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5 years ago

Just how important is your phone, er, spouse?

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"I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while." - Groucho Marx

Chances are if you're reading this, you're pretty passionate about phones. There's also a good shot that you're sitting in your underwear, eating cold Chinese food, but that's neither here nor there.

But there can be too much of a good thing, as evidenced by a recent survey of "workplace professionals." [via]

Apparently 87 percent of you take your, er, devices into the bedroom, according to the findings by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. (Yes, insert your own "I leave it on vibrate" joke here, filthy reader. And for our money, we're betting it's mostly CrackBerries.)

What's worse:

In a potentially related finding, more than one-third of folks surveyed (35%) say if forced to choose, they’d pick their PDA over their spouse!

Gasp, indeed!

So to help you make your decision, we've worked up a handy questionnaire to help with your decision. Click through for more. (And for the record, tonight was General Tso's Chicken.)

Your significant other uses:

Your S.O.'s wireless plan includes

  • Everything unlimited (+10)
  • Unlimited nights/weekends, 200 texts, "unlimited data" (+5)
  • Plenty of minutes and texts, but just 5 megs of data (+3)
  • Bare bones minutes & data, pay-per-text (0, but they're probably smarter than you think)
  • No data (-10)

Your S.O.'s mobile browser of choice

  • Skyfire (+10)
  • Safari (+10 - So sue us. It's good.)
  • Opera Mobile 9.5 beta (+7, but add +3 if the device actually has the muscle to run it well)
  • Opera Mobile 8.65 (+5)
  • Blazer (+3)
  • Pocket IE (0)

For music, your S.O. uses

Bonus question: ARPU stands for

Your score

  • 50 to 60 - They're a keeper. And probably as big a nerd as you. And that's a good thing.
  • 30 to 50 - There's potential, but you have some work to do.
  • 10 to 30 - Outlook not so good.
  • 0 to 10 - You're better off with your phone in bed.

Full disclosure

This Windows Mobile user/writer is in the midst of celebrating his fourth anniversary with his Palm OS, Treo-using wife, and he bought her a new iPod Touch for an anniversary present. Do the math on that one. And, it's laying on the nightstand.

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5 years ago

Symbian losing their mojo

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Symbian losing their mojo

Its been a year since we last ran the numbers and its time to find out how everyone weights in at the smartphone market scale. Overall the smartphone community has grown which is always good, but the surprising numbers are coming from Symbian.

Back in the day Symbian was holding in at a steady 65.6 in market share. Today they

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 Press Event

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Xperia X1 Press Event

Had enough HTC Touch HD yet? Us neither, but it's time to point out that it's not the only news going on today. Sony Ericsson held a webcast earlier today to tout the X1's chops, the live webcast hasn't been archived yet for viewing, but you can catch a liveblog rundown of the event over at wmpoweruser.

What new info did we find out? Erm, not much beyond the possibility that Sony will leverage their giganto-corporate-syngergies to ship the phone with full length movies in some countries (Hi Spider-Man!). It's shipping on September 30th or later depending on carriers (read: AT&T is one of the “or later” carriers).

You can still follow the stylings of Johnny X in the future, the next episode is Sept 22nd. There's also an official, Sony-sponsored Xperia Blog, though visiting it makes you an 'xperiancer,' and we hear that it takes some pretty strong antibiotics to get rid of that.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD Officially ...Official

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HTC Touch HD Officially ...Official

Looks like that HTC Touch HD website we just posted about wasn't a completely mix-up, it went just just went temporarily down due to a little release-day jitters. Yes, folks, the HTC Touch HD has been officially announced. Yes, it's definitely going to be seen as at attempt at being an iPhone-killer (as mentioned in the gdgt podcast, it has the exact same dimensions as the iPhone), and yes, we think it has a shot at being just that for power users.

800x480 (we never get tired of typing that), 5 megapixel camera, regular old 3.5 mm headset jack, all the specs you saw earlier hold true. We'll add that we're happy to see the next-gen Qualcomm MSM7201a 528MHz chip and we're sad to see that it won't launch with US-compatible 3G bands. But that version will indeed come someday:

The HTC Touch HD will be available across major European carriers in Q4 2008 and be introduced in other global markets shortly following.

A couple of glamour shots of the HTC Touch HD and the full press release are after the break!

NEW HTC TOUCH HD RAISES BAR FOR MOBILE INTERNET AND ENTERTAINMENT

Large, 3.8 inch wide-screen VGA display, HTC TouchFLO 3D, desktop-class broadband browsing and a 3.5mm audio jack and more provide the ultimate entertainment combination

Taoyuan, Taiwan — September 16th, 2008 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today unveiled its latest handset, the HTC Touch HD, an entertainment focused mobile handset that will transform how people experience multimedia on the move. Integrating a large 3.8 inch wide-screen VGA display (WVGA), a standard 3.5mm audio jack and a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, the HTC Touch HD is the perfect device for multimedia fans.

Shifting the boundaries of design and innovation

The HTC Touch HD combines high performance capabilities with a stylish, sleek design that has made HTC a global leader in mobile phone design and innovation. Its large 3.8 inch WVGA touchscreen offers users stunning clarity and vibrant colours, providing an unrivalled experience when watching movies, browsing the Internet or even scanning through photos taken with the 5 megapixel auto focus camera. The stylish new device also features HTC’s beautiful TouchFLO™ 3D user interface to provide quick and intuitive access to the people, messages and content that are most important. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack has also been designed-in, allowing consumers to use high-performance headphones with the device for the best possible sound quality.

“Today, Widescreen TV, Internet and video have become the standard so there is no reason to compromise when you leave the house, the Touch HD delivers that uncompromising multimedia and Internet experience,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO HTC Corporation. “We are living in a time where the concept of entertainment has radically changed. The internet is so much more than just email and our customers expect to be able to access the Internet and high quality multimedia content no matter where they are in the world.”

Getting the most out of the Internet

The large high resolution, widescreen display combined with download speeds up to 18 times faster than standard 3G, enables the HTC Touch HD to render websites quickly and in full-page width. This provides a comparable Internet experience to that of home broadband in terms of both speed and page layout. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to navigate more easily, leveraging the mobile internet in a variety of ways. For example, browsing to favourite websites, using Google Maps to find a restaurant for lunch, searching for and streaming video from YouTube or even catching up to the minute news, blog posts and video podcasts with the integrated RSS reader, will be more intuitive for consumers familiar with desktop browsing.

No compromise

The HTC Touch HD has been conceived for both business and consumer users alike, who demand style and performance and do not think the two are mutually exclusive. The HTC Touch HD is the ideal handset for people who are embracing the mobile multimedia shift but who do not wish to forgo quality, simply by being on the move.

Availability

The HTC Touch HD will be available across major European carriers in Q4 2008 and be introduced in other global markets shortly following.

Key Touch HD product specifications:

  • Size: 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm
  • Weight: 146.4 grams/5.164 oz with battery
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHzWCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO 3D with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 3.8 inch Wide Screen VGA screen (480 x 800 WVGA)
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel with auto focus – Second Camera: VGA
  • Internal memory: 512 MB flash; 288 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™ memory card (SDHC™ capable)
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1350 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 390 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 310 minutes***
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours*** / GSM: Up to 390 hours***
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7201a™ 528 MHz
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5 years ago

Review: PBA Bowling

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5 years ago

HTC Makes Touch Viva and Touch 3G Official

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HTC has released the official info on the Touch Viva (neé Opal) and the Touch 3G. Nothing you haven't seen before. The Viva basically takes your standard GSM Touch (original version) and updates it with GPS and TouchFLO 3D on the UI. This low-endish phone will presumably come with a low-endish price (we don't know for sure, yet) and comes in a single color, the oddly-chosen (given the timing) “Storm Gray.” For those of you looking to eschew the Diamond in favor of this, take note that the 3G doesn't look to be US-compatible.

The Touch 3G is quite a bit more interesting -- taking that same, nice, feel of the original Touch and adding in 3G, GPS, and TouchFLO 3D. Sadly, it drops the Wifi. It also brings the pretty colors: “sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown.”

Both sport the standard stuff: 320x240 screens, WM 6.1 Pro, Bluetooth, and so on. You can expect both to hit the streets in early October.

Getcher specs and the press release after the break!

HTC Touch 3G

  • Size: 102 x 53.6 x 14.5 mm
  • Weight: 96g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz & WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 192 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 360 minutes / GSM: Up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours / GSM: Up to 365 hours
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™ 528 MHz

HTC Touch Viva

  • Size: 104.5 x 59 x 15.75 mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 128 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: Up to 480 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: Up to 270 hours
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 850, 201 MHz

Press Release

Taoyuan, Taiwan — September 16th, 2008 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today introduced the HTC Touch 3G and HTC Touch Viva. Continuing HTC’s touch-phone tradition, the Touch 3G and Touch Viva utilize TouchFLO, HTC’s finger-touch optimized navigation experience enabling quick, one-touch access to the people, messages and information people want.

“The HTC Touch 3G and Touch Viva embody our commitment to build a family of touch phones that are powerful and stylish but also offer something to everyone,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corporation. “Whether you’re a professional or a student you can now get an HTC touch phone with a beautiful touch user experience.”

HTC Touch 3G

The Touch 3G offers an uncompromising touch phone experience with powerful Internet capabilities including wireless download speeds up to 18 times faster than standard 3G. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to navigate more easily, leveraging the mobile Internet in a variety of ways. With the Touch 3G, customers can search for and watch streaming video from YouTube, get directions and mapping using Google Maps for mobile and stay updated on the latest news with the integrated RSS reader.

HTC Touch Viva

The Touch Viva blends an affordable touch phone with the benefits of HTC’s TouchFLO, an easy to use phone and an optimized mobile Internet experience. In addition, with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, users can easily synchronize their calendar, contacts, emails and more with their personal computer.

Availability

Both devices will be available in early October 2008 in a variety of markets. The Touch 3G will be available in four colors: sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown while the HTC Touch Viva will be available in Storm Gray.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD Unveiled at HTC.com, with Bonus “HTC Touch 3G” Action (Updated: x2)

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Update x2: The pages are back up! Here the Touch 3G page and here's your Touch HD page.

Update: The site, she's gone. Head on over to Engadget for some more pics.

Go, bask in the glory of the HTC Touch HD, which was previously leaked last week. Yes, friends, we have multiple angles and the full specs:

  • 3.8 inch, 480x800 screen
  • TouchFLO 3D
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM
  • 4.35“ x 2.5” x .47“
  • Quad-Band GSM, 3G in Europse/Asia (no US)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, A-GPS
  • microSD
  • 1350 mAh Battery

Hot. There's a phrase that we've always been gun-shy about using, but here we go anyway: iPhone Killer. Go on and check out the full photo gallery.

Want more? Ok, the HTC Touch HD the website isn't fully finished, yet - click on ”Product Tour“ to get a glance at the ”HTC Touch 3G“ which comes in a ”modern, lightweight shape“ and ”a range of hot colors.“ This looks to be an entirely new Touch -- it has the look of the Touch Dual on the front and boasts 3G, unlike the recently leaked Opal / Viva. This sounds quite a bit more like that device that we hinted at in the podcast, too. (This 'addition' to the website makes us wonder if maybe this shouldn't have gone up just yet.)

So: Touch 3G for people with small hands, Touch HD for those who want big screens, Touch Diamond ...how is it you're already getting passed up? HTC sure can crank out them phones. When the Touch HD and Touch 3G actually will be cranked out and at what price is anyone's guess.

via Engadget

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5 years ago

Asus Glaxy7: Omnia, who?

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Asus Glaxy7: Omnia, who?

Well, now. This week's off to a good start, first with Sprint's integrated picture mail being linked, and now with this little gem.

Enter the Asus Glaxy7 [via wmpoweruser], an obvious answer to the Samsung Omnia. And it indeed is a looker.

What's reportedly under the hood:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), WCDMA (900/1900/2100). That's bad news for the U.S., though, without the 850 MHz band for 3G.
  • 5MP camera!
  • 800x480 3.5-inch touchscreen.
  • 4 hours talk time, 200 hours standby.
  • 4 gigs of memory.
  • MicroSD card.
  • Trackball navigation.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Dimensions 115mm x 59mm x 13.8mm.
  • WiFi.
  • aGPS.
  • Bluetooth 2.0.

A possible October launch also is mentioned. Let's hope we see this one sooner rather than later.

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5 years ago

Skyfire brings Sunday night NFL to your phone

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Another feather in Skyfire's cap (and another nail in Silverlight's coffin) is the mobile browser's ability to play nicely with Flash.

And that means you can watch tonight's Pittsburgh-Cleveland game even if you can't be near a TV or a computer, as well as the other Sunday games NBC is streaming live. If you still haven't gotten in on the Skyfire beta, head to the private beta signup page and use code NFL08.

Now if only every game was streamed live ...

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5 years ago

Kinoma Play gets another update

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Kinoma Play gets another update

Another Friday, another software update from the folks at Kinoma. We could get used to this kind of treatment.

This time around we get clipboard auto-paste, handy for entering URLs; an honest to goodness exit menu command; power management fixes; an improvement to the auto scan; and network issues.

Give the update a go, and let us know in the comments if you're seeing any improvement in your scan time.

And check in after the jump for the full list of fixes in Version 5.0.60.

Full list of updates:

  • Open URL now features “clipboard auto-paste” — if you’ve previously copied a URL, it’ll be entered by default.
  • You can now exit Kinoma Play with the new Exit command, available from Kinoma Play’s main screen in the Player menu. Previously, Microsoft strongly preferred that Windows Mobile handle exiting automatically. Recently, Microsoft updated their guidelines to allow for PC-style exit commands. You can still let the Windows Mobile handle this for you if you prefer.
  • All known power management issues have been fixed. Now you can turn off the screen manually on Windows Mobile Professional/Pocket PC and Kinoma Play will keep playing as you’d expect, just as it previously has on Windows Mobile Smartphone. (Note: A handful of phones shut off Wi-Fi when you shut off the screen. That’s a bug in the Wi-Fi driver that can only be fixed by the phone maker.)
  • We found some phones that misreported the type of CPU they have, which could cause slower-than-expected video performance and occasionally even crashes. We’ve come up with a workaround that should fix this for any affected phones.
  • The media scanner now automatically excludes more folders used by apps (TomTom, GoodSync) that put application image/audio resources in unexpected places.
  • We fixed a rare scenario where Kinoma Play would wake up grumpy after going to sleep while doing network access, and consequently use way too much CPU time.
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5 years ago

Review: Sprite Terminator

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Review: Sprite Terminator

This week we will be delving into the world of security with a comparison of several remote lock/wipe platforms for Windows Mobile. First up for Review is Sprite Terminator. We're also going to take a look at Warden and mSafe. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments!

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5 years ago

Fall CTIA 2008 postmortem

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Fall CTIA 2008 postmortem

Dieter's dodging Hurricane Ike as he wings his way back from the West Coast and CTIA, so let's recap what all he brought back for the rest of us.

First up was live-blogging the keynote event with the chief executive officers of T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some good nuggets about openness in the industry and Yahoo Go.

Of course, what we all couldn't wait for was for the big D to get down on the floor and get his hands on some devices. And he didn't disappoint, with videos and full photo galleries.

Check in after the break for the entire rundown, in one easy-to-carry package.

Best of Fall CTIA 2008

  • The HP 910C: This is the device that WM Experts reader Eric had to have, and he sent in a full review in July. (Thanks again!) Dieter grabbed the 910C and put it up side by side with the Treo Pro. And it's a pretty fair fight.

  • Sprint Touch Diamond: Easily one of the most anticipated - and blogged about - U.S. releases of the year. (And it should be available any day now!)The red paint job isn't as bad as you might think, and it's not as much as a fingerprint magnet as the GSM version.

  • HTC Touch Pro: We're still looking for this guy anytime now on Sprint and AT&T (as the Fuze). Dieter points out that it's not nearly the brick we made fun of reported on in the past.  And just when we thought he was done with the TP (er, let's not call it that ever again), Dieter hit us again with even more photos and video.

  • Velocity 83: The first of a bevy of Velocity devices. Our interest was piqued at CTIA in April, and now it's time for some new hotness. How about a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro device with a cool new interface, two microSD card slots and an accelerometer?

  • Techfaith Vista 850: WinMo 6.1 Standard, quad-band EDGE, 2 gigs of ROM, and a poor choice of a name, with Microsoft's maligned OS immediately coming to mind.

  • Toshiba G810: The specs were good, the execution was not so good. That's disappointing, because we had hoped the marriage with SPB Software House in developing a UI would pan out. But alas, no.

  • Motorola Q9h (silver): Some WM Experts writer, we won't say who, wasn't that impressed when the silver version of the venerable Q9h was announced. But Dieter did unearth one moderate gem when he took a closer look - an over-the-air update system separate from the one WinMo doesn't use. Dieter's verdict: It's still a workhorse and good buy, but not worth upgrading to if you're a current Q9h owner.

  • Velocity 83, 103, 111, 301 VOTA, Odyssey: What a finish. A redux of the 83, unboxing and hands-on video of the 103, the Q9 competitor 111, a look at the future 301, and VOTA (Velocity Over The Air), which is what the aforementioned Windows Mobile Update should be.
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5 years ago

HTC Opal, we dub thee 'Viva'

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HTC Opal, we dub thee 'Viva'

More news from the HTC front, with the refresh of the Touch line back for more.

Windows Mobile Italy is reporting that the Opal code name will give way to "Touch Viva," though there may be a bit of a translation issue here.

Otherwise, we still have the same slightly underwhelming device as before. Quad band, Windows Mobile 6.1, 200 MHz TI OMAP processor, TouchFlo 3D, 256/128 RAM WiFI, Bluetooth, 1100 mAh battery, and no GPS. Can't wait to see how the CPU holds up to all that TouchFlo 3D power.

The Viva reportedly will go on sale in Asia on Sept. 15 - Monday - under the Dopod brand name, and with a slightly different paint job, as seen in the pic above.

Translated page here; original Italian for the hard-core.

Thanks, Diego, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Google Location-Based Search hits WinMo

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We have to admit that Google is one step ahead of the curve when it comes to mobile applications. They brought us everything from Google Maps, to Google Reader and even Google Search. What good is search if you always have to type in a zip code or grab an address to enter? Google understands our laziness and as Mobile Burn reports, is bringing us automatic localized search capabilities.

From any mobile browser head over to Google.com and below you should see a new

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5 years ago

Tilt End of Life'd?

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Tilt End of Life'd?

Smartphone and PocketPC Mag is reporting [via] that the Tilt will be EOL'd by the middle of December. Although we just got the 6.1 update for it, we're also expecting that the HTC Touch Pro should be coming out on AT&T to replace it -- we're looking at mid-December for that.

As the Tilt begins saying its Minnesota Goodbye (you know, the kind that means you're not actually leaving for a long time), we have to ask: was the "tilt" in the Tilt worth it? Do you use it much now? Will you miss it if you upgrade?

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