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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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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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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Four Ways Mobile Apps Simplify Food Delivery

Food delivery apps have been increasing in popularity recently. In the past, customers who were both hungry and unwilling tPizza-Hut-iPhone-Appo leave the comfortable confines of their living room generally had limited choices when it came to food delivery.

Additionally, the process of having a meal delivered to your domicile usually involved the unwieldy process of rifling through a drawer of food-stained paper menus, or searching online to see if your favorite takeout joint offers delivery. Food delivery apps have certainly made this process cleaner, but not all of them are taking the same approach.

Aggregators

These services look to take as many takeout restaurants as possible not currently offering delivery, and turn that option into a reality. By aggregating as many locations as possible, they provide their users with a lot of variety. They also typically specialize in meta-search, meaning that if you have a specific place in mind or specific criteria when it comes to ordering, these apps are your best bet for satisfaction. Examples: Foodler, GrubHub

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uTesters Share Their Apple Watch Experience

It’s been exactly one week since the Apple Watch started arriving for the eager adopters who ordered early. uTesters, of course, were among the first in line and are ready to share a closer look at the Apple Watch experience.

In this video, TTL and Gold-rated uTester David Oreol shares his Apple Watch Sport unboxing. Check out what David has to say:

Meanwhile, Silver-rated uTester Matthew Cook gives us a closer look at navigating through the Apple Watch menu:

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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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Apple or Google: Who Will Reign Supreme With Mobile Payments?

Google and Apple are seasoned adversaries at this point, Mobile-Paymentswith each company constantly threatening to move in on each other’s territory and steal market share.

For example, Google has gotten involved with device manufacturing (see: Google Nexus Tablets), an area which has historically been Apple’s bread and butter, and Apple has engineered a Maps application, something one would usually associate with Google.

The tech giants’ newest battleground seems to be located in the land of mobile payments. Although Google certainly planted their flag first (May 26, 2011, to be exact), the technology did not catch on with a staggering number of merchants and users, most likely due to the relatively small number of NFC-equipped retailers early on.

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