Google’s Pixel 4 face unlock has one major privacy weakness

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Google came up with its own face unlock system for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL using those advanced sensors in the phone’s top bezel. The technology behind it is similar to Apple’s Face ID, and aside from just letting you into your phone, Google believes face unlock is secure enough to serve as an authentication method across Android. (There’s no more fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 4, remember.) And it’s very fast. But BBC News reporter Chris Fox has noticed an alarming privacy concern with Google’s face unlock: it works even if your eyes are fully closed.

A support page about face unlock directly confirms as much. “Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed,” the page reads….

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Razer’s Blade 15 Studio Edition is now available, with a whopping 16GB of graphics memory

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Razer’s new Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop is now available in the US and Canada. Its design fits right into the company’s lineup of gaming-focused laptops, but this one is built specifically for creative professionals who demand especially high-end specs and who have a lot of money to spend.

The only configuration that’s currently available costs $3,999 and comes in “mercury white,” which looks silver. Its 15.6-inch touchscreen is a 4K OLED with a 1ms response time that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. For its processor, Razer selected the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H hexa-core CPU. Inside, you’ll find Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition graphics card with a whopping 16GB of video RAM.

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You can purchase science fiction novels written by artificial intelligence

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Even the covers to this collection of AI-written science fiction novels were created by AI. The reviews are also written by AI. Titles include Bitches of the Points, Auro-Minds and the Hungers, The Table in 10, and Breath Chanter. Of course it’s an art project and the writing is a mess, but an excerpt from any of the books could be slipped in the pages of a Gor novel without anyone being the wiser.

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Save $24 on the new Nintendo Switch with improved battery life

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Nintendo’s new, slightly improved Switch console has vastly improved battery life over the original model. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to this version, or are purchasing your first Switch, Amazon’s deal might appeal to you.

For a limited time, you can save $24.01 on this Switch console by clipping the coupon on its product page over at Amazon. Right next to the price, click to clip the coupon, then you’ll see the price drop on the checkout page.

The original Switch console that released in 2017 could last between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, depending on the game that you’re playing. This new model almost doubles the base lifespan per charge, up to 4.5 hours. And if you’re playing something that isn’t particularly taxing to the Switch…

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PSA: Today’s the day to cancel Apple Arcade without getting charged

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If you signed up for a free trial for Apple Arcade when it launched on September 19th, that trial runs out tomorrow, so you might think about canceling your subscription today if you don’t want to pay for it going forward. If you stick with it, you’ll be charged $4.99 per month.

I suspect a lot of people are going to stay subscribed, because, as it turns out, Apple Arcade is already pretty good. It’s chock-full of great games like Assemble With Care, Card of Darkness, and Grindstone, and more games are being added all the time, like the cool-looking architecture-puzzler Manifold Garden that will be available tomorrow. And you can play all of those Apple Arcade games on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

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Watch this Italian translator’s hilarious expressions as she tries to make Trump sound normal

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Having to listen to Trump’s gibberish is one thing – you kind of learn to tune it out. But having to translate his nonsense into another language takes a skillset of great finesse. Take a look at this translator’s bewildered expressions yesterday as she tried to put his mad drivel into coherent sentences during a talk between Trump and Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

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Xamarin Skeleton: Unboxing Services, Part 2: An Offline App

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This article is a continuation of my series on how Xamarin works under the hood. Part 1 can be found here. In this article, I will unbox each of the following:

1- UI Services

MiBand 3 and React Native (Part Two)

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Some time has passed since my last article when I was trying to establish communication between a mobile application and MiBand 3. The latest comments in the first article showed me plenty issues I left behind the scenes.

In the last couple months, I’ve been working on improving my skills in order to better understand BLE standard, and I can’t say I learned nothing! That minor experience helped me to solve the most significant mistakes related to the authorization process and heart rate measurement. Besides, it helped me to extend functionality of my application.

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro leaked on Amazon with Dolby Vision and even faster performance

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The fan-favorite Nvidia Shield TV streaming box is getting a new refresh soon in the form of the Nvidia Shield TV Pro, which will bring a faster Tegra X1+ processor and a new remote, according to a now-removed Amazon listing that revealed the new product a few days ahead of an apparent October 28th release date, via 9to5Google.

Visually, the Shield TV Pro is identical to the refreshed Shield TV from 2017: same design, same dimensions, same ports, same optional stand. Even the specs are largely the same; there’s still 16GB of flash storage and 3GB of RAM. But Nvidia is making two big changes here: a new Tegra X1+ processor that replaces the standard X1 chip on the old model, which it promises is “up to 25% faster.”

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Swagtron introduces three new vintage-style electric cruisers

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Swagtron is expanding its lineup of affordable electric bikes with three new models: the EB9, EB10, and EB11. All three bikes are in the classic cruiser style, with upright U-shaped handlebars and frames that feature the sweeping lines of a vintage beach bike. And if they’re anything like the EB12 city bike that was released earlier this year, the new bikes will be fun and affordable entry-level e-bikes for a wide variety of riders.

Cruisers are good for casual city riding, but they look best zooming down a beach boardwalk or sand-covered trail. The upright riding style is sure to appeal to riders who prefer not to be hunched over their handlebars and for whom speed and aerodynamics are just an afterthought. The low-slung top tubes on…

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Zombieland: Double Tap is a shambling, half-revived mess of a sequel

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Putting aside the monstrous thirst for flesh, a zombie is essentially halfway between a living human and a rotting corpse, animated but staggering around without much grace, a desiccation disguised as a person. Zombieland: Double Tap occupies a similar space in the world of sequels. As a decade-later follow-up to 2009’s irreverent horror-comedy Zombieland, it isn’t an entry in an active franchise. It’s more like an 1980s-style cheapie retread, disguised as a more respectable legacy sequel.

Given the endless (and mostly basic) references to both pop culture and the original Zombieland, it wouldn’t be out of character for Zombieland: Double Tap to lay out this sequel-as-zombie parallel itself. The script (by Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and…

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MIT develops a way for robots to grasp and manipulate objects much faster

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Picking stuff up seems easy, right? It is – for humans with powerful brain computers that instantly and intuitively figure out everything needed to get the job done. But for robots, even advanced robots, the compute required is surprisingly complex, especially if you want the robot to not, you know, break the thing it’s grabbing. […]

Save on fast-charging USB-C wall adapters, Google Pixel 4 preorders, and more

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A few fast-charging USB-C wall adapters are more affordable than usual today at Amazon. We’ve featured RavPower’s space-conscious 45W GaN USB-C charger in our deals coverage many times, and today’s price is the cheapest yet. After you clip the coupon on the product page and follow up with the offer code TVPC104RK at checkout, you can get it for just $24.99.

If you need slightly more juice for your laptop, Anker’s 60W GaN USB-C wall adapter is $29.99 after you clip the coupon over at Amazon. This is a fantastic deal as well, though this model sticks out much farther from the outlet compared to RavPower’s charger (shown in the picture above), which is only about a half an inch thick. If space isn’t an issue, you can’t go wrong with either…

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Logitech’s MX Master 3 mouse and MX Keys keyboard should be your setup of choice

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Logitech recently introduced a new mouse and keyboard, the MX Master 3 ($99.99) and MX Keys ($99.99) respectively. Both devices borrow a lot from other, older hardware in Logitech’s lineup – but they build on what the company has gotten really right with input devices, and add some great new features to make these easily […]

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is boldly bonkers

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In retrospect, cinephiles didn’t fully appreciate what they had with 2014’s Maleficent, a live-action retelling of a Disney animated classic that actually added something new to a tale as old as time. In addition to the pitch-perfect casting of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the horned villain from Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast screenwriter Linda Woolverton added a daring feminist spin to the source material. Since Maleficent’s release, Disney’s live-action remakes have gotten progressively less and less original, culminating in 2019’s abysmal shot-for-shot remake of The Lion King. Thankfully, Maleficent is back to inject some much-needed originality into the House of Mouse’s live-action slate in the…

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