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Amazon is taking legal action against the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups, the BBC has been informed. It says the groups are generating fake reviews on Amazon marketplaces in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. The tech giant says the groups are offering money or free goods in exchange for reviews posted on Amazon. One of the groups, deleted earlier this year by Facebook’s parent company Meta, had 43,000 members. It was called “Amazon Product Review”. BBC

Snapchat today launches Snapchat for Web, a browser-based app that allows users to access the messaging platform without picking up their phone. It will allow users – initially only Snapchat+ subscribers in the UK and elsewhere – to access the social media company’s calling and messaging features online. The company said it plans to roll out the feature — which requires signing in to web.snapchat.com with a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox — “soon” to all users. While only the most important messaging features are immediately available in the web app, including Snaps, Lenses for video calls should be added soon. Sky News

Put plainly, Prime Video is ugly as hell. The menus are cluttered, the library is a muddled mix of free, paid, and add-on content, and the general user interface (UI) is about as friendly as those Velociraptors in Jurassic Park. Fortunately, Amazon platform executives have long been aware of its design flaws, and Prime Video finally gets a makeover worthy of its position among the very best streaming services in 2022. Early this week, Prime Video is introducing a new, redesigned experience for subscribers using the Prime Video app on living room devices (such as Fire TV sticks) and android phones.

Microsoft was reportedly planning to launch a more affordable plastic version of the Surface Duo 2, and images of the device appear to have been leaked on eBay. Windows Central Reports that Microsoft canceled this mysterious midrange version of the Surface Duo 2 in late 2021 after it was reportedly originally planning to launch it as a cheaper model later this year. The leaked images on a now deleted eBay listing reveal that the device would have come with a more rounded design, a matte plastic finish and a slightly smaller camera bump. Microsoft is reportedly making changes to the Surface Duo 2’s form factor to position it as a cheaper model. The edge

It looks like we finally have a date to look forward to for two of Samsung’s most anticipated devices of the year – the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4. A leaked press invite was shared by Evan Blass (@evleaks) showing us that the Galaxy Unpacked event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10. The new rumors confirm an earlier report about the same date. The invite has a faded Galaxy Z Flip4 in the background that we saw earlier in renders with the same purple color. The tagline for this year’s event is reportedly “Unfold Your World” and we expect to see the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro at the event as well. Based on previous rumor the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 should go on sale from August 26. GSM arena

19 Jul 2022Chris Price

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