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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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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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Meet the uTesters: Milos Dedijer

uTester Milos Dedijer hails from Belgrade, Serbia, and is a Gold-rated tester on paid projects at uTest. Milos is a very active membe90312r of the  community as he has previously served as a uTest Forums Moderator. Additionally, he was selected as one of our 2014 uTesters of the Year. Outside of uTest, Milos is also an SQE Engineer in his day job. (He also has a very dry sense of humor we enjoy in the community). 

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

uTest: Android or iOS?

Milos: Android, without a doubt. I’ve been using it for years now, and it suits my needs and doesn’t cripple my ability to use the device as a power user. If I buy a device, it seems obvious to me that I should be able to access and even change everything on it. Whenever I spend $800 on a new iPhone, I feel as if I bought a beautiful house and the salesman thanked me, swallowed the only key, smiled politely and told me that the house has a lovely garden in case I wanted a place to stay.

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Top uTest University and Blog Content: 1/3 of the Way Into 2015

Yes, you’ve read that right. We’re 1/3 of the way into the year, and we’ve survived Snowmageddon 2015 at uTest, amongst other things, to get us to utestLogoGooglePlus250x250this point.

But while we were all bunkered down under snow in what seemed to be a cruel nightmare, the uTest crew was busy at work curating and authoring some impactful blog posts and courses on subjects as diverse as ‘Making like a Tester’ in your first days on the job, to tips on writing a quality bug report.

Here’s some of our favorite — and top-performing — content from uTest University and the uTest Blog to date from 2015 that is (cue shameless plug here), always free to our testing community:

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Meet the uTesters: Pramod Lumb

uTester Pramod Lumb hails from India, and is a Silver-rated tester on paid projects at uTest. He is also a frequent contributor to uTest Univeuseravatarrsity courses, and has a vast 16-year history in the IT industry, including over a decade as a software tester. Pramod is PMP- and ISTQB-certified.

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

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

Pramod: I was actually thrown into software testing more than 15 years ago when I was still an infant in my career. My reporting manager did not consider me worthy of being a part of the development team, and relegated me to the task of testing (in those days, testers were considered to be second-class citizens of the IT industry). Once I was into it, there was no looking back. I have enjoyed each and every moment of my testing career since then.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of April 27

The Apple Watch has recently landed in the hands of thousands of users around the globe (including many of our own uTesters!). Because of this, it’s no surprise thatuTestLogoBlack the hot wearable is one of the most sought-after devices by our global customer base for testing coverage on their apps.

For the week of April 27, 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 (including the Apple Watch!).

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our revamped Projects Board.

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uTest Tester Platform: TTL and App Updates for April 23, 2015

uTest Test Team Leads (TTLs) provide an invaluable service to Applause Project Managers (PMs) and customers. As such, it is important we ensure that TTLs are able to conduct their work in an efficient and effective way. This week’s Platform Updates are focused around TTL workflows and productivity enablement.

TTL: Mandatory value tier suggestions and rejection reasons

Part of the TTL’s role is to minimize overhead for Applause customers. This is especially true when performing bug triage. Previously, TTLs with Basic privileges could only suggest value tiers and rejection reasons when setting bugs to ‘Pending.’

Going forward, value tier suggestions and rejection reasons will be mandatory fields for TTLs to complete when triaging bugs. However, the default selection for value tier is “somewhat.”

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uTesters: Be Our Facebook Cover Photo

IMG_5071 You don’t have to be uTesting from a mountain or even from a hammock outdoors (although that sounds quite relaxing right now…). We want to see you as you uTest in your natural habitat…wherever that is…as part of our new weekly contest through the end of May!

By posting your best photo(s) to our Facebook page, the uTest Community Management team will select one favorite entry that will become the uTest Facebook’s cover photo for the week!

Not only will your testing scene be in all it’s glory in front of our nearly 36,000 testers that have ‘liked’ our page, you’ll also receive a uTest swag pack full of uTest gear including t-shirts, pens, and other goodies we can’t yet reveal.

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Learn How to Get Your First uTest Paid Project

little-uWith our community growing at a furious pace (and recently hitting 175,000+ software testing professionals worldwide), the Community Management Team put together some resources for new uTesters who may be getting to know the ins and outs of testing for us.

Our new course in uTest University, “How to Get Your First uTest Paid Project,” offers resources and guidelines to help you in fast-tracking the timetable to your first paid project.

Before you jump into the course, check that you have an Expanded Profile. If you’ve entered device or environment information into the Platform, then you are all set. If not, follow the instructions to expand your profile so that you are eligible for paid projects.

A highlight of the new course is a handy list of activities that can increase your odds in getting chosen for your first test cycle. Those activities include:

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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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