The Daily Populous

Saturday October 19th, 2019 morning edition

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Google’s newly revealed Pixel 4 was met with excitement for several reasons, including the introduction of facial-recognition security.

Google boasted that this method was a quick and effective way to keep your phone safe, but in practice, there is a major issue with this supposedly secure system.

The problem was first noticed by technology reporter Chris Fox, who tweeted that the Pixel 4 he was using could unlock even if his eyes were closed.

He wrote his findings up for the BBC and included the video below as proof of what he found.

Google does mention on its face unlock support page for the Pixel 4 that the feature works with closed eyes, but even with this warning users are still at risk.

Google has been working on an option to disable or enable facial unlocking with eyes closed, but apparently this will not be available when the Pixel 4 launches Oct. 24.

Our early impressions of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are very positive. »

Chick-Fil-A’s First U.K. Restaurant Will Close After LGBTQ Protest

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Chick-fil-A, the controversial American fast food brand, famous as much for its donations to anti-LGBTQ organisations as it is for fried chicken sandwiches, is being forced to close its first U.K. restaurant.

The company, which appeared to be at the beginning of a major European expansion, opened at the Oracle shopping centre in Reading on 10 October.

As reported by BBC News, it will now close after pressure from local gay rights groups and a media row around the causes it has historically supported. »

Congress sends letter condemning Blizzard for Blitzchung Hong Kong scandal

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Representatives and members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter condemning Activision Blizzard's ban of professional Hearthstone player BlitzChung after his protest during a broadcast in support of protests in Hong Kong, as shown in a tweet from Rod 'Slasher' Breslau.

Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai was been punished by Blizzard Entertainment after an interview in which he expressed support for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Blitzchung, who is from Hong Kong, wore a mask and stated: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” while the casters (who were also fired from the broadcast) ducked behind their desk. »