Wired: How to Test Early Betas of Software You Use Every Day

Wired: How to Test Early Betas of Software You Use Every Day. “SOFTWARE MAKERS HAVE become more and more open to the idea of public betas: trial runs of new apps and operating systems that anyone who wants to can get involved with. They get their code tested for free, and we get to try out new features ahead of time. Getting started with these betas is easier than you might think, and they’re available on just about every platform out there, as we’ll explain below. It won’t cost you anything, and you can quit a beta whenever you like.”

The Wire: There’s a Snapchat beta that lets you test new features before anyone else — here’s how to install it

The Wire: There’s a Snapchat beta that lets you test new features before anyone else — here’s how to install it. “When Snapchat introduces a new feature, it often tests it first with users of its free beta program. This program isn’t exclusive to Snapchat employees; anyone can sign up and get the latest updates before the vast majority of Snapchatters. The only catch is that the beta program is for Android phones only.”

13 YEARS LATER, Video Converter HandBrake Is Out of Beta

Wow: HandBrake is finally out of beta after 13 years! “There is a reason why software goes through many phases of development, from its initial concept, to a workable prototype, a working alpha, beta, and finally its release. This is because the early stages are about getting the software up and running, and testing it to make sure it works properly and that there no bugs (or at least as much as possible). Now it seems that after existing for 13 years in beta, video conversion software HandBrake is no longer a beta app and has been released as version 1.0.0.”

Database of Clinical Trials Launches in Beta

A new database of clinical trials has launched in beta. “OpenTrials is an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical trials funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation through the Center for Open Science. The project, which is designed to increase transparency and improve access to research, is directed by Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally known leader on clinical transparency, and is being built by Open Knowledge International. OpenTrials works like a search engine, with advanced search options for filtering results by criteria such as drug and disease area. All data and documents for each trial included are ‘threaded’ together and presented alongside each other.”

Pocket Launches Beta Channel

Read-it-later service Pocket is offering a Beta channel for early access features. ” Pocket touts Recommendations as one of the more notable early features Beta Channel users will get access to, but it isn’t limited to that. The public beta channel will be available on the web, Android, and iOS, and Pocket is encouraging its users to get onboard with it.” Recommendations? Ugh. I can’t keep up with the stuff I’m finding to read!