Google deletes millions of negative TikTok reviews

May 26, 2020 - 7:13 PM - by Reverend
Google has deleted millions of negative TikTok reviews from its Play store after the app's rating fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight.

The video-sharing platform was inundated with one-star reviews after an Indian creator posted a spoof video of an acid attack.

Faizal Siddiqui has apologised, and TikTok has deleted copies of his clip.

But Google intervened after it determined that critics had set up fake accounts to amplify their protests.

Even so, the move has had limited effect, and TikTok's rating remains below two stars on the official Android marketplace.

The video in question had appeared to show Mr Siddiqui threatening a woman who had decided to leave him.

In the clip, he threw liquid at the woman's face. It was water, but the next scene showed the woman's face covered in make-up that resembled the scars and bruising that acid might cause.

“As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks the safety of others, promotes physical harm, or glorifies violence against women," a spokesman for TikTok said.

"The behaviour in question violates our guidelines and we have taken down content, suspended the account, and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.”

Mr Siddiqui later said that: "As a social media influencer, I realise my responsibility and apologise to anyone who was offended by the video."

After TikTok became embroiled in the backlash, Google removed more than 5 million of its recent one-star reviews but left many others active.

A spokesman for Google said it had taken "corrective action".

"When we learn of incidents of spam abuse, we review and take corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments," he added.

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Microsoft is Not Giving up on Skype Even Though Teams Has Been Successful

May 26, 2020 - 7:51 AM - by Reverend
Despite its video conferencing app Teams breaking all records in the social distancing times, Microsoft said it would continue to invest in Skype that has crossed 40 million daily active users. Purchased in 2011 for $8.5 billion, Skype communication tool has failed to keep up with other messaging rivals to date, while Teams has seen a meteoric rise as millions of people work from home.

"We're continuing to invest in Skype. It's growing through all this. You'll see some new features. You'll see Skype and Teams interoperate," Jeff Teper, CVP for Microsoft 365, told VentureBeat. Microsoft Teams registered a new daily record of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in a single day on March 31 - 200 per cent increase from 900 million on March 16.

The number of weekly Teams mobile users grew more than 300 per cent from early February to March. "As Teams lands with consumers and does more things, I think people will pick Teams. But we're not going to be heavy-handed about this. People love Skype. And so, we're not going to get ahead of ourselves here," Teper was quoted as saying.

Microsoft recently revealed that Skype usage was up 70 per cent (month-over-month), while Skype to Skype calling minutes was up 220 per cent in the Covid-19 times. The tech giant said it plans to continue adding new features to Skype. "Facebook, for example, has multiple tools with Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Those all continue to grow. They did work to interoperate with them. They're not forcing a migration from one of their consumer tools to another," said Teper.

"Teams has a very different flavour to it than Skype. It does overlap in the same need, just like Messenger and WhatsApp do from Facebook. And so, we'll have them interoperate, but we're going to continue to show love to the Skype customer base," he was quoted as saying. At its ‘Build 2020' virtual conference last week, Microsoft... [Read More]
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FrostWire 6.8.4

May 22, 2020 - 10:22 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.8.4

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'Microsoft Solitaire' Celebrates 30th Anniversary With 35 Million Active Players

May 22, 2020 - 10:03 PM - by Reverend
You probably didn't know, but it's National Solitaire Day. It's also the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire debuting on Windows 3.0.

Microsoft introduced the classic game in 1990, and Solitaire hasn't left Windows since. In fact, it remains popular throughout the world. Offered in over 200 markets and 65 languages, Solitaire attracts more than 35 million players every month. It's a user base that generates more than 100 million hands daily across laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

To celebrate, Microsoft kicked off a global mission that aims to shatter the record for most Solitaire games completed in one day. Microsoft reminds everyone that Microsoft Solitaire Collection can be downloaded and installed free on Windows, iOS, and Android. It's also playable through any web browser. So no matter the platform, you're ready to play as many hands as you'd like in Solitaire and not pay a single penny. Interested in the global mission? Microsoft encourages all players to keep an eye on its Facebook page for updates.

Additionally, Solitaire fans can grab merchandise related to its 30th anniversary – a t-shirt and a mug are available through the... [Read More]
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Original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source codes leak online

May 22, 2020 - 9:52 PM - by Reverend
The Verge reports that the source codes for the original Xbox console and Windows NT 3.5 operating systems have leaked online, but this is not the first time such leaks happen. Partial Windows 2000 and NT4 kernel codes leaked back in 2004, while large chunks of Windows 10 code got dumped online by 2017. Apparently, the original Xbox source code has already been passed around in private groups that work on emulators, so the latest leak will not really further improve the stability of existing Xbox emulators, unfortunately.

Microsoft immediately stated that it is “aware of these reports and [...] investigating,” yet, when asked about the impact of the NT 3.5 leak, the company chose not to comment. The original Xbox source code was launched in 2001 and the NT 3.5 code is even older, predating Windows ‘95, so there should not be much concern about any devastating hacks.

Nevertheless, the leak can still prove useful for aspiring coders, as the Xbox OS leak includes some build environments, the Xbox Development Kit, emulators for testing and internal documentation. Despite already having had access to such tools, third party emulator developers still cannot figure out how to properly run most of the original Xbox titles on PC. According to The Verge, only around 40 titles out of 900 currently have limited emulation support because Microsoft originally wrote the code for x86 hardware while using a custom stripped down version of Windows 2000 with DirectX 8 support.

The situation with the Windows NT 3.5 leak might be a bit different. Coders can now gain access to all the necessary build tools that facilitate a proper understanding of the NT 3.5 inner workings, and that could potentially prove to be problematic since snippets from the "vintage" code can still be found buried in the modern Windows NT 10 version.

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Facebook launches Shops as new online retail space for small businesses

May 19, 2020 - 6:40 PM - by Reverend
Small businesses can now set up an online store for free on Facebook and Instagram, the social network has announced.

Facebook Shops will enable users to create and customise a page for their business as well as choose which product to showcase.

The social network said the new feature has been designed to help small businesses forced to close and now struggling during the coronavirus lockdown.

The feature has gone live on Facebook and Instagram in the UK and Ireland on Tuesday.

Facebook said the new tool means that “any seller no matter their size or budget, can bring their business online and connect with customers wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them”.

The social media giant said potential customers will be able to find Shop pages on a business’s Facebook page or Instagram profile, and then place orders via the business’s website.

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