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Microsoft Begs You Not to Switch, Amazon Sues Fake Reviewers… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 19-10-2015

Microsoft adds a begging screen, Amazon sues over a Fiverr, Google Books a fair use judgment, Aurous goes offline, the Nintendo Entertainment System turns 30, and Louis C.K. has a rant.


Microsoft Pushes Default Apps

Microsoft desperately wants you to stick to using the default apps within Windows 10, and it’s willing to beg you not to switch to using alternative services. Competitors have already called Microsoft out for making it more difficult to switch, but, undeterred, Microsoft is set to make things even more difficult.

According to The Verge, a leaked preview of Build 10568 shows Microsoft adding a new prompt to proceedings. If you have Microsoft Edge set as your default browser 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More but decide to switch to Chrome instead, Windows 10 will ask you to “Give Microsoft Edge a Shot,” and remind you what Microsoft’s new browser is capable of.

A similar thing happens when you try to switch from using the default photo and music apps. Thus proving Microsoft is desperate for you to stick with its own apps. Which isn’t really surprising given that Windows 10 is free Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything There's a catch to the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft understands its audience all too well; they are more likely to pay for the freedom of control, rather than for extra features. Read More … Microsoft is a business, not a charitable organization.

Amazon Hates Fake Reviews

Amazon is taking a tougher stand against people posting fake reviews of products Deleting Fake Amazon Reviews, Streaming for Comic-Con Geeks, & More... [Tech News Digest] Fake Amazon reviews, streaming movies for Comic-Con geeks, LinkedIn buys Lynda, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Pacapong combines Pac-Man and Pong, and the Netflix Watch is coming soon. Read More . Arguing that its reputation is being damaged by “false, misleading and inauthentic” reviews, the online retailer is suing 1,114 people it claims post false reviews for monetary reward.


The people being sued are all John Does, as the company does not know who they actually are. However, some are known to be making money writing fake five-star reviews for just $5 apiece, selling their services through Fiverr 7 of the Strangest Services Offered on Fiverr I recently found out all about Fiverr – a website that offers odd jobs to people for only five bucks a pop (with the occasional paid extras) – and as you may be able to... Read More . Fiverr is not a defendant in the lawsuit, and is believed to be actively helping Amazon resolve the issue.

In its complaint, Amazon states, “While small in number, these reviews can significantly undermine the trust that consumers and the vast majority of sellers and manufacturers place in Amazon, which in turn tarnishes Amazon’s brand”. It certainly lessens one’s trust in Amazon when you take note of positive reviews, order a product, and then discover it’s terrible.

Google Books Branded Fair Use

The epic story of Google Books rumbles on, but the latest chapter sees the Internet giant win support from a federal appeals court. Google Books, for the uninitiated, is an effort to scan books and make the text available online, essentially creating an online repository of the world’s literature 10 Ways to Use Google Books for Lifelong Learning and Research Read More .


In 2005, the Authors Guild filed a lawsuit against Google Books for copyright infringement, but Google won the case in 2013, with the court citing fair use. The Authors Guild appealed, and the appeals court has, according to CNET, now handed down the same verdict.

Google issued a statement saying, “Today’s decision underlines what people who use the service tell us: Google Books gives them a useful and easy way to find books they want to read and buy, while at the same time benefiting copyright holders”. However, the Authors Guild is likely to appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

The RIAA Shuts Down Aurous

Aurous has halted downloads in order to comply with a restraining order issued on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Aurous, dubbed the Popcorn Time for Music Popcorn Time for Music Arrives, Facebook Filters Bad Memories... [Tech News Digest] Try Popcorn Time for Music, filter Facebook's On This Day, teasing the new OnePlus X, fighting back against revenge porn, Donald Trump wins something, and watch Star Trek: Renegades for free. Read More , looks and feels like Spotify, but sources music from across the Internet through the use of public APIs, thus allowing it to be available for free.


Unfortunately, if you’re streaming downloaded music for free it’s probably illegal. And that’s why Aurous is the subject of a lawsuit issued by Universal, Sony, and Warner. The creators of Aurous are determined to fight for their survival, tweeting, “Our legal team is actively working to secure our place in the music eco system. Rest assured we want to be around a long time.”

The NES Has Turned 30

The Nintendo Entertainment System, more commonly known by the acronym NES, has turned 30. Or at least it has as far as the United States is concerned. The 8-bit Nintendo games console 4 Websites To Play NES Games For Free & Through The Browser Just recently, I put out an article outlining some of my favorite RPGs for the SNES and showed MUO readers how they can experience those games through a web interface. Not everyone has the time... Read More was actually released in Japan in 1983, but didn’t arrive in the U.S. until Oct. 18, 1985, hence the current commemoration.

Why is this milestone important? Because it’s a reminder that the video games industry, which many people seem to think is very new, is actually maturing rather nicely 10 Video Games That Changed The World These are the games that changed everything, that signalled the next step in the evolution of video games, and that needed to exist for the video games industry as we know it today to exist... Read More . The NES is one of the most important pieces of games hardware ever released, popularizing gaming for a generation that is still playing games three decades later.

Louis C.K. Rips on Technology [NSFW]

And finally, Louis C.K. isn’t the biggest fan of technology on the planet. In fact, especially when it comes to children using technology he’s positively against smartphones How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More , video games, and other distracting gadgets. Mainly because they get in the way of good parenting.


Does he have a point? The footage used in the video absolutely shows that his concerns are legit, with parents choosing to interact with technology rather than their children. The question is what can we do about it? Love our children more than the latest smartphone?! [H/T Reddit]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

If you have Windows 10, are you sticking with Microsoft’s default apps? How much attention do you pay to Amazon reviews? Should Google Books be considered “fair use”? Should Aurous fight back against the RIAA? What’s your enduring memory of the NES? Is Louis C.K right about technology?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 21, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I currently have two gaming PC's, and older one I built back in the spring of 2009 and a new small form factor gaming PC that I built as a Steam Box that dual boots with Windows. When I built it back in June I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 that I already had and decided to upgrade to Windows 10 when it was released. However I made a back up image of the PC right after I built it and had all of the drivers installed in case I would want to roll back to using Windows 7. My older system still is running Windows 7 Ultimate and plan on doing the upgrade to Windows 10 but only to create a backup image of the Windows 10 install to put away for a rainy day but will immediately restore it back to Windows 7 for several reasons.

    Perhaps I have some unfounded concerns but when it comes to Microsoft I simply do not trust them. If you do not get all of the spy ware turned off or when you do turn it off is it really turned off? Also all of the data that they want or are collecting where is it going? If they are collecting data from millions of the US users of Windows 10 I do not believe that MS has the storage capacity for it but there is an organization that does, the NSA. I do not have the knowledge or ability to determine this, perhaps some privacy groups will figure it out. The best way to eliminate this threat at least for me is to simply not to use it, well at least not as my primary OS. For me I am using Ultimate Edition Linux, a distro that is based on Ubuntu as my normal OS. I have the Steam gaming client installed on Linux as well as on Windows and due to the technologies that Valve Co. has built into the Steam gaming client I now do all of my gaming on Linux. When I want to play a game that only runs on Windows I still launch it from my Steam Box running Linux and my Windows 7 PC runs the game and streams it via my local network to the Steam installed on Linux and it runs just like if I had moved over to the Windows PC.

    Along with my privacy concerns the other major issue I have with Windows 10 is the UI and the lack of customization for it. It is an improvement from Windows 8, but I still cannot stand using it. The other thing I feel strongly about is the automated and mandatory updates that the end user has no control over.

    Due to the above issues and how I am now using Windows simply as a gaming console to stream my Windows only games to Linux if I decide to continue running Windows 10 on my systems I will never see these nag screens as I will not be using any of the MS services at all and at the moment and for the foreseeable future the only task that Windows does for me is to run the Steam Game Client and to store my Windows only games. However right now there is a 95% chance that Windows 7 will be used because I have several games that will not run on Windows 10.

  2. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    My default position when I install Windows 10 is to switch off ALL notifications and microsoft tracking options and turn off all microsoft apps. All I want is an OS that works and is currently supported and after a lot of aggravation, I now have Win 10 on two of my PC's.

    There are NO apps from Microsoft that I have any real interest in as I use Firefox & Google, Thunderbird, VLC, Handbrake, Power Director, Image Burn, Libre Office, Photo Filtre and Serifs Page Plus.

  3. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love Windows 10, however, I'm not crazy about Edge. While it is better than IE, it is not better than Chrome. I also do not like the Windows default apps and will not use them. Speaking as someone who also has a macbook Air and the new MacBook, I think Windows Apps are the worst things out there, but I do love Windows...Windows is where I get things done for work and Mac is where I go to do fun things. There's a place for both, but Windows default apps are terrible and I won't be using them no matter how many begging screens Microsoft puts up.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      With Windows 10 being free (for now) you can guarantee the begging will increase.

  4. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Well if the Apps weren't unintuitive and didn't lack functionality, then you might have a better chance of persuading people to stick with them.
    As it is, there are far better alternatives out there.

  5. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I gave Edge a shot, and it was a miss. I tried to attach a few files to an email I was writing in Hotmail/Outlook, and I couldn't add files from different folders, which I could fo just fine with Chrome. So, there it is. I do hope they fix that feature in Edge.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I'm sure they will. It's still very much a work in progress. Anything is better than Internet Explorer though, right?

      • Anonymous
        October 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

        @Dave Parrack,

        Edge doesn't even support IE's Tracking Protection Lists. It doesn't have proper Sherlock search plugin support. Lacking any customization at all, it's nothing but an advertisement delivery vehicle.

        IE11 is actually a better browser.

        No, that's not a sentence I ever wanted to type.

  6. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Why would I want to use a default app when there is something I like better? MS keeps pushing people to move to Linux. Keep it up, MS. Defeat yourself.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Is 2016 going to be "The Year of Linux"? ;)

  7. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    The Windows 10 default apps are uniformly dreadful.
    Edge still can't handle add-ons and won't ever have the flexibility I demand and in any case is just data-mining browsing activity just like Chrome does. Photos and Music aren't even as useful as other applications included with Windows for doing the same things (the Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Media Player) let along quality, free, third party options like Picasa or Xnview for picture viewing or WinAmp or MediaMonkey for music.

    I'd actually say the included desktop Email client is the worst of the lot, but since so few people use desktop email in the first place, that's probably not an issue regardless.

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2015 at 3:49 am

      @ruinthefun ??? I think I spy you ;p

      • Anonymous
        October 20, 2015 at 3:53 am

        @Chris Schan,

        Nope. I'm likefunbutnot everywhere but this moronic comment system.

        • Anonymous
          October 20, 2015 at 4:29 am

          Understood. I totally agree. Stock default applications leave much to be desired.

        • Dave Parrack
          October 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

          Just tell us your real name already, we promise not to do anything bad with it!

        • Anonymous
          October 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

          @Dave Parrack,

          My name on the internet is likefunbutnot. If you got an E-mail message from me, that's what it would say there as well.

          The latest revision to your commenting system doesn't allow a single word name, so now I have that weird space in the middle of my name.

          And it still doesn't do nested replies properly, either.

          I guess I should just be glad you don't require a Facebook login to leave comments, but at that point I'd just stop visiting.

  8. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I have not upgraded any of the computers in my house to Windows 10. I already have issues with the degree to which Micro$oft intends to snoop around in my personal files. Now on top of that they plan to attempt guilting people into not using alternative programs? They are making it easier for me to just say "no". There are several Linux distros that my wife will be comfortable using.

  9. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I fondly remember the NES. I had one back in the early 90's, and my favorite game to play on it was Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? It came with a desk encyclopedia to help decipher the clues that the game would give in order to catch the suspect in the amount of time given for each case. Good times, and ones that I think will never come again.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Sadly, they won't come back. I have remained a gamer 30 years on, but I'm guessing you haven't?

      • Anonymous
        October 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm

        You have guessed correctly; I have not retained the passion for gaming like I once did; I cannot muster the enthusiasm for pure entertainment like COD, GTA, and the like. That's not to say I don't play games at all; I have an ASUS R9 270 in my system for those odd times when I feel the gaming urge come upon me, and then I play games like Quake I (with the Darkplaces engine and the Epsilion add-on), the original Unreal single-player, and UT 2004. Simpler games can hold my attention too, games that don't require hardware acceleration. When I see a game like the Carmen Sandiego series make a return, ones that require thinking instead of pure reflex, then I will consider gaming.