AR, VR, return to growth

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The worldwide augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset market returned to growth after a year of decline as global shipments during the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19) reached 1.3 million, up 27.2% from the same quarter last year. The overall AR/VR market has begun to grow again thanks to a surge in shipments of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tethered HMDs that helped to offset the decline in the low-end, screenless viewer segment, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker.

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Beautycon Media is THE global community for content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands to come together to celebrate all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle; the passion points of Gen Z and Millennials. We create meaningful connections for these communities through Festivals, Box, and Digital. Beautycon Media has been lauded in leading consumer, business, and trade press outlets such as The New York Times, Mashable, Fast Company, Digiday, MTV, and Bustle, as well as spotlighted on platforms like Instagram and Twitter for its focus on diversity and inclusion.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | February 14, 2022

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | July 13, 2022

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | July 7, 2022

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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Pavilion Payments Introduces a Comprehensive iGaming Software Development Kit

businesswire | June 05, 2023

Pavilion Payments, the leading omnichannel payments provider exclusively serving the gaming industry, has announced its innovative iGaming Software Development Kit (SDK). This toolkit aims to offer operators a seamless and efficient solution to simplify the integration of Pavilion Payments' VIP Preferred program. The iGaming SDK builds upon the functionality of the industry leading iGaming XML standard format for storing data, delivering a superior experience for both operators and players. With this powerful toolkit, operators no longer need to invest time and resources in designing and coding the front end or back end of their platforms. This new development is scheduled to be rolled out in multiple states including Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia, Arizona and New Jersey, in late summer of 2023 with one operator and another in 16 markets as a fast follower. In addition to these core functionalities, the iGaming SDK equips players with the tools to manage their funding sources effectively. With Pavilion Payments’ ACH/Bank feature, the iGaming SDK ensures a streamlined experience for players. The iGaming SDK offers a range of customization options, such as the use of online bank credentials for enhanced security and efficiency while also providing control over their deposit limits. SDK offers a platform that allows operators to quickly enable new features, including SameDay ACH, Credit/Debit acceptance, Real Time Payments (RTP) and risk enhancements without additional development by the operator. The American Gaming Association’s (AGA) State of the States Report shows iGaming grossed $1.48 billion in Q1 2023, marking a 22.7 percent year-over-year revenue increase. iGaming is an important sector of the gaming industry and as it evolves, technology and solutions need to adapt to the needs of patrons. “The launch of the iGaming SDK reinforces Pavilion Payments' commitment to providing innovative and user-centric solutions for the iGaming industry,” said Christopher Justice, CEO of Pavilion Payments. “Our goal is to empower operators by offering a toolkit that simplifies the implementation of our VIP Preferred payment option, ultimately enhancing player satisfaction and streamlining transactions. With its seamless integration capabilities and user-friendly interface, the iGaming SDK is set to redefine the online gaming experience for both operators and players alike.” About Pavilion Payments Pavilion Payments enables the world’s gaming entertainment leaders to create amazing consumer experiences and maximize spend across all their physical and digital properties. Pavilion Payments is the gaming industry's leading omnichannel payment solutions provider, providing integrated omnichannel and software solutions that enable flexible funding, play, and cash out.

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ViewSonic Presented its Latest Technology at "Visual Solution Forum"

ViewSonic | June 02, 2023

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, held its "Visual Solution Forum" on May 31 at its Asia Pacific Headquarters in Taipei during COMPUTEX. The event aimed to showcase a diverse range of future-forward solutions designed for entertainment, workspace, professional, and educational purposes. The solutions presented at the forum encompassed hardware, software, and services, highlighting ViewSonic's commitment to pushing the boundaries of visual technology. The event attracted a wide range of attendees, including channel partners, professionals, and enthusiasts, who were provided with a comprehensive showcase of ViewSonic's latest innovative products and solutions. "ViewSonic is committed to leading the industry and elevating customer experiences through our unwavering dedication. We prioritize delivering the highest quality visual solutions across our entire product range and recognize the significance of the ecosystems we build," said Eric Wei, Asia Pacific General Manager at ViewSonic." As a result, we have transitioned from being solely a hardware provider to a comprehensive visual solutions provider. As we move forward, we will continue to deliver excellence in visual experience through the integration of products, solutions, and ecosystem development." ViewSonic's Leadership in the Market ViewSonic has held on to its No.1 position in the global IFP brand for the 2nd consecutive quarter from 2022 Q4, according to a recent report from FutureSource, a market research firm[1]. Additionally, ViewSonic is recognized as the worldwide No.1 in the DLP projector market, according to the latest FutureSource report (2023 Q1)[2]. These achievements further solidify ViewSonic's position as a leader in the visual solutions industry. Entertainment Solutions: Unleashing Immersive Visual Experiences ViewSonic's cutting-edge solutions offer an unparalleled entertainment experience. Building on the success of the "United by Play" campaign, which aimed to challenge stereotypes and highlight that gaming is for everyone, ViewSonic showcased its newly launched OMNI VX28 series during the forum. This series is specifically designed to meet the needs of casual gamers, providing them with the best possible gaming experience. Alongside monitors, ViewSonic also introduced the world's first "Designed for Xbox" gaming projectors: the X1-4K and short throw X2-4K LED projectors. These projectors offer buttery-smooth 4K HDR visuals on an up to 150" screen, elevating gaming to new levels of immersion and excitement. With these innovations, ViewSonic continues to redefine the gaming experience and cater to the evolving needs of gamers. In addition to gaming solutions, ViewSonic provides a full lineup of entertainment projectors that cater to various needs and preferences, and empower consumers to reimagine their space. The X Series offers an immersive cinematic experience, bringing visuals to life and delivering theater-like soundscapes through the built-in Harman Kardon's customized speakers. On the other hand, the M Series is designed to be portable and user-friendly, allowing for easy setup and enjoyment whether at home or on-the-go. With the company's comprehensive lineup of entertainment projectors, ViewSonic continues to redefine entertainment and meet the diverse needs of users. Professional Solutions: Empowering Productivity and Precision ViewSonic's professional product line is tailored to meet the demands of modern professionals across various industries. With multiple awards, the ColorPro series such as VP2776 and VP2786-4K focuses on enhancing productivity and enabling precision. The range of displays provides the ideal platform for creators and artists to experience exceptional color accuracy, ergonomic designs, and advanced connectivity options, equipping professionals with the tools they need to excel in their respective fields. Workspace Solutions: Transforming the Modern Work Environment ViewSonic's workspace solutions include a range of business monitors designed to improve individual productivity, whether working in the office, remotely, or in a hybrid setting. These solutions revolutionize the way we work, offering versatile and adaptable solutions for the modern office. Whether it's LDS135-151 All-in-One LED Display Solution Kit, ViewBoard interactive displays, or a wireless presentation system, the workspace product line enhances collaboration, streamlines workflows, efficiency, and maximizes results for events, workshops, and tradeshows. With features like wireless connectivity, multi-touch capabilities, and integrated software, ViewSonic transforms traditional workspaces into dynamic and interactive hubs, fostering creativity and productivity. Education Solutions: Empowering Learning and Collaboration ViewSonic is dedicated to transforming education through innovative solutions that empower students and educators alike. The company provides comprehensive one-stop solutions including ViewBoard, interactive displays, myViewBoard the software suite, and ViewSonic's educational "Original Content". This "one-stop solution" equips teachers with collaborative capabilities, intuitive interfaces, digital teaching tools, and a great diversity of interactive materials. Educators can embrace digital teaching whether it's in-class, hybrid, or remote scenarios. During the forum, ViewSonic showcased a range of comprehensive education technology (EdTech) solutions. These included the revolutionary 5K 105" ViewBoard interactive display, which offers an immersive learning experience. ViewSonic also presented its most updated software suite, enhancing the functionality and usability of its EdTech solutions. Additionally, the company introduced UNIVERSE by ViewSonic, a 3D virtual campus designed for online learning, providing a dynamic and interactive environment for students. The showcased solutions addressed various learning scenarios, including in-class, online, and hybrid learning, demonstrating ViewSonic's commitment to meeting the diverse needs of educators and learners. About ViewSonic Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, pen displays, commercial displays, All-in-One LED displays, ViewBoard interactive displays, and myViewBoard software ecosystem. With over 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers "See the Difference."

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Xperi Takes Its Independent Media Platform from the Living Room to the Car

businesswire | June 01, 2023

Xperi Inc. announced that BMW has selected TiVo’s video media platform to provide customers access to a growing number of video content providers, including linear and on demand streaming services. BMW’s implementation of the Powered by TiVo™ platform will include a variety of country-specific content, offering news, movies and access to media libraries. The video media platform is expected to roll out over-the-air in initial launch countries by the end of 2023 for customers of the all-new BMW 5 series and further models. TiVo’s video media platform is a first-of-its-kind, aimed at giving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) significantly more control over the user experience and helping consumers cut through the clutter of streaming and linear content options with simplified, universal discovery to consumers. With an award-winning content-first experience, global content provider scale and profitable partnership model, Powered by TiVo is the ultimate independent operating system. From the living room to the car, BMW’s endorsement of an independent media platform with a content-first search and discovery experience, validates the market appeal. The BMW implementation will also be part of Xperi’s independent media platform, but will be integrated in automobiles to deliver immersive in-car entertainment experiences. “Our independent media platform strategy is well suited for the automotive industry as they make advancements in in-cabin technology and creating new and adaptive experiences. We will work closely with BMW to ensure that the in-car video media platform by TiVo provides a best-in-class in-car entertainment experience,” said Jon Kirchner, CEO of Xperi. “Unlike existing platforms, the Powered by TiVo platform traverses entertainment mediums and gives OEMs significantly more control over the user experience.” "In-car entertainment becomes increasingly important for our customers," said Ingo Lasslop, vice president product management for digital products and services at BMW Group. "This collaboration with Xperi will allow us to deliver a world-class entertainment offering to our customers and transforms their time spent in the vehicle even more into a captivating and enjoyable experience." Based on decades of experience growing profitable consumer electronics and entertainment ecosystems, the BMW video platform Powered by TiVo will be designed to maximize the in-car entertainment experience. About Xperi Inc Xperi invents, develops, and delivers technologies that enable extraordinary experiences. Xperi technologies, delivered via its brands (DTS®, HD Radio™, TiVo®), and by its startup, Perceive, and IMAX Enhanced, an IMAX and DTS partnership, have been integrated into billions of consumer devices and media platforms worldwide, powering smart devices, connected cars and entertainment experiences. Xperi has created a unified ecosystem that reaches highly engaged consumers driving increased value for partners, customers and consumers.

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Pavilion Payments Introduces a Comprehensive iGaming Software Development Kit

businesswire | June 05, 2023

Pavilion Payments, the leading omnichannel payments provider exclusively serving the gaming industry, has announced its innovative iGaming Software Development Kit (SDK). This toolkit aims to offer operators a seamless and efficient solution to simplify the integration of Pavilion Payments' VIP Preferred program. The iGaming SDK builds upon the functionality of the industry leading iGaming XML standard format for storing data, delivering a superior experience for both operators and players. With this powerful toolkit, operators no longer need to invest time and resources in designing and coding the front end or back end of their platforms. This new development is scheduled to be rolled out in multiple states including Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia, Arizona and New Jersey, in late summer of 2023 with one operator and another in 16 markets as a fast follower. In addition to these core functionalities, the iGaming SDK equips players with the tools to manage their funding sources effectively. With Pavilion Payments’ ACH/Bank feature, the iGaming SDK ensures a streamlined experience for players. The iGaming SDK offers a range of customization options, such as the use of online bank credentials for enhanced security and efficiency while also providing control over their deposit limits. SDK offers a platform that allows operators to quickly enable new features, including SameDay ACH, Credit/Debit acceptance, Real Time Payments (RTP) and risk enhancements without additional development by the operator. The American Gaming Association’s (AGA) State of the States Report shows iGaming grossed $1.48 billion in Q1 2023, marking a 22.7 percent year-over-year revenue increase. iGaming is an important sector of the gaming industry and as it evolves, technology and solutions need to adapt to the needs of patrons. “The launch of the iGaming SDK reinforces Pavilion Payments' commitment to providing innovative and user-centric solutions for the iGaming industry,” said Christopher Justice, CEO of Pavilion Payments. “Our goal is to empower operators by offering a toolkit that simplifies the implementation of our VIP Preferred payment option, ultimately enhancing player satisfaction and streamlining transactions. With its seamless integration capabilities and user-friendly interface, the iGaming SDK is set to redefine the online gaming experience for both operators and players alike.” About Pavilion Payments Pavilion Payments enables the world’s gaming entertainment leaders to create amazing consumer experiences and maximize spend across all their physical and digital properties. Pavilion Payments is the gaming industry's leading omnichannel payment solutions provider, providing integrated omnichannel and software solutions that enable flexible funding, play, and cash out.

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ViewSonic Presented its Latest Technology at "Visual Solution Forum"

ViewSonic | June 02, 2023

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, held its "Visual Solution Forum" on May 31 at its Asia Pacific Headquarters in Taipei during COMPUTEX. The event aimed to showcase a diverse range of future-forward solutions designed for entertainment, workspace, professional, and educational purposes. The solutions presented at the forum encompassed hardware, software, and services, highlighting ViewSonic's commitment to pushing the boundaries of visual technology. The event attracted a wide range of attendees, including channel partners, professionals, and enthusiasts, who were provided with a comprehensive showcase of ViewSonic's latest innovative products and solutions. "ViewSonic is committed to leading the industry and elevating customer experiences through our unwavering dedication. We prioritize delivering the highest quality visual solutions across our entire product range and recognize the significance of the ecosystems we build," said Eric Wei, Asia Pacific General Manager at ViewSonic." As a result, we have transitioned from being solely a hardware provider to a comprehensive visual solutions provider. As we move forward, we will continue to deliver excellence in visual experience through the integration of products, solutions, and ecosystem development." ViewSonic's Leadership in the Market ViewSonic has held on to its No.1 position in the global IFP brand for the 2nd consecutive quarter from 2022 Q4, according to a recent report from FutureSource, a market research firm[1]. Additionally, ViewSonic is recognized as the worldwide No.1 in the DLP projector market, according to the latest FutureSource report (2023 Q1)[2]. These achievements further solidify ViewSonic's position as a leader in the visual solutions industry. Entertainment Solutions: Unleashing Immersive Visual Experiences ViewSonic's cutting-edge solutions offer an unparalleled entertainment experience. Building on the success of the "United by Play" campaign, which aimed to challenge stereotypes and highlight that gaming is for everyone, ViewSonic showcased its newly launched OMNI VX28 series during the forum. This series is specifically designed to meet the needs of casual gamers, providing them with the best possible gaming experience. Alongside monitors, ViewSonic also introduced the world's first "Designed for Xbox" gaming projectors: the X1-4K and short throw X2-4K LED projectors. These projectors offer buttery-smooth 4K HDR visuals on an up to 150" screen, elevating gaming to new levels of immersion and excitement. With these innovations, ViewSonic continues to redefine the gaming experience and cater to the evolving needs of gamers. In addition to gaming solutions, ViewSonic provides a full lineup of entertainment projectors that cater to various needs and preferences, and empower consumers to reimagine their space. The X Series offers an immersive cinematic experience, bringing visuals to life and delivering theater-like soundscapes through the built-in Harman Kardon's customized speakers. On the other hand, the M Series is designed to be portable and user-friendly, allowing for easy setup and enjoyment whether at home or on-the-go. With the company's comprehensive lineup of entertainment projectors, ViewSonic continues to redefine entertainment and meet the diverse needs of users. Professional Solutions: Empowering Productivity and Precision ViewSonic's professional product line is tailored to meet the demands of modern professionals across various industries. With multiple awards, the ColorPro series such as VP2776 and VP2786-4K focuses on enhancing productivity and enabling precision. The range of displays provides the ideal platform for creators and artists to experience exceptional color accuracy, ergonomic designs, and advanced connectivity options, equipping professionals with the tools they need to excel in their respective fields. Workspace Solutions: Transforming the Modern Work Environment ViewSonic's workspace solutions include a range of business monitors designed to improve individual productivity, whether working in the office, remotely, or in a hybrid setting. These solutions revolutionize the way we work, offering versatile and adaptable solutions for the modern office. Whether it's LDS135-151 All-in-One LED Display Solution Kit, ViewBoard interactive displays, or a wireless presentation system, the workspace product line enhances collaboration, streamlines workflows, efficiency, and maximizes results for events, workshops, and tradeshows. With features like wireless connectivity, multi-touch capabilities, and integrated software, ViewSonic transforms traditional workspaces into dynamic and interactive hubs, fostering creativity and productivity. Education Solutions: Empowering Learning and Collaboration ViewSonic is dedicated to transforming education through innovative solutions that empower students and educators alike. The company provides comprehensive one-stop solutions including ViewBoard, interactive displays, myViewBoard the software suite, and ViewSonic's educational "Original Content". This "one-stop solution" equips teachers with collaborative capabilities, intuitive interfaces, digital teaching tools, and a great diversity of interactive materials. Educators can embrace digital teaching whether it's in-class, hybrid, or remote scenarios. During the forum, ViewSonic showcased a range of comprehensive education technology (EdTech) solutions. These included the revolutionary 5K 105" ViewBoard interactive display, which offers an immersive learning experience. ViewSonic also presented its most updated software suite, enhancing the functionality and usability of its EdTech solutions. Additionally, the company introduced UNIVERSE by ViewSonic, a 3D virtual campus designed for online learning, providing a dynamic and interactive environment for students. The showcased solutions addressed various learning scenarios, including in-class, online, and hybrid learning, demonstrating ViewSonic's commitment to meeting the diverse needs of educators and learners. About ViewSonic Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, pen displays, commercial displays, All-in-One LED displays, ViewBoard interactive displays, and myViewBoard software ecosystem. With over 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers "See the Difference."

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Xperi Takes Its Independent Media Platform from the Living Room to the Car

businesswire | June 01, 2023

Xperi Inc. announced that BMW has selected TiVo’s video media platform to provide customers access to a growing number of video content providers, including linear and on demand streaming services. BMW’s implementation of the Powered by TiVo™ platform will include a variety of country-specific content, offering news, movies and access to media libraries. The video media platform is expected to roll out over-the-air in initial launch countries by the end of 2023 for customers of the all-new BMW 5 series and further models. TiVo’s video media platform is a first-of-its-kind, aimed at giving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) significantly more control over the user experience and helping consumers cut through the clutter of streaming and linear content options with simplified, universal discovery to consumers. With an award-winning content-first experience, global content provider scale and profitable partnership model, Powered by TiVo is the ultimate independent operating system. From the living room to the car, BMW’s endorsement of an independent media platform with a content-first search and discovery experience, validates the market appeal. The BMW implementation will also be part of Xperi’s independent media platform, but will be integrated in automobiles to deliver immersive in-car entertainment experiences. “Our independent media platform strategy is well suited for the automotive industry as they make advancements in in-cabin technology and creating new and adaptive experiences. We will work closely with BMW to ensure that the in-car video media platform by TiVo provides a best-in-class in-car entertainment experience,” said Jon Kirchner, CEO of Xperi. “Unlike existing platforms, the Powered by TiVo platform traverses entertainment mediums and gives OEMs significantly more control over the user experience.” "In-car entertainment becomes increasingly important for our customers," said Ingo Lasslop, vice president product management for digital products and services at BMW Group. "This collaboration with Xperi will allow us to deliver a world-class entertainment offering to our customers and transforms their time spent in the vehicle even more into a captivating and enjoyable experience." Based on decades of experience growing profitable consumer electronics and entertainment ecosystems, the BMW video platform Powered by TiVo will be designed to maximize the in-car entertainment experience. About Xperi Inc Xperi invents, develops, and delivers technologies that enable extraordinary experiences. Xperi technologies, delivered via its brands (DTS®, HD Radio™, TiVo®), and by its startup, Perceive, and IMAX Enhanced, an IMAX and DTS partnership, have been integrated into billions of consumer devices and media platforms worldwide, powering smart devices, connected cars and entertainment experiences. Xperi has created a unified ecosystem that reaches highly engaged consumers driving increased value for partners, customers and consumers.

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