Light Start: Mattel recycles toys, Apple modems could make some noise, PS5 still short some alloys and SpaceX funded by good boys

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SpaceX now accepts Dogecoin as payment for a moon mission

At this point, what meme is Elon Musk not trying to incorporate into his business model? SpaceX has confirmed that it will now be accepting Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency inspired by a beloved internet meme hound. Doge-1 Mission to the Moon will take off early next year and the launch will be funded by folks willing to spend their hard-earned dogecoin. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, tweeted out, “SpaceX launching satellite Doge-1 to the moon next year – Mission paid for in Doge – 1st crypto in space – 1st meme in space.”

Sure, why not? Folks that are all in on cryptocurrency will no doubt jump at the chance to help scientists take their digital cash and launch it into space. Dogecoin recently saw a substantial boom thanks to Elon Musk actively tweeting about the currency, despite its value dropping by 30% over the weekend when Musk called it a “hustle” during a Saturday Night Live monologue. If you’ve invested, don’t panic. It’s climbing again, so you’ll still be able to invest in a rocket ship. Literally.

Source: Tech Central

Sony confirms PS5 stock shortages likely to continue into 2022

At this point, we all know that it’s going to take some time (and luck) to net yourself a PS5 but it appears Sony’s stock woes are likely to continue for a few months. Well into next year, if we’re honest. According to a Bloomberg report, citing an analyst briefing, the PS5 is likely to remain sparse as Sony battles to meet the demand for the console, and components for the device continue to dwindle. Speaking in a private meeting,  Hiroki Totoki, Chief Financial Officer of the Sony Group said, “I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand.”

While demand for the PS5 remains high and the actual supply is lower than consumers would like, it doesn’t seem to be hurting Sony’s bottom line. In just under six months the PS5 has sold 7.8 million units. It’s an impressive number but one has to imagine if it would be even higher if people could actually get their hands on the things without jumping through several hoops.

Source: TechRadar

Apple could debut a 5G modem in 2023 iPhones

iPhone 12 smartphone

Apple’s really been shaking things up lately by developing its own chipsets. The M1 chip used in Apple’s bigger products (like the MacBook and iPad) and the A14 in the iPhone 12 are powerful pieces of tech. It seems that Apple is looking to further distance itself from external manufacturers as rumour has it the company is developing its own 5G modem for future versions of the iPhone. If this does see fruition it’ll mean that Apple will likely cut ties with Qualcomm, which currently produces the iPhone’s cellular modem.

This all comes by way of trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who stated in an investor’s note that Apple will likely include its custom-designed cellular modem in the 2023 version of the iPhone “at the earliest”. Pour one out for the folks at Qualcomm who are no doubt stressing over this possibility right now.

Source: MacRumors

Recycle old toys by mailing them (for free) to Mattel

Mattel

If you were a kid (or even have kids of your own) odds are there are plenty of busted up old toys you don’t really care for scattered about your house. Now you can get rid of them for free and help take care of the planet thanks to a new service called Mattel PlayBack. The toy manufacturer, who owns massive properties like Barbie, Hot Wheels and Mega Bloks, is asking people to mail their old toys to the company so that they can be recycled into new toys! You can find a free shipping label on the company’s website so it shouldn’t even be that expensive… theoretically. We’re not sure how international deliveries will be affected and you’ll still need to supply a box.

Once Mattel receives your grimy, gross toy cars and dolls they’ll be sorted into different material categories before being processed down into… bits, we guess. Those components will then be reused to make new toys. All of this is part of Mattel’s goal of using 100% recyclable, recycled or bio-based plastic products by 2030. Just take the batteries out before you ship it through… you know how gross those can get after a while.

Source: Cnet

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