[Deal] Grab a big saving on these robotic vacuums from Anker

As we head into February and the craziness of MWC 2019, Anker has reduced prices on a bunch of its Eufy-branded robotic vacuum cleaners in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. This is the only excuse for ever buying a gift that sucks for your loved one, with the combined added bonuses of saving […]

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First person sentenced for SIM hijacking faces 10 years in prison

SIM card hijackers are starting to face the consequences of their actions. California college student Joel Ortiz has agreed to a plea deal that will have him serve 10 years in prison for stealing over $ 5 million in cryptocurrency through SIM swappin…
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Under Armour’s HOVR connected shoes aim to make you a smarter runner

Under Armour has been making a major push into smart running shoes for a couple of years now, and in 2019 the company is taking those efforts even further. This year, it plans to launch a suite of connected sneakers (five, to be exact), starting with…
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Samsung announces 2018 earnings with a painful drop at the end of the year

Samsung has announced their 2018 earnings, and things aren’t so perfect for the top dog in the Android space. We were already expecting this from a warning directly from Samsung, but now it’s official: Q4 of 2018 saw Samsung take a sharp hit to revenue and profit for what’s typically the best quarter of the […]

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Nintendo is making a ‘Dr. Mario World’ mobile game with Line

Nintendo is developing yet another mobile game, this time making Mario put on the lab coat he wore once back in the '90s. The gaming giant has announced that it's working on an action puzzle game entitled Dr. Mario World with Line Corp. If it's anyth…
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The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T seem to have some microphone quality problems

The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are both excellent phones, but as we always seem to note in reviews, some crucial corners tend to get cut. It looks like both models are experiencing issues with the microphone in third-party apps, and it’s causing serious quality problems while using things like Snapchat and other messaging apps. […]

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One UI begins rolling out to the Samsung’s Galaxy S9/S9+ on Verizon

  It’s pretty rare that we ever see Verizon deploy Android updates before other carriers, but it looks like they’ve worked with Samsung to give the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ a timely experience with the latest One UI updates. Both of those devices are reportedly receiving OTA updates from the carrier right now. This […]

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Samsung might be prepping Galaxy Buds earphones for the Galaxy S10 launch

Samsung isn’t really known for making headphones, despite making accessories and gadgets of just about everything else. They do offer the IconX, a set of truly wireless headphones that I think are pretty mediocre, but otherwise they don’t leverage their Galaxy branding to push headphones like other manufacturers do. That might change with the launch […]

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YouTube Music comes to Sonos

YouTube Music just got a little bit louder! Beginning today, YouTube Music is now available to play on all Sonos speakers. Through the Sonos app, fans around the world with a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium subscription can now easily play official songs, albums, thousands of playlists, and artist radioon top of YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers that you can’t find anywhere else.

Check out some of the YouTube Music features available on Sonos:

Recommended

Loaded with listening suggestions based on your favorites, Recommended has playlists for your every mood, plus your favorites and last played, ready to go. From Mellow Moods to Energy Boosters to Throwback Jams, quickly find what’s right for you in the moment.

New Releases

Find a collection of the freshest music specifically tailored to your tastes. Listen to newly released songs and albums. This week, my list featured Maggie Rogers, YouTube Music’s latest Artist on the Rise.

Top YouTube Charts

YouTube Charts are the best way to see what’s hot in music right now. The Top 100 Songs chart catalogs the most popular songs globally, and you’ll also find a local version that’s tailored to what’s trending in your country.

Your Mixtape

This personalized playlist features a mix of your favorites and new songs we think you’ll love. It’s constantly updating, so you can always count on Your Mixtape to deliver a new combination right at your fingertips within the Sonos app.

Library

Easily find your saved playlists, albums, and songs in your Library.

Available in all countries where YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are available, fans with a subscription can now easily play YouTube Music through a Sonos app. Already have Sonos and ready to try YouTube Music? Start your free trial at youtube.com/musicpremium, and learn more about setting up your account with Sonos here.

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Sonos now works with YouTube Music

If you've been looking for an easier way to play weird covers of "7 Rings" through your Sonos speakers, today's your lucky day — YouTube Music subscribers can now stream tunes directly through the Sonos app. You'll find your saved music in your libr…
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[Deal] Bestek is offering a massive deal on a 35W 4-port USB wall charger

You can never have too many wall chargers, especially high-powered ones that can handle fast charge devices and tablets. They’re currently a pretty massive discount on a 35W 4-port USB wall charger that comes with several travel adapters, and you can get it for just over $ 10 with a promo code. All four ports include […]

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Facebook secretly pays users for complete access to their data

According to TechCrunch, Facebook has been paying teenagers around $ 20 a month to use a VPN app called "Facebook Research" that allowed the company full access to all of their phone and web activity. The app appears to be a reincarnation of Onavo Pro…
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Huawei could launch a foldable smartphone with 5G at MWC 2019

5G and foldable smartphones are the buzzwords of 2019 when it comes to mobile technology, with MWC 2019 expected to be awash with demonstrations and announcements concerning the two segments. While Samsung is thought to be showing off its Galaxy F folding smartphone during its Galaxy S10 launch event on February, Huawei is set to […]

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[Giveaway] Win a new case for your Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ from Totallee Cases!

Looking for a case for your Galaxy S9 that’s not massively bulky and terrible to look at? You’re going to want to check out Totallee’s phone cases, one of the sleekest options on the market for flagship devices. They’re extremely slim and don’t have any ugly branding, all while keeping your phone safe from bumps […]

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FaceTime bug lets you listen in before a call starts (updated)

Apple's FaceTime might make it a little too convenient to drop in on a friend. Reports have emerged of a bug that lets you listen to the other side's audio before a call has even started. All you have to do is start a FaceTime call, add a person, and…
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[Deal] Grab some month-end savings with these discounted Anker accessories

As January finally comes to a close and we begin preparing for the madness of February, Anker has prepared a bunch of deals to tempt our barely recovered bank accounts. As you might expect from the accessory-maker, there are a whole host of discounted chargers, power banks and cables, and other gadgets on offer in […]

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Google I/O 2019 will be May 7th through 9th at Google’s typically Shoreline Amphitheater spot

We’re a few months away from Google’s annual developer conference, and the dates and location have been confirmed for the event. Google’s sticking with their plan from the last few years and will be holding the multi-day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater from May 7th to May 9th. All of this info came from one […]

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MIT hopes to automatically ‘de-bias’ face detection AI

There have been efforts to fight racist biases in face detection systems through better training data, but that usually involves a human manually supplying the new material. MIT's CSAIL might have a better approach. It's developing an algorithm tha…
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[TA Deals] Find your lost stuff and save some money with the KeySmart Pro with Tile (33% off)

Are you always losing your car keys like I am? You can save yourself a ton of hassle in the mornings by investing in a smart tracker, and right now we’re offering a cool deal on a KeySmart tool that will always allow you to keep up with your keys and add some extra functionality […]

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Microsoft and MIT can detect AI ‘blind spots’ in self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are still prone to making mistakes, in part because the AI training can only account for so many situations. Microsoft and MIT might just fill in those gaps in knowledge — they've developed a model that can catch these virtual "bl…
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Continuing our work to improve recommendations on YouTube

When recommendations are at their best, they help users find a new song to fall in love with, discover their next favorite creator, or learn that great paella recipe. That’s why we update our recommendations system all the time—we want to make sure we’re suggesting videos that people actually want to watch.

You might remember that a few years ago, viewers were getting frustrated with clickbaity videos with misleading titles and descriptions (“You won’t believe what happens next!”). We responded by updating our system to focus on viewer satisfaction instead of views, including measuring likes, dislikes, surveys, and time well spent, all while recommending clickbait videos less often. More recently, people told us they were getting too many similar recommendations, like seeing endless cookie videos after watching just one recipe for snickerdoodles. We now pull in recommendations from a wider set of topics—on any given day, more than 200 million videos are recommended on the homepage alone. In fact, in the last year alone, we’ve made hundreds of changes to improve the quality of recommendations for users on YouTube.

We’ll continue that work this year, including taking a closer look at how we can reduce the spread of content that comes close to—but doesn’t quite cross the line of—violating our Community Guidelines. To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.

While this shift will apply to less than one percent of the content on YouTube, we believe that limiting the recommendation of these types of videos will mean a better experience for the YouTube community. To be clear, this will only affect recommendations of what videos to watch, not whether a video is available on YouTube. As always, people can still access all videos that comply with our Community Guidelines and, when relevant, these videos may appear in recommendations for channel subscribers and in search results. We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users.

This change relies on a combination of machine learning and real people. We work with human evaluators and experts from all over the United States to help train the machine learning systems that generate recommendations. These evaluators are trained using public guidelines and provide critical input on the quality of a video.

This will be a gradual change and initially will only affect recommendations of a very small set of videos in the United States. Over time, as our systems become more accurate, we’ll roll this change out to more countries. It’s just another step in an ongoing process, but it reflects our commitment and sense of responsibility to improve the recommendations experience on YouTube.

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Apple’s next low-cost iPads might skip Face ID

If the redesigned iPad Pro gave you hope that Apple would deliver a similar overhaul for lower-cost iPads, you might want to temper your expectations. Code sleuther Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that the iOS 12.2 beta references four new iPad…
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Sora is all about the ‘gram in ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’

In Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora gets an iPhone. Sorry, a "Gummiphone." The fictional handset was built by Chip and Dale (I like to think their company is called Acorn Computers) at Hollow Bastion, one of the fictional worlds dreamt up for the Disney-meet…
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Microsoft Launcher 5.2 opens up to beta testers with UI changes and better Microsoft Rewards integration

Microsoft may have totally abandoned Windows Phone but their Microsoft Launcher for Android is actually one of the better options for third-party launchers for your smartphone. It has a ton of extra features and integration with Microsoft services, and Microsoft frequently updates it with changes, fixes, and new stuff. The latest version of the launcher, […]

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LG to launch handset with touch-free gesture controls at MWC 2019

MWC 2019 is shaping up to be a much bigger deal than it was in 2018 with Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony among the brands scheduled to launch handsets with 5G, foldable displays, and even a smartphone without ports or buttons. It will be a wild few days in Barcelona next month, and LG is joining the […]

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Facebook wants to integrate messaging from Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger

Facebook has made many major acquisitions over the years, with Instagram and WhatsApp being two of the most notable integrations. Up to this point, though, all of those services and platforms have been almost totally separate, but it looks like that might be changing in the future. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wants to have users from […]

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Under Armour will make the space suits for Virgin Galactic flights

When Virgin Galactic sends people to space, it plans to send them style. The privacy aerospace company announced today that Under Armour will be designing and producing the space suits and footwear that will be worn by passengers and pilots during fu…
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The Morning After: Unlimited MoviePass part two

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Where were you when we defeated the robots? If you missed yesterday's Starcraft II stream, we'll fill you in on the details of DeepMind's latest gaming exploits. Also, MoviePass is ready to try unlimited tickets…
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SpaceX test firing sets path for Crew Dragon flight in February

On Thursday afternoon the rocket engines under SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle briefly fired up, and after a few delays the company said on Twitter that it's planning for a test flight in February. You can watch a video of the test below, which accordin…
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Motorola Brazil lets slip details, images of Moto G7 lineup

Motorola is preparing to launch their new mid-range smartphone line, the Motorola Moto G7. The company has not been too overly concerned with concealing details, but a recent flub by their Brazil site for employees may have gone a bit too far when it posted images and details about the phones. As expected and as […]

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[TA Deals] Get certified in Amazon Web Services for cheap (95% off)

Amazon Web Services is quickly becoming one of the major backbones of internet-connected services and products, and if you want to stay on top of your development game, you’re going to need to know how to work with AWS. Talk Android Deals is offering a certification bundle that will get you prepped and teach you […]

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Apple hires former Samsung exec to lead its battery division

Apple has poached the head of Samsung's battery division to lead its own battery development efforts. Cupertino hired Samsung SDI's Soonho Ahn to become its Global Head of Battery Developments, Bloomberg has reported after spotting the major career m…
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Olympus’s flagship mirrorless camera doubles down on speed

Olympus has unveiled the OM-D E-M1X, a pro-level mirrorless camera with very rapid shooting speeds and an all-new image stabilizer that will help both video shooters and photographers. Teased earlier this month, it's essentially a larger version of O…
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YouTube TV’s gearing up for the Big Game and going nationwide

Nearly two years ago, we launched YouTube TV, a new and reimagined way to enjoy cable-free live TV on your terms. Since then, we’ve been working to make sure that people in the top 100 markets in the United States can watch their favorite sports, news, and showswithout the hassles that come with traditional cable TV. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re bringing this experience to the rest of the country. YouTube TV is going nationwide!

Just in time for the Big Game, you can now bring together some tasty game day snacks with the full experience of YouTube TV. That’s exciting news for living rooms, cord-cutters, and cord-nevers in neighborhoods far and wide, from Bozeman to Gainesville, Anchorage to Yuma, and Erie to Topeka.

We’re rolling out YouTube TV to 95 markets starting today, covering over 98 percent of households in the United States. The remainder will follow shortly thereafter. You can see the latest list in our FAQs.

Since YouTube TV’s early days, it’s been important for us to create an experience that brings you the best of your favorite TV content. As part of that effort, we’ve offered local feeds from broadcasters, allowing you to catch up with the content that matters to you. With this national expansion, we’re providing complete local affiliate coverage by providing local feeds from the four largest broadcasters in over 90 percent of the markets where YouTube TV is available. Here’s what this means: more game-winners from your hometown favorite, more breaking news and stories you need to know, and overall, a more relevant TV experience.

Just as a quick reminder, YouTube TV offers cable-free live TV through a simple, best-in-class, and hassle-free experience. It includes:

  • Over 60 networks, such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Plus, popular cable networks like TNT, TBS, CNN, ESPN, FX and on-demand programming.
  • A cloud DVR with no storage space limits. This enables subscribers to record live TV and never run out of storage space. Also, you can record shows simultaneously without using data or space on your device.
  • The ability to watch YouTube TV on any screen – mobile devices, tablets, computers and TVs. 
  • Six accounts per household. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and a personal DVR with no storage space limits.
  • Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $ 40 a month and there are no commitments – you can cancel anytime.

So prep those buffalo wings, get ready for some memorable commercials, and kick back and enjoy the award-winning, cable-free live TV service people love. We’re excited and committed to continue making YouTube TV the live TV experience that’s tailor-made for you. And to all our new neighbors and members—welcome to the family!

Posted by Ben Moores, Program Manager, YouTube TV, who will be rooting for L.A. next Sunday


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Google Maps adds custom departure and arrival times to its Android app

By this point you’d think that every possible Google Maps feature would be integrated into the mobile app, but unfortunately there are still a few holdovers from the slightly more advanced desktop version of Google Maps. Google’s been working hard to close that gap, though, and another new feature is making its way to mobile, […]

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Xiaomi’s flexible phone concept folds on both sides

Xiaomi truly is working on a foldable phone, company president and co-founder Lin Bin has confirmed in a teaser he posted on Weibo. In the video, you'll see the executive using a tablet-sized gadget — until he folds its sides and uses it like you wo…
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Nintendo Switch outsold every other console in the US last year

Demand for the Nintendo Switch didn't cool down one iota in 2018. The NPD Group has published its sales data for last year, and the Switch was the top-selling system in the US both in terms of dollars and raw unit count, outpacing a previous record…
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Twitter starts rolling out simplified web interface to some users

Don't be surprised if Twitter looks very different on the web in the near future. The social network has started rolling out a previously teased web redesign that, for starters, boasts a much simpler look — the three-column view is gone in favor of…
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Samsung launches the Exynos 7904 for mid-range devices

Samsung has announced their latest Exynos 7 series CPU, the Exynos 7904. It’s not a flagship-caliber chip, though, but instead aims at delivering a fast, efficient experience to mid-range phones, specifically at the Indian smartphone market. It brings more high-end features to cheaper phones and will help Samsung stay cost effective in an incredibly competitive […]

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WhatsApp limits forwarding worldwide to fight hoaxes and rumors

WhatsApp limited forwarding in India as part of an effort to curb hoaxes and rumors that could lead to violence, and now that policy is spreading. The Facebook-owned messaging service has announced that it's lowering the forwarding limit worldwide f…
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Samsung could launch a Galaxy S10+ with 10GB RAM, 1TB of storage, and a ceramic finish

The Galaxy S10 leaks are increasing in frequency in the run-up to Samsung’s Unpacked launch event in San Francisco on February 20th. The latest leaked render shows three Galaxy S10 variants encased in transparent protection and now details about the top of the range Galaxy S10+ handset that features a ton of RAM, storage, and […]

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[TA Deals] Get started with machine learning with this comprehensive masterclass bundle!

Machine learning is the next big thing in cutting edge technology and development, and if you don’t know how to take advantage of it you’re going to be left behind. We’re offering a discounted masterclass bundle that will help you out, covering everything you need to know to get started. This bundle includes 8 courses […]

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Huawei is in even more hot water for stealing T-Mobile tech

Huawei’s 2018 was not good from a PR standpoint, and I don’t think 2019 is going to be much better. The company is now in some trouble for alleged theft of technology from T-Mobile from a few years back, and federal prosecutors are looking into criminal charges against the company, adding to the pile. The […]

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Facebook introduces political petitions to your News Feed

Facebook's efforts to improve civic engagement are expanding beyond easy access to politicians and voter registration campaigns. As of January 21st, it's launching a Community Actions feature in the US that brings political petitions to the News Fee…
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Apple gets first crack at documentaries from Ron Howard

Apple may have more than a few documentaries on tap for its upcoming streaming video service. Variety has learned that Apple has a "first-look" deal with Imagine Documentaries, the production company from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The move will…
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Hitman convicted thanks to fitness watch location data

An alleged hitman has learned hard lessons about the the value of GPS data on fitness watches. A Liverpool jury has found Mark Fellows guilty of the 2015 murder of mob boss Paul Massey in part thanks to location info from the accused's Garmin Foreru…
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GoFundMe launches campaign for government workers hit by shutdown

People have frequently used GoFundMe to lend a helping hand to others in need of some help, but the site itself is getting involved in light of the US government shutdown. The company has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to launch a donation campaign fo…
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Wear OS 2.3 begins rolling out via OTA

Besides a re-branding from Android Wear, 2018 saw Wear OS receive some much-needed attention from Google with a couple of updates and a slightly newer processor (Snapdragon Wear 3100) for the wearable platform. Now, it seems that Wear OS v2.3 is in the process of rolling out via OTA. According to DroidLife, the Montblanc Summit 2, Fossil Sport, and some TicWatch smartwatches […]

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What we’re buying: A terrible replacement baby monitor

This week's IRL tale has nothing to do with new year's resolutions. Thankfully. Instead, Senior Editor Dan Cooper tries to replace his decent (but broken) baby monitor, and finds that cheaper models no longer cut it.
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Galaxy S10 leak suggests a lineup with three variants

Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has already posted an image that appears to show the front of Samsung's Galaxy S10, and now he's tweeted a family photograph showing off three variants wrapped in cases. Left to right, you're apparently looking at the…
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