EU plans to make USB-C connectors the standard port for all smartphones and tablets, angering Apple
The European Commission rules to force manufacturers to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices. The European Commission is aiming to have a common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, and handheld videogame consoles.
The ruling has been in the making for a decade, with environmental concerns the main driving force behind the historic move.
The rule will reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. Politicians have been pushing for this uni9versal charging rule for over a decade.
Disposed and unused charging cables generate approximately 11,000 tonnes of waste per year. Research shows the average person owns around three mobile phone chargers.
A decade ago there were about 30 different types of chargers, now, phones use either USB-C, lightning, and USB micro-B.
The move would see all smartphones in the EU sold with the same charger, a motion Apple is not happy about. The tech giant says this move would damage ongoing innovation.
The tech giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made “Lightning” connector. Apple argues its Lightning connector is used by one billion active iPhone users.
“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world,”
The proposed changes would apply to the charging port on the device body and will also standardise charging speeds. It may be a number of years before the proposals come into effect.
It will be thoroughly debated by the European Parliament and national Governments.
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Tesla is driving at full speed, with the EV giant striking a major deal with rental car agent, Hertz
Elon Musk owned, Tesla has officially crossed a $1 trillion stock market valuation for the first time in its operating history…and it follows a major order from global rental car agency, Hertz
Hertz plans to order 100,000 new EVs for its fleet.
It is the biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz, and a deal that has reinforced the electric car leader’s ambitions to top the entire auto industry in sales over the next decade.
But for Tesla and its investors, Hertz’s decision to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022 showed electric vehicles are no longer a niche product, but will dominate the mass car market in the near future.
Tesla also appeared on Monday to be making progress resolving regulatory problems that threatened its business in China
The company stated that it had opened a new data and research center in Shanghai to comply with government requirements that data collected from vehicles within China, stay in the country.
Tesla now faces the daunting day-to-day challenge of becoming a high-volume automaker growing at a rate not seen since the early 1900s…when demand exploded for Henry Ford’s Model T.
Tesla is also trying to manage an order backlog for its vehicles as it continues to deal with extended supply chain disruptions.
Investors and analysts, for now, are looking past the near-term challenges, with the latest deal struck between Tesla and Hertz set to only create more hype around its share price.
Crown Resorts to keep Melbourne casino license
After being entangled within a corruption scandal, Crown Resorts is set to retain its Melbourne casino license
The Victorian Royal Commission found the resort’s conduct to be “disgraceful” but the final report recommends that Crown Melbourne to receive a two-year grace period.
This is so the company can be under the control of a “special manager” that can rectify an “alarming catalogue of the wrongdoing”, addressing the money laundering that Crown was allegedly involved in.
After this period, the special manager will determine whether they are satisfied with the company and whether they should retain its Victorian casino license.
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