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$100 Gift Card Deal at Amazon.com Ends on Saturday. Here’s Chippy’s Choice!

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Amazon.com have been running the $100 Gift Card Promotion on Ultrabooks for a while now but it ends on Saturday the 21st July. It’s a good week to buy though because there are some new 2nd-gen Ultrabooks in stock now. If you’ve been waiting, strike now! UltrabookGiftCard_SummerSale

Chippy’s Choice

I’ve spent some time going through the offers available and I’ve come up with a selection to suit different types of buyer. Take a look below… Here’s a link to all the Ultrabooks available in the promotion right now.

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Deal Alert, Today Only: Archos 101 G9 Turbo Tablet for $279

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The Archos 101 G9 is a unique Android tablet that Woot is selling today for just $279. Woot, as you should know by now, is the famous deal-a-day site that loves to run a good tablet deal every once and a while. Today, jokingly, Woot’s headline reads “You asked for it, and now we’re giving it to you! Starting today Woot sells nothing but tablets!” and while we hope that never actually comes to fruition, we do enjoy seeing the occasional tablet deal.

Today is one of those days with the Archos 101 G9. This 10.1″ tablet stands out with several unique features. For one, it’s got a built-in stand to keep it propped up. Then there’s the (optional) USB 3G module which is added via USB and will accept any standard SIM card (and can also be used on any USB-equipped computer). The G9 series is also the first from Archos to include Android Market support and full Google apps. And of course, the price — it’s affordable (especially with this deal from Woot)!

While the Archos 101 G9 comes pre-installed with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Archos has recently said that they’d be updating the G9 tablets over the air to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Here are the full specs:

Capacity:Internal: 8GB Flash Memory
External: microSDHC Slot (Up to 32GB)
Display:10.1″ TFT LCD High Resolution Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
Resolution:1280 x 800 pixels
Application Framework:Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Processor:ARM Dual-Core CORTEX A9 OMAP4 1.5GHz
3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
Video Playback:MPEG-4 HD (up to 1080p)
MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 1080p)
WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 1080p)With optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com):
Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP, WMV
Audio Playback:MP3
WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
AAC, AAC+ 5.1
OGG Vorbis
FLACWith optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com):
AC3 5.1
Photo Viewer:JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles:.srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub
Webcam:720p Front Facing (with 720p encoding)
Interfaces:USB Slave 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
USB Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
microSD (SDHC compatible)
mini HDMI Output (cable not included)
Communication Protocols:Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Miscellaneous:Built-in GPS
Built-in Speakers
Built-in Kick Stand
Built-in Microphone
G-Sensor
Vibrator
Compass
Power Source:Internal: Lithium Polymer Battery
External: Power Adapter/Charger
Battery Life:Music playback time: up to 36 hours
Video playback time: up to 7 hours
Web surfing: up to 10 hours
Dimensions:10.86″(W) x 6.59″(H) x 0.5″(D)
Weight:23.8oz

 

If you’re interested in the Archos 101 G9, here are some reviews to consider before making a decision:

Humble Indie Bundle for Android (and PC/Mac/Linux); Get 4 Great Games, You Name the Price!

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Today is a great day. Why, you ask? Because the Humble Indie Bundle program just announced something awesome: their first ever Humble Bundle to include Android versions of 5 excellent games. First, let me tell you about the Humble Indie Bundle:

The Humble Bundle Inc. puts together gaming bundles which feature notorious indie games which are “donated” by their respective developers. The bundle is then sold with a name-your-own-price model and you get to decide where the money goes — to the developers, to Humble Bundle Inc. (so they can continue doing what they do), or to charity (or to all three). So not only is it a good cause (if you direct your money toward charity), but it’s also a great way to get some excellent games on the cheap! What’s more, the games are cross-platform, DRM-free, and redeemable on Steam if you’re that sort of gamer.

All Humble Bundle games have been cross-platform for PC/Mac/Linux, but this is the first time where Android versions of all the games are included as well.

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The list of games for this bundle includes nothing but award-winning heavy-hitters:

  • Anomaly Warzone Earth HD by 11 Bit Studios (rated 4.5 stars on the Android Market)
  • Edge by Mobigame (rated 4.5 stars)
  • Osmos by Hemisphere Games (rated 4.5 stars)
  • World of Goo* by 2D Boy (rated 5 stars)
*World of Goo is only unlocked if you pay more than the average price paid for the bundle, which currently sits at $5.47

I’ve played all of these except Anomaly, and can confirm that they are great games. Did I mention that the soundtracks come along with the purchase as well? Really, you can’t go wrong here. Of course you should try these demos first to ensure the full games will run acceptably on your Android device. This is a limited offer which will only run for another 14 days. What are you waiting fo? Get ’em while they’re hot!

Update: Sold Out! Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $320, Today Only

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Cyber Monday deal shopping may have been yesterday but my favorite deal-a-day site, Woot.com, still has the deals rolling. Today they’ve got a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 deal for a reasonable $320 (+$5 shipping). That’s $130 ( 29%) less than you can get the same Galaxy Tab 10.1 new from Amazon, and $179 (35%) less than buying it direct from Samsung. This is the 16GB WiFi-only version, so don’t expect to hook this up to a cellular provider for 3G or 4G internet access.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently the lightest 10″ tablet on the market, weighing in at 564 grams. It’s also the thinnest at 8.63 mm, which slightly undercuts the iPad’s 8.8 mm thickness.

Woot only offers on deal per day, so once 12am Central Time rolls around, this Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 deal will be gone. It could also sell out before then; be decisive!

Here are the Galaxy Tab 10.1 specs if you need a quick refresher, for more detailed specs, see the Tab 10.1 tracking page in our mobile device database:

Operating System:Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
Display:10.1″ WXGA TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
Resolution:1280 x 800
Processor:NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core
Storage:16GB
RAM:1GB
Camera:Front: 2.0MP
Rear: 3.0MP Auto Focus with Flash
Wireless:802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
Bluetooth:2.1 + EDR Connectivity
Battery:7000 mAh Li-Polymer
User Interface:Widgets, Smart Unlock, Accelerometer, Bilingual: Spanish/English
Audio:MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR, MID, IMY, WMA, Vorbis, RTTTL/RTX, OTA
Video:1080p Playback; 720p Capture
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, XviD, WMV7/8, VP8, MP43, VC-1
Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(asf), AVI
Dimensions:10.1″(W) x 6.9″(H) x 0.34″(D)
Weight:19.9 oz

One thing you should be concerned with when considering this Galaxy Tab 10.1 deal is the lack of connectivity. Sure, it’s thin and light, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 lacks MicroSD, MicroUSB, and any sort of HDMI. Connectivity relies entirely upon wireless options or the proprietary adapter.

There’s also those new-fangled Tegra 3 tablets that are expected to hit the market in the next few months. However, the first of which (Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime) has a starting price of $499 which may be beyond your budget. Choose wisely!

Today Only: Motorola Xoom 32GB WiFi for $349!

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Every once and a while, our favorite deal-a-day site — Woot.com — offers up a nice treat for tablet fans such as ourselves. Today they’ve got the very first Honeycomb tablet to hit the streets, the Motorola Xoom, for a reasonable $349.

This is the WiFi-only 32GB version of the Motorola Xoom. Aside from lacking the components that facilitate WLAN capabilities, and a silver metalic back (instead of a black rubbery one), it’s nearly identical to the carrier version. Here are the vital specs:

  • 10.1″ screen @ 1280×800
  • Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU @ 1GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera (720p video capture)
  • WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Micro HDMI, Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, AC adapter (cannot charge through Micro USB)
  • 32GB capacity
  • 731 grams

See even more detailed specs and info at the Motorola Xoom tracking page in our mobile device database. We’ve also got a gallery full of Motorola Xoom photos if you’re interested.

After playing with the Xoom a while back, I have to say that I was underwhelmed by it’s performance. Updates to Honeycomb helped, but it was still far too buggy for my taste. I also looked at the unit as a video editing platform, but came away with the same sense that I had with Honeycomb — they need time to mature.

Next to Amazon’s just announced $199 Kindle Fire, I can’t say the Xoom is too appealing right now. Still, you may be itching for a 10″ tablet rather than Amazon’s 7″ offering. If that’s the case, Woot has a good deal for you. Their $349 price tag is $109 (24%) less than you’ll be able to find it on Amazon at the moment, and $150 (31%) less than you can get it directly from Motorola!

Go check out Woot.com to get in on this deal. Don’t forget, Woot sales are only good for one day, which means this deal will be gone forever at 1AM EST (and has a chance of selling out even before that time)! Good luck.

Woot’s TouchPad Sale Stats Visualized

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s visualized statistics. Fortunately for me, and anyone else who shares that sentiment, Woot has a nice visual representation of the sales stats of its various products. And seeing how that newfangled HP TouchPad was on sale yesterday, you may be curious to see how it all went down. Let’s have a look:

  • First sucker: jasonterhorst (first person to buy the TouchPad)
  • Speed to first woot: 6m 54.030s (how long after the deal went up that they pulled the trigger)
  • Last wooter to woot: scaevola (last person to buy the TouchPad)
  • Last purchase time: 11:59:29 PM Central TimeOrder pace: 2m 21.125s (one TouchPad was sold, on average, every two minutes and 21 seconds)
  • Woot wage: $15,839.08 (how much Woot made from the salesWoots sold: 612

And here are the nice visual bits I promised:

hp touchpad woot stats

Looks like the coasts are a bit more tablet-friendly than the interior of the country. I wouldn’t have expected it, but it looks like Utah ended up with the most TouchPads, with Virginia following closely behind. We can also see that for 45% of the purchasers, this was their first Woot.

This isn’t a complete picture of the table tendencies of the nation though as our sample size is only 612!

Today Only: HP TouchPad for $379 from Woot!

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hp touchpadI was literally in bed when I caught wind of this, and now I’m sparing myself a few additional minutes of rest to bring you this news right away (no, I didn’t have time to get dressed – yes, this is that urgent). Our favorite deal-a-day site, Woot.com, has the HP TouchPad for just $379.

Why is it important that you be the first to know? Because Woot offers a deal on one single item every day, and that means that come tomorrow, this deal will be history. Furthermore, they’ve only got a limited (and unannounced) stock, so it could sell out before tomorrow even rolls around.

This is a brand new unit packing a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 CPU. It’s the WiFi only version of the device and it comes with 16GB of memory built-in. Here’s what comes in the box:

  • HP TouchPad (16GB, WiFi-only)
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • HP TouchPad AC Charger
  • MicroUSB Sync Cable
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Navigation Guide

You can check out all of the HP TouchPad specs in our device database before considering the purchase.

The $379 price tag only beats what you’ll find on Amazon or direct from HP by $20 right now, but, that’s because HP is currently offering $100 off of the TouchPad from August 5th-7th. Once this period is over, HP and Amazon will go back to charging $499 for the 16GB WiFi-only TouchPad, which makes Woot’s deal that much better.

Though the TouchPad initially launched to some rough reviews, a recent update has brought it up to a more respectable level of performance.

Not long after the launch of the WiFi-only unit, HP announced a ‘4G’ version of the device for use on AT&T’s network. This version includes a higher clock on the CPU, which brings it up to 1.5GHz. HP has been unclear whether or not they would bump the speed on the WiFi-only units through a software update or a hardware change at some point down the road.

Today Only! Motorola Xoom 32GB WiFi-only for $399

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woot xoomThanks to the folks over at deal-a-day site, Woot.com, you have the option of picking up the first ever Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom, for $399. This is a refurbished 32GB WiFi-only unit. The 10.1 inch tablet is running Honeycomb 3.1 (the latest version).

If you don’t mind picking up a refurbished unit, you’ll be saving yourself a cool $200 off the asking price of $599 that you’ll find for a new WiFi-only Xoom direct from Motorola. This deal even beats the device new from Amazon which would run you $499.

It is my personal opinion that Honeycomb is not yet good enough for the mainstream. If you want value in a tablet today, go buy an iPad 2. The Xoom itself is a decent bit of hardware, if a bit heavy, but the software still needs time to mature. The Android Marketplace is not yet loaded with enough Honeycomb apps to make the Xoom shine as a tablet, and the Honeycomb interface is not intuitive enough for your average user.

That said, you may not be a mainstreamer, and may be willing to put up with Honeycomb’s rough edges for the sweet customizability that is Android’s hallmark. If that’s the case, we’ve had our hands all over the Xoom; if you need some questions answered, feel free to comment below. We’ve also got some Xoom related content that might aid in your potential purchase decision (also check below for specs):

Have a look at the specs:

  • Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU @ 1GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 10.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen @ 1280×800
  • Micro HDMI-out
  • MicroUSB port
  • 32GB of built-in memory
  • Rear-facing 5MP camera (capable of 720p recording)
  • Front-facing 2MP camera
  • WiFi a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 2.1
  • GPS, magnetometer, proximity sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope
  • Android Marketplace access
  • 3250 mAh battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Adobe Flash capable
  • 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm / 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • 708 grams / 25 ounces

Don’t forget that this deal be completely gone at 1AM EST, and may sell out (likely will!) before that time comes. Best of luck!

Today Only: Archos 7 Home Tablet (refurbished) for $79.99

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News flash! Woot.com is throwing out the Archos 7 tablet out for an amazing $79.99.

Ok, the truth is that you’re not buying the best of breed tablet – this is a refurbished 7 inch (800×480 resolution) WiFi enabled tablet that comes with an old Android 1.6  operating system . The screen is resistive meaning that the touch screen is not going to be responsive to finger action so you will end up pecking with your fingertips instead.

It also runs an old 600Mhz Rockchip processor which is very slow when compared with the current tablets running Tegra2 1Ghz but if using the Archos mostly for audio, video,  eBook reading (ie, not a lot of finger to screen interaction), and basic web browsing  sans Adobe Flash, then this device will suit you.

Also note that also doesn’t give you the fancy accelerometer (meaning no auto-rotation of the screen), in-built GPS, Bluetooth connectivity or any video output capabilities that most of us take for granted on the most expensive Android tablets these days.

The Archos 7 does comes with some good features though – it has a mini USB2.0 interface which allows the tablet to be presented as a mass storage device to the PC for convenient file transfer and also has a kickstand which allows it to be propped up for easy screen viewing. Video playback is around 7 hours.

It comes with 8GB storage and give you the option of expanding more memory via the micro SDHC slot.

I reckon this is a great economical entry tablet for those of you that are looking to dip your feet into the Android tablet waters or looking for a good mobile multimedia entertainment companion.

As usual, remember that Woot.com is a deal a day, so if you’re interested, best to hurry down to their website today before the deal is gone, or before they sell out of stock!

Today Only: Apple iPad (original) 64GB WiFi + 3G for $499

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ipad wootOh Woot. You always catch me with an awesome tech-related deal right when I’m about to head to sleep. Today the masters of the deal-a-day sale, Woot.com, have a refurbished original iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G for an impressive $499.

If you’re looking to jump into the iPad game, this is a pretty good deal as it beats Apple’s own refurbished iPad offering by $160 (24%). Woot’s price also shaves $120 (19%) off of a brand new original iPad from Amazon.

Data on the iPad is hassle free as you don’t need to sign up for a contract and can purchase data a-la-carte – great for trips when you’re unsure whether or not you’ll have access to WiFi.

If you’re wondering if you should instead go with an iPad 2, all you need to know is that the iPad 2 is thinner, lighter, somewhat faster, has front/rear cameras, and is available with AT&T or Verizon 3G. It’s also more expensive.

The iPad is an undeniably well built tablet that still offers one of the better tablet experiences available on the market.

If this deal pertains to your interests, jump over to Woot.com to snag it before it sells out or vanishes at 12:59AM EST! (I’m calling and early sell-out on this one)

(Update: Sold Out!) Today Only: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” WiFi+3G (Sprint) for $259–No Contract!

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Update: As predicted, the Galaxy Tab has already sold out from Woot. Some interesting stats:

During the sale, Woot sold one Galaxy Tab every 27 seconds. The first one sold after only 1 minute and 42 seconds of the deal being available. Total number of units sold was 1755.

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Our favorite deal-a-day site, Woot.com, has a great deal on the tablet that’s been topping our popularity charts for months on end: the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

This particular version is a 16GB WiFi+3G model which doesn’t appear to be well priced on the surface until you realize that you don’t have to sign up for service with your purchase from Woot. A new Galaxy Tab from Sprint without the contract would run you $429. Woot is offering the device (refurbished) for $259 without the contract.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the well respected tablet, here are the important bits:

  • Android 2.2 (customized for a tablet experience by Samsung)
  • Samsung C110 Hummingbird CPU @ 1GHz
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 7” capacitive touchscreen @ 1024×600
  • 16GB pre-installed MicroSD card
  • WiFi & Bluetooth 3.0
  • CDMA 1900/800 EVDO Rev A (Sprint)

Chippy has a wickedly detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab should you desire to consult an expert about a potential purchase:

http://www.carrypad.com/2010/10/28/samsung-galaxy-tab-full-review-part-1-overview-hardware-screen-keyboard/

This is Woot we’re talking about here — they only offer one deal per day. After 12:59am EST, this deal will be gone (and will likely sellout even before), have at it!

How to Not Get Ripped off when Shopping for HDMI Cables for Your Gadgets

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hdmiThe age of HDMI is finally upon us. Go to the store and pick up any HDTV and there’s about a 95% change that it’ll have at least one HDMI port. It’s not just TVs either. From the Motorola Atrix to the Acer Iconia Tab, HDMI is being included on a number of devices for connectivity to monitors and HDTVs.

However, as always tends to happen with new technology, people are jacking prices up tremendously (remember when DVD players used to cost $1000)?

Rule #1: Never buy first-party as an accessory.

Case-in-point. Motorola is so kind as to offer you a micro-HDMI cable that’ll go just perfectly with your new Atrix as an accessory on their site. How much do they ask for it? $40! And this is only a three foot long cable. Come on Motorola, surely you can do better.

If you are purchasing a cable (that isn’t proprietary) directly from the company that is also selling your gadgetry, they are likely buying from the same cheap source that you could find offered online and jacking up the prices to pass on to you. Cut out the middle man and go straight to the source.

Rule #2: Buy online.

Heading to your local electronics store is just asking to be ripped off. I’ve seen RadioShack asking $50 for a six-foot HDMI cable! The best you’ll find for a micro-HDMI cable from Best Buy is around $30.

Rule #3: Don’t be fooled by component-speak.

With analog signals, the components that the cables are made out of can arguably affect the quality of the signal as it passes through the cable. Companies like Monster charge some wicked premiums for analog cables that are described as having “patented 24k gold contact 12-cut Turbine connectors for enhanced signal transfer inch and “dual solid-core center conductors for deep, tight bass and smooth, natural midrange inch. I could dig up a number of debates about whether or not any of those features actually impact the quality of the signal, but do not let them pull this trick on you with the digital data that runs through HDMI cables.

As a digital stream, the data coming out of the other end of an HDMI cable is all-or-nothing. We’re talking ones and zeros here, not analog signals. As the ones and zeros travel through the HDMI cable, it doesn’t matter what material is conducting them, or how many carats gold your connector is plated in; the ones and zeros will still be read as ones and zeros once received, and that’s the beauty of digital signals.

Yes, quality of the cable is important so that you don’t see breakage after a short period of use, but do not let someone talk you up about the quality of the components in the cable and make you think that you’ll be getting better quality or clarity from the signal as it passes through based on materials – this is total BS. (Did I mention that Monster wants $90 for a four-foot HDMI cable?)

Finding Reasonable Prices

Fortunately, it is possible, perhaps even easy, to find a great deal on an HDMI cable. Here are the places I’d check:

Deals.Woot.com – The folks at Woot run a number of sites and you’ve likely seen us calling out relevant gadget deals in the past (no affiliation, we promise). They’ve got a neat site called Deals.Woot which is a community-sourced deal site. In a nutshell, community members point out good deals around the web and everyone benefits. The easiest way to approach looking for an HDMI cable is to simply type “HDMI inch in the search box at the top of the page. This’ll show you any currently running deals involving HDMI cables.

For instance, as of this writing, I see a six-foot HDMI cable for $2.39 (likely with a few bucks for shipping). Still, even if shipping was $10, you’d save 76% ($37.61) off of RadioShack’s ridiculous offer!

Unfortunately, because Deals.Woot highlights deals that live and eventually die, you may not find that a micro-HDMI deal is currently being offered. Fortunately, there are other places to look.

This link will take you to Deals.Woot.com with the most recent deal results for “HDMI inch.

Amazon.com – Amazon sells name-brand products but also functions as a marketplace for more obscure companies. Competition in the Amazon marketplace keeps everyone honest about their prices and the customer benefits. Remember how Motorola wanted $40 for a three-foot HDMI-to-Micro HDMI cable? One search for “micro HDMI inch on Amazon shows a six-foot cable of the same type for $2.85 (including shipping)! That’s a 92% ($37.15) savings which is quite impressive.

This link will take you directly to an up-to-date search of Amazon for “micro HDMI inch.

I hope this simple guide will help you not get ripped off on future HDMI purchases. Enjoy your cables and your savings!

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