Why is Google obliged to pay 150 million euros to France?

As reported by Reuters, France’s antitrust regulatory body has fined Google 150 million euros. The investigation opened 4 years ago when the French media company called Gibmedia filed a lawsuit against Google for discontinuing its Google Ads account without warnings.

According to Google, its main goal was to protect consumers. Gibmedia’s account was halted because it was managing advertisements for websites that offered services with shady billing terms.

As per Google’s statement:

“We do not want these kinds of ads on our systems, so we suspended Gibmedia and gave up advertising revenue to protect consumers from harm”

So why impose a fine then? What prompted the authorities to make such a decision if the main motivation was to protect consumers?

In its complaint, Gibmedia stated that Google unfairly imposes its rules and the rules themselves are difficult to understand. During the investigation, authorities have uncovered other cases where Google allowed ads similar to those run by Gibmedia while suspending other Google Ads accounts without a proper explanation. Authorities have also said that Google’s advertising platform rules are inconsistent are applied selectively. Here’s a quote from Isabelle de Silva, the head of the French Competition Authority

“The way the rules are applied give Google a power of life or death over some small businesses that live only on this kind of service”

It is also worth noting that such fines are now happening more often, both in America and Europe. Major tech companies are constantly under pressure by governments and it seems like the main goal is to demystify the complicated operations and inner working of these large tech businesses.

What do you make of that? I encourage you to do your own reading, form your own opinion and to let us know what you think down in the comments

Please check out the references down below, as well as contextual hyperlinks in the article itself.

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Designer Kristian Ulrich Larsen introduced a Flip phone with triple display.Flashy Flip phone will collapse in your pocket and have three flexible AMOLED touchscreens with power of Android.

In its triangular position (seen over), the telephone lays on level surfaces exquisitely, suggestive of a bedside morning timer. Be that as it may, in the event that you don’t have plans to dream of electric sheep at any point in the near future, the Flip can move into a slimmer adaptation of itself, crumbling and hiding one of its three super AMOLED screens between the external two.

Every one of the Flip’s three sides are associated by steel work joins, so snapping it separated comes as no simple accomplishment. Furthermore, on the off chance that you absentmindedly happen to sit on the telephone, the Gorilla Glass screen will safe it from your inattention.

Beside the curiosity of your telephone having the option to serve as a blossom container – truly, watch the implanted video beneath – the Flip’s plan tends to enough down to earth cell phone client issues to make it a captivating item idea. For a certain something, the Flip’s capacity to transform starting with one shape then onto the next could prove to be useful, state, when you want to peruse a digital book on a real double sided, open-confronted surface.

Or on the other hand in the event that you want to chip away at a minuscule looking workstation, you can flip one screen up to a 90 degree resting position and type away on the LED-sponsored console. What’s more, with the forward looking camcorder, moving the Flip go into the triangular shape implies sans hands video visiting.

And what is your opinion about this kind of phone? Share your opinion in comments 🙂



Triple Display Flip Phone

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Amazon Braket Quantum Service

In December, 2019, Amazon announced that it launches a new service — Braket. It has to swell the series of various popular services as Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc. However, it is not that simple as you could imagine. Amazon proclaimed that service was especially created for scientists and researches to help them exploring quantum technology. Thanks to Braket you can not only explore algorithms, but design, test and run them on various technological supplies. 

The difference between quantum and digital computing is that quantum computing uses the system of superposition and entanglement instead of ones and zeros. Nevertheless, quantum computing has an apparent advantage — you can fit much more information into 3 dimensions rather than into 2. That means that the service will work faster than ordinary once — computers will be able to cope with significantly harder tasks.

Thanks to Amazon Braket you can create your own algorithms from the very beginning or choose and continue some already started sets. It helps scientists and researches to provide a quantum computer service and to manage classical compute resources. 

The Amazon Braket provides an which provide you with various learning materials, «fully managed notebooks to build and edit quantum algorithms, a technology agnostic developer framework for defining hybrid algorithms, and a choice of classical simulators for testing your designs». 

Payment is required only for use, for the time that you spent using this service. Later on, the company will publish the public price list.

As the technology was just implemented, your quantum job will run immediately , but only in that case, if you have chosen an available quantum hardware. If not — your job is going to be automatically put into the queue until the hardware becomes available.

You can see the result after finishing your work, being sent a notification, immediately as it will be available. It is going to be stored on Amazon S3( Amazon Simple Storage Service).

Here is a video for you to have a more clear understanding of what this system is about:








DeepL – a translator which surpassed Google Translate

A company doesn’t have to be a technological giant to create a product that exceeds the most popular programs of the same type. There is no doubt that in the world of automatic translation Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are the leaders. And yet it turns out that a small company DeepL has created a translator that sometimes exceeds the quality of the most popular programs of this type.

DeepL logo
Source: https://www.deepl.com/home


How DeepL was created?

It turns out that the key to the development of the translation service was to use the first own product, which is Linguee, a translation search engine on the Internet. The data obtained in this way became training material for artificial intelligence behind DeepL.

Interestingly, Linguee’s co-founder, Gereon Frahling, once worked for Google Research but left in 2007 to continue his new venture.

Currently, DeepL supports 42 language combinations between Polish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. Already now, artificial intelligence is learning more, such as Mandarin, Japanese and Russian. There are plans to introduce an API, by means of which it will be possible to develop new products and implement the mechanism in other services.

The team has been working with machine learning for years, for tasks bordering on basic translation, but finally, they began a fervent work on a completely new system and a company called DeepL.


What is the advantage of DeepL?

Once again, people realized that AI is learning all the time – to the benefit of consumers, of course. The artificial intelligence behind the DeepL not only accurately recognizes words and selects translations, but is also able to understand certain linguistic nuances, perfectly copes with changed sentence patterns, which makes the result of a user’s inquiry extremely natural – as if it was written by a human being.

The company also has its own supercomputer, which is located in Iceland and operates at 5.1 petaflops. According to press releases with such equipment DeepL is ranked 23rd in the Top 500 supercomputers worldwide.


The statistics do not lie

The blind test compared the new product and solutions from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Professional translators were supposed to choose the best results of the mechanisms in the comparison without knowing the author of the translations:

DeepL’s blind testing results
Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/29/deepl-schools-other-online-translators-with-clever-machine-learning/


But that’s not all, because in the BLEU results DeepL also gets great scores. BLEU is an algorithm for evaluating the quality of translation.


Why do others recommend DeepL instead of Google Translate?

The main advantage of DeepL in the context of Google Translate is much better knowledge (or rather a detection) of idioms, phrases, and phraseological compounds. Where, for example, Google Translate is weakening and literal meaning is being found, DeepL can surprisingly offer a more nuanced and much more specific language solution. The translation is not a literal translation of the text, but one that best harmonizes with the contexts and connotations characteristic of the words.

The passage from a German news article rendered by DeepL
Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/29/deepl-schools-other-online-translators-with-clever-machine-learning/

The passage from a German news article rendered by Google Translate
Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/29/deepl-schools-other-online-translators-with-clever-machine-learning/


No wonder that DeepL is gaining recognition all over the world. Here are some reviews:

Thanks to more French-sounding phrases DeepL has also surpassed other services.Le Monde, France

In the first test, from English to Italian, it was very accurate. In particular, he understood the meaning of the sentence well, instead of being stunned by the literal translation.La Repubblica, Italy

DeepL from Germany surpasses Google Translate. A short WIRED test shows that the results of DeepL are by no means worse than those of its best competitors, and in many cases even surpass them. Translated texts are often much more fluid; where Google Translate creates completely meaningless word strings, DeepL can at least guess the connection.WIRED.de, Germany

We were impressed with how artificial intelligence selects the translations and how the results of its work look afterward. Personally, I had the impression that on the other side sits a man who on speed translates.Antyweb, Poland


The DeepL tool has been made available to a wider audience – for free in the form of a website.

Now it is only a matter of waiting for DeepL to advertise its tool, because although it does not have a large language base, at first glance the accuracy of the translations definitely exceeds the most popular tools of this type.

It’s worth watching how the product will develop further as the current achievements of DeepL are really promising.

Did any of you choose DeepL instead of Google Translate?



[1] https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/29/deepl-schools-other-online-translators-with-clever-machine-learning/

[2] https://www.deepl.com/blog/20180305.html

[3] https://www.dw.com/en/deepl-cologne-based-startup-outperforms-google-translate/a-46581948

[4] https://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthabaker1/2019/06/27/will-this-german-startup-win-the-translation-game/

[5] https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2018/07/05/deepl-koelner-uebersetzungskoenig-macht-millionengewinn/

[6] https://www.forbesdach.com/artikel/davids-erbe-und-igels-strategie.html

[7] https://www.letemps.ch/societe/deepl-meilleur-traducteur-automatique

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American scientists have for the first time developed miniature robots from living cells using supercomputer modeling. Specialists published an article describing the work done in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “These are not traditional robots and not a well-known species of animals.  This is a new class – a living, programmable organism, ”explained Professor of Vermont University Joshua Bongard, who is one of the developers of the project.

The stem cells of the smooth Spur frog embryos (Xenopus laevis) served as the material for creating robots that can move independently, perform basic tasks, and even cure harm, so experts called them xenobots.

Each xenobot is made up of some 500 to 1000 cells.  The scale of a biorobot like that does not exceed one millimeter.  Scientists hope the technology may be used in the future to distribute drugs delivered through the human arteries or to remove plaque from the blood vessels.

Xenobot drawings were compiled from the University of Vermont’s Deep Green supercomputer.  The computer then selected the most effective methods, according to which scientists manually assembled robots using small tweezers and an electric scalpel.  In this scenario, frog skin stem cells were used to build a xenobot structure, and biorobots got the ability to travel with the aid of heart cells.  The skin cells were functioning like “scaffolding,” keeping everything together and the heart muscle contractions made the xenobots function and shift.Researchers succeeded in simulating four “limbs” and a small depression in the middle, which resulted in their becoming a bit bigger than a pin head like an inverted stool.  Xenobots are completely biodegradable, die off and easily disposed after five to seven days, after use.

The “live” xenobots can however be considered very binding.  You can’t grow or multiply.  xenobots are a small dead clot when the cells are without nutrients.



AI in the past decade and in 2020

We may easily notice that AI is going to be the over-arching theme of how the world will change in the 2020s. Nevertheless, technological innovation is still in its infancy, and in 2010-2020 several industries have not lived up to the promise and speculation. We take future trends seriously and have found a great deal of writing about this topic that misses the mark.

AI trends and developments in digitalization are very much to be seen. There are wider technical developments between these two.

In the last decade, there were still plenty of innovations and devices such as

  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Chat Bots
  • Augmented Reality
  • Blockchain
  • IoT
  • Quantum Computing

that didn’t go so well over real terms.

The decade was completely mobile and rapid deployment was the way we might expect the BCI to reach mass adoption in the coming decade. The push into automated shops and electric vehicles is a real trend in the next decade, but the speculation must be differentiated from reality.

Autonomous vehicles, conventional quantum computing, better self-learning AI, are waiting on a second! Even digital currencies are being implemented exponentially more rapidly.

A few years show a lot of change, from computers to the Internet and smartphones. Yet science is never idle. Publicity has stepped up a world of standardization security capitalism and now is the AI-arms race.

Most technology trends and AI listicles only touch the surface of how humans are embedding technology increasingly into their lives. Moreover, it offers a more complete view from a variety of industries and from through stacks of technology and innovation.

The real world and the customer experience are the ultimate indicators of new innovations and new technologies. 3D, quantum and AGI will take several decades to develop, but an age of biotechnology and AI are imminent in wellness, education, and finance.

In terms of how technology changes our lives and it is an exciting and frightening time to live, it is perhaps the 2020s the most impactful transformative decade of the 21st century.

By the 2020s, dreamers and pretenders will be isolated from true innovators and every second we will deal with them.








Keep it simple!

Nowadays almost each and every day new technology or idea is appearing. Especially it affects us, participants of this blog. We are more likely targeted as potential customers of those inventions. It is a huge opportunity to gain experience, see how it works for us all and how innovations will grow in time or collapse as a huge waste of money, time and effort. We are a young generation with a huge potential for developing new things. We will be the ones to change the actual market in the future. That is why it is so important not to lose a track to where we are going to improve.

I assume most of us would like to become an entrepreneur one day. It does not mean we are obliged to start a company within a few years. Just at some point in career, we will see the whole market from a whole new perspective. Things to improve or new ways of starting companies may just pop into our heads. With such fast changes around you never know what will come. It is crucial to remember one thing- technology is for us, it should not take over our life to turn this model upside down.

Majority of the population see technology as a very complicated topic. Just keep in mind where does improvement come from! Humanity through the centuries is trying to make life easier. New inventions are just a way of expressing our willingness to improve. Even only to fulfil our basic human needs in a much enjoyable, or useful way. The fact we live in such a well-developed society is not an argument just to focus on finding new blockchains or other mindblowing, difficult technologies. We have still many fields to create some new ways of adjusting normal life activities. Think in an even simpler way. One of the fastest-growing fields is global wealthiness and ecology right now. We can try to solve most pressing problems of the world, which also includes, for example, lack of food. We do not need some advanced tech to achieve that goal. Hunger is one of the biggest tragedies in the world, but it is just an example. Open your minds and search for many others, smaller improvements before overcomplicating the case.

In those “rush hours”, it is necessary to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What is my great idea?
  2. What is the problem I would like to solve?
  3. Why this area? Why it may work?

In most cases, there are three ways to start creating your own value on the market.


Sometimes all what it takes is to jump into the bath to shout out loud “Eureka!” one day. Just watch your environment carefully.


If you find any new technology do not over complicate it. The most important thing is not to lose the client or target problem from your vision. At the end of the day, he will be the one who will keep you moving.


Nothing can relax more than keeping up with our hobbies. Doing and searching for stuff around something that you truly admire is the best way to find innovative solutions. Just keep digging into it!


What is the more valuable thing than learning from the greatest? Lets research the process in which Bill Gates started his foundation. Under the quote “We are impatient optimists working to reduce inequity” with his wife they are following dream to help poor regions, especially in Africa. Nothing new some might say. How we can fight this problem? By… Reinventing toilets!? Imagine 3 millions of children die every year because of diarrhoea. It is unthinkable that something which need just a pill and glass of water is killing such amount of human beings. There are no toilets or sewer systems in most places, even in big cities. Raising the quality of water which is the key to success. Bill Gates hired the whole team just to provide new type of toilets and invent new sewer systems reachable for Africa conditions. Imagine how improvement in such basic needs like sanitary can solve one of the most tempting problems of the 21st century.


Imagine your greatest fear, especially when you were a child. Connected with doctors? Yeah me too… Everyone is afraid of dentists. Strong anxiety is almost touchable in a dentists waiting room. On the other hand, we all need to visit them from time to time. Let me introduce you to the company called LULU. It is a small ball connected to a pair of headphones which is invented to lower the stress level of this, for some even horrible, experience.

“1. Lu Smart Ball measures and reduces patients’ stress levels, measures medical condition and improves patient-dentist communication.

2. Lu Headphones reduce dental equipment noises to a minimum and help patients relax by playing custom composed, soothing music.

3. Lu Dock collects and analyses data to improve services in the future.”.

It is fantastic!. This Polish start-up was granted and access to participate in the 2nd edition of MIT Enterprise Forum. They are improving pretty fast, because of its usefulness. Currently, they are in a great spot to improve their contacts and set up sales worldwide. The path to great success is in such small things. Just keep your eyes open!


Book: “Przedsiębiorczość zdyscyplinowana” by Bill Aulet






Circular Phone: The Future of Smartphone Design?

In a world where the foldable phones might soon take over, one person opposes this. “A non-rectangular phone for non-rectangular people.” These are the words of Christina Cyr, the founder, and CEO of dTOOR and Cyrcle Phone. Back in august of 2016, she launched a campaign “The Cyrcle Phone” on Kickstarter and a month later the project was successfully funded with over $10,000.

The circular phone was an idea nobody really needed. Many people were at first confused about why this idea even existed. From the very beginning, mobile phones had a rectangular shape, so why is someone trying to change that? The people behind Cyrcle Phone want to change the idea that smartphones have only one shape. They think that the circle is a much better shape than the old and boring rectangle.

Image: BBC

The very first prototype of Circle Phone wasn’t impressive. It was just a small electronic device in a plastic round shell, but it was enough to get the needed funds and start working on the real one. For the next few years, it was very quiet about this project, but it returned back with new information at the CES 2020. Christine Cyr showed the world the newest version of the Cyrcle Phone and it actually looks better than one would expect. It’s now a fully functional phone in the testing phase. It features a large circular LED display, front and back camera and even two headphone jacks. On top, it has a protruding front camera and on the bottom, it’s flat, so it can stand by itself on a flat surface. Cyr says that because of its unique shape, it has many advantages. According to her, it’s easier to hold in hands and better fits in the pockets. Cyr also announces that the future versions of Cyrcle Phone will feature even more improvements, e.g. support for two SIM cards and a retractable camera.

Image: BBC

Christine Cyr says that this design was created with millennials and people from the generation z. Young people always look for new and interesting things and the Cyrcle Phone was made to look unique and stand out from the crowd. It uses the Android operating system, but there’s a problem with that. All modern operating systems and applications were made to work on rectangular phones and because of its specific UI, it can’t be properly used on Cyrcle Phone. Everything has to be changed to work with its unique design.

This product doesn’t have a set release date, but the people behind it suggest a possibility of launching it later this year. Maybe in the future people will come out with even more bizarre ideas for smartphone designs.


[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-51043488/ces-2020-cyrcle-phone-is-round-and-has-two-headphone-jacks?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Ftechnology&link_location=live-reporting-map
[2] https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1662021259/make-your-own-cyrcle-phone/description
[3] https://www.cyrclephone.com/cyrcle-phone


How India will rule the world?

With the second largest population and the youngest youth in the world, India is taking the lead in providing new startups and technologies. Right now, the country is entering the fourth industrial revolution, which means that the current period will be the most demanded new technological innovations. The massive influence of youth and teenagers make the need for new apps bigger by the day.

India broke the record in raising funds for aspirant startups. In 2019, they managed to raise around $14.5B, mostly by investors from Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore but also from companies located in Mumbai or New Delhi. The positive phenomenon which we may observe is that most young people who already sold their startups to big companies are not afraid of investing in their younger colleagues’ ideas.

According to the World Economic Forum, over half of India’s workers will need reskilling by 2022. In order to the progression of the informatization of the country, lots of people hold jobs that will no longer be needed. Most of us associate India with crowded streets filled by regular workers performing not complicated actions. That point of view may drastically change in a few coming years. In order for the needs of IT employees, many companies will provide more accessible techniques of teaching skills needed for the job in the technology sector.

From the investors’ point of view, the future of India is very optimistic, taking into consideration that the potential target of users is still growing. The current view of India probably will be much different in the future.




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Tight on space? Try a shelf reinvented by Tylko

Poland ranks 6th in terms of furniture production worldwide. No other of our industries have such a strong position. Despite such a well-developed market, it turned out that there is still room for innovation and development.

The founders of Tylko have created an application for designing shelves themselves. They are boldly invading the global furniture market, which is only just discovering the possibilities of new technologies and sales via the Internet.

Interior design with a Tylko shelf
Source: https://tylko.com/


How does it work?

You aim your smartphone at the place where you want to place the rack. You can view and configure a piece of furniture using the app: you can adjust the shape, height, and width of the furniture by sliding the slider and analyze the changing price. The application translates your design into production files and sends them to one of the factories that produce the parts that make up your shelf. It will come to you two or three weeks later as a flat-pack, a self-folding piece of furniture – sequentially packed, with personalized instructions and no tools required.

The Tylko shelf arrangement
Source: https://tylko.com/

Tylko shelf integrated into the interior
Source: https://tylko.com/


What distinguishes Tylko from other companies?

Surely the easiest thing to identify is customization. Tylko is not the first company that does it, but it does things completely differently, in a form that is very simple and accessible to everyone. Furniture is supposed to be functional in terms of ergonomics. It is meant to be beautiful, stable, possible to produce and to serve the customer for a long time. All this is written in a complex algorithm, which is very simple to use with a series of sliders to let users quickly tweak and apply dimensions, styles, and finishes. This is the advantage.


Why is Tylko a technology company?

Tylko is not e-commerce. The product is sold over the Internet, but calling this startup an e-commerce site is too simplistic. It is a technology company that has its products and creates them. Tylko is an inventor when it comes to a physical product.

The startup has very complex algorithms that make the furniture the way we want it to be, i.e. it meets all values and conditions. Drawing furniture for production has been completely eliminated. Instead of that, Tylko writes programs that draw furniture for production. Automating the creation of production files is a very strong thing at this startup.

In addition, the elements that make up the furniture are of different sizes. Each time they have to be packed in a different way which is also facilitated due to technology. The startup also created an algorithm that packs these things, and by the way, it creates a manual for the factory staff on how to hide these items inside. This process is completely chronological. We open package no. 1, take out the manual, there is an element no. 1, element no. 2, element no. 3. Thanks to this, especially in a small apartment, we don’t have to put everything down on the floor first and look for these things, but they are arranged in turn.

The main markets for the company are Germany, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, but sales are made all over Europe. Many American investors have tried to convince their founders to bring their business to the United States. However, the owners did not want to do this as the place where they want to develop their product is Poland.

Does the company have a chance to become a global brand that will be recognized? Is there still room for startups in the furniture industry?



[1] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tight-on-space-think-modular-furniture-600zqdcfp

[2] https://www.forbes.pl/biznes/tylko-meblowi-rewolucjonisci/xcy5mp5

[3] https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/07/tylko-bags-3-1m-to-size-up-a-bespoke-furniture-business/

[4] https://mamstartup.pl/13-polskich-startupow-ktore-moga-podbic-swiat

[5] https://plndesign.pl/tylko-albo-az/

[6] https://gregalbrecht.io/pl/podcast/mikolaj-molenda-tylko/

[7] https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tylko-2

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