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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Software Testing Q&A: uTester Interviews Exec Jennifer Bonine

A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions.5J1A0324

Jennifer has held executive-level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains.

In an engagement for one of the world’s largest technology companies, Jennifer served as a strategy executive and in corporate marketing for the C-Suite. In her career, she has had several opportunities to build global teams from the ground up and has been fortunate to see how many of the world’s top companies operate from the C-Suite viewpoint.

While at STAREAST 2015, I sat down with Jennifer to discuss her views on crowdsourced testing, and her advice for software testers on being successful in the profession.

Anna Momatava: Jennifer, you are a frequent speaker at various software conferences, including STAREAST. In your opinion, what is the most beneficial part of events like this?

Jennifer Bonine: I think there are two parts to it that are valuable to people. One is getting ideas on what’s hot and what the current trends are in the world of software testing. The other piece is networking and meeting folks struggling with similar challenges, and learning from them — and I think a lot of people miss out on it. They come to a conference thinking, “I’m here just to attend my sessions,” so they actually don’t meet others.

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uTester Interviews Software Testing Veteran James Bach at STAREAST

James Bach is founder and principal consultant of Satisfice, Inc., a software testing and quality assurance company. Inphoto1 the 80s, James cut his teeth as a programmer, tester, and SQA manager in Silicon Valley in the world of market-driven software development. For nearly 15 years, he has traveled the world teaching rapid software testing skills (and serving as an expert witness on court cases involving software testing).

James is the author of ‘Lessons Learned in Software Testing,’ and ‘Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success.’ James has also been a frequent contributor to the uTest Blog.

While at STAREAST 2015, I sat down with James to discuss his views on developers testing, and his favorite “testing tools.”

Anna Momatava: Nowadays there are a lot of companies, especially startups, that make developers do both developing and testing (mostly just unit testing) in an effort to speed up delivery and eliminate the expense of having a QA department. Do you think this is a good approach?

James Bach: No, I really don’t. The testing mindset is a sophisticated and difficult thing to achieve. You can’t be in the testing mindset while you are in the building mindset. I am both a developer and a tester, and I can’t be in the testing mindset and the development mindset at the same time. They fight each other.

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Four Must-Have Tools for Apple Watch Owners

Ever since the recent release of the Apple Watch, there has been a large amount of buzz around Apple’s foray into the world of apple-watch-6_1wearables. For the average consumer, this swell of information can tend to be a little bit overwhelming.

If you are one of the trendsetters out there to have one of these highly desirable devices in your possession, this post is for you: Read on as we detail a number of resources for proud new owners of the Apple Watch.

WatchAware

So you’ve received your watch in the mail. Great, now what? An Apple Watch isn’t of any use without a few killer apps, so in order to help us out, WatchAware has put together a comprehensive list of the best Apple Watch apps on the market. The list is organized into a number of useful categories, such as “Unleash Your Inner Control Freak” and “Be More Productive, But For Real This Time.”

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Skype and iPhone Messages Are Having a Bad Week

sad-catMessaging apps are not having the best week this week.

First, there was news that sending a specific string of characters to an iPhone user via iMessage or SMS would crash both the phone and the Messages app. As reported on Mac Rumors, “sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it.” 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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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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Testing for Security With the Internet of Things

The following is a guest submission to the uTest Blog from Sanjay Zalavadia of Zephyr.Hardware icons

The Internet of Things (IoT) places a great deal of pressure on security testers to ensure that applications on these appliances will be protected from threats.

IoT has become the new buzzword across industries, with many organizations scrambling to accommodate the trend. IoT implies that there will be a lot more connected devices than laptops, smartphones and tablets. Employees are likely to add wearables, coffeemakers and other objects to the new network in order to reap all the benefits IoT has to offer.

All of this places a great deal of pressure on security testers to ensure that applications on these appliances will be protected from threats.

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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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