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Software Developers Polled by SmartBear on Best and Worst Technology of 2012

First Annual ‘Golden Paw Awards’ Reveal the Year’s Favorites and Failures in Software Quality
Beverly, MASS — February 06, 2013 — Hundreds of software professionals voted during the month of January in SmartBear Software’s first annual Golden Paw Awards, a series of awards dedicated to all things quality. Honors were announced in an episode of Unprepared Geeks, SmartBear’s bi-weekly video-podcast where the folks behind SoapUI and LoadUI discuss hot topics in the world of quality. As voting revealed, here are the favorites and failures of software developers and testers in 2012:
“Luke, I Am Your Father” Award for most impactful event
Winner – Apple vs. Samsung

“Best Thing Since Sliced Bread” Award for most overrated product
Winner – iPhone 5

“Hulk Smash” Award for breakthrough of the year
Winner – Cloud Services

“Spork” Award for most underrated product of the year
 Winner – Google Chromebook

“Titanic” Award for most epic tech flop
Winner – Apple iOS Maps

“Great Pyramid – How in the Blazes Did They Do It?!” Award for biggest tech success
Winner – Google Driverless Cars

“Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A” Award for game-changer of the year
Winner – Google
Thanks to all who participated. We look forward to another year honoring software quality!
To see a list of all finalists and view an entertaining awards presentation, visit:

About SmartBear Software

Supporting more than six million software professionals and over 22,000 companies in 194 countries, SmartBear is the leader in software quality tools for teams. The company’s products help deliver the highest quality and best performing software possible while helping teams ship code at nearly impossible velocities. With products for API testing, UI testing, code review and performance monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, SmartBear equips every development, testing and operations team member with the tools to ensure quality at every stage of the software cycle. For more information, visit:, or for the SmartBear community, go to: LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

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