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First and foremost one has to know the domain, what are the things that tend to go wrong. And this is platform specific knowledge.

I mean, you're testing a web app? Disable JavaScript in the browser.

Testing an Android app? Rotate the phone to change screen orientation, especially when there's a background operation going on - that's a typical spot for bugs, but no amount of general manual testing know-how will tell you that. And so on

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