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Finally confirmed: USB-C charger in all devices from 2024; Musk returns to the original deal to buy Twitter Technology updates | Israel today


The European Union has determined that in less than two years smartphones and tablets will be required to be equipped with a USB-C socket • Also: Tesla's CEO folds and offers to buy Twitter for $44 billion • The stock jumped more than 22% on Wall Street • 13 Israeli teams tried to find solutions for humanity's challenges in space

Final approval:

With a majority of 602 voters and 13 against, the European Union yesterday (Tuesday) approved a new law, according to which USB-C will be the only charger for all new smartphones, tablets and cameras from the end of 2024. Laptops will require switching to USB-C by 2026.

The Union's ambition is to reduce electronic waste and save consumers about 250 million euros on unnecessary chargers.

Consumers buying a device will have the choice of getting one with or without a USB-C charger, to take advantage of the fact that they may already have at least one cable at home.

The end of the multitude of chargers, photo: GettyImages

Apple already uses USB-C charging ports on its iPads and laptops, although in the past it opposed EU legislation: "charging will hurt innovation", in fact the technology giant is hinting that it is possible that only wireless charging will be possible in its future devices.

Musk announced that he would buy Twitter at the original price

After Elon Musk announced in July that he was canceling the purchase of Twitter, the latter filed a lawsuit in an effort to force him to complete the purchase.

Now, he's changing his mind and proposing in a letter he sent to Twitter to move forward with the original $44 billion purchase deal.

Twitter shares jumped more than 22% on Wall Street.

Elon Musk and the Twitter company, photo: AP, Twitter

For the first time in Israel: 13

Israeli teams tried to find solutions to humanity's challenges in space

This week ended the international NASA Space Apps hackathon, which encourages thousands of individuals and groups from around the world to use NASA's databases to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing humanity on Earth and in space, and is being held for the first time in Israel. In a competition that invites mixed groups of technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs to a marathon of 48 hours, in order to raise ideas and create, tens of thousands of participants participated in hundreds of cities around the world.

In the competition in Israel, groups of four to six participants participated, who competed in a number of challenges of varying levels of difficulty, among them:

building a map of earthquakes on the moon, three-dimensional mapping of the Israeli space station, and other challenges that NASA finds important for the future of humanity and space exploration. 

The Israeli groups designed, among other things, energy production and storage systems for research expeditions on the planet Nega and a research station for astronauts on Mars


A panel of Israeli judges will select the best works to move on to the next stage.

From those moving to the next stage from all over the world, the global winners will be selected by NASA's team of experts. 

The NASA Space Apps hackathon in Israel,

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Source: israelhayom

All tech articles on 2022-10-05

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