Friday briefing: Anyone’s fingerprint can unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10

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Samsung has confirmed that anyone’s fingerprint can unlock its flagship Galaxy S10’s under-screen scanner if they put a clear case or screen protector over it (Ars Technica). Samsung told BBC News that it’s “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch.”

A significant number of Three’s ten million UK customers were left without mobile network access from Wednesday night through to Thursday afternoon, when service was gradually restored (The Guardian). The company said that the service failure was a result of unspecified “technical difficulties” in the wake of repairs to its 3G network but last night reported that most customers were back on the network.

New research has found that fruit flies bathed in blue LED light for 12 hours a day have reduced life spans and show evidence of brain neurodegenderation, even in flies genetically engineered to have no eyes (Gizmodo). While the research gives some pause for thought about the potential impact of high levels of blue light exposure – or even the much lower levels from screens and LED light bulbss – on other animals, such as humans, its primary interest is likely to be to researchers working with fruit flies in lab environments with LED lighting.

Roll up the loading bay doors at Relativity’s Los Angeles headquarters and you’ll find four of the largest metal 3D printers in the world, churning out rocket parts day and night (WIRED). he latest model of the company’s proprietary printer, dubbed Stargate, stands 30 feet tall and has two massive robotic arms that protrude like tentacles from the machine. The Stargate printers will manufacture about 95 per cent, by mass, of Relativity’s first rocket, named Terran-1.

Motorola is teasing its much-rumoured, somewhat leaked new Razr folding smartphone in press invitations to its November 13 hardware launch event (The Verge). Moto promises that “you’re going to flip” over “highly-anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon,” and is sharing a teaser video of a classic Razr feature phone unfolding to reveal a glimpse of something more modern-looking.

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