Spam and misuse of platforms, such as the App Store and Google Play Store, is a form of platform manipulation abuse. Platform manipulation is a tactic that is purposely intended to negatively impact the experience of a user or company.
You can help Apple and Google out by reporting the spam you see. Since it only takes less than a minute, it’s your choice to try and make the internet a better place. Obviously moderators need some help; otherwise their tools would properly filter out the offending reviews and maybe we would see less of these things.
Why is reporting this information important?
Re-humanizing online platforms and helping the moderators is such an important role to play on the internet, especially these days with all the fake news flying around. So when you see something that shouldn’t be there, don’t be afraid to report it. Moderating platforms can be surprisingly challenging to keep up. If reviews aren’t kept under control, the queue can fill up quickly and it could take days to moderate and filter. When these platforms start to fill up with “reviews” that aren’t actually reviews at all, chances are the platform will start to lose its “trustworthiness”. If the reviews are misleading, offensive, trying to scam you or just plain waste your time, we all suffer. Why not give a hand and support your favorite apps when you come across something that shouldn’t be there? When reporting you should have the option to rate the review helpful, not helpful or of course to report a concern. There is good in this too.
I went to check out reviews for a few apps in the App Store and Google Play Store. Upon my research, it seemed there were more spam reviews in Apple’s store than Google’s. I mostly came across stupid messages that make no sense about the app — just complete nonsense that probably shouldn’t be there because it makes no sense.
Reporting on iOS in the App Store
Hold your finger over the review and choose out of the three options:
2) Not Helpful
3) Report a concern
Reporting on Android in the Google Play Store
Click on the three dots and choose out of two options:
1) Flag as inappropriate
2) Flag as spam
Let’s help out more! I am so tired of seeing strange behavior, offensive usernames and time-wasting reviews, and I am sure you are too. Reporting a review might not be your cup of tea, but when recognizing this type of behavior, reporting it will help the online community out a just a little bit more. It should only take less than one minute to report and you are contributing to helping the internet be a better and safer place. So if you have the time, just take a few extra moments out of your day to do something worthwhile and beneficial to you and other users.
We use screens every day because screens are part of our everyday lives. I don’t know about you but I really can’t stand a dirty, smudgy screen. Not only is it gross, it is hard to properly see the screen. Dirty screens can affect your eye site and we don’t want that. I have used several cleaners and while some have been good, I have had bad experiences where the cleaner scratched my devices or just made them much worse.
In this blog post I am reviewing the Bryson Screen Cleaner. It covers all of your digital screen needs completely. You will never have to buy another product again, your money is safe with Bryson – this product is exactly as advertised.
Coverage: Smartphones, tablets, PC monitors, TVs, Kindle Fire, game discs and even more!
According to the box, Bryson Screen Cleaner is specially formulated to gently and effectively clean fingerprints, dust and soils on all types of screens and monitors without leaving streaks or residue on the screen. It is alcohol-free, ammonia-free and phosphate free. 100 % Streak Free | Static Free | Phosphate Free | Effective on All Types of Screens & Monitors Non-Toxic | Non-Flammable | Non-Corrosive | Biodegradable For everyday use at your fingertips and on the go. Removes fingerprints, grease smudges, make-up and everyday buildup!
What’s included in the box? Trigger spray bottle (16 oz. / 473 ml) and a premium microfiber towel measuring 16 in. x 16 in. (40.64 cm x 40.64 cm). The towel has a closed-weave surface pile specifically designed for all types of screens and monitors.
My review = 9/10 – It is literally the best screen cleaner on the market! Why do I give this product such a great review? It’s just amazing on all of my devices! Check it out for yourself
The good: It’s effective on all of my devices – all it takes is just a little squirt on the cloth and it’s totally clean which makes this product last a long time. It does a really good job. It makes me think they are more interested in making customers happy rather than robbing their money. The bottle is the same size as a Windex bottle.
This product is SO FANTASTIC and I would be sad if this company went out of business because they really know how to make a good product. I use it on my iPhone and iPad but I especially love using it on my TV. It gets really dusty in only a couple of days where you can see the specks of dust. After a good wipe it looks new and fresh again.
The bad: This product is very expensive, but worth every penny since you only need to use a small amount. When it comes to a good screen cleaner that promises it works, price shouldn’t be an issue. What’s more of an issue is buying products over and over again that waste your money, don’t work and/or damage your products.
Make sure you follow instructions and do not spray the screen directly, and do not use paper towel. I find cleaning my screens in circular motions help to get that deep clean. If followed correctly you will see beautiful results.
I’m so glad I found a great product that satisfies me and works every time! I would highly recommend it and I hope it helps your eyes feel better when looking at your screens!
I used to love tech a lot more, but now, I feel like tech is getting worse. Keep playing with my time and money, and I have every right to be mad.
In the tech world, you would think as time goes on, and we learn from past technology mistakes, life would be just wonderful, sharing our world with our devices and having some trust in developers. But here we are in 2020 and that’s not what’s really going on. What’s up with the bad software that we pay hundreds of dollars for?
Developers, designers and businesses improve technology and software every day – that’s their job. But is the technology improving or getting worse?
Let’s just think here for a minute. Consumers buy very expensive devices and depend on apps every single day. But yet some multi-millionaire developers and companies give us people mostly CRAP. By this I mean you give us the most bugged software to work with. Just providing nothing to us but shit that should have been properly beta tested, and making our lives miserable. The worst part is this is the new normal and I don’t like it one bit.
Example: Projects you work for hours on may have gotten deleted for no reason, data recovery doesn’t work, blocked software, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crashes, unexpected errors, missing user data, performance issues, broken apps. Things just don’t work properly like they should. Some apps won’t work unless you provide something, like your information of some sort. To me that’s just weird and IMHO I think they are taking it way too far. In some cases companies might even warn you about troubled updates facing new problems. Seriously? You don’t fully test products before they are released or what? It’s all out there on the internet! Thousands of articles, reviews, opinions can be read on some of these topics. Oh and these days, you can’t just reply on one device. You may need two or even three. There is so much going on in the technology world that just makes absolutely no sense and there is definitely something strange about it!
Do you think it’s just poor old baby boomers that can’t figure it out? You are wrong. I’m young and I have enough experience with tech to know the problems are not just because of a user’s knowledge; that has something to do with it, but in most cases it doesn’t. If you think it through, maybe you won’t be so quick to judge someone for thinking the new times are just a bit ridiculous. Things are moving way too fast and software/devices are not getting tested properly. It’s all about money, money, money, money! All these billionaires care about is hoarding $$$, rather than putting that money back into making sure things work properly and make our lives easier. If they knew how to handle it, they would make users happy by making sure UI is simple, or at least have some option to change to the updated version or keep to the old within a certain amount of time. They just go ahead and change it like it’s nobody’s business. So the people that think it is just baby boomers who don’t know what they are doing, are you telling me if an app just closes, or you lose your work, that this is the times we are working in and you are okay with it?
We spend way too much time trying to diagnose the problem when we shouldn’t have to do this, especially with the price we have to pay for our devices. That’s the job of the developers/companies. Like honestly, can’t the software/device just work without so many annoying issues?! We should be able to use our technology with fewer problems. This makes me think, what the hell are developers doing? If you decide to send crash report logs/diagnostics back to the developers and it still isn’t getting fixed properly, why the hell are they asking for that information if they are using us for dummy material anyways? And what the hell are they doing with their time?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been relying on technology more than ever before. While working from home, a lot of people have been experiencing a lot of technical difficulties that make no sense. How is anyone supposed to get any work done? Oh, because you already have millions (or billions) of dollars feeding through so who gives a shit about anyone else, perhaps? Not everyone is going to have a high-end computer like the workplace does, let’s give some people a break here.
Is it because they know people will put up with it? Consumers buy these things and once it breaks or stops working they just buy more? Are developers being lazy? Not working hard enough? Developers and businesses are taking us for granted, they have way too much power! Incidents where our information has been stolen and it’s our fault because we didn’t read the terms and conditions? Please, your terms and conditions suck and you know it. I bet some developers/companies, once their terms and conditions are all figured out, attach it to the app/software with a sneaky smile because some know they are getting something extra out of it. That was supposed to get better too, but I don’t see that happening soon. I’m not saying all developers are bad, just the ones that have a reputation or got caught.
There are so many intelligent designers and developers on the internet, there are so many people that actually care that could make things work better. Why isn’t there more of that?
I’m pissed. I’m so mad. There is absolutely no reason software and devices need to be the way they are. When there is a bad app, bad software, anything you buy that’s super expensive and it turns out bad, that’s BS. This is just something else out of this world. You have so much money to work with, you have millions of customers but yet you treat them like they don’t deserve the very best you have to offer.
I know most of you reading this can relate. If you’re looking for an emoji or especially a specific emoji… good luck finding it in under 40 seconds. You keep thinking, “yeah, I believe I saw a fairy or a pair of socks somewhere in this list but I’m not 100 % sure.”
Preinstalled system keyboard emojis are VERY UNORGANIZED imo.
It should be a very easy thing to do, to find the emoji you’re looking for. But with the preinstalled keyboards the emojis are all over the place, therefore trying to quickly find that specific emoji is hard. I just want to get on with it, not have to scan my eyeballs for that certain emoji, keeping scrolling and scrolling. Ha! It’s bad enough the emojis are small and hard to see on top of all that in the small boxed area. Okay, sure, then there’s the Frequently Used tab for the emojis you use the most, but finding the perfect emoji within all the pages to scroll from for your message is just a pain.
Emojis are POPULAR. They are a big thing being used by millions of users each and every day. Businesses have also come a long way using emojis in the business world. (Weird right?) But mostly if you post and interact on social media, you will find that emojis come in handy.
I use a lot of different emojis throughout the day. I’m so tired of scrolling through them when they are so unorganized. It seriously does take up some time. On my last straw of finally getting frustrated that finding emojis takes way too long, I had to see what can be done about it. Thankfully, I came across a few apps that will make your emoji productivity much easier. At first when I started using the app it sure was a breeze. An easy search for the emoji you are looking for and it’s right there, right away and you don’t have to worry about your poor little eyeballs scanning the screen trying to find that certain emoji and no more soaking up too much of your time.
Here is the first option I tried:
Gboard – The Google Keyboard Android: Rating: 4.5 – 5,675,271 votes iOS: Rating: 4.1 – 26,947 reviews
The bad: It’s a great keyboard but it doesn’t work properly. I tried it out, but it seems there is some glitchy stuff going on. The keyboard freezes at random times and the app seems to crash at times when you are typing.
It’s not just an emoji finder, there’s more. Within the keyboard you can also find GIFs, Google Search, Translate, YouTube, Maps and Contacts. You can also customize your theme to any picture in your album. There are also lots of customization tweaks you can choose in the keyboard settings.
If you depend on emojis and don’t want to waste time, this will still make a good option. If you find the app buggy, you can always switch back to the default keyboard and just use this one for emoji hunting.
Another app you can try (but not for free) is Fixmoji. US Apple Store also has EmoKey, although it is not available in Canada.
Apple, please make a search button for iOS so we don’t have to install weird apps on our devices. I know you believe in security, right? Protect us from weird 3rd party and give us what we ask for! I think adding a search button is within reason 🙂 And please don’t add anymore emojis until you’ve considered a search button – I just can’t take anymore being added without them properly being organized.