Avoiding the Common Pitfalls When Adopting New Technologies

According to Inc.com, there are hundreds of new virtual and physical technology tools for businesses that come out new technologyevery year. Some examples of these technological tools are smart phone sensors that act as credit cards, ready-made e-commerce websites, and and endless number of Saas products. However, there are common pitfalls experienced by many companies when adopting new technologies.

Failure to Design a Process for Implementation and Evaluation

When adopting new technologies, IT and management tends to internally discuss and prepare technology implementation without outside involvement, as this is often a costly and complex process. However, when they officially start the process, in many cases the last ones to know about new technology are the users themselves. In order to prevent any disruption or backlash, is is therefore best to start the integration process through informing employees and customers about the potential changes at the beginning. Failure to do this will result in delays and frustration. Additionally, the implementation timeline should incorporate adequate training, and time for adjustment. In order to avoid these problems, it is important to continually evaluate how both employees and customers are adapting to the new technology. Continue Reading →

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Wearables Could Be The Future…It Just Depends On Apple

It must be really strange to be an Apple fan-person at the moment.

On the one hand, there is the frenzied anticipation that comes from knowing that iOS 9 will be released in the fall, Apple_Watchwhich means a shiny new iPhone to add to the collection. On the other, there is the growing realization that the Apple Watch is not likely to become the wearable game-changer that CEO Tim Cook had banked upon.

Throw into the mix the fact that Apple has just decided to resurrect the iPod – not the Classic as some of us had hoped, but the almost-an-iPhone Touch – and you could be forgiven for feeling confused. Strange things are happening in Cupertino, and not of all of them are breeding confidence among the faithful.

If we were to allocate a chief concern, it would have to be the Apple Watch. It’s performance – in both units sold and usability – since April have been, quite frankly, disappointing. According to a recent report by California-based Slice Intelligence, weekly sales of the device in the U.S.  have dropped 90% since it was made available to the public, with the research indicating that fewer than 20,000 watches are being sold per day. Continue Reading →

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STARWEST Contest Giveaway

Coming up in September, the much talked about STARWEST conference will be taking place in sunny Anaheim CA. For this event, uTest decided to team up with Techwell to offer our audience a chance to win a FREE trip to the STARWEST conference. The grand prize is valued at over $5,000 including tickets, hotel, food, and flight stipend.

If you’re an avid fan and would like to enter simply follow the directions below.

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Click on the above image to download the timeline of the giveaway: compliments of the uTest Team. 

 

To enter, just join the uTest community and upload a presentation (in .ppt or .pdf format) by August 15th about how applications and the testing world will change in the year 2020 – the more thought-provoking and imaginative, the better! We’ll select the finalists, and then we’ll open it up to a public vote to decide the winner. Voting opens August 23rd!

The winning tester will be announced the week of August 31st.

Still need a few more details?

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We look forward to seeing your presentations and GOOD LUCK from the uTest Team.

Please feel free to leave comments below or log in and join the forum all about STARWEST.

 

 

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Apps for All: The Challenge in Providing Accessibility

Recently, New York City black car company Gett made headlines when they updated their app to provide greater accessibility braillefor blind and visually-impaired riders. This move was seen as a way to differentiate themselves from Uber, which has come under criticism for not making their app accessible and for denying service to passengers with guide animals. As a way to capitalize on the mistakes of Uber, Gett is allowing users to hail a cab through voice commands and to ensure that riders with guide animals are not discriminated against. Continue Reading →

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It’s Game Time- Testing Games for Mobile Devices

Gaming is a billion dollar industry with constant new efforts to capitalize on that. Gaming revolves around the consumers experience.Keep In a previous blog post we discuss why testing gaming devices and the games for these devices is important. However, here I stress why mobile game testing is now also essential. The app store is filled with new games daily and it takes more than just addicting puzzles and complex levels to attain and keep users interested. It is crucial that the app performs as expected or users will be quick to uninstall, write a poor review, and download a new game.

According to Forbes, 80% of smartphone owners have played a game on their device, while 46% play on a daily basis. The report further states that 65% of total online time is spent on either a smartphone or a tablet, with 32% of that time allocated to games. Continue Reading →

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Turing Robotic’s New Phone: Unbreakable, Unhackable

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Every once and a while, a new phone is released that pushes things a little further. While the iPhone has been the trend-setter and most commercially successful iteration of the modern smartphone, Turing Robotics is looking to take the lead moving forward. Turing has been working on an unbreakable and unhackable phone with completely customize-able software.

The design of the phone is inspired by sci-fi spaceship designs ranging from Interstellar all the way back to the original Star-Trek. It has a 5.5″ screen that fits with the growing trend of larger smartphones entering the market. Yet, one of the more intriguiing characteristics of this phone is the material it is composed of. What Turing is calling “Liquidmorphium”, the material is a proprietary blend of metal alloys that is supposedly stronger than steel and cheaper than titanium to manufacture. Additionally, the entire phone is covered in a hydrophobic nano-coating that has been seen on phones before, but Turing Robotics takes it to another level. Not only is the exterior of the phone covered in the nano-coating, every single individual piece or hardware within the phone is also coated. This translates to a phone that can spend 24 hours completely submerged in water and still function as designed. This is a phone of the future; a phone where a fall in a puddle will neither crack the screen nor damage its functionality.

Although this self-proclaimed unbreakable phone looks like a device that would be comfortable in any steam-punk setting, what has most techies interested is Turing Robotic’s promise of security so strong it is virtually unhackable. According to the Turing Phone’s Website, the phone will “provide world-class security by executing end-to-end mobile authentication which bypasses conventional 3rd party exposures and is insulated from malicious behavior.” Additionally, they claim that the decentralized authentication allows sensitive data to be passed between parties without the worry of the information being intercepted by third parties.

This bold claim is bound to have hackers, black and white hat alike, drooling at the opportunity to get their hands on the device and put the phone to the test. Whether their hat is black or white, hackers will flock to the device, itching to be the first to hack the “unhackable”. This phone, and the technology behind it, shows the growing importance of security in personal devices. With this growing emphasis on security, it motivates companies to get the hackers on their side (see United Airlines) before glaring risks are exploited by those with less-than-pure intentions.

As companies get more and more confident about their security measures, it provides even more incentive for hackers to go at it with all that they’ve got. When the phone is released later this summer, we’ll see how well Turing Robotic Industries can back up their bold claims.

Do you have any thoughts on this new phone? Can any piece of new technology really be unhackable? Unbreakable? Let us know your thoughts in the forums here

 

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Available For Hire…Money Or Air Miles Accepted

Wearing a white rather than black hat could soon become the fashion among the hacking fraternity after two people were given a huge amount of frequent flyer miles by United Airlines as part of its “bug bounty” program.

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According to Wired, United decided to award a staggering one million miles each to the ethical hackers after they discovered a series of remote-code execution flaws in the company software, with both individuals receiving enough mileage to fly around the world five times. The company, which is known for encouraging travelers to “Fly The Friendly Skies,” is just one of many that have actively advertised for people to find vulnerabilities in code, with the intention being that rewarding the “good guys” will pay off in the end. Continue Reading →

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Domain Knowledge – Is it Important to Testers? Featured Female Tester- Ajitha Mannem

In a continual effort to make uTest a resource for women testers we will now be adding valuable blog posts by women testers. With a weekly dedication to female specific blog posts we can enhance the brand of female testers.

The first “Featured Female Tester” is Ajitha Mannem.ajitha

I found Ajitha’s article in a WomenTesters magazine and thought it was perfect for uTest. Ajitha does a great job explaining why we appreciate so many testers from so many backgrounds. Domain knowledge is something that customers often request and find very valuable.

 


Domain Knowledge – Is it Important to Testers?

by Ajitha Mannem

In today’s market testing has become an essential entity across any domain like Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Retail, Health Care, Transportation and so on. As the testing industry grows, a tester with basic skills is not always sufficient to meet the market needs. Markets now demands domain and subject experience. Domain knowledge is used to derive business use cases and software testing knowledge is used to derive ideas to test the limits of the technology.
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Commodore Unveils PET Phone

commodoreIf you are old enough to remember the name Commodore, then this news may come as a welcome surprise to you. If not…then you still might be interested if you consider yourself to be a gamer. Although most consumers haven’t heard anything from them in over two decades, Commodore is mostly remembered as one of the leading companies in the home computing revolution of the 1980s. With their customer-friendly prices and advanced graphics and sound capabilities, Commodore set a lot of impressive firsts in the world of personal electronics. Some of these firsts include: First computer company to reach $1 billion in sales, first computer company to sell 1 million units, and first company to develop a color notebook computer. Continue Reading →

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The Present and Future of Manual Testing

A few years ago, manual testing jobs were in high demand on the job market. At that time, there were not many mobile devices and mobile applications available in the world of tech, and more andmanualtest more companies were beginning to realize that having a testing team is as important as having a development team. So what did these companies do? They hired many manual testers, some coming from other IT professions (business analysts, developers, helpdesk engineers), as well as many from non-IT professions. Becoming a manual tester was not very difficult, as there was no formal education available. And without formal education, all the skills needed to become a manual tester were non-IT skills:
– good cognitive skills
– attention to details
– willingness to learn new things
– good verbal and written communication
– a questioning mind
– creativity
During those years, testers were not at all technical when compared with developers. Things were good for manual testers for a few years, but since then, things have changed. Most companies began to enter the world of mobile, with mobile sites and apps. In addition, technology and testing advanced with Selenium, cloud computing, test automation, and virtualization gaining importance.
So where is manual testing today? I occasionally speak to local recruiters, so I asked them this question: One recruiter’s answer was that there are very few “pure” manual testing opportunities available. When one of these opportunities is available, the competition is fierce with 40-50 people competing for it. At the same time, there are more and more opportunities for testers with test automation skills, as many companies either have test automation frameworks that need to be maintained and improved or want to start their own frameworks.
Another recruiter’s answer was that most of testing roles seem to be hybrids. This means that the tester must be cross-functional and know both manual testing, a programming language, and a test automation framework. For this type of job opportunity, the competition is low. Many times, the recruiters cannot find people qualified and positions stay open for a long time.
Will this trend continue? I  believe that it will. Testers that invest in their own career, know a programming language and have other technical skills will have the first chance of getting most of the job interviews going forward. These testers will continue to get closer and closer to  software developers in their daily job requirements and skills.
Alex Siminiuc is a Gold Tester at uTest and lives in Vancouver, Canada. He writes occasionally and teaches test automation with Java and Web Driver on his blog.
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It’s Always Easy to Blame the Glitch

Picture the scene. You are a trader on the New York Stock Exchange, a master of the universe with the power to nysemake millions at the touch of a button. Two hours before the market rings the opening bell to signify the start of your day approaches, you log on to the NYSE computer system to prepare yourself for the frantic adrenaline-fueled activity that is the main reason you took the job.

And the computer says no. There is a “technical issue.” A failure in the system that would later be described as a glitch by the internal IT team and not – as the media would probably prefer – another high-profile hacking attempt. A glitch that actually suspends trading on the NYSE for four hours. Continue Reading →

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CAST 2015 to be Live-Streamed for Testers in August

The Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) is celebrating a milestone this year in its 10th annual edition themed “Moving Testing Forward,” and once again, the largely context-driven testing event will be live-streamed for testers.

CAST 2015 is bCAST-2015-Bannereing held August 3-5, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and at the latest conference, speakers will be presenting stories, workshops and tutorials regarding their experiences surrounding how to advance software testing. The event is very unique amongst software testing conferences in the circuit in that it does not feature a vendor expo space or sponsored keynotes, and is totally by the ‘testers for the testers.’

Workshops are also divided into two parts — a presentation by a speaker, along with an “open season” following a talk. This open season allows attendees to question, discuss, and test the presentation, giving CAST a level of interaction often unmatched at most software testing conferences.

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