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Google Says a Fix For Pixel 4 Face Unlock Is ‘Months’ Away

The Pixel 4 is shipping with a face-unlock security issue that’s not expected to get fixed for quite some time. “Unlike the iPhone’s FaceID (and Google’s earlier face-unlock system on Android 4.1), the Pixel 4’s face unlock doesn’t look for the user’s eyes, so the phone could be pointed at a sleeping or unconscious owner and unlocked without their consent,” ... Read More »

Disney+ Does Not Work On Linux Devices

If you plan on streaming content from the new Disney+ streaming service on Linux devices, you’ll likely be greeted with Error Code 83. Fedora Linux package maintainer Hans De Goede from the Netherlands first made the unpleasant discovery. gHacks reports: De Goede noticed that Disney+ would not work in any of the web browsers that he tried on systems running ... Read More »

UK Man Invents Aluminum-Air Battery In His Garage

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechncia: UK engineer and former Royal Navy officer Trevor Jackson began experimenting with aluminum air batteries at his workshop in the Cornish town of Callington in 2001. At that time, the electrolyte used was extremely caustic and poisonous. After years of experimentation, Jackson devised a new electrolyte — whose composition is a closely ... Read More »

New Facebook Features Fight Election Lies Everywhere But Ads

Heaven forbid a political candidate’s Facebook account gets hacked. They might spread disinformation … like they’re already allowed to do in Facebook ads … From a report: Today Facebook made a slew of announcements designed to stop 2020 election interference. “The bottom line here is that elections have changed significantly since 2016” and so has Facebook in response, CEO Mark ... Read More »

New Gene Editing Tool Could Fix Most Harmful DNA Mutations

Scientists have raised fresh hopes for treating people with genetic disorders by inventing a powerful new molecular tool that, in principle, can correct the vast majority of mutations that cause human genetic diseases. From a report: The procedure, named “prime editing,” can mend about 89% of the 75,000 or so harmful mutations known to mangle the human genome and lead ... Read More »