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uTest Announces Tester of the Quarter for Q2 2015

As Q2 winds down in 2015, we once again look to our community of testers to nominate their peers for Tester of thebadgeTesterOfQuarter Quarter Awards. As we kick off the nominations, I am excited to see some of our best and brightest testers get the recognition the deserve.

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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The New Rules of Net Neutrality

This past Friday (6/12/15), the FCC approved a new set of regulations on internet service providers, roughly one and a half years after previous regulation attempts were nullifiednet-neutrality. Known as “Net Neutrality”, these regulations have been put in place to ensure that providers are unable to limit web speed or access to users for any (read: monetary) reason. According to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: “Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the Internet fast, fair and open…Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past.”

In essence, the new Net Neutrality laws ensure that internet access is treated as a public utility. Moving forward, many of the regulations that apply to telephone access will now also apply to internet access as well. Continue Reading →

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Register Now for “Shaping Your Identity as a Tester” Webinar

hello-my-name-isuTest is happy to announce a new live webinar, Shaping Your Identity as a Tester with Chris Kenst, scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Chris Kenst is a BBST instructor who works as the sole Software Test Engineer at Doctor Evidence, a small software company focused on improving the way healthcare organizations make decisions. He has covered career development topics on his blog, including the post “Blogging for your Career” where he argues modern software professionals (testers included) must shape their own identity. He joins uTest in a live session to share why creating an online identity is important, what happens if you do / don’t, and gives insight into his own personal experiences.  Continue Reading →

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STAREAST Trip Winner Anna Momatava Reflects on Testing Conference

The STAREAST conference in Orlando was an absolute whirlwind of events — dozens of sessions and tutorials, meetings with speakers and fellow testers from all over the world (I met people from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ukraine), the STAREAST Expo with the most innovative organizations featured, industry technical presentations, the Leadership Summit and much more.

You would think one could get lost easily amidst all of this action, but event organizer TechWell made sure everything was well-organized and on schedule. They also made me feel like a celebrity – as soon as I walked into the registration hall, I heard “This is our winner!” Throughout the entire conference, they made sure I had everything I needed, answered my questions and supported me.

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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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Four Tech Startups to Watch From TechCrunch Disrupt

Every year in San Francisco and New York City (and more recently in the EU and China), tech publication TechCrunclogoh hosts an event called Disrupt. Disrupt is a conference where startups compete against each other for the chance to win venture capital money from investors, and press and accolades from the media.

This past week, Disrupt NY 2015 was held from May 4-6, so we thought we would give you a quick overview of some of the more exciting startups who competed in the Startup Battlefield competition:

Parashoot  – Perfect for the compulsive cataloger, or those who agonize over finding the perfect shot to post on Instagram, Parashoot is a small device that clips on to a person or a set location, and can be set up to automatically record video and shoot pictures.

The range of capabilities that the 1.5 oz device has is impressive, as it can be programmed to capture auto video, time lapse photo and video, slow motion, photo burst or standard recording mode. Not only that, it comes with some relatively stylish cases to boot. Parashoot looks to compete with other wearable camera products such as NarrativeClip.

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STAREAST Coverage: ‘Tools Don’t Test’ and Other Themes

The second day of uTest’s STAREAST expo coverage began with the morning keynote from author and test automation expert Dorothy Graham. She is a familiar name on the uTest Blog, having previously spoken to us for our Authors in Testing Q&A series. Graham’s topic was “Blunders in Test Automation” and featured nine key blunders that are all too common.

Author and test automation expert Dorothy Graham on stage for her STAREAST keynote presentation about test automation blunders.

Author and test automation expert Dorothy Graham on stage for her STAREAST keynote presentation about test automation blunders.

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STAREAST Coverage: The Un-Spoken Job Description for Testers

There was lots of great information coming out of the class sessions held at STAREAST yesterday. Michael Sowers of Software Quality Engineering (SQE) presented his class called “Speak Like a Test Manager” to a packed room. During his presentation, he hit on a challenge that should sound familiar to testers: the spoken and un-spoken elements of a tester’s job description.

Michael Sowers of SQE

Michael Sowers of SQE

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Photos from STAREAST 2015

As we start day two of our STAREAST expo coverage, we take a quick look at some moments from yesterday. Keep an eye out on the blog for a full show recap coming soon but check out our post from day one if you haven’t seen it yet.

Also, be sure to follow along as we provide live show coverage for day two of the expo.

uTest/TechWell contest winner Anna Momatava (far left) listens to James Bach (far right) as he answers questions after a session he co-presented with Michael Bolton.

uTest/TechWell contest winner Anna Momatava (far left) listens to James Bach (far right) as he answers questions after a session he co-presented with Michael Bolton.

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uTest Catches up With Bach, Bolton and uTester Anna Momatava at STAREAST

The first day of uTest’s stop at the STAREAST expo has been a whirlwind. After attending the James Bach / Michael Bolton session called “The New Testing Agile Quadrants: Bringing Skilled Testers and Developers Together” (see tweets below), we caught up with uTest/TechWell contest winner Anna Momatava in the beautiful lobby of the Gaylord Palms Resort to see how her STAREAST experience is going so far:

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uTest and TechWell Announce Winner of STAREAST Trip

uTest and TechWell are happy to announce that one lucky uTester has been selected as the winner of an expenses-paid triplogoStarEast to STAREAST 2015 in Orlando, Florida!

As part of this recent uTest & TechWell contest, uTest community members filmed their most compelling 20-second videos on why they should be sent to STAREAST 2015, the premier event for software testers and quality assurance professionals. Our community then took part in selecting their favorite submissions in a voting session that ended earlier this week.

Judges have poured over the most liked and voted videos to pick the lucky winner from a group of amazing entries, and we’re happy to announce that a decision has been made!

The lucky uTester going to STAREAST is (with a virtual drumroll, of course):

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uTester Shares Experience From TestIstanbul 2015

TestIstanbulIf you’ll remember, uTest partnered with TestIstanbul 2015 as a Supportive Organization for the software testing conference.

This year’s TestIstanbul took place last Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, and one of our uTesters made the trip to this largest software testing conference in South East Europe and the Middle East.

Bronze-rated uTester and QA Engineer at Monitise Ziya (Ilkem) Erogul was gracious to share some of his thoughts on the show. Here’s Ilkem in his own words.

“First of all, it was an amazing experience for me to be at the TestIstanbul conference this year, both as a Monitise QA Engineer and a uTester. This is especially so as Monitise was one of the most important exhibitors, and uTest was the most well-known supportive organization at the event.

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