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Kaspresso : FREE Android App Testing Tool Released!

Kaspresso : FREE Android App Testing Tool Released!

Kaspersky just made Kaspresso, their automated testing framework for Android apps publicly available for FREE!

Find out what Kaspresso is all about, and how it is superior to automated tests like Espresso and Appium!

 

Android App Testing Tools

One of the key challenges that mobile developers have is choosing the right automated testing tool to look for bugs, and reduce the lead time for their app’s release.

There are a number of existing frameworks and tools for conducting such automated tests, like Espresso and Appium. However, these frameworks do not adequately address issues like readability, flakiness, logging and UI test architecture.

Flakiness refer to unpredictable test results, with different reasons behind each failure, despite the app working without malfunctions on the developer’s device.

Those issues prevent mobile developers from writing clean, stable and easy-to-maintain UI-tests that are also easily understood. To solve those problems, Kaspersky introduced a new Android app testing tool called Kaspresso.

 

Kaspresso : FREE Android App Testing Tool Released!

Kaspresso is based on two libraries for creating automated Android tests – Espresso and Kakao. Hence, the name – Kaspresso – which coincidentally rhymes with Kaspersky.

With the inclusion of the Kakao library, serving as a DSL wrapper over Espresso, Kaspersky improves the readability of UI-tests, making them more understandable.

Kaspresso also solves the problem with flaky tests and logging – Espresso does not log its own actions. It also provides a rich set of default interceptors for handling flaky tests and improving the logging process.

 

Kaspresso : Where To Download

You can download Kaspresso from its Github repository.

 

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Samsung Malaysia B40 Children’s Outreach Programme!

As part of their CSR initiative, Samsung Malaysia ran their B40 Children’s Outreach Programme from 17 to 20 December 2019.

Find out what the Samsung B40 Children’s Outreach Programme is all about, and how it could make a huge difference in the lives of these children!

 

The Samsung Malaysia B40 Children’s Outreach Programme!

Held from 17 to 20 December 2019, the Samsung B40 Children’s Outreach Programme was a major project carried out in partnership with Me Books Asia, with support from:

  • Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor (PPAS),
  • Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (YAWAS),
  • Persatuan Taska Negeri Selangor (PTNS),
  • Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ),
  • CoBlix, and
  • Atom & The Dot.

The four-day workshop, with twenty-two sessions, introduced over 200 children from six schools to fun and interactive STEM learning activities, like storytelling workshops, coding and VR experiences, and hands-on science experiments.

The idea is to expose children from families with household income of less than RM3,000 (B40) to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and inspire them to expand their education in STEM subjects.

The B40 children used Samsung Galaxy devices, like tablets and the Galaxy Note10 to explore the magic of coding, and virtual reality.

Samsung not only sent their employees to facilitate the STEM workshops, as part of their Love & Care programme, they also donated several Samsung Galaxy tablets and Samsung TVs to the six schools, to encourage continuous STEM learning through technology.

Samsung partners also provided other basic necessities like whiteboards, marker pens, stationery sets, as well as Me Books Theatre and Me Books Plus app accounts.

 

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Rabbids Coding! A FREE Coding Game For Children!

Rabbids Coding! – a fun educational game that teaches the basics of coding – is FREE to download and play!

Find out how to get Rabbids Coding! for FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Rabbids Coding! is FREE for a Limited Time!

The Rabbids invade space, and in true Rabbids-style, turn your spaceship upside down! Using blocks of code, you need to give them instructions to clear up the mess they have created.

Rabbids Coding! is aimed for players from the age of 7 and upwards. It was created to introduce people of all ages to the joys of digital skills and reach as broad an audience as possible, including families and schools, and via partnerships with charities and media libraries.

It is a resource to teach players the basics of programming and algorithmic logic. It introduces notions like sequential programming, loops and conditions. No prior knowledge of programming is necessary to play the game.

 

Rabbids Coding! – How To Get It Free!

Rabbids Coding! is free to download and keep from the Ubisoft store.

There are two ways to get it for free on Ubisoft.

Using Uplay Launcher

  1. Download and install the Uplay launcher
  2. Run Uplay, and sign up for an Ubisoft account, if you have not already done so
  3. You can now add it to your account! It’s that simple!

Directly From Ubisoft Website

You will still need to install and use the Uplay launcher, but this method lets you claim the game quickly, and more importantly, do it on non-Windows PCs (think Mac or Linux).

  1. Go to the special Rabbids Coding! giveaway page.
  2. Click on the PC icon.
  3. You will need to log into your Ubisoft account. Register for one, if you have not already done so.
  4. It will now state that Rabbids Coding! has been added to your account.

If it glitches and the page does not load properly after logging in, refresh and it should work.

 

Why Is Ubisoft Doing This?

Simple – to get you to register with them, and check out the games they are offering in their store.

They will also get to send you notifications on new games or promotions, and who knows – you might buy an extra game or two from them?

 

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World’s Oldest PM Learns Coding From Two 10 Year Old Girls!

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest PM, just showed the world that you are never too young or too old to learn coding, when he got a lesson in coding by two 10-year old girls!

 

The Importance Of Learning To Code

Businesses all over the world are racing to digitally transform into intelligent organisations.

In the digital economy of the future, digital skills and STEM will become the new passport to success for the individual as well as the nation.

Here in Malaysia, the government already understands the importance of coding and STEM skills, launching the STEM4All campaign with Microsoft Malaysia.

 

But Coding Is Not Just For The Young…

However, while coding and STEM skills will be critical to the future of our students, they are already very important in the world place today.

The digital transformation of businesses and organisations depends on the coding skills of their employees today.

Therefore, it is also critical for the employees of today to learn how to code. Coding is not just for the young…

 

As World’s Oldest PM Learns Coding From Two 10 Year Old Girls!

The world’s oldest Prime Minister – Dr. Mahathir Mohamad – at 94 years and counting, recently sat down for a coding session with two 10 year old girls.

These girls, who are Microsoft Malaysia Ambassadors, are part of the new generation of children who are as comfortable coding, as they are playing with Legos.

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In their exclusive coding session, Chloe Soh Ke Er and Serena Zara Taufiq taught Dr. Mahathir how to code, proving that everyone can learn to code!

“As Malaysia continues its digital transformation journey, technology plays an important role. Mobility, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (or AI), and Big Data Analytics are among the most important drivers of digital transformation.

With that, STEM needs to be democratized in order to develop Future Ready Malaysian Talent,” said Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

The video was released by the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, as part of the Malaysian government’s effort to break down barriers to STEM education and digital literacy amongst Malaysians.

 

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Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 APAC Winner : Team PINE!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 April 2018 – Microsoft today crowned Team PINE from Malaysia as the winner of the Imagine Cup 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Finals, after a nail-biting finale against 14 other teams from across the region. Six other teams were also selected to continue their journey at the Imagine Cup 2018 World Finals which will be held in Seattle in July.

 

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 APAC Winner : Team PINE!

Team PINE developed a handheld sensing device that can help pineapple farmers efficiently and effectively evaluate optimal levels of ripeness prior to harvest, and in a non-intrusive manner.

According to Tan Yit Peng, a member of Team Pine, “Pineapples are the second most exported tropical fruit in Malaysia. Currently, a conventional method is used to determine the quality of a pineapple (Brix value) and this is done intrusively using a refractometer which leads to a lot of wastage. Our device will allow farmers to check the internal quality of the pineapples in order to ensure that the quality is optimum before harvest. It is a quick and easy solution that these farmers can use.”

When asked about the team’s feelings about being crowned the champions, she had this to say,” We are overjoyed about winning the regional finals and we look forward to waving the Malaysian flag proudly during the finals in Seattle!”

Congratulating the team, K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia said, “We are delighted that Malaysia has bagged the top spot in the regional finals of this prestigious Imagine Cup. It gives us immense pride and joy to see them take our flag to the global finals. With Imagine Cup, we continue to build on our goal to empower students and prepare the future workforce. To the fifteen teams from across Asia Pacific that gathered for the competition, I hope you feel proud of what you have accomplished thus far. Simply being here is deserving of congratulations.”

The first runner-up and second runner-up places were awarded to Team BeeConnex from Thailand, and Team 7x from Singapore, respectively.

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Team BeeConnex from Thailand came up with the Smart Hive; an IoT device that enables beekeepers to track and monitor the health of a beehive. The device is also able to alert beekeepers when potential issues are detected within the hive.

Singapore’s Team 7x created ProCubeX, an interactive smart-learning cube designed as an early intervention tool for children with dyslexia. The cube will intelligently generate an individualized education plan for dyslexic children, triggering multisensory stimulation as well as the parts of the brain responsible for language learning.

In all, seven teams from the Imagine Cup APAC Regional Finals were selected to continue their innovation journey to the next level at the Imagine Cup World Finals. The seven teams are:

Team Name Market Prize
Team PINE Malaysia Champion
Team BeeConnex Thailand 1st Runner-Up
Team 7x Singapore 2nd Runner-Up
Team Beehive Drone Indonesia *Worldwide Finalist
Team Classum Korea *Worldwide Finalist
Team En#22.45km Korea *Worldwide Finalist
Team SochWare Nepal *Worldwide Finalist

* In no particular order of merit

The student teams will take their innovation journey to the next level at the Imagine Cup 2018 World Finals. Held in Seattle this July, the World Finals will gather more than 50 student teams from all over the world, all vying for the top prize of up to US$100,000, mentorship opportunities with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as Azure grants and credits to bring their winning solution to the market.

The 15 finalist teams which participated in the regional finals came from nine countries, including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. These teams were selected from local finals that were held in each country earlier this year.

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