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Setting the "effect duration" of the slideshow in Administration > appearance> settings does not work. To change the speed of the slideshow duration one has to go into file jquery.cycle.all.js (located at /website/sites/all/themes/corporateclean/js )
go to line 1072 and adjust the time in miliseconds. what the line looks like for setting slides at 20sec intervals:
timeout: 20000, // milliseconds between slide transitions (0 to disable auto advance)