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The announcement of Google’s new engine “Caffeine” could not have come at a better time. In light of the current Bug Battle competition, we have decided to add Caffeine to the lineup of search engines to test. The competition is roughly halfway through (testing ends on Friday, August 14th at 11:59pm) with a running total of 310 bugs submitted thus far. To be fair to testers who have already submitted bugs, we are now increasing the bug limit per tester from 10 to 15. Be sure to include Caffeine in your testing. Good luck…and happy bug hunting! P.S. – There’s still time to sign up for our latest Bug Battle, so if you’re interested in the chance to win cash for testing Bing, Yahoo! and the Google engines, start here! ... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit: iPhone Testing (or Lack Thereof)

On Monday, Apple announced a whole bunch of exciting and innovative new products.  Two of the more anticipated were the iPhone 3GS and version 3.0 of the iPhone software.  Both of these introduce interesting new features for iPhone users everywhere.  You can watch the entire keynote here. Apple’s keynote presentation went very well, but there were a couple of snags while demoing some of the new iPhone apps.  Two different apps had problems with their demos.  One app had an issue with some on-stage props, but the other simply stopped working in the middle of its presentation. The ... (more)

The Trouble With Testing Mobile

We hear it from over and over from countless customers, QA managers and testers:  getting mobile apps tested is tough. Compared to mobile, the worlds of web and desktop apps are mature and stable:  standards have emerged, the OS and browser universe is more mature, testing tools and best practices have been established (even though they’re always evolving).  Mobile, on the other hand, is still early in its overall lifecycle, so development and testing aren’t yet fully baked. With that in mind, I came across an article from CNET yesterday titled, Testing the iPhone 3Gs (or why the... (more)

Gmail: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Beta!

Beta software tends to frighten Big Business. They’re skeptical of the phrase “almost done”, and for good reason. They demand a finished product. There are very few exceptions to this. Take the recent news from Google as an example. A few days ago, the company finally removed the “beta” tag from Gmail and several other apps. Most people didn’t realize Gmail was still in beta (or what beta meant, for that matter) and most people didn’t care. So why bother with the change? This article from The New York Times explains why: Practically speaking, the change will mean precious little ... (more)

Putting Mobile Applications into a Tester’s Hands

Our guest blogger this month is Brad Sellick, a recent Bug Battle winner with expertise in mobile testing (see his full bio below). In this post, Brad examines the shortfalls of simulation tools in testing mobile applications. There’s a challenge in developing and testing applications that is as old as the personal computer itself. The challenge being that the design, development, and testing of applications often takes place in an environment much different from “the real world” where users run and interact with those applications. With the rise of mobile platform devices like t... (more)