Tech Wrap: A new Paytm scam, Microsoft wants users to use Bing again
In other tech news, Instagram is working on bringing Reels to the web browser, while we finally know what happened to the Windows startup sound several years ago.
Today was an eventful day in the world of technology news. For starters, scammers are always looking for a quick way to profit off the money of unwitting users, and now a new scam has emerged, tricking users with a fake cashback page. Microsoft has started asking users to switch back to Bing, although it is unclear how many users will want to give up Google at this point.
Meanwhile, it looks like Instagram could be bringing Reels, its popular TikTok clone to the web browser, according to a recent leak. We also found out why Microsoft got rid of its famous login sounds with the arrival of Windows 8 and why it hasn't been available since.
In case you missed anything, here are the top tech news stories of the day:
Beware of this fake Paytm website that promises over ₹2,000 as a ‘cashback' offer: Here's how it works
While we've all been staying indoors during the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, two of the biggest lifesavers have been online shopping and delivery – and digital payments. Unfortunately, scammers are now taking advantage of gullible users to trick them with yet another scam, promising “cashback rewards” above ₹2,000. The fake website looks very similar to Paytm's official, legitimate website – here's everything you need to know.
Microsoft Edge begins prompting users to switch back to Bing search
While Microsoft once developed the most popular web browser on desktops with Internet Explorer, its new Edge browser is only growing in popularity over time. The decision of the browser on the latest version of the browser for the desktop is certainly strange. It is now requesting users to switch back to recommended settings – which includes switching the search engine back to Bing.
Instagram could soon add browser support for its Reels feature
TikTok's viral short video format has been copied by almost every popular app today, but unlike the former, very few have support for viewing these videos via a browser. Instagram could soon be bringing its Reels feature to web browsers in the future, according to a new leak. The company is also looking to tweak the story queue feature on its mobile apps – we've got all the details here.
Here's why Microsoft axed its iconic startup sound on Windows 8 and Windows 10
If you've used Microsoft Windows for long enough, you've definitely heard the familiar logon sound, perhaps on Windows 2000 ME or XP or even on Windows 7. However, the company suddenly ripped out the feature on Windows 8, and it never returned to Windows 10. If you've been wondering what happened to that feature and why it disappeared, don't forget to read about what a former Microsoft employee has to say.