Mobile Application Testing – 01 Synergy

April 4th, 2012 by Rahul No comments »

01 Synergy offers a complete and comprehensive range of Mobile Application testing services from Unit Testing to User Acceptance Testing. Complexities across handset makers, carriers, locations and operating systems has made building bug-free mobile apps really difficult.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Requirements Capture and Analysis
  • Test Planning
  • Test case Design
  • Test Execution
  • Defect Tracking & Management
  • Reporting
  • Test Metrics

01 Synergy offers a wide range of Mobile Application testing services, including:

  • Functional Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Load & Performance Testing
  • Localization Testing
  • Usability Testing

Our QA professionals can help you with all your Mobile App testing projects,  including:

  • iOS Application Testing (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • Android Application Testing
  • BlackBerry Application Testing
  • Windows Phone 7 Application Testing

01 Synergy is here to help, if you have a need to discuss Mobile application testing, agile testing, do count on us to help. Visit us online at or send us a mail here:

Ease of doing biz? Software flaw in BMC hits building plans

May 28th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

As part of its ‘ease of doing business’ policy, the BMC early this month made it mandatory for the construction industry to submit building proposals online.

But glitches due to an outdated software supplied to the BMC by a private contractor have left builders and architects fuming. They complain the system does not work because the software is not user-friendly and not been updated to support changes made in the development control rules over the past two years. Even plans, which are prima facie wrong, are shown as approvable by the software, said architects.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta admitted the online system supports barely 15% of a building proposal. “More work needs to be done. Our aim now is to bring a certain level of predictability in building permissions,” he told TOI on Wednesday. Mehta said proposals are, however, being approved manually.

The city’s leading architects’ association, PEATA, will meet Mehta to rectify the system. They alleged that unscrupulous ward level staff is using this as an excuse to delay permissions and knock out money from builders.

On May 16, the chief engineer of the civic development plan department issued an ultimatum to zonal offices to ensure all proposals are accepted only through a single window application online system. The directive said that from May 18, only those proposals processed through this system should be accepted. But architects said the automation envisaged by the BMC is not happening; on the contrary, proposals are getting delayed because the software is cumbersome. “None of the sub-engineers of the building proposal department are comfortable with it,” they said.

Last April, TOI reported about the BMC’s attempt to streamline its notorious building proposal department from mid-May by curtailing permissions a developer needs to obtain building approvals and commencement certificate.

A 21-page circular issued by the then civic chief Sitaram Kunte directed the development plan department to begin “auto scrutiny” and online single window application of building proposals.

“The main focus is to simplify the construction permit process and reduce the time by eliminating avoidable procedures. It envisages a reduction in procedures involved in interdepartmental clearances and stages by about 50% and reduction of time byabout 60%. It also envisages an IT-enabled system for a single window clearance as a long-term solution,” said the circular.

The World Bank’s 2014 report on ‘Dealing with Construction Permits’ ranks India 184th out of 189 countries. The report states it takes 27 steps and 162 days to obtain a construction permit in Greater Mumbai. It adds that the cost of construction permit in the city is 46.05% of the total cost of construction.


Security software’s a booming market. Why is Symantec stumbling?

May 28th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

Worldwide security software revenue totalled $21.4bn in 2014, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2013′s revenue of $20.3bn, according to the serious bean counters at Gartner.

A decline in consumer security software and endpoint protection — areas that together account for 39 per cent of the market — was more than offset the strong performance of high-growth areas, such as security information and event management (SIEM), secure web gateways, identity governance and data loss prevention.

Symantec was once again the largest security software vendor by revenue, even though the company suffered its second consecutive year of revenue decline, down 1.3 per cent to $3.7bn, according to Gartner’s numbers.

A 6.2 per cent decrease in the consumer security software segment (which accounts for 53 per cent of Symantec’s security software revenue) was the primary cause of the decline in overall revenue growth.

By contrast, IBM in particular showed solid growth in 2014, with revenues growing 17 per cent in 2014 to reach $1.5bn.

Big Blue’s SIEM software products (aka security dashboards) grew 21 per cent, driven by strong adoption of this category of products by organisations and managed security service providers alike.

Security software revenue for second-placed Intel (McAfee) — Symantec’s long-time arch-rival — grew 4.6 per cent in 2014 to reach $1.8bn. Intel Security was able to book sales in other areas that more than offset a decline in sales of traditional anti-virus.

Trend Micro (with sales of $1.05bn) and EMC ($798m in revenue) made up the other big hitters in the fragmented security software market. Others booked $12.6bn in sales, more than half the whole market.

Gartner also looked into the future prospect of fashionable security technologies. The DLP (data loss/leak prevention) market grew 15.8 per cent year on year, to reach $643m in revenue in 2014, primarily due to a decent showing from Symantec in this segment, which accounts for nearly half of the total market.

Garner predicted the days of double-digit growth are over for the market segment. The SIEM market grew 11 per cent in 2014 to reach $1.6bn in revenue.

The strong focus on threat detection and response from security buyers contributed to the strong showing of this market segment, according to Gartner.


Ad-blocking software is definitely not illegal, another German court rules

May 28th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

One month after a German court ruled online ad-blocking technology is perfectly fine, a second legal challenge has now arrived at the exact same conclusion.

Back in April, a court in Hamburg ruled that blocking advertisements was legal following a four-month trial on charges brought against Eyeo — the parent company of popular ad-blocking tool Adblock Plus — by German publishers Zeit Online and Handelsblatt. That case has helped set a legal precedent, it seems, because German broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL have now lost a similar court battle against Eyeo, reported the Guardian.

A statement issued by a regional court in Munich said that the Adblock Plus software “was not anti-competitive,” as the media companies had claimed, because users had actively chose to install the software. Moreover, the uptake of the software was not sufficient to prevent publishers from finding ad-viewing users from elsewhere, the court said.
Ad-blocking in the news

The issue of ad-blocking has become a hot topic of debate in recent times, with some wondering whether it’s tantamount to theft and others simply stating that it’s immoral. The problem? Publishers pay people to produce content, and this is often funded by advertisements placed on the website — so if the ads are blocked, who’s paying for it?

It may be unethical and immoral, but increasingly the law is siding with ad-blocking users rather than the publishers.

Earlier this year, news emerged that Eyeo was being paid by the likes of Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to let some ads through its filters — a practice that may be questionable in its own right, but helps illustrate that the big technology companies realize they can’t do much to stop people from using software such as Adblock Plus.

It’s also worth noting here that Adblock Plus lets publishers apply to be added to an “Acceptable Ads” exception list — basically advertisements that meet “strict criteria” and aren’t “obtrusive” — though users can still opt out of these ads, too.

It’s estimated that online advertising was worth $141.2 billion worldwide in 2014, so it’s easy to see why publishers are frustrated and anxious about software such as Adblock Plus, which claims to have had 300 million downloads to date with 50 million active users.

Today’s news comes less than two weeks after news emerged that some mobile networks in Europe were planning to block online advertisements, as a means to pressure ad-serving companies such as Google to share some of their profits. This would set a new precedent for ad-blocking, and would upset many media companies in the process.


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