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Software Testing News https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk Latest Industry News Wed, 19 Jan 2022 11:06:43 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Software-Testing-News-100x100.png Software Testing News https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk 32 32 Five retailers in the UK to trial AI recognition tech https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/five-retailers-in-the-uk-to-trial-ai-recognition-tech/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 11:06:43 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=43587 Five UK retailers are taking part in a government-backed trial that aims to test artificial intelligence (AI) recognition technology in a real-world setting. Indeed, the pilot was only launched recently due to the pandemic by the Home Office and the Office for Product Safety and Standards in order to test the new technology and improve...

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Five UK retailers are taking part in a government-backed trial that aims to test artificial intelligence (AI) recognition technology in a real-world setting.

Indeed, the pilot was only launched recently due to the pandemic by the Home Office and the Office for Product Safety and Standards in order to test the new technology and improve the process of ID checks for age-restricted products. The software will then be scanning the photo of the customers who want to participate and use a complex algorithm to determine their age before deleting the photo.

It was reported that the AI recognition tool was able to provide an accurate age estimate for those aged 16-20 within 18 months, or just over 2 years for those aged over 20. Customers are also allowed to add their birthday anonymously, if they are deemed younger than the approved age, by connecting to their ID.

During the trials, retailers will still need to physically check the accuracy of the software. It is necessary in order to prevent selling alcohol to underage as well as reduce the levels of abuse suffered by workers in licensed premises when challenging for proof of age.

The trial is set to run from January to June 2022.

 

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Finland invests to build its first quantum computer https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/finland-invests-to-build-its-first-quantum-computer/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:04:37 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=43522 Finland has recently announced a new innovation project to build the country’s first quantum computer. Indeed, the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs is set to fund the project for the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland until 2024. The government thinks that building a working quantum computer is the best way to tackle quantum computing....

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Finland has recently announced a new innovation project to build the country’s first quantum computer.

Indeed, the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs is set to fund the project for the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland until 2024. The government thinks that building a working quantum computer is the best way to tackle quantum computing.

Finland has already experience with quantum technology as it worked on quantum sensors as well as commercialized terahertz spectroscopy and terahertz imaging, which are quantum technologies used in space applications and in scanners at airports.

The country is now hoping to advance its development of quantum devices and sensors and get ahead of the curve on quantum computers. Finland is also aiming to increase their involvement in quantum computing through investments and growing skill sets. Hence, the research community InstituteQ is focusing on developing world-class quantum expertise and improving the use of quantum computing in organisations.

 

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The Software Testing Industry Forum 2022 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/the-software-testing-industry-forum-2022/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 14:12:05 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42721 Software Testing Industry Forum, London, March 16th, 2022   Start 2022 with a bang by attending our leading and exciting first event of the year: The Software Testing Industry Forum! This interactive forum, taking place in the heart of London on March 16th, will gather some of the key figures from the Software Testing community...

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Software Testing Industry Forum, London, March 16th, 2022

 

Start 2022 with a bang by attending our leading and exciting first event of the year: The Software Testing Industry Forum!

This interactive forum, taking place in the heart of London on March 16th, will gather some of the key figures from the Software Testing community for a day of thought-provoking and top-rank insights and opportunities. Not only will you get the possibility to understand the latest technology trends but also to discover the industry’s latest products and services.

Through dynamic speaking sessions, enlightening workshops, and cutting-edge keynote presentations, you will get learn to make faster, more informed decisions to move your business forward all the while always increasing your knowledge and expertise. The world of Software Testing will hold no more secrets for you!

Besides, the forum will feature a range of experienced and incredibly talented speakers from the industry who cannot wait to share all of their knowledge and expertise with you. We are always delighted to have new seasoned professionals speak at our events so if you are interested in presenting a topic, click here.

The forum, which is owned and supported by the industry-leading journal TEST Magazine and produced by the organizers of the European Software Testing Awards, is a relaxed and educational event that aims to introduce the most pressing challenges in the industry and allow attendees to listen to and discuss clients’ case studies, opinions, and user experiences in an interactive environment.

On top of that, it will give you the chance to network, connect and share your ideas with your peers, something that we all missed these past two years!

Whether you are a delegate, a vendor, or an exhibitor in the software testing and QA industry, this is the place to be. So, come down to London and experience a great day of enlightenment and fun with us at the Software Testing Industry Forum!

 

Register HERE!

 

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Glasgow council to introduce new software system to manage waste collection issues https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/glasgow-council-to-introduce-new-software-system-to-manage-waste-collection-issues/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:35:46 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42716 Glasgow council has recently announced the development of a new software system that will help manage the overflowing bins situation. Indeed, with the rise of recycling rates in the city, there have been a lot of increasing issues concerning the collection of waste. This new software then should be able to improve the performance of...

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Glasgow council has recently announced the development of a new software system that will help manage the overflowing bins situation.

Indeed, with the rise of recycling rates in the city, there have been a lot of increasing issues concerning the collection of waste. This new software then should be able to improve the performance of bin lorries and alert residents if bins have not been collected.

The council’s new system should have a real-time overview of what is happening on the streets and enhance the recycling performance in Glasgow. It will also provide real-time information and updates about the collection times.

The council is actually trying to ensure that it has the right data to provide the right service at the right time before deploying the software.

 

 

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UK government announced new initiative to shape global standards for AI https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/uk-government-announced-new-initiative-to-shape-global-standards-for-ai/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 10:41:30 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42706 The  UK government recently announced a new initiative that will be shaping global technical standards for Artificial Intelligence. Indeed, the Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), will be in charge of this AI Standard Hub. This initiative will aim to develop practical tools for business...

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The  UK government recently announced a new initiative that will be shaping global technical standards for Artificial Intelligence.

Indeed, the Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), will be in charge of this AI Standard Hub. This initiative will aim to develop practical tools for business in order to bring the UK’s AI community together as well as help companies benefit from global standards through a new online platform.

By doing so, the UK hopes to advance in and keep leading this developing area. To achieve that, the Hub will focus on improving the governance of AI, complementing pro-innovation regulation, and benefitting from the economic potential of these technologies that will reinforce investment and employment in the UK.

Moreover, the Hub will receive the expertise of the BSI, the UK National Standards Body, and NPL, to help develop standards and research, as well as of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and the Office for AI (OAI).

Before its launch, there will be a series of roundtables with various companies that will be led by The Alan Turing Institute to shape the Hub’s activities.

 

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19-year-old could hack into Teslas through third-party software https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/19-year-old-could-hack-into-teslas-through-third-party-software/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:30:56 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42699 A 19-year-old has recently proven that he can hack into dozens of Tesla vehicles through flaws in a piece of third-party software. Indeed, David Colombo, who is based in Germany, shared on Twitter that the flaws allowed him to remotely control some of the vehicles’ functions such as unlocking doors and windows, starting the cars...

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A 19-year-old has recently proven that he can hack into dozens of Tesla vehicles through flaws in a piece of third-party software.

Indeed, David Colombo, who is based in Germany, shared on Twitter that the flaws allowed him to remotely control some of the vehicles’ functions such as unlocking doors and windows, starting the cars without keys, and even disabling the security systems. Colombo stated that he had access to more than 25 Teslas in at least 13 countries.

The flaw comes from a vulnerability in the way the software stores sensitive information that is needed to link the cars to the program. This information could be stolen and exploited by hackers to get access to the cars. The specifications of the flaw were not released yet as the organization has still to fix the issue. This thus highlights the risks of moving to the Internet of Things (IoT) where everything is connected online and becomes vulnerable.

Tesla offers a ‘bug bounty’ program that allows cybersecurity researchers to report vulnerabilities and receive payment in exchange. Colombo stated he hasn’t been in touch with members of Tesla’s security team or the maker of the third-party software.

 

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University of Edinburgh to extend its data science programme in southeast Scotland https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/university-of-edinburgh-to-extend-its-data-science-programme-in-southeast-scotland/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:04:28 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42681 The University of Edinburgh has recently announced that it would be extending the reach of its data science knowledge in southeast Scotland. Indeed, this programme is leading the way in a Scottish and UK government-backed initiative that aims to increase the use of internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect environmental data for analysis by...

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The University of Edinburgh has recently announced that it would be extending the reach of its data science knowledge in southeast Scotland.

Indeed, this programme is leading the way in a Scottish and UK government-backed initiative that aims to increase the use of internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect environmental data for analysis by school students. By doing so, the University of Edinburgh, alongside the Heriot-Watt University and six local authorities around Scotland, is hoping to train a new generation of data scientists.

The Data Education in Schools project is part of the Data-Driven Innovation Skills Gateway initiative, which is a city region deal funding package from the Scottish and UK governments. This project set into place a £1.35bn investment in Edinburgh and south-east Scotland over 15 years that includes transport, housing, culture, skills, employability, and innovation.

The students are then able to learn through the IoT sensors and deploy them in local environments.

 

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UK government working on a system to monitor legacy applications https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/uk-government-working-on-a-system-to-monitor-legacy-applications/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:04:11 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42678 It was recently found out that the launch of a system in charge of monitoring the UK government’s legacy applications has been delayed. Indeed, the government is currently lacking a central list of all its aging computing estate as well as of the risks associated with these infrastructures and applications. In order to fix that...

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It was recently found out that the launch of a system in charge of monitoring the UK government’s legacy applications has been delayed.

Indeed, the government is currently lacking a central list of all its aging computing estate as well as of the risks associated with these infrastructures and applications. In order to fix that situation, a four-box model was being tested in three central government departments and a tool was in development and should have been ready for the beginning of January 2022.

Tackling legacy technology across government is essential, hence the CDDO has formed a working group across a number of departments to build a framework that can assess legacy systems. Yet, the government has still no clear plan on how it will be replacing its legacy infrastructure, although some systems date from the 1970s.

It was reported that the system should be ready for the start of next year.

 

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UK female-led fintechs to still receive fewer investments https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/uk-female-led-fintechs-to-still-receive-fewer-investments/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:51:47 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42672 Despite UK financial technology companies receiving £8.6bn investment in 2021, there is still an important and rising gap between investments in fintechs, with women-led fintechs receiving fewer investments. Indeed, a recent study by Innovate Finance showed that investment had increased by 207% compared to 2020, with the UK funds being invested through 713 deals. The US...

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Despite UK financial technology companies receiving £8.6bn investment in 2021, there is still an important and rising gap between investments in fintechs, with women-led fintechs receiving fewer investments.

Indeed, a recent study by Innovate Finance showed that investment had increased by 207% compared to 2020, with the UK funds being invested through 713 deals. The US was still at the top of investments with $46bn, followed by the UK at $11.6bn, India, Germany, and Brazil.

The rise in funding levels shows the world-class innovation and ingenuity of the UK, which is driving forward and transforming financial services. However, it is still hard for female fintech founders to gain a fair share of the funds being invested, as only 9% went to female fintech founders. Even though this was three times higher than 2020 in terms of value, it is about the same proportion as 2020 and less than in 2019.

Hence, there is a crucial need to make the issue more visible and to make sure that female founders are given the same opportunities.

 

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Why Does Software Testing Provide Value to Businesses? https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/why-does-software-testing-provide-value-to-businesses/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:04:22 +0000 https://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/?p=42643 Since software testing often happens during the later stages of development, some companies deem it unimportant. Similarly, leaders may also think it’s OK if customers find bugs in a software-based product after its release. However, it’s ideal if businesses treat software testing as something that can drive overall value and increase customer satisfaction. Here are...

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Since software testing often happens during the later stages of development, some companies deem it unimportant. Similarly, leaders may also think it’s OK if customers find bugs in a software-based product after its release.

However, it’s ideal if businesses treat software testing as something that can drive overall value and increase customer satisfaction. Here are some of the many reasons why it’s so critical for success.

 

Testing Reduces Cyberattacks

Company representatives who conduct software testing make it less likely for cyberattackers to find vulnerabilities to exploit. Such incidents could hurt a company’s profits and reputation.

For example, if the software in question is for internal use, attacks facilitated by bugs could harm a company’s productivity and necessitate the temporary shutdowns of certain operations. Businesses that release a product for commercial use that gets hacked could affect customers’ confidence in the company and its offerings.

In 2020, researchers uncovered several vulnerabilities associated with a cybersecurity software provider. The problems gave hackers indirect access to devices the company marketed to customers to improve their cybersecurity preparedness. That’s a disaster in the making for any business, but especially one specializing in cybersecurity.

It’s also notable that a recent survey found one in three organizations is experiencing more cyberattacks in 2021 than during previous years. Cybercriminals don’t only break into networks via software flaws, of course. However, such unaddressed issues can make it easier for them to orchestrate successful and maximally damaging attacks.

Software testing should factor into a company’s overall cybersecurity strategy. Finding issues earlier reduces the chances of malicious parties coming across them and using them for destructive purposes.

 

Testing Gives Useful Insights Into Customer Behavior

Many businesses incorporate usability testing into their software examination strategies. It tasks real users with trying out the product and giving detailed feedback about their experiences. Company representatives can also get real-time data about aspects that need further improvement or are not as useful as they hoped.

Manufacturers can get in-the-moment data to create heat maps and determine which areas of a factory receive the most traffic. That helps them avoid bottlenecks and optimize building layouts.

Real-time information from software testing can serve a similar purpose. For example, it could show companies how much time users spend interacting with a particular feature. Alternatively, it might reveal whether people become confused or frustrated while using the software.

Knowing those things before a software title’s wide release increases the chances of bringing the product onto the market with most of the issues worked out. It helps ensure the product is as appealing as possible to the target audience.

Testing also gives valuable feedback after a company redesigns its software or adds numerous new features. It’s a potentially costly mistake to assume such changes will delight most users. Software testing verifies if that’s the case, allowing businesses to make necessary improvements to keep customers happy.

 

Testing Improves Reliability

Many industries use software to manage time-sensitive tasks and keep massive projects within budget and finished on time. Research shows that large construction projects take 20% longer to complete than planned. Software can improve such metrics by giving users better visibility and helping teams communicate quickly and easily.

Regardless of which industry uses software, careful testing of such products before reaching customers can help a company’s profits. It also increases the chances that users become loyal to products released later.

Putting reliable products on the market is critical because customers want to see quick returns on investment. In an industry like health care, software bugs, clunky interfaces or repetitive error messages could sacrifice patient care quality by slowing or halting provider workflows.

It’s also worth noting that individuals start forming opinions about products before realizing it. Additionally, people who use software for business will likely get requests from their employers to provide thoughts on their experiences. Suppose a company invests in new software for a team of 500 people and hears from three-quarters of the group that the product interferes with productivity or causes other issues. In that case, the customer won’t likely purchase it again.

Business leaders should strive to view robust software testing as an essential part of overall quality control. If users generally agree a product works as it should most of the time and brings them genuine benefits, they’ll be more likely to buy new software from the company once it becomes available. They’ll also have favorable opinions about the brand.

 

Testing Helps a Software Company’s Employees Make the Most of Their Time

A software publisher may not have internal employees carry out software tests. Many companies specializing in third-party testing services have automated tools and other resources that contribute to high-quality outcomes.

Whether testing happens within a company or gets handled elsewhere, it can help a software company’s workforce better meet customers’ needs. For example, test results may reveal that software shows unusual behavior on a particular operating system or within a certain browser. Testing helps ensure the software has the required adaptability to succeed in today’s marketplace.

If tests reveal platform-based issues, the company’s development professionals have a clearer idea of where and how to pinpoint and resolve them as quickly as possible. Without the details these tests provide, software developers cannot be reasonably sure the product will perform as expected on the assortment of devices and setups customers may use.

Software testing also gives a company’s customer service team useful details, even before fixes are implemented for identified issues. For example, if tests reveal a bug on Windows 11, a call centre team could use that information to address users’ complaints.

 

Testing Reflects a Company’s Care

Besides the testing advantages covered in depth here, the people responsible for checking software should remember that the process is a way for companies to show that the customer experience matters to them.

After uncovering software defects during normal usage, a person may understandably conclude that a company rushed the product onto the market for the sake of bettering its bottom line.

Deploying a thorough testing strategy won’t necessarily reveal all issues. Still, it is an excellent way to show customers the business has taken all the right steps to reduce any problems they experience. When users have that impression, they’ll be more likely to continue doing business with a software brand and recommend that people they know follow suit.

 

Article written by Emily Newton, editor-in-chief at Revolutionized

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