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 www.01sqa.com or send us a mail here: mobile.testing@01synergy.com

With memory restored, Opportunity rover completes marathon on Mars

March 25th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

NASA’s Opportunity rover trekking across Mars completed a marathon’s worth of driving Tuesday, extending its record-setting exploration of the red planet as engineers installed a software fix to overcome a problem with the aging robot’s flash memory.

The rover has been operating without the use of its flash memory since December 2014, when ground controllers briefly lost communications with Opportunity as its computer had trouble writing data to a section of on-board non-volatile flash memory.

The flash memory retains data when the solar-powered rover powers down at night, and a separate random access memory system stores data only when the vehicle is powered up. When Opportunity’s long-term data archive became unreliable, ground controllers commanded the rover to send back all the information it collected each day before going to sleep at sunset.

Officials coaxed the rover along without flash memory while engineers wrote new code to beam up to Opportunity to bypass one of the vehicle’s seven banks of memory most responsible for the problems.

Opportunity’s ground team received confirmation March 20 that the memory reformatting completed successfully, structuring the rover’s computer to avoid writing data on Bank 7 of the flash memory archive, NASA said in a press release.

“Opportunity can work productively without use of flash memory, as we have shown for the past three months, but with flash we have more flexibility for operations,” said John Callas, Opportunity’s project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “The rover can collect more data than can be returned to Earth on any one day. The flash memory allows data from intensive science activities to be returned over several days.”

There is a limit to how many times the computer can write and erase data in flash memory, and the latest fault is simply a sign of the rover’s age, officials said.

NASA has not guaranteed it can afford to keep Opportunity operating on Mars beyond this year. The agency’s budget request submitted to Congress for 2016 calls for no funding for the Opportunity mission, but NASA officials and lawmakers are optimistic the final spending plan will include money for the rover.

Opportunity landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004, and has outlived its 90-day life expectancy more than 45 times.

The six-wheeled robot’s odometer passed 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) Tuesday — the equivalent length of a marathon on Earth — after 11 years and two months on Mars.

“This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world,” Callas said in a press release. “A first time happens only once.”

NASA says Opportunity achieved the marathon feat with a drive of 153 feet (46.5 meters) Tuesday.

Opportunity is currently exploring a region named Marathon Valley on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, a vast impact basin stretching 14 miles across. The rover has surveyed the rim of the crater since it arrived at the destination in 2011.

The long-lived vehicle has recently spotted a bizarre rock outcrop at an overlook of Marathon Valley, which could contain more clues from the red planet’s ancient past, when conditions were favorable for life billions of years ago.

Opportunity broke the record for long-distance driving on another world last year when it passed the mark set by the former Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 moon rover.

For comparison, NASA’s Curiosity rover has logged more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) on Mars since it landed in August 2012.

“This mission isn’t about setting distance records, of course; it’s about making scientific discoveries on Mars and inspiring future explorers to achieve even more,” said Steve Squyres, Opportunity’s principal investigator at Cornell University. “Still, running a marathon on Mars feels pretty cool.”

Source:http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/03/25/with-memory-restored-opportunity-rover-completes-marathon-on-mars/

With the launch of Cortex, artificial intelligence comes to social media management

March 25th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

Brands and marketers today know they’re not worth much to their clients if they don’t understand social media. But what if your social media tool had a brain of its own?

That’s the theory behind Cortex, the new startup from the Boston-based team that founded Pandemic Labs, the social media marketing firm. It has raised $500,000 in intial funding from angel investors.

Cortex uses artificial intelligence to “learn” the needs of each brand’s social media team — say getting maximum pageviews or sending users to a sign-up page for a newsletter — then creates a predictive model that tells the company exactly when and what to post on social media for maximum impact. The tool, for example, might suggest that a hotel client post an image of a swimming pool to its Facebook page on Friday afternoons.

Company executives say the brains behind Cortex is a massive data set they’ve amassed during the past two years. They’ve tracked the social media habits of over 26,000 brands and can now use that data set to help clients outsmart their competitors.

“For the past 10-15 years, analytics has reigned,” said Cortex chief executive Brennan White. “But going forward, we believe the focus will be automating a lot of the insights from the analytics and executing on that.”

White and his co-founder, Matt Peters, first launched Pandemic Labs in Peters’ mother’s basement in 2007. Together, they watched as social media has become a massive aspect of online marketing, yet they felt the tools created to serve teams have been piecemeal at best.

Products like Hootsuite would provide analytics, or a dashboard to monitor traffic and click-throughs. But teams would still spend hours sifting through the data to see what worked, instead of focusing on the creative aspect of the work.

Cortex is focused on automating that function.

So instead of sending an alert when it learns something new about the social media landscape, Cortex is designed to simply take an action on the client’s behalf — within reason, of course. Humans still play an integral effort in a brand’s social media campaigns, Peters says. Cortex is only supposed to help them manage things with far more insight.

“What I loved about this team is that they’re eating their own dog food,” said Jere Doyle, who supported them for their initial round through his Oyster Angel fund. “All these brands spend all this money developing a social media following, but they’re not getting the right message out. This kind of software is really important.”

Source:http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/03/25/with-the-launch-of-cortex-artificial-intelligence-comes-to-social-media-management/

Can’t find a parking space? Two new apps will find an empty spot for you

March 25th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

Finding empty parking spots in downtown Chattanooga or near Chattanooga airport could become easier.

Two recent college graduates plan to launch two separate companies aimed at making parking more efficient by using underutilized parking spots in one case, and in the other case locating empty parking spots in parking lots and garages for drivers through a phone application.

Marco Biscarni expects to launch a test version of LetMeParkIt in April, and Chandler Burke is in the initial stages of building ParkParrot with an undetermined launch date.

Biscarni noticed the gap between parking spaces and parking demand during his undergraduate years in San Diego. He also noticed that many homeowners had space on their property fit for parking. When he moved to Chattanooga last year, he also caught sight of unoccupied, lined expanses around churches, particularly those near the airport.

“They have huge parking lots, and they’re really only in business Saturday and Sunday and maybe Wednesday and Friday,” said Biscarni, 23, a University of California at San Diego graduate. “That means the whole rest of the week is open.”

About six to eight churches are within two miles of the airport, and each has 20 to 500 spots, Biscarni said. Through LetMeParkIt travelers could park in them, and then take a taxi or Uber ride to the airport. Biscarni, who said he has connections to Uber’s founder, is hoping in the future to work out a function on his company’s website that allows users to reserve Uber rides.

Generally, LetMeParkIt will allow private entities to list parking inventory for use by the public. Property owners would set their own rates, and drivers could book spaces in advance. “These parking spaces will generate revenue for the owners and provide more parking options for drivers,” Biscarni said. “The idea really is pretty simple.” At this stage, Biscarni has not yet signed any parking areas.

Focused more on helping drivers locate empty, traditional parking spaces, ParkParrot hopes to partner with parking garages and lots in downtown Chattanooga for a phone application that identifies empty spots for users. It would do that with the use of removable sensors placed on pavement toward the front of parking spaces. Each sensor would read the occupancy of two to four spaces.

Burke, the startup’s founder, said he is talking with one lot owner and one garage owner, but declined to name them.

An engineering professor designed the sensors, said Burke, 24, a University of Chattanooga at Tennessee graduate. Chattanoogan Keelan Carpenter, a security engineer, and UTC graduate students Stuart French and Hooper Kincannon designed the software.

ParkParrot currently has a working product, but it’s a prototype, Burke said. SwiftWing Ventures gave seed money to the startup to get this far. Burke declined to disclose how much, saying the amount was “relatively small.”

ParkParrot needs an investment of at least $75,000 to take off. That money would go toward hardware, software and further app development for the finalized product. A Kickstarter campaign, which ends in less than a week, has yet to raise pledges of only $1,774.

The app would be free for users.

Source:http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2015/mar/25/need-parking-theres-app-that/295074/

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