Facebook Embraces Developers and App Monetization at F8

On Wednesday, Facebook held its annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco, where they announced a number of new innovations and updates to their current offerings.

If it wasn’t already clear from their spate of acquisitions (Instagram, WhatsA10323555_10101141198471157_883645609_opp) and novel products (Facebook at Work), this conference reinforced the notion that Facebook wants to be seen as a holistic suite of apps. Below are some of the biggest announcements from F8.

Facebook Messenger will be opened up to developers

Facebook revealed that it has paid out over $8 billion to developers using its platform over the past five years. In a move that will surely please the above-mentioned developer community, Facebook announced that they will open up their Messenger platform for the creation of new apps and functionalities. This move should give the 600 million monthly active Messenger users some new toys to play with.

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Vote Now to Send One Lucky uTester to STAREAST

One uTester is a step away from some testing fun in the sun.

uTesters have been busy filming their most compelling reasons on why they should be sent to STAREAST 2015 logoStarEast– and the time has now come to view and vote for your favorite entries. The uTest & TechWell STAREAST contest voting is officially live!

With the voting period now through 11:59pm ET on April 4, testers will have their chance to vote on the most compelling and creative entries, and send one of their peers to STAREAST 2015 in sunny Orlando, Florida, May 3-8. The grand prize of over $5,000 includes admission to the show, airfare, and all accommodations and meals for the duration of the conference.

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Software Testing With a Spoon (And Other Interesting Interview Topics)

indexFrequent uTest contributor Daniel Knott recently penned a nice piece on ‘how to test a spoon.‘ It was a question used during a software testing job interview that Daniel stumbled upon.

OK, so you’re probably asking — why in the heck would I test a spoon in the first place? But if you’re asking this question according to Knott, you’re just in the wrong mindset when this curveball is thrown your way.

Knott argues that it’s less about the process of actually breaking the spoon, and more about the thoughts the question elicits:

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uTest Announces Winning Testers of the Quarter for Q1 2015

uTest is proud to announce the first 2015 Testers of the Quarter for Q1!badgeTesterOfQuarter

Our quarterly community recognition program exists solely to recognize and award the rock stars of our global community. Testers recently concluded voting for their peers and mentors, recognizing their dedication and quality work in various facets of uTest participation including test cycle performance, course writing and blogging, and Forums participation.

In addition to the winners below, you can also view their names now in our uTest Hall of Fame. Without further ado, here are the Q1 2015 Testers of the Quarter at uTest:

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Learn How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs

uTest University recently hosted a “How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs” live webinar, led by Test Team Leads (TTLs) Dave D’Amico and Todd Miller. Dave’s experience in software support/system administration and Todd ‘s perspective as a former test manager on the customer side provided some unique insights into the bug hunting and bug reporting process.

Some tester tips from the webinar include:

  • It is important to know the customer’s product life cycle and where your testing fits in to that life cycle.
  • Know the scope and known issues for your test cycle so that you recognize a high value bug when you encounter one.
  • Monitor the cycle and see what other testers are submitting. Are there traits to the approved bugs that you adopt to improve your own reporting?
  • Every cycle is unique, so a tester needs to adapt based on the information given in each new cycle.
  • Context builds value! Bug reports often get sent to people on the customer side who were not part of the test cycle. Make sure your bug report is written so that everyone can understand it.

In this excerpt from the webinar, Dave and Todd talk about the concept of “high value” and why that can be different between different customers and test cycles. You can also view the full recorded webinar.

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Top Tweets From James Bach’s uTest Twitter Chat

Last week @uTest hosted a Twitter Chat with the one-and-only James Bach — Context-Driven Testing champion and disruptor of the software testing industry for over 25 years. James was gracious enough to donate his fee for the session to Per Scholas, which is currently in the midst of bringing 150 software testing jobs to underserved communities in The Bronx.

During the one-hour chat, we threw a lot of questions James’ way, all sourced from our uTesters. There were also a lot of spontaneous great discussions that arose organically out of the discussion points.

Here are some of the top tweets and discussions that took place over the one-hour chat with James and participants. You can also check out the whole conversation on Twitter at #uTestBach.

On what defines ‘real’ testers:

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uTest Announces Collaboration With expo:QA, Conference Discount

SquareButton(125x125)-01uTest is happy to announce its collaboration with expo:QA 2015, the meeting point for software testing and quality professionals in Spain and Europe.

The 2015 edition of the conference will be held June 8-11, 2015, in Madrid, Spain. expo:QA has successfully consolidated itself as the biggest and most prestigious event in southern Europe dedicated to this field.

The schedule once again is packed with keynotes from notable speakers including David Evans, Zeger Van Hese and Cesario Ramos, and diverse sessions including The Agile Testing Mindset, The Internet of Everything – How Will We Test it?, and Security Testing in Mobile Applications.

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uTest to Host Twitter Chat With James Bach: Submit Your Questions Now

JamesBach-200x200uTest is happy to announce that it will be hosting a live Twitter chat with context-driven testing champion and software testing industry disruptor James Bach this Friday, March 20, at 12pm Eastern Time.

If you’re a software tester, chances are, you’re probably pretty familiar with James. But for those that are not, he is synonymous with testing, and has been disrupting the industry and influencing and mentoring testers since he got his start in software testing over 25 years ago at Apple. Along with Cem Kaner, James is one of the founding leaders of Context-Driven Testing.

For those that have never participated in a Twitter chat, here’s how it will work:

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uTest Announces Tester of the Quarter for Q1 2015

uTest is once again happy to announce our popular community recognition program, Tester of the Quarter, is back for Q1 badgeTesterOfQuarterof 2015.

This quarterly program exists solely to recognize and award the rock stars of our global community. This one’s unique in that it puts the power of nominations directly in the hands of our testing community.

Testers can recognize their peers’ dedication and great work in various facets of their participation at uTest — from memorable and helpful content submitted to uTest University or the Blog, to test cycle participation — and recognize mentors who have helped them along their testing journey on paid projects at uTest.

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Register Now for uTest’s ‘How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs’ Webinar

The next live webinar session from uTest University is now open for registration. Join uTest Test Team Leads (TTLs) for a discussion about highly valuable bugs – what they are, traits of these bugs and how to find them – in this “How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs” webinar. magnifying-glass

Participants in the webinar will learn:

  • What is a highly valuable bug?
  • What does a highly valuable bug mean?
  • What are the traits of a highly valuable bug?
  • What if my highly valuable bug is not approved?

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest

With access to paid testing projects from companies all over the world, uTestLogoBlackour global community of over 150,000 testers have the ability to put their software testing expertise to use and earn some extra income on the side.

Some of the companies our uTesters work with include the hottest brands in tech and retail, from Google to Netflix, all the way down to fast-growing startups.

Here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community. Be sure to also check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our revamped Projects Board.

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With HBO Now, the Streaming ‘Bubble’ Is On Its Way to Bursting

cable-tv-alternatives-ways-watch-free-tv-movies-online-streaming-lower-bill-save_0.jpgLike many ‘Millenials’ (as society likes to call my generation), I reveled at the thought of cutting the TV cord with the announcement yesterday that you no longer need to be tethered to cable providers to bask in the glory that is ‘not TV…It’s HBO.’

And the price point of $14.99 didn’t bother me much, either. Sure, I’m paying only $8.99 a month for Netflix, but for access to first-tier films and shows like True Detective and the entire back catalog of programs like The Sopranos? Yes, please.

But the more I thought of how the costs could skyrocket, the more I thought that we’ll be soon on the verge of a digital crisis much like the one cable companies are in the midst of — people fed up with paying too much.

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