Metaverse, audio rooms, NFT and processor shortage: 2021 in technology

Metaverse, audio rooms, NFT and processor shortage: 2021 in technology


Donald Trump is banned from the networks. Earlier this year, the uprising in the United States Capitol sharpened the relationship between outgoing President Donald Trump and social media companies. After these events that overshadowed the transition processes of the Biden administration, the technology companies made the decision to suspend the accounts of the businessman, who chose to create his own network.

Metaverse: the change of Facebook. The META announcement proposed a new north in the technology industry: a space for interaction that takes advantage of different devices for a single experience in which contacts, experiences and digital acquisitions coexist. It is not the first company to aim for the metaverse, but it is the one that has the technological and economic resources to push this nascent trend.

Musk vs. Bezos: The banknote fight dates back before, but in 2021 they have been accentuated by the similarity of the projects in both leaders, who have opted for a solvent spatial structure, although with a lot of marketing and “dedications” in networks when one surpassed the other. as the richest man in the world.

Increase in computer crime: The forced change to the home as a study or work center has caused an increase in security gaps and vulnerabilities, in addition to a sudden growth in scams under the form of “phishing” and the terrible impact of ransomware on large entities such as chains of food, oil or third-party technological support.

NFTs and the cryptocurrency craze: Understanding the phenomenon took time, but today Non-Fungible Tokens represent a new path for artists and the collectibles market. This 2021, large sums of money were invested to obtain original pieces of digital culture, while cryptocurrencies achieved excellent performance on platforms such as Binance or Coinbase. Stablecoins, memecoins, and altcoins became recurring jargon in conversations.

Frances Haugen and network damage: There is no use connecting people if you don’t take care of their emotional health. This principle seems to be far from the objectives of Facebook, according to the worrying statements of Frances Haugen, a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s social network who decided to tell what he knows before the United States Senate. “Prioritize profits over user safety” has been the most intense postulate of the declarant, since it has been validated with internal documents and with the little interest of brands within Facebook to control hate speech, fake news, posts with sexual content and themes related to autoflajelo and suicide.

The shortage of semiconductors: It had been warning for a few months, but it is already a fact that the pandemic had a strong impact on the heart of the production of smart devices at a global level: semiconductors. The lack of this input, necessary for the construction of custom processors, caused that orders for cars, consoles, lights, routers, clinical supplies, televisions, electrical appliances, drones and all kinds of “smart” equipment took a long time to reach users. . The matter is so serious that Taiwan stopped its rice plantations so that the water used in crops was used by the component factories.

Apple vs. Epic: The Trial. Following Fortnite’s removal from the AppStore, Epic and Apple engaged in legal proceedings to determine what conditions developers should have in app markets. Although the first reading of this process tipped the balance to Apple, the truth is that the result obtained by Epic exposed Apple’s strategies to retain large companies and was finally able to open the gap so that countries can legislate on the methods of collection of developers and avoid, at once, the tax of the block in the transactions.

The audio rooms: This 2021 represented the arrival of a new interaction format: audio rooms. Twitter, Clubhouse, Telegram, Spotify and many others began to test their conditions until they found the most comfortable formula for their users. Although Clubhouse was the champion of this new movement, the others made better use of the tools to position their strategy. By the way, follow us on Telegram because we use our audio room there.

Athletes united against racism: It has been a hard year for the control of content on social networks, and public figures with many followers have received infamous attacks from users shielded in their anonymity. In the Premier League itself, several clubs decided to stop this harassment and demand that technology companies better filter threats and insults. To exert more pressure, athletes from all over the world decided to initiate a “blackout in networks”, in protest against the inaction of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other companies.

El Salvador invests in Bitcoin: Since September, El Salvador has adopted bitcoin as legal tender, being the first country in the world to use this cryptocurrency and develop a structure for the inclusion of its citizens. President Bukele already has projects to mine coins using volcanic energy, while he invests little by little in the purchase of these assets.

The “Gaming World” and Netflix: It’s not just “The Witcher” anymore. This year, Netflix has targeted the heart of the “gamer” with productions very close to esports. With “Arcane”, they came closer to satisfying the Lol Universes, while “Blood of the Dragon” has been a tribute to the dotero in all his scenes. However, the intro “tudum” also resonated in “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness,” an adaptation of the horror classic.

Inhouse processors: Already last year, Apple had emancipated its chips under the M1 nomenclature, leaving its long partnership with Intel with little to be canceled. With this move, Google Tensor, Oppo MariSilicon and the revitalized Samsung Exynos have begun to explore their own paths in the manufacture of custom processors, causing an unusual turn in this area that keeps Qualcomm, MediaTek, AMD and Intel as references.

The tags that follow you: Along with smartphones, wearables and TWS, “Smart Tags” have become fashionable. The most popular by far is Apple’s AirTag and its ingenious system that allows you to connect to nearby Apple computers to determine your location globally. However, the distortion of the format has not only caused Apple to publish apps to identify if someone has put one of these labels on us, but they are even used by criminal gangs to steal vehicles.

Elon Musk and cryptocurrencies: This year we have noticed that Musk’s temperament is decisive for the stability of the most important cryptocurrencies. Not only were we close to having an NFT from the founder of SpaceX, but he can afford to accept and decline transactions with digital assets at Tesla, he has been the emotional underpinning of memecoins like DogeCoin.

GameStop and the power of the Internet: If you use the Internet, but not Reddit, you are not using the Internet. In the midst of a “calculated” process of short selling to throw the price of GameStop shares to the ground, a Reddit subforum caused the price of these to rise from 3 to 160 dollars. This move caused a domino effect that involved Robinhood, Wall Street and even the United States Government itself. A case study that threatens to become a Netflix movie.

Windows 11, iOS 15 and Android 12: In the case of Microsoft’s software, the new version brought with it some confusion regarding compatibility with part of the hardware – I’m talking to you, TPM 2 -, but it also provided a more refined interface in aesthetic issues. iOS 15 signified the consolidation in the maturity of Apple’s software, while Android 12 represented a turn towards “Material You”, the renewed basic Android layer. | Source: RPP Composition

Telegram versus WhatsApp: With the arrival of the new agreements for users from Facebook, WhatsApp experienced a shower of criticism regarding the privacy of the data that the application constantly collected and that, being part of a megacorporation, shared with other apps in the Zuckerberg ecosystem. In this confusing process, Telegram started an aggressive campaign to attract users, and achieved more than half a billion active accounts in 2021. By the way, follow us on Telegram.