iBeta to Attend Ad:Tech New York 2016

iBeta to Attend Ad:Tech New York 2016

What: Ad:Tech Where: The Javits Center, New York When: November 2-3, 2016 More information: http://ny.ad-tech.com/ We are excited to announce that we will be an exhibitor at Ad:Tech New York, November 2-3, 2016! No event brings more leading digital marketing and advertising brands, agencies, publishers, and technology solutions providers together under one roof. Making all of the digital marketing magic possible is leading-edge software, software that must meet the highest levels of usability, performance, reliability, and security. The uniquely high standards of the digital marketing world can only be met through rigorous, comprehensive functionality, compatibility, load, performance, and security testing, the kind of work that we do for brand-side and agency-side clients every day of the week while performing schedule and budget magic that makes everyone a hero, too. As one of the top full-service software testing and quality assurance service providers in North America, iBeta Quality Assurance has an important message to bring to the leaders of digital marketing. Our message begins with the statement that #QualityIsNotOptional. 2016 is a year chock full of stories of quality failures that are tarnishing brands big and little, eating profits, shaking the faith of customers, and altering competitive landscapes. It’s not enough anymore to be first with gee-whiz tech because we have all gotten used to the avalanche of changes that digital transformation has brought us. Cool tech that is all hat and no cattle, all sizzle and no steak, is just a waste of our customers’ precious time. Now, business is moving back to the bare-knuckles fight of tight, competitive markets and real product differentiation, differentiation that begins and ends with quality. And iBeta is exactly the right kind of company to help. We...
Coffee Thoughts: The Samsung Thing [Updated 10/11/2016]

Coffee Thoughts: The Samsung Thing [Updated 10/11/2016]

Update 10/11/2016: It’s now confirmed that Samsung has permanently shut down production of the Galaxy Note 7 line. Lost sales of the Note 7 debacle are expected to run more than $2.5 billion directly, with millions more in losses to the rest of the Samsung product lineup because of the tarnishing of the brand. This article from CNET has an excellent rundown on steps Samsung should take to repair the damage they’ve done to themselves. All of this only serves to amplify the fact that #QualityIsNotOptional. It’s tempting to pile onto Samsung’s trouble with the Galaxy Note 7. That, however, is not the intent of this post. A refresher on the latest developments: Over the past week, three stories emerged regarding replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire. After the first of those three incidents, in which a phone caught fire on a Southwest airlines flight that was still on the tarmac, the four major phone companies quietly began offering customers the option to replace the Note 7s with other phone models. The third incident involved a Kentucky man who woke to his bedroom filled with smoke from his phone. The man alleges that, after contacting Samsung, he received a text from a Samsung representative that said, “Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it.” Samsung just announced (59 minutes ago, as this is being written) that it is temporarily halting production of the Note 7 while it investigates quality and production problems. Meanwhile, Samsung...

Key Aspects of Web App Security Testing

Nowadays, people use web applications to access and store all types of sensitive data. A single breach of data can tank a company’s reputation – and potentially the company itself. To ensure that web applications are secure from hackers, breaches or other types of flaws, security testing must be performed. Testers must ask themselves certain questions as they go through web app security testing procedures. Who Has Authorization to Access the Data? One of the main concerns of web application security testing is who has access to the data. This includes authorization and roles and rights. Depending on a particular person’s role and rights, he or she should only have access to certain sections of the site, i.e. menus or screens. Is the Data Kept Confidential? A user should only be able to access their own data, not somebody else’s. For example, if a user logs into a financial institution site, he should only be able to see his own banking information. To keep data confidential, sensitive data should be encrypted, and the data must be protected within the database. Can the System Hold Up Against Attacks and Hacks? Two of the most common types of security attacks include malicious script and Brute Force Attack. Malicious script includes both cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. Hackers use this to gain access to websites. To prevent these types of attacks, tester should implement maximum lengths for input fields. Brute Force Attacks involve overloading a system with login attempts to try and guess the password. Many companies will suspend an account after too many attempts to prevent hackers from gaining access....
Outlook: Is the Beginning of the End Near for Software Patents?

Outlook: Is the Beginning of the End Near for Software Patents?

An opinion in a recent circuit court decision may signal a fundamental shift on software patents. From the dawn of the age of electronic computing through the first decade of the personal computer revolution, software was protected under copyright law. Then, a series of court decisions in the 1970s and 1980s began redefining software as a patentable form of intellectual property. These court decisions paved the way for hundreds of court battles over thousands of software patents through the mid 1990s to the present. Many of these court cases were between largest companies in the computer industry, and smaller companies or individuals who held or acquired patents to basic concepts, or to code for key software elements like email, hardware drivers acting through abstraction layers, or windows and menus. Some groups and individuals suing over patent violations were called “Patent Trolls” because it appeared they were using basic software patents as the basis of a business strategy to extract money from the software industry in the form of settlements and license fees via the court system. With the increase in suits, a counter-reaction occurred in which the biggest technology companies began filing for large numbers of patents per year, buying part or all of smaller companies solely for the purpose of acquiring patents, and seeking out licensing arrangements with patent holders before court cases could be filed. There were also a number of extremely high-profile cases between major companies over patents, most notably between Apple and Samsung. As a whole, these actions represented an expensive preemptive legal strategy to avoid being Patent Trolled, but also represented a fundamental shift in what it meant to be a major...
The Value of Quality: Samsung

The Value of Quality: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones exploding and catching fire is the biggest quality assurance story of 2016. Now, even the replacement phones are suspect. If you needed a reminder of how damaging quality problems can be to your business, it doesn’t get better than the dire straights Samsung is in. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 problem is more than financial, although recalling 2.5 million phones with a retail value of over $700 each is a terrible cost. Samsung has also damaged its reputation as the Android ecosystem counterpoint to Apple’s quality products. And that reputation damage is continuous and ongoing. Imagine, for example, your company’s name instead of Samsung’s being repeated in audio and video announcements at the airport as the maker of products that are prohibited because they endanger human lives. Imagine being the object of countless articles, news reports, social media posts, and late night TV jokes. Now imagine that, just as the story was starting to die down, a new wave of stories emerge that you didn’t fix the problem with the batteries after all. And then imagine how much this is going to cost you now, and in the future, with lost business and huge investments in marketing and product programs to rebuilt trust in your products and your company. Imagine how much better it would be if your QA had caught the problem before the product hit the market. And while Samsung’s woes are hardware-related, quality problems with your software can be just as damaging. The product armageddon that doesn’t happen. That is the value of quality assurance. That is the value of iBeta Quality Assurance....
iBeta at 2016 Denver Biz Tech Expo: Internet of Things

iBeta at 2016 Denver Biz Tech Expo: Internet of Things

Mike Stark and Curt Dusing of iBeta Quality Assurance attended the 2016 Denver Biz Tech Expo (DBTE) at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on September 29, 2016. We were particularly excited about this year’s show because of its focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) – one of the current “Big Three Tech Disruptors”, along with practical AI and Augmented/Virtual Reality. iBeta has seen a sharp upswing in both the number of projects involving IoT, and number of customers who are incorporating IoT into their products this year. While we have been working for some time with “smart” technologies – including, but not limited to, classroom and fitness technology – and completed multiple projects specifically incorporating IoT technologies, the growth we see in this sector has encouraged us to invest even more in the skills, knowledge, tools, and practices required to be a leading testing and QA service provider in IoT. DBTE was an excellent opportunity to expand our connections in this burgeoning field. DBTE also had a range of excellent content and exhibitors in security and digital marketing, both fields near and dear to us. And, as always, it was a pleasure to be among the incredible members of the Colorado technology community. We look forward to next year’s show!...
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