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Amazon kicks yet another budget electronics brand off the store

Amazon kicks yet another budget electronics brand off the store

Another month, another victim of Amazon's increased scrutiny. Coming on the heels of takedowns for both Aukey and RavPower, search results for Choetech's lineup of chargers, USB-C hubs, and cables have mysteriously gone blank. While we can't say for sure what happened here, it seems like another case of Amazon issuing removals for companies not following the rules.

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Amazon delists RavPower, TaoTronics, and Vava as its crackdown on fake reviews continues

Amazon delists RavPower, TaoTronics, and Vava as its crackdown on fake reviews continues

Fake reviews are a real problem in online commerce. If you're trying to shop for a new gadget, you're bound to look at customer feedback to see the real pros and cons of real-world owners. A month after cracking down on fake reviews from Aukey, Amazon has returned to continue cleaning out its storefront. This time, RavPower, TaoTronics, and dashcam company Vava have all found themselves in the hot seat, as all three companies have disappeared from the world's largest marketplace.

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Aukey products disappearing from Amazon amid fake review allegations

Aukey products disappearing from Amazon amid fake review allegations

Aukey is among our favorite brands when it comes to affordable and powerful chargers, but some evidence is mounting that legitimate reviews might not be enough for the company. A 7GB data leak on an unsecured Chinese server (spotted by SafetyDetectives) exposed a number of Amazon sellers offering customers free products in exchange for favorable reviews, and it looks like Aukey is one of the companies caught in the middle of this scheme. Amazon has taken action and removed almost all products sold by the company.

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Despite Google’s elaborate algorithms, it’s still too easy to manipulate Play Store ratings

Despite Google’s elaborate algorithms, it’s still too easy to manipulate Play Store ratings

Fake reviews on the Play Store are a topic talked about way too often, yet here we are again. Despite Google pouring tons of research into keeping the platform free of spam and malware (leading to quite some achievements, I must add), fake reviews remain a problem for Android device owners and developers alike. The problem is far from new, but apparently, malicious actors seem to be able to slip through the cracks again and again — and it appears their methods don't even have to be too sophisticated.

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[Update: Reviews all deleted] Huawei loads its Best Buy Mate 10 Pro listing with over 100 fake reviews, inevitably gets caught

[Update: Reviews all deleted] Huawei loads its Best Buy Mate 10 Pro listing with over 100 fake reviews, inevitably gets caught

Almost three months ago, we reviewed Huawei's Mate 10 Pro. We concluded that it'd be a good buy when it hit the US market, so long as it wasn't priced at $1000. Well, Huawei hasn't made that mistake (the phone is currently $799.99 with a $150 gift card at Best Buy), but it isn't doing itself any favors today. The company has overloaded the Mate 10 Pro's Best Buy listing with over 100 fake reviews from aspiring "beta testers," giving the phone - one still in the pre-order phase, mind you - a 4.9-star overall rating.

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