Quotes of the Week: May 30th

Welcome to the this week’s Quotes of the Week: NSA test hand gesture software, testers are no longer the loner of the development team, Applause new automation software and more.


Applause launches new App to make testing quicker and easier

Applause has launched a new testing programme to test apps. The company states that the software “App Automation” isn’t meant to sidestep human testing. The company still relies heavily on manual testing but sees automated testing  as perfect for “smoke testing” scenarios, where specific use cases or features can be tested quickly and reliably.

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Testers no longer the loner of the Development team!

The modern day tester is an engineer. They have development experience, or can think in terms of development and code.

IN a long form article by Christina Mulligan, Steve Hazel, CTO of Sauce Labs explains why testers have become central to software development in most modern organisations. The array of skills testers now need for their roles are growing day by day.

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NSA testing hand gesture software

Mandrake is computer software that features gesture recognition technology for use in user authentication and the encryption and decryption of digital files, including audio, video, text, binary, still images, graphics and multimedia files. The technology examines not only the writing style, but pressure, rhythm and time to execute.

The technology was originally developed by Lockheed Martin. The NSA (National Security Agency) in the U.S. is testing the technology to replace passwords. The technology can measure speed, acceleration and the curve of an individual’s pen strokes.

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A Text Message Could Cause Your iPhone to Crash

We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update

A string of characters sent via iMessage to an iPhone can cause the phone to crash. The characters which include symbols and Arabic characters cause the message app to crash. Apple are currently working on a update for the software to resolve the issue.

Read More here.


A 20 year old bug was the cause of 5 hour delays in Heathrow Airport

NATS estimates that… a maximum of 1,900 flights and 230,000 passengers were affected during the afternoon and evening of 12 December

Back on the 12th December last year, all flights coming in and out of Heathrow were grounded for five hours without explanation when the National Air Traffic Services (Nats) system shut down suddenly. An independent investigation into what happened found that there was a bug in the software of the System Flight Server which was the root of the fault. This bug had existed since the 1990s. The report praised the software testers who found the bug very quickly to resolve the problem.

Read More here.


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