A List Apart

  • A Content Model Is Not a Design System

    Do you remember when having a great website was enough? Now, people are getting answers from Siri, Google search snippets, and mobile apps, not just our websites. Forward-thinking organizations have adopted an omnichannel content strategy, whose mission is to reach audiences across multiple digital channels and platforms. But how do you set up a content management system (CMS) to reach your audience now and in the future? I learned the hard way that creating a content model—a definition of content types, attributes, and relationships that let people and systems understand content—with my more familiar design-system thinking would capsize my customer’s omnichannel content strategy. You can avoid that outcome by creating content models that are semantic and that also connect related content…

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  • Design for Safety, An Excerpt

    Antiracist economist Kim Crayton says that “intention without strategy is chaos.” We’ve discussed how our biases, assumptions, and inattention toward marginalized and vulnerable groups lead to dangerous and unethical tech—but what, specifically, do we need to do to fix it? The intention to make our tech safer is not enough; we need a strategy. This chapter will equip you with that plan of action. It covers how to integrate safety principles into your design work in order to create tech that’s safe, how to convince your stakeholders that this work is necessary, and how to respond to the critique that what we actually need is more diversity. (Spoiler: we do, but diversity alone is not the antidote to fixing unethical, unsafe tech.) The process for inclusive safety When you are designing for…

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  • Sustainable Web Design, An Excerpt

    In the 1950s, many in the elite running community had begun to believe it wasn’t possible to run a mile in less than four minutes. Runners had been attempting it since the late 19th century and were beginning to draw the conclusion that the human body simply wasn’t built for the task.  But on May 6, 1956, Roger Bannister took everyone by surprise. It was a cold, wet day in Oxford, England—conditions no one expected to lend themselves to record-setting—and yet Bannister did just that, running a mile in 3:59.4 and becoming the first person in the record books to run a mile in under four minutes.  This shift in the benchmark had profound effects; the world now knew that the four-minute mile was possible. Bannister’s record lasted only forty-six days, when it was snatched away by Australian r…

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  • Voice Content and Usability

    We’ve been having conversations for thousands of years. Whether to convey information, conduct transactions, or simply to check in on one another, people have yammered away, chattering and gesticulating, through spoken conversation for countless generations. Only in the last few millennia have we begun to commit our conversations to writing, and only in the last few decades have we begun to outsource them to the computer, a machine that shows much more affinity for written correspondence than for the slangy vagaries of spoken language. Computers have trouble because between spoken and written language, speech is more primordial. To have successful conversations with us, machines must grapple with the messiness of human speech: the disfluencies and pauses, the gestures and body language, a…

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  • Designing for the Unexpected

    I’m not sure when I first heard this quote, but it’s something that has stayed with me over the years. How do you create services for situations you can’t imagine? Or design products that work on devices yet to be invented? Flash, Photoshop, and responsive design When I first started designing websites, my go-to software was Photoshop. I created a 960px canvas and set about creating a layout that I would later drop content in. The development phase was about attaining pixel-perfect accuracy using fixed widths, fixed heights, and absolute positioning. Ethan Marcotte’s talk at An Event Apart and subsequent article “Responsive Web Design” in A List Apart in 2010 changed all this. I was sold on responsive design as soon as I heard about it, but I was also terrified. The pixel-perfect designs…

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  • Asynchronous Design Critique: Giving Feedback, Part 2

    “Any comment?” is probably one of the worst ways to ask for feedback. It’s vague and open ended, and it doesn’t provide any indication of what we’re looking for. Getting good feedback starts earlier than we might expect: it starts with the request.  It might seem counterintuitive to start the process of receiving feedback with a question, but that makes sense if we realize that getting feedback can be thought of as a form of design research. In the same way that we wouldn’t do any research without the right questions to get the insights that we need, the best way to ask for feedback is also to craft sharp questions. Design critique is not a one-shot process. Sure, any good feedback workflow continues until the project is finished, but this is particularly true for design because design wo…

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  • Asynchronous Design Critique: Giving Feedback

    Feedback, in whichever form it takes, and whatever it may be called, is one of the most effective soft skills that we have at our disposal to collaboratively get our designs to a better place while growing our own skills and perspectives. Feedback is also one of the most underestimated tools, and often by assuming that we’re already good at it, we settle, forgetting that it’s a skill that can be trained, grown, and improved. Poor feedback can create confusion in projects, bring down morale, and affect trust and team collaboration over the long term. Quality feedback can be a transformative force.  Practicing our skills is surely a good way to improve, but the learning gets even faster when it’s paired with a good foundation that channels and focuses the practice. What are some foundationa…

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  • That’s Not My Burnout

    Are you like me, reading about people fading away as they burn out, and feeling unable to relate? Do you feel like your feelings are invisible to the world because you’re experiencing burnout differently? When burnout starts to push down on us, our core comes through more. Beautiful, peaceful souls get quieter and fade into that distant and distracted burnout we’ve all read about. But some of us, those with fires always burning on the edges of our core, get hotter. In my heart I am fire. When I face burnout I double down, triple down, burning hotter and hotter to try to best the challenge. I don’t fade—I am engulfed in a zealous burnout.  So what on earth is a zealous burnout? Imagine a woman determined to do it all. She has two amazing children whom she, along with her husband who is als…

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  • Beware the Cut ‘n’ Paste Persona

    This Person Does Not Exist is a website that generates human faces with a machine learning algorithm. It takes real portraits and recombines them into fake human faces. We recently scrolled past a LinkedIn post stating that this website could be useful “if you are developing a persona and looking for a photo.”  We agree: the computer-generated faces could be a great match for personas—but not for the reason you might think. Ironically, the website highlights the core issue of this very common design method: the person(a) does not exist. Like the pictures, personas are artificially made. Information is taken out of natural context and recombined into an isolated snapshot that’s detached from reality.  But strangely enough, designers use personas to inspire their design for the real world. …

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  • Immersive Content Strategy

    Beyond the severe toll of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps no other disruption has transformed user experiences quite like how the tethers to our formerly web-biased era of content have frayed. We’re transitioning to a new world of remote work and digital content. We’re also experimenting with unprecedented content channels that, not too long ago, elicited chuckles at the watercooler, like voice interfaces, digital signage, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Many factors are responsible. Perhaps it’s because we yearn for immersive spaces that temporarily resurrect the Before Times, or maybe it’s due to the boredom and tedium of our now-cemented stuck-at-home routines. But aural user experiences slinging voice content, and immersive user experiences unlocking new forms of interacting…

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IT News Africa

  • Nigeria’s Andela Achieves $1.5-Billion Valuation in Latest Series E Round

    Andela, a global engineering talent outsourcing company launched in Nigeria in 2014 has secured a $200-million investment during a Series E funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, the venture capital arm of Japanese mega-corp SoftBank. This latest funding round brings Andela’s total valuation to $1.5-billion, officially making it Africa’s fifth unicorn startup. According […]

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  • Nigeria’s Central Bank Launches eNaira Website

    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has officially launched its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) website for the eNaira. Last month, the CBN announced that it was working with Barbados-based fintech firm Bitt Inc as a technical partner to launch the West African country’s own digital coin. The eNaira is set to launch in October. […]

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  • South Africans Are “Extremely Bullish” About Crypto – Luno

    Cryptocurrency buying and selling platform Luno has conducted a survey of over 1000 of its customers in South Africa in August 2021, along with customers in the UK, Malaysia and Indonesia. Luno found that 82% of South Africans who hold cryptocurrency on its platform expect the bitcoin price to rise significantly, some believe as high […]

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  • SA Has Less Than 3 Days Worth of Blood Stocks Amid COVID Impact

    The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says that it has less than three (3) days blood stock currently on hand as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals has stretched blood supplies in the country. SANBS has also been experiencing poor collection due to, among other challenges, low donor turnout to mobile blood […]

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  • UKheshe Partners Chipper Uniting 2 of the Most Valuable FinTechs in Africa

    Ukheshe Technologies, a leading fintech enablement partner, has announced a new partnership with Chipper, one of Africa’s most valuable startups and the purveyor of the Chipper Cash app, to enhance and accelerate the rollout of Chipper’s digital payment offerings. Chipper’s new planned offerings through Ukheshe include free and unlimited P2P payments across South Africa, value-added […]

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  • Ransomware Attacks Grew 1070% Since Last Year According to Fortinet

    Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, today unveiled the 2021 Global State of Ransomware Report. The survey reveals most organizations are more concerned about ransomware than other cyber threats, it also reveals that ransomware grew 1070% year over year from 2020. “According to a recent FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape […]

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  • Amazon’s New Household Robot Can Learn Your Family’s Habits

    Amazon has revealed a new camera-equipped home robot that can patrol homes and investigate activity on your orders in a move that the billion-dollar tech giant is calling “a breakthrough for security and convenience.” The “Astro” robot as Amazon calls it is roughly 60cm tall and weighs around 9kgs. The motorised device can map out […]

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  • South Africa Braces for Petrol Price Hike as Crude Oil Hits 3-Year High

    Last week, South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) published its mid-month report showing that petrol prices in the country were set for a small decline in October to the brief relief of motorists who have been dealing with some of the highest fuel prices in SA’s history. However, the CEF stressed that the data was […]

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  • AI & Data Storage: Tintri & DDN Together Enable this Symbiotic Relationship

    In the field of enterprise IT, artificial intelligence (AI) is a buzzword that we’ve seen used time and again over the past few years, with the promise of making every part of a business better. What does this mean specifically for data storage? This is the question posed in a recent Tintri blog, which clarifies […]

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  • Businesses Need to Be “Data Driven” for True Digital Transformation says Altron

    Over and above leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud services; it has been widely acknowledged that the key building block for true digital transformation is the need for businesses to become data-driven. Of course, this is a uniquely challenging task for almost every business. Dealing with the Data Challenge At the core of any data […]

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Mashable

  • Best gifts for grandma: 30 ideas for your nana, abuela, or oma

    Grandmas are often stereotyped as frail and out of touch, but those aren't the grandmas we know. Contrary to ageist stereotypes, grandmothers can be into anything: tech, pop culture, even powerlifting. And when the holiday season rolls around every year, it's up to you to find a gift that makes her feel seen and heard — not just as a matriarch, but as a person. SEE ALSO: Here's where all the best Black Friday 2021 deals will be Maybe that seems like a big ask. Maybe you're tempted to cop out and get her (yet another) pair of slippers. But here's the thing: You can do so much better than that, and all it takes is a little quality time spent with your grandma to get to know her interests. Now, setting aside those few hours to chat with Nana, Nonna, Oma, Abuela, Yia-Yia, Mimi, Geema, Gramms…

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  • The best gift ideas for people in long-distance relationships

    Long-distance relationships are the epitome of bittersweet. A perpetual ache takes the place of the company you wish you were keeping; whoever said absence makes the heart grow fonder was really onto something. They were also corny as hell, but mushy quotes elicit less of an eye roll when you treasure falling asleep on FaceTime together every night. SEE ALSO: Here's where all the best Black Friday 2021 deals will be However, LDRs don't have to be as dramatic as Fake Deep Twitter makes them out to be. There are tons of items out there that can make the separation more bearable, especially if your next trip to see each other is still up in the air. Until teleportation is a thing, fill the void with these nifty gifts that can make you feel more connected, keep that spark alive, or simply hel…

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  • Shiba Inu meme cryptocurrency poised to eat Dogecoin's lunch

    There's another dog-themed cryptocurrency on the block, and Dogecoin better take note. Say hello to Shiba Inu (SHIB), a meme coin gunning for Dogecoin — which itself is a meme coin created to mock cryptocurrency — that's skyrocketed in value since Coinbase listed it on the exchange in September. As of Wednesday afternoon, according to CoinMarketCap, SHIB's $32 billion market cap was officially larger than Dogecoin's $31 billion. Yes, a seemingly joke coin ripping off another joke coin is now worth billions of real dollars. Woof. Credit: screenshot: coinmarketcap The Ethereum-based token was launched in August of 2020. Shiba Inu's pseudonymous creators style it as a visionary project, one that's part of a much larger movement. We started from zero, with zero, boasts the latest version of t…

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  • Why Gen Z is plugging in wired headphones and tuning out AirPods

    The must-have accessory for fall? According to Gen Z, it's a $30 pair of wired headphones. So why are It girls like Lily Rose Depp and the Olsen twins ditching wireless earbuds and opting instead to plug into their devices? Wired is an attitude, Shelby Hull, the 24-year-old creator of the Instagram account @wireditgirls, told Mashable. It is the way you carry yourself and move about the world. On TikTok, actor and model Lily Rose Depp is the coolest of It girls. She’s French, a nepotism baby, and she moves through the world with a studied carelessness. Her wired earphones are an extension of herself: unbothered. She’s very put together, but it’s like, 'How did I end up in this designer outfit looking so cool and put together? It just kind of fell into place,'' Hull said. Wired headphones…

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  • How to get Google to remove image search results of minors

    Exerting any amount of control over the internet seems impossible, but Google has finally thrown a lifeline to frustrated families. On Wednesday, Google announced that minors (or their parents or guardians) can request that their pictures be removed from image searches. Google announced that it would do this in August, but now there's a way to actually get it done. Companies or scammers may scrape social media accounts and then re-purpose those pictures to create fake online identities, or for other unauthorized uses. Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen recently asserted that Instagram knowingly jeopardizes the mental health of young women. That’s led to Congressional hearings on whether Facebook, Google-owned YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok are doing enough to protect the children who us…

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  • This robot uses calculators to play Mozart — Strictly Robots

    The robot A-HOGE uses its four robotic arms to turn a calculator into a musical instrument.

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  • The solution to bitcoin's massive carbon footprint could be...volcanoes? — Future Blink

    Bitcoin mining is as popular as ever, but it's a massive energy suck. Now, a new, greener option may be in sight. A geothermal power plant near the Tecapa volcano in El Salvador is now being used to mine bitcoin.

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  • Did you know there's a Dr. Pimple Popper game? Well, there is, and it's on sale.

    SAVE $9: As of Oct. 27, you can get the Pimple Pete Game by Dr. Pimple Popper for 45% off at Amazon. You'll pay $10.99 (original price: $19.99). This game's not for the faint of heart. Both kids and adults who like to peruse r/OddlySatisfying will love Pimple Pete, which is presented by the famous Dr. Pimple Popper. In the game, players take turns popping pimples, and the more zits you pop, the more points you earn. But there's a catch: If a player accidentally pops the mega zit, they're automatically out of the game. Want to give it a whirl? This truly disgusting (but probably really fun) game is 45% off at Amazon for a limited time. Credit: Spin Master Games Pimple Pete Game by by Dr. Pimple Popper Buying Options $10.99 at Amazon Explore related content: The best Black Friday deals for…

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  • Every electric vehicle with at least 300 miles of range

    The jaw-dropping Lucid Air Dream edition electric vehicle has massive range — and a price tag to match.  This Saturday, the very first Lucid cars will be delivered at the company’s headquarters in Northern California. The luxury sedan can travel 520 miles on a single charge, the most of any EV available anywhere. But that long range will cost you at least $169,000. Lucid's cars are finally here. Credit: LUCID Here are other electric vehicles that get at least 300 miles on a single charge. It’s not a long list now, but as more EVs arrive in 2022 and beyond (we’re looking at you, BMW iX, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Cadillac Lyriq), the range wars will be on. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know before buying an electric car Tesla A family of long-range EVs. Credit: TESLA Tesla offers a large…

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  • Breathe a little better at home with this air purifier on sale

    SAVE $150: As of Oct. 27, the Shark HE601 Air Purifier 6 is on sale for $299.99, which is $150 off its original price of $449.99. You'll save 33%. Improve the air quality in your home with the powerful Shark HE601, an air purifier that actively monitors rooms up to 1,200 square feet. This air purifier uses six fans to circulate airflow in a room, delivering purified air faster and quieter than purifiers with fewer fans. The control panel displays air quality info and has options to customize fan speed, power mode, and brightness. There's also a remote control so that you can adjust the purifier without getting up from the couch. The best air purifiers get rid of not only allergens, but also unpleasant odors, and the Shark unit does the latter extremely well. It's equipped with an Anti-All…

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Infinix Note 11 Pro Takes Extended Ram One Step Further

    Using a smartphone for work and play has never been more important than it is today. Mobile offices, e-commerce and heavy application usage are major trends in the industry affecting purchasing decisions. Infinix is taking steps to ensure that consumers always have the power they need to get through their day right in their hands. […] The post Infinix Note 11 Pro Takes Extended Ram One Step Further appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Top 5 Best InfoSec and Cybersecurity Certifications to Uplift your Career

    More than 3 million cybersecurity jobs will go unfilled by just 2021, according to analysts. Data regarding the notorious skills gap further supports that as it shows an increase in cybersecurity employees of 145% is needed as organizations face more challenges than ever when it comes to forming and staffing their cybersecurity teams. However, even […] The post Top 5 Best InfoSec and Cybersecurity Certifications to Uplift your Career appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • oraimo Releases First-Ever Convertible Earbuds

    Like the Batmobile (the fictional car driven by the fictional character Batman) and every other amazing object that’s known to be convertible, the oraimo FreePods 3 are super cool. I guess you might be wondering how convertible earbuds are even a thing. But time has proven that oraimo loves to offer the unthinkable. They offered […] The post oraimo Releases First-Ever Convertible Earbuds appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • WD Blue – The “Full Option” Storage Drive

    With several content creators and vloggers on the rise backed by the power of the internet and huge followers on social media, staying on top of my game with the best gadgets and my expertise is a top priority. As an animation storyteller with active subscribers online, I draw my characters with software and record […] The post WD Blue – The “Full Option” Storage Drive appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Fantastic and Futuristic Trends in The Smartphone Industry

    The smartphone industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world today. After all, users look for new features that can take their experiences to the next level. Thus, mobile devices have revolutionized communication, changed the way we do business, and even how we interact with one another. Seeing someone who is miles […] The post Fantastic and Futuristic Trends in The Smartphone Industry appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is the follow up of the Galaxy M51 which was released in year 2020. Onboard this new device is a more capable processor, a higher refresh rate display and support for 5G connectivity. A large majority of the remaining features are the same. Where to Buy Samsung Galaxy M52 5G […] The post Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Infinix Note11 series is set to Launch in Nigeria Today! Your one-stop-smartphone for functionality, power and creativity

    Infinix is bringing faster, stronger and more efficient power in its latest Note portfolio. The Note 11 and Note 11 Pro are going to be the first phones to feature the power-packed MediaTek’s new Helio G96 ultra-gaming processor. It has a 120Hz 6.95″ FHD+Ultra Fluid Display, a 64MP AI Triple Camera with 30x ultra-zoom and […] The post Infinix Note11 series is set to Launch in Nigeria Today! Your one-stop-smartphone for functionality, power and creativity appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Amazon Astro Home Robot Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Amazon Astro is Amazon’s latest robot and home assistant designed to carry out various tasks like home monitoring, individual tracking of family members, help deliver items, play music, send errands, and more. This device is perfect for home security and also keeping in touch with family members to maintain communication. It has a rotating 10-inch […] The post Amazon Astro Home Robot Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • OnePlus 9RT 5G Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The OnePlus 9RT 5G is the advanced version of the OnePlus 9R that was announced alongside the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro. The android phone comes with a powerful chipset and an impressive cameras setup. Below is the device specification, price, and availability. Where to Buy OnePlus Nord 2 5G Jumia Nigeria – See […] The post OnePlus 9RT 5G Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Nokia G300 Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Nokia G300 is yet another addition to Nokia’s G series. Although it has a different moniker, it isn’t an entirely different smartphone. A close comparison with the Nokia G50 and G20 solidifies this fact. However, we offered a solid mid-range package. Do well to follow through with the article to ascertain if it suits […] The post Nokia G300 Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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