Retrospective 2020: the most read news of the year in TecMundo

There is no way: in 2020, the covid-19 pandemic dominated the news – including technology, with news about the detection of the disease, ways of screening for infected people and the development of vaccines. However, the industry of the sector continued in full swing in terms of launches and innovation, both nationally and internationally. Electric cars, cybersecurity, changes in the global smartphone market and politics have been hot topics in the past 12 months.

O TecMundo selected below the most read articles of each month of 2020. This is a good way to not only make a retrospective of what was popular in the year, but also to find out if you missed any of these news.

The pandemic map.Source: TecMundo

In the first month of 2020, the subject was already the 2019-nCoV variant of the coronavirus, which causes the disease known as covid-19. Populations in countries like the United States and Brazil were not yet as affected, but the disease was already showing signs of spreading. For this reason, the most widely read news involved a map that shows in real time the places most affected, in addition to the number of deaths and recoveries. The content was organized by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, based on data from the World Health Organization.

Minister Marcos Pontes.Minister Marcos Pontes.Source: Agência Brasil

The Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, Marcos Pontes, started in February 2020 negotiations at very early stages with the assembler Tesla, headed by Elon Musk. The objective was to bring the company to Brazil, more precisely with the inauguration of an electric car factory in Santa Catarina. The conversation did not bear fruit and the matter was no longer discussed throughout the year.

The mathematical model.The mathematical model.Source: UFRN

In March, the pandemic in Brazil spawned the first measures of social isolation, closing trade and academic research. The most widely read subject involved a study by a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte with a doctor from New Mexico State University. The mathematical model generated cites up to 2 million deaths in Brazil in the worst predicted scenario – that is, if absolutely no prevention, protection and treatment measures were applied. This was not a prediction, but a way of showing how dangerous the disease was.

TEM box.TEM box.Source: Caixa

The effects of the pandemic in Brazil were already felt in the pocket in April. For this reason, part of the population that met certain conditions of the government would already depend on emergency aid, which would be paid out of a Caixa Econômica Federal system every month. The first details of the app, which would later be known as Caixa TEM, appeared in this news.

Starlink crossing the USA.Starlink crossing the USA.Source: Forest Katsch / Unsplash

The Starlink satellite network, designed by another Elon Musk company, SpaceX, crossed the Brazilian sky in May. The bright spots made many people curious and served as a distraction for at least one night and were recorded by several people around the country.

Jair Bolsonaro.Jair Bolsonaro.Source: Marcelo Camargo / Agência Brasil

The Brazilian cell of the Anonymous group started this month a systematic leak of personal information from members of the Bolsonaro government, including ministers and the president’s children. The profile was taken down on Twitter shortly afterwards.

Fábio Porchat and Gregório Duvivier.Fábio Porchat and Gregório Duvivier.Source: Netflix

The controversial Christmas special from producer Porta dos Fundos was launched in December 2019, but it still generated headlines the following year. In July, the Temple Planet of the Lord church dropped a lawsuit against the group by asking Netflix for a billion dollar compensation. In the end, she lost, as she had to bear all the costs of the lawsuit.

Neuralink in operation.Neuralink in operation.Source: Cnet

Again, Elon Musk made headlines. This time, the reason is his bold venture known as Neuralink, which was demonstrated in practice for the first time. At the time, he used a pig to show how the chip would function as a sensor in the human brain.

The privatization of the Post Office may happen in 2021.The privatization of the Post Office may happen in 2021.Source: Post Office

The privatization process of the postal and delivery sector of the Post Office advanced in the government, but it did not come to fruition in 2020. Some private companies emerged as favorites amid speculation of acquisition, including Amazon, Alibaba and even the Free Market.

Xiaomi Mi 10.Xiaomi Mi 10.Source: Xiaomi

The manufacturer Xiaomi overtook Apple in the third quarter of 2020 and became the third largest cellphone manufacturer in the world. The delay in launching the iPhone 12 may have contributed to this, but the Chinese should not facilitate the resumption of position by Apple in the ranking.

Pope Francis.Pope Francis.Source: Wikimedia Commons

The pope showed reoccupation on technology issues, including artificial intelligence and robotics. In general, he acknowledged the importance of these advances, but advised that they be “oriented towards respect for the dignity of the person”.

Google Drive.Google Drive.Source: Google

The giant modified the rules for cloud storage of its services, with changes taking effect in June 2021. Many people will have to pay for the service if they store a large amount of files in Google Drive.

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