Author Archive | Ryan Arsenault

Top Five Highest-Rated Software Testing Tools at uTest

Testing ToolsSoftware testing tools will never replace the job of a tester and don’t have the heart and creativity that testers bring to the table when conducting exploratory testing. That being said, without a tried and ‘tested’ toolkit at their disposal, testers would arguably be ill-equipped to get their jobs done as effectively as they do.

For those that may be uninitiated, uTest offers a comprehensive library dedicated to some of these latest Software Testing Tools — designed to make testers’ lives easier.

Here are five of the highest-rated testing tools amongst our uTesters.

JMeter

Arguably the de-facto tool in its class of testing, Apache JMeter is open source software designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance, and it’s garnered an average perfect rating of five stars in our community. Reviews from uTesters have stressed its simplicity and a rich set of third-party plugins available for integration.

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My Time at uTest: What I Learned About Software Testers

Prior to joining the uTest Community Management team in June of 2013, I had experience in the technical realm with otuTestLogoBlackher companies in areas including network management, but software testing was a whole new beast to me.

Thanks to meeting some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with in our testing community, I quickly embraced the art of testing. Here’s a few things that I found out about testers during my time at uTest.

They are an observant bunch

I remember my first week in the uTest Forums very well. I introduced myself. People welcomed me with open arms. It was great. Then I said it was a pleasure getting to know more about QA. That didn’t go over so well with one of our testers who kindly pointed out that they weren’t in the business of QA — they were a tester!

If this all sounds negative — it’s far from the case. Just like software testers push clients to make their products better everyday with their critical feedback, they too made me a better Community Manager by pushing me everyday to do better.

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Worst Week Ever: Major Security Flaws Hit iPhone and Galaxy Smartphones

batllo-0853If folks in the United States were worried about the Edward Snowden revelation about the PRISM telecommunications surveillance program, the latest potential threat to the security and privacy of users takes this to a whole other level — and this time on a far bigger scale.

According to NowSecure’s Ryan Welton at the Blackhat Summit in London, a whopping 600 million Samsung Galaxy users may be at risk with a security flaw in the devices’ keyboard software.

According to an Ars Technica report, “the Samsung exploit works through a weakness in the software, which occasionally scans for updates. Hackers can interfere with this process, installing malware that could allow them to remotely control a wide range of the phone’s functions…[including] monitoring the camera and microphone, reading incoming and outgoing text messages, and installing malicious apps.”

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of June 15

This week at uTest, our projects certainly give ‘in-the-wild’ testing its namesake. Opportunities for our community range from exploratoryutestLogoGooglePlus250x250 testing for a major restaurant chain to testing for folks with security systems in their homes.

For the week of June 15, 2015, here’s 10 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.

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Wearable Tech: The New Antidepressant?

thync_neurosignalingI was curious when I saw an article yesterday about a local Boston company (local to the Applause/uTest HQ, that is) touting its latest wearable, Thync.

Wearable technology is nothing new, but just recently we have seen a proliferation of more of the devices from the Android Wear to the Apple Watch. However, what drew me to this story about Thync is that this is no ordinary wearable. According to BetaBoston, this is “a new kind of wearable device that lets you hack your mood with the flip of a switch.”

The user will place a small, triangular patch on their forehead, and control the moods they want to experience with the aid of an iOS app. Users can choose between two modes of feeling “calm” or switching to “energy,” if they’re in need of a boost of caffeine…without the caffeine.

The fascination for me stems out of the fact that the wearable device could be seen as a replacement for antidepressants for those with anxiety or depression — one click of an app, and a rush of euphoria passes over you, calming you before that big presentation, without the aid of chemicals and drugs being pumped into your body.

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uTest Announces May Contest Winner of an Apple Watch

I’m officially jealous of the uTester I’m about to announce as the winner of the Apple Watch (Sport Edition) in uTest’s 140909142343-apple-watch-620xaMay contest (have me over your house to try it on).

If you’ll remember correctly, in our May uTest contest, we challenged uTesters to describe in a short paragraph how the Apple Watch will (or will not) change software testing as we know it today. Participation in this challenge was a rousing success, as we had over 95 entries!

The most well-written and compelling entries were narrowed down by the uTest Community Management team — no easy task with 95+ of them! — for a final vote solely by the community, with voting just wrapping up this AM.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of May 25

utestLogoGooglePlus250x250Here at our uTest HQ, we’ve just returned from a brief reprieve and the unofficial beginning of summer here in the United States. But while the barbecues are being fired up everywhere, it doesn’t mean we’re relaxing here at uTest. In fact, paid testing opportunities are in full swing, and this week we’re in need of testers on some very unique cycles, from a usability survey for musicians to printer testing.

For the week of May 25, 2015, here’s 10 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.

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Software Testing Industry Salaries Stagnant in nexo QA Survey

indexIn a recent software testing salary survey sampling one country’s workforce, one could say that testing was a thankless job last year — nearly half of the survey’s respondents — 47% — saw no salary bump going into 2015. A sliver even saw a small cut in pay.

This is one notable finding from the recent ‘Survey on Salaries of Software Testing Professionals 2015,’ promoted by nexo QA, SoftQANetwork and uTest, and conducted by nexo QA, the organizer of the expo:QA testing conference in Madrid.

While the survey is heavy on data from Spain, other countries were sampled including Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and the USA, despite there not being enough data for a comprehensive report.

In any event, the slice of salary data from 185 testing professionals in Spain tells a nice story on how one country pays its testers. Some other notable findings from the report:

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uTest Announces Special One-Week Discount to expo:QA

uTesters may already know that they can get an exclusive 15% discount to the expo:QA testing conference, but for one week only, bannerwe’ve secured a discount increasing the deal for our community to 25% off for the conference!

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.

Please email testers@utest.com before May 21 for this exclusive 25% discount code (available to uTesters only for one-time use) to use at registration checkout. Before requesting, please note the following conditions:

  • The discount applies only for conference two-day tickets and tutorials tickets
  • Registration AND payment must be received at the time of registration in order to be eligible for discount
  • Any registration without payment will be cancelled automatically. We recommend to pay by CC to avoid cancellation, due to delays in Bank Transfer.

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Win an Apple Watch in uTest’s May Contest

Apple is never the first to market, but that doesn’t mean its products are flops. Quite the contrary to be exact – the electronics 140909142343-apple-watch-620xagiant ends up becoming disruptors in everything they’ve sent to market, from the iPod to the iPhone and iPad.

The Apple Watch is poised to do the same for wearables as the iPhone did for phones, and we’ll be giving one of these prized watches away to one lucky uTester this month!

In our May uTest contest, we challenge uTesters to describe in a short paragraph how the Apple Watch will (or will not) change software testing as we know it today.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of May 11

Another utestLogoGooglePlus250x250week by, and another week full of exciting and diverse paid testing projects at uTest — which range from fitness app testing to testing a grocery scanner.

For the week of May 11, 2015, here’s 10 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.

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Meet the uTesters: David Shakhunov

103950 Gold-rated uTester David Shakhunov hails from Sacramento, Calif., in the United States. Many of you may know David as he is currently serving as a uTest Forums moderator.  David also works for his state as an Electrical Engineer, while uTesting on the side.

In addition to David’s interview, also check out all of the past entries in our Meet the uTesters series!

uTest: Android or iOS?

David: I like to use iOS because I’ve always used iPhone, MacBook, iPad and other Apple products. Apple puts out a “finished” product, unlike others, and has great customer service.

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

David: One of my friends that I play soccer with works in QA. He kept talking about testing, and that I should explore it and give it a try. He sent me bunch of YouTube videos on testing and introduced me to uTest. I decided to give it a try. What’s kept me at it? When I do testing, I feel that I am resting, and not working at all. In addition, I have pride in what I do, and that kept me going.

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