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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 presenters for both apps recovered and continued to highlight other features of their products.  However, I can’t exactly fault them for having trouble.  In fact, what actually surprised me was that so many of the apps worked given how difficult Apple makes testing iPhone apps. Here’s rough... (more)

Adding Caffeine to the Bug Battle Mix

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 u... (more)

Last Call: One Day Left in Search Engine Bug Battle

With roughly 24 hours left in the 3rd quarter Bug Battle, here is a brief summary of the results thus far. We’ve had more than 500 bugs reported, with more than 30 of them relating to the mid-competition addition of Google Caffeine to the Bug Battle mix. Remember, the software testing competition ends Friday, August 14th at 11:59pm ET and there’s more than $3,000 in prize money at stake. So if you have not participated yet, seize the opportunity now by reporting at least one bug to qualify for prizes. If you were not able to submit a bug, but have strong opinions regarding the ... (more)

Crowdsourcing: Testing the Limits with John Winsor

Having grilled some of the top minds in the software business, this installment of Testing the Limits will deviate slightly from the norm. With us this month is John Winsor – author, entrepreneur and crowdsourcing expert. After a successful career as a journalist and magazine publisher, John founded Radar Communications in 1998, where he implemented a variety of academic-based market intelligence tools to help some of the country’s most progressive companies learn from key voices in their communities. Today, he offers that same advice as the VP/Executive Director of Strategy and... (more)

Danger in the Clouds: Four Lessons from the Sidekick Disaster

Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)?  Then please accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve experienced over the past few days. The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones.  Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were still figuring out SMS.  For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone to own. One of the Sidekick’s key ... (more)