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PSA: Testathon Coming to Cape Town (Win cool prizes)

Testathon is like a hackathon, but for testing. It was created by crowdsourced testing company Global App Testing.

Testathon recently got in contact with Tech Cape Town and invited us to their Cape Town event.

At their event (on the 24th of June 2016), they’ll (could be you’ll) be testing apps for Facebook, who they have partnered with.

The idea behind Testathon is that you sign up for their event, test the apps and then win prizes for finding different kinds of bugs. The kinds of prizes on offer are tablets, phones, and watches!

So if you consider yourself good at breaking things, looking to win cool prizes, or are just looking jump start your career as a QA, sign up for their event here.

Here is a video of what they got up to when doing testing for Spotify:

And the details about their Cape Town event, in their own words:

“A Testathon is like a hackathon but specifically for testers”, said Owais Peer, co-founder of Global App Testing. “A lot of our tester community have told us they don’t get invited to hackathons, despite it being such an important part of the developer community”.

The Testathon event aims to bring together the best testers in the world so they can learn from best practice, network and win prizes whilst trying to break real apps.

“We’ll have 50 testers from Cape Town all competing to find bugs in some great apps”, noted Owais. “We’ve organised events with Dropbox in San Francisco, Spotify in Stockholm and now it’s time for Facebook in Cape Town. The support from the testing community has been great”.

The best testers will be awarded prizes for a whole host of categories including ‘Best QA’ and ‘Best Quality Bug Report’.
After mixing with the best testers in the UK, US and Sweden the South African testing community is going to be put to the test. “It’ll be a big challenge to find great bugs on the day but when you put together the best testers in the world, you’re bound to find something”, said Owais.

Apply to South Africa’s first Testathon in Cape Town.

Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard 2 Are Beautiful

I don’t care much for the Magic Mouse but wow, the Trackpad and Keyboard look so good!

They have build in lightning ports for charging so no more AA batteries. They pair automatically when plugged in with a Lightning cable, a handy feature.

The Trackpad has Apple’s Force Touch (Still a terrible name) build in bring that feature to existing MacBooks as well as iMacs.

New toys do not come cheaply though:

Magic Keyboard is available starting today for $99 (US). Magic Mouse 2 is available starting today for $79 (US). And the Magic Trackpad 2 is available starting today for $129 (US).

I suppose I better start saving because I think those will look great on my desk.

All iMacs Now Come With Retina Displays

Today Apple announced that it will be including 4K displays in the 21.5 inch iMac and 5K displays in all of the 27 inch iMacs.

In Apple’s own words:

 The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt® 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.

Sounds like a good update all around!

How to Easily Share The Music That You Stream

So you use Apple Music and your friend uses Deezer. Or you swear by Spotify but your girlfriend uses Rdio.

You find the coolest song IN THE WORLD and just have to share it with them. Gone are the days of “Hey, search for this song” and “No that’s not how you spell it.”

I present to you Son.gg. (Pretty cool domain if you ask me)

Instead of me going on about how it works just click here (http://son.gg/3754a0/) to discover a really difficult to share song.

I also have it on good authority that some apps are on the way to make this process even easier!

Apps IN Apple’s App Store Have Malware

Lazy developers downloaded a fake version of Xcode and then used it to publish real apps to the real App Store.

There is not much more to say about this. I understand 12 year old Timmy torrenting Xcode because he doesn’t know any better, but real actual developers of popular apps? FFS, that is a rookie error.

The most high profile app to be affected is WeChat. Not a fan. WeChat claims that it was on older version that was affected but just to be safe, update your apps. (Or delete them.)

This friendly commenter said it best:

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[via Gizmodo]

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