Not from the horses mouth #software

Top 10 Software Testing Service Companies in USA – Software Testing Companies List
Top 10 Software Testing Service Companies in USA – Software Testing Companies List

Instead of taking the word of “The Corporate Internet” reviews, or reviews given by popular sites that are ill prepared to test a batch file why not go to the horses mouth, do a little reading, and decide for yourself when it comes to your online security and other software decisions.  I just happen to have a few such independent testing companies (outside of my own) that I would be glad to share.  If you are already familiar with them, then please ignore this.  However most people are not aware accurate, thorough, and ongoing testing software reports are out there to read at your whim.   Imagine consumers making an informed decision – Every Corporations Nightmare.

Security Focused Testing Companies

SE Labs

About SE Labs

SE Labs aims to improve information technology security by assessing products and services designed to detect attacks, protect against intrusions or both. We test a range of solutions including endpoint software, network appliances and cloud services. Our tests are technically accurate and relevant, and are conducted with the utmost integrity.

The company’s founder is Simon Edwards, ex-Technical Director of security testing organisation Dennis Technology Labs and Chairman of the Board of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). He has been testing anti-malware and other security products since 1995 and published results for the first ‘real-world’ anti-malware test, which involved full end-to-end threat testing using internet-connected endpoints, inclusion of web-based exploits and full execution of malware.

Simon wrote the IEEE paper ‘Four Fs of Anti-Malware Testing‘ and the Virus Bulletin paper ‘Effectively Testing APT Defences‘ , which he presented at the VB Conference 2015 in Prague.

Constantly innovating, SE Labs has developed next-generation testing to prove the abilities of ‘next-generation’ security products using a comprehensive, full-stack approach to security assessment powered by true and detailed threat intelligence. Our end-to-end, targeted attack detection, protection and response testing is world class and capable of evaluating endpoint, appliance and cloud-based products and services.

SE Labs is a member of the Microsoft Virus Information Alliance (VIA) and the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO).

AV Labs

About AV Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing.  AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized.

Currently, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection.

AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide scientific testing methods.


AV-Comparatives also relies on volunteers and interns, who support our work as part of their studies. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us in this way.
Join AV-Comparatives volunteer Program!

AV Test Institute

About The AV-TEST Institute

Independent. For Certain!

A Strong Player in the Field of Antivirus Research for Over 15 Years

The AV-TEST Institute is a leading international and independent service provider in the fields of IT security and anti-virus research.

The aim of the research work carried out by AV-TEST is to directly detect the latest malware, to analyse it using state-of-the-art methods and to inform our customers of the top-quality results obtained.

At our German laboratories in Magdeburg our team of 30 IT specialists boasting many years of expertise take a practical approach to the development of innovative analysis mechanisms and the application of high-quality test procedures. In order to achieve these objectives, AV-TEST provides optimal working conditions and development opportunities. After all, IT security is one of the key factors in the modern business and corporate world!

There are many other companies that do this type of work, but the ones above really do shine.

For the most part stay away from the Corporate induced sites (PC Magazine, CNET’s, Tom’s Hardware,  for example).  These sites have an agenda, and that agenda drives reviewers to give favorable reviews of software products in which many cases the reviewing company is affiliated and being paid to convince you that you need said product regardless of whether the software will enhance, protect, or in some cases I have seen, destroy your operating system or remove their competing products from your computer.

Unfortunately at this point the corporate sites are winning the software war.  Which is exactly what we would expect at this point.   The government has made some new provisions, which do not help  and which only apply to bloggers (The FTC Guidelines  – Complying with the guidelines) For my dollar, or rather my time, I would rather browse around Gizmo’s Freeware or Filehippo.

Military Photographers

Current technology tends to point to the end of professional photography.  It has been a long time since most any photographer, no matter how famous, was a household name.   Yet in this post I want to focus on those who serve in our military.  For they get even less credit most of the time; and yet looking at their photos has a way of putting our world in perspective.

The U.S. Army

Army Photo From Flickr
Eyes out and watch your sector 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers conduct a security halt during a foot patrol at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 28, 2017. The 173rd is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deploying forces to the U.S. Army Europe, Africa and Central Command Areas of Responsibility within 18 hours. The Brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build stronger relationships and strengthen the alliance. U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger

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The U.S. Navy

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Seaman calls out the flag sequence aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer during a flag hoisting exercise. EAST CHINA SEA (March 8, 2017) Seaman Trevor Chastain calls out the flag sequence of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Sazanami (DD 113) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during a flag hoisting exercise. Wayne E. Meyer is on a western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)170308-N-RM689-666

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US Air Force

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, takes off March 10, 2017, at Andersen AFB, Guam. The B-1B’s are deployed to Andersen as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence operations. This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Most importantly, these bomber rotations provide Pacific Air Forces and USPACOM commanders an extended deterrence capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

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Island in the Sun A Crew Chief assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, observes the landing zone from a UH-1Y Huey during a training operation at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, March 9, 2017. MWSS-274 conducted casualty evacuation drills in order to improve unit readiness and maintain interoperability with HMLA-167. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Brosilow)

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U.S. Department of Defense

US Department of Defense
Nigerien soldiers receive a counter IED class as part of Exercise Flintlock 2017 in Diffa, Niger, Feb. 28, 2017. Niger is one of seven African nations to host Flintlock 17. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kulani Lakanaria)

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These are merely a tiny example of the literally thousands of great photos on Flickr from our military photographers.
There are many many more on Flickr and on various websites and blogs and I hope you will share them with me.

May peace favor us all – especially all those who have sacrificed and those who continue to do so.

Adventures with Microsoft!

I occasionally like to share some emails I get from tech companies – some are actually interesting.  These types of emails are meant to make you feel all special inside; when in fact the majority of them were public information hours before you got the email.  Here is the latest one I got from Microsoft.  Hot off the presses…forgive the copy and paste, but it’s late and I lack the proper amount of caffeine to make it pretty.

The latest news from the Windows Insider Program.

Windows Windows Insider Program

Hello Windows Insider,
As you might have already heard, we made some big announcements last month at our Windows 10 Event, including news about the Windows 10 Creators Update.*
The Creators Update will be not available to the general public until early 2017. But you can be one of the first to preview exciting features in this release through our Insider Preview Builds. Here are some highlights from last week’s release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build for PC:
The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build for Mobile includes a long list of fixes and improvements, such as better performance for Cortana*** and Data Usage Settings. Give them a try.
  • Don’t have the latest Insider Preview Builds? We’d like to help. Take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will help us make it even easier for you to install Preview Builds and try new features.
Here is another update that you might find interesting:

Info for Developers

Info for IT Pros

You can follow the lead for the Windows Insiders Program, Dona Sarkar, on Twitter @donasarkar. For other updates on the program, including special events and activities, follow us on Twitter @windowsinsider.
The Windows Insider Team

* Product under development; features, timing and devices are subject to change.
** Available in English for PC only. Requires a Microsoft Account set to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or United States.
*** Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.
This email is part of your Windows Insider Program membership.
Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.
If you wish to stop receiving Windows Insider Program emails, you will need to leave the program. You must be signed in with your MS Account associated with the Windows Insider Program to be able to reach the Leave the program page.
This email is sent from an unmonitored address. Please do not reply. Please use links inline above to get additional information or help.
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ExtremeTech Weekly

ExtrmeTech Weekly

July 28, 2016

ExtrmeTech Top Stories


First Article
MIT has taken a big step toward the ability to use engineered lifeforms as a means of sensing, tracking, and even doing basic computing of information.
Second Article
New info suggests that the pilot of MH370 plotted a suicide course in Microsoft Flight Simulator X weeks before the plane vanished. It’s information that’s been kept away from the public for the past two years.
Microsoft’s Xbox One refresh drops soon and the company is cutting current prices to prep for it. The current Xbox One is down to just half of its $500 debut price.

Nvidia surprise-announced their new Titan X graphics card, with no GeForce branding, and 40% more cores than the GTX 1080.

We’ve got just a few days left before Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade offer expires — and you can bet Redmond isn’t going to let you forget it.

This class of medical microbots could be useful for everything from drug delivery to microsurgery.

Google’s machine learning subsidiary, DeepMind, may be about to pay for its $500 million price-tag — again, and again, and again.

Jamie Lendino
Managing Editor,
Follow me on Twitter: @jlendino

Latest Windows 10 Build 14385 packs in many bug fixes, feature updates

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Windows 10 is rolling towards its August 2 Anniversary Update and the company’s latest build, 14385, reflects that focus. Over the past few days, Microsoft has been pushing out bug fixes and some small feature updates like crazy — late last week we saw the release of 14383 and the company pushed 14385 over the weekend to the Fast Ring.

The 14385 build focuses on resolving common issues and bug fixes. Windows 10 should no longer spam messages that your copy of the OS will expire on 7/15/2016. Battery life should now improve on Surface devices, Spotify crashes were resolved, as were clipping issues with Google Chrome when full-screened and a reboot issue that occurred if a device was sharing a wireless connection in the 5GHz band. More issues with LastPass were resolved, and the mobile version of the OS saw a battery life pickup and PDF improvements.

All of these improvements are baked into 14385. If you haven’t been paying attention since Thursday, the 14383 build fixed its own suite of problems. Since last week, Redmond has cleaned up some issues with displaying checkboxes in high contrast mode, solved a Surface Book issue that prevented the screen from rotating properly after an external GPU was attached to the system, and solved some problems related to using multiple monitors with different DPIs. Microsoft also fixed problems related to Bluetooth mice tracking, and Narrator’s on-screen reading for people with visual disabilities, and it patched up a memory leak in Microsoft Edge when the LastPass extension was enabled.

Mobile battery performance, map performance in Microsoft Edge, music playback in Groove, incorrect DPI scaling in Continuum, and other various application setup and display bugs (on both platforms) also got squashed in this update. Windows Mobile devices will no longer auto-activate when a notification comes in (apparently this can lead to unwanted behavior if the device is already stored in a pocket).

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