Category Archives: Fraud

The People Of The Abyss

Go look. Just go look. There are no words I can add.

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Zing!

@urbanstrata is Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC Corp. — I think he’s a bit sensitive about this: HTC Cheats At AnTuTu.

Edward Weinert and I agree that it’s time for AnTuTu to offer two measurements:

1) Turbo Mode
2) Normal Mode

And then there’s the question of this: Billionaire Founder of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, is Also Chairman of Maker of Antutu

People have been telling me to ignore AnTuTu and go with Geekbench. But most reviews — and videos — still cite AnTuTu, not Geekbench. So everyone has to switch over before AnTuTu goes away.

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HTC Cheats At AnTuTu

I was waiting for the final word on this before doing a post. It seems the final word is now in: HTC admits boosting One M8 benchmarks; makes it a feature.

If someone would like to get around this benchmarking optimization there are ways to do so, but we think most often this will not be the case.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And then there’s some BS about a “High Performance Mode” — which isn’t even available yet in American units.

If “High Performance Mode” is supposed to measure their device’s strength, then it should also be used to measure their device’s battery life.

You can’t have it both ways, HTC!

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Middleman Fraud

A site I won’t link to. I was thinking of buying from them, but not after this:

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Blue highlighting added by me.

“Reg. Price: USD 378.59 You save: USD 198.60″ — just who the hell are they trying to kid with that?

It’s never been US$378.59.

This is contemptible.

If you treat potential customers as stupid, just how honest a service can you be running?

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Never Ignore Chinese Users

In an interview with Ramos general manager Wan Qiuyang, the truth comes out that I’ve been trying to get across in this blog [Google Translate].

Q: 2013 Tablet PC sales in China are increasing, but the domestic brands of tablet PC sales comparison in 2012 but declined because of the spending power of domestic users upgrade, part of the increase mostly in Apple, Samsung, Lenovo and other well-known brands, the Blue Devils how do you view this phenomenon?

Wan: We have done some preliminary analysis, we feel that consumer confidence in domestic brands declined because of poor quality.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

In short:

Q: Tablets sales increased in China but sales for domestic brands decreased. Why?

A: Domestic tablets are of poor quality.

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The Circle Jerk Of Typing Monkeys

Writer’s Cafe Kboards, Unethical Marketing Practices and Authors Behaving Badly, Part 1

If you are a bad writer — and most of these people are — then, the only way you can get anyone to read your work is through aggressive self-promotion.

Writer’s Cafe Kboards, Unethical Marketing Practices and Authors Behaving Badly, Part 2

And there are other names that come up, again and again, with similar tales of making it to the top simply by “word of mouth,” or entirely on their work’s own merit, for example, but when you do a little tiny bit of investigation you find this is the furthest thing from the truth.

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Ramos Finds New Way To Cheat At AnTuTu With Atom CPU

The new i8 eight-inch tablet from Ramos gets a review and reveals bad news:

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Even the folks at Engadget China are skeptical [Google Translate]:

Ramos i8 Z2580 2GHz with Intel dual-core processor, RAM and 1GB ROM combination of 16GB, but also the largest expansion of 32GB via MicroSD memory capacity. This configuration can bring what kind of experience? May wish to look at the run of the light, its security Bunny [AnTuTu] score points at 29,210, a little unbelievable

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

There is no way in hell that score isn’t fraudulent. The Atom scores in the 20,000-range using AnTuTu 4.x, period. This means that Ramos has found a new way to cheat at AnTuTu. Be forewarned. If Ramos will cheat, so will others.

For reference, see: Ramos i9 Tablet AnTuTu Score Confuses

And for a legit AnTuTu X score I did myself, see: Fondle: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet

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All Aboard The Graft Train!

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You’re on Amazon.com. You’re buying, say, a toaster, and you’re checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are nothing like you. They’re written by elite reviewers who are sent free merchandise to review products. In other words, it’s possible that the guy reviewing that toaster you’re looking at wasn’t in the market for a toaster to begin with and didn’t pay a cent for it.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Amazon also fuels competition among reviewers by making their rankings public. And top reviewers do get a lot of free stuff.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

When their ranking depends on the kind of review they give, do you really think you’re going to get anything resembling an honest review?

This is where I remind everyone to go read my FTC Disclosure.

And to further remind everyone that there are vendors who have enough confidence in their products to risk showing them to me — so far, the only one has been Asus.

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Chinese CPU Maker Actions Caught In AnTuTu Score Fraud

There’s been a raging battle the past few weeks in a Chinese forum accusing CPU maker Actions of modifying its platform version of Android to fraudulently report its AnTuTu score.

Today those multiple forum threads reached the level of news with a post at 1Pad. At post time, Google Translate would not render the page into English, so here’s the original Chinese.

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Google+ Is Creating Posts People Don’t Want

Same-day update: Nope. Not true. Poor wording in Google’s spam emails to me. See end of post for clarification.

I got this email out of the blue today:

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What the hell?

I didn’t create any damned post on Google+.

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