Here’s something I don’t think GadgetyNews has reviewed before – DECT speakers. The ONEmicro speakers have certainly ignored the more oft trodden paths of Bluetooth and WiFi as viable options for wireless transmission – but how do they sound?

The ONEmicro speakers use Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT). If that sounds familiar, then look at your landline phone – DECT is the standard used for cordless phones; and traffic lights for that matter.

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If you like your router to look mean, have blue LEDs and rock a cool name, surely the Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 should be on your list?

The Netgear R8500 X8 looked a beast when I first met it back in February. Back then the AC5300 standard router had a curiously wavy top. It now seems that the designers have since flattened it though.

Thankfully, the more important stuff has remained just as impressive on the spec sheet – as well as the looks department. The most striking part of the Netgear Nighthawk X8 has to be those antennae that light up blue. But how does the rest of it stack up?

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11. August 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: GadgetyNews · Tags:

Anki, the makers of the best robotic car game, Overdrive, have taken their robotics skills to the next level with Cozmo.

Remember when Tommy said that there was more interesting developments to come? Well, it seems that he meant sooner rather than later.

Cozmo the robot is the latest creation from Anki, a Silicon Valley toymaker best known for building small race cars you can control using a mobile app. The company was founded in 2010 by a trio of Carnegie Mellon graduates with PhDs in robotics.

Anki have put the robotic knowledge that they’ve honed with Overdrive and squeezed it all in to a cute little dozer-bot called Cozmo.

Cozmo looks just as adorable as the Pixar animated WALL-E, with the main difference being that you can actually own Cozmo.

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Remember the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 phone GadgetyNews reviewed last August? Well, they have today released the follow-up. I give you the Vodafone Smart ultra 7.

The Smart ultra 6 was very popular and even won awards so the new kid had better have its whits about it.

Can the Smart ultra 7 fill the boots of its predecessor?

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Up until now, all the headphones GadgetyNews has had to review are from a purely musical point-of-view. As gamers have equally specific requirements we have the Astro A40 TR headset and amp bundle to test.

The Astro A40 TR headset comes bundled with the MixAmp Pro external soundcard and can also be customised thanks to some clever interchangeable bits.

Astro is a well-known brand for US gaming fans and, looking at the base of the amp, it is in Europe via the Skullcandy brand.

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After my review of the Dali Rubicon 5 floorstanding loudspeakers I was asked if Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries had anything smaller and a little more kind to the bank account. So, I asked if I could take the Dali Menuets for a spin.

I really enjoyed my time with the Rubicons – they suited my room, not only in how they looked but also with how they sounded.

Can the compact Menuet speakers wow me in the same way?

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Now, here’s a test. Who here can remember the Samsung Foldiplay from 2013? Well, It’s folding smartphone rumour time again!

Granted, this fold-up tech could well be the biggest mobile technology breakthrough since the invention of the touchscreen but we have already seen Samsung and LG come up with concepts only to be thwarted when it comes to the flexibility of other smartphone components, as well as the durability of the stretchy ensemble.

OPPO may have recently joined the ranks of Android device manufacturers cooking up bendy handhelds but I reckon it’s a safer bet that Samsung’s Youm concept, now codenamed Project Valley, will hit the shelves first.

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LG’s phone has bolt-on bits, Huawei has loaded theirs with 3 camera sensors so where else is there to go? How about night vision? That’s the route taken by the Lumigon T3.

GadgetyNews has been keeping an eye on Lumigon through their goods. The T1 had remote control skills, and the T2 had B&O audio. Now the Scandinavian design house has given its newly revealed T3 night vision.

Before you start thinking that this might just be clever software or filter, the T3 has an actual, honest to goodness night vision camera sensor. This thing can really see in the dark.

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Do you remember the Devil Buds earphones GadgetyNews reviewed recently? Looking for more devilment? Here is the Devil Volt power bank.

Do you find that your regular power bank lacks in the horn department?

Never fear as EMIE has done it again and added more devilment to what are, and let’s be perfectly honest here, usually the blandest items in your gadgety packing.

So, should you be willing to use the power of this little devil to charge your mobile devices?

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Maingear, the renowned and award-winning builder of custom PC gaming solutions, is now inviting gamers to experience the latest in custom designed and built systems featuring Intel’s newest i7-6950X Extreme Edition processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.

Intel’s first 10-core desktop processor and the most powerful solution for gaming and content creation, the Core i7-6950X, features drop-in compatibility with Intel’s X99 chipset and offers up to 88% more performance when compared to previous models.

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26. July 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: GadgetyNews · Tags:

BenQ certainly have a monitor for everyone. Here at GadgetyNews we’ve reviewed a few high to mid spec screens but it is now time to check out something more entry level so we give you the GW2270H.

It is easy to get excited about the latest gaming panel or 4K display but not everyone needs, or wants that kind of monitor.

For instance, my needs are going to be different to someone who just nips online to update FaceSpace and Twitagram inbetween filing tax returns or making pie charts.

What we have here in the BenQ GW2270H, hopefully, is a no fuss but decent monitor.

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Home studios have always been popular but it’s only really over the past 10-15 years that they have actually been in the reach of most people. I remember getting my first tape 4 track recorder but, since the cost of a digital set-up such as the Tascam TrackPack US-2×2, has become affordable and the knowledge required to record something has also been simplified, now is a great time to get tooled up.

First I must apologise for the delay in posting this review. This has not been the fault of the tools sent to me to review but rather my insistence of having something half decent recorded through the set up. Unfortunately, the more pressure I put on myself to record something better than half-baked the more unhappy with what I was producing I became. Then, after a sit down with my friends Jim Beam and Jack Daniels, something hit me. That thing was the epiphany that I was supposed to be reviewing the hardware – not my musical ability and not even the supplied DAW software.

Throwing those shackles aside – it’s time to move on.

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26. July 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: GadgetyNews · Tags:

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is set up to be the Chinese company’s challenger to Apple and Samsung. Huawei have made no secret that they aim to actually overtake those two over the next couple of years. Has the MediaPad M2 got the chops though?

Months without a new Huawei device to review and then there’s two in a matter of weeks – not that I am complaining, of course!

Following on from my P9 review, I have just spent the last 10 days living with the premium version of the MediaPad M2 10.0. This is a landscape-focused, 10-inch Android tablet that’s both thin and light and has a classy aluminium build.

This, on paper at least, makes it a direct challenger to Apple’s iPad Air 2. It certainly looks and feels more polished than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Could this be the iPad and Samsung Tab S2 alternative you’ve been looking for?

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The Huawei P9 was launched almost three weeks ago and GadgetyNews was there. Since then, I have been living with the phone that packs Leica camera smarts and no fewer than three snapper sensors – one up front and two around back.

Huawei is still trying to win over the Samsung and Apple returning customers. It’s not like they’re unheard of either. Google for one used Huawei to design and build their Nexus 6P, which is an amazing mobile.

With all the chat about the P9’s photographic credentials, has Huawei got it all wrapped up with their latest flagship phone?

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You might recall my news of AOC announcing their new line of premium gaming monitors – the AGON series. Now they have released its first model – the 27-inch (68.6 cm) AG271QX.

The AOC AGON AG271QX is powered by a high-speed TN panel at a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

It promises ultra-smooth images with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1 ms, supported by Adaptive-Sync Technology (FreeSync compatible, at a 30-144 Hz range) that reduces stuttering and tearing – focusing on the best gaming performance.

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The DP-X1 press release makes no bones about it – “Onkyo has launched the world’s best Hi-Res Digital Audio Player, the DP-X1”

That’s a lofty claim to say the least but Onkyo must be pretty sure of themselves.

As you would expect, it handles all the existing Hi-Res formats you can think of, including MQA.

With the rapid rise in consumers wanting “higher than CD quality” High Resolution Audio (High Res Audio) formats, the availability of multiple streaming audio and video services, and High Res-capable headphones, many users have been looking for ways to enjoy their High Res Audio content everywhere they go.

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26. July 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: GadgetyNews · Tags:

I love my Nvidia Shield tablet but what about an Android device that’s dedicated to Android gaming? Well the Nvidia JXD S192 may be the one.

Before I start, I realise that there’ll be some of you saying “Hang on, you’ve forgotten about Ouya!” well, I think most other people have too. The Ouya seemed to be a decent proposition and enough people agreed with the millions it made on Kickstarter originally. Unfortunately, it was buggy as hell and sales were poor. Its lack of support by games developers didn’t help either.

Nvidia’s Shield tablet and Shield Android TV box are both excellent devices that excel when it comes to playing quality games as well as be fully-featured entertainment kit.

Anybody who has played with the latest Shield Tablet K1 will tell you how the Tegra K1 processor makes quality gaming possible on a portable device. My first gen Shield is pretty near darned perfect as it is except that to fully enjoy the gaming experience I need to lug around a wireless controller.

Now a handheld gaming tablet plans to exploit the chip for a gaming handheld that will also come packed with retro emulators aplenty.

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The iFit Classic combines a fitness tracker with the luxurious and timeless looks of an analogue watch.

The iFit Classic is not going to go toe-to-toe with the Tag Connected but I have had a number of positive comments about how it looks. Even better is the astonished faces of those that I then tell that it is tracking my steps and calorie intake.

I think that we’ve all become used to how smartwatches and fitness trackers tend to look, that’s one of the main reasons I was so happy to be given the chance to review the iFit Classic.

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Hesh 2 from Skullcandy are over-ear style headphones and, because no one likes getting tangled up in cables, Skullcandy have unleashed a wireless set, which I happen to have here to review.

The Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth headphones are what I would describe as being full-sized cans.

You have the option of running these fully wireless or wired – but are these mid-range priced headphones anything to get excited about?

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The Fugoo speaker has the ability to dress for any occasion thanks to a range of natty looking jackets. I have been sent the Fugoo Tough along with a Style jacket.

The Fugoo (named after Fugu, the rather risky Japanese puffer fish delicacy) is waterproof, mud-proof, drop-proof and shock-proof in its naked ‘Core-X’ format. So a tough Bluetooth speaker, that’s been done before right? Well, it’s not only tough but also adaptable thanks to its three jacket options – Style, Sport and Tough.

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The new Griffin Survivor power bank has been designed to cope with the most challenging environments and, as anyone that has endured a weekend festival in the UK can attest, none come more challenging.

I have certainly done my time in tents at festivals – starting off at Monsters of Rock in the 80s and early 90s, numerous Glastonburys, all the UK Sonispheres, a couple of OzzFests, and a Lattitude.

Festivals these days tend to offer recharging lockers which is all well and good if you can do without your device whilst it’s incarcerated. But what happens if you get split up from your party? You know full well that rally point agreed upon whilst you were all still fresh (and sober) will have slipped everyone’s minds by then.

The smart kids will have packed a power bank. The really smart ones will have brought one that can put up with the rigors of rain, beer, muddy fields and impaired coordination.

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Manfrotto Lumie is a range of new compact, inexpensive, high performance photography lights. They sit below the high-end Manfrotto Spectra range of LED light panels but, as with most Manfrotto kit, would happily suit the prosumer or enthusiast level of photog.

My first experience with a light panel came by way of a suggestion from a professional photographer friend when I asked about how to get better results from shooting at shows, especially A/V expos. He suggested an extremely budget panel that did the trick but is also quite large and cumbersome.

There are three sizes of the Lumie light available: the smallest is the Lumie Play, which I have here, that features three LEDs. The medium-sized Lumie Art has six, and the largest, the Lumie Muse, has eight. As you’d expect, the bigger the unit the more light power it’s capable of outputting.

Manfrotto have recently rebranded this line which is now called Lumimuse.

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The Onkyo H500M headphones are part of the latest range from audio makers. With their promise of portability and bringing out the best of your high res digital library, has Onkyo bitten off more than it can chew?

These days it’s all about the high resolution, lossless digital audio for those that care about how their music sounds on the move. There are many players to choose from or DACs (digital analogue convertors) that will do their best to improve what comes out your phone. But what about headphones?

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The Cubot X17 is the Chinese made selfie-loving smartphone that is now available in the UK through Amazon.

Chinese manufacturer Cubot Mobile has been working on expanding their empire and, to this end, they have been making their devices available around the world via their website plus other distributors such as the ubiquitous Amazon.

The X17 is very much a mid-range smartphone with an eclectic mix of features and specification all offered for a low end price tag.

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MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new display with UltraClear 5K resolution – the first 5K display in the line-up.

With 14.7 million pixels (5,120 x 2,880), the Philips 275P4VYKEB display has 5K resolution. That’s packing four times as many pixels as Quad HD, and over 50 percent more than Ultra HD – delivering ultra-fine clarity and sharpness to amaze and delight even seasoned graphics professionals.

The new 27-inch display is also equipped with PerfectKolor Technology, which ensures factory-calibrated 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB colour space and one billion colours.

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The Tascam Trackpack 2×2 landed on my desk last week and, instead of diving straight in to review it, I thought that it deserved an unboxing video first.

Yeah, I know it’s been a while since I shoved my face on video and I also know that some would say that’s no bad thing. But, when the Tascam Trackpack arrived, there was so much in the box that I thought I would share unpacking everything with you.

Head over to GadgetyNews to read more or just click to watch on YouTube.

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You may have heard that there’s a new Hi-Fi expo heading to London soon called The Indulgence Show. But it promises to be more than just another hotel taken over by high-end audio.

I have had the great opportunity of asking Vernon Hamblin a few questions about how The Indulgence Show will be a different experience to all the other shows I attend.

To find out the top 10 things you need to know about The Indulgence Show – head over to GadgetyNews.

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Wraps earphones, if you remember my article announcing their release at the end of last year, you will recall that these earbuds wrap around your wrist.

Wraps are an intriguing offering. You may already be aware that I am more a fan of over-ear type headphones than shoving something in my lug-holes. The thing is, when the weather gets warmer (it will happen, promise) and there is no longer a need for jackets, where do you put your cans?

For me, heading to a watch a gig, the last thing I want to be doing is carrying a bag for the sake of my headphones. This is where I fall back on earphones.

Earphones can be slipped in to jeans or other item of pocketed clothing.

That’s all well and good but T-shirts generally don’t have pockets and some jeans are decidedly skinny. What happens if you’re rocking up poolside in your Speedos or bikini?

Read the review over at GadgetyNews.com.

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Remember the amazing Anki Overdrive? Well, Anki has just released a free app update that allows players to customise their battle-racing experience with modifiers.

Thanks to their unique software-driven product that converges toys, videogames and robotics, Anki is able to continually support Anki Overdrive with new features throughout the year to enhance the gameplay experience at no extra costs to players.

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AGON is the new gaming monitor line-up which has just been launched by AOC, one of the global top brands in the display market.

“Developed for Awesomeness”, that’s the opening gambit from AOC. The AGON series has been created with the sole intention of delivering the utmost gaming features and outstanding designs to the vast community of professional and hardcore gamers.

Derived from ancient Greek, AGON stands for competition, clash and antagonism. These are the strong characteristics that AOC claims for their upcoming gaming monitor line-up.

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The DALI Rubicon 5 are slender and good-looking floor-standing speakers, but how do they sound?

DALI have been designing and manufacturing loudspeakers since 1983 and are located in Denmark – hence their name: Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries.

DALI’s current Hi-Fi speaker range spans more than 50 models spread over 11 product lines ranging from Soundbars and wall/ceiling mounted speakers right up to the Epicon flagship speakers – and that’s not including their additional offerings such as stands, cables and other accessories.

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That’s not a misprint – We could well see the Note 6 in three month’s time.

Yup. Word on the street is that Samsung is gearing up to release the Note 6 in July.

It seems that Samsung wants to keep its Note fans guessing as there hasn’t really been a fix release period for the Note range when you think about it. The Note 5 appeared in mid-August 2015, the Note 4 before it in September 2014, the Note 3 exactly a year earlier.

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The Smart-Touch has been unveiled by known fashion watch makers Swatch.

Swatch has dipped its toes in to the smartwatch arena before but this is its first real attempt and it has come wrapped in the Tissot branding.

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The Netgear Arlo Q security camera was launched just over a month ago and I’ve finally had the chance to sit down and write up my thoughts about this HD security cam.

Following on from the wireless and weatherproof Arlo HD camera, Netgear are now offering a full-featured indoor camera which is not limited by the compromises needed to implement the wireless Arlo.

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Riva Audio has just announced their latest Bluetooth speaker, the Riva S.

Riva is the lifestyle brand of Audio Design Experts, Inc. (ADX), and have announced the UK launch of its newest Bluetooth mobile speaker, the Riva S.

The Riva S is packed with innovative new functions like TrueWireless technology that allows for a true stereo speaker arrangement, best-in-class audio performance from the patented proprietary Trillium technology employing ADX audio drivers, and numerous other features like high-quality speakerphone and Charge Out functions.

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Intel has announced their Skull Canyon mini PC system and it will be available to preorder from next month with shipping starting in May.

The high-performance NUC (Next Unit of Computing) Skull Canyon mini PC is equipped with an Intel Core i7-6770HQ quad core processor supported by Intel iris Pro 580 graphics and will be priced starting at around $650.

The current crop of NUC machines couldn’t really hack gaming due them being limited to dual-core processors, but this latest generation sees them packing Skylake Core i7-6770HQ chips.

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A new high-end audio and lifestyle show promises to bring pure Indulgence to the capital.

As a fan of the headroom show, as well as Hi-Fi shows such as Sound & Vision, et al, this is great news for the likes of me who live in London.

Let’s face it, being based in London you get a bit lazy and expect everything on your doorstep but the one thing that has been missing recently is a decent Hi-Fi show. Well, someone has certainly done their homework as they will be launching a new lifestyle show which will take place between 13-16 October at the Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith.

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The Zotac Magnus EN980 looks to be a very potent mini-PC, powerful enough to hook up multiple monitors as well as Virtual Reality headgear such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Zotac is bringing a huge chunk of graphics power to the mini-PC space with its new Zbox Magnus EN980.

The not so subtle hint in the name is a sure-fire tell that the EN980 will pack a GeForce GTX 980 graphics chip.

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Starship Technologies, a company set up by two of the co-founders of Skype, is building up its fleet of robots which can deliver goods within 30 minutes.

If plans continue positively, we could well be seeing six-wheeled robots delivering groceries to shoppers in the UK within the next six months.

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 4 last October, it also revealed a new version of its Type Cover keyboard for the device, along with a variant featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. This has only been available to those stateside – until now.

In the UK, people can pick one up at retailers from March 15th including; Selfridges, Harrods, Amazon, PC World, Currys, Dixons Travel, Argos, John Lewis and Very.co.uk.

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Sennheiser + Freitag have buddied up to create some special edition headphones which includes some swish carry cases.

The creators of unique bags from recycled material has joined forces with audio manufacturer Sennheiser to create a limited edition range of Urbanite headphones – the F703 Sennheiser + Freitag model.

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Radio is still hanging on in there and the new Philips AE8000 radio brings together all the web-based stations as well as DAB+ and FM broadcasts.

The new AE8000 is the first internet radio from Philips and it offers an all-in-one solution for access to nearly every radio station out there. With the added flexibility of DAB+ and FM and with an attractive white front and dark wood design, the AE8000 will certainly fit in at home as equally as well as it will in the office.

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Huawei and Leica have just this moment announced the start of a strategic partnership, “a co-operation with shared premium ambitions and spirit”, which will see both technology and photography brands combining their shared ethos to “reinvent” smartphone photography.

Huawei has certainly come a long way since becoming recognised as the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer in 2012.

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03. March 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: GadgetyNews · Tags:

Have you Nerfed someone who has promised their Nerf revenge but you just don’t know when they’ll strike?

Well, there are occasions when you can’t be walking around armed with your favourite sponge-projectile firing weapon of choice. So what do you do? Do you leave home unarmed? Nope. Not now, anyway.

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The HTC One M10 has just gone all official thanks to a ‘leak’ by… errr… HTC.

Have you had enough of smartphones this week thanks to Mobile World Congress? Well, HTC is hoping not as they’ve just slipped out a little teaser.

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