Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been developing the technology to beam solar power from space for years. They successfully beamed 1.8 kilowatts of power wirelessly in 2015, and now, a public-private partnership in Japan aims to beam solar energy from space by 2025. To achieve this, small satellites will be deployed in orbit to collect solar energy and send it to ground-based receiving stations hundreds of miles away. While this is a significant step forward, it will cost around $7 billion to create a satellite array that can generate 1 gigawatt of power, which is equivalent to the output of a nuclear reactor.
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Best Memorial Day Tech Sales Found
Memorial Day brings with it a few bargains, and there are deals available on items such as Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones, Fire TV Stick 4K Max by Amazon, Apple’s iPad Air, and more.
Naughty Dog Delays Release
Naughty Dog’s Last of Us multiplayer game needs more time and will not have its release in Summer Game Fest as expected. The studio is working on other games, including a new single-player title.
Final Approval Granted for Apple’s $50 Million Keyboard Settlement
Apple received final approval from a US federal court for their $50 million class-action settlement following claims that they concealed the faulty nature of keyboards on their MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers released between 2015 and 2019. Approximately 86,000 claims for class member payments were submitted, and payouts will be between $50 and $395 per user. The settlement agreement does not require Apple to admit any wrongdoing.