Tech Digest Daily Roundup: Sales of AR and VR headsets down 12%, claims data

worldwide shipment virtual and augmented reality headset That fell 12% this year to 9.6 million according to data from CCS Insight – a problem for Meta and other tech companies that are invested in the potential of the digital world. Data shared with CNBC by research firm NPD Group shows that VR headset sales in the US also fell 2% to $1.1 billion in early December from a year earlier. More than a year after Mark Zuckerberg’s company rebranded itself and nearly two months after laying off 11,000 employees, Meta’s long-term bet on consumers’ embrace of the metaverse has yet to pay dividends. daily Mail

Elon Muskhas lost more than the net worth of $200bn in the last 13 months, one of the biggest losses of wealth in recent history. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the tech tycoon lost more than half of his fortune between November 2021 and December this year, mainly due to Tesla stock crash during that time. The $208 billion wiped off Mr Musk’s net worth is roughly equal to Greece’s GDP. The lost amount is more than the net worth of Bernard Arnault, the richest man in the world. independent

The US House of Representatives has ordered the removal of its staff TIC Toc from any mobile device issued by the House and forbade them to download it in the future, according to an internal memo obtained by NBC News. An email sent Tuesday by House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine L. Szpindor said the office’s cyber security unit found TIC Toc being a “high risk to users due to the many security risks”. “House staff are not permitted to download the TikTok app on any House mobile device,” the memo said. sky News

just a year ago, Hirshhorn Art Museum of Washington DC – the capital’s leading contemporary art museum – was asking if non-fungible tokens (NFTs) were “Fad or the Future of Art”, Twelve months later, it looks like “tax write-off” may be the right answer. this year just wasn’t that year cryptocurrency value investors were burned by fear, rising interest rates, inflation and scandalsThis was the year crypto’s cartoonish art cousin the NFT – an electronic identifier verifying a digital collectible is genuine – collided with reality. Guardian

A watchdog is to investigate Twitter after a hacker claimed to have private details linked to more than 400 million accounts. The hacker, “Ryushi”, is demanding $200,000 (£166,000) to hand over the data – reported to include some celebrities – and have it removed. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) says it will “investigate Twitter’s compliance with data-protection legislation in relation to that security issue”. Twitter has not commented on the claim. The data is said to include phone numbers and emails, including those belonging to celebrities and politicians, but the alleged size of the haul has not been confirmed. BBC

The first cracks have appeared. Two weeks ago, the president of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, committed a surprising heresy. he called Ideas of the “silent majority” in the auto industry. “That’s the silent majority” wondering if electric vehicles are really okay to be the only option. But they think it is the trend so they cannot speak loudly,” he said. Bravely, Mr. Toyoda made his remarks next to a new series of concept electric cars that Toyota has unveiled. However, by uttering such words, he may have opened a bigger rift than he thought. Wire

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