Can You Hack Into Google Chrome? It Could Net You an ‘Infinity Million’

59681140Google once again is holding its annual hackathon for participants to search for holes and major flaws in its Chrome OS. Last year, the bounty was $2.71828 million in prizes.

However, this year, they’ve totally upped the ante — to the infinite degree. In fact, according to Entrepreneur, “Google has changed the nature of the prize money at stake…It now goes all the way up to $∞ million.”

Prizes in the hackathon range from $500 up to a new high of $50,000, and there’s no limit on the reward pool, but that could always be scrapped at the drop of a hat. Google says that the changes “are meant to lower the barrier of entry, and remove the incentive for hackers to sit on discovered bugs until the annual competition.”

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uTest Platform Updates Focus on Bug Reports

[Testers] require the effective integration of technologies to simplify their workflow and boost efficiency.

- Anne M. Mulcahy

uTesters on paid projects: We’re happy to announce some new uTest Platform functionality, with this week’s release, that enhances the bug reporting experience.

Save Your Bug Reports

It’s now easier than ever to create and save your bug templates. You may remember that in the previous release, we added a field that allowed you to configure a custom bug report template. We’ve simplified this process by allowing you to save the bug report you entered as your bug report template by adding a “Save as Template” button in the lower right-hand corner of the bug report form.

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Q&A: ‘Let’s Test’ Leader Talks Global Reach of Context-Driven Testing, Previews Conference

Johan Jonasson is one of the organizers of Let’s Test conferences, which celebrate the context-driven school of JohanJonassonthought. In addition to co-founding testing consulting firm House of Test, Johlets-test-logo-180x47pxan is a contributing delegate at the SWET peer conferences, and has spoke at several national & international software testing conferences. He is also an active member of the Association for Software Testing (AST). Follow him on Twitter @johanjonasson.

Let’s Test 2015 is slated for May 25-27, 2015, in Stockholm, Sweden, and uTest has secured an exclusive 10% discount off new registrations. Email for this special discount code, available only to registered uTest members.

In this interview, we talk with Johan on the global, inclusive context-driven testing community, and get a sense of what testers can expect at the 2015 edition of Let’s Test.

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ISO 29119: Why is the Debate One-Sided?

unnamedIn August, the Stop 29119 campaign and petition kicked off at CAST 2014 in New York. In September, I wrote on the uTest Blog about why the new ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 software testing standards are dangerous to the software testing community and good testing.

I was amazed at the commotion ‘Stop 29119′ caused. It was the biggest talking point in testing in 2014. Over six months have passed, and it’s time to look back. What has actually happened?

The remarkable answer is – very little. The Stop 29119 campaigners haven’t given up. There have been a steady stream of blogs and articles. However, there has been no real debate; the discussion has been almost entirely one-sided.

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What’s In Your Work-From-Home Toolkit as a Tester?

indexMany of our testers around the world at uTest work from the comforts of their own homes when testing away on the latest mobile apps.

Check that — if uTesters have made the decision to take on paid projects with our customers from around the globe, they are working from home, as our community of 150,000+ is always testing in the wild where they live, work and play. Additionally, there’s a large contingent, that, while they may not be testing with uTest specifically, are on teams in their day jobs that are remote.

I myself enjoy the comfort and flexibility that uTest and Applause have graciously afforded me by working from home from time to time, but I’m also a realist. I know that it can be a distraction, and need some tools in my digital toolkit to keep me productive.

There was a great piece recently in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) that covered such things to buy, download or do when working remotely, and some of them no doubt can be helpful to the testing world:

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This Week in Software Testing Fails: You’re In! (Or Not)

AcceptedYou’re a senior in high school and you eagerly open up the mailbox in anticipation of that college admissions letter. The day finally comes, and you tear apart the huge envelope in anticipation of the (hopefully) good news to come.

It does. You have been accepted to your dream school (says the admissions letter, anyways)!

Except when that letter is, in reality, a soul-crusher of dreams — the case that happened with 800 prospective students applying to Carnegie Mellon’s top-ranked master’s in computer science program. According to the Washington Post, a glitch in the school’s computer systems allowed an email like this one to go out to these students mistakenly informing them that they had been accepted.

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Registration is Now Open for uTest’s ‘Introduction to Android Testing’ Webinar

androiduTest University is happy to announce that registration is now open for our next live webinar opportunity.

Hot on the heels of the recent Introduction to Security Testing and Build the “right” regression suite using Behavior-Driven Testing (BDT) webinars, uTest University is offering a chance for testers to get familiar with Android testing. The webinar is taught by Iwona Pekala, a Gold-rated uTester and frequent contributor to the uTest Forums.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Prepare your mobile device and PC for testing
  • Install applications
  • Record videos and take screenshots
  • Collect logs
  • Get information about the types of crashes

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uTest Announces the 2014 uTester of the Year Awards

uTester of the YrYou may recall that 2014 was a landmark year for our 6 1/2-year-old community. The uTest brand lived on in a big way: We transformed our community into the professional network for testers, an open community that promotes and advance the testing profession, and the people who do this vital work.

And no doubt, it was these same people, our uTesters, that were the heart and soul of this transformation through their continued hard work on paid projects and in contributing valuable learning content for our testers. So it makes the uTest Community Management team especially proud to announce the brightest stars of this bunch as our 6th Annual uTesters of the Year.

The uTester of the Year Awards are the highest distinction a uTester can receive. They celebrate community members that not only have gone above and beyond in their call of duty on paid projects at uTest, but have contributed valuable and impacful content for our testers in the uTest Forums and uTest University, and on the uTest Blog.

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uTest Offers Discount for Test Management-Focused SQTM Conference

The International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management (SQTM) is the only conference that focuses on advancing the tSQTM-small-logoest management and quality management professions by providing practical methods based on best practices. The conference relies on experts and practitioners to bring to the conference success stories and case studies. The 2015 SQTM will be held May 31-June 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

uTest spoke with conference chair and CEO of the International Institute for Software Testing (IIST) Magdy Hanna, Ph.D., for a preview of what the 2015 edition of the show will bring. Stay tuned at the end of the interview to see how uTesters can receive an exclusive discount on new registrations to SQTM.

uTest: Could you give us a little preview of what testers can expect at this year’s conference?

Magdy Hanna: At SQTM 2015, attendees will have the opportunity to select from 26 full-day tutorial workshops. These tutorials provide in-depth coverage in many areas of quality and test management. This year, we also added a number of tutorials on soft skills. Also, for the first time, attendees will be able to achieve education-based certifications such as the Certified Agile Software Test Professional certification.

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