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The leading wireless telco in the United States, Verizon Wireless, this morning released its third quarter results revealing 3.9 million iPhone activations (which is different than the actual unit sales).

It’s the same as its previous quarter and 26 percent up from 3.1 million iPhone activations in Q3 of 2012.

Apple’s share of total smartphone activations at the Big Red carrier, however, has jumped from 43 percent in the second quarter of 2013 to as much as 51 percent of the 7.6 million total smartphone activations in the third quarter.

Due to iPhone supply constraints, there will be some carryover in sales to the fourth quarter, Verizon cautioned. Year-over-year smartphone activations at the carrier were up by 26 percent and revenue improved 4.4 percent to $30.28 billion, CFO Fran Shammo said in an earnings call with investors. More tidbits after the break…

Verizon’s profit improved 40 percent on strong wireless and FiOS customer gains.

According to Verizon, it added a total of 1.1 million net retail connections, including 927,000 net retail postpaid connections. The company now has a total of 101.2 million retail connections (a 5.5 percent annual increase) and 95.2 million retail postpaid connections.

Approximately 42 percent of Verizon’s retail postpaid accounts are now on a Share Everything Plan, which allows customers to share data among multiple devices. Smartphones continued to grow and accounted for more than 67 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 64 percent at the end of the second quarter.

Third quarter retail postpaid churn was 0.97 percent and service revenues increased 8.4 percent year-over-year, said Verizon. Operating income margin during the quarter was 33.8 percent

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iPhone share of U.S. activates chart courtesy of Benedict Evans

Verizon during the September quarter introduced the new Edge service for folks who want to upgrade to a new phone after six months if 50 percent of the retail price has been paid.

It also added a few new hero devices to its stable, including of course the iPhone 5s/5c, the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini, which Consumer Reports recommended over Apple’s new iPhones. Also, the September quarter saw the launch of Verizon’s 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice, which can be used to connect landline phones and wireless data devices simultaneously.

Sticking to its plan, the Big Red telco last month agreed to purchase Vodafone Group PLC’s 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. The company had to sell $49 billion in bonds to fund this transaction, making it the largest corporate-debt sale in history.

As for Verizon’s fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) deployment, the carrier claims its 4G LTE service now covers more than 99 percent of its current 3G network footprint. Verizon’s LTE is currently available to more than 303 million people in more than 500 markets across the United States, representing 97 percent of the nation’s population, the company said.

This includes customers in areas served by Verizon’s LTE in Rural America partners. Overall, Verizon saw 6.8 million 4G LTE device activations on its network in the third quarter, a 21.1 percent increase versus the year-ago quarter.

We’ll have to wait until Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and other U.S. telcos release their third-quarter earnings in order to get a fuller picture of the iPhone’s sales performance.

Fascinating how effectively all the growth in US smartphone sales comes from iPhone. Android flat for last 2 years.

— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 17, 2013

As you know, Apple started selling the iPhone 5s/5c on September 20 in the United States and ten additional countries, meaning the new handsets will represent ten days worth of total iPhone sales in the September quarter.

The Cupertino company said it will reveal its numbers in the October 28 earnings call and previously announced nine million iPhone 5s/5c sales on the launch weekend.

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Apple Reports Q3 2023 Revenue Of $59.7 Billion

Apple’s latest quarterly earnings results show how the company fared selling its products in the middle of an ongoing global pandemic.

Apple on Thursday officially announced its third fiscal quarter results for the year 2023. These results cover the three-month period between May and the end of July. Apple, like every other company, has had to face the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, and this latest report shows how muted things are. Of course, the company still did well, and the Services division continues to be a shining light.

So here’s how it looks: Apple announced $59.7 billion in total revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2023. That compares to the $53.8 billion the company earned in the third fiscal quarter of 2023. This marks an 11 percent increase year-over-year. And that’s riding on the back of Apple’s second fiscal quarter of this year, when the company brought in $58.3 billion in revenue.

Apple also noted in its press release that international sales accounted for a whopping 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

iPhone: $26.42 billion

iPad: $6.58 billion

Mac: $7.08 billion

Wearables, Home, Accessories: $6.45 billion

Services: $13.16 billion

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, weighed in on the latest quarterly earnings report:

Apple’s record June quarter was driven by double-digit growth in both Products and Services and growth in each of our geographic segments,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “In uncertain times, this performance is a testament to the important role our products play in our customers’ lives and to Apple’s relentless innovation. This is a challenging moment for our communities, and, from Apple’s new $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative to a new commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030, we’re living the principle that what we make and do should create opportunity and leave the world better than we found it.

And, as usual, Apple’s CFO, Luca Maestri, also chimed in:

Our June quarter performance was strong evidence of Apple’s ability to innovate and execute during challenging times,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “The record business results drove our active installed base of devices to an all-time high in all of our geographic segments and all major product categories. We grew EPS by 18 percent and generated operating cash flow of $16.3 billion during the quarter, a June quarter record for both metrics.

As Apple did last quarter, the company is not specifically providing any future outlook for the next subsequent quarter.

However, the company did announce a four-for-one stock split, which should make the company’s overall stock more accessible to more investors:

The Board of Directors has also approved a four-for-one stock split to make the stock more accessible to a broader base of investors. Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on August 24, 2023 will receive three additional shares for every share held on the record date, and trading will begin on a split-adjusted basis on August 31, 2023.

Apple’s next quarterly earnings report will take place in October of this year, and if the rumor mill is true then that quarterly earnings report will only have new iPhones to help for a very short stretch of time.

Ranking Of Chinese Smartphone Foundries: Not Without Surprises

Also Read: GARTNER: Overall Smartphone Shipments Dropped By 20.4% In Q2, 2023

Those who know the smartphone industry specifications, should know that smartphone production is mainly divided into three modes. The first is the OEM mode, that is, the smartphone manufacturer completely produces according to the customer’s design and functional requirements. Obviously, the products are sold under the customer’s brand. The second is the ODM model, that is, the original design manufacturer. The smartphone product structure, appearance, and craftsmanship are all independently developed by the smartphone manufacturer. After the customer places an order, the product is going on production. The product is sold under the customer’s brand. The third is the IDH model. There are independent design companies that are engaged in design and research and development activities. So they get many orders from smartphone brands. After getting approval for the suggested variants, they send them to the production. Among them, ODM is the most important kind of existence.

Chinese ODM Smartphone Manufacturers Performance

According to data from well-known market research institutions IHS and Omdia, in 2023 and 2023, smartphone shipments of Chinese ODM smartphone manufacturers increased by -9% and +2%, higher than the -11% and -8% growth rate of smartphones in China. Among them, at present, Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi and other domestic smartphone brands all have a certain percentage of models that are shipped in the form of ODM. It is worth noting that VIVO does not have models produced by OEMs. So what is the current proportion of Chinese smartphone OEMs?

In September this year, there was a special report titled ‘Chinese Smartphone Brands Fighting the World’. The latter mentioned the ‘ODM smartphone shipment ratio of major OEMs and ‘main ODM Partners’. Lenovo’s ODM shipments accounted for 89%. Xiaomi ranked second with 74% mark. OPPO ranked third with 51%. Huawei ranked fourth, accounting for 18%. VIVO is not on the list because there is no foundry model, which means that its ODM model ratio is zero.

Judging from the ranking of the list, there are many expected and unexpected results. For example, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Lenovo have been expected to be on the list. As a technology company with more than 30 years of development history, Huawei uses switches as its starting point.

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Xiaomi Is Joining The Race

However, in August this year, the Xiaomi opened the so-called Smart Factory. This so-called ‘black light factory’ is an automated unmanned production that can realize the entire factory production management process, mechanical processing process, and packaging, storage and transportation process. In other words, on the basis of continuing to cooperate sincerely with the foundry, Xiaomi began to participate in the manufacturing industry. It not only self-develops a large number of high-end equipment but also designs and completes a fully automated high-end smartphone production line. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra transparent model is the first generation of smart factory product.

As for why Lenovo accounts for 89%, it’s easier to understand. From the beginning of its establishment, Lenovo has always followed the ‘trade, industry and technology’ route. In other words, it is doing business first to achieve certainty, to survive, to develop new technologies and new products and to sell them to find new profit growth points. Many of its products rely on OEMs for processing and outsourcing processing.

However, what is more surprising is that OPPO accounts for as high as 51%.

The Bottom Line

In fact, many people don’t know that today’s smartphone foundries in China are already among the top in the world. This is why most of Apple’s iPhones are manufactured by Foxconn, and Samsung also chooses Chinese foundries for some models. Now, we know that Huawei and Xiaomi have a certain degree of overlap in foundries. This also confirms the hard power of Chinese smartphone foundries. We can expect that in the future, the entire smartphone industry will still maintain the two modules of self-developed factories and foundries. And ODM manufacturers, as the backbone of them, are also helping Chinese smartphone brands to compete globally.

Gizchina Smartphone Awards 2023 – Best Flagships Of 2023

Now, our hearts are waiting for a new wave of devices that will fill 2023 with new concepts and technology standards. However, we couldn’t finish 2023 without giving our impressions about devices that in our opinion were the best of this year. Through this article, we will cover the high-end segment. That is made up of some smartphones that aren’t afraid of becoming costly if it brings out the best that technology has to offer. Of course, this year left space for some interesting surprises.

Take in mind that Gizchina Smartphone Awards 2023 isn’t meant to rank smartphones. After all, my preference may not be your preference. For that reason, we opted for just selecting the best flagships of 2023 without ranking them.

Gizchina Smartphone Awards – Best flagships of 2023

This year definitively was full of surprises. We saw the rise of newcomers such as Realme shaking the market with their first flagship offering, while other giants like LG lost even more space in the industry. Moreover, we saw Apple’s redemption after a tepid 2023 with a more acceptable iPhone 11 series. Also how we can forget the legendary strength shown by Huawei? The company that managed to surpass many challenges imposed by the US ban and kept its relevance and importance as the world’s second smartphone brand. We also saw the rise of the foldable smartphone segment, with a struggling start of course, but that for sure points towards a bright future for devices with foldable pedigree. We elaborated a list for the smartphones that deserves the “Gizchina Smartphone Award” in the high-end category.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

We start this list with the first 2023 flagship unveiled by the world’s leader Samsung. The Galaxy S10+ brings power, performance and reinvented software. It’s hard to not recommend this smartphone among the best flagships of 2023. The handset was the first flagship to opt for a punch-hole solution rather than a notch. With the S10 series, Samsung completely bypassed the notch solution on its flagship smartphones.

Huawei P30 Pro

The device came with Kirin 980 and Android 9 Pie straight out the box. Interestingly, it was released before the messy situation imposed on Huawei by the US government. The device received Android 10 in the form of EMUI 10 back in the last month and remains as one of our best picks for 2023. We are curious to see what the rise of Huawei’s Mobile Services will represent for this smartphone that debuted with Google APPs before the US ban.

OnePlus 7/7T Pro

OnePlus did it once again! After surprising everyone with its Original OnePlus One, as a flagship killer, now the company is releasing premium devices for the high-end segment. The OnePlus 7 Pro came this year as the most-premium smartphone released in the history of the company. It came with a gorgeous gradient finish, stellar camera capabilities, and a stunning bezel-less display. It was one of the few flagships opting for a pop-up camera, and we have to say, the result is simply amazing.

The powerful specifications are joined by an amazing and optimized OxygenOS software. Worth noting, that the team behind this software is doing a stellar job with this flagship making OnePlus one of the fastest companies after Google to bring Android 10 updates. The OnePlus 7 Pro received an upgrade in the form of OnePlus 7T Pro, it came with a more capable camera and an upgraded Snapdragon 855+ chipset.

In the next year, we hope to see OnePlus surprising us again with the OnePlus 8 series.

Oppo has made a big splash in 2023 with its recently released Reno series. The Reno 10x Zoom is easily one of the best flagships released in 2023 with powerful camera capabilities, neat design, and solid specifications. The device mirrors much of the OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of specifications, but this is easily understandable when we know that both Oppo and OnePlus are part of the same conglomerate. The Reno 10x Zoom came with a unique pop-camera mechanism that makes sure that the display is clear from any interruption brought by notches or punch-holes.

The Reno boasts Oppo’s ColorOS based on Android. While it’s not hugely intrusive, it isn’t clean and smooth to what we see in OxygenOS. However, it still is a unique experience for those who think that vanilla Android is boring. There’s also a 5G variant of this smartphone dubbed Oppo Reno 5G. Apart from the connectivity upgrade, it offers the same core functions.

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Vivo NEX 3

The last member of the BBK group joins the list of best 2023 phones with the Vivo NEX 3. The smartphone managed to bring all the premium and refinished design that makes Vivo stand against the competition. The NEX 3 is packed with the 2023’s king Snapdragon 855+ and has up to 12GB of RAM. The handset has a bezel-less waterfall screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner and a dual pop-up selfie camera mechanism.

The NEX 3 boasts unique haptic buttons and has a 64MP camera developed by Samsung. There are multiple variants of the NEX 3 which includes a 5G option. It is one of the few flagships released in 2023 with a 2K (1440p) screen resolution.

Mi 9T Pro / Redmi K20 Pro

The Mi9T Pro aka Redmi K20 Pro is an enjoyable surprise introduced by Xiaomi in 2023. Back in the days, the company suggested that it couldn’t keep making outstanding flagships at a cheap price tag. Despite this, the company came with the Mi 9T Pro with isn’t expensive as most of the flagships but still delivers solid performance and stunning design.

The device is called Redmi K20 Pro in China and India and sits as Redmi’s first flagship smartphone. In Europe and overall international markets, it returns to the mainstream Mi lineup as Mi 9T Pro. The handset is one of the best values for money flagships introduced in 2023 bringing Snapdragon 855, bezel-less display and in-display fingerprint to a cheaper price tag.

Realme X2 Pro

It’s hard to talk about value for money flagship without mentioning the recently released Realme X2 Pro. Actually, it’s hard to think in 2023 smartphones without thinking of Realme. The company has stolen our hearts with its amazing products at low price tags, great marketing and an appeal to its fans. After starting in the Indian market back in the last year, Realme is now a global company with a growing portfolio of products. The 2023 fastest-growing company will sail to new waters in 2023 with its first 5G smartphone in the form of Realme X50.

The Realme X2 Pro was the company’s response to the Mi 9T Pro but gives a step forward with a 90Hz display, 64MP camera, and a Snapdragon 855+ chipset. This smartphone definitively is our best pick in 2023 if you’re looking for an all-round value for money device. It easily ticks all the boxes. We believe that the Realme X2 Pro is the 2023 successor to the legacy started by OnePlus with the original OnePlus One. We are excited about the Realme X3 Pro in 2023.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Ok, we don’t think that the iPhone 11 Pro represents a massive threat for Chinese flagships. However, the handset represents a major step forward from the last year’s models. Apple is finally taking in mind what customers are expecting from flagships nowadays. However, it still lacks most of the appealing features from 2023 such as in-display fingerprint scanner, but it finally improves the camera game with a triple-camera setup.

The Apple A13 Bionic also easily is one of the best chipsets in the market. And how to not count iOS as one of the best things in the iPhone 11 Pro, since it is made in perfect syntony with the hardware. The triple-camera setup brings for the first time in an iPhone an Ultra-Wide angle module. Moreover, it is one of the best smartphones in the market for night photography.

Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung made a major change with the Galaxy Note series this year introducing two smartphones instead of a single one. The Galaxy Note 10+ is in our best picks of 2023. The handset is very comparable to the Galaxy S10+, however, the incremental changes made in the phablet definitively put it as Samsung’s best flagship of 2023.

First of all, it honors the Galaxy Note legacy with a massive bezel-less OLED display and the traditional S-Pen. The stylus is much more powerful this time with a ton of new features and capabilities in the software. Gone are the side-mounted punch-holes. This time around, Samsung opted for a center-aligned punch-hole camera. It is in perfect harmony with the overall design.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The situation with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is slightly complicated. After all, smartphone availability isn’t very expressive out of China. And the life of Western users is made difficulty without Google Mobile Services. Despite the ban, who stole some light from the Huawei Mate flagship, the Mate 30 Pro still is a jewel in 2023 and we hope that the rise of Huawei Mobile Services will make this smartphone more attractive for Global customers.

However, don’t take us wrong. The market of China alone made the Huawei Mate 30 Pro a strong hit for Huawei easily making it one of the most appealing flagships of 2023. The Mate 30 Pro ships with HiSillicon Kirin 990 chipset which is made in a 7nm+ process an delivers a performance that stands alongside Snapdragon 855+ powered smartphones. The Mate 30 Pro ships with Android 10-based EMUI 10 and Huawei’s set of Mobile services which brings AppGallery as PlayStore’s alternative.

Your best pick for 2023

The devices above represent Gizchina’s list for the Best Flagships of 2023 if you’re looking for a solid flagship and money isn’t a problem. Of course, we don’t represent everyone. For that reason, we want to ask you in the end of this article, what is the best flagship of 2023 in your opinion?

Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts?

Linda G. Hayes

Application development is changing from a process of crafting individual lines of code to one of assembling pre-built components, which poses interesting questions about its potential impact on testing. The hope, of course, is that if each component is individually tested, then the final aggregation requires less testing. In fact, one reputable testing expert maintains that eventually no testing at all will be required, so long as the components are each tested individually.

Is this true? I agree that using ready-made components can reduce testing, but I disagree vociferously that they can obsolete it altogether.

Inside Objects

I have the unfortunate distinction of being able to address the testing of third-party components from personal experience. Unfortunate, because my developers and I were tortured for months by a faulty component we had purchased.

Here’s what happened. We bought a grid control and incorporated it into our software, only to have repeated exception errors that crashed the whole application. The vendor insisted the control was widely used without the type of problem we were reporting and the problem had to be elsewhere.

Puzzled, we spent endless hours, then weeks, even months looking for the root cause, all the while experiencing the annoyance and inconvenience of apparently random but repeated crashes. Finally, the developer decided to simply replace the control. But since it would require a significant effort, he decided to research his options carefully by visiting news and discussion groups frequented by developers. Guess what he found out? The problem we were having was, in fact, known and reported by others. Other developers knew of and had reported the same problem we were having.

When confronted, the vendor hastened to explain that all of the object’s methods and properties were thoroughly tested and worked, but the problem arose because of the particular combination in which we were using them.

The point here is that no matter how well an object is tested, it is impossible for its developer to predict all of the possible permutations in which it may be used. Even a fairly simple object with only a dozen methods could support almost half a million different sequences. Now, this does not mean that you should exhaustively test purchased objects individually, but it does mean that you still must test it within the specific implementation.

Between and Around Objects

A related issue is the interaction between objects. Again, I can speak from experience. Disgusted with the vendor of the grid control, we replaced it with another, only to find that we still experienced crashes. Granted, they were less frequent and did not seem to involve the grid, but they occurred nevertheless. By now I was getting grouchy, and the developer was becoming defensive.

There was only one other third party control in the errant application: a tree view. However, we used this tree view in other applications without incident, so it seemed immune from suspicion except that the crashes seemed to occur when focus was moved to the tree. Through yet more research, the developer finally discovered that the problem was related to a shift in focus from one object to the other.

In this case, it was a competition between two objects for system resources, a problem that would never be manifested when either object was tested individually.

As we have already seen, objects exist as part of a larger system, and problems can arise either from the way the system interacts with the object or the way the objects interact with each other. But there is yet another area of risk: the glue that holds the objects together. Objects aren’t like Lego blocks that simply snap together, they are more like bricks that need mortar between them.

This mortar includes both application and system code that interacts with the object. Simple things can creep in, such as incompatibilities between versions of shared system components. I have seen one object refer to a dynamic library that another also needed, but they each expected a different version and neither was compatible nor able to peacefully co-exist.

Where to Draw the Line

Testing is all about assessing risk and setting your priorities accordingly. It is highly unlikely you will have the time or resources to test your application as thoroughly as you will want or need to, so it makes sense to look for ways to reduce your efforts. However, the idea that you don’t need to test components just because they were developed by others is simply not true.

Does this mean you must exercise each and every method and property for each and every component you use? No. What it does mean is that you need to test your particular implementation of it to be sure it does what you need and in the way you expect.

Whether your system was specially handcrafted or cobbled together from off-the-shelf parts, the fact remains that each implementation is unique and the requirements of each application and customer pose new challenges.

These 10 Apps Drain The Battery Of Your Smartphone

Although they are not always successful, we are accustomed to taking a variety of steps to extend the battery of the smartphone as much as possible. Primarily because we now know which applications are the most dangerous in this regard. Because they completely deplete energy with just the use of them.

The Top 10 apps that drain your battery

There are countless applications for your Android device in the Google Play Store. There are services for everything, but on the whole, users tend to download the same popular apps. However, in order to best care for the battery in your smartphone. There are some of them that you should avoid downloading or using less often.

Be cautious, while some of these applications are quite helpful and should be installed on our smartphones, others can be disastrous for those who already experience battery issues. So examine whether you actually require them. The list of apps with the highest energy usage is as follows:











The organization that has compiled this data is pCloud, a research firm. To achieve this, they created a list of applications that use the battery of the device the most. And the end result is shown here. No matter how great these platforms are, according to the entity, they are affecting the battery life really hard.

The smartphone’s most demanding applications

They were able to determine which of the 100 most popular apps is the most demanding and name them the ultimate phone killers by combining the results of these three factors.

Fitbit and Verizon are the most apps that drain your battery

The two best phone competitors were Fitbit and Verizon. 14 of the 16 resources that are available can be in use by both apps in the background. Including the four most resource-intensive ones. The camera, location, microphone, and wifi connection. Due to this, these apps received the highest study score (92.31%).

Social media apps

Social media apps account for six of the top 20 battery-intensive apps on your phone. On average, 11 additional resources —including photos, wifi, locations, and the microphone. They can run in the background on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, WhatsApp, and Linkedin. Each of these uses more energy to operate, which puts more strain on your phone’s battery.

Online dating apps

According to the research, online dating apps use the phone’s battery just as quickly as your emotions do. 15% of the top killer apps are online dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Grinder. Which permit an average of 11 resources to run in the background. The lack of a dark mode makes all three dating apps more energy-intensive to use, which accelerates battery drain.

Travel apps

The United Airlines app uses up the most phone storage (437.8MB). Followed by the Lyft and Uber apps with storage requirements of 325.1MB and 299.6MB, respectively. All of these apps require a lot of storage, which slows down your phone and uses up storage.

Fortunately, when you’re not traveling, you can easily delete travel apps like United Airlines. When thinking about how to free up phone storage, these should be the first to go. Additionally, less extensive airlines like Ryanair and Jet2 only need 109.2MB of storage and 47.3MB, respectively. Both can be easily exchanged.

However, when it comes to having convenient transportation on a daily basis, apps like Lyft and Uber are more of a necessity. Make sure to only have one trustworthy transportation app. So you can save space for other apps and make your phone run faster rather than deleting both of them.

How to stop apps from draining your battery

Many people might be pondering whether you ought to remove these apps from your smartphone in order to free up storage and battery life. In this regard, it’s crucial to emphasize that this precaution does not need to be perfect. Because you can opt to turn off background activity or location permissions.

Enter your Android smartphone’s settings.

Go to “Battery” in the menu.

Choose “Optimize battery use” under “Advanced settings” from the menu.

Tap “Don’t optimize” after selecting the apps you want to disable background activity from.

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