It used to be that if you wanted to post a review of a book, game, or app in the Google Play store, you could do so as an anonymous user. Now, however, any review you write will be publicly linked to your Google+ name and picture.
Google Play users need to sign in -- or join up -- with a Google+ account to post a review. Of course, this can't be done retrospectively, so your name on previous reviews appears as "A Google User."
It's Cyber Monday, and while you're busy shopping online, chances are you'll see lots of user reviews on various products. While the majority of those reviews do come from real users like yourself, who are passionate enough to share their opinions on a product, many of them could be fake, left by the vendors themselves to either promote their product or, in some cases, smear competitors.
While it's exceedingly difficult to absolutely prove that a review is faked, here are a few tips on spotting those that aren't from real users. These will come in … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The confetti at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was made of confidential police documents.
- NEC is designing a suitcase-size DNA analyzer.
- A pill that calls home once you've taken it.
- CNET Exclusives: 35 percent off Outdoor Technology Bluetooth headphones and wireless gear!
week in review After public criticism of a proposal that would let government agencies warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, a prominent senator says he will "not support" such an idea.
Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power -- including warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts -- than they possess under current law. The Vermont Democrat said on Twitter that he would "not support such an exception" for warrantless access, a few hours after a CNET article disclosed the existence of the measure.
Leahy's about-face comes in response … Read more
Did you foresake all else to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 this week? Just in case Crave got shot down in all that first-personal shooting, here's a look back at some of the stories you missed.
- Carry on with those Mars vacation plans, travelers. Red Planet radiation has been deemed safe for humans.
- iGangsters lift $1.5 million worth of iPad Minis from N.Y. airport.
- Awww. R2-D2 engagement ring charms geeky girl's heart.
Microsoft experienced an executive shakeup this week that surprised many.
Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive who turned the company's Windows franchise around and just led the effort to release Windows 8, left the company, effective immediately. Sinofsky, a controversial figure at the company, was reportedly warring with Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.
The company said the decision behind Sinofsky's departure was mutual, though the abruptness of the announcement might suggest otherwise. Some Microsoft watchers had pegged Sinofsky as a CEO-in-waiting, but he developed a reputation for being divisive and not working well with executives in other divisions.
In … Read more
Congress needs to take action to deflect the growing threat of Chinese cyber-espionage against the U.S., a U.S. commission recommends in a new report.
Released today, the 500-page annual report to Congress by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission details various security issues concerning China. But the commission expressed particular fear over the country's ongoing cyberwarfare efforts.
Calling China the "most threatening actor in cyberspace," the report found that in 2012, Chinese state-sponsored hackers continued to target computers systems run by the U.S. government and military as well those maintained in … Read more
Too busy booking vacation tickets to the latest super-Earth to keep tabs on Crave this week? Well, plenty happened here on this planet while you were packing for HD 40307g, my friends.
- Ancient Egyptian d20 die emerges; did they play Dungeons & Dragons in the Ptolemaic Period?
- Brahms meets the touch screen at Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Hold tight to your tush. Butt-shaking theater seats have arrived.
- Start honing those Velociraptor impressions. "Jurassic Park 3D" is near.
- Pee power to the people!