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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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Card Table

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Card Table, a free app lets you and up to three friends play poker, gin rummy, bridge, blackjack, war, or any other card game you can think of, all using a single iPad as the table and your iPhones as your personal hands. It works over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Apple Updates Most Affordable 9.7-Inch iPad With Retina Display, Improved Cameras & Enhanced Performance—Now Available Starting at $399

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Apple today announced iPad with Retina display replaces iPad 2 as the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The fourth generation iPad features the amazing 9.7-inch Retina display, the Apple-designed A6X chip, ultrafast Wi-Fi, a 5MP iSight camera which also captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime HD camera, and support for LTE carriers worldwide, all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.  iPad with Retina display comes with iOS 7, featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and iTunes Radio.

Pricing & Availability

iPad with Retina display models in black or white are available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. Smart Cover and Smart Case for iPad with Retina display are available in dark gray for $39 (US) and $49 (US) iPad Air with Wi-Fi models are available in silver or space gray for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model and $799 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular are available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model, $829 (US) for the 64GB model and $929 (US) for the 128GB model. 

iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models are available in silver or space gray for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 32GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 32GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is offered at $299 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile or Verizon

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Wake Up And Smell The Bacon With Oscar Mayer’s New iOS App

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Prepare yourself for a bacon awakening beyond your wildest imagination. Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is a multi-sensory alarm experience that starts your morning with the mouthwatering sizzle and smell of Oscar Mayer bacon.

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A new alarm app by Oscar Mayer lures you out of bed every morning to not only the sweet sound of frying bacon, but to the smell as well. A small gadget attached to your iPhone’s headphone jack sends a bacon fragrance your way as the alarm sizzles.

The bacon device isn’t being sold – you’ll have to win it through a sweepstakes on Oscar Mayer’s website.

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Apple Rolls Out CarPlay Giving Drivers A Smarter, Safer & More Fun Way To Use iPhone In The Car

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Apple today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction.

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Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. 

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Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call.

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CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA. You can also simply ask Siri and receive spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.

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CarPlay gives drivers access to all of their music, podcasts, audiobooks and iTunes Radio with easy navigation through listening choices from the car’s built-in controls or simply by asking Siri to pull up what you’d like to hear. CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio, so you can listen to your favorite radio services or sports broadcast apps while driving.

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Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014.

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Apple Announces iTunes Festival Coming To SXSW

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Apple today announced the first iTunes Festival to be held in the US, featuring an amazing lineup of global superstars, running from March 11-15. Taking place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, the iTunes Festival at SXSW will feature iTunes chart toppers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more to come. 

All five nights of the iTunes Festival will be available to enjoy for free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. Performances can also be seen in the iTunes Festival app on your iOS device or with Apple TV in stunning HD.

Performances will be available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. For additional details on the lineup for the iTunes Festival check out www.itunes.com/festival.

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iPhone In1Case

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The In1Case ($45) combines an iPhone case with multitools without having anything extra in your pocket.

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Hidden in slots built into the polycarbonate case are blue and red pens, Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers, a nail file, tweezers, scissors, and a toothpick, as well as a kickstand for viewing video. The case is designed to fit an iPhone 5 or 5s.

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Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.4

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.4, which adds the ability to let a user see the Wish List while viewing the iTunes library. The update also offers improved support for Arabic and Hebrew. Additional stability improvements are also included. The newest version of iTunes can be downloaded through OS X’s Mac App Store/Software Update, the Check for Updates option within iTunes, or from iTunes.com.

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Apple iPad Air TV Ad – Your Verse

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Apple has debuted a new television ad for the iPad Air, titled “Your Verse”.

Amid shots of iPad Air being used in a wide variety of situations, the voiceover is from Robin Williams’ English teacher John Keating from the film Dead Poets Society.

 

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Mophie Space Pack

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The Mophie Space Pack ($150-$180) not only provides extra battery life for your iPhone 5 or 5s but the case also provides much needed storage, with either 16GB or 32GB of capacity available. An easy-to-use file management system, Airplay and Airdrop integration, as well as the ability to easily access any kind of file at any time let you stop worrying about maximizing your storage limit on your phone.

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Apple’s New Mac Pro To Go On Sale December 19, 2013 For $2,999

Apple announced today that the Mac Pro will go on sale starting Thursday, December 19 with prices starting at $2,999.

The Mac Pro is Apple’s professional workstation with four-core, six-core, eight-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of ECC DDR3 RAM, dual AMD FirePro graphics chips with up to 6GB of dedicated memory, up to 1TB of PCIe-based solid state storage, six Thunderbolt 2 ports and support for 4K displays. This power is coupled with a radical new design that turns the bulky desktop into a smooth cylinder.

You can buy a new Mac Pro tomorrow through the Apple’s online store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Beyonce’ Becomes Fastest-Selling iTunes Album Ever

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Beyoncé‘s self-titled, initially iTunes-exclusive album “Beyoncé” has become the iTunes Store’s fastest selling album ever, Apple announced. The company said today that Beyoncé sold 828,773 albums worldwide in its first three days, with 617,213 of those albums sold in the U.S., breaking the iTunes first week album sales record. 

It’s unknown which albums previously held those records, however, Apple has rarely had a global exclusive on an album’s release, and has previously not allowed most albums to be sold solely in album form; the vast majority of albums have been made available alongside individual singles on the day of release.

Beyoncé‘s album notably includes 14 songs and 17 videos, all of which initially must be purchased together in album form rather than as singles. Single sales for the album will begin on December 20, and the album will become available in other stores as a CD+DVD combination before the end of the year.

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Apple Holiday TV Ad “Misunderstood”

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Apple has kept with its annual tradition of airing a seasonal ad featuring Apple devices in holiday settings. 

This week, the company aired a 90 second spot set to the tune of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” which shows a family gathering for the holiday.

I won’t spoil the emotional twist at the end, you can check out the tearjerker below.

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The Room 2 Game Now Available For iPad

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Fireproof Games has announced that the much anticipated sequel to ‘The Room’, Apple’s Game of the Year 2012 and recipient of a BAFTA award, is here at last. 

Described as a physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a beautifully tactile 3D world.

The Room Two is available now for iPad 2 and up and will release on iPhone, Android and Amazon Kindle Fire very soon.

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Features:

Pick up and play design: Easy to start, hard to put down, an entrancing mix of intriguing puzzles with a simple user interface

Innovative Touch Controls: A tactile experience so natural you can almost feel the surface of each object

Realistic 3D Locations: Immerse yourself in a variety of stunning environments which will challenge your puzzle solving prowess.

Detailed 3D Objects: Pore over the intricate details of dozens of artifacts in search of their hidden secrets.

Unnerving Audio: A haunting soundtrack and dynamic sound effects create a soundscape that reacts to your play.

iCloud & Game Center Now Supported: Share your progress between multiple devices, and unlock the all-new achievements.

Multi Language Support: Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish & Brazilian Portuguese.

You can download the eagerly anticipated app HERE for $4.99.

 

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iTunes 12 Days of Gifts App

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The 12 Day of Gifts app is now available to download from iTunes. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id777716569 or you can search the iTunes store on your Apple device for the 12 Days of Gifts.

From December 26th through January 6th, the free app allows you to download free music, TV episodes, movies, apps or books from some of the biggest stars on iTunes. Each free download is available for 24 hours only. Get each gift before midnight PST!

Please note, the app is only compatible with iOS7 and onwards.

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The $3,300 Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S

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The Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S ($3,300) comes in solid, 24-karat gold covering the edges, top, bottom, and back. You can also choose the platinum or rose gold additions. 

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If you want to bling out the device you can choose to upgrade it with Swarovski style embellishments on the logo, bezel, and more.

The unlocked sim-free phone will arrive in a luxury cherry oak finish box that will look impressive under the Christmas tree.

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Apple Giving Away A Holiday Playlist Album Full of Holiday Hits

To get you in the spirit of the holidays, Apple is giving away a free Holiday Playlist album to anyone who uses the Apple Store app for iPhone. Recently Apple has started giving away a weekly app inside its Apple Store app, but this marks the first time the company is giving away an album. The album will be available until December 31.

Holiday Playlist features eight tracks of contemporary and classic holiday tunes from artists such as Nick Lowe, Mary J. Blige, Marvin Sapp, Kelly Clarkson and more.

To get the album, open the Apple Store app on your iPhone, scroll down to where it says “Holiday Cheer” and then tap the “Download now for free button.” You’ll be taken to the iTunes Store app, where a download code will be generated in the Redeem field. Tap “Redeem” and the songs will begin downloading.

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PayPal Starts Selling iTunes Digital Gift Cards

PayPal, The eBay-owned company is diving into the digital gift card business and Apple’s iTunes will be the first major partner. 

The online payment company just began selling redeemable iTunes gift codes via a new web portal and proceeded to sell out of the two cheapest versions immediately.

You can currently purchase US$50 and $100 iTunes codes via the new PayPal Digital Gifts store, however the $15 and $25 options are currently depleted.

There’s no indication of when PayPal’s stocks will be replenished.

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Apple Announces Its 2013 Black Friday Online & In-Store Sale Event

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Apple has confirmed that it will be holding its annual Black Friday sale again this year. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

Discounted pricing will be available both online and in retail stores. The online part of the sale kicks off this Friday (November 29, 2013) at midnight and lasts 24 hours.

You can shop on Apple’s website or through its Apple Store app. Brick and mortar sales will start when Apple stores open for Black Friday. You can find a list of stores and their hours on Apple’s website.

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Pencil

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Fifty Three, the company that brought us the Paper app for the iPad has introduced their take on the artist’s stylus, the Pencil ($50-$60). 

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Available in either graphite or walnut, and inspired by the shape of a carpenter’s pencil, this stylus sports a range of features that let you create digital art more easily.

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Palm rejection makes sure that Paper doesn’t pick up the presence of your hand while you work, while the built-in eraser lets you simply remove mistakes. Bluetooth connectivity, a month of battery power, and a highly sensitive tip make it wonderful to work with every time.

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The Walnut version contains magnets that let you stick the Pencil to your iPad Smart Cover for convenient carrying. SMART!!!

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Apple Updates iBooks

Apple has released updated versions of its iBooks and iTunes U apps with new designs for iOS 7. The new versions replace the older wood textured design with a new white shelf look consistent with the built-in iOS 7 Newsstand app and new iOS 7 icons.

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Apple Releases iOS 7.0.4

Apple has released iOS 7.0.4. The update is listed as including unspecified bug fixes and improvements. Notably, an issue that caused FaceTime calls to fail has been fixed within the update. The update is available now over the air.

iOS 6.1.5 was also released for the fourth-generation iPod touch. The update fixes the FaceTime bug on the device.

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Apple Enables iTunes Donations For Philippines Typhoon

Apple is now offering the ability to donate to relief efforts in the Philippines through iTunes, after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The option is available at the top of the iTunes store. iTunes will transfer 100 percent of a donation — of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 — to the American Red Cross.

As Apple notes, while donors will receive an email receipt, the American Red Cross will be “unable to further acknowledge your donation,” as iTunes doesn’t share personal information with the American Red Cross. The donation doesn’t qualify for any tax deduction, and iTunes Store credit cannot be used.

Typhoon Haiyan has already caused a confirmed 1,774 fatalities; estimates claim that as many as 10,000 people may have died in the disaster.

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Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products By Leander Kahney

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Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products ($28) is a new book by Leander Kahney about Joanthan Ive, the long-serving Apple designer who designed many iconic products including the iMac, iPod, and iPhone. Author Leander Kahney previously wrote Inside Steve’s Brain and is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac.

Jony Ive’s designs have not only made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world; they’ve overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets. But for someone who has changed the world as much as he has, little is widely known about Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design. Unlike his former boss and creative partner Steve Jobs, Ive shuns the spotlight. Naturally shy and soft-spoken, he lets his work speak for itself and concerns himself only with his craft. In the first book to focus on Ive, Leander Kahney offers a rigorous and systematic examination of a remarkably creative career and provides insight into the principles underlying Ive’s success.


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BookBook Travel Journal, The All-In-One Travel Case For Your iPad & Everything That Goes With It

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Twelve South presents the BookBook Travel Journal, a new way to travel with your iPad.

Slide open the dual zippers on this versatile travel case to reveal four pockets, five elastic bands and a plush-lined compartment for the iPad that keeps your gear safe, organized and at the ready.

BookBook Travel Journal is thoughtfully designed to keep your most important accessories including your high-end headphones with fold flat ear cups perfectly indexed against a soft tweed, leather-accented interior. The iPad sleeve accommodates the new iPad Air and mini (as well as all previous iPad models), even with an Apple Smart Cover attached. Neatly organize your power adaptor, cables, stylus and more.

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A bonus feature of BookBook Travel Journal is that it shrewdly disguises your iPad and accessories as a vintage book, keeping everything inside safely out of sight to those around you.

BookBook Travel Journal measures 8 x 10.3 x 1.9 and weights only 16 ounces and it’s available now for $99.99 at Twelve South.

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