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Tesla Cybertruck’s ‘armor glass’ stops break-in attempt caught on sentry mode

Tesla Cybertruck’s ‘armor glass’ stops break-in attempt caught on sentry mode

Tesla Cybertruck’s “armor glass” has managed to stop a break-in attempt caught on camera by the vehicle’s Sentry Mode. We all laughed when Tesla had its broken window mishap at the original Cybertruck unveiling in 2019. The incident involved Elon Musk asking Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen to throw a steel ball at the Cybertruck’s back window in an attempt to demonstrate what they called “armor glass”. The glass broke – creating a viral moment: Despite the mishap, which you could argue was positive for Tesla as it brought even more attention to the electric truck, Tesla has decided to keep its “armor glass” as a feature on the production version. It recreated the moment during the production version unveiling, but Tesla used a baseball instead of a steel ball. Now, the automaker markets the Cybertruck’s “armor glass” like this: “Armor glass can resist the impact of a baseball at 70 mph or class 4 hail. Acoustic glass helps make the cabin as quiet as outer space.” Well, I’ll tell you who is not …

How to Set Up the iPhone’s Lockdown Mode

How to Set Up the iPhone’s Lockdown Mode

Lockdown Mode on the iPhone represents a significant advancement in digital security protocols, meticulously crafted by Apple as an optional yet robust security feature. Its primary aim is to fortify the digital defenses of an exceptionally narrow margin of users, those who are most susceptible to the nefarious undertakings of highly advanced cyber threats. Such threats are not run-of-the-mill but are instead orchestrated with precision, often under the aegis of state-sponsored entities. The individuals at risk from these sophisticated cyber incursions typically occupy high-visibility roles within society. They include, but are not limited to, investigative journalists who uncover truths that may ruffle feathers at the highest echelons, human rights activists who challenge oppressive regimes, and government officials who hold the keys to sensitive state secrets. These profiles, by virtue of their public standing and the sensitive nature of their work, become prime targets for these digitally executed espionage efforts. Lockdown Mode, therefore, emerges as a critical line of defense, offering an unparalleled level of security to shield these high-profile personas from the digital crosshairs of …

How to put your phone and laptop into vacation mode

How to put your phone and laptop into vacation mode

Vacations are relaxing and fun. Work is not. Why, then, do so many people end up getting pulled into work messages and tasks during what’s supposed to be time off?  In an article for The Conversation, academics Dan Caprar and Ben Walker suggest that part of why this happens is that we can strongly identify with work—we’re unwilling to fully let go of roles that help define us. Beyond that, though, there are environmental cues that can instantly prompt our brains to switch from relaxation to work mode. The sight of an email notification or your laptop can remind you that work is still there, peeking over your relaxation. There’s an obvious solution: Leave your phone and laptop at home. The problem: Technology is actually pretty useful during a vacation. Looking up good places to eat, booking fun activities, and arranging to meet friends who live in the city you’re visiting are all easier with phones and computers. What, then, is a vacationer to do?  [Related: Why you hate going back to work after vacation] …

Tesla works to slash Sentry Mode power usage by ~40%, and why that’s bigger than you think

Tesla works to slash Sentry Mode power usage by ~40%, and why that’s bigger than you think

Tesla is working on a software update to slash Sentry Mode power usage by ~40% – reducing “vampire drain” on parked vehicles. It might sound like a small update that’s bigger than you think. Electric vehicles lose some power when parked. It’s often been referred to as “vampire drain”. There are several factors that can contribute to vampire drain, like battery temperature control, pining connectivity features, etc. With Tesla vehicles, there’s an optional feature that can contribute significantly: Sentry Mode. Sentry Mode uses the cameras all around Tesla vehicles, which are primarily there for Tesla’s driver-assist features and promised self-driving, to monitor suspicious activities, record, and remote view what’s happening around your vehicle. The feature has been used to counter the epidemic of people keying Tesla cars a few years ago. Sentry Mode does consume a good amount of power – contributing to the vampire drain. With Sentry Mode on, some Tesla owners reported a vampire drain of 7.2 kWh in a day. That’s roughly 10% of the battery capacity of long range Model 3 …

Phone in SOS mode? AT&T says service restored after widespread outage

Phone in SOS mode? AT&T says service restored after widespread outage

AT&T said the hourslong outage to its U.S. cellphone network Thursday appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack. The outage knocked out cellphone service for thousands of its users across the U.S. starting early Thursday before it was restored. AT&T blamed the incident on an error in coding, without elaborating. “Based on our initial review, we believe that today’s outage was caused by the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack,” the Dallas-based company said. Outage tracker Downdetector noted that outages, which began at about 3:30 a.m. ET, peaked at around 73,000 reported incidents. AT&T had more than 58,000 outages around noon ET, in locations including Houston, Atlanta and Chicago. The carrier is the country’s largest, with more than 240 million subscribers. By 9 p.m. ET, the reports on AT&T’s network were fewer than 1,000. Cricket Wireless, which is owned by AT&T, had more than 9,000 outages at one point but the reports had also tailed off later …

Tesla Cybertruck drives through water in first real-world Wade Mode test

Tesla Cybertruck drives through water in first real-world Wade Mode test

Tesla Cybertruck owner drove the electric pickup truck through water in one of the first real-world tests of the Wade Mode. Warning: this is not covered by the warranty. Elon Musk has often made claims before about how Tesla vehicles could float and briefly serve as a boat. They have never been taken too seriously as Tesla’s warranty says something different about taking the vehicle into the water. But the CEO doubled down on the claim with the Cybertruck – for which it makes more sense since it is supposed to be an off-road vehicle. Last year, Musk claimed Tesla Cybertruck would be “waterproof enough” to serve as a boat and cross rivers: Cybertruck will be waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes and even seas that aren’t too choppy. The CEO added that the goal is for a Cybertruck to be able to cross the water between SpaceX’s Starbase and South Padre Island in Texas, which is about 360 meters (1,100 feet). We have been taking the Cybertruck more seriously …

Ukraine is switching to self-reliance mode | Russia-Ukraine war

Ukraine is switching to self-reliance mode | Russia-Ukraine war

As the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion approaches, Ukraine finds itself at a crossroads. Waning external assistance is now a reality that threatens its future. For months now, United States President Joe Biden has been unable to push through Congress an aid package for Ukraine due to opposition within the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Europe is grappling with its own limitations. Germany, despite increasing its military aid, has stopped short of providing pivotal Taurus missiles. The United Kingdom’s ongoing support is also clouded by uncertainties surrounding its upcoming general election. But even if European assistance were to remain at its maximum potential – a scenario far from the current reality – the aid remains woefully inadequate when compared with Russia’s firepower and resources. For instance, France’s recent plan to provide 3,000 155mm shells monthly pales in comparison to Russia’s daily barrages of up to 20,000 shells. As support for the Ukrainian army from its allies has declined, the Russian war machine – adept at circumventing sanctions and fuelled by unchecked oil sales – has …

8 Fixes for an iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode

8 Fixes for an iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode

Dealing with an iPhone stuck in headphone mode can be frustrating, as it prevents sound from playing through the speakers, even after disconnecting your headphones. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to turn off the headphone mode on your iPhone with the solutions below. 1. Disconnect Your Bluetooth Headphones Your iPhone allows you to disconnect or unpair your Bluetooth devices, such as headphones, through the Settings app. If your iPhone appears to be stuck connected to Bluetooth headphones, use these steps to disconnect it: Open the Settings app and tap on Bluetooth. Tap the Info (i) icon next to your Bluetooth headphones. Select Disconnect. Alternatively, you can select the Forget This Device option to unpair the headphones. 2. Plug and Unplug Your Wired Headphones Temporary iOS glitches can sometimes mess up your iPhone’s headphone detection mechanism and prevent it from detecting the removal of headphones. If it’s just a one-off glitch, simply plugging and unplugging your headphones will help you fix the problem. Plug your headphones into your iPhone’s 3.5mm or Lightning port, and then disconnect them. …

Tuning in to Our Brain: Reactive Vs. Response Mode

Tuning in to Our Brain: Reactive Vs. Response Mode

Source: Triloks/iStock ​​From the dawn of human history, our ancestors’ brains evolved to maintain a constant awareness of danger. This keen vigilance was primarily a survival mechanism, allowing them to react quickly to potential threats. Today, this evolutionary remnant is known as negativity bias, and while it no longer serves to protect us from predators, it continues to influence our perceptions and reactions. Negativity bias can make us anxious, agitated, and pessimistic, particularly in our relationships. This is because it compels us to fixate on perceived slights or potential conflicts, often overlooking the more frequent positive interactions. For example, your spouse comes home late from work, and you meet them with suspicion and irritation instead of concern or empathy. The brain disproportionately weighs this single event as a threat to security and connection, even when the pattern of the relationship is overwhelmingly supportive and stable. This cognitive distortion can create a feedback loop, where anxieties are continuously fueled by negative assumptions, ultimately undermining the trust and satisfaction in the relationship. Negativity bias stems from a …

How to turn on YouTube’s hidden ambient mode (and turn it off)

How to turn on YouTube’s hidden ambient mode (and turn it off)

Everyone will have their own preferences when it comes to watching videos on YouTube, whether that’s the playback speed (up to 2x) or the video size (from full screen to mini player). One of the available viewing options that you might not know about, because it’s rather well hidden, is ambient mode. You can get to it through the YouTube interface on the web, as well as the mobile apps, and YouTube itself describes it as an “immersive” way of watching videos. It’s actually an extension of dark mode and it uses the colors in the video you’re currently watching to create a subtle wash around the edges of the video viewer. At the very least, it’s worth trying—you might find you prefer it to the regular YouTube viewing experience. Here’s how to enable or disable the feature on the web or mobile—you won’t currently find it on devices like smart TVs or streaming dongles. On the web Ambient mode adds a subtle color wash to YouTube on the web. Credit: David Nield If you’re …