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Top Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of July 6

After a nice long weekend celebrating our country’s independence (July 4th for all you non-Americans out there), we over at uTest are ready to start the quarter right and crank out some test cyclesutestLogoGooglePlus250x250 for our loyal testing community. This weeks in-demand projects feature a number of streaming and mobile wallet testing opportunities, as well as some cycles specifically for testers with certain language proficiencies.

For the week of July 6, 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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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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Announcing Our Winning Testers of the Quarter for Q2 2015!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the voting for this quarter’s awards.badgeTesterOfQuarter

We started this quarterly recognition program to give credit to members of our community who have excelled in their roles, and more importantly, added value to other members through the consistency and quality of their work. As we come to the conclusion of this quarter, we are passing out awards for Outstanding Forums Contributors, Outstanding Content Contributors, Outstanding TTLs, Outstanding Testers(TTLs vote), and Up and Comers (TTLs vote).

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 Q2 2015 Testers of the Quarter at uTest: Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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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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Calling All ♀esters

Here at uTest, we strive to have a variety of testers that can provide our customers with an in-depth and well-rounded report. We encourage testers of any demographic to join our community. women testing

However, only 27% of our community has indicated that they are female. This is a rather disappointing statistic, as the female testers we do have, have contributed very valuable material to us.

There are many challenges unique to female testers. The genetic differences that may allow gender to affect testing are mostly irrelevant to us. What is relevant is a job well-done. However, we do run test cycles where customers specifically request female testers.

We have had some really cool opportunities with wearables and other devices that have been exclusively female. As we grow, we will continue to post projects like these where female testers can get their chance to shine.

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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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Three Surprising Findings From the Internet Trends Report for 2015

Mary Meeker has just released her always-excellent Internet Trends report for 2015. For those of you not familiar with the venture cap2015-internet-trends-report-1-638italist and partner at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meeker has been producing reports like this for roughly 20 years, and her work is often considered a bible of sorts for tech investors. In the past, she has covered topics such as e-commerce, the evolution of search, and the rise of the mobile web.

In any case, Meeker usually packs her reports with a lot of information and statistics, so I thought I would go through some of the more interesting and surprising findings from her most recent update.

The internet had 35MM+ users in 1995, good for 0.6% of the world’s population. Today, there are 2.8B internet users, or 39% of the world’s population.

The part that surprised me about this statistic is that only 39% of the world uses the internet today, although this is most certainly a first-world bias on my part. Another interesting statistic related to these is that the United States made up for 61% of all internet usage in 1995, and now accounts for only 10%.

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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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Applause Announces Test Automation Solution

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Today Applause, the parent company of uTest, announced a major new addition to its suite of app quality tools and services – Applause Test Automation.

With this new offering, Applause customers can now fulfill their entire app testing portfolio with the app quality company – from manual to automated testing for web, mobile and wearable apps.

With the new Applause turnkey solution, companies can now get the software tools, the device access and the expert services to build and maintain a best-in-class automation solution. Applause customers simply detail their desired test scenarios, and Applause takes it from there.

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