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Brightness Kills Batteries Aired: 07/04/2013
The sun is shining, we’re celebrating our nation’s birthday and you’re hoping the battery in yo more...

The sun is shining, we’re celebrating our nation’s birthday and you’re hoping the battery in your smartphone will make it to the fireworks displays
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip
Today’s smartphones are amazing devices with lots of great features include big, beautiful displays but one thing we all struggle with is battery life.
And the single biggest draw on the battery can be your display if your brightness controls are set to the defaults.
Adjusting your brightness to the lowest possible setting that you can tolerate can make a dramatic difference in extending the life of your battery.
The further left of center you can go, the better (and we’re not talking politics here!)

Another adjustment that can squeeze a little extra battery life out of your smartphone is to turn OFF the Auto Brightness.

Auto Brightness will automatically pump up the brightness when the phone senses lots of ambient light, even if you aren’t actually using it at that moment
And for good measure, shorten the screen timeout to the shortest interval you can stand for the best battery life!
I’m Ken
And I’m Brandon
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Accidentally Closed Tab Tip Aired: 07/03/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip One of the best features of today’s browsers is more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

One of the best features of today’s browsers is the ability to use tabs to open multiple websites.

It’s not hard to get carried away and open lots of tabs that can slow your surfing to a crawl, so it’s important to close tabs that you don’t need any more.

But what happens when you accidentally close the wrong tab?; you have to open your history file and wander through countless entries to find the one you didn’t mean to close!

Not anymore! Today’s tip is a keyboard shortcut you’ll use for the rest of your Internet life.

The next time you accidentally close a tab in any browser, simply hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys then tap on the letter T.

Whatever you last closed will suddenly appear without the hassle of wading through your browser’s history

If you want to restore more tabs, just keep tapping and each one will appear in the order you closed them!

Viola!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip The summer travel season is in full swing and ha more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The summer travel season is in full swing and hauling a gaggle of electronic gadgets around is pretty much standard operating procedure these days.

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, video cameras, gaming device and the list goes on!

But something every traveler will encounter when staying at just about any hotel is they have 5 gadgets to recharge and only one open outlet!

Instead of trying to remember to cycle through all your devices to get them charged, do yourself a favor; get a travel outlet that can turn a single outlet into a recharge station for 5 devices!

One of our favorites is the Belkin 3 outlet mini surge protector that also includes two USB charging ports http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-BZ103050-TVL

At less than $30, not only do you get the extra outlets that you need, you get power protection with the ability to swivel to fit into just about any tight spaces.

It’s the single best purchase any high tech traveler can make!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

Want the link to this nifty travel tech?

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Disposable E-mail Addresses Aired: 07/01/2013
It’s time for a spam fighting Data Doctors Tech Tip According to security experts, spam leve more...

It’s time for a spam fighting Data Doctors Tech Tip

According to security experts, spam levels around the world are on a sharp increase and many speculate that the improved economy in the US is making us all prime targets.

Our online behavior has a lot to do with how much spam we get and one of the ways to cut down on future spam is to use disposable e-mail addresses.

Whenever you need an e-mail address for an unimportant interaction like to get a special offer or gain access to a website that you’ll probably never visit again, instead of giving them your real e-mail address, use a disposable address from a site called Mailinator! http://mailinator.com

Make up any address you want on the fly using the Mailinator system and you’ll get what you need without exposing your private e-mail address.

There’s no sign up, no cost and no waiting but you should never use Mailinator for any sensitive information because all the inboxes are public and can be seen by anyone.

The next time you are being asked for an e-mail address from a site you know you’ll never visit again, give Mailinator a try!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

Want more spam tips?

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Photographing Fireworks Aired: 06/28/2013
The fireworks are just around the corner and with this week’s Data Doctors Tech Tip, this year, more...

The fireworks are just around the corner and with this week’s Data Doctors Tech Tip, this year, you’ll get the shot!


4th of July means lots of fireworks and every year you try to capture the beauty with your point and shoot camera and end up with a blurr!

The biggest mistake most people make is they don’t use a tripod; without one, it’s really tough to get a clean shot.


You’ll also get the best shot if the fireworks are in front of you, not directly overhead, so choose your location wisely. And make sure no street lights or other light sources aren’t shining into your lens.


If you can, include a landmark like a building, a body of water or a mountain in the frame to really add interest to the shot AND make sure you turn off the flash.


If you have a fireworks scene setting on your camera, use it, otherwise look for night, mountain or landscape icons to help set the exposure properly. If you aren’t sure, experiment when the fireworks first start, so you can get the finale in all its glory!


The key to getting these unusual shots is getting to know your camera, so go experiment before the big night!


I’m Ken


And I’m Brandon

We’ve got even more firework photography tips posted at Facebook.com/datadoctors

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We all get piles of junk e-mail every week and more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


We all get piles of junk e-mail every week and no matter what we do, it just seems to always get through our junk filters. We setup rules, blacklists and whitelists in hopes of creating a more harmonious inbox, but sometime we may be creating another problem: false positives.


It’s virtually impossible to not have legitimate mail end up in a spam or junk folder, whether it was because the sender used certain words or forgoet to include a subject line or their company’s domain has been blacklisted.


So today’s actually a simple reminder...check your spam filters regularly! If you’re like most of us, you’ll find important messages or old friends that are trying to contact you.


Now you don’t have to scroll through every single message, but do a couple of keyword searches based on your important contacts names or a current project that you might be working on.


When you find a message that is actually legit, use your mail system’s process for tagging the message as safe or not spam...it’s different for every mail system, but they all have the option.


Spam is here to stay and legit messages will continue geting snagged in the traps, so set a weekly reminder to check that spam filter to rescue those lost messages!


I’m Ken


And I’m Brandon


Got a tech question?


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Online Remodeling Help Aired: 06/26/2013
When you need inspiration for home decorating and remodeling, lots of you turn to Pinterest, bu more...

When you need inspiration for home decorating and remodeling, lots of you turn to Pinterest, but why not look where the pros do?


It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


Whether you’re looking to remodel a room or build a brand new custom home, finding inspirtation from other projects is always a good first step.


If you want inspiration for your home, look no further than Houzz.com. It has over a million and a half phogot from top designers that you can browse and dream about.


You can browse by rooms, create your own Ideabooks and find local pros that can turn your vision into reality.


Got a question about your design ideas? why not ask the Houzz community for their input?


If you’re a design or remodeling professional, you can use houzz to showcase your work and find new customers.


If you’re looking for visual inspiriation for that next home project, visit H O U Z Z.com, thats Houzz.com and look for their iphone and android mobile apps to take your ideas to the home improvement store!


I’m ken

And I’m Brandon

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http://www.houzz.com/

What do Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey have in common? It’s tim more...

What do Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey have in common?


It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


What they had in common is that before they became famous, they were interns!


Internships have always been a pillar of American business because it provides opportunities for our youth to gain valuable experience and contacts and it helps businesses find future employees that have a proven track record.


But interns looking for those great opportunities and companies looking for those great interns have always struggled to find each other...until now!


enter Internmatch.com - a site dedicated to connecting interns and opportunities. They also provide help to businesses understand how to best utilize an internship program so that it’s beneficial for both parties.


If you know a college kid searching for meaningful internships or a business looking to start an internship program, have then checkout internmatch.com


I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

Got Tech Questions?

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http://www.internmatch.com/

The Race in the Cloud continues and your cloud mays just have grown. It’s time for another more...

The Race in the Cloud continues and your cloud mays just have grown.


It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


Google+, Drive, and Gmail users... get ready to have your storage space tripled! Google announced that your storage capacity will jump from 5GB to 15GB! That’s HUGE!


And if you’re a business paying for Google Apps, you’ll see your space increased to 30GB!


In case you don’t understand just how big this is... let’s look at other free online-storage groups. Ever heard of Dropbox? Dropbox lets you start storing files, photos, etc for free at 2GB... you’re paying moo-la after that.


The Apple iCloud allows for 5GB of storage for free, and the highest - before Google - was Microsoft SkyDrive at 7GB of storage space. Google is more than doubling that at 15GB. Your documents, your files, pictures, e-mails and video will live comfortably in your Google account.


If you’ve been running up against the storage limits of other free online storage accounts and are tired of deleting files in order to store new files, you may want to make the switch to the big fat Google cloud today!


I’m Ken


And I’m Brandon


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http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2013/05/bringing-it-all-together-15-gb-now.html

If you need something better for your daily note taking, there’s an app for that, and it’s toda more...

If you need something better for your daily note taking, there’s an app for that, and it’s today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’re old school and still use lots of post-its, you likely have different colors for different activities. You write all your notes of the day on each individual post-it for each individual category, for each individual day of the month. (exhausted breath)

Sounds like a lotta work... but it’s pretty dang organized, isn’t? Well that’s what the powerful note-taking app ThingList does for you. You take notes, it organizes and categorizes it for you!

The categories are everyday activities. Movies you wanna watch. Books you wanna read. Food or Restaurants you wanna try. Ideas you may have had that day. People you met, places you wanna go, products you might wanna try... anything you need to remember, ThingList remembers it and categorizes it.

If you have an iPhone, a bunch of things floating in your head and two bucks to spend on an app, ThingList will instantly make capturing those random thoughts a snap!

I’m Brandon

And I’m Ken

Got Tech Questions?

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http://getthinglist.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Taking medication can be a bit of a hassle... es more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Taking medication can be a bit of a hassle... especially when you have more than one type of medication to take at different times of the day

If you or anyone in your family has a complicated pill taking schedule, there’s an app that could literally be a life saver... It’s called Mango Health and currently available on the iPhone.

This app not only alerts you when it’s time for medication based on a schedule YOU set, but it also gives you the info you need to prevent you from eating or drinking something that might negatively interact with your medication.

Or worse, taking medications that have negative interactions with EACH OTHER!

So. just install it. create your schedule. and Mango Health will do the rest. it’ll be nice not having to constantly set an alarm or guess what you can and can’t eat.

So if you’re like me and forget to take your memory pills, but never forget to grab your smartphone, the Mangohealth app may be just what the doctor ordered!

I’m Ken / Brandon.

And I’m Spanky.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.mangohealth.com

A Better Map from Google Aired: 06/19/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Alright, for years now Google Maps has been the more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Alright, for years now Google Maps has been the go-to place for directions.. but it’s been a while since we were wowed by anything new.

Get ready to experience it and to travel with it on a whole new level. Google rebuilt Google Maps as it says, from “the ground up.”

Remember wanting to travel somewhere and hopping back and forth between “Street Views” in Maps and “Google Earth” to get a good sense of something you wanted to include in your travel?

Google is kicking it up serveral notches with lots of new improvements that will make using the desktop version of Maps a lot more detailed than anything we can get on our smartphones.

Along with a lot more custimization of your searches, Google Earth and street views will all be on one screen for an amazing view of your destination.

You’ll also be able to view a restaurant, the best route to get there, reviews of the restaurant and the menu all in one place.

And as always, Google will be focusing on relevance to make smart recommendations tailored to how you are using their mapping data.. The more you use it, the more you’ll find yourself discovering new and exciting places that you never knew existed!

It’s slowly being rolled out by invitation only, so if you want to get on the list, just go to Google Maps on your computer and click the blue Find out how’ button on the left column!
I’m Ken

And I’m / Brandon.

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http://maps.google.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re like most consumers, your wallet has b more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re like most consumers, your wallet has become a bulging behemoth! Credit cards, debit cards, membership cards, loyalty cards, insurance cards and the worst part is, you rarely use any of them.

If you’re ready to lighten the load, take a look at the Lemon Wallet app! It’s a quick way to securely store digital copies of all your cards right on your smartphone.

Getting started is a snap, because it uses your camera to scan the cards, asks you to verify all the info and then adds it to your secured account.

Lemon Wallet’s scanning capabilities extends to your paper receipts as well, so you can keep them digitized and organized...great for you road warriors with expense accounts!

Most people are frightened of having id and credit card info stored on their smartphones, but if you think about it, it’s actually a lot more secure than your wallet!

If you want to extend the services to include balance and transaction info of your bank cards and a time saving lost wallet service, its only 5 bucks per month!

The app itself is free and works on iPhone, Android and Windows Phones, so what are you waiting for???

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

If you’ve got a tech question, we’ve got your answer!

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://lemon.com

Preparing for the Worst Aired: 06/17/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Business to Business Tech Tip You know the old quote, “Ho more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Business to Business Tech Tip

You know the old quote, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”? Well, when it comes to your business, you know that mantra all too well.

Which is why you need to make sure you review your Digital Disaster Recovery Plan at least once a year.

For some of you, it might be “create” a disaster recovery plan.

So how do you get started? Simple, start by asking yourself what would happen if one of the most likely disasters were to hit your business:

Fire, Flood, Theft, Virus infection, human error, sabatoge, equipment failure or a major data breach.

The process for recovering from each of these scenarios is quite different and likely require different recovery processes.

Most businesses do a great job of creating a backup process, but don’t put a lot of effort into the actual steps required for the restoration process. It’s like never having a fire drill in school and hoping everyone knows what to do when it happens!

The worst time to develop your disaster recovery procedures is during a crisis, so consider this a wake up call and get it on your schedule today!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon.

Need help with your disaster planning?

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

The New Flickr Aired: 06/14/2013
Take a picture... it’ll last longer... It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. If you more...

Take a picture... it’ll last longer... It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

If you love digital photography as much as we do, a recent acquisition on the Internet is a welcome change to an old friend.

Yahoo! and Flickr are under the same umbrella now and the changes are significant.

Not only can you now share your images in full resolution, you get1 terabyte of storage with their free accounts. That’s enough space for over half a million pictures!

They’ve also updated their mobile apps so that you can easily upload those awesome images from anywhere you happen to be. Shoot, edit, add geo-tags and filters right from the app and then upload the picture in its full glory of pixels!

If you are already a Flickr Pro customer, you now get unlimited storage nd the ability to check viewer statistics on each photo and video you post. Real analytics that tell you what your audiences really likes!

If you’ve never looked at Flickr before, you’d be crazy not to check it out now! Just go to F L I C K R .com (they couldn’t afford the E) to get started

I’m Ken.

And I’m Brandon

Got a digital photography question?

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors

http://flickr.com

The Joy Of Google Calendar Aired: 06/13/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. With everything going on in your life it’s toug more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

With everything going on in your life it’s tough to remember it all... the events, the meetings, even leisure time... schedule it... ALL of it... with the Google Calendar.

Keep everything in one place AND share it with your family, friends, and even co-workers... though, depending on what’s in your schedule you might want to be careful with that last one.

You also don’t have to wait to schedule or view your Calendar. The Google calendar has two-way syncing to your phone’s already built-in calendar so you can view, update, schedule and share while you’re on the go - putting YOU in charge of YOUR time.

Speaking of being on the go... ever get caught up in the middle of a project or task and forget that you had lunch with a friend? Use Google Calendar’s reminders to keep you on track and on time. Get a reminder email or text from Google, and never miss an appointment.

There’s no way it gets better, right? It does. Sync with the Calendar of your choice - Microsoft Outlook, your Apple iCal, whatever you want... you don’t even need internet access to view your Google Calendar while you’re on the go!

So go out and buy Google Calendar today... oh wait... you can’t... it’s completely FREE!

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-calendar/ejjicmeblgpmajnghnpcppodonldlgfn?hl=en

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Last week we told you about Adobe's new subscri more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Last week we told you about Adobe's new subscription model for their popular software like Photoshop.

But if you don't need the tools very often, you probably have no interest in paying $50 a month.

And buying even an older version can cost hundreds of dollars, so how about a light-weight option that's free!

Pixlr is a full featured photo editor that works right in your web browser, no download, no wait and no money!

It’s got lots of the same tools and functionality as Photoshop, so you’ll feel right at home.

You can jump in and start using Pixlr in just a few seconds, and there's no registration required.

So, what are some of the tools that come with a free photo editor? Red eye reduction, spot healing, drawing tools, clone tools, sharpen and blur tools... and did we mention it’s free?

It even has filters that mimic HDR, glamor glow, tilt-shift, blurs, vignettes, and noise.

Of course you can control the all important Levels, Curves, Hue, Saturation, Brightness and Contrast.

If someone tosses you a PSD file from Photoshop, no sweat. It can open them too.

Sound interesting? Check it out at Pixlr.com that's P I X L R.com

I'm Ken

And I'm Brandon

Want to learn more?

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://pixlr.com

It’s time for Data Doctors Warning Tech Tip. It's happening again...the Microsoft tech suppo more...

It’s time for Data Doctors Warning Tech Tip.

It's happening again...the Microsoft tech support scammers are dialing for dollars and you could be next.

It starts with a very scary phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft that proclaims that they have detected an infection in your computer.

If you stay on long enough, they will tell you that they can prove you have a problem if you run a few tests on your own.

They walk you through what appears to be a technical process and ask you if certain things show up on your screen.

These certain things that are built into all Windows computer will always appear, but if you aren't technical, you won't know this.

If you bite on the bait, the next thing you know, they are walking you through the steps that allow them to remotely access your computer.

Not only are you risking malicious activity from an untrusted source, you will be asked for a credit card number so they can properly fix your computer.

The simple fact is that Microsoft or any other legitimate company would never call you out of the blue to tell you that you’re infected.

The good news is that avoiding this scam is pretty simple. Remote service is completely legitimate and completely safe but only when YOU initiate the request for help.

So if you ever get this friendly call that’s offering to help you from out of the blue, you now know what to do: Hang Up On Them!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

We’ve got more details on how to sniff out this scam at Facebook.com/DataDoctors

https://www.datadoctors.com/help/question/21891-How-to-Sniff-Out-the-Microsoft-Phone-Call-Scam

We’ve told you for years why Gmail is our favorite web-based mail service, but how can you use more...

We’ve told you for years why Gmail is our favorite web-based mail service, but how can you use a web service when you have no Internet connection?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you use Gmail, you’ll know why we’re such big fans: great management tools and great spam filters.

But, sometimes you don’t have an Internet connection, but still need to answer those emails or check through a bunch of unread messages.

That’s where Gmail Offline comes in.

Gmail Offline is an app that allows you to access and work with your account, even when you’re not connected to the internet.

You can even respond to emails and search your archives, but how is that possible?

After you do a quick install of the Chrome plugin, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages anytime an Internet connection is available and Google’s Chrome browser has been opened.

More than just an offline app, the user interface is much like the tablet version of the app. It’s extremely fast and focuses on the one thing you need, your email and contacts.

To use Gmail Offline, simply sign into your Gmail account, open a new tab in Chrome and click on the blue envelop icon. You’re now up and running!

And it’s not just for Gmail either; checkout the offline capabilities of Google Calendar and Google Docs as well!

So now, the next time you fly cross country, you don’t have to buy that expensive in-flight internet service to be productive!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

We’ve got this and a lot more tips waiting for you

All you have to do is connect with us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gmail-offline/ejidjjhkpiempkbhmpbfngldlkglhimk/details?hl=en

Are you a Tabaholic? Aired: 06/07/2013
Have you noticed that surfing the web seems to be a lot slower than it used to be? You may be more...

Have you noticed that surfing the web seems to be a lot slower than it used to be? You may be a tabaholic!
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.
One of greatest features of today's web browsers is the ability to open separate websites in separate tabs.
You know, no more need to hit the back and forward buttons, just click on the open tabes but this awesome feature can also be the piano on your computer's back.
Each tab you open eats up a chunk of memory as if it were another stand-alone browser…the more tabs you open, the more memory you chew up.

Today's nugget of knowledge can help improve your computers performance instantly and that is…keep the tabs to a minimum!

Even programs that have nothing to do with the Internet get punished when you overload your browser, because the working memory (better known as RAM) is shared by everything you run.

If you can’t seem to control your tab appetite, you might want to checkout a cool little add-on for Google’s Chrome browser called OneTab.

It takes 5 seconds to install and using it is just about as simple. The next time you notice you’ve gotten out of control with tabs, just click the OneTab icon and whamo! the tabs are consolidated as a list on a single page.

OneTab will instantly clear a ton of memory from all those idle tabs that’re open, but allow you to easily reopen the tabs when you need them.

It’s free and available at one-tab.com, that’s O N E – T A B .com

For more details on this cool tool, check in with us on Facebook

That’s facebook.com/datadoctors

http://www.one-tab.com

Cloud, cloud, cloud…it’s about all you hear these days. And of course lots of cloud controvers more...

Cloud, cloud, cloud…it’s about all you hear these days. And of course lots of cloud controversies!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Recently the folks at Adobe made a radical change in how they offer their extremely popular creative programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom.

Instead of plunking down money and getting a disk with a license for each of the products they sell, they are going to a pure subscription model for virtually everything they sell.

For $50 a month, you have the ability to install over 30 of their programs and use them on two different computers, as long as it isn’t at the same time.

Now that sounds like a lot of money, especially if you only use one of the products, but if you use a couple different products or would like to use more of their really expensive stuff, this could be a really great deal.

Adobe is trying to transition its business model to reflect the changes in the computing world and fight one of their biggest problems: piracy!

Because their software has always been so expensive, it’s always had a problem with people trying to find a way around paying for it.

If you’re happy with an older version of their software, you don’t have to do anything, but if you want the new stuff going forward, you gotta become a subscriber!

Adobe wasn’t the first to go this route and they won’t be the last, so expect to see more software companies make this announcement throughout the year!

Want to learn more about this change?

Connect with us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

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