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This week’s top stories: What to expect at WWDC 2016, iPhone 7 leaks, Apple’s Back to School deal & more

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, more on the rumored upcoming MacBook Pros with OLED touch bar, what’s in store for WWDC 2016, and much more.

Apple also launched its Back to School promo for 2016, and designer brand Coach started preparing for a launch of its Apple Watch bands next week. Head below for all of the handy links to these and our other top shared Apple stories this week.

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Jordan Kahn

June 4th

Apple

Mac

Inventory shortages may herald rebirth of Apple’s aging Thunderbolt Display

bigpicture Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, first introduced in the summer of 2011, may be getting a refresh at WWDC, if inventory shortages at retail stores are any indication. Just try getting one at your local Apple store — dozens of locations near me are “ship to store” only, suggesting (as is often the case before a refresh) that stock has not been replenished or even, as a… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 31st

Apple

Gadgets

Here’s The Box That Can Turn a Puny Laptop Into a Graphical Powerhouse

USB Type-C is shaping up to be the holy grail of ports . It can charge your laptop, deliver 4K video, and transfer loads of USB data all over a single cable—all at the same time. What could be better? You’re looking at the answer.

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Sean Hollister

August 19th

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9to5Toys Last Call: Incase mega sale, iPad Air 2 $399, 11″ MacBook Air (newest) $749, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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Incase up to 40% off sale + extra 15% + free shipping: Icon Compact Pack $51, MacBook Air Hardshell Case $30

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Save $100 on Apple’s iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB in Gold or Silver: $399 shipped (Reg. $499)

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Daily Deals: 11.6-inch Macbook Air 128GB (newest version) $749, Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger $17, more

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Amazon Echo smart speaker now available for purchase for $180 shipped

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Giveaway: Grovemade’s latest wooden creation provides a luxurious home for your Magic TrackPad

More new gear from today:

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WD My Passport Pro 2TB portable storage w/ Thunderbolt cable $200 (Reg. $300)

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$50 Toys R Us gift card for $40 shipped (20% off): save on video games, LEGO, amiibo, dolls, more

More deals still alive:

iPhone 5 & 1-Yr Unlimited Talk/Text, 500MB LTE/m $300 shipped

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The best deals to really take advantage of Microsoft’s Xbox One free game promotion

…and even more great iPhone 6 dock options

New products & more:

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Jabra’s new in-ear Bluetooth headphones track more than 40 exercises

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GameStop launches vintage games store and prices are all over the place

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Dan DeSilva

June 23rd

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Lunch Break: car jump starter/power bank $60, DJI Phantom drone $299, Bluetooth headphones, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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Daily Deals: Anker Car Jump Starter and Portable Power Bank $60, TaoTronics iPhone 6 Car Mount $5, more

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DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount $299 shipped (Orig. $349)

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Bluetooth headphones: Sol Republic Tracks Air $75 (Reg. $150), JBL J56BT on-ears $44 (Reg. $149), more

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The 5 biggest iOS and Android games announced at this year’s E3 Expo

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Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones in multiple colors: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Ondesoft Mac Bundle with X-Mirage, iTunes Converter, Audiobook Converter and more: free ($146 value)

The Big Deal photography bundle with training tools, memberships for $99 ($4,000+ value)

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Quick Review: Kano’s Raspberry Pi 2 computer kit shines as a learning tool for kids and DIYers alike

More new gear from today:

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More deals still alive:

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ZAGG Folio/Profolio+ iPad Bluetooth Keyboard Cases: $28 shipped (Orig. $90+)

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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD w/ 1-Meter Cable: $205 shipped (Reg. $300

New products & more:

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Simple Station Dock is an industrial all-in-one charging solution for Apple Watch & iPhone

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Super Smash Bros. updates, Star Fox rolls onto Wii U, more

New games & hardware announced at E3 make Xbox One deserving of a second look

Sony shows Last Guardian, Final Fantasy VII remake, Uncharted 4, Star Wars, more

Microsoft unveils new hardware, 360 compatibility + Forza 6, Halo 5, more

Bethesda’s real life Pip Boy for iPhone/Android, Dishonored 2, Doom, more

Xbox Live Gold Members can enjoy EA Access for free this week


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Dan DeSilva

June 18th

Apple

Mac

USB-C likely to be used across the future MacBook range as Intel integrates with Thunderbolt

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The USB-C port first introduced by Apple in the new 12-inch MacBook looks likely to be used across the MacBook range as Intel has adopted the standard for Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while also supplying power. Then recently the USB group introduced the USB-C connector, which is small, reversible, fast, supplies power, and allows other I/O in addition to USB to run on it, maximizing its potential. So in the biggest advancement since its inception, Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at 40Gbps, fulfilling its promise, creating one compact port that does it all. 

Apple was an early adopter of the Thunderbolt standard, which allowed a single port to be used for both high-speed data transfer and DisplayPort monitor connections. Intel’s integration of the two standards would allow Apple to replace the Thunderbolt port in the MacBook Pro range while still maintaining full compatibility with existing peripherals … 

Thunderbolt 3 doubles the speed of Thunderbolt 2 to 40Gbps, allowing high-speed transfer of large files, as well as support for high-resolution external monitors. Intel notes that the standard supports the simultaneous use of two 4K monitors at 60Hz.

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An adapter will maintain compatibility with existing Thunderbolt 2 devices. Intel says that the first Thunderbolt 3 devices will begin shipping “before the end of the year.”

While the development strengthens the case for USB-C, it’s unlikely that Apple would adopt the radical single-port approach for MacBook Pro machines, where it’s common for professional users to connect multiple devices simultaneously. We’re most likely to see the existing Thunderbolt port replaced with one or two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt capability.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple Inc, DisplayPort, Intel, MacBook, MacBook Pro, PCI Express, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt (interface), Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt 3, Universal Serial Bus, USB-C

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Ben Lovejoy

June 2nd

Apple

Mac

Thunderbolt 3 Has USB Type-C Connector, Drives Two 4K Screens at Once

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Intel has announced that its new Thunderbolt standard, the third iteration of the inter-connector, will use the USB Type-C connector—as well as boasting data transfer rates that allow it to drive two 4K screen simultaneously.

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Jamie Condliffe

June 2nd

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CalDigit unveils durable USB-C Tuff drive for the 12-inch MacBook, T4 nano RAID drive w/ HDMI & Thunderbolt 2

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USB-C is the sole port on Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, and CalDigit today announced a version of its durable external drive that takes advantage of the new reversible USB 3.1 port. CalDigit Tuff features a USB-C port and cable for connecting the portable drive to the Apple’s ultra-thin notebook, and an included adapter cable ensures compatibility with the USB port that you’re used to seeing on your hardware as well. Since the new MacBook’s thin and light profile intends for it to venture out of your office and into the wild, CalDigit Tuff is ruggedized to endure drops, splashes, dust and other extreme environments.

CalDigit Tuff starts at $139.99 for 1TB HDD with availability starting in July (new MacBook orders currently deliver in 4-6 weeks). A solid state drive version with up to 1TB of storage will also be available while a higher capacity 2TB HDD option will be offered.

In addition to the durable Tuff USB-C portable drive, CalDigit also announced its new T4 nano storage solution with Thunderbolt 2. While CalDigit Tuff is intended for use on the road, CalDigit T4 nano is meant for use by professionals especially with 4K video editing workflows.

The drive is a 4-bay RAID featuring four removable PCIe SSDs. As the nano part of the name implies, CalDigit boasts a reduced footprint for the drive offering more desk real estate when in use. CalDigit T4 nano includes an HDMI port for connecting an external display directly to the storage.

CalDigit Tuff with USB-C features speeds up to 450MB/s with support already included for up to 550MB/s with USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices. CalDigit T4 nano with Thunderbolt 2 races at up to 1375MB/s transfer speed. Available in Q3 2015, CalDigit T4 nano will be priced at $2,499 for 2TB PCIe SSD.

Aside from CalDigit’s latest USB-C drive, we’ve seen solutions including cables and adapters from Belkin and Google, SanDisk, LaCie, and more. We recently reviewed the company’s Thunderbolt 2 hub.

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Zac Hall

April 13th

Apple

Mac

Review: LaCie’s 4TB Rugged Thunderbolt/USB 3 portable hard drive delivers SSD-like speed at HDD cost

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LaCie announced its new 4TB Thunderbolt/USB 3 Rugged RAID portable hard drive ($420 list, $399 Amazon) today, and I’ve had some time to take it for a little ‘spin.’ There are two speedy 7200RPM 2TB portable hard drives RAID-ed together inside to give the device very impressive, almost SSD-like speeds but with the cost savings and huge storage of portable hard drives. At the same time, the package isn’t much bigger than a regular portable hard drive and better yet, it can take a serious beating…

Key Details:

  • Ruggedized housing can survive drops, seals out liquids and dust
  • Two 2TB hard drives are inside, joined via RAID
  • Offers near-SSD speeds but with conventional hard drives
  • Thunderbolt and USB 3 are both supported
  • Thunderbolt cable is integrated directly into the enclosure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Rugged feels very similar to the rest of the venerable LaCie Rugged lineup, though it is slightly thicker and denser than previous single drive models – as you’d expect.

LaCie has incorporated a built-in Thunderbolt cable which wraps around the edges of the unit and ends up being a foot in length whenfully extracted (see image below). The cable is the thinnest I’ve seen in power-carrying Thunderbolt and the power from a MacBook is enough to power the drives.

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The unit also has a USB 3 port and cable that somewhat awkwardly connects to machines that don’t have a Thunderbolt port (like Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook and most PCs).

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My 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro’s USB port didn’t supply enough power to spin up the drives; I had to use the included AC adapter which plugs in where the Thunderbolt cable rests. Awkward. See for yourself below:

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The 4TB Rugged was easy to set up with LaCie Manager as an executable. Putting the RAID together was quick and easy. LaCie also installs Intego Backup Manager for you if that’s what you are into. I uninstalled immediately because I’m a Time Machine guy.

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Partition-wise, the defaults make a PC-compatible 800GB partition and a 3.2TB Mac HFS partition. That use case made some sense so I went with it for the speed tests. I used the industry standard BlackMagic disk speed test which is used to check SSDs and hard drives for video editing on Macs.

I easily saw 250MB/sec speeds when using the built-in Thunderbolt connector. That’s about half of the speed of high end, internal SATA SSDs, but still plenty fast for most regular video editing. If you use USB 3 or RAID 1 redundant mirroring, expect to see speeds in the 130-140MB/sec range.

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For the heck of it, I dropped the drive a few times from counter height to see if the RAID configuration was any more vulnerable than a simple hard drive setup. After about five drops from counter height, the drives continued to work fine without a glitch. I wouldn’t recommend doing this on purpose with a RAID drive with important data on it, but it is good to know that you’ve got a good chance of data survival.

Wrap up:

I’ve long loved LaCie’s rugged drives because they are made to be taken on the road along with all of the bumps and bruising that comes along with it. With the 4TB RAID version, LaCie adds incredible size and speed that video/imaging professionals and people with big backups/lots of storage needs will love. The price at $400 is significant but not at all insane when you consider the SSD-class speeds combined with the big 4TB size.

Manufacturer:
LaCie
Price:
$420,$399 Amazon
Compatibility:
Any Mac/PC/Tablet With A Thunderbolt or USB 3/2* Port
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LaCie Doubles Capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD
CUPERTINO, CALIF. – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), announced today that its iconic Rugged Thunderbolt™ storage solution will be available in a 1 TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie® Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance.

“My expeditions take me all over the globe so I need equipment that’s up for any terrain,” said photographer and National Geographic Expeditions expert Kike Calvo. “The LaCie Rugged is my go–to hard drive because its fast speeds help back up my work quickly, and its toughness has yet to let me down. With the addition of drones into my workflow, I’m creating more content than ever before. So larger capacity in the same reliable enclosure means I can take fewer drives and save valuable luggage space.”

The LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/s* — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive**. With these speeds, creative professionals can transfer 100 GB in less than five minutes. The LaCie Rugged even provides enough bandwidth to review and edit photos or video in the field. With a laptop and a LaCie Rugged, a photographer or videographer has everything they need to back up footage or complete a project on location. This time savings and convenience is key for field–based professionals.

“Wherever digital content is created and wherever our customers want to travel to capture and collect it, our LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive will go as the ideal companion,” said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager for LaCie. “With fast Thunderbolt speeds that save hours in the field and now a 1 TB SSD capacity, our customers can focus on the creative process instead of worrying about transfer times or storage limits.”

The LaCie Rugged is MIL–compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP 54–rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing — even during operation. Plus, it is resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners.

With both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, the LaCie Rugged is an ideal match for Mac® and PC users. The LaCie Rugged is fully bus powered through the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows neatly when not in use, ensuring that it will never get lost or left behind.

The LaCie Rugged includes everything professionals need for secure backup in the field: a backup software suite and compatibility with Time Machine® and Windows® Backup. It also includes LaCie Private–Public software, which lets users password–protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256–bit encryption.

See the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt hit the trail: https://youtu.be/c18vI-BYwrU

WARRANTY
The LaCie Rugged features a three–year limited warranty that includes comprehensive, complimentary web–based resources, expert in–house technical support, and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. It is possible to upgrade this service with warranty extensions and fast product replacement.

AVAILABILITY
The new 1 TB SSD version of the LaCie Rugged, design by Neil Poulton, will be available this month for $949.99 (MSRP) through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers.

ABOUT LACIE
LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), designs world–class external storage products for Apple®, Linux and PC users. LaCie differentiates itself with sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more at http://www.lacie.com.


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Seth Weintraub

April 7th

Apple

Mac

Review: CalDigit’s Mac hub Thunderbolt Station 2 competes on pricing, size, and build quality

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Despite USB 3.0’s growing popularity with consumers, Thunderbolt remains a viable alternative for professional users, particularly video makers willing to pay a premium for guaranteed high speeds. Over the past year, several Thunderbolt 2 hubs have come to market — boxes with one Thunderbolt 2 connection to a computer, one for a Thunderbolt accessory, and multiple ports to connect USB, audio, video, and Ethernet accessories. The idea: keep all of your gear hooked up to the hub, then use a single cable to connect it all to your Mac.

Known for large, heavy, professional-grade Mac accessories, CalDigit has just released Thunderbolt Station 2 ($199), which squeezes the same functionality offered by Belkin’s $300 Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD and Elgato’s $230 Thunderbolt 2 Dock (review) into a smaller, denser-feeling enclosure, at a lower MSRP — sort of. In reality, Thunderbolt Station 2 has some very specific benefits and one limitation that place it on par with its competitors, making the choice between them a more personal decision…

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Thunderbolt Station 2 doesn’t look like a typical Mac accessory: measuring 4.9″ by 3.8″ by 1.75″ and made almost entirely from brushed gunmetal-colored aluminum, it’s closer in design to a small Western Digital hard drive than a typical Thunderbolt hub. Despite the fact that it’s not a unibody-molded frame, it feels solid and resilient, dispensing almost entirely with plastics. A small blue power light on the front turns on only when Thunderbolt Station 2 is connected to both wall power and a computer with a Thunderbolt port.

Unlike Belkin’s and Elgato’s Thunderbolt hubs, which are much longer and only designed to be mounted horizontally, Caldigit places rubber on two of Thunderbolt Station 2’s sides: a large black pad on the “bottom” lets the hub stand upright like a mini tower, while two frosted white bars on the “right side” are for horizontal placement. Regardless of the orientation you choose, slippage and metal or desk scuffing are not going to be issues during normal use.

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Thunderbolt Station 2’s obvious limitation relative to its competitors can be spotted in the photo above: unless you’re willing to pay $35 more than the base $199 price, Caldigit doesn’t include a Thunderbolt cable. This brings its price up to $234, more than Elgato’s MSRP for the widely-available Thunderbolt 2 Dock – and a premium over Elgato’s current $200 street price on Amazon. In other words, Thunderbolt Station 2 is only the least-expensive Thunderbolt dock on the market if you self-supply a key piece necessary to use it. Who would have guessed that Thunderbolt accessory makers would still be treating Thunderbolt cables as optional pack-ins, nearly four years after they were first released?

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The unit’s back reveals its primary assets. Just like its rivals, you get a total of three USB 3.0 ports — one on the front, two on the back — plus two Thunderbolt 2 ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port (with support for 2K or 4K output), and a power input. Caldigit differentiates Thunderbolt Station 2 with twin 6Gbps eSATA ports for hard drives, a feature Belkin and Elgato likely didn’t include because of eSATA’s already modest and declining use in the Mac storage world. If you’re still using an eSATA drive (or two), this particular hub will let you connect it to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, though it will share the Thunderbolt 2 connection, reducing eSATA’s standard (unshared pipe) advantage over USB.

We had no issues with Thunderbolt Station 2 during hands-on testing. As was the case with other Thunderbolt docks we tested, each of the devices we connected worked as expected: clean HDMI output, fast Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 transfers, and proper audio output to headphones. The aggregate throughput performance of this hub is subject to the standard caveat that all of the connected devices are now sharing a single pipe into your Mac, so speeds will vary based on how many and what type of accessories are plugged in.

There’s also one small power-related wrinkle: Thunderbolt Station 2’s rear USB ports will not send power to external devices unless a computer is connected and turned on. Thankfully, the front port is continuously powered, so you can recharge either your iPad or iPhone even when there’s no computer attached and the front power light is turned off.

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Thunderbolt Station 2 is a welcome alternative to the Belkin and Elgato Thunderbolt 2 hubs that are already on the market. It’s definitely a winner if you’re looking for the smallest option, the hub with the lowest MSRP, or the one with eSATA support — any one of these factors might make a difference to you. But if you don’t mind a larger footprint and don’t need eSATA support, the $200 street price of Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock includes the Thunderbolt cable that Caldigit’s $199 bundle omits, and you’ll get nearly identical features. There’s no clear winner here, but you now have several good options to choose from.


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Jeremy Horwitz

January 22nd

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