BBC: ‘Why I write fake online reviews’

BBC: ‘Why I write fake online reviews’. “‘I’ve learned never to rely on reviews for anything,’ says Iain Taylor, from East Sussex. In his spare time and to supplement his income, the 44-year-old says he writes fake reviews online in exchange for money and free products. ‘I have written reviews from numbing creams to eBooks to downloadable independent films,’ he says. ‘I think it’s bad – but I think everyone’s doing it,’ says Mr Taylor, describing himself as ‘cynical’.”

Engadget: The best audio editing software for beginning podcasters

Engadget: The best audio editing software for beginning podcasters. “For this review, we’ve focused on software intended for audio recording and mixing: the process of capturing sound from a microphone or other device plugged into an audio interface, and then processing it digitally. Since podcasters are typically looking to record voices and natural environments to support their storytelling, this is the type of software best suited to that process. This is also the workflow you’d use when recording musicians live, and many of the apps we looked at are well-suited to this type of recording, too.”

PC Magazine: The Best Mind Mapping Software

PC Magazine: The Best Mind Mapping Software. “If your teams and key creative workers are getting bogged down by an increasing workload of rote tasks or maybe simply swamped by too much information in this new world of interconnected Big Data then mind mapping software might be able to help. These solutions focus on helping workers ideate, innovate, and even, eventually, execute.”

Browser Wars 2018: Microsoft Edge versus Google Chrome (Make Tech Easier)

Make Tech Easier: Browser Wars 2018: Microsoft Edge versus Google Chrome. “According to October 2018 figures, Google Chrome’s top position among browsers remains unchallenged. Another browser, Microsoft Edge, is winning rave reviews with its redesigned features and smoother navigation. But is Edge really the future of browsers as Microsoft would have us all believe? To find out, we pitted Edge against Chrome in a toe-to-toe contest to see which is the better browser.”

TechCrunch: Facebook Portal+ review

TechCrunch: Facebook Portal+ review. “The Portal is a head scratcher. It’s a chat app that manifested itself into a hardware through sheer force of will. The first commercially available product from Building 8 isn’t as instantly iconic a piece of hardware as Snap’s Spectacles. In fact, at first glance, the device seems like little more than an Echo Show/Google Home Hub competitor.”

Phys .org: Five out of five? Study reveals psychological influences in online reviews

Phys .org: Five out of five? Study reveals psychological influences in online reviews . “A new study reveals how psychological factors affect the ratings people provide and how they describe their experiences when posting online reviews. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) found the length of time between product or service consumption and posting affects the review given.”

Ars Technica: Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software

Ars Technica: Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software. “The latest entry to the Google Home ecosystem is called the Google Home Hub. The Home Hub marries a screen with the Google Assistant-powered voice command system, allowing users to call up recipes, utilize smart home controls, or watch YouTube videos.”