Hashtag Trending December 31 – Search engine privacy boom; Apple increases salary to retain talent; James Webb’s telescope flew
DuckDuckGo is seeing a huge increase in search queries, Apple is handing out bonuses to its engineers and NASA is making history on Christmas day.
That’s just the tech news trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. Today is Friday, December 31, and I am your host, Tom Li.
DuckDuckGo exceeds 100 million daily internet search engine search queries. It has grown nearly 47 percent this year. While Google remains the dominant search engine, many people are experimenting with DuckDuckGo because of its privacy features. According to a report from Spread Privacy, Google tracks users when they use its search engine while DuckDuckGo does not. In addition, DuckDuckGo’s Android ecosystem includes “App Tracking” protection, which prevents the use of third-party trackers.
In an effort to retain talent and avoid competition, Apple Inc. has given unusual and significant stock bonuses to some engineers. Surprise bonuses range from approximately $ 50,000 to $ 180,000. According to Bloomberg, some of the engineers received amounts of approximately $ 80,000, $ 100,000 or $ 120,000 in shares. Recently, Meta and Apple were in a talent war as Meta hired approximately 100 engineers from Apple over the past few months. However, Apple also hired some former Meta employees. This competition is likely due to the fact that both companies are planning on launching augmented- and virtual-reality headsets as well as smartwatches in the coming years.
And finally, on Christmas morning history was made using the James Webb telescope launched into space. The Webb telescope will be able to peek into the deeper depths of our universe. It also has the ability to verify whether we have correctly documented the events that took place immediately after the Big Bang. Most importantly, the Webb telescope features a Near-infrared camera or NIRCam, a primary imager that can see the very first stars and galaxies to form. In addition, according to a CNET article, the telescope’s smooth launch that took place on Dec. 25 could help it stay in orbit for more than a decade.
And now for something a bit different. After figuring out how much it would cost to repair his car with Tesla, a Tesla owner decided that the next thing to do was blow up the car mechanically. Tuomas Katainen blew up his 2013 Tesla Model S after learning he had to pay $ 22,600 for a full battery replacement. His vehicle started showing errors after only 1000 miles. A repair shop held on to Tesla for a month just to tell him that the only solution involved replacing the entire battery. So, Katainen decided to blow up the car and make it an explosion video for YouTube. Many cameras have been installed to capture the explosions in detail as well as slow-motion features.
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