Monthly Archives: August 2016

Burgeoning electric cars market is very innovative

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Earlier this month on the blog presented was Chinas elevated bus, Mercedes first fully electric transport truck and Tesla’s Gigafactory. It seems like electric cars field gets more and more fruitful as during the last couple of weeks we learned about many new innovations and cars getting ready to hit the market.


Tesla’s Model S P100D with 0–100 km/h in 2.5sec- as fast as Bugatti Veyron Super Sport


Tesla has presented an upgraded Model S with a new larger battery of 100kWh. This upgraded battery makes it fastest accelerating production car at the moment. The only faster cars where LaFerrari 4 and Porsche 918 Spyder which is no longer being produced. The cost of current fastest accelerating production car is $134,500 which is over 6 times less than the price of Porsche 918 Spyder of $847,000.

This version of Model S does not only give stunning acceleration but also increases the range of car to total 315 miles (~507 km) which are 20 miles (~32km) more than previous strongest Model S version.


Plugless wireless charger for Tesla Model S

The Evatron is almost ready to ship their new wireless charger for Tesla Model S called Plugless.  The innovation allows charging a car without attaching any cables to it simply driving on the pad providing induction power to Tesla. The only thing that needs to be done is installing an add-on module to Model S itself. The good thing is that such a module does not affect Tesla’s warranty. On top of it, the company gives their own 3-year warranty that covers any costs in a case when vehicle manufacturer voids a warranty as a result of use or installation of the Plugless wireless charger.

That is not the first add-on wireless charger company is offering. Until now they had in offer chargers for Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Volt Gen 2, Nissan Leaf and Cadillac ELR.

The cost of an add-on to Tesla Model S stands at the moment at $2440 including free shipping and vehicle installation. The one hour charging gives at least 20 miles of range(7.2kWh).


Affordable Volkswagen 2019 electric car with 300 miles range on 15-minute charge


According to Herbert Diess, the chairman of Volkswagen company is going to put on the market in 2019 electric car with incredible fast charging speed. Similarly, to technology being introduced in modern smartphones quick charging technology is going to hit electric car market. This VW is going to get 300 miles range on just 15-minute charge. To see how big a difference it makes, let’s compare it to Tesla’s best model with the fastest charging speed which in 45 minutes is able to charge 80% of its batteries giving it ~252 miles range.

This charging speed requires 800-volt charging station which is yet to be widely implemented. But it is possible that adapted charging stations will be quite common in a couple of years as Volkswagen is actively looking into it (in the US and central-west Europe).

The car is said not only to have good range and very fast charging speed but also to be affordable as VW wants it to cost less than traditional cars with combustion engines.

The car will be presented this year on Paris motor show.


Uber and Volvo join forces to put on the market in 2021 self-driving cars.


Uber and Volvo decided to join forces and invest jointly $300 million in order to create production self-driving car which is going to be based on XC90 SUV.

Probably even more interesting fact is that Uber testing the cars in a real environment right now in Pittsburgh, PA where Uber clients can have a free ride in the self-driving car while an engineer will sit in the front in order to monitor performance and when needed take control of the car.

Volvo and Uber are not only team trying to set up self-driving driverless taxi fleet. For the same year 2021, Ford set the date to put on the market cars without a steering wheel.


Yandex to build self-driving 12-seat passenger bus


Yandex the Russia’s leading search engine similarly to Google wants to be a part of autonomous electric cars market. Yandex in partnership with truck producer Kamaz, Daimler, and NAMI a government-funded research organization is building a self-driving minibus.

The shuttle bus will be able to fit up to 12 people and have a travel range of 200 km. The car will also allow passengers to specify their destination via an app on their smartphone. This may mean that it will work similarly to uberPOOL allowing to cut costs of the ride even further.


Small additional information: Baidu Chinese biggest search engine provider is not far behind Google or Yandex as it is on a way to have its own self-driving electric car based on modified Chery eQ.

Which of the presented news do You think has the biggest potential to make a big impact on the market?



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Facebook decided to change their website in order to hide advertisements from adblocking software. It was done be by making ads look like organic content from the perspective of software scanning it.

Based on the Ad Blocking Report from 2015 nearly 200 million people were using adblocking software on their personal computers (in Poland it was 34.90% the second highest in Europe) and based on the report from 2016 at least 419 million users use it on their smartphones (22% of all). This is a very big share of users and it limits Facebook earnings as they are not making money on those users.

Facebook ordered a report on why users do not like advertisements displayed on the internet. Based on the report by Ipsos the biggest problems were disruptive ads (69% of respondents) and ads slowing the browsing (58% of respondents). Within top answers, privacy was not included.

Based on it Facebook decided it will make ads that don’t slow down experience and are not disruptive but cannot by targeted by adblocking software and deleted from the page. The only change good for users is the fact that Facebook gave them the power to select types of ads that they do not want to see (deselecting all types will not reduce their amountL).

One of the leading adblocking software providers Adblock Plus replied to Facebook on their blog. The title says: “Oh well, looks like Facebook just got all anti-user”.
They describe the situation and suggest that next move is on their side.:” …it takes a dark path against user choice. But it’s also no reason to overreact: cat-and-mouse games in tech have been around as long as spammers have tried to circumvent spam filters.” And add at the end of the post: “If nothing else, all this attention from Facebook shows that ad blocking has finally made a big time. We’re ready for our close up …”


What is your opinion on the Facebook move and on replay from Adblock Plus?



A New Way to Control the Ads You See on Facebook, and an Update on Ad Blocking

Facebook war with adblocking

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Tesla Gigafactory 1 Grand Opening

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On July 29th Tesla held the grand opening of their new factory, the Gigafactory. When it will be finished in 2020 it is supposed to have the largest footprint of any building in the world. As of now, it has only 3 of the final 16 sections build (the 4th one consist of raw steel beam frame) this translates to 14 percent of the expected final factory size. By this time Tesla in partnership with Panasonic had spent $431 million on Gigafactory while the planned total investment is estimated to be around $5 billion.

The factory is being built in stages.

The first sector is fully operational with machines on one side (robotic arms and very big machines responsible for cathode or anode processing) and designers on the other (separated only by hip-height dividing wall).

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The second sector consist of fully prepared space (painted walls in place) and machines being assembled.

The third section is construction site where walls are being painted and assembled.

The third as mentioned earlier consist only of raw steel beam frames.

What is so innovative in this factory is the pursuit of manufacturing perfection. The huge design team working on the site, next to robots, is planning how to space out everything as efficient as possible.

Elon Musk expressed that if the designer’s team would concentrate their efforts on improving batteries itself their success would be marginal but when they were used to improve the efficiency of production their impact improved the performance by a factor of 3.

This only shows that not only designing innovation is important but also its manufacturing process as it might decide whether it will be cost-effective or not and potentially by used even in marketing like it is in this caseJ.

What brings the progress, in this case, is not the fact of building batteries but rather building batteries with zero defects and best possible efficiency. Those processes are as much important as improving the quality of cars or rockets (the two other things managed by Musk).

The scale and efficiency of this project will decrease the cost of batteries and in turn, decrease the cost of electric cars. This might lead to the popularization of all electric cars as more and more people will find them affordable.

Ps. I used Gigafactory 1 in the title as Musk plans to open more of them around the world to cut the costs of transporting batteries.


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Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was hacked losing $70M worth of bitcoin. It found unprecedented solution.

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Bitfinex is one of the most popular Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange. On August 2nd one of the company employees confirmed a loss of 119,756btc. This with a base price (from the time prior the hacking) of $650 USD per bitcoin converts to $ 77,841,400 USD equivalent.

After the news of the hack was published the market value of bitcoin fell down by almost 20% settling on $540 USD per bitcoin.

bitcoin value drop

No information about how did it happen was released. All is known is the fact that funds in other currencies haven’t been compromised and that only some accounts lost their bitcoins while other didn’t lose any.

BitGo claims that they found no evidence of a breach to any BitGo servers.

The weird thing is the fact that this exchange does not have any limits on withdrawals as other exchanges. This would limit the possible losses caused by such an attack.

The company found an unprecedented solution to this situation. It was decided to spread the loss evenly between everyone who is using Bitfinex exchange. It means that customers will see on their accounts a generalized loss percentage of 36.067%.

As a compensation of the 36.067% Bitfinex will grant everyone a new token called BFX in the amount proportional to the loss of a client.

This solution was not welcomed be everyone. Especially by those who kept their savings in other currencies like USD.

The plan is to eventually rebuy the token living customers with what they had on their accounts prior the hack. The BFX token is going to be tradable on their platform allowing customers to set their value (representing how they see chances of rebuying the token really happening; I would be rather skeptical)


How do you like the solution of Bitfinex?

Would you store your bitcoins in an online wallet? (It is not the first time big amount of bitcoins disappear without a trace)



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Profesional weareble gadets

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Probably everyone who is at least to small extent interested in technology is aware of personal wearable gadgets like fitness trackers, smartwatches or VR headsets getting more and more popular. Though probably not many of you know how potent market for workday gadgets is.

Those gadgets could be smart glasses providing a scheme of the assembly to manufacturing worker; wearable computers with which whole communication is via voice; helmets or caps with sensors notifying if a worker falls asleep. All of them has one thing in common: They are about to improve the efficiency of a worker by cutting costs or increasing work output. Those products seem to be easier to sell as they do not need to define problems they are solving (which is the case with consumer-oriented products) rather they are solving well defined existing problems.


The first gadget of this type worth knowing about are helmets and cups from SmartCap Technologies. They look like regular safety helmets or trucker caps but have the additional function. With use brain wave sensors (like EEG) they can detect when a worker is in danger of falling asleep and in such a case trigger alarm on his smartphone and when the danger is extreme, it can notify his supervisor.

This function is extremely important in the case of mining industry truck drivers. They are in control of trucks the size of a family house and if they fall asleep even for second consequences could be tragic.

This makes them sell rather easily as it is less expensive to buy those safety helmets rather than covering losses created by the accidents. SmartCap is charging $150-$200 a piece plus $30-$50 monthly subscription fee for the app and they are selling well.


The other gadget is clip-on voice controlled computer by Theatro created for sales clerks or cashiers. The device lets its user check inventory, check code of a product, communicate with other employees or find out when do they have their next break. Why is it much better than an app on the smartphone? It is because they do not need to avert their eyes from a customer which as Mr. Fitzgerald says “most customers when they see somebody doing that, they feel like they can go look at their own screen and get their own information.” This causes loss of a sale and in fact productivity drain rather than productivity gain.



Other worth mentioning gadgets are interactive textiles allowing to communicate with the device via touching work clothing by Google Project Jacquard and Cintas (for hospital employees and patients); Head mounted cameras for field service technicians allowing them to ask for advice without the need to use their hands which are currently occupied by the task their doing.



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Pokémon Go why it was able to have revenues of over $200M during firs month

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Based on estimates of Sensor Tower the Pokémon GO was able to earn over $200M net revenue on App store and Google Play combined during its first month. This result easily beats two of the previous top-earning applications. The Candy Crush Soda Saga during its first month in 2014 was able to gather just over $25M while Clash Royale from this year in the same period gathered close to $120M. Pokémon Go gathered seven times as much revenue as Candy Crush Soda Saga did. The difference shows not only Pokémon’s position on the market but also how 2 years changed industry end games earnings. The Clash Royale had similar start until the 18 day when Pokémon GO earnings were drastically boosted. It was a date of games launch in Japan which is the home of Pokémon franchise and home of the most loyal fans.



Why is it so successful?

  • It’s easy to play. With its simple mechanics, it is playable for kids and adults.
  • Allows to be played in short sessions, for example during a walk to shop, work, school. On the other hand, can be played in very long sessions if time is not an issue.
  • I good at keeping as focused on it: You never know what Pokémon you are going to find. This gives much more dopamine(pleasure) each time you find something special (it’s like gambling and similarly, can be addictive).
  • Uses nostalgia to attract adults by bringing memories from their childhood allowing them to chase monsters they were playing with many years ago.
  • Parents are comfortable with their kids playing Pokémon as they already now this brand and are not scared of it.
  • Allows to meet real people playing the game and triggers conversation with strangers. This based on researchers boosts well-being.
  • The game is rewarding and does not introduce a concept of “pay to win” or “pay to be able to play” (which is common in free to play games after an hour or few hours of gameplay). On the other hand, items that can be bought by real money are relatively easy to be obtained without money or are not necessary
  • Fights with cheaters but in a polite way giving only soft bans or giving error notifications. – not sure it is the best option. Time will tell; moreover, it can be caused by two things, keeping them as potential clients or at least promoters of a game or because they are waiting for the product to be finished and the time with cheaters will allow them to cover all holes.

Pokémon seems to have one more opportunity of creating revenues which have not been utilized namely location based marketing. Though it needs to be done with caution otherwise it might kill the joy game is giving and in fact kill the game.


What is your opinion on the game and on implementing location-based marketing into it?


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Tesla’s Autopilot two contrasting cases

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Autopilot saves life


Joshua Neally a 37-year-old attorney from Springfield claims that his new Tesla Model X saved his life thanks to its autopilot feature.

One day he was in a hurry from work to be on time for his daughter birthday. Suddenly he felt something like steel pole going through his chest. By that time, he didn’t know that he had a pulmonary embolism. Neally had problems with concentrating on the road but calculated that it is going to be much faster to drive on his own rather than waiting on the side of the road for an ambulance. Thanks to built-in autopilot he was able to let his Model X take the steer for more than 20 miles of highway ride. He took over the steering on the final stretch when he reached off-ramp near the hospital in Branson. After reaching hospital he made his way to emergency room.

He survived and it might be partly thanks to autopilot as pulmonary embolism kills 50 thousand people a year with seventy percent of those deaths coming within an hour from first symptoms.

Neally says “I’m very thankful I had it for this experience,” and expresses that he is unsure how this story would end if he didn’t buy a car with autopilot a week prior the incident.


Fatal accident 

In June Joshua Brown a 40-year-old from Canton, Ohio was killed in an accident while using autopilot of his Tesla Model S.

Before accident brown used to say “I do drive it a LOT,” as he was using Autopilot feature to drive on highways to his work. During first 9 months he has put more than 45 thousand miles on his car. During that time, he uploaded to YouTube several videos of him driving long distances on autopilot.


The fatal accident happened when Brown’s Tesla on autopilot crashed into track later hitting a fence and a power pole. By the time of an accident, he was supposedly watching harry potter on a D.V.D. player (found later by police in his car).

Why did accident happen:

  • Brown was not paying any attention to road
  • car’s sensor system failed to distinguish truck against a bright sky (similar color of a truck to sky color)
  • tesla is using cameras, radar(microwaves) and ultrasonic sensors. The emergency braking is used when both radar and vision system agrees that there is an obstacle.

It any of the mentioned points will not be present accident would not happen. As for the third point adding or exchanging to laser scanner should trigger emergency breaking even in such a situation (this technology with name Lidar is used by Google in their cars).


Are you a supporter of autopilot in cars?


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Samsung introduces iris scanner to phones

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In this July 28, 2016, photo, Jonathan Wong of Samsung's Knox Product Marketing, shows the iris scanner feature of the Galaxy Note 7, in New York. Samsung releases an update to its jumbo smartphone and virtual-reality headset, mostly with enhancements rather than anything revolutionary during a preview of Samsung products. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Samsung firstly patented new approach to iris scanning and now introduced it to their new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.  This technology in Samsung approach allows to protect access to device and data on it in a very convenient way and at the same time it is very secure.

Similarly, to earlier mentioned on the Koźmiński Tech Blog ( this technology uses the human eye in order to identify authorized person. The difference is in its by far smaller size, lower price, and improved security.

Based on the presentation from past month held in London scanning process takes a second and require a user to look with both eyes open straight on the phone from 25 to 35 cm distance.

The device captures image of the face and iris this ensures even greater security.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner consists of IR LED and Iris camera. The Iris camera utilizes a special filter to receive reflected image of an iris achieved by illuminating it with IR LED light. The infra-red light ensures very good range for iris scanning which is not affected by color or ambient light which is typical in traditional technology.GalaxyNote7_Feature_Iris_Main_Final_3_2

Captured image is extracted and digitalized in order to compare it to digitalized pattern. If it matches the encrypted code grants the access. Thanks to this (a rather common move used for example by apple in its fingerprint scanning) no image of the actual iris is stored on the device and because of it cannot be taken from the device. This makes it more secure and protects the privacy of user as none of his photos are being used only digitalized patterns.

Based on Samsung description of sensor “iris scanning requires fewer trials and results in fewer false acceptance than fingerprint scanning”.

The technology will be used to grant access to the device, protect programs and data on the dedicated folder, will enable quick login into websites (using Samsung Pass on Samsung Internet Browser). Moreover, Samsung is also establishing partnerships with major banks in order to provide payment options using their biometric authentications utilizing iris scanning.

How do you fill about iris scanning method proposed by Samsung? Do you see it totally replacing fingerprint scanning in very near future?


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First fully electric transport truck

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Everybody know Mercedes have one of the best exclusive cars in the world but not many people know they just made first electric heavy urban transport truck.

Now both demand and supply for ecologically friendly electric cars are growing as new companies are joining the market showing their propositions. Tesla was the pioneer in the case of passenger though in the case of tracks Mercedes decided it will not give them the firs mover advantage and designed the first big rig of its kind.

The all-electric truck was presented in Stuttgart at the end of past month. It is especially designed for urban purposes. It is meant to be used at the final kilometers of transport shipping cycle. That is because of both: its advantages and disadvantages. The first being good acceleration and better energy efficiency when often stopping and accelerating (which is how it often looks in the cities full of traffic jams and lights). Moreover, in some places it might be used in city centers where petrol cars are forbidden to ride while hybrid and electric can (for example Warsaw). By use of electrical engine, Mercedes wants to reduce noise which is important when driving in cities (everybody knows how noisy they can be.)  The disadvantage of this truck, on the other hand, is its limited range of only 200 kilometers with total maximum weight of 26 tons.

The competition on this market will be for sure visible as two weeks ago Elon Mask, CEO of Tesla revealed that company is working on Semi transport track and is planning to present it as early as next year.

Mercedes-Benz is still waiting for close-up to start production for world scale. Daimler said the prices of batteries between 1997 and 2025 got 2.5 times smaller and batteries performance are expected to keep the same proportion.

Do you like idea of replacing all trucks in cities with those fully electric ones?


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Facebook’s new algorithm is about to put end to clickbait

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ClickbaitEvery time You open Facebook News Feed you’re likely to see many clickbait articles with headlines like: “I thought I wanted a baby someday, but after watching this … yikes.”;” You’ll NEVER believe which two stars got into a fight on the red carpet last night!! CLICK to find out which starlet was fighting over!! à”. Those headlines are annoying and articles they direct to almost never meet our expectations from the time we clicked on them in a Facebook feed.

The great thing is that Facebook took notice of it and for the second time tried to fight with them. Previously the algorithm was searching for distribution of posts that led people to click on them and afterwards very quickly come back to News Feed without liking the page. This didn’t help much as these type of posts were still showing quite regularly.  It was easy to overcome the algorithm by creating a new page or even new post which had some time until it was stopped.

The new algorithm is no longer searching for symptoms as it focuses on the source of the problem. This allows it to work much faster and stop post before anyone will click on it. To achieve it Facebook team manually classified tens of thousands of clickbait like headlines in order to teach algorithm how they are composed and be able to distinguish them from content shared by legitimate publishers.

The system identifies which post is a clickbait and from to which domain it is linked to. Thanks to it punished are both posts itself but also a publisher. Pages and headlines that often use clickbait headlines will appear lower in News Feed.

In order to protect algorithm from reverse engineering and eventually overcoming it, Facebook will not reveal guidelines on how it is defining clickbait. It should motivate legitimate publishers to use headlines which do not withhold information allowing to understand what is the content of an article.

I hope it will motivate legitimate publishers to name their articles correctly as I saw that even popular new sites are starting to use headlines which do not reveal the content only luring us to click on them in order to find out what it really is about.

How do you like the new algorithm? Do you think it will be successful and long-lasting change?



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