BlizzCon Virtual Tickets Include Sombra Skin, Chance to Build a Panel

BlizzCon 2018 virtual tickets launched Wednesday and offer ticket holders in-game loot and the chance to shape the show, Blizzard Entertainment announced. The big show is still weeks away, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center Nov. 2 and 3, but the digital festivities are starting early. Virtual tickets are $ 49.99 and can be purchased […]

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‘Virtual brain operation’ moves a step closer to reality

Software that can map the structure of an individual human brain is being trialled in tumour patients.
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Chinese women spend £22.5m on virtual boyfriends

Chinese women are spending millions on four virtual boyfriends in a mobile game which has taken the country by storm.
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Virtual reality used during cystic fibrosis treatment

Cystic fibrosis patients can now use virtual reality safaris to distract them from treatment.
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With 240-degree views, headsets and “sweet, musty scents,” a new kind of pornography offers a realism that is exciting to some, disturbing to others.
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Busan: Virtual Reality Conference Draws Big Crowds

It was standing room only at the keynote presentation for the Busan Intl. Film Festival’s Virtual Reality conference, demonstrating the keen interest the world media industry has in this new platform. The keynote was delivered by Jerome Blanquet, creator of the narrative VR experience “Alteration,” starring Bill Skarsgard, Pom Klementieff, Lizzie Brocheré and Amira Casar, […]

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Visitors ‘help’ Pirate Bay mine virtual cash

Many visitors objected when the site hijacked their computer to mine coins for the Monero digital currency.
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Alexa and Siri Escalate Battle of Virtual Assistants

Apple and Amazon.com are bolstering the teams that run their Siri and Alexa virtual assistants, part of a string of recent moves by technology giants to step up competition in an area seen by many as the future of computing.
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Beyond Anime and Manga, Tokyo Content Showcases Augmented and Virtual Reality

Last week’s Tokyo Content 2017 was an eye-popping demonstration of just how wide-ranging the definition of “content” has become in Japan. With its seven exhibitions and 1,650 exhibitors, the trade show featured the anime, manga and games that have become emblematic of “Japanese content” to the world at large. But the cavernous exhibition halls were… Read more »

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Virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey departs Facebook in wake of controversies

Virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey departs Facebook in wake of controversiesPalmer Luckey, the mind behind the Oculus Rift, will leave Facebook at the end of the week. It's unclear if he resigned on his own terms, but his departure comes two months after the high-profile Zenimax lawsuit.



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John Legend Makes His Virtual Reality Debut in Baobab Studios’ New Animated Series ‘Rainbow Crow’

John Legend has caught the VR bug, in a big way: The pop star slash actor is not only lending his voice to one of the main characters in “Rainbow Crow,” a new animated VR series that is set to debut at Tribeca later this month, “Rainbow Crow” maker Baobab Studios also got Legend to sign… Read more »

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Facebook loses $500m virtual reality case

Facebook and two founders of its Oculus virtual reality technology have been ordered to pay $ 500m after losing a lawsuit.
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Technology veteran Hugo Barra will join Facebook to run its virtual-reality efforts, after leaving Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi earlier this week.
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CES 2017: Amazon’s virtual aide Alexa shouts above rivals

Many products at CES the year feature voice-activated virtual assistants – but Amazon’s Alexa is in far more than most.
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Exodus to the Virtual World

Exodus to the Virtual World


Virtual worlds have exploded out of online game culture and now capture the attention of millions of ordinary people: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers, retirees. Devoting dozens of hours each week to massively multiplayer virtual reality environments (like World of Warcraft and Second Life), these millions are the start of an exodus into the refuge of fantasy, where they experience life under a new social, political, and economic order built around fun. Given the choice between a fantasy world and the real world, how many of us would choose reality? Exodus to the Virtual World explains the growing migration into virtual reality, and how it will change the way we live-both in fantasy worlds and in the real one.

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Manager’s Guide To Virtual Teams

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Digital Virtual Consumption

Digital Virtual Consumption


Digital media present opportunities for new types of consumption including desiring, buying, collecting, making, and even selling digital virtual goods. To these activities we can add those taking place in virtual communities of consumption, online shops, brand websites, and online auction houses that together amount to a vast new landscape of consumption. Digital virtual consumption motivates concatenated practices which produce meaningful experience for their users as well as market opportunities to profit from them. Consumers create and maintain elaborate wish lists, engaging with simulations of brands on websites and in videogames, coveting items for use in online games and even spending? real’ money on these, undertaking entrepreneurial activity in virtual worlds, conjuring nostalgia via online auctions, engaging in playful consumption in other new retail formats, writing reviews of products as part of the consumption experience, engaging in online activist activities, and many other emerging behaviors. Analyses of consumption in the digital virtual realm are however limited. This collection brings together experienced researchers from the fields of consumer research, digital games, and virtual worlds to provide conceptual and empirical work that helps us understand these new and significant consumer activities. Online communities negotiate the? correct’ use of goods and offer technical advice, consumers develop new products, individuals create and distribute their own promotional material for their favorite brands, and entrepreneurial consumers marketing and selling their own products online. Here we may see a blurring of consumption and production, or work and leisure activity that requires further thought about what makes it meaningful for individuals. The chapters in this volume take stock of the emergence and likely importance of digital virtual consumption for consumer culture, including a review of both new and existing conceptual and methodologic.

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Your Virtual Success: Finding Profitability in an Online World

Your Virtual Success: Finding Profitability in an Online World


”Alan runs our marketing department professionally, proactively and 100-percent virtually.”-Ron Cooperman, CEO, KCI Insurance AgencyThe more virtual your business, the more flexible the hours, the lower the overhead, and the greater the profit potential. Your Virtual Success will help a cash-poor entrepreneur, a small business scrambling for expansion capital, an existing business seeking to improve profits, or an independent professional in any service business.Alan Blume’s virtual model has resulted in large six-figure deals with people he’s never met face to face–and never will– and small sales that would never be profitable in a traditional business environment. In Your Virtual Success, he demystifies the cost-effective, leading-edge, Internet-based tools that are available to almost everyone, as long as you know what questions to ask and where to look.Your Virtual Success shows any entrepreneur, sole proprietor, partnership, or existing business how to:Leverage new Internet tools to grow your business faster and more profitably.Utilize free or low-cost online resources to hire, manage and expand your business.Rapidly create a new, work-from-home virtual business while minimizing the risks of a traditional startup.
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Head-Related Transfer Function and Virtual Auditory Display

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This book systematically details the basic principles and applications of head-related transfer function (HRTF) and virtual auditory display (VAD), and reviews the latest developments in the field, especially those from the authors own state-of-the-art research group. Head-Related Transfer Function and Virtual Auditory Display covers binaural hearing and the basic principles, experimental measurements, computation, physical characteristics analyses, filter design, and customization of HRTFs. It also details the principles and applications of VADs, including headphone and loudspeaker-based binaural reproduction, virtual reproduction of stereophonic and multi-channel surround sound, binaural room simulation, rendering systems for dynamic and real-time virtual auditory environments, psychoacoustic evaluation and validation of VADs, and a variety of applications of VADs. This guide provides all the necessary knowledge and latest results for researchers, graduate students, and engineers who work in the field of HRTF and VAD.

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Virtual Personal Training Manual: Over 2,000 Smartly Designed Exercises, Workouts, and Classes with Illustrations. Designed for Webcam, Virtual or Traditional Personal Training, Fitness, and Group Exercise.

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When used with your Passport Player or compatible Virtual Active machine, this pack takes your workout to some of the most captivating parts of the world including secluded beaches, adventurous New Zealand trails and lake shores, Vancouver’s historic Gastown district, and the enchanting coastline of the French Riviera. With urban adventures, mountain explorations and journeys along forested trails, this selection of courses covers every kind of terrain. Includes: Vancouver (Canada), South Island (New Zealand), Canadian Rockies (Canada), Washington State (USA), Trinity Mountains (USA) and French Riviera (France). For use with select Horizon fitness and Vision fitness equipment, see products for compatibility.
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The DDJ-WeGO2 is a compact system that enables consumers and music enthusiasts alike to mix their own music creatively. Much like its predecessor, the DDJ-WeGO2 offers advanced functions and features that make the art of DJing fun and simple, including Jog FX, Pulse Control, multicolor LED illumination, Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod touch compatibility (cable included), Virtual DJ Limited Edition DJ software for PC/Mac and additional support for other DJ software such as Algoriddim Inc.’s djay. The DDJ-WeGO2 is available in various colors to complement the user’s preferences. The controller also features multicolor LED backlighting for the Jog wheel and a customizable (color) user interface for the included software.

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A Virtual Tribute: Remembering on Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is upon us, the special day in the United States when we remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. In Washington, D.C., the holiday turns into a major event with millions of people visiting the various national war memorials and monuments, and Arlington National Cemetery.

Over the years, I have photographed many of these sites. This year, General Dynamics Information Technology is displaying some of the photos on their social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+) . Below you can find some of the photos, a virtual tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

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The Korean War Memorial

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The World War II Memorial

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The Vietnam War Memorial

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6,821 Ribbons: Armor Down hosts Mindful Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery with 6,821 ribbons honoring the service men and women nthat have died in theater since 9/11.

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The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

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The Air Force Memorial

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My daughter Soleil reflects at Arlington National Cemetery

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The Virtual Thief

The Virtual Thief


Joseph Simon, who has more names than he can remember, finds that stealing money from a professional thief and murderer can be a dangerous occupation. A major credit card company, systematically destroyed his life – Joe loses everything, his job, his wife, his home and his good name. Enraged, Joe decides to teach the company a lesson. Using his computer savvy, Joe steals millions from them via the Internet. The man in charge of that money, a Colombian with drug connections, a killer and thief himself, sets out to capture and kill Joe and his girlfriend, Sharon Blum. Joe, James, Peter or whatever his latest name and Sharon, who grew up in the Caribbean, flee to Saint Barts, where Sharon’s “Uncle” lives, only to be followed by an army of killers. They finally realize that only by going on the offensive, do they have a chance of staying alive.

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3D Engine Design for Virtual Globes

3D Engine Design for Virtual Globes


Supported with code examples and the authors’ real-world experience, this book offers the first guide to engine design and rendering algorithms for virtual globe applications like Google Earth and NASA World Wind. The content is also useful for general graphics and games, especially planet and massive-world engines. With pragmatic advice throughout, it is essential reading for practitioners, researchers, and hobbyists in these areas, and can be used as a text for a special topics course in computer graphics. Topics covered include: * Rendering globes, planet-sized terrain, and vector data * Multithread resource management * Out-of-core algorithms * Shader-based renderer design

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Westfield Turns to Virtual Reality in London

WESTFIELD’S VIRTUAL TRENDS: Westfield in London has turned to virtual reality technology to showcase its spring 2015 fashion trends to customers in its Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City malls. Both locations will host a series of digital fashion experiences in March and April called Future Fashion, to bring trends such as denim, florals and “future modern” to life for the malls’ customers. One experience will allow customers to use virtual reality headsets to explore abstract interpretations of different trends in what Westfield called “a completely fantastical space.” Gesture-tracking technology will also mean that customers can use their hands to interact with characters in the virtual world and travel through the space. Another will center on fashion avatars, as part of which customers can use their body movements to create avatars on large screens, in a palette of patterns and images that reflect the trends, such as woven threads or flowers.
Meanwhile Edit Me, Westfield’s trends micro-site — which is available on touch screens in the malls — will allow customers to curate and shop products from Westfield’s retailers that fit with those trends. Westfield has partnered with Inition, a London-based emerging technologies production company, to create the experiences. Myf Ryan,

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Working Virtually: Challenges of Virtual Teams

Working Virtually: Challenges of Virtual Teams


Virtual teams have been used to leverage scarce and distributed resources for many years. Expense reductions, health epidemics, air travel safety, and complex supply chains have only intensified this need. General best practices for leading and participat
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New Trends in Interaction, Virtual Reality and Modeling

New Trends in Interaction, Virtual Reality and Modeling


The interaction between a user and a device forms the foundation of today’s application design. Covering the following topics: * A suite of five structural principles helping designers to structure their mockups;* An agile method for exploiting desktop eye tracker equipment in combination with mobile devices;* An approach to explore large-scale collections based on classification systems;* A framework based on the use of modeling and components composition techniques to simplify the development of organizational collaborative systems;* A low-cost virtual reality system that provides highly satisfying virtual experiences;* Popular hardware and software tools and technologies for developing augmented and virtual reality applications;* An implementation to handle connectivity between virtual reality applications and SensAble(R) Technology Phantom Haptic Devices;* The results of a research study implementing a teaching technological strategy to help Down syndrome children develop their reading skills;* Platform independent models decreasing the level of cohesion between communication technologies and software for ubiquitous computing;* A method for applying gamification as a tool to improve the participation and motivation of people in performing different tasks. New Trends in Interaction, Virtual Reality and Modeling collects the best research from Interaccion 2012 and MexIHC 2012, and presents the state-of-the-art in human-computer interaction, user interfaces, user experience and virtual reality. Written by researchers from leading universities, research institutes and industry, this volume forms a valuable source of reference for researchers in HCI and VR.

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Gameworlds: Virtual Media and Children’s Everyday Play

Gameworlds: Virtual Media and Children’s Everyday Play


Game studies is a rapidly developing field across the world, with a growing number of dedicated courses addressing video games and digital play as significant phenomena in contemporary everyday life and media cultures. Seth Giddings looks to fill a gap by focusing on the relationship between the actual and virtual worlds of play in everyday life. He addresses both the continuities and differences between digital play and longer-established modes of play (role-play, play with toys, etc.). The ‘gameworlds’ title indicates both the virtual world designed into the videogame and the wider environments in which play is manifested: social relationships between players; hardware and software; between the virtual worlds of the game and the media universes they extend (e.g. Harry Potter, Lego, Star Wars); and the gameworlds generated by children’s imaginations and creativity (through talk and role-play, drawings and outdoor play). The gameworld raises questions about who, and what, is in play. Drawing on recent theoretical work in science and technology studies and new media studies, a key theme is the material and embodied character of these gameworlds and their components (players’ bodies, computer hardware, toys, virtual physics, the physical environment, etc.). “Gameworlds “uses each chapter to discuss small-scale ethnographic studies and close analyses of particular videogames, with shorter sections addressing the theoretical and conceptual issues that arise. Building on detailed case studies, this is the first book to explore the nature of play in the virtual worlds of video games and how this play relates to, and crosses over into, everyday play in the actual world.

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Location Is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One

Location Is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One


Conventional wisdom holds that the Internet makes the world flat and reduces friction, erasing the impact of the physical world on our buying habits.But Wharton professor and marketing expert David R. Bell argues that the way we use the Internet is largely shaped by the physical world that we inhabit. Anyone can go online and buy a pair of pants–but the likelihood that we would do so depends to a significant degree on where we live. The presence of stores nearby, trendy and friendly neighbors, and local sales taxes play a large role in the decision-making process when it comes to buying online.” Location Is (Still) Everything” is for anyone who wants to understand the patterns underlying how and why we use the Internet to shop, sell, and search, including entrepreneurs, students, and investors. This book is not only about Internet trends and innovations, but also about fundamental human behavior and the role that the Internet plays in our daily lives.

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Virtual Infidelity — If I Don’t Touch, Am I Still Being Unfaithful?

Defining an affair used to be relatively simple. One or both partners in an intimate, exclusive relationship begin a sexual relationship with another person without their partner’s knowledge or permission. That partner, excluded from the option to vote, may not initially notice that anything is wrong, but, over time, notices that something is amiss. The time-worn obvious signs like inadequate explanations of unavailability, more critical responses, lessened energy, and diminished affection or interest begin to emerge.

In the past, affairs were most often clandestine interactions in real time with actual people. When they were eventually discovered, the previously unsuspecting partner had to deal with not only both being betrayed, but also replaced, sometimes with someone he or she already knew.

Men were more likely to be the culprits because of their greater access to other women and their reputation for more frequent sexual interest. Whether it was true or not, the motive most often cited was more exciting sex in competition with less passionate intimacy in their primary relationship. When women strayed, they more often picked someone they had known for a while who was available for a romantic relationship in concert with the sexual outlet.

Many of these affairs ended up significantly threatening the committed relationship. Also, the outside individuals willing to participate in the triangle had goals of their own which often emerged in unwelcome ways and at unpredictable times. If the sexual affair continued for a period of time, those extra-curricular complexities were more likely to emerge if the clandestine person placed a troublesome call or showed up at the door.

The emergence of the Internet has widened the playing field. Access to its many options has opened up a never-before-available world to both men and women who want to engage in secretive sexual connections. In addition, a flesh-and-blood partner is no longer necessary for that liaison to occur. People can have exciting, secretive sexual interactions via this new technology with partners they may never physically touch or see in person.

When these virtual relationships are discovered, the betrayed partner may feel heartbreak in a whole new way. Without a clear human target, he or she can be even more distressed. Now a once-trusted partner has lived in an undisclosed fantasy world that is highly likely to negatively compare the real partner to a virtual, unblemished paramour.

Internet web sites abound where partners who are seeking outside stimulation can participate in dramatic, often pseudo-authentic fantasies. Those liaisons not only may never be discovered, but are without the constraints of time away, money spent, or fear of discovery. The partners who participate can indulge themselves in virtual sexual satisfaction with much less concern they will be exposed.

As an example, a web site emerged several years ago that offered its members participation in a virtual world which encouraged them to assume a false identity. They created and lived out this alter-ego which would not only be a radically different person from who they were in real life, but a role unlikely to ever occur in that time and space.

Once signed up, they were to live this false identity in connection with other “acting” beings as if they were actually living in actual relationships with each other. They could live out that “other life” and rationalize that it would not affect their actual relationship. There was no touching or face-to-face contact, and the absence of accountability to a real partner could dramatically increase the level of excitement.

Unfortunately, people do not live in individualized, discreet compartments. They “bleed” over emotionally, spiritually, and often eventually, physically. Whatever a person does in one area of life in fact affects every other aspect. Pretending that is not the case not only doesn’t stop it, but can amplify the result. Those fantasy escapes do challenge real-life partnerships, sometimes severely undermining them.

In light of these new opportunities, it is probably time to look at virtual infidelity, define its parameters, and assess its current effect on committed relationships.

Let’s assume that two people in a committed relationship have agreed to a set of promises that both will honor whether in the presence of the other or not. The behaviors they agree upon can be anything that is comfortable and acceptable to both. Once those mutually chosen standards are in position, they become the foundation for the relationship’s “faith”, the cornerstone of the partners’ trust in each other. If either chooses to act outside of those agreements and hide those experiences from the other, he or she is choosing to “break the faith.” Hence the word, “unfaithful.” Infidelity is only one example of a breach of that contract.

If they are to stay current, trust agreements between intimate partners must be re-examined and revised from time to time to make way for any emerging new desires either partner may want. When changes need to be made, the partners ideally work them out together. They choose inclusivity to ensure there are no misunderstandings. Once recommitted to their new agreements, the partners promise one another to honor those new guidelines and keep the relationship’s faith intact.

If the partners cannot agree to new sanctions but don’t want to give up the relationship, they may, unfortunately, pretend to one another that they are re-committed when they are, in fact, not behaving by the agreements they’ve made. One or both may then secretly act out those desires without the other’s knowledge or permission. What was promised as inclusion now becomes exclusion.

Exclusion creates the compartment in which infidelity, whether virtual or real, can eventually flourish. By this evaluation, any behavior chosen by either partner that excludes the others awareness will, when known, destroy the trust they have created.

One of the most common example of inclusion/exclusion potential facing intimate partners today is the conflict about the part pornography should play in their relationship. Some couples are totally comfortable watching porn, either alone or together, while others are wrenched apart by different reactions to it. The decision as to how much and what king of porn to include in an intimate relationship is a challenge couples must face and work out together.

For example, if a man enjoys making love to his partner but, at other times, masturbates while watching porn, it isn’t likely to be a problem between them unless his partner feels threatened or offended. If, on the other hand, he secretly uses porn to self-stimulate instead of making love to his partner, he is operating exclusively i.e., making decisions he and his partner might not agree upon were she to know. If the excluded partner feels sexually ignored or deprived, then sexual energy is being secretly siphoned off the relationship.

The example of the place secret porn watching holds in a committed relationship is just one way a partner can illicitly participate in sexual gratification without touching another person. Chat rooms, phone interactions, sexting and clandestine emailing to virtual partners are others. What they all have in common is the unilateral decision to exclude their partner from the chance to vote on the process and ultimate outcome before it happens.

By the exclusion/inclusion definition of infidelity, are those committed partners who secretly sexually play with others but don’t touch them being as unfaithful as if they were in an actual relationship? Yes.

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