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
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  • 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)
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  • BlackBerry Application Testing
  • Windows Phone 7 Application Testing

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EU charges Google for abusing its dominance in search, to probe Android as well

April 16th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results in favour of its Google Shopping service and also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system.

In a statement, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the US tech giant, which dominates Internet search engines globally, had been sent a Statement of Objections — effectively a charge sheet — to which it can respond.

“I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules,” she said. “If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe.”

The Commission, whose control of antitrust matters across the wealthy 28-nation bloc gives it a major say in the fate of global corporations, can fine firms up to 10 percent of their annual sales — or a penalty of over $6 billion for Google.

If it finds that companies are abusing a dominant market position, the EU regulator can also demand sweeping changes to their business practices, as it did with U.S. software giant Microsoft in 2004 and chip-maker Intel in 2009.

There was no immediate public response from Google, but an internal memo to staff published by the blog re/code described the moves as “very disappointing news” and said: “We have a very strong case, with especially good arguments when it comes to better services for users and increased competition.”

Of the formal investigation into Android, used on smart phones and tablets, Vestager said: “I want to make sure the markets in this area can flourish without anti-competitive constraints imposed by any company.”

She announced the moves on the eve of a high-profile visit to the United States, following five years of investigation and abortive efforts to strike a deal with Google by her Spanish predecessor, Joaquin Almunia, who handed over the politically charged dossier to the Danish liberal in November.

However, the focus on the ranking of searches for shopping sites — Google has its own service called Google Shopping — did not address all the complaints lodged with the Commission by competitors, large and small, in Europe and the United States, who say Google has hurt their business.

Google initially has 10 weeks to respond to the charges and can demand a hearing. A final resolution — quite possibly involving court action if Google does not choose to settle — is likely to take many months and probably years.

Critics Welcome

Google’s critics welcomed the decision to pursue the US giant, though many industry experts believe the action is unlikely to markedly shift existing business their way. Rather, by firing a hefty shot across Google’s bows, it may favour competitors in new areas as technology develops.

That has been a priority for the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, which wants to promote a more dynamic digital market in Europe and foster home-grown enterprises.

Juncker is also pressing for a free-trade treaty with Washington to bolster growth and Vestager has stressed she is not seeking to penalise American firms or large companies — merely to avoid abuses of dominant market positions.
President Barack Obama accused the EU in February of taking a protectionist stance against the US tech industry.

American domination of the Internet and other new technology sectors has prompted a mixture of admiration and anxiety in Europe in an echo of similar mixed feelings about reliance on US military might for security against a resurgent Moscow.

Germany, backed by major companies in the EU’s biggest economy, has been particularly vocal in pressing the Commission to act against Google, although major US rivals including Microsoft and Expedia also lodged complaints.

Axel Springer chief Mathias Doepfner told the German media group’s shareholders in Berlin on Tuesday that Almunia’s efforts to negotiate a deal with Google would have been a “shoddy compromise” and praised Vestager for being “more determined, quicker and more true to the facts”.

Almunia, who launched the initial probe in 2010, last year yielded to pressure from Germany and others to abandon a deal he had been favouring.

Google has put forward three proposals to resolve the case. Most recently, just over a year ago, it offered to give competing products and services bigger visibility on its website, let content providers decide what material it can use for its own services and make it easier for advertisers to move their campaigns to rivals.

Almunia initially accepted that deal, only to reverse his decision six months later and demand more concessions, leaving the ultimate decision to his successor. Microsoft has been hit with total EU fines of more than 2.2 billion euros.


6% of US adults plan to buy Apple Watch: Survey

April 16th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

About 6 per cent of US adults plan to buy Apple Inc’s smartwatch according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook’s first new major product.

The poll showed the watch, marketed by Apple as a high-fashion item as well as a new frontier in technology, appealed to fewer than 4 per cent of women compared with 9 per cent of men.

Ipsos polled 1,829 US adults online between April 8 and 14 about the watch, which opened for preorders last week. The poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

If calculated based on 2014 US Census projections, and excluding younger teens, this could mean potential sales of about 15 million watches, if those who said they intended to buy follow through with an actual purchase.

Wall Street estimates had varied widely between 10 million and 32 million worldwide sales in 2015. Van Baker, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner, said the Reuters poll results indicated a “pretty high percentage” was interested in buying.

“It should serve Apple well if they can even get close to that,” he said.

As far as overall interest in the watch as opposed to intending to buy it, the poll showed that 18 per cent of respondents were “very” or “somewhat” interested versus 76 per cent who showed no interest.

Highest interest at 34 per cent was among men aged 18 to 28, the same age and gender bracket that gave the watch the highest “cool factor” at 53 per cent, compared with an overall 42 per cent.

People around the world flocked to Apple stores on April 10 to try on the watches, which go on sale officially on April 24, and online orders quickly outstripped supply, with most customers facing at least a month’s wait.

“I already have the iPhone, the iPad, pretty much everything that Apple offers,” said poll respondent Sefu Grady, a 37-year- old counselor living in Clinton, Mississippi.

He said he was buying a basic Sport model for himself and a mid-range one for his wife for Mother’s Day.

Apple has not yet said how many watches have been ordered, but CEO Cook described sales as “great.” Shopping data firm Slice Intelligence and brokerage Cowen and Co estimated preorders on the first day at about 1 million in the United States.

Samsung Electronics, Sony Corp and LG Electronics have all released their own smartwatches, many of them powered by software developed by Internet company Google Inc.

None have given sales figures but independent researcher Smartwatch Group estimates that 6.8 million smartwatches were sold worldwide last year, led by Samsung with about 1.2 million units.

The Apple Watch, priced from $349 for a basic Sport model to a $17,000 gold timepiece, lets users check email, listen to music and make phone calls when paired with an iPhone. Reviews have generally praised its style but criticized battery life and slow-loading apps.

According to the poll, adults aged between 30 and 39 were the most likely buyers, with 13 per cent saying they planed to buy an Apple Watch, followed by 10 per cent of 18-to-29-year-olds.

Just under a third of respondents said they already own an iPhone.

Not surprisingly, iPhone owners are more likely to spend money on the new Apple gadget, with about 15 per cent saying they planned to buy.

Among those polled who do not own an iPhone, 8 per cent said they would consider switching to an iPhone in order to purchase an Apple Watch.

Baker at Gartner said many potential buyers will end up holding off until the second version of the watch, likely to appear next year.

“We may see a high level of interest. Apple will sell a few million fairly quickly, but then things might flatten out a little,” he said.


Diving Deeper Into Cybersecurity, Recorded Future Reels In $12M

April 16th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

Cyber attacks are so bad for business, they have made at least one rising tech company apply its broader data-analysis software to security problems.

Recorded Future got started about five years ago—originally to develop technology for helping defense and financial analysts track global events and try to predict when and where problems like civil unrest may occur. The technology is pretty interesting, but it sounds like the startup is just hitting its stride, business-wise, thanks to increased demand for cybersecurity products.

That demand has led Recorded Future, based in Somerville, MA (with offices in Sweden and the DC area), to raise $12 million in Series D funding, led by Reed Elsevier Ventures. MassMutual Ventures also participated in the round, along with the company’s previous investors, Google Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Atlas (FKA), IA Ventures, and Balderton Capital. The new money brings Recorded Future’s total venture haul to about $30 million.

More important, the company doubled its annual revenue in 2014, and is on pace to “do better than that this year,” says founder and CEO Christopher Ahlberg (pictured). He adds that his team started focusing on cybersecurity a year and a half ago, and now that sector is “90 to 95 percent of what we do.”

The upturn is a direct result of business from big companies that are dealing with getting hacked. Ahlberg says four of the five largest companies in the world are using Recorded Future’s software. (According to Fortune, the top five companies by 2013 revenue were Walmart, Royal Dutch Shell, Sinopec Group, China National Petroleum, and Exxon Mobil. Ahlberg may be working off a different list, but he declined to name them.)

Recorded Future typically sells its Web-based software and services for a “six-figure subscription” fee, he says, though it also offers a free, entry-level version that includes a daily e-mail.

The startup’s software scours the public Web for data and conversations that could point to an impending attack. That means everything from news and blogs to company filings to underground forums—Ahlberg calls them “weird, dark places”—where people might discuss how to carry out a cyber attack or even sell “attack kits.” One place the company says it does not look at is private Facebook data. There was speculation earlier this week that Recorded Future scans Facebook Chat messages, but a company spokesman said that’s not true and explained how its software found the information in question.

Big companies can use information gathered on technical attack methods or ongoing threats to do things like block certain types of Web traffic from coming in, or keep a closer eye on supply-chain partners. “It complements the data they collect from their firewalls and internal systems,” Ahlberg says. For example, an online discussion might mention a financial institution that’s vulnerable to a cyber attack. “If that’s a bank you do business with, you’ll want to know about that,” he says.

Ahlberg knows analytics and business intelligence, but he was not an expert in security. He previously co-founded Spotfire, which was sold to Tibco in 2007. He’s had to get up to speed on cybersecurity quickly—as have a lot of people—but Recorded Future’s software seems to have found a niche.

And that’s not too surprising—a technique such as natural language processing, which Recorded Future uses heavily, gets more accurate when it’s applied to a more specialized topic or sector. And companies in related areas such as sentiment analysis, social-media monitoring, and cognitive computing have been advancing as well.

Recorded Future is pushing 50 employees and looking to hire another 10 in sales and other areas, Ahlberg says. He adds that the company is trying to grow overseas and integrate its products with other security offerings.

“Most security companies are focused on the bits and bytes of what’s going on inside the company,” he says. That leaves room for customers to look outward at the Web (to detect threats) in addition to using traditional security software from the likes of FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, and IBM.

Yet there’s also room for skepticism. Recorded Future will have to prove that its software makes a tangible difference for big companies trying to stay out of the daily headlines on cyber attacks. If it does, its approach should be welcomed—and probably will be emulated—by others in the security community.

It’s already in good company. Ahlberg’s startup shares common investors with several cybersecurity companies including Bit9, Veracode, Threat Stack, and Duo Security—with more on the way as the sector continues to heat up.

“It’s turned into a fantastic place to be,” he says.


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