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With roughly 24 hours left in the 3rd quarter Bug Battle, here is a brief summary of the results thus far. We’ve had more than 500 bugs reported, with more than 30 of them relating to the mid-competition addition of Google Caffeine to the Bug Battle mix. Remember, the software testing competition ends Friday, August 14th at 11:59pm ET and there’s more than $3,000 in prize money at stake. So if you have not participated yet, seize the opportunity now by reporting at least one bug to qualify for prizes. If you were not able to submit a bug, but have strong opinions regarding the usability and functionality of the major search engines, you may also qualify by submitting a request for the feedback survey. Good luck. This is shaping up to be one of our best Bug Battles yet! ... (more)

Living with Plugins

Last week I wrote about some of the issues with plugins (especially those in Wordpress) – they’re often times poorly maintained, buggy, and insecure.  We got some great feedback, both on and offline, and today I want to give a few ideas for making the most of plugin based platforms. 1.) Popular Plugins Hint at Missing Features A plugin is fundamentally a way of making a piece of software do more than it was meant to do.  For product managers, a popular plugin can indicate that there is a lot of demand for a missing feature.  Integrating that feature into the core product can give... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit: iPhone Testing (or Lack Thereof)

On Monday, Apple announced a whole bunch of exciting and innovative new products.  Two of the more anticipated were the iPhone 3GS and version 3.0 of the iPhone software.  Both of these introduce interesting new features for iPhone users everywhere.  You can watch the entire keynote here. Apple’s keynote presentation went very well, but there were a couple of snags while demoing some of the new iPhone apps.  Two different apps had problems with their demos.  One app had an issue with some on-stage props, but the other simply stopped working in the middle of its presentation. The ... (more)

Crowdsourcing: Testing the Limits with John Winsor

Having grilled some of the top minds in the software business, this installment of Testing the Limits will deviate slightly from the norm. With us this month is John Winsor – author, entrepreneur and crowdsourcing expert. After a successful career as a journalist and magazine publisher, John founded Radar Communications in 1998, where he implemented a variety of academic-based market intelligence tools to help some of the country’s most progressive companies learn from key voices in their communities. Today, he offers that same advice as the VP/Executive Director of Strategy and... (more)

Danger in the Clouds: Four Lessons from the Sidekick Disaster

Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)?  Then please accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve experienced over the past few days. The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones.  Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were still figuring out SMS.  For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone to own. One of the Sidekick’s key ... (more)