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Never Fall Asleep On The Wheel Again

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Never Fall Asleep On The Wheel Again

Every day, hundreds of millions of people drive their cars for long and short distances. But how many of these drivers have stopped to consider how dangerous it is to drive while being tired?

The truth is, very few people think driving while tired is a big risk. However, statistics show that it is very dangerous – in fact, almost as dangerous as driving drunk. (Accidents caused by drowsy drivers lead to 30,000 deaths every year.)

While driving in a drowsy state, the driver is highly vulnerable to something called micro-sleep.

Micro-sleep can last for up to 30 seconds, and when it occurs, the driver is unconscious and does not respond to any environmental sensors, including sound or light. Micro-sleep is often a result of sleep deprivation, but can also occur while driving monotonously for a long time.

Is there a way to prevent micro-sleep?

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Meet the Device That Could Save Your Life

    Steer is a unique bracelet that will help prevent you from falling asleep behind the wheel.

    How does it do this? Well, Steer detects the level of your drowsiness by analyzing your heart rate and skin conductance, and then warns you when you’re close to sleeping.

    The real magic of Steer, is that it prevents you from experiencing micro-sleep at the very first signs of tiredness. This makes you much safer on the road. At the smallest sign of drowsiness, Steer will warn you with a vibration and a mild electric shock. These warnings will be just enough to keep you from falling asleep – and will help you avoid loss of control of your vehicle.

    However, Steer is not just a warning device, it can actually wake you up if you do suddenly fall asleep.

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    Who’s the device aimed at? It’s designed for all drivers and everyone who suffers from sleep deprivation from time to time.

    Steer to the Rescue

    Steer offers guaranteed protection from sleep.

    This alone is enough to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. But let’s take a few minutes to explore the full features of Steer, and how the device works to keep you conscious at all times.

    The first thing you need to know about Steer – is that it’s very easy to use. (You certainly won’t need a doctorate in technology to use the device!)

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      Despite its ease of use, however, it’s worth understanding how Steer works. This can be explained in five steps:

      1. Sixteen highly sensitive sensors measure your heart rate and skin conductance.
      2. Upon first being switched on, Steer spends a minute analyzing your normal heart rate and skin conductance. It then refers to these indicators to determine whether or not you are becoming drowsy.
      3. Steer assesses your condition every two seconds, and when it detects a decrease in your heart rate by 10 units, it will warn you with strong vibration and a yellow light.
      4. If your heart rate decreases by three more units, your skin conductance will also decrease. This means that you’re edging closer to sleep. At this point, Steer will wake you up with a gentle electric shock.
      5. As a result of the yellow light, vibration and gentle electric shock, the levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol in your body will increase, and the level of sleeping hormone melatonin will decrease. These changes will help you feel fresher and less drowsy, as well as returning your heart rate to normal.

        So, whether you’re hitting the road for long journeys to a different city or state, or simply making short journeys to work in the morning, Steer is the perfect companion to keep you awake at all times during your drive.

        What Users Have to Say

        Users of Steer love the fact that the device is guaranteed to keep them awake while driving. By wearing the device, drivers feel safe in the knowledge that if they feel drowsy – Steer will prevent them from nodding off.

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        One user said:

        “I hear a lot of sad stories about accidents caused by sleeping behind the wheel, would recommend Steer to every driver.”

        Safer Driving Is Within Reach

        If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know that there have been plenty of times when you’ve been driving while feeling tired. Probably, you tried to counter the fatigue by doing things like:

        • Drinking coffee
        • Drinking energy drinks
        • Listening to loud music
        • Smoking

        Unfortunately, none of these methods are guaranteed to keep you awake. And of course, consumption of caffeine, sugar and nicotine can be harmful to your body.

        Compared to the above methods, which are commonly used to stave off drowsiness, Steer is safer, more effective and more reliable. In fact, Steer will wake you up better than 2-3 cups of coffee or cans of energy drink. Steer also has no negative impacts on your health.

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        Every Steer bracelet comes with a charging cable, instruction booklet and sticker. If you’re interested in purchasing a Steer bracelet, you can register your interest on their Kickstarter campaign page. Prices start from €89.

        Steer is a truly revolutionary product. One that can reduce road accidents and save lives. Perhaps one day cars will have drowsiness detectors built in, but for now, Steer is the best way to keep yourself awake behind the wheel.

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        Last Updated on November 25, 2021

        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

        There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

        Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

          What Does Private Browsing Do?

          When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

          For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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          The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

          The Terminal Archive

          While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

          Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

          dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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          Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

          Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

          However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

          Clearing Your Tracks

          Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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          dscacheutil -flushcache

          As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

          Other Browsers and Private Browsing

          Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

          If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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          As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

          Featured photo credit: Benjamin Dada via unsplash.com

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