Column: Would you write a 5-star Amazon review in return for a $20 bribe? (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Column: Would you write a 5-star Amazon review in return for a $20 bribe . “It won’t be a news flash to anyone that a significant percentage of online reviews are untrustworthy. For as long as reviews have been posted on websites, there have been attempts by consumers and businesses to game the system. Nor will anyone be shocked to learn that a behemoth like Amazon has a hard time policing its own site. The company has been scrambling for years to battle both dubious reviews and counterfeit goods.”

Make Tech Easier: Zorin OS 15.1 Review

Make Tech Easier: Zorin OS 15.1 Review. “Hailed as the last good version of Windows by many, Windows 7 is now officially retired. Zorin OS’s creators know this leaves a massive chunk of users with a choice between two equally uncomfortable solutions: upgrade to Windows 10 or jump ship to Linux. This is primarily the user group Zorin OS targets and, to Microsoft’s chagrin and as we’ll see, probably the better choice.”

Meet the new Microsoft Edge: Your move, Google (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Meet the new Microsoft Edge: Your move, Google. “In 1995, at the dawn of the Internet era, Marc Andreessen famously predicted that his rocket ship of a startup, Netscape Communications Corporation, would soon reduce Windows to ‘a poorly debugged set of device drivers.’ Netscape is, alas, long gone, and Andreessen’s bold assertion is just a footnote in the great book of Internet Quotes, but it eventually came true. Sort of.”

Ubuntu 19.10: It’s fast, like “make old hardware feel new” fast (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Ubuntu 19.10: It’s fast, like “make old hardware feel new” fast. “Leaves are turning. Temperatures have dipped. These are sure signs—if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, at least—that Canonical’s Autumn release is upon us. Things are a bit different in 2019, however. Not only is Ubuntu 19.10 nicknamed Eoan Ermine (no, I don’t know how you pronounce it either), but it’s the best non-LTS Ubuntu release Canonical has ever put out.”

ReviewGeek: Google Stadia Review: An Expensive and Limited Beta

ReviewGeek: Google Stadia Review: An Expensive and Limited Beta. “I wish Google had labeled Stadia as a beta product because that’s what it is. If they had, I’d be able to recommend the streaming game platform as a curiosity to interested early adopters. But instead, Google is positioning the Stadia Founder’s Edition and the nearly identical Premiere Edition as a retail product. And evaluated on those terms, it’s not ready for prime time and not ready to compete with the established giants of the gaming industry.”

Brave 1.0 review: This excellent, privacy-focused browser can make you money, too (PC World)

PC World: Brave 1.0 review: This excellent, privacy-focused browser can make you money, too. “Brave Software’s new Brave browser, which emerges out of a long beta into a full-fledged Brave 1.0 release today, works in two ways: As a privacy-minded browser that does everything it can to minimize your footprint on the Web, and as a convoluted means of paying people who provide you the content that you read daily.”

Ars Technica: Ars puts Google’s new Nest Wi-Fi to the test

Ars Technica: Ars puts Google’s new Nest Wi-Fi to the test. “Google says its new Nest Wi-Fi isn’t just Google Wi-Fi plus a smart speaker—it’s new, improved, and with better coverage. This is good news—despite the impressive sales numbers Google says it has for the original Google Wi-Fi, the product never ranked very well in performance tests at Wirecutter, Smallnetbuilder, or here at Ars.”