Until recently, Amazon’s review system allowed for a deceptively biased loophole: users could receive free products from companies in exchange for an “honest” review. These were still pretty biased, so Amazon’s getting rid of them.
Amazon only allows merchants to give free samples of products to users if they disclose this fact in their review. Usually, these reviewers claim they were asked to give an “honest” review. Despite this, these still end up biased towards being more favorable than other reviews.
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it illegal for companies to put “gag clauses” in their contracts that block or penalize customers for posting negative online reviews. It’s expected to move through the Senate soon.
Chrome: Movie review scores are pretty flawed. The most frustrating part is that you can’t tell from a score whether the reviewers dislike a movie because it’s bad, or just because they like different things than you. Heirloom Rotten Tomatoes helps fix this.
A long time ago, in a theater far, far away, I watched Star Wars Episode III. That was the last time I saw a Star Wars movie in theaters. I have not seen the new film, subtitled The Force Awakens. Here is my review of it anyway.
Google Maps has always been an invaluable resource for reviews and information about an area. Now Maps includes "Local Guides" which are featured reviewers that can show you the ropes.
I hadn't played the first BioShock before I began BioShock Infinite. I started this game with no memory or knowledge of past events, only a vague idea of what I was supposed to do next, stumbling from one conveniently placed Voxophone to another, hoping to desperately piece together some kind of context. In other…