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JR Raphael

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Writer. At large. Executive word chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.

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2017-02-24 16:32:10 (67 comments; 57 reshares; 396 +1s; )Open 

So....Google's Messenger app for Android is now Messages. Again.

Right.

Most reshares: 57

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2017-02-24 16:32:10 (67 comments; 57 reshares; 396 +1s; )Open 

So....Google's Messenger app for Android is now Messages. Again.

Right.

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2017-02-24 16:32:10 (67 comments; 57 reshares; 396 +1s; )Open 

So....Google's Messenger app for Android is now Messages. Again.

Right.

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2017-05-25 16:39:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Loads of interesting insights from the Android blogging pioneer known as Kellex.

Loads of interesting insights from the Android blogging pioneer known as Kellex.___

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2017-05-24 18:11:54 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Okay, this is cool: a playable "home screen arcade" for Android. It uses a combination of widgets (for controllers), live wallpaper (for action), and heads-up notifications (for score and game status) to work.

More info + APK here: http://homescreenarcade.com/

Okay, this is cool: a playable "home screen arcade" for Android. It uses a combination of widgets (for controllers), live wallpaper (for action), and heads-up notifications (for score and game status) to work.

More info + APK here: http://homescreenarcade.com/___

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2017-05-23 16:09:43 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

Based on my first week with Android O's first beta, I'm pretty excited about two specific things.

Based on my first week with Android O's first beta, I'm pretty excited about two specific things.___

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2017-05-18 17:01:08 (60 comments; 18 reshares; 156 +1s; )Open 

Stop and think about this for a second: Google Home is about to become a whole new kind of appliance.

This. Is. Huge.

Stop and think about this for a second: Google Home is about to become a whole new kind of appliance.

This. Is. Huge.___

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2017-05-18 14:15:08 (24 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

"You start to recognize that every single path you see,
Leads to a tear in your eye.
So wave goodbye...
Wave goodbye."

Man, this one hurts.

"You start to recognize that every single path you see,
Leads to a tear in your eye.
So wave goodbye...
Wave goodbye."

Man, this one hurts.___

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2017-05-17 20:14:59 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 155 +1s; )Open 

PSA: All that security stuff in Google Play Protect isn't actually new. It's been around on Android for years. It's just more visible now -- which is smart.

Google's been scanning Play Store apps for malware since 2012: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2472262

The on-device app monitoring system debuted in 2012 and then expanded to offer "continuous monitoring" in 2014: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2475983

The native "find my phone" function came about in 2013:
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2474448

And Chrome's Safe Browsing for Android was introduced in 2015: https://security.googleblog.com/2015/12/protecting-hundreds-of-millions-more.html

Those features were all easily overlooked, though, and most folks didn't know they existed. This rebranding and repositioning could... more »

PSA: All that security stuff in Google Play Protect isn't actually new. It's been around on Android for years. It's just more visible now -- which is smart.

Google's been scanning Play Store apps for malware since 2012: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2472262

The on-device app monitoring system debuted in 2012 and then expanded to offer "continuous monitoring" in 2014: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2475983

The native "find my phone" function came about in 2013:
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2474448

And Chrome's Safe Browsing for Android was introduced in 2015: https://security.googleblog.com/2015/12/protecting-hundreds-of-millions-more.html

Those features were all easily overlooked, though, and most folks didn't know they existed. This rebranding and repositioning could definitely help fix that.___

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2017-05-16 16:53:26 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Time for the all-important reality check -- Project Treble edition.

Remember, kids: Perspective is everything.

Time for the all-important reality check -- Project Treble edition.

Remember, kids: Perspective is everything.___

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2017-05-12 15:00:22 (53 comments; 2 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

Aaaaand, Allo's uninstalled again.

It's a pretty consistent pattern, really:

• Download Allo to check out something new
• Play with it for a few minutes
• Realize the app still has no practical role in my life
• Uninstall

Or as I put it before (and still find to be the case today):


Aaaaand, Allo's uninstalled again.

It's a pretty consistent pattern, really:

• Download Allo to check out something new
• Play with it for a few minutes
• Realize the app still has no practical role in my life
• Uninstall

Or as I put it before (and still find to be the case today):
___

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2017-05-11 16:04:26 (18 comments; 3 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

"They can make a bad phone tolerable and a great phone phenomenal."

Something every Android user should consider:

"They can make a bad phone tolerable and a great phone phenomenal."

Something every Android user should consider:___

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2017-05-11 14:04:32 (49 comments; 20 reshares; 150 +1s; )Open 

Neat (though I'm not actually seeing the option yet): Allo will soon be able to create a custom emoji for your face.

Details here: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90124964/exclusive-new-google-tool-uses-ai-to-create-custom-emoji-of-you-from-a-selfie

Neat (though I'm not actually seeing the option yet): Allo will soon be able to create a custom emoji for your face.

Details here: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90124964/exclusive-new-google-tool-uses-ai-to-create-custom-emoji-of-you-from-a-selfie___

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2017-05-10 15:46:40 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Cutting back on data can make your phone bill plummet -- so what are you waiting for?

I put together a 12-step guide to saving data and saving dollars:

Cutting back on data can make your phone bill plummet -- so what are you waiting for?

I put together a 12-step guide to saving data and saving dollars:___

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2017-05-09 18:40:54 (24 comments; 5 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Amazon's Echo Show got me thinking: What if Google's working on something similar?

It almost makes too much sense:


Amazon's Echo Show got me thinking: What if Google's working on something similar?

It almost makes too much sense:
___

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2017-05-08 18:29:35 (41 comments; 0 reshares; 201 +1s; )Open 

Oh -- hello! Just back from a few weeks offline (bonus points if you actually noticed!). See attached photo for explanation.

(It's either (a) the arrival of a striking new neonate or (b) the fact that I was inexplicably shrunken. Definitive answer still pending.)

Oh -- hello! Just back from a few weeks offline (bonus points if you actually noticed!). See attached photo for explanation.

(It's either (a) the arrival of a striking new neonate or (b) the fact that I was inexplicably shrunken. Definitive answer still pending.)___

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2017-04-11 17:57:50 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Sweet: Free $10 Amazon credit.

I just did this on my own account and can confirm that it works.

Just be sure to go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/dmusic/player/settings/ref=nav_youraccount_dm_ymussus_lp after you sign up to cancel the trial if you want to avoid being charged.

Sweet: Free $10 Amazon credit.

I just did this on my own account and can confirm that it works.

Just be sure to go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/dmusic/player/settings/ref=nav_youraccount_dm_ymussus_lp after you sign up to cancel the trial if you want to avoid being charged.___

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2017-04-11 15:22:59 (10 comments; 20 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

This has made my internet browsing experience infinitely better.

This has made my internet browsing experience infinitely better.___

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2017-04-10 13:58:05 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Multiple user support almost ready for Google Home? Sure looks that way. Doesn't seem to work just yet, though -- only surface-level signs so far.


Multiple user support almost ready for Google Home? Sure looks that way. Doesn't seem to work just yet, though -- only surface-level signs so far.
___

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2017-04-06 15:49:41 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

#2 in this list is a real lifesaver.

#2 in this list is a real lifesaver.___

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2017-04-04 16:38:40 (19 comments; 15 reshares; 142 +1s; )Open 

Beat iOS ✓
Beat Windows (!) ✓

Why you as a consumer should care about Android's ongoing wins in the platform wars: 

Beat iOS ✓
Beat Windows (!) ✓

Why you as a consumer should care about Android's ongoing wins in the platform wars: ___

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2017-04-03 14:09:22 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

The Chromebook Groupie Stick and Chromebook Cardboard

One of this year's funnier April Fools' gags, in case you missed it:

https://blog.google/products/chromebooks/all-best-mobile-accessories-now-your-chromebook/

The Chromebook Groupie Stick and Chromebook Cardboard

One of this year's funnier April Fools' gags, in case you missed it:

https://blog.google/products/chromebooks/all-best-mobile-accessories-now-your-chromebook/___

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2017-03-30 16:50:40 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

• Create Twitter Cards? Check.
• Create one of Android's newest popular launchers? Check.
• Show us how he uses Android himself? CHECK.

• Create Twitter Cards? Check.
• Create one of Android's newest popular launchers? Check.
• Show us how he uses Android himself? CHECK.___

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2017-03-29 16:46:19 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

This was my preliminary take on Bixby. Now that it's actually out in the wild, I'd say...pretty much the same thing.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3183140/android/samsung-bixby-artificial-intelligence.html

This was my preliminary take on Bixby. Now that it's actually out in the wild, I'd say...pretty much the same thing.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3183140/android/samsung-bixby-artificial-intelligence.html___

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2017-03-29 16:13:09 (29 comments; 12 reshares; 176 +1s; )Open 

Galaxy S8: Specs! Hardware! The whole package!

Includes 6- to 10-month delays for software updates with no communication along the way


Galaxy S8: Specs! Hardware! The whole package!

Includes 6- to 10-month delays for software updates with no communication along the way
___

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2017-03-28 15:10:43 (47 comments; 12 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Still using Hangouts? It's probably time to start thinking about moving on.

Some detailed info and recommendations:

Still using Hangouts? It's probably time to start thinking about moving on.

Some detailed info and recommendations:___

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2017-03-23 16:12:45 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Lots to digest with Android O's arrival this week. Here's a simple breakdown and some important perspective:

Lots to digest with Android O's arrival this week. Here's a simple breakdown and some important perspective:___

2017-03-22 18:19:20 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Perk of writing about Android: You can use phrases like "the final O release" in stories, and no one can accuse you of being inappropriate.

Perk of writing about Android: You can use phrases like "the final O release" in stories, and no one can accuse you of being inappropriate.___

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2017-03-22 15:09:09 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

Forget everything else: This is the Android O feature I'm ecstatic to see.

Forget everything else: This is the Android O feature I'm ecstatic to see.___

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2017-03-21 16:49:59 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

"Artificial intelligence" is the "more pixels!" of 2017. Think about it:

"Artificial intelligence" is the "more pixels!" of 2017. Think about it:___

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2017-03-16 16:42:24 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

A TV that looks like a photo frame and shows art when it's off -- if anyone's in the room. Now, that's cool.

Probably also insanely expensive (no specifics on pricing yet, naturally). But cool nevertheless.

More here: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/03/14/yves-behar-design-samsung-television-look-like-frame-artwork-design-technology/



A TV that looks like a photo frame and shows art when it's off -- if anyone's in the room. Now, that's cool.

Probably also insanely expensive (no specifics on pricing yet, naturally). But cool nevertheless.

More here: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/03/14/yves-behar-design-samsung-television-look-like-frame-artwork-design-technology/

___

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2017-03-16 15:56:14 (31 comments; 14 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Got Google Play Music? Take note:

Got Google Play Music? Take note:___

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2017-03-14 15:40:06 (14 comments; 7 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Google Play Music's most distinctive feature could be so much more. Maybe this'll finally be its year?

Google Play Music's most distinctive feature could be so much more. Maybe this'll finally be its year?___

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2017-03-13 14:32:11 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

Google's got a new quiz to help you find a fresh home screen setup for your Android device. Neat idea.

Seems to be a bit limited with its widget and launcher recommendations -- but could still be a fun starting point for anyone new to customization.


Google's got a new quiz to help you find a fresh home screen setup for your Android device. Neat idea.

Seems to be a bit limited with its widget and launcher recommendations -- but could still be a fun starting point for anyone new to customization.
___

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2017-03-10 16:03:34 (46 comments; 8 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Perspective: Declarative statements about Google's vision for its messaging products -- 2017 vs. 2013.

Just a reminder that with Google in particular, what we hear today doesn't necessarily tell us what we'll see a year or two down the line.

Perspective: Declarative statements about Google's vision for its messaging products -- 2017 vs. 2013.

Just a reminder that with Google in particular, what we hear today doesn't necessarily tell us what we'll see a year or two down the line.___

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2017-03-09 20:01:05 (22 comments; 12 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

This just in -- from the Department of Future Google Announcements, March 2018...

This just in -- from the Department of Future Google Announcements, March 2018...___

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2017-03-09 18:44:02 (43 comments; 14 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

So, about that whole Hangouts/"Meet" thing...

So, about that whole Hangouts/"Meet" thing...___

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2017-03-09 16:47:36 (22 comments; 11 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Google Assistant's on its way to an Android phone near you. I put together a guide to its most noteworthy new features:

Google Assistant's on its way to an Android phone near you. I put together a guide to its most noteworthy new features:___

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2017-03-07 16:02:08 (14 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Simple solution to a baffling problem: How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut.

(You're welcome.)

Simple solution to a baffling problem: How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut.

(You're welcome.)___

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2017-03-06 20:55:22 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Anyone else seeing the new notification design in Google+ web? Seems nice enough, though I do miss seeing +Mr. Jingles...

Jingle on, old friend. Jingle on.

Anyone else seeing the new notification design in Google+ web? Seems nice enough, though I do miss seeing +Mr. Jingles...

Jingle on, old friend. Jingle on.___

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2017-03-02 17:27:35 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Psst: There is an answer to Android's upgrade problem. It just isn't the type of solution most folks expected:

Psst: There is an answer to Android's upgrade problem. It just isn't the type of solution most folks expected:___

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2017-03-01 20:16:51 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

Sudden realization:

"Any story I don't agree with is fake news"

is the new

"Any article I don't like is clickbait."

Sudden realization:

"Any story I don't agree with is fake news"

is the new

"Any article I don't like is clickbait."___

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2017-02-28 22:07:47 (56 comments; 16 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

Oh, look: ANOTHER NEW GOOGLE MESSAGING SERVICE.

This won't make matters any more confusing. Nope. Not at all.

Oh, look: ANOTHER NEW GOOGLE MESSAGING SERVICE.

This won't make matters any more confusing. Nope. Not at all.___

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2017-02-28 18:56:39 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Four years after we were promised Google Keep/Drive integration, it's sort of here -- in the form of Keep/Docs integration.

Hey, better late than never, right?

Four years after we were promised Google Keep/Drive integration, it's sort of here -- in the form of Keep/Docs integration.

Hey, better late than never, right?___

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2017-02-28 17:19:33 (55 comments; 13 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Shiny new phones -- same old problems. There's a reason:

Shiny new phones -- same old problems. There's a reason:___

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2017-02-27 15:11:05 (37 comments; 7 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

Another footnote in the Google messaging saga.

(https://support.google.com/spaces/answer/7326586?hl=en&ref_topic=6392842)

Another footnote in the Google messaging saga.

(https://support.google.com/spaces/answer/7326586?hl=en&ref_topic=6392842)___

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2017-02-24 16:32:10 (67 comments; 57 reshares; 396 +1s; )Open 

So....Google's Messenger app for Android is now Messages. Again.

Right.

So....Google's Messenger app for Android is now Messages. Again.

Right.___

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2017-02-23 17:01:10 (43 comments; 18 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

I've been doing these Android Upgrade Report Cards for a long time now. This is by far the most dismal one yet.

What's most vexing is the fact that Google gave manufacturers an extra 36 days with the preview software this year. They had more time than ever to prepare.

The result should have been faster upgrade deliveries across the board. But -- well, that isn't exactly how things panned out.

I've been doing these Android Upgrade Report Cards for a long time now. This is by far the most dismal one yet.

What's most vexing is the fact that Google gave manufacturers an extra 36 days with the preview software this year. They had more time than ever to prepare.

The result should have been faster upgrade deliveries across the board. But -- well, that isn't exactly how things panned out.___

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2017-02-21 16:50:36 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Attention, my fellow Docs users: a handy little feature I'd never before noticed.

Attention, my fellow Docs users: a handy little feature I'd never before noticed.___

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2017-02-17 16:04:01 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Hmm. Something about this week's "HTC consolidating its phone lineup" news feels oddly familiar...

Hmm. Something about this week's "HTC consolidating its phone lineup" news feels oddly familiar...___

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2017-02-16 16:48:56 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 101 +1s; )Open 

Surprise! A couple of cool new features may be lurking in your phone's settings this very minute:

Surprise! A couple of cool new features may be lurking in your phone's settings this very minute:___

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2017-02-15 16:52:43 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Building a phone is honestly a product of compromise. It's all on tradeoffs and trying to find that sweet spot.

Building a phone is honestly a product of compromise. It's all on tradeoffs and trying to find that sweet spot.___

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2017-02-15 15:49:24 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

So you say you have some ideas about the future of Google+...

Become a Beta Tester for Google+

If you’re a user who’s as passionate for Google+ as we are, apply to become a beta tester for our product. We’re looking for people who want to test out new features, as well as discuss with our product team and fellow beta testers how to make Google+ the place to share your interests. Want to know what it takes?

Here’s what we’re looking for:
● Active poster on Google+
● Motivated to learn more about Google+ and contribute to product discussion
● Eagerness to provide high level feedback on our product

If you’re interested in applying, fill out the application form. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1RQl1bWCtk8iKgnjhkAjenK2nNcHFegC7RfdK5yYpIm-frg/viewform___So you say you have some ideas about the future of Google+...

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