• Apple iPhone 4S Continues To Enjoy Strong Consumer Demand
• comScore Reports December 2012 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share
• Apple and Samsung Displace Nokia Worldwide for First Time in Terms of Internet Usage - StatCounter
• NARR8 Readers Collect Exclusive Items with Free iPad Update
• Forget Flowers; Say It With Free Say What You See App This Valentine's Day!
• The Grizzly Labs releases Genius Fax for iPhone
• hyperWALLET Integrates Prepaid Cards with Apple Passbook - Allows Cardholders To Check Balances And Manage Spending Directly Within Apple Passbook Application " />



Applelinks iOS News Reader - Thursday, February 7, 2013

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One In Six PCs Shipped In Q4 2012 Was An iPad
Three in a Bed, Tablets Complete the Modern Love Triangle
Asustek Likely To Unveil 7-inch "Fonepad" Phablet at 2013 MWC
Apple iPhone 4S Continues To Enjoy Strong Consumer Demand
comScore Reports December 2012 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share
Apple and Samsung Displace Nokia Worldwide for First Time in Terms of Internet Usage - StatCounter
NARR8 Readers Collect Exclusive Items with Free iPad Update
Forget Flowers; Say It With Free Say What You See App This Valentine's Day!
The Grizzly Labs releases Genius Fax for iPhone
hyperWALLET Integrates Prepaid Cards with Apple Passbook - Allows Cardholders To Check Balances And Manage Spending Directly Within Apple Passbook Application




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One In Six PCs Shipped In Q4 2012 Was An iPad

Market research firm Canalys, which unlike IDC and Gartner counts tablet computers as PCs, notes that they made up a third of worldwide PC shipments in Q4 2012, resulting in worldwide PC shipments growing 12% year-on-year in Q4 2012 to reach 134.0 million units.

Consequently, based on Canalys criteria, Apple continued to lead the PC market, shipping 27.0 million units and taking its share over 20% overall for the first time. By comparison, second-place HP was far behind, shipping 15.0 million PCsand beating Lenovo by only 200,000 units - both vendors taking an 11% share. Samsung, buoyed by strong pad shipments, had its first quarter in the top five, shipping 11.7 million PCs, giving it a 9% share and fourth place ahead of Dell.

Mean while, the notebook market continued to falter, with Q4 volumes flat compared with the same period in 2011. Canalys says the combination of the Windows 8 launch and holiday sales in Western Europe and the US had little effect on worldwide shipments. The pad segment, however, grew 75% to 46.2 million units, with full-year shipments totaling 114.6 million units.

They note that Dell's reputation in the PC market also continues to fade, with the company only shipping 9.7 million units, a 19% decline from their 2011 performance. Canalys says Dell's direct business model is expensive and unsuitable for driving growth in new markets, and that a turnaround in fortunes is likely to take years. Should the currently planned Dell buyout go through it will give the company time to rethink its strategy and refocus, away from the demands of Wall Street and shareholders, although Canalys observes that Microsoft's involvement in the Dell buyout raises eyebrows in the light of its recent aspirations to become a hardware vendor. But it is not likely to solve Dells problems as even Microsoft struggles with pads - only 3% of pads shipped in Q4 2012 used a Microsoft operating system.

The software giant's entry into the PC hardware market was also something of a non-event. High pricing, poor channel strategy and a lack of clarity regarding its RT operating system led to shipments of just over 720,000 units, and the outlook for Windows RT appears bleak. "Hardware OEMs are ignoring it due, in part, to a pricing strategy that does not align with the economics of the pad market," says Tim Coulling, Canalys Senior Analyst. "We expect Microsoft to rethink its pricing strategy for RT in the coming weeks. Dropping the price by 60% should get OEMs back onside. OEM support and a strategy to educate consumers as well as attract developers should give Microsoft a better chance to turn the fortunes of Windows RT around."

Canalys says Apple's growth in the pad segment was driven by strong demand for the iPad mini. Its overall shipments, however, were hampered by supply issues. Canalys estimates that the mini made up over half of Apple's total pad shipments, with its attractive price point and compact design leading to significant cannibalization in the iPad range and wider PC market. Despite record shipments, Q4 saw Apple's pad share dip to 49%, becoming the first quarter it has not controlled over half the market. "Apple timed the launch of the iPad mini well," says Canalys Research Analyst Pin-Chen Tang. "Its success proves there is a clear demand for pads with smaller screens at a more affordable price. Without the launch, Apple would surely have lost more ground to its competitors."

Amazon's worldwide shipments grew 18% to 4.6 million units, as it expanded the Kindle Fire range and launched in markets outside the United States. Its international growth masked a decline in its home market, as it struggled to upsell customers to its larger-screen products. It also came under pressure from Apple, Google and Samsung. Samsung shipped 7.6 million pads in Q4, an increase of 226%, driven by its ability to push products down into lower price bands. As hardware commoditization accelerates, targeting low price points is now a requirement for any vendor looking to ship Android pads in volume. The success of Amazon and Samsung has seen an increase in the share of Android-based pads, which now account for 46% of the segment. The sub-$200 price bands now feature products from established players that do not rely on low-quality components, said Tom Evans, Canalys Research Analyst. Those who control ecosystems, such as Amazon and Google, can obtain revenue from content sales, but pure hardware OEMs must accept decreasing margins or exit. Googles own Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 products performed relatively well, with combined shipments of 2.6 million. The Nexus products occupy slightly higher price points than similar devices from Samsung and Amazon. Google's hardware play is as much about showcasing Android and its services as it is about driving volume sales.

For more information, visit:
http://www.canalys.com





Three in a Bed, Tablets Complete the Modern Love Triangle

With St. Valentine's Day quickly approaching, Logitech has released survey results in celebration of its award-winning Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, "the other half of your iPad or iPad mini." The results contain surprising findings about peoples' love for their other half and for their mobile devices, and reveals strong competition for your affection between your partner and your tablet. Most notably, 43 percent of single U.S. respondents would be equally or more upset at breaking their iPad as they would breaking up with a significant other, compared to 45 percent of respondents in France, 35 percent in the U.K. and 27 percent in Germany.

It seems the love we have for our tablet knows no bounds, with the vast majority of tablet-owning singles in the U.S., 93 percent, using tablets in bed. Indeed, competition for attention between your other half and tablet can take many forms. For example, 21 percent of single American device owners admit to damaging their tablet or smartphone while being intimate. Almost three-quarters, 74 percent, think its acceptable to reach for their iPad after having fun between the sheets, while only 13 percent would wait until their partner was asleep. Perhaps surprising, nearly half, 48 percent, of single women would rather spend the morning after with their iPad than last nights date, versus only 25 percent of single men.

Tablets are playing an increasingly important role in building modern day romances, but iPad Romeos should beware, as touch-screens offer plenty of room for error. While 28 percent of U.S. single women feel they have more control over how they perform on a date than on a touch-screen, 53 percent of single men feel they have more on-screen swagger. This confidence is despite the fact that 81 percent of single Americans think they make more mistakes in text messages than in the bedroom, and 31 percent of tablet owners have admitted to disastrous auto-corrects when typing flirty messages on their tablet.

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In a nutshell:
• 93 percent of respondents use their tablet in bed
• 43 percent would be just as upset if they broke their iPad compared to ending a relationship
• 74 percent find it acceptable to reach for their iPad after being intimate
• 37 percent would rather enjoy the morning after a date with their iPad than last nights date
• 21 percent admitted to damaging their tablet or smartphone while being intimate (?!!)

"Smartphones and tablets are becoming critical companions in todays society, so Logitech's survey provides interesting insights into how they affect our personal lives," says Alexis Richard, director of brand development for tablet accessories at Logitech. "We find peoples' attraction to their iPad to be fascinating, and similar to how people click with their iPad, we like to think of our Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini as the other half of the iPad or iPad mini."

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The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and iPad literally click to securely attach to one another through a clever magnetic clip. When comparing what attracts respondents to each other and their gadgets, single tablet owners seemingly disprove the old adage that in love, opposites attract. In fact, 65 percent of American respondents say they would like to date someone they instantly click with, rather than someone with different interests.

Logitech's survey also demonstrates that American and British singles are closely aligned in being far more connected to their gadgets. For example, single women in the U.S. and U.K. are more than twice as likely to want to spend the morning after with their iPad than their date (48 percent and 47 percent, respectively), versus those in France or Germany (23 percent and 18 percent, respectively). Moreover, nearly 38 percent of Americans admit to being more monogamous with their gadgets than in their love life, perhaps indicating that for tech lovers, their better half just might be a tablet.

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This survey was conducted by Logitech in recognition of the launch of the firm's new iPAd mini version of their Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover -"the other half of your iPad or iPad mini." You can also find out where your heart lies - with a pulse or with a plug - by answering some of the top survey questions on the Logitech Facebook page. You can even enter for a chance to win an iPad and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover.

Finding Your Other Half

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini are designed to complement the iPad mini, iPad 2 and newer generations. The stylish, ultrathin aluminum screen cover protects your iPad wherever you go and with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard and a six-month battery life you can type easily and freely. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover attaches easily to your iPad with a magnetic clip, and built-in iPad stand provides an optimal viewing experience for whatever youre doing. The cover also has an instant On/Off feature, which automatically wakes your iPad when you open the cover and puts it to sleep when you close it. Visit http://www.logitech.com for more information.

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Research Methodology

The Logitech survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (http://www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 2,000 single adults ages 18 and older in four countries: U.S. , U.K., France and Germany, with 500 interviews in each country, between Jan. 7 and Jan. 15, 2013, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the single adult population, ages 18 and older.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company's website at:
http://www.logitech.com






Asustek Likely To Unveil 7-inch "Fonepad" Phablet at 2013 MWC

Digitimes' Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai, reported Wednesdaythat Asustek Computer may unveil the biggest supersized smartphone yet at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28. The Asus Fonepad is rumored to be a 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet (Asus makes the Nexus 7 tablet for Google) equipped with telephony functions and powered by an Intel Atom Z242 processor, Other purported specs include a 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen, 16GB RAM and 1GB ROM, a 3-megapixel rear camera, support for 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and an expected selling price of US$271-$305 according to unnamed insider sources in the Asian upstream supply chain.

For the full report visit here:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130206PD206.html






Apple iPhone 4S Continues To Enjoy Strong Consumer Demand

Digitimes' Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai also report that Apple announced iPhone shipments of 47.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012 but only half of that volume was the latest iPhone 5; with the iPhone 4S still accounting for about 20 million units, according to the usual sources from the upstream supply chain, who believe that the strong price/performance ratio of the iPhone 4S compared to the iPhone 5 has allowed the previous-generation smartphone to continue seeing strong demand in the retail channel. Both models are manufactured for Apple by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry).

For the full report visit here:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130205PD206.html






comScore Reports December 2012 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share
Apple Commands 36 Percent of Smartphone OEM Market

comScore, Inc. has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending December 2012. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 36.3 percent share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 53.4 percent share.

Smartphone OEM Market Share

125.9 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (54 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in December, up 5 percent since September. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 36.3 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 2 percentage points from September). Samsung ranked second with 21 percent market share (up 2.3 percentage points), followed by HTC with 10.2 percent share, Motorola with 9.1 percent and LG with 7.1 percent (up 0.5 percentage points).

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Smartphone Platform Market Share

Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 53.4 percent market share (up 0.9 percentage points), while Apples share increased 2 percentage points to 36.3 percent. Blackberry ranked third with 6.4 percent share, followed by Microsoft (2.9 percent) and Symbian (0.6 percent).

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MobiLens data is derived from an intelligent online survey of a nationally representative sample of mobile subscribers age 13 and older. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondents primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondents secondary device.

For more information, visit:
http://www.comscore.com/companyinfo






Apple and Samsung Displace Nokia Worldwide for First Time in Terms of Internet Usage - StatCounter

Apple dislodged Nokia in January for the first time as the most popular mobile vendor in terms of global internet usage, according to new mobile research from StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. Samsung also climbed ahead of Nokia to take second place behind Apple on a worldwide basis.

Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple.

StatCounter's research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that in January 2013 Apple led globally for the first time in terms of internet usage with 25.86%, ahead of Samsung (22.69%) and Nokia (22.15%).

"It's good and bad news for Apple," comments Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple.... Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012."

According to StatCounter data, Apple's worldwide Internet usage share fell from 28.67% in January 2012 to 25.86% in the same month this year. Samsung rose from 14.84% to 22.69% over the same period. Nokia fell from 37.67% to 22.15%.

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(Individual country stats available at http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vendor-ww-monthly-201201-201301)

Notes:

1. Mobile stats for Apple include iPhone and iPod touch.

2. StatCounter defines a mobile device as a pocket-sized computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard.This excludes tablets such as the iPad which, while portable, are not considered mobile according to this definition.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

StatCounter provides independent and free website stats including search terms used to find the site and stats on downloads e.g. brochures or price lists.

For more information, visit:
http://statcounter.com/






NARR8 Readers Collect Exclusive Items with Free iPad Update

Digital publisher NARR8 expands upon the mobile reading experience of the NARR8 application with new interactive features and collectible items via its free 1.1.0 update. As a result of this update, NARR8 is rapidly climbing the charts and currently holds a spot in the top 10 free iPad apps within the Top Charts category on the App Store.

NARR8 offers an extensive library of innovative and exciting multimedia content in the form of motion comics, interactive eBooks, and, edutainment (i.e. educational entertainment) that come alive with dynamic animations, colorful special effects, and full music soundtracks with a single tap of the touchscreen. With this new update, NARR8 introduces virtual currency called NARRs that are transferred to a users account automatically after they perform certain activities within the application. By performing actions such as registration, reading an episode, or linking to social networking services, NARR8 users can automatically trigger these NARRs transfers.

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For instance, in the first episode of the recently launched interactive series, The Secret City based on the bestselling novel by author Vadim Panov, users are prompted to activate an artifact on screen and choose between dialogue options. This currency allows for the purchase of exclusive and all-new collectible items from each of the series. Virtual currency combined with the ability to collect unique items is the next step in expanding NARR8s interactive technology.

"We are eager to engage users in the NARR8 space beyond the reading experience presented by our multimedia stories. Minor game elements were introduced initially and received such enthusiasm by fans that we decided to continue moving further in this direction with the addition of virtual currency and collectibles," says NARR8 founder Alexander Vashchenko.

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In addition to the implementation of virtual currency and the ability to create collection catalogues, NARR8 has also upgraded the applications forums and notification system. NARR8 continues to pursue a deeper level of interactivity and story engagement with readers with even more multimedia series and features planned for the future.

Download NARR8 for free on the App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/narr8/id559770353?mt=8

For more news on NARR8 visit the website:
http://narr8.me/






Forget Flowers; Say It With Free Say What You See App This Valentine's Day!

Looking for a romantic gaming story for Valentine's Day? This Thursday, February 7th, Big Ideas Digital are releasing their Valentine's Day-themed, Love Songs DLC for their #1 app, Say What You See: The Collection. The free-to-download app asks users to Look for Longer to unravel the movie titles and pop star names hidden in a series of beautifully hand-painted canvases. The DLC features 50 Love Songs, all concealed in the form of fiendish puzzles.

Do you Believe in a Thing Called Love? Big Ideas Digital do. This week, they're proud to be launching Valentine's Day-themed DLC for their #1 freemium game, Say What You See: The Collection. The DLC will be available in the iPhone, iPad and Android apps from 1PM on Thursday, February 7th.

The free-to-download Say What You See: The Collection app asks users to Look for Longer to unravel the movie titles and pop star names hidden in a series of beautifully hand-painted canvases. It's currently available on three different formats, iPhone, iPad and Android.

New DLC is released for the Say What You See: The Collection app every month, and what better subject for February than "Love Songs"? It may not feature A Million Love Songs, but it does feature 50, all concealed in the form of fiendish puzzles. Romeos and Juliets everywhere will thrill to the beautiful scene; a Rose red sunset over a Beautiful beach. There are strange sights to be seen too - a rose kissing a girl, a devilish card game and even a few Angels. The painting was done by our very own Lady in Red, Aileen Raistrick, who has photo-realistic style fueled by the Power of Love.

David Stevens, Big Ideas MD is extremely pleased with the new Valentine's Day-themed content: "Say What You See: The Collection is Always on my Mind, but I've got More Than A Feeling that this particular piece of DLC will do very well. Purchasing this is the perfect way to say "I Love You" to your partner this Valentine's Day. Maybe I'm Amazed at how good the artwork is, but I guess, That's The Way Love Goes."

So, if You Want To Know What Love is, please check it out in the Say What You See: The Collection app from Thurday 7th February for 69p.

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
(*) Requires iOS 3.0 or later
(*) 44.1 MB

Say What You See: The Collection is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Say What You See: The Collection comes with a free iCanvas featuring 50 puzzles, additional costs apply for DLC and other downloads. The app is also available from Google Play. For further information and review copies, or if you'd like to arrange a competion, please contact Jon Hamblin at Big Ideas.

Big Ideas Digital:
http://www.bigideasdigital.com

Say What You See: The Collection:
http://www.swysapp.com

Download from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id397730496

Download from Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigideas.swys

Facebook Profile:
http://www.facebook.com/swysapp

Twitter Profile:
http://twitter.com/swysapp

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The Grizzly Labs releases Genius Fax for iPhone

Creators of the document-scanning app Genius Scan, The Grizzly Labs have introduced Genius Fax 1.0, its new business app developed for iOS devices. Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, Genius Fax offers the easiest way to send faxes from your iOS device. Effortlessly send any PDF file at hand, opening it from other apps or choosing it from Box, Dropbox or Google Drive. Easily monitor the status of your faxes; the app sends you push notifications when the fax has been successfully sent.

While you might think that faxes are outdated, people faxed over 200 billion pages last year in the US alone. Despite this staggering volume, sending a fax remains an incredibly painful experience, particularly from a mobile device. Genius Fax will finally make it easy to send a fax from your iPhone.

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Genius Fax is simple and has an intuitive interface. Pricing is per page with bulk discounts available (same price for domestic or international; cover page is free; credits are as cheap as 60 per page). You can send any PDF file at hand, opening it from other apps or choosing it from Box, Dropbox or Google Drive. Finally, Genius Fax makes it easy to monitor the status of your faxes and sends you push notifications when the fax has been successfully sent.

"The Grizzly Labs is playing a major role in the transition to a paperless world", says Guillaume Gigaud, CEO. "With over 8 million downloads, Genius Scan transformed mobile scanning of documents. Today, we are doing the same for faxes. We love making lives of small businesses easier and allowing people to be more mobile and stop depending on paper."

Using Genius Fax, people can fax any PDF documents directly from their iPhones. Here is how it works:
(*) Open a PDF file from any app with Genius Fax or directly select a file in Box, Dropbox or Google Drive
(*) Enter the recipient fax number, optionally sender and recipient details
(*) Tap the send button

Genius Fax is the last innovation from The Grizzly Labs, a company dedicated to make the paperless world a reality. With Genius Fax, The Grizzly Labs hopes to transform this painful experience and make sending a fax easy.

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3/4/5 Gen) and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 6.0 or later
(*) 6.7 MB

Genius Fax 1.0 is free to download and available now on the App Store in the Business category. Each fax page costs one credit to send but the cover page is free. Users can buy more credits starting for as cheap as 60. The first 1000 users of Genius Fax will get 5 credits for free.

The Grizzly Labs:
http://www.thegrizzlylabs.com

Genius Fax 1.0:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/genius-fax-fax-pdf-documents/id566504821

Facebook Profile:
http://www.facebook.com/thegrizzlylabs

LinkedIn Profile:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/1801695?trk=tyah

Twitter Profile:
http://twitter.com/thegrizzlylabs

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hyperWALLET Integrates Prepaid Cards with Apple Passbook - Allows Cardholders To Check Balances And Manage Spending Directly Within Apple Passbook Application

hyperWALLET has announced integration of its prepaid card products and services with Apple Passbook.

Passbook, a feature of Apples iOS6, supports virtual tickets, boarding passes, coupons and more. Since its release use has grown rapidly, with many companies developing apps for Passbook.

"Our cardholders love our mobile apps and the ability to manage all aspects of their accounts from their phones. With passbook cardholders also receive balance updates and transaction notifications in real time in a native iPhone experience, providing even more convenience on the go," says Lisa Shields, President & CEO of hyperWALLET Systems Inc.

hyperWALLET, winner of the Best in Category for Prepaid Incentive, Reward, Rebate and Loyalty Program at the 2012 Paybefore Awards, will launch its prepaid card Apple Passbook service in the coming months.

Organizations looking to offer innovative new payment solutions to their customers by combining mobile technologies, Apple Passbook and prepaid cards can contact hyperWALLET at +1 (604) 482-0090 or for more details.

For more information, visit:
http://www.hyperwallet.com




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