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Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2015

Monday 8 June 2015 saw the WWDC take place in San Francisco. Apple usually unleashes lots of announcements at this event and this year was no exception. Below I've briefly outlined the major announcements. iOS 9 The main features of iOS seem to be the enhancement [...]

2017-01-10T21:24:44+01:00June 12th, 2015|Categories: Apple, Apple Pay, Events, Featured News, iOS, iOS 9, iOS App Testing, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, New Tech, News, OSX, Other Tech|

Mobile Payments: Quick intro to Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay

Quick Intro to Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay All the major mobile manufacturer's are desperately trying to stake their claim for a slice of the potentially massive Mobile Payments market - with a slice of every transaction/payment their aim. As of June 2015, Apple Pay [...]

Mobile Payments: Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay - Overview Samsung introduces Samsung Pay as "a groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service" and it allows you to make contactless payments in stores. It uses a combination of Near Field Communication (NFC) and its own proprietary Magnetic Secure Transmission technology. Samsung Pay - Technology Uses Contactless payment technology Unique [...]

Mobile Payments: Android Pay

Android Pay - Overview Google bills Android Pay as "Pay your way. Shop how you want" and it allows you to make payments both in stores and in apps, similar to Apple Pay.  It uses a combination of Near Field Communication (NFC), plus one of a PIN code, password [...]

Mobile Payments: Apple Pay

Apple Pay - Overview Apple bills Apple Pay as "Your wallet. Without the wallet." and it allows you to make payments both in stores and in apps. It uses a combination of Near Field Communication (NFC), Touch ID and the Passbook app to enable the payments [...]

Synergy – Great way to work on two or more computers at the same time – with no wires!

I originally used Synergy back in the day when I was working from home and using a works Windows PC and wanted to use my iMac at the same time. After much searching on the net I found Synergy and - after some complicated setups - [...]

News: 2 June 2014 – iOS 8, OSX 10.10 Yosemite, Swift

iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 Yosemite were announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) 2014 in San Francisco. Also another big announcement - at least to developers - was that Swift will be the new language replacing Objective-C. iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 Yosemite are due [...]

TechTestLondon website launched

I've recently been working on a new website - www.TechTestLondon.com - which I've built in WordPress, using the Envision theme. TechTestLondon covers the booming world of Wearable Tech, Smartwatches & Connected Tech and the apps that make the tech work – and also promotes the App [...]

News: 22 October 2013 – Apple’s October 2013 event – new iPads, release of OSX Mavericks

At their October 2013 event, Apple announced some new iPads, the release of OSX Mavericks as a free upgrade and also more on other products, such as the latest Mac Pro. iPad Air The new top of the range iPad is called the iPad Air, due [...]

Office 365 on iOS – iPhone and iPad

I'm usually the first to knock Microsoft when they get things wrong - and they often do. But having used Office 365 on iPhone and iPad, I must admit I'm quite impressed with both of these offerings. In both cases, you can edit Office documents in [...]

2017-05-03T11:12:44+01:00September 11th, 2013|Categories: Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, New Tech|Tags: , , , |

News: 10 September 2013 – Apple’s September 2013 event – new iPhones and iOS 7

At their September 2013 event, Apple announced the much-rumoured iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Together, these models replace the iPhone 5, with the iPhone 5S becoming the flagship iPhone in terms of processor, performance etc and the iPhone 5C is a slightly cheaper, less-specced alternative. iPhone [...]

2017-05-03T11:14:18+01:00September 11th, 2013|Categories: Apple, Apps, Featured News, iOS, iOS 7, iPhone, New Tech, News 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Windows 8 thoughts and suggestions

Having used my Windows 8 laptop as my main work laptop for a couple of weeks now, I thought I'd share my thoughts. Overall, I'd say Windows 8 works well on a touchscreen laptop or device. If you don't have a touchscreen though, a lot of [...]

News: 10 June 2013 – Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2013

Lots of announcements today at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) 2013, in San Francisco. This included news on the next OSX release, iOS 7, new MacBook Air and a preview of the new Mac Pro. Next OSX Release  First up was the next version of OSX [...]

iOS 6 Upgrade – Part 3 – Moans and Gripes

I’ve now upgraded my iPhone3GS from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 6. This has been delayed mainly due to a freelance iOS App Testing project I was working on at iOS 5.1.1 plus also partly  due to waiting for some fix version releases, to address any initial problems [...]

iOS 6 Upgrade – Part 2 – New Features and Changes

I’ve now upgraded my iPhone3GS from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 6. This has been delayed mainly due to a freelance iOS App Testing project I was working on at iOS 5.1.1 plus also partly  due to waiting for some fix version releases, to address any initial problems [...]

iOS 6 Upgrade – Part 1 – Upgrade and Initial Thoughts

I've now upgraded my iPhone3GS from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 6. I  put this upgrade on hold, mainly due to a freelance iOS App Testing project I was working on requiring me to keep iOS 5.1.1 but also partly due to waiting for some fix version [...]

Sauce for Mac

Sauce Labs have recently released a free Mac App which allows you to use their online website testing platform via a desktop Mac App, rather than the usual method of via a browser. The Mac App can be downloaded for free via saucelabs.com/mac / or iTunes / [...]

iPhone Website Testing – Debug Console

Following on from my post the other day about iPad Website Testing, I thought I'd post on a similar area, but on iPhone device. Turning on the Debug Console before starting testing will help identify any errors which may occur during the testing. The error messages [...]

iPad Website Testing – Debug Console

Here's a simple little testing tip when testing websites on the iPad, using the Safari browser. Turning on the Debug Console before starting testing will help identify any errors which may occur during the testing. The error messages will be shown in the Debug Console and [...]

Windows 8 touch screen laptop test drive

Yesterday, I tried out the Asus Vivobook S200E, a Windows 8 laptop with touch screen, courtesy of Currys in Oxford Street. I was very impressed, both in terms of the laptop and Windows 8 with touch screen. I think touch screens on laptops will take off [...]

2017-01-10T21:28:54+01:00November 23rd, 2012|Categories: New Tech, Windows 8|Tags: , , , , |

Windows 8 – Adding Chrome, Firefox and Safari Browsers

I've now added the other main browsers to my Windows 8 Pro virtual with no problems found - I was expecting some, but none materialised. The screenshot below shows the Start screen, with the tiles for Chrome, Firefox and Safari added in the place I selected [...]

Windows 8 Pro running on VirtualBox on iMac OSX 10.8.2 – Success!!!

As Windows 8 and IE10 have recently been released, I thought I'd better get myself a working Windows 8 system, asap. Will be very useful to be able to see how Windows 8 operates, plus also test IE10 websites as thats already either a requirement (or likely [...]

iOS App Testing – Ad Hoc App Delivery Method

As I recently started using TestFlight for this, I thought I'd outline how the other way of delivering Apps to testers works - that is Ad Hoc Delivery. Firstly, the UDID of your iOS Device(s) has to be known by the Developer delivering the App to [...]

Apps World 2012, Day 2, Wednesday 3 October 2012

Last Wednesday, I went along to Day 2 of Apps World 2012, at Earls Court 2. I went for the full day, as there was more of interest during the morning session, especially around the area of Mobile Testing. My photos from the day are below, [...]

Apps World 2012, Day 1, Tuesday 2 October 2012

  Last Tuesday, I went to the first day of Apps World 2012, at Earls Court 2. I went along to see what I could find out about the latest Apps and App Technologies, plus also to do some networking. Event photos from Apps World blog [...]

TestFlight – iOS App Delivery for Testing

I've now started using TestFlight, which enables simple delivery for iOS Apps for testing. The idea behind it is that iOS App developers setup a project that testers can be added to. The testers can then access the latest builds of the App as and when required [...]

Webinar – Intro to Mobile Web App Testing with Selenium & Sauce

I recently attended this webinar, given by Jonathan Lipps of Sauce Labs. You can check out the webinar on YouTube. I’ll briefly outline the main points, for future reference. Webinar Intro Almost as easy to test web apps with Sauce / Selenium as it is to [...]

Webinar – Intro to Selenium2Library & Robot Framework (also Cucumber & Gherkin)

I recently attended a webinar on the uTest platform, which was titled "Intro to Selenium2Library & Robot Framework". I hadn't heard of Selenium2Library or the Robot Framework, so this was a really useful intro to both of these at once. Also there was some information on [...]