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NFT sales in 2021 move nearly $25 billion globally

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In the first year that it burst the bubble of enthusiasts and became a global issue, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) moved $24.9 billion in the purchase and sale of crypto arts and digitally certified materials.

The value was calculated by the company DappRadar, who studied the transactions of ten different blockchains that handle this market. For comparison purposes, according to the same index, in 2020 “only” US$ 94.9 million in NFTs were traded.

The quarterly performance in sales volume of NFTs in 2021.The quarterly performance in sales volume of NFTs in 2021.Source: DappRadar

However, it must be taken into account that the DappRadar study is incomplete: it does not take into account transactions carried out “off-chain”, that is, by means other than traditional platforms. NFTs sold at auction, such as the first edit made on Wikipedia, for example, were not counted.

The data collected by the OpenSea platform, taking into account only Ethereum transactions, also shows that the peak of popularity in trading was in August, but the following three months were down.

The graph showing the "boom" of NFTs in the second half.The graph showing the NFT boom in the second half of the year.Source: OpenSea

In December, however, the market once again surpassed the US$ 3 billion traded monthly – and experts and investors are now waiting to know if the pace will continue intense in 2022.

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The Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup truck will have a “little brother” in miniature form

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While Elon Musk and Tesla continue to push back the start of production of the Cybertruck electric pickup truck to ever later dates, information has appeared on the network about the possible release of another version of this car.

The Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup truck will have a

Initially, the rather well-known Indian analyst Trip Chowdhry from Global Equities Research, who specializes, among other things, in Tesla, shared the information.

According to the source, Tesla will present two versions of the Cybertruck at a special event in March 2022.

Moreover, Chaudhry notes that both versions will receive “significant changes” compared to the Cybertruck originally shown. Chaudhry did not go into details of the changes, but noted that the second version of the Cybertruck will be about 15-20 percent smaller than the first. The bodies of both cars will reportedly be built by the same Texas-based Steel Dynamics company, which operates about 100 miles from Tesla’s Texas plant.

Chaudhry expects to hear the first official news on the matter on January 26, when Tesla will report earnings to investors.

Recall that in November 2019, Elon Musk himself said that in the long run it makes sense to add a more miniature Cybertruck to the lineup. Since then, however, he has not further developed the idea publicly.

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WhatsApp will soon be able to draw with different strokes

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The Meta (former Facebook) team of the popular WhatsApp messenger is working on a new interesting feature for users.

WhatsApp will soon be able to draw with different strokes

In the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android, there are hints of new drawing tools. As the thematic resource WABetaInfo drew attention to, two new pencils have been added to the built-in WhatsApp image editor in addition to the existing pencil. The pencil icons indicate that the new pencils will allow you to draw thicker lines on images or videos.

WhatsApp will soon be able to draw with different strokes

WhatsApp currently allows you to change the color of the pencil, but there is no way to increase or decrease the thickness of the stroke. In addition, WhatsApp has begun work on a blur tool. This should make it easier to share screenshots and photos by allowing you to “blur” the areas you need before sending.

It is not yet clear when the new tools will become publicly available in the stable versions of WhatsApp.

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Taiwan strives to become self-sufficient in semiconductor equipment

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen told local media that she believes Taiwan can become self-sufficient when it comes to semiconductor equipment, although it obviously won’t happen overnight. The source said the issue is largely being considered in connection with the pandemic, which disrupted production and delivery systems, affecting most of Taiwan’s industries.

Taiwan strives to become self-sufficient in semiconductor equipment

In 2021, Taiwanese semiconductor companies invested about $363 billion, of which 70% was in equipment, with about $21.8 billion of that money directed towards imported equipment, the president said. It also shows that local semiconductor manufacturers have a lot of work to do, especially if they intend to catch up with their international competitors. The local semiconductor equipment industry grew by 28.7% in 2021, although it was still relatively small at $4.2 billion. Tsai Ing-Wen expressed her full confidence that Taiwan has the ability to produce all the semiconductor equipment needed by the local industry.

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