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alpha testing

The testing of a product with commercial potential by those knowledgeable about the product and closely associated with its design, but who are not part of the R&D staff of the developer.
In the alpha testing phase of product development, bugs, errors and glitches that might cause software or hardware “crashes” are identified and corrected; under alpha testing, the product is put through all its anticipated applications, and field product experts are brought in to provide a real-world dimension to the development process.
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TexTango users who send SMS messages with the banner ads attached during the alpha test will initially be entered in a sweepstakes to win a new 2010 Smart[R] car, and other valuable prizes such as iPads, tickets and even a shot at the TexTango online Hall-of-Fame
We're not releasing details yet on the exact nature of the application to maintain a competitive advantage," said Ed Kang, COO of KCMH, "however I did personally create the first content for the alpha test, and can say the application will allow us to deliver a diversity of content assisting us in marketing other KCMH ventures eventually becoming its own business model.
We're delighted with the results from this alpha test.
net in its alpha test phase, with thousands more added each week.
The present feasibility study aims at assessing technical and economical characterics of NUVEA s value proposition through alpha tests on early adopters and in depth market study.
When the Army Alpha tests were given during World War 1, they showed that intelligence varied with both rank and race.