over and over again after short uses.  One thing that is worth a mention – when charging, the LED indicator on the bottom of te buddy stays blue.  I think it may have been handy to have the LED colour change between charging and charged.

Overall, I think this Mini Buddy Hear Portable Speaker is cute, very well made, and very well priced.  You can pick up this speaker for £9.99 GBP from the KitSound website, as well as on Amazon UK.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this would make an ideal gift for your love interest/significant other.

KitSound Manhattan Wireless Headphones – Review (@KitSoundUK)

I think it’s only fair that I start off this review by saying how much I love these Manhattan headphones from KitSound.  Out of all of the ones that I have reviewed, these are my absolute favourite!

First up, the packaging.  As with all of their products, KitSound know how to make their packaging stand out, but not in a bad way.  The front of the box has an image of the headphones, as well as a few tidbits of information regarding play time and call-handling.  The sides of the box gives some information in regards to where the name of the headphones came from, and the back of the box lists the features and specifications for the products, as well as the contents of the box.

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Speaking of the box contents… The headset is well packaged between two cardboard inserts that offer a high level of protection during storage and transit.  Pulling these pieces apart, the headset is there for you to see in all its glory, and it is a very glorious sight!  Also provided is a USB to Micro USB cable, a Micro USB to 3.5mm jack cable, and a user manual.

The headset itself feels great in the hand.  The fully adjustable headband is padded, but not too much, whereas the rotatable earcups have a nice amount of padding.  The earcups are fitted to the headband using a silver metal fastener, which is also used to adjust the size of the headband.  The cables that feed through the headband are a braided material rather than the rubber material that you find on other headphones – a really nice change as there is no chance of stretching and damaging the cable.  The earcups both sport the KitSound brand logo on the outside and the bottom of the left earcup has the Bluetooth On/Off switch, the Micro USB port, Forward/Back button which also couple as the Volume + & – buttons, the Microphone and the LED indicator.

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Setting up these headphones to use with my phone was rather straightforward.  Because they are wireless and include Bluetooth 2.1, they are compatible with most devices out there right now.  I set them up firstly with my HTC One and I had them working within 30 seconds.  It was just as quick setting them up with the iPhone as well.  If I did run into any issues, the user manual provides steps to get things paired. Getting used to the controls on the earcup took a little longer, but once I had got used to which way I had to press the button to change song/volume level, everything as fine.

Comfort wise, I cannot fault these headphones.  They are light enough to sit on my head and over my ears for hours of use with no discomfort from both the headband or the earcups.  The sound quality is pretty amazing, too.  I have used a few high priced pairs of earphones and the Manhattan’s are way up there with those.  There is a decent amount of bass, the music doesn’t sound tinny, and no matter what genre of music I tried them with, the music sounded as it should have.  Call quality is top notch too, both incoming and outgoing sound.

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The battery life on these headphones is impressive – 18 hours of play time, 30 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours standby time!  Charging the headphones’ Lithium Polymer battery is as easy as hooking up the Micro USB cable to the port on the left earcup and the USB to a power source and you’re away.  The other thing that I love about the Manhattan’s is that if you are caught out with a low battery, you can simply hook up the Micro USB to 3.5mm jack cable and use them as wired headphones!

If you haven’t been able to tell already, I am in love with these headphones.  They have impressed me no-end since I started using them and I look forward to using them on a regular basis.  If you ask me, these are well worth the £34.99 price-tag, and more.  I HIGHLY recommend these to anybody looking for a decent pair of headphones at a decent price and with them being available in a range of colours, there is sure to be something to suit everyone!

Mini Buddy Heart Portable Speaker – Review (@KitSoundUK)

Today for review, I have quite a cute item.  It’s a Mini Buddy Portable Speaker from the guys over at KitSound.  There are several different characters and designs available, and I have the Heart speaker to review.  Perfect timing with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

The packaging for the Mini Buddy Heart Speaker is simple and shows you what you want to know.  It is just big enough to fit the speaker in, as well as the included USB charger cable.  The packaging is a clear plastic style that gives you a decent view of the speaker so that you can see the design fully.

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The speaker itself is actually really cute to look at.  It is a nice pink colour with a love heart pattern on the front which is made up of several small heart shapes.  On the side of the speaker there is a female 3.5mm port so that you can connect more than one together if you would like, while on the back is where the sound comes out, so naturally, there are several small holes for the speaker itself.  On the bottom of the buddy there is the power switch and a Micro USB port for the charger cable.  On the top, there is a short keychain that enables you to connect it up to your keys, which when coupled with the build quality of the speaker, you can feel assured that you can just throw it into your bag and not worry about causing any damage, etc.  Lastly, you have the 6 inch 3.5mm jack cable.

To get the speaker up and running, it couldn’t be easier – really.  Simply plug in the 3.5mm jack to the audio device that you want to use it with and you are good to go.  I plugged it into my phone and started up my music streaming app to test things out.  The sound quality was actually pretty good, especially considering the size of it.  The music I was playing came through nice and clear, and I didn’t notice any distortion.  I was able to enjoy my music listening session without feeling disappointed about my choice of speaker and the fact that you can actually hook up more of these little things together can only add to your listening pleasure.  Saying this, I was listening to music that didn’t contain a ridiculous amount of bass.

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Since first hooking up this buddy to charge when I took it out of the packaging, I haven’t had to charge it again, despite using it for a fair few hours.  This is something that has impressed me as I would hate to have to charge it over and over again after short uses.  One thing that is worth a mention – when charging, the LED indicator on the bottom of te buddy stays blue.  I think it may have been handy to have the LED colour change between charging and charged.

Overall, I think this Mini Buddy Hear Portable Speaker is cute, very well made, and very well priced.  You can pick up this speaker for £9.99 GBP from the KitSound website, as well as on Amazon UK.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this would make an ideal gift for your love interest/significant other.

Sandberg PowerBar 2200mAh (Pink) with Flashlight – Review

Back up batteries are becoming a must have item nowadays, especially with so many people having and relying on gadgets that are battery powered.  There are plenty of products to choose from and today, I have the Sandberg PowerBar 2200mAh, complete with its own flashlight, for review.

The packaging that the PowerBar arrives in is pretty simplistic.  It shows you the PowerBar itself through the clear packaging at the front and in the bottom corner, there is a short bit of text about the product.  On the reverse of the box, there is a bit more info which is also available in several languages.  The bottom of the box shows you that there is a 5 year guarantee on the product.

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Removing the PowerBar from the box is as simple as open the top of the box and sliding out the plastic sleeve that houses the product.  Also included in the box is a Micro USB cable which is used to charge the device, and a small instruction leaflet.  The PowerBar itself has nicely curved corners and measures in at 9.3 cm in length and 2.10 cm in width, and weighs around 75g – definitely small enough to be carried around with you while out and about.  Along one of the sides, you will find the Sandberg logo, a silver button and 3 LED lights.  The button is for the flashlight – double click to turn it on and double click to turn it off again.  I haven’t had a reason to use this too much yet, but what I have used, it could prove handy.  The LED lights show the battery level and come on when you press the silver button once.

Charging the device prior to its first use was really straightforward,  It was simply a case of connecting the USB cable to the PC and also to the PowerBar.  Once connected up, charging started immediately – no need to install any drivers.  While charging the LED lights flashed, and once fully charged, the flashing stopped.  It was just as simple to use when I wanted to charge my phone also.  I simply hooked up my charger cable to the PowerBar and connected it to my phone and charging began.  It managed to charge my phone around 45% after a 30 minute charge.  It could have charged it more if I wasn’t using my phone at the same time.  I have only had to charge the device once since receiving it last week, so it seems like the battery life will be sufficient for most people.

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Overall, I am very impressed with the PowerBar.  It does what it should, when it should, and is small enough to be portable.  The metallic effect to the pink colouring makes the device stand out even more and doesn’t look out of place.  This can be used with many devices – pretty much any that can be charged via USB cable.  For the price of between £12.00 & £17.00 GBP (varies with colour choice) on Amazon UK, I think that this is a handy accessory to have, even if as a ‘just in case’.

be.ez LA robe Allure Special Edition iPad Mini Case – Review (@beezbags)

Nowadays, it is a must for us to have something reliable and high quality to protect our gadgets.  Something that can do the job that is expected of it without causing any unnecessary damage is usually top of the list.  Today, I have the LA Robe Allure Special Edition iPad Mini case from be.ez to review.  It is worth mentioning from the off that be.ez do sell a large variety of bags and cases, so head over and see if they have something that will suit your needs.

The iPad Mini case is packaged in a plastic sleeve that only sports the company logo and the name of the product.  This is very welcomed because it allows you to get a clear view of the product from the outside of the packaging so you can clearly see what it is that you are getting.  The back of the packaging, there is a list of specifications – these specifications are available in 12 different languages, including English.  Attached to the top of the packaging is a small piece of material that the case is made from so that you can feel before you buy.

Getting in to the packaging couldn’t have been easier.  It was a case of just unzipping the top of the plastic to be able to access the case itself.  The case slid out as it should, without causing any damage to the packaging or the product itself.  First impressions of the case were very good.  The case feels very high quality and everything has a seamless finish to it.

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Along the top of the case there is the black zip that is used to hold the iPad in the case.  This is actually quite a nice looking thick zip and not one of the flimsy styled zips that would break easily.  The handle of the zip is not only bigger than your standard zip handle, but also thicker, which makes getting the case opened and closed very easy, especially for those with bigger hands.  The zip itself works with minimal effort.  The be.ez logo is also present on the handle of the zip.  The case itself sports the same material found on the tester piece on the outside of the case, and also have the be.ez logo on the bottom corner of the case.

The material that the case is made from is Low Resistance Polyurethane (LRP) and is 5mm thick.  The material itself can withstand the pressure that you apply to it and within a few moments, it reforms back to its original shape.  An easier way to explain it is like memory foam – press it and it moulds to you and then takes its original shape again.

The inside of the case feels very soft to touch and I feel very confident that the case could hold your iPad Mini without causing any scratches.  Going by the size of the case, you should also be able to put your iPad Mini inside this case with a hard case or cover attached.  Saying this, cases that add quite a bit of extra bulk may not fit.

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Overall, I am very impressed by this case.  The durability of the LRP material is definitely something that will help to protect your iPad Mini, as is the soft material on the inside of the case.  Judging by what I have seen so far, this case should also last a long while and keep its shape, in turn providing your device with protection and setting your mind at ease.  I would highly recommend this be.ez case to anyone and everyone.

MOFRED iPad Protective Case – Review (@MofredProducts)

With so many products available at the moment to protect your most treasured gadgets, finding one that suits you AND does what it says can be a time consuming task.

I recently receiving the MOFRED Protective Tablet Case for the iPad to review and see if it does the job.  Packaging wise, things look really nice.  With a simple, yet informative design, it was enough to catch my eye.  There is no tricky packaging to cut open as the top opens with a resealable fastening.  On the bottom of the packaging you can see a list of the key features, including the sleep and awake feature, and that it protects against damages.  On the right hand side of the packaging you will find company information, including their address and email address.

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Upon removing the case, I Was instantly impressed with how nice it felt to hold.  If it feels this nice before putting the iPad inside it, it must be a pleasure to hold with the tablet inserted.  The case itself is one that simply opens and closes.  The top right hand corner sports the MOFRED logo and once opened, you are greeted with an included screen protector.  The material on the inside of the case is very soft and will most certainly protect your iPad from scratches.  The tablet itself slides in on the right hand side and is secured into place with a velcro fastened flap.  Looking at the case with the iPad inserted, all of the spaces for the buttons, speakers and cameras are in the correct places, with sufficient space around each feature for them to work as intended.

When it comes to using the iPad with the case fitted, you can either use it as the standard opened flap type case, or you can fold around the case and fix it into the fastener on the back of the case to use it in an upright position – very handy if on a FaceTime call or watching videos.  The wake and sleep mode worked very well when opening and closing the case.  It might only save a press of a button here and there, but the feature is welcome nonetheless.  The included screen protector, as well as the case itself, helps to protect your iPad from unwanted finger smudges, as well as doing its main job – keeping little scratches and marks away from your little bundle of electrical goodness.

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This is my first experience with a MOFRED product and I feel reassured that any and all of my gadgets would be well protected.  For the low price you pay as well as the large selection available, I would highly recommend the MOFRED product line to any and everybody looking for something like this.

Sandberg PowerBar 2200 mAh – Review

Everyone knows that your battery dying whilst out and about is a nightmare.  No matter how much you try to leave the house with a decent charge, there are those occasions when it just can’t be helped.  Thankfully, Sandberg have products to counteract this.

They were kind enough to send me out a PowerBar 2200 mAh to review.

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Inside the box, you will find the PowerBar itself, a 33 cm Micro USB cable and a small Instruction Guide.

When the PowerBar first arrived, I was instantly impressed by the size and look of it, (9.3 cm and 2.10 cm wide), it is a decent enough size to fit anywhere.   It also has a very nice look to it, with its metallic green colouring – other colours are available, it won’t look out of place.  It was very simple to setup for charging.  Literally just plug the Micros USB in on the PowerBar and plug it in to your computer, or other power source.  Whilst charging, the LED light on the device lights up red and when charged, changes to green.  There was no need to install any drivers or anything, and charging started immediately.

When it came to using the PowerBar on my mobile device – my iPhone in this case – it did exactly what it should.  I simply plugged in the iPhone charging cable to the PowerBar and connected it up to my phone.  Charging started as soon as I connected the two devices together.  I kept my phone on charge whilst driving  and after a 15 minute trip, it had charged an extra 22%.

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Charge life on the PowerBar seems to be substantial and I have only had to recharge through the PC once since it arrived.

Overall, I am very impressed with everything about this device.  It looks great, is a very handy size, and does exactly what it should – charges my devices.  While I only tested it with my phone, there are plenty of other devices you can use it for – pretty much anything that can be charged via USB.  For the price that you can pick one up for (around £13 from Amazon UK at time of writing) this is definitely something that you could do with having in your car or bag, even if as a ‘just in case’.

**GIVEAWAY** PowerDVD ’13 Ultra (@CyberLink)

Here is the video for my latest giveaway.  Up for grabs this time is a copy of PowerDVD 13 Ultra, courtesy of CyberLink.

All steps needed to enter the giveaway can be found in the description below the video.  To see the description, just click on the video and go to its YouTube page.

Thanks for taking the time to look, it is appreciated.

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TeckNet MT-252 iPad Smart Folio Case & Stand – Review (@TeckNetOnline)

Today I am going to be reviewing the iPad Smart Folio Case & Stand for the iPad 2, 3 & 4, from TeckNet.

The case arrived in the same packaging as the previously reviewed TeckNet iPad Folio Case, a see through packaging that allows you to see the case, and also a cardboard sleeve that includes all of the required information.

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After taking the case out of the packaging, I was instantly impressed with the look and feel of the case. The feel of the case is solid, but it has a texture that makes it light and soft to touch, and is very nice to hold. Upon opening the case, your are greeted with the cradle type holder to slot the iPad into, as well as a soft inner lining. This inner on the case will ensure that no damage comes to your tablet whilst it is enclosed in the case, with the flap closed.

Also provided is a screen protector for your iPad, to add that little bit of extra security and peace of mind whilst transporting your tablet around. You also have a pen, which doubles up as a stylus. You can use it as an ordinary biro, yet on the opposite end, you have the soft end to use with your iPad as a stylus – very handy!

On the cradle type holder for your tablet, you have all of the usual gaps and holes left so that you can access all of its features without having to remove it from the case. This includes the volume buttons, rear facing camera, speaker and charging cable port, as well as the headphone jack port and power/sleep button.

When it comes to fitting your iPad to this case, it couldn’t be easier. Just line up one side of the tablet – insert the side with the volume buttons as it works out easier – and slot the rest in. Just make sure that all of the corners are inserted correctly and flush with the case and you are good to go.

All of the holes and gaps that enable access to all of the buttons and the camera are all in the correct places and line up very well with the iPad. There is no overhang from any area, and the iPad itself fits very snugly into the case.

The closing flap on this case has a magnetic sleep/wake feature, that puts your iPad into sleep mode when you close the flap and wakes it back up when opened. This is a very handy features and means you have to use the actual sleep button on the iPad less than usual. The included pen also sticks to the magnet through the outside of the case, so you will never misplace it again!

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For the price you pay for this case on Amazon UK, you are getting a bargain. With the protection it gives to your iPad, as well as the extra features and included pen (can’t forget the pen), as well as the large selection of colours, there is definitely something to suit everyone.

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