Applause Launches Professional Network for Software Testers
Boston-based Applause has relaunched its website uTest as a professional network for software testers, providing them with a resource for free training, custom-tailored content and discussion. One of the other major new features is a listing of paid testing opportunities for uTest community members, with projects available from brands like Google, Netflix, Amazon, BMW and RunKeeper. The website also has a new professional reputation system that lets community members earn badges and “uPoints” through paid work and other tasks. “For too long, individuals in testing & QA departments have been woefully underserved — always the last in line, and often underappreciated,” Matt Johnston, Chief Strategy Officer for Applause, said in a statement. “With today’s announcement, we’re raising the bar for those companies that claim they care about testers and the QA profession. uTest is the hub for testers to get what they need to ace their current job, prepare for and find their next job and build their professional network.”
Harmonix’s “Rock Band” Is Coming to Oculus
Boston-based Harmonix will be bringing a virtual-reality version of “Rock Band” to the Oculus Rift headset in 2016. The Verge reports that “from what we can tell, Rock Band VR is exactly what it sounds like: an immersive virtual reality take on the beloved series, where you’re playing guitar and looking out on a crowd of fans through the Oculus Rift.” The exact date for the release of the Oculus Rift itself hasn’t been confirmed by Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, but The Verge reports that it’s expected to be in the first quarter of 2016.
Judge Dismisses City’s Suit Vs. Casino, Chides Walsh
Mayor Marty Walsh’s lawsuit attempting to block the construction of a Wynn casino in Everett has been dismissed. Suffolk Superior Judge Janet Sanders chided City Hall for “inflammatory descriptions,” “spurious” claims and “hyperbole” that “tend only to obscure the factual allegations.” The Globe reports.
Walsh Visits Wayfair
High-speed Internet, affordable housing and drawing tech talent to Boston were among the topics discussed in a town-hall-style meeting at Wayfair with Mayor Marty Walsh. “Most of what you see being built in Boston is the luxury, high-end housing,” Joe Dawaliby, 28, a software engineer, told the mayor. “Housing most of us cannot afford.” Wayfair CEO and Chairman Niraj Shah said tech talent hiring is the company’s biggest issue right now. “Boston has amazing talent,’’ Shah said. “The biggest problem for us is finding the talented folks at the rate [we] need them.” Wayfair has 250,000 square feet at its Copley Place offices in the Back Bay and expects to grow into another 100,000 square feet there in the spring. The Globe reports.
A Harvard Student Says She Had to Open Her Bag on the Green Line to Prove She Didn’t Have a Bomb
Zahra Bhaiwala reports an apparent case of islamophobia on the MBTA.
On the way from class to work on the Green line train, I had my black work laptop bag with me – holding it vertically by the handle. I was standing and a man who was already sitting on the train kept staring at me all the way from Longwood to downtown Boston. When the announcer said “next stop Copley”, the man shouted to the entire car “She has a bomb in there! Copley is next! That’s the best place for them to do an attack!” Followed by “Women are doing it too now, don’t you see the news?” 4 or 5 men had now gathered around me and I showed them my Harvard and Genzyme IDs and opened up the bag to show them my computers. They nodded their heads and backed away slowly. No one in the car said anything to the man, who refused to come with me to the MBTA office and also refused to apologize. None of the 5 men apologized either, which is more upsetting.
50 on Fire Winners Announced
On Thursday night BostInno unveiled the 2015 50 on Fire winners during our annual 50 on Fire celebration. These 50 winners represent a group of diverse individuals and organizations who are driving the innovation economy in Boston and beyond. Find out who they were.
Ministry of Supply Will Go for a Guinness World Record in Fashion This Weekend
This Sunday, a drone will follow Ministry of Supply Co-founder Gihan Amarasiriwardena through the bucolic streets of Gloucester, MA. The goal: witness Amarasiriwardena attempt to make history in the form of a very specific Guinness World Record – by recording the fastest half marathon time … while wearing a full suit. Read more.
Colorado Firm Acquires Another Boston Startup
Denver-based Welltok has bought its second Massachusetts health tech company this year with the acquisition of Burlington-based Silverlink. The acquisition price wasn’t disclosed, but Welltok announced it also raised $45 million, in part to fund the new acquisition. Silverlink is focused on offering technology for reaching and communicating with healthcare consumers. In May Welltok had acquired Predilytics, a healthcare analytics startup that was based in Concord.
Editor’s note: We added “says she” to the subheadline on the item about the reported Green Line incident.