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Buying a new Tesla? You might want to read this

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There’s changes coming to what’s included when you buy a new Tesla

Tesla customers will now have to pay extra for a mobile charging connector when they buy one of the company’s electric vehicle models.

The new move by the EV maker is similar to those made by tech giant, Apple – which has removed power packs and headphones from new iPhones.

It’s obvious that charging an electric vehicle is a critical point to allow the car to actually operate.

Many road users wanting to transition to cleaner energy and opt in for a shiny new Tesla (or other EVs too if you’re the type of person to shop around) continue to express concerns about charging and recharging stations.

Up until now, it made sense for Tesla to include a mobile charging cable with every vehicle sold – but according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the company has decided to dump the policy because not enough drivers were using the charging connectors.

Tesla EV / Image: File

So does that mean a new Tesla EV does not include a charger at all?

There’s no need to panic all that much.

Up until now Tesla has included a charging cable with both a NEMA 14-50 (level 2) connector and a connector for a regular outlet (Level 1).

The automaker has decided to drop the NEMA 14-50 connector from the included bundle and only included the NEMA 5-15 adapter – which is for a regular outlet.

You could always buy the Level 2 connector separately, but prepare to fork out more.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Elon Musk’s secretly welcomed twins last year

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Elon Musk secretly welcomed twins just weeks before his second child with Grimes was born last year

The world’s wealthiest man, Elon Musk is believe to have fathered 10 children after a top executive from one of his companies gave birth to twins last year.

The mother of the children is Shivon Zilis, a senior member of Musks’ artificial intelligence company, Neuralink.

Zilis is considered a rising star in the world of AI, after being listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015, and LinkedIn’s 35 under 35.

According to her LinkedIn, she is currently the Director of Operations and Special Projects at Musk’s neurotechnology firm, Neuralink.

Court documents show the pair filed a petition to change their twins’ last names to Musk, and contain their mothers last name as part of their middle name.

The petition was filed in Austin, Texas which is also the birthplace of Zilis and Musk’s children where they were reportedly born in November 2021.

The two children will add to the six children Musk has with ex-wife, Justine Musk, and two children with Canadian singer Grimes.

The twins will also join Justine and Musk’s 18-year-old daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson who has recently strived to cut ties with her father.

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Apple’s ‘Lockdown Mode’ to target hackers

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Apple is set to release a new ‘Lockdown Mode’ feature, which will add protections for people targeted by hackers

Apple is seeking to stamp out iPhone hacking by giving vulnerable targets the chance to ‘lock out’ suspicious links or activity.

The feature is a major win for human rights advocates, political activists and other prominent figures.

“Apple makes the most secure mobile devices on the market. Lockdown mode is a groundbreaking capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest, most sophisticated attacks.”

Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstić

It will work in conjunction with the ‘Messages’ app by stamping out any unknown links.

The company says it “is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security”.

It comes after two Israeli two firms were able to break into iPhones without the target clicking on any links.

The attacks were reportedly carried out by the NSO Group, which is behind the controversial Pegasus Spyware.

The group has been placed on a U.S. blacklist.

The ‘Lockdown’ feature will come to Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs in the coming months.

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Emirates A380 “flew 14 hours” with massive hole

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At first passengers believed the plane suffered difficulties upon landing in Brisbane, but now it seems the Emirates A380 flew 14 hours with the massive hole

Passengers disembarked the airline after noticing the sound of an explosion mid-flight.

They had alerted crew during the flight, who were in contact with the flight crew.

One of the passengers on board has since taken to Twitter to describe the “terrifying” incident, which took place “during cruise.” 

“Was absolutely terrifying at first and the cabin crew knew something serious may have happened – were immediately in contact with the cockpit,” wrote Andrew Morris, an English professor at the UK’s Loughborough University.

“Shortly after, they resumed as normal. Their calm demeanor was reassuring — they knew it was not catastrophic.”

But no one knew exactly how long the plane was airborne with the massive hole in the side.

Landing view

The captain telegraphed ahead to Brisbane airport, and emergency services met the aircraft, which landed safely.

As passengers disembarked, they were shocked to see the size of the hole, which had been punctured by the landing gear.

Emirates later released a statement stressing that the rupture did not impact “the fuselage, frame or structure of the aircraft.”

“Our flight EK430 flying from Dubai to Brisbane on July 1 experienced a technical fault,” reads the statement. 

“One of the aircraft’s 22 tires ruptured during cruise, causing damage to a small portion of the aerodynamic fairing, which is an outer panel or the skin of the aircraft.”

“The fairing has been completely replaced, checked and cleared by engineers, Airbus and all relevant authorities,” adds Emirates.

“The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.”

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