Which Apps Do You Use Most? A Chat With Lucas Dargis

Lucas has been a tester in our community for a while, and more recently has taken a role as an Enterprise Project Manager for Applause. Because we value his opinion so highly, we thought we would ask him about which apps he facehas on his home screen:

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Lucas Dargis is an Enterprise Project Manager for Applause. When he’s not replacing the cheese in the mouse traps in the basement he enjoys eating the cheese in the mouse traps in the basement.
Messages – This is a cool app that I just got last week. I mostly use it to communicate with outer space and my mom.

USA Today – I’m a news junkie, and this is my go-to news app. Here I can keep up with the the politics in Czechoslovakia (they make the best hockey pucks) as well as the latest in llama fashion trends and carnivorous dinosaurs.
Photos – Where I store all my pictures of “cats in boxes”. Also I have a few pictures of some short people that look a lot like me, but I never can remember their names.
Camera – I have this humanitarian goal of being the person with the most selfies so this app gets A LOT of use.
Skype – I really like the “bloooop” sound when I get a message.

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Don’t Be Scared, The Internet of Things Isn’t Going Away

It probably doesn’t augur well for the inevitability of the connected world that the father of the Internet says he is network-782707_1280terrified by the potential downsides of combining appliances and software.

Speaking at a recent news briefing before a meeting of computer experts at the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, Vint Cerf admitted that he is always nervous about software because “software has bugs.” Cerf, Google’s chief evangelist and winner of the Turing Award in 2004, went on to say that the Internet of Things had the capacity to be an important tool in managing a lifestyle, but it was “fraught with issues…some technical and some legislative.” Continue Reading →

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Official Release of Working As Designed: the uTest Podcast, Episode 1

After recording, interviewing, editing and mixing, it’s finally here! Welcome to the first episode of Working As Designed: the uTest Podcast. This will be a place where you can find special interviews with helpful testing tips, the latest uTest news, and where you can meet the Community team! Feel free to leave a comment  here, on the forums, or on the blog (linked below). The question that we’re answering is ‘What’s in it (testing) for me?’. If this has ever crossed your mind, you’ve come to the right place!

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Augmented Reality Offers Glimpse of Future

New technologies are often built upon the successes and ideas that have come before them. Always building off and taking advantage of previous technology, development and advancement becomes an iterative process. Leap Motion has taken this process to heart recently, using a Hackathon in San Francisco to augment the Oculus Rift and turn it into an Augmented Reality machine that works in tandem with a traditional computer. The technology looks incredible, and although it is simply a tech demo at the moment, Leap Motion’s work is offering a preview of the future of interactive technology.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek at Working As Designed: the uTest Podcast

We’re so excited to bring you Working As Designed: the uTest Podcast. So excited, in fact, that we decided to give you a sneak peek into what to expect in the first episode of WAD: the uTest Podcast- which is expected to be released later this week. Don’t forget to take the discussions over to the forum and blogs (linked below). Enjoy!

 

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Top Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of August 24

utestLogoGooglePlus250x250As the summer sadly draws to a close, shake yourself out of your back-to-school blues with some cool new projects from uTest: This weeks in-demand projects include an education usability survey, a streaming service speed test, and a cycle for people with accounting domain knowledge.

For the week of August 24, 2015, here’s 8 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

Not yet a uTester? Sign up today to gain access to opportunities to work on paid testing projects like these, free training, the latest software testing news, and networking with over 175,000 testing pros. Join now.

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Smartphone Trends: Bigger is Better

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Over the course of the past 8 years, we have seen the modern smartphone evolve rapidly. Growing thinner, more powerful, and better looking, the smartphone market has become extremely fragmented and diverse. This is one of the many reasons why software testing across a multitude of devices has become so important to the commercial and critical success of mobile apps. With diversity of devices comes the need to test apps on every device. However, there is one trend that seems to be driving the market for smartphones. Over the past 8 years, phones are getting bigger. Or, more aptly, screens are getting bigger. Much bigger. Continue Reading →

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The Top 5 Reasons to Look Forward to Working As Designed: The uTest Podcast

Working As Designed-This summer, at uTest, we’ve been brainstorming new ways to bring you, our testers, new sources of information regarding our company, your test cycles, and anything else uTest. After some serious planning, our team has decided on a podcast as one of these many methods of communication!

If you’re not already an avid podcast lover (or even if you already are!), you may be wondering, ‘what’s so great about the uTest Podcast anyway?’. Lucky for you, we’ve put together the top five assets that we believe this podcast will bring to the table. So lets dig in:

  • It’s made for you- the tester!

This may seem a bit underwhelming, but you, our testers, played such a huge role in our planning for this project. We constantly want to bring you the latest and greatest of uTest, and we believe a Podcast is a great way for you to hear some of the newest information floating around the uTest world. Additionally, we will also aim to expand your knowledge of the testing world, what uTest has to offer, and even some key topics that could help you become a more effective tester! Be sure to keep an eye out for weekly newsletters. You can find it all at Working As Designed. Continue Reading →

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Meet the uTesters: John Schultz

john schultzJohn Schultz has been performing software testing for 20 years in various
domains. He is currently a quality assurance analyst at a mortgage company
focusing on the VA home loan that serves veterans and service members.

uTest: What drew you into testing initially? What’s kept you at it?

John: My first “real” job after graduating from college was working the phones as tech support for a local (but major, in our niche) software publisher.  I was feeling some burnout after about a year on the phones and took a QA role in our R&D department.  I haven’t looked back since!  I love interacting with developers and the other folks necessary to build quality software.

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Explore Capabilities, Not Features

Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. Gojko is the co-author of a book called 50 Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests.

As software features are implemented, and user stories become ready for exploratory testing, it’s only logical to base ipad-820272_1280exploratory testing sessions on new stories or changed features. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, story-oriented exploratory testing sessions lead to tunnel vision and prevent teams from getting the most out of their effort.

Stories and features are a solid starting point for coming up with good deterministic checks. However, they aren’t so good for exploratory testing. When exploratory testing is focused on a feature, or a set of changes delivered by a user story, people end up evaluating whether the feature works, and rarely stray off the path. In a sense, teams end up proving what they expect to see. However, exploratory testing is most powerful when it deals with the unexpected and the unknown. For this, we need to allow tangential observations and insights, and design new tests around unexpected discoveries. To achieve this, exploratory testing can’t be focused purely on features. Continue Reading →

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uTest Platform Updates for August 12th, 2015

Each week, the Community Management team will provide updates on platform changes and bug fixes that are either upcoming or ready to be deployed. Here are the platform updates for the week of August 10th, 2015.

  1. Enhancing “+1s” (Issue Confirmation)

The “+1” feature allows you to indicate that you also encountered a bug if it has already been filed by another uTester. +1s help our customers understand how prevalent an issue may be on various devices/OS/browser combinations. We have updated this feature to allow you to provide one screenshot per bug and additional comments. Additionally, you can now view and edit an existing +1.

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As a reward for your help providing value to our customers, you will receive a small ratings boost for every approved +1 that includes proof of reproduction (environment checked and attachment). Continue Reading →

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