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These $50 wireless earbuds can apparently last up to 60 hours


Bluetooth earbuds are here to stay. Now that more and more electronic devices are doing away with the headphone jack, we must accept the fact that wired earphones will eventually be extinct. Before we know it, they will belong in the pile of gone but never forgotten tech items like floppy disks, beepers, and Walkmans (RIP). 

And so we're left with no choice but to embrace the wireless revolution.

SEE ALSO: 10 of the best wireless headphones, according to Amazon reviews

If you're ready to go shopping for your first pair, the NOVA True Wireless Earbuds could be a good place to start. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 technology, these earbuds have simple one-touch controls you can use to respond to calls quickly, and the included small, medium, and large earplugs help you get a good fit. You also never have to worry about recharging regularly, as these little guys can apparently last up to 60 hours with help from the accompanying charging case. (Use it to juice up your other devices in a pinch too.) Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 8:07 am

Google Search gets a slew of new features on its 20th anniversary


It's been 20 years since Google Search first arrived on the web, and the company is updating its core product with a slew of new features for the anniversary.

The throughline for the features is AI. Google Search now anticipates and customizes much of your search experience automatically, and it also uses AI on the back end to do things like create relevant clips from videos. Another clear focus is mobile, mobile, mobile. At the event in San Francisco, where Google announced the new features, virtually every slide showed how the new tools would look on a smartphone, not a desktop.

SEE ALSO: How to completely delete Facebook from your life Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 6:37 am

Snapchat will soon let you shop for products on Amazon with its camera


Instead of using your smartphone camera to take puppy-faced selfies on Snapchat, you'll soon be able to use it to shop online. Or do both.

SEE ALSO: Why CNN could soon share your Snapchat content

Snapchat announced this week it's partnering with Amazon to offer users a new image-based shopping feature. The company says it plans to start testing the feature today, and will be rolling it out slowly to all users.

For those with the new product search feature, just snap a photo of something you want to buy — like a bottle of makeup or running shoes — and on the Snapchat home screen, different options to buy the product or something similar will appear in a pop-up menu from Amazon's online store. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 6:37 am

Twitter is launching a voter registration campaign


Who said enlightened democracy was dying in the combative cesspool of social media?

Twitter has launched a voter registration campaign in partnership with TurboVote called #BeAVoter

Beginning Monday, Twitter will show users a prompt encouraging them to register to vote. The prompt will also include a tweet users can share to further encourage their followers to vote. 

Today, Twitter is launching our #BeAVoter campaign to promote increased, informed participation in the 2018 US election.

Learn more here ⬇️

— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) September 24, 2018

TwitterGov, Twitter's politics arm, is running the campaign. It will promote the hashtag in the run-up to the election as a "Top US Trend." It will also provide "election reminders and an absentee ballot FAQ." Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 6:29 am

Pups! Pics! Pancakes!


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Ready for an epic day of perfectly timed moments? Ready to shake up your weekend brunch plans? First, gather as many dogs (and their owners) as you can find. Next, mix with plenty of squeaky toys, an obstacle course, and pancakes —which double as frisbees! Add two professional photographers shooting with the Canon EOS Rebel T7i. Alert the pup-arazzi

On a recent Saturday morning in Brooklyn, Mashable and Canon invited the dogs of New York City to experience a one-of-a-kind “dog photo park” MashMeet. First, we warmed up our cameras and our canines with a photo shoot at North Brooklyn Farms. As dogs ran agility courses on the field, BMX bikers practiced their tricks on the nearby track. Everyone was getting hungry, so we decided to make them work for their breakfast — and create some epic pancake Frisbee shots in the process.   Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 6:11 am

5 features of macOS Mojave that will level up your Mac experience

MacOS Mojave
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The Good
Stacks cleans up a messy desktop • Gallery View is great for working with images • Screenshots are much improved • Dark Mode is 🔥
The Bad
Some features are extremely niche • No support for Macs older than 2012
The Bottom Line
You could ignore the myriad new features in macOS Mojave, but at least one of them is guaranteed to improve your day-to-day Mac experience.
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Cool Factor5.0
Learning Curve4.0
Bang for the Buck4.0

Sitting down to write this review of macOS Mojave, I thought about which new feature is my favorite, and which is my least favorite. Then I realized I haven't actually thought about new features in macOS in this way for years. Thinking back to Sierra and High Sierra, I could barely name any new feature, let alone the best and worst of the bunch. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 5:00 am

Are You Ready for Samsung's Foldable Phone?

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 4:53 am

Why experts are freaking out over the new way Google Chrome sign-in works


The internet has erupted over Google’s latest Chrome release — and not in a good way.

With an updated user interface, enhanced password manager, and a slew of other updates, you would assume the latest version of Google’s popular web browser, Chrome 69, would be eliciting some pretty good responses.

But security experts just shined a light on a controversial feature that came with the latest Google Chrome that previously wasn’t announced by the search giant.

A Google Chrome user recently pointed out on Hacker News that Google now forces you to login to your Google account on Chrome if you login to any other Google service using the browser. Logging out of a Google service will also force log you out of Google Chrome. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 3:35 am

Grab a Sky Sports Month Pass for only £16.99, saving yourself 50%


There is an absolute bucketload of great sport on at the moment. Aren't we spoilt!

The Premier League and F1 continue to tick along nicely, delivering jaw-dropping monents almost every week. And oh yeah the Ryder Cup is just around the corner.

With all that action happening throughout the next month, now could be the perfect time to scoop Sky Sports' latest deal through NOW TV.

You can now get yourself a Sky Sports Month Pass for just £16.99, a healthy drop from the usual £33.99. This means you can stream every eagle, birdie, and putt from the much anticipated Ryder Cup from the comfort of your home on NOW TV. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 3:34 am

WhatsApp hires grievance officer to fight deadly fake news in India


In recent months, fake news on WhatsApp in India has inspired citizens to form deadly lynch mobs. Take that in: false articles, spread on WhatsApp, have driven Indian citizens to murder.

To address this startling problem, WhatsApp has created the role of grievance officer, according to the Times of India. WhatsApp users can contact the grievance officer to report "complaints and concerns," including those about fake news.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp will pay researchers to study its fake news epidemic

It has appointed Komal Lahiri, whose LinkedIn lists her title as senior director, global customer operations and localization, to the role. Lahiri has been with WhatsApp for the past seven months, and with Facebook since August 2014. She will work in the United States. WhatsApp reportedly created the role in August. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 3:13 am

7 of the best coffee grinders to maximize your morning


There are few things better than the perfect cup of coffee

If you’re someone who’s ever thought about upping your coffee game—or simply trying to cut down on that daily Starbucks habit—but have no idea where to begin, buying a coffee grinder is a great first step. Grinding your own coffee may sound intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy, and can make a huge difference in your coffee’s taste with minimal effort on your part. You just need to know where to start. 

SEE ALSO: 12 of the best espresso machines, according to online reviews

When it comes to coffee, like many things food-related, fresher is always better. Coffee goes stale pretty quickly, so buying pre-ground beans may seem like the better option, but it really means you’re losing out on both flavor and freshness. Grinding beans on the daily will undoubtedly yield coffee that’s brighter, deeper in flavor, and just an all around better experience. And it’s not as complicated—or as time consuming—as you might imagine. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 3:10 am

Best laptop and tablet deals this week: Save on Apple iPads, plus laptops from HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Apple, and more


It's Monday, which means it's back to the grind for everyone. Whether you're locked in the office or running from class to class, it's going to be another busy week. It'll be even longer if you don't have a laptop or tablet to help handle your work load. Thankfully, there are plenty of deals this week courtesy of Walmart, Amazon, and beyond.

If you prefer 2-in-1 laptops, take your pick from the Microsoft Surfaces available, like the Microsoft Surface Book for $1430 or Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for $1910.

There's the Lenovo Ideapad 320 for $289 if you're concerned about price and need something simple and reliable. On the other end, there's the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon for $1895.71 if you need a powerhouse that can handle it all. Then there are models in between, like the Lenovo ThinkPad 15.6-inch E580 for $545.49 or Lenovo IdeaPad 15 Y700 for $779.99 that can be tailored to whatever your needs may be. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 2:50 am

Roku's Premiere streaming boxes are tiny, cheap, and support 4K


Roku doesn't believe that there's one streaming player for everyone.

Launching early next month, two new Roku streaming players focus on affordability and 4K support. The Premiere and Premiere+ will be $39.99 and $49.99 respectively. Both are cheaper than Amazon's $69.99 4K Fire TV.

SEE ALSO: Now you don’t even need a Roku box to watch the Roku Channel

Both of these are tiny and fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. During a briefing with Roku, I first thought these were new streaming sticks, which tend to be watered-down versions of a full-on player. However, it quickly became clear that, although the form factor is small, these are full-featured streaming devices. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 2:00 am

Amazon has launched a bunch of all new Echo devices to make your life easier


Sometimes life can be hard. You owe it to yourself to make it a little easier where you can. 

This could be through making helpful lists, or organising your housework. Or it could be through scheduling your lights, coffee machine, and appliances to turn on and off automatically with the help of a new Echo device.

On a mission to make your life as easy and stress free as possible, Amazon has launched five, yes five, new Echo devices.

Echo Dot

Echo Dot is a pretty popular voice-controlled speaker, that now has improved sound and a new design. 

You can ask Alexa — your personal guide to the good life — to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more. No more pressing stressful buttons for you. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:55 am

Apple Watch Series 4 teardown reveals big changes on the inside


Apple's iPhone XS, as good as it is, isn't all that different from its predecessor, the iPhone X — even on the inside

But the company's Apple Watch Series 4 is a major update compared to Series 3, and it's all the more apparent when you tear it down to bits. 

SEE ALSO: How to use the iPhone’s most useful, most overlooked feature

We already knew that the Watch 4 is slimmer compared to Watch 3, with a bigger screen and new heart-rate sensor. In this detailed teardown, conducted by iFixit, we see just how different the two devices are; just look at the x-ray photo, below. 

Talk about radical changes. Apple Watch Series 4 on the left, Series 3 on the right.

Talk about radical changes. Apple Watch Series 4 on the left, Series 3 on the right.

Image: ifixit

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:51 am

Best deals for Sept. 24: Save on the Instant Pot, Nintendo Labo kits, Amazon Echo Plus, and more


With the start of a new week, we've rounded up the best deals on electronics, kitchen gear, and Amazon devices. We also have amazing deals on Udemy online classes.

SEE ALSO: Pre-order the Amazon Echo Auto for $25 off and bring Alexa on the road

If you're looking for a new laptop, Lenovo's Yoga Book FHD 10.1-inch Windows Tablet 2-in-1 Laptop is on sale for $297.99, while Dell's Inspiron 7000 17.3-inch FHD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop is discounted to $949.00.

For the kitchen, the classic George Foreman Grill and Panini Press is on sale for $24.96, while DeLonghi's 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker is priced at $151.96.  Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:49 am

Apple's coolest keyboard trick became even better in iOS 12


What if I told you that ultra-precise text editing and selection is not only possible, but easy, on all Apple gadgets running iOS 12?

If you, like me, have been struggling to edit that typo in a slab of text you just wrote on your iPhone on iPad, you may have missed a feature that lets you turn your keyboard into a trackpad and move the cursor around your text with perfect precision. 

This feature has so far only been available for 3D Touch devices (i.e. newer iPhones) and on iPads (but with a different, clumsier implementation), but iOS 12 changed all that. Read on. 

SEE ALSO: How to use the iPhone’s most useful, most overlooked feature Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:46 am

The Sonos Beam is not your average sound bar


This smart sound bar is so much more than a speaker. The Sonos Beam connects to your TV and Wifi to give you weather updates, music control and playback capabilities. This sleek sound bar is a game changer. Check out all the details from Alix Aspe on this week's episode of Power Up.  Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:30 am

Microsoft wants Cortana to do for the workplace what Alexa did for the smart home


In the span of a few short years, voice has taken center stage in the smart home. Thanks to advancements in natural-language processing that spawned digital assistants like Siri and the breakthrough gadget that was the Amazon Echo, it’s now a totally normal thing to talk to your house — for tasks as varied as setting timers to arming security systems.

In the workplace, however, voice is way behind. A recent survey found that just 28 percent of businesses use voice in their workflows at all. This isn’t for lack of interest: The same survey said 85 percent of businesses plan to integrate voice within the next year. And while Alexa and Google Assistant dominate the consumer smart speaker market, businesses are looking very expectantly at Cortana, since many of them are already Microsoft customers. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:14 am

The best UK deals for Monday: Epson projectors, Ecovacs robot vacuum cleaners, Hive thermostats, and more


Sept. 23 marks the official beginning of autumn. It might be just the change we need as Storm Bronagh ensured we ended this summer on a very wet note. 

Whilst the forecast for this autumn is for a relatively sunny and mild season, what lies beyond that looks absolutely horrible. 

Now some may say this happens every year and reports that this coming winter will be crippling might be a tad exaggerated. But what if they are not? You will have to stay inside, it's the safest and warmest thing to do. And you'll have to keep yourself occupied. With what you ask? These great deals hand-picked for you. Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 9:51 pm

Internal memo from Google's CEO insists search results are free from political bias


Google chief Sundar Pichai wants the people working for him to understand this clearly: Google's search results aren't influenced by political bias.

That's the message Pichai focused on sending in a Friday email to all employees. He was responding to reports of a January 2017 email chain that started a few days after Donald Trump instituted his first version of the Muslim ban.

SEE ALSO: Google is trying, and failing, to cover its creepy Chinese search engine tracks

A Thursday report from the Wall Street Journal noted that, in early 2017, employees talked about using Google's search features to respond to Trump's controversial travel ban that focused on predominantly Muslim countries. They sought a way to push back against "islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Iran’, etc." and "prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms ‘Mexico’, ‘Hispanic’, ‘Latino’, etc." Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 9:46 am

Silicon Valley’s hottest job is styling helpless tech execs


The casual uniform of the millennial techie is a running joke by now, but some are starting to swap in their t-shirts and worn jeans for actual adult clothes. Stylist Victoria Hitchcock told Vox what it's like to overhaul the lives and styles of Silicon Valley's emerging employees – who literally can't dress themselves – as they go "from boys to men."

SEE ALSO: This picture of Mark Zuckerberg's wardrobe is hard to believe

Hitchcock has been styling members of the tech and business industries for 25 years, convincing them to part with stained tees and ratty jeans and glow up enough to be prominent in the field without embarrassing anyone.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 7:12 am

Period tracking apps taught me more about my flow than sex ed ever did


The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility.

Have you ever had a weird question about sex? We want to know about it. Fill out this Google Form and your response may be included (anonymously) in a future story.

My period has always been something of a mystery. 

For months at a time it will arrive as expected like clockwork, then it vanishes for what seems like an eternity, and on far less pleasant occasions, it has lasted for as long as 45 days thanks to birth control complications.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 6:00 am

Snag this illustrating software on sale for 50% off


Let's face it: Technology makes life a lot easier, doesn't it? With a few swipes and taps, you can do just about anything from hailing a cab, to meeting romantic suitors, to ordering a heaping plate of lo mein straight to your doorstep.

SEE ALSO: Defy gravity at this interactive optical-illusion museum

However, one of the (very) few things technology can't simplify is art. Sure, there are a ton of apps that'll turn your ho-hum snapshot into an Insta-worthy, filtered-to-perfection masterpiece. But creating something from scratch? You'll need to learn a bunch of coding languages, programs, and shortcuts. Read more...

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Posted on 23 September 2018 | 9:00 pm

Tim Cook reportedly behind Apple's lame, sanitized television production plans


Apple has all the money in the world, but as the disastrous Planet of the Apps proved, money is no substitute for good taste. 

The 2017 reality show from the makers of your favorite $1,449 phone pitted app developers against each other for the approval of their celebrity ring masters, and in doing so kept clear of all the hallmarks of many of today's most popular shows: Sex, drugs, profanity, and violence. That appears to have been very much by CEO Tim Cook's design, who the Wall Street Journal reports has made it very clear that shows produced by Apple should be wholesome affairs. 

SEE ALSO: Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' totally gets kids are just a speed bump on the road to Read more...

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Posted on 23 September 2018 | 8:50 am

This Tesla key fob looks like, you guessed it, a mini Tesla Model 3


Tesla likes to do things differently. 

So when Electrek reported last month that the electric car company was allegedly working on a new key fob for its Model 3, we should have known it wouldn't be just your standard blob of a BLE device. Thanks to newly released documents filed to the FCC, we now know that's exactly right. 

SEE ALSO: Your Tesla is probably vulnerable to hackers, but there's an easy fix

According to the filing, the as-of-yet-unreleased fob is actually shaped like a mini Model 3. Basically, it looks like the most expensive Hot Wheels car you never owned. 



Image: tesla / fcc

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Posted on 23 September 2018 | 7:10 am

Google is trying, and failing, to cover its creepy Chinese search engine tracks


Google wants the world's information to be universally accessible, unless that information just so happens to relate to its reported efforts to build a censored Chinese search engine that tracks its users.

According to the Intercept, which first broke the story of the project codenamed Dragonfly in early August, the Mountain View-based search and advertising giant is going to great lengths to keep information about its plans secret — even from its own employees. 

SEE ALSO: Google's secret China censorship project shares a name with Sergey Brin's mega-yacht

The latest example of the company's attempt to squash even internal debate about the heavily criticized plans comes in the form of an internal memo. Specifically, the forced deletion of it. The memo, reportedly written by a Google engineer, detailed how the Chinese search engine would track users' locations, force them to login, and give "unilateral access" to a third-party Chinese partner. Read more...

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Posted on 23 September 2018 | 5:31 am

Americans hate selfies, but can't stop taking them


Americans have a love-hate relationship with selfies.

A new survey from the research company YouGov shows that over 63 percent of Americans say they take selfies. But that doesn't mean America is all aboard the selfie train. 

While most Americans may take selfies, the majority of selfie-takers also associate at least one negative trait like "annoying" or "narcissistic" with the ubiquitous photos, according to the survey. 

SEE ALSO: Ugh, of course 'Snapchat dysmorphia' is a thing in plastic surgery now

Sheesh, what's with all the self-loathing, America? We really need to spend more time looking into the mirror on that one! Read more...

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Posted on 23 September 2018 | 1:00 am

10 hidden features in iOS 12


With any software upgrade, there's a lot to unpack. 

Apple's iOS 12 is no different. You probably noticed Screen Time, Grouped Notifications, and fun photo effects right after the update. However, it’s the small changes that can make all the difference.

SEE ALSO: Here's how to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 12

We've been digging through iOS 12 and found 10 hidden features that will level-up your iPhone experience.

1. Face ID alternate appearance


Apple's TrueDepth sensor is the secret to how Face ID lets you unlock your iPhone with a glance. However, if you wear sunglasses often, sometimes put on heavy makeup, or switch wigs regularly — all of which are pretty common in professions like acting — facial recognition can fail a good chunk of the time. Read more...

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Posted on 23 September 2018 | 12:35 am

The 2017 MacBook Pro (yes, with the Touch Bar) is $400 off — that's the best price we've *ever* seen


Update: This deal has now ended. 

This is a big month for Team Apple, y'all.

The new iPhones were announced as well as the Apple Watch Series 4 — but if you were hoping for a new MacBook, you might be feeling left out.

Until right now, that is. You can snag the 2017 MacBook Pro for $400 off. (And yes, that's the one with the Touch Bar that we *loved* when it debuted.)

SEE ALSO: Pre-order deals and details for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Walmart, and more

Okay, so it's not as fun as a fancy new MacBook joining the lineup (though we're sure that's coming). But it's better than nothing, right? Plus, at a wild $400 off, it's the lowest price we've seen on this MacBook ever. Using code SAVE5, the price will drop from the original sale price of $1,699 down to $1,282.50. That's a seriously small dent to your wallet for a 2017 MacBook. PCMag coming in clutch. This deal ends on Sept. 29, so act fast. Read more...

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Posted on 20 September 2018 | 9:00 pm