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Is It Really Important To Consider Usability Testing For Your Software?

Usability testing for software is done to determine whether the system is easy to use for end users or not. It is important for any software to undergo usability testing that verifies the practical use of the software. It is very important that end users should be capable of using the software in easy way.

Primary purpose of performing usability testing

Usability testing is primarily done to test the human made product and its capability to meet its intended purpose. In case of usability testing for software, testing is done on products like websites, web apps, mobile apps, computer interfaces, etc. In regard of usability testing for websites, web apps and mobile apps, it is performed to check whether the user interface is easy to understand and use, or not.

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a software testing certification organisation that operates on international level. As per ISTQB’s definition, usability testing is defined as follow:

“The usability testing is done to determine the extent to which the software product is understood, easy to learn, easy to operate and attractive to the users under specified conditions.”

What Usability Testing Is Not

Usability testing is not simply gathering information or opinion about the product. This can be called as market research but not usability testing. It is not performed by just showing the rough draft of product and asking to users, “Do you understand this?”

Rather usability testing usually involves systematic observation under controlled conditions to find out how well people can use and perceive the product.

Methodologies for Usability testing

Following are some of the methods that can be adopted to perform usability testing:

  • Hiring a set of real time users that can work on website or app and report the results.
  • Using a tool, which can provide statistics depending on the input of designs and wireframes.
  • Hiring a third-party testing team specialized in usability testing.
  • Submitting the designs and wirframes to external evaluator and getting the results, etc.

Who performs usability testing?

Usability test can be performed as an internal process in which developers and designers can sit down with user and analyse how user is interacting with the system. Thus, results can be obtained and the system can be modified based on results.

For advanced approach on usability testing, one can hire real time users and distribute particular tasks to them. The facilitator or observer can report these tasks performed and their results which can be used to improve systems.

What parameters are included in Usability Testing?

Usability testing is performed keeping following criteria in mind:

Accessibility:

  • Testing the load time of website, realistic or not.
  • Testing for adequate Text-To-Background Contrast is present.
  • Testing the font size and spacing between texts, whether readable or not.
  • Testing whether website has any customised page designed for ‘Not Found’ page.
  • Testing whether proper ALT tags have been added to images or not.

Navigation:

  • Testing whether user can recognize the website navigation easily or not.
  • Testing for navigation options are short and understandable or not.
  • Testing for reasonable number of buttons and links.
  • Testing for company logo’s linkage to home –page.
  • Testing for consistency of style of links on all pages.
  • Testing for presence of site search option and easy accessibility of site.

Content:

  • Testing whether URLs are user-friendly and meaningful.
  • Testing for HTML page titles that should be explanatory.
  • Testing for above the fold presence of critical content.
  • Testing for sparing use of emphasis like bold, etc.
  • Testing for concise and explanatory nature of main copy.
  • Testing for more clear and descriptive major headings.
  • Testing for consistency in use of styles and colors.

Advantages of Usability Testing

  • Usability testing can find potential bugs and loopholes in the system that is generally not noticed by developers and can even escape other types of testing.
  • If it performed using proper resources, it can help to fix all issues that user may face while using the application, even before its release.
  • Usability testing can be modified to integrate with other types of testing like system integration testing, unit testing, functional testing, etc.
  • Well planned usability testing can be economical and thus can be beneficial and highly effective.

Using usability testing  is extremely beneficial before the product launch, as it leads to:

  • Easy to use and better quality software.
  • Product which is more readily accepted by users &
  • Product that shortens the learning curve for new users.

However there are some limitations associated with usability testing like for large data collection, the process can be time consuming. Long-term experiences cannot be tested and also users may react differently when they know that they are being observed.

Despite of few limitations, it is recommended to test your product through usability testing method. It is advisable to conduct it at various stages of iterative design process to ensure that all essential requirements have been met by the final product.

So go ahead.

Happy Testing!

Krify, a multinational company, provides its software services that includes website, web apps, mobile apps and wearable apps development. We also provide quality testing services to our esteemed clients to shape their product in a best possible way before its release.

Reach us today, to get the free quotation on our website and app development and testing services.

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Opinion Sharing Apps: Storming Social Media Apps Market

Sharing an opinion has become very common as everyone has opinion these days. Everyone has an opinion. Having an opinion means you are thinking, you have a perspective and you can share that perspective with others. As everyone is having opinion everyone also deserves of being heard, agreed with, applauded, admired, appreciated and liked. Sometimes we may feel inhibitions in sharing them, but social media and other internet platforms has made it easy.

Yes mobile apps are creating a special space for social recommendations. Mobile apps can lead to a better way for people to discover and share their opinions online, either with friends or strangers. One can look upon for opinion or share an opinion on any topic through networking by taking an insight into what friends, photo-takers, followers are thinking and doing.

Such opinion sharing apps are creating buzz in the mobile app markets as you don’t need to go places to look out for what public (either friends or strangers) are thinking about any person, place, clothes, idea or any topic. This info is used to build interest graph or opinion graph.

Why companies are running after data from sharing apps?

Smaller social networks like Pinterest serves niche audiences, which integrates interest graph and social graphs and allow us to follow our interests. Mobile apps for opinion sharing leads to mind-boggling amount of data through interactions, behaviour, preferences, relationships, etc. that is created every day. Many data curing companies are eager to mine all these activities and interactions to interpret how masses are feeling about a particular brand, idea, topic, etc.

Opinion sharing apps are aimed to replicate the way people emotionally react in real conditions of life and react to content. Data generated through such a way could be a potential data for companies to target demographics. Users of such apps are majorly from age group of 20s and 30s and demographics will convey the picture of opinion or reactions from young population. This could be a potential monetization strategy for companies.

Why opinions need to be shared?

Opinion sharing apps are not necessarily for making new friends, but for a lot of fun to join a group where like-minded people and those with similar opinion are participating and are willing to be vulnerable and genuine.

The opinion sharing apps connects people based on their opinions or votes they give for a particular action, topic, product or idea. This way you get to collect opinions of people on a particular thing. It can be about clothes, about financial system, favourite actors or any topic. Through number of votes you get for your opinion shared, or through reaction from the people you will come to a conclusion about what maximum number of people have to say about the thing that you have shared.

Opinion sharing apps are based on matching algorithm. Krify has competence to develop such mobile apps. Through cumulative selection and cumulative ranking people with similar opinions and answers can be identified. The algorithm for matching can be based on following criteria:

  • One to one cumulative selection based on single question asked or topic created.
  • Category based cumulative selection based on reactions or answers on particular category.
  • Keyword based cumulative selection based on people’s reaction and answers related to particular keyword.

Krify has developed some mobile apps that is based on this concept. We have developed an app “Ansabee”, that is based on sharing opinions by asking questions. Another app developed by Krify is “Votee” which is also an opinion sharing app that helps in making decisions, small or big.

Thus such apps can be a fun way to decide about anything after looking for opinions from friends and also from unknown people who are like-minded and do have their opinions.

Why Choose Krify for app development?

Krify, a multinational mobile app and web development company, have worked and developed mobile apps and web apps based on such concept. Our portfolio showcases various apps developed and marketed by us.  Our expert team of web designers and web developers are in alignment with the current trends in industry. Expert and professional mobile and web app development teams at Krify are dedicated towards developing Android apps, iPhone apps and web apps as per the client requirements.

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Artificial Intelligence – Making Smartphones Smarter

Microsoft has released its open source Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub. Now the tools which are used by Microsoft researchers to accelerate approach and work in artificial intelligence, will be available for broad group developers through an open-source license.

Xuedong Huang, the chief speech scientist from Microsoft, mentioned that it could be useful to everyone right from deep learning startups to well established companies that are into processing of lot of data in real time.

Microsoft described CNTK as “a unified deep-learning toolkit that describes neural networks as a series of computational steps via a directed graph.” It has been claimed as an alternative for some of the established deep learning frameworks, toolkits and libraries like Theano, Torch, TensorFlow and many more.

Researchers said that this new toolkit is faster in image and speech recognition than four of the other computational toolkits. Microsoft had explored deep neural networks like systems that replicate the biological processing of human brain. Computers with Graphics processing units (GPU) can run CNTK because it has best tools for processing complicated algorithms that improves artificial intelligence. They have claimed that CNTK is an insanely more efficient toolkit that any other toolkits.

The size of the company does not matter for using CNTK. Any deep-learning startup, medium-sized or bigger company processing a lot of data can use CNTK.

Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Devices

Artificial intelligence is creating a big storm in the field of technology. As smartphone has become a part of daily routine, we need more and  more clever phone devices. Researchers are readily applying traditional Artificial Intelligence techniques in the mobile environment. Such techniques like machine learning, speech recognition, natural language processing and classification creates powerful applications like Kinect from Microsoft and SIRI from iOS.

The trend in technology is continuously making computer technology devices smaller and personal. The next hot trend is wearable computer technology that would be carried like clothes, head mounted display technologies. These creates novel ways of augmenting User’s reality.  The vision of this new computerized infrastructure will be having applications, for instance, people may get reminded to buy milk when they come in front of diary shelf in supermarket. It will happen due to receiving message from wearable computer of refrigerator that has got to monitor the content into the refrigerator.

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AI methods seem to be very much promising tool for building situation and location aware mobile systems that will help users to work and behave in an unobtrusive manner. APIs for natural language understanding and machine learning are within closer reach than before. Consumers are looking forward for apps that can be used in an assisting and unobtrusive way. More and more killer apps will be seen at consumer as well as enterprise levels.

The main reason behind that we don’t see neural networks in mobiles is the power. MIT has come up with a solution on this by revealing Eyeriss, a chip that can have neural networks in low-power devices. If power usage can be reduced many folds, then deep learning tasks won’t kill the battery of your iPhone.

Although this kind of technology is not available in something that you can buy, but sooner you can have your smartphone that will handle AI-based processing locally. This technology can become a practical reality in near future.

Krify

Krify has been working on machine learning technology, as artificial intelligence is the future of technology. We specialize in enterprise solutions and mobile apps and websites development for start-ups as well as for established companies. Contact us today to get free consultation from our Technical Director.

 

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What alternatives exist as Parse is shutting down?

Recently Parse came up with the announcement that they are shutting down their mobile backend as a service. Parse helps in simplifying the addition of rich features to your Android, iOS and HTML5 apps. It produces back-end tools for developers that helps in storing data in the cloud, manage identity log-ins, run custom code in the cloud and handle push notifications.

A bad news for developers who have built an app on top of Parse. But the relief is that they are giving 12 months’ time to find new solutions. They are also providing a path to running your own ‘Parse-compatible service.’ They have also provided the migration guide about exporting Parse data.

Some of the alternatives available in place of Parse is as follows:

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  • Firebase

Firebase is a scalable and real time data storage and communication solution and comes as a freemium service. It is a cloud database for powering collaborative, realtime apps. Its great and flexible majorly for realtime data, but not so flexibely for things like SMS, payments, push notifications, etc.

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  • AWS Mobile Hub

AWS Mobile Hub is available commercially on Amazon. It is a direct Parse replacement and allows you to add and configure features for your mobile app. Its features includes data storage, user authentication, push notifications, analytics, backend logic and content delivery. It also gives you easy access to testing on real devices. Analytics dashboards can also be used easily to track usage of app. All these features from a single integrated console.

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  • Backand

Backand is another freemium service provides as a powerful backend-as-a- service for Angular JS. Its unique feature is that provides both server side back-end and the application front-end. It provides an easy solution for rapidly developing and running cross-platform cloud applications.

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  • Deployd

Deployd is an open source API development tool for Mobile and Web developers. Deployd APIs are made up of plug-and-play resources like collection that can be added easily and defined through deployd dashboard.

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  • RemoteStorage

RemoteStorage is a free and open protocol for per-user storage. You can own your data and everything in one single place. You can use a storage aacount with provider you trust, or you can even set up your own storage server. You can develop your web app without developing the backend for it, as your users will be able to connect to their own backend at runtime. Offline support is also built into the RemoteStorage.js by default.

Why Krify?

Krify is a multinational, global technology software development and consulting company. Our core competencies include mobile app development for various platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, Cross-platform), Web app and website development.

Krify’s competitive advantage is its operational efficiency – with suitable project management systems such as agile, process oriented approach to achieve effective communication and co-ordination on projects and readiness for upcoming technologies. Krify provides high quality and cost effective products to their customers by combining their strategic, creative and technology skills with their ability in innovation.

At Krify, we are passionate to create value.  Let’s get in touch with your requirement to take it to the innovative level.  Navigate through our portfolio for more information on our accomplished projects.

 

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Google Polymer

Google Polymer – Developers way to change your Web Apps and Website

Google developed a core library for styling and defining Web Components, called as Google Polymer. Its public development started in November 2013. Polymer helps you define your own custom HTML elements using set of W3C standards and upcoming browser APIs that Polymer has.

Using Google Polymer is very much similar to Angular directives. But off course it is different too. Polymer was first introduced by Google on Google I/O 2013. Google I/O is an annual event/conference for developers that hosts inspirational talks, technical sessions focused on building mobile, web and enterprise applications with Google and other open web technologies. It was first started with Google I/O 2008.

Google’s Polymers is a first library, one of its kind. It fully embraces the new brave web platform. It has brought the revolution in the area of web components.

Polymer basically enables developers to work with web components and the four underlying low-level APIs – HTML imports, HTML templates, shadow DOM and custom elements.

At Google I/O 2014, the Polymer team announced their ambition to drive Polymer forward by providing an extensive library of prebuilt elements for developers, that would be based on material design guidelines. At Google I/O 2015, Polymer version 1.0, the production-ready version was announced officially.

Difference between Angular and Polymer

Angular provides a complete framework for building webapps. Polymer is a complete library for Web Components creation which can be used to build a webapp. Polymer does not provide high level APIs for things like services, server communication, routing and the like, but Angular does. But Polymer focuses on allowing you to create rich, powerful and reusable web components, that can be used to build webapps.

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Components of Polymer:

When the production ready version 1.0 of Polymer was announced, it was announced that it will have different sets of element product lines. These are reusable building blocks that are pre-built for developers and will enable an ecosystem of modular building blocks. These elements are as follows:

Fe – Iron Elements:

These utility elements handles basic layouting and core functionality, without applying any complex visual styles.

Go – Google web components:

These are wrappers for Google APIs and services like elements for Google Maps, Google Calendar and YouTube.

Md – Paper Elements

These are web component implementation of material design based on iron element.

Ne- Neon Elements

It provides all fancy special effects. Presently, only a web animations elements is there, which has some cool demos.

Au – Gold elements

These are special elements and can be used for e-commerce for credit-card input elements and like that.

Pt – Platinum elements

These elements have components that enables complex web app functionality like push notifications.

Mo – Molecules

These molecule elements are wrappers for other JavaScript libraries.

This is a basic Polymer repository. The repository of custom elements have even more and fascinating elements. These elements are not essentially based on Polymer but they are compatible, that is the magic of web components.

Polymer Starter Kit is a basic application skeleton, with material design, responsive layout, routine functionality and offline coaching via the service worker API. Web components provided by Polymer have custom elements that can be used to mark up the app.

Team of Krify understands the process of website development and mobile applications development from scratch. We have developed award-winning solutions that became popular and has helped our client to achieve their goals. We core competency includes innovative and competitive Mobile Apps, Websites and Web Apps development.

If you are looking for web development and services related to it, then contact us today. We are equipped and well-versed with the latest technology available for web design and development.

 

 

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startups

Buzzwords 2016: All about Startup Operations and Business Tips

Startup is the term banging around the world in business list. Whole world eyes on Startup businesses irrespective of failure to challenge the successful Big Business Organizations, with a concept of Low Investment High profit for useful services.

Big Government bodies of top countries like US, UK, India, USA, Australia and many other countries are looking to establish new startup businesses in their own country by offering different things need to establish it. Even few of Kings ruling countries like UAE, Saudi… etc. are also looking for multi-talented people in their own places to give a kick of startup’s success to their investments.

What does startup business means?

Startup means “the first step towards transforming your business idea into success.” Startup can be simply defined as the venture that are operated to make some innovative ideas successful. Startup is built or developed as an institution that is designed to deliver an innovative service or product under extremely uncertain conditions. Startups can be based on small business schemes (officially Small Business venture) or innovative apps (Applications Designing venture) and turning them into successful venture is what takes it all.

What kind of ideas work for startup?

Startup it-self is always supported with Innovative thoughts and it needs all the hard work and dedication to bring a success to it. Here is a Simple workflow for startup, as following Example:

“Team of our krify Venture designed, developed and are maintaining an App called CimplifyED.  It was developed by our experienced Android Apps Development team. The Real World theme (idea) behind it is simplifying the gap between a children’s education and parents by providing timely notifications and pop-ups regarding studies, on parent’s smartphone.”

How a startup company can get started?

Startup is generally started with simple motto along with a team of multi-talented people. Startups can be started by individuals or by a group of people. The #first requirement is an innovative idea. Another important step is knowing how much is the budget needed. It must be estimated first and getting feedback on the idea by doing research on it or by taking suggestions from existing technology/trends experts.

Next step involved is finding or choosing a work place within budget with requirements needed around, things like Infrastructure, systems, man power and other things that will be needed to start the work.

To explain the idea how startup works, I would like to mention the example of Krify group that created CimplifyED App. “The Initiator first started with an idea to develop and then discussed it with other team members and started getting feedback on Idea. Then all required things were arranged in the office environment where to want to create their workplace. For example, Computers, Infrastructure, development resources, etc. as already they has an investor for them who had an good idea about what’s happening inside and outside regarding the idea, which was considered for development into a product.”

How a startup Works?

Every Startup works with a planned module by synchronizing with team. Coordinating with one another, with each other’s experiences and thoughts is important to implement the idea by choosing right platform. Mostly startups have their own thoughts and ideas that they won’t reveal, about how they are going to shape the idea due to concern of their idea getting stolen. For an instance, our Krify’s startup team worked as follows: “Our CimplifyED Team lead choose 5-members of with brilliant technical knowledge and great working experience. Then this multi-talented team chose a right platform for their idea to bring it to success is. The platform chosen was Android due to its reach among massed and growth over Android Mobile App Users as compared with that of iPhone Mobile App Users.

How Startups Execute/run their Work?

Startups mostly execute their work through Open Source and Secured Platform. Many Small things and Customized things needed to plan all activities within the budget.

What is Success/Failure Rate for Startups?

Definitely the Success rate of Startups is extremely less compared with the failure rate. But the Positive thing is Every Day the growth rate is increasing as per the research history. So we can say the success rate for startup is 40% for sure and failure rate we can rate as 60%.

Reasons for Startups Failure:

Here few top most reasons for startups failure are listed below on the basis of strength of their effect.

  1. Greatest ideas are evil

Great ideas are really malicious. The ideology may not remain same, over the time, as human minds keeps on changing with time.

  1. Not Having Brief Idea

If project owner or project initiator is not having a complete idea on the project workflow and idea execution, then the project may turn into disaster. It needs a perfect approach and research analysis for choosing right platforms and right method to develop an innovative and right product.

  1. Fail to solve problem

Debugging a problem plays a major role for quality control and feature release. Most of startups fails at this point and is given as a break point.

  1. Experience

Every startup can’t invest for experienced team to make their idea successful. As a result, the team has to work efficiently with readily available resources.

  1. Improper Business Model

Having a clear Business/Revenue model is a must for starting any business venture. It is not as easy as it seems. After entering into business it’s a much big deal to organize a business model. You have to work on business model very much beforehand the business starts it operations.

  1. Legal Challenges

After keeping all the things ready and getting all good feedback from advisors, family, friends, team members, the next important bridge to cross is passing the regulatory and legal systems of the country where you want to establish your startup. But being on the right side of the legal systems, it gives you a huge strategic advantage over your competitors.

That’s the reason why big industries like Reliance are spending almost Rupees 1200 Crores on legal expenses in one financial year.

It does not mean that every startup needs to pay a huge amount on legal issues. But you should be careful towards regulatory compliance and should focus on getting all agreements signed well in advance from all your founders and co-founders.

Startup Business Tips:

Responsive Website is the essential thing for your digital marketing strategy and is the heart of your online existence.”

Startups to Small Businesses

Startups to Small Businesses

Boost your Startup Business through Digital Trends:

Businesses are getting boosts from digital trends like Mobile Apps Development, Website development, Online Marketing and many more. Developing Hybrid Mobile Apps give more benefits compared with single platform supporting apps, as from expected number of users. Even now we are in a 2016 Mobile Era people are more attached with mobile app, than directly through website for desktop. The huge impact over building a Responsive website and redesigning the existing websites reflects a vast impact on business success rate.

Web Development:  The Website development is one of the major digital marketing tips for small businesses to reach people and investors interested in their Business. It also helps in getting new ideas supporting the current projects from people around the world with same mindset.

Apps Development: Mobile And Web Apps Development Trend is supporting the small businesses hugely. It is taking a great pleasure to move the businesses forward in Technological world. We can see in numeric statistics of mobile Web users has increased vastly as compared with past numbers. (You can see in our previous article: Need of Mobile Apps Development for Businesses #2016)

Optimization Strategy will work: The Second step to push business to next level is following strategy oriented approach from the competitor analysis and studying the way of operating of other businesses that has grown real fast. These things are possible through Digital Marketing Optimization strategies like Search Engine Optimizations, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Optimizations, Pay per Click and many other.

Social Media: Everyone knows the fact that Social media post is more effective than a voice of human now a days. The Maintenance of social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Youtube, Google+ and many other will definitely help your small business grow.

Internet of Things: The whole world moving with a band called Internet of things which includes wearable technology through wearable “smart” devices that are connected with mobile phones. Even working on things related to Internet of Things is great idea for Startups.

World of Capturing Video Picture Capture: People are interested more in storing memories through capturing a picture and making a video and cherishing it again by watching the same things later. As a result, reading dairy, reading novels, books have become an old model concept and now latest concept is posting an Article or a post with status showing captured moments and other things through video and picture, are proving to be much more useful for Digital marketing Ads.

 – Team Innovative Startup Ideas for Mobile App Development

 

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New PHP 7.0 Storm Begins!

After eight Release Candidates, finally PHP 7.0, major version is out. The PHP development team announced the official release of new version of PHP on 3rd December 2015. This marks the beginning of new PHP 7.0 series. The all new PHP 7.0 and its features are so amazing and exciting that we decided to dedicate another complete post about it.

The release of PHP 7.0 is a result of almost two years journey of development. It marks the rise of new generation of PHP that has an enormous potential.

Following are the features to look upon that is going to boost the development process to the next level:

  • Improved performance, as it has twice the speed of PHP 5.6
  • Abstract Syntax Tree
  • Significantly reduced memory usage
  • Many of the fatal errors has been converted to Exceptions
  • Consistent support of 64-bit
  • Secure random number generator
  • Scalar Type Declarations
  • Anonymous classes
  • Eliminated unsupported SAPIs and extensions
  • Zero cost asserts
  • Improved exception hierarchy

For source downloads of PHP 7.0 please visit http://www.php.net/downloads.php

For the detailed list of new features and backward incompatible changes consult the migration guide at http://php.net/manual/en/migration70.php

Why Choose Krify for PHP Web Development

Krify has expertise in development of web system and applications. We provide custom web solutions in PHP. We also offer responsive HTML5 and CSS3 website design and development.

Our development team is all set to develop innovative IT solutions using the all new PHP 7.0.

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