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:

Google Android Wear Adds Another Variety To Its Wearable Tech Segment; LG Watch Urbane To Hit Google Store by End Of April

April 27th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

The wearable tech segment is one of the most happening segments as we see various brands trying to compete with other in terms of features, design, specifications, compatibility and other aspects. LG Watch Urbane, which has already been put on sale in South Korea, will be available in Australia by the end of this month, according to reports.

Smart watch enthusiasts in Australia, UK, US, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, India, Ireland, Hong Kong, Spain, Japan and Korea will have to wait until the end of this month to try the new smart watch from LG that can be purchased from Google Store, reports GeekSided.

LG has not revealed any details about the price of its Watch Urbane but it is likely to cost more than the G Watch R because of the metal build of the watch, reports PC World. LG’s new smart watch features circular watch face, metal exterior and a 320X320 P-OLED display. The 1.3-inch LG Watch Urbane also sports a 410 mAh battery and 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the same as the company’s G Watch R, as reported by PC World.

LG Watch Urbane and Apple Watch: The Face-off

Android Wear products have already been in the market but the entrance of Apple Watch into the segment has heated up the competition between two major players-Apple and Google. LG Watch Urbane is viewed as a more fashionable form of the G Watch R, which is an existing player in the smart watch market, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Recently, Google got an update for its Android wear software that will reduce the smart watch’s dependency on smart phone, provided the smart watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Google has made its latest software update available on the LG Watch Urbane.

Android Watches previously lacked the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, but with the launch of the new software, LG Urbane Watch can now connect to any Wi-Fi network. This makes it capable to compete with Apple Watch, that can connect to Wi-Fi, as well, according to The Sydney Morning Herald report. Android Wear also has a feature that allows apps to turn off once the user lowers the wrist and this will let the P-OLED screen of Urbane Watch to save some battery. Besides that, users can also twist their wrist to scroll through their notifications, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Apple Watch’s ‘digital crown’ and ‘force touch’ features offer more functionality on a single screen and Apple’s ‘taptic feedback engine’ provides unique sensations to the user’s wrist depending on the nature of the notification, as per the report.

Tech gadgets experts and analysts have figured out that both Apple Watch and Android Wear have competent features but till such time Apple does not include the Android Wear App (on which Google is reportedly working) in its Apple App Store, Apple Watch buyers need to have an iPhone and Android Wear buyers have to get an Android based smart phone.


Canadian private equity and venture capital deals surge in first-quarter

April 27th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

Acquisitions and financing deals led by private equity and venture capital firms surged in Canada in the first quarter, Thomson Reuters data showed, with many involving investment in software, information technology and natural resources.

For Canadian private equity buyouts, it was the strongest ever first quarter on record. For venture capital, it was the strongest first quarter in several years.

Announced and closed private equity deals totaled C$6 billion ($4.9 billion) in value in the three months to March 31, according to the data released on Monday.

Software accounted for 13 of the 99 deals in the quarter, but it was Canada’s huge mining, and oil and gas sectors that drew the vast majority of the money invested by private equity firms.

The largest private equity deals during the period included Brookfield Asset Management’s C$1.1 billion purchase of the minority interest that it did not already own in Brookfield Residential Properties.

Others included KKR & Co-backed Veresen Midstream’s C$760 million acquisition of some of Encana Corp’s natural gas holdings as well as Magris Resources’ C$657 million acquisition of Iamgold Corp’s Niobec mine, a deal that was backed by Temasek Holdings and CEF Holdings.

Venture capital investment activity in Canadian companies also grew at a strong pace, with C$548 million invested in 137 deals, a 41 percent increase from a year ago and a 10 percent increase in the number of financing rounds.

This amount was the greatest invested since the first period of 2007, while the number of companies was the highest since the first quarter of 2005.


Do You Know How Much You Spend? Start Tracking

April 27th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

A few years ago, my husband and I started running out of money before we ran out of weeks in the month. (Don’t you hate when that happens?)

This was embarrassing because I make my living advising people about money. What’s more embarrassing? It took me months to realize what was happening. I kept transferring money from our savings to our checking when it was on fumes, thinking it was some sort of temporary aberration.

It wasn’t, of course. Our income had dropped slightly and our expenses had crept up, but I hadn’t registered the change or corrected course. Lots of people are in the same boat, thanks to stagnant or falling wages and rising living costs. But most people don’t make the effort to track their spending.

Here’s why it’s important and the best way to go about it.

Before You Get Started…

This isn’t about beating yourself up or bemoaning your mistakes. It’s about getting a clear view of where you stand. Adopt the mindset of an explorer or scientist who delves into the unknown and hunts for insights.

Keep in mind that spending really is personal: No one else can dictate what you do with your money. There’s no requirement that you limit your spending on X or that you spend a certain amount on Y. If you’re part of a couple, you’ll want to come to some agreements about your spending, but there isn’t One Right Way.

You’ll Notice Patterns

To be clear: I’m not a fan of tracking every single penny spent and doing so forever. That’s tedious, and for most people it’s unnecessary.

Closely tracking where your money goes for a few weeks, though, can be incredibly helpful. If you haven’t done so before, chances are good you’ll find a few shockers. For us, it was how much we spend on food, especially eating out, and the U-verse bill, which likes to climb into the stratosphere every time I look away.

Knowing how much you spend can help you avoid spending more than you make, of course. But it can also help you see where you’re spending money on stuff that you don’t really care about, at the expense of stuff that you’d rather have and do.

How to Track It

One of the easiest ways to start monitoring your transactions is with an online account aggregator such as Mint. You enter your financial account information and passwords; the site automatically downloads and categorizes your transactions. Mint can set you up with a preliminary budget, based on three months’ spending history, that you can then tweak to suit your needs.

Mvelopes and GoodBudget are two other apps that help create budgets using the envelope method, where certain amounts are allocated to various spending categories.

Another option is Quicken, which is owned by Intuit, the same company that offers Mint. Quicken has you download transactions to software that lives on your computer rather than in the cloud. As with Mint, transactions are automatically categorized and the software helps you create budgets.

Don’t want to link your accounts? You Need A Budget requires you to manually enter transactions. It will take longer, granted, but the hands-on approach means you’ll get intimately familiar with how you’re spending your money, transaction by transaction.

Of course, you can always resort to old-school methods: gathering all your bank and credit card statements for recent months, along with every receipt you generated along the way, and entering the info in a notebook or spreadsheet.

Regardless of the method you use, you’ll want to keep a running note (in your smartphone or notebook) listing all your cash transactions that aren’t posted elsewhere.

What to Do With All This Info?

Analyzing three months’ worth of data will give you a good idea of where your money is going, but even two weeks’ worth of transactions can tell you a lot. Add up your expenses in each category. Some potential categories:

Debt payments
Child care

You can include other categories, of course, but try to avoid a “miscellaneous” or “cash” category, particularly if a lot of your money seems to get spent there. The key, once again, is knowing where your money is going.

You’ll need an “income” category as well, to see how your outgoing compares to your incoming. Use your net pay and any other after-tax income that regularly comes your way. If your income is irregular, shoot for an average or (if you’re more cautious) the minimum you expect to earn each month.

Once you have some totals, do a little math (or have the spreadsheet do it). What percentage of your total spending does each category represent? Are you comfortable with that? Does it reflect your values?

If you need to make adjustments (and you probably wouldn’t be doing this if you didn’t), start looking for places to redirect spending from what you don’t really care about to what you do.

If you’ve cut discretionary expenses to the bone and still can’t make ends meet, it could be because the big bills are out of whack. One recommendation: Keep “must have” expenses (shelter, food, utilities, insurance, minimum loan payments, child care) to 50 percent of your after-tax income. That’s not a hard and fast rule, but doing so can help ensure you have money to save, pay down debt, and still live your life with a few comforts.


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