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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)

Were You Hit By the $23 Quadrillion Error?

Reports are flying around the Internet about people using their VISA debit cards and seeing errors on their billing statements for charges of $23,148,855,308,184,500.  That’s 23 QUADRILLION dollars.  For perspective, that’s: 68,690,965 Airbus A380s 3,858,142 Large Hadron Colliders 13,616,973 Space Shuttles 154,325 Space Shuttle Programs 1,622 times the United States 2008 GDP Of course, the additional $15 overdraft fee looks puny in comparison. That’s a pretty serious software bug and one that will cost VISA a lot of time and credibility to fix.  They’ve already indicated that the... (more)

Five Product Lessons We Can All Digg

Every startup team has great and spirited debates about its products (or services).  We debate what works, what doesn’t, what makes it unique, and most importantly, what users want. We draw inspiration when new products launch and change the world — or even some small part of it.  Like Salesforce.com back in the day, the family of iPhones or, more recently, Twitter. And similarly, we witness product missteps that make us wince, rant or just shake our heads.   One such case emerged today with DiggBar (Digg’s URL shortening service) under the bright lights of TechCrunch, in an art... (more)

Testing the Limits with Andrew Muns, President of STP (Part 1)

In the latest installment of our “Testing the Limits” series, we sat down with Andrew Muns (@amuns) the President of Software Test & Performance (of STP Magazine and STPCon fame), to discuss how testers are perceived by execs and developers, the future of media companies, and the changes that are underway at STP.  This is the first half of our chat; check back Thursday for part two. uTest:  STPCon is being held this October in Cambridge, MA… what do you have in store for the attendees this year? Andrew: This is the first conference that will have been planned start to finish by... (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)