At the end of the excerpt is another note that prompts readers to subscribe or download the iPad version to read the magazine in its entirety. While not exactly a paywall, the move does corral non-subscribers who want to read the magazine content into a paid trajectory and closes the window on an argument mass market publishers have been chewing over for almost 15 years. It also preempts the argument iPad readers could make about magazine content being available for free on Time.com and offers further separation, for good or bad, between the print and digital brands. After what appears to have been a month or so of experimenting, Time Inc. has walled off the full content of Time magazine online. Magazine articles are now presented in “abridged” form with a note funneling readers to either subscribe to the print product or buy an iPad app to see the full stories. To be sure, magazine content is a very small portion of what’s freely available on the site overall. According to a spokesperson, who confirmed the new strategy, 90 percent of Time.com’s content is considered “original,” meaning non-magazine content.On the site, non-subscribers are presented with a portion the magazine story with a notation at the start that says “The following is an abridged version of an article that appears in the July 12, 2010, print and iPad editions of TIME.”
Julian Assange WikiLeaks In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/pZsDsYNI0B— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019 Sci-Tech Video footage obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Pais shows Assange in a skimpy singlet doing his best to thrash on a skateboard, but mainly just falling all over himself. Ecuador grew tired of Assange’s antics and his continued work with WikiLeaks from inside the embassy, opting to bounce him last Thursday. Share your voice Comment British police were allowed to enter the embassy and drag Assange out to be arrested on charges of jumping his bail years ago. The rape charge in Sweden has been dropped, but charges in the UK remain and charges against him in the US have also been unsealed. No word yet on whether extradition to skate school is an option. Originally published 4:43 p.m PT. 1 Julian Assange works on a new hobby while holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. El Pais video screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET What does a wanted man do when he’s stuck inside the Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years? If you’re Julian Assange, apparently you strip down to your singlet and shred on your skateboard for anyone willing to watch — and for security cameras. Seems he’s been passing the years by causing a bit of trouble and sometimes just trying to shred like Tony Hawk … if Tony Hawk were confined to a really small room and never learned to skateboard well at all. On Thursday, the infamous WikiLeaks founder was kicked out of the embassy in London that has been his home for several years. In 2012, Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, which led him to flee to the embassy where he spent six years and 10 months living in a small room. Tags
Angela Lang/CNET Smart displays, as we’ve come to call them, are countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential. 4:05 Comments Tags See All The category his since grown to roughly a dozen different offerings, depending on how you define them, each with a variation on the core theme. All of them use a voice assistant and a touchscreen in combination to answer questions, play music and provide you with information about weather, the news and other things. Most of them also have a camera that enables two-way video chats. To help you sort through all of them, here’s a breakdown of every smart display currently available. Looking for the best of the best in this category? Check out the best smart displays of 2019.Read more: The Amazon Echo Show 5 is Alexa’s best smart displayDisclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon Echo Show (second generation) Ry Crist/CNET Amazon Echo Show (second generation)The second-gen Echo Show updated the first popular smart display with a softer look, better sound quality and a large 10.1-inch display. Like the first Echo Show, you can make video calls to other Echo Show owners, watch movie trailers, play music, watch a feed from a video camera or use it as a digital picture frame, among other things. While the first model also famously lost YouTube support after its launch, Amazon built a workaround into the second-gen model by including web browser apps. You still can’t use Alexa to pull up or control YouTube videos on this model, but you can at least watch them via the touchscreen interface. Better than nothing, but it still doesn’t feel great given the $229 price tag.Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Show (second generation).See it on AmazonAmazon Echo Show (first generation)The first-gen Echo Show has been discontinued by Amazon, but if you’re chasing a bargain you can find it for less than $100 via Amazon resellers. The throwback, angular design didn’t do the Echo Show any favors, but it introduced the idea of an Alexa screen on your countertop.Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Show (first generation).See it on AmazonAmazon Echo Spot Taylor Martin/CNET Amazon Echo SpotFor the more privacy-minded consumer, an always-listening smart speaker is already problematic. Add a video camera for video calling, like you’ll find on most of these displays, and the sketch-factor climbs even higher. What if I told you the 2.5-inch Echo Spot is both an Alexa speaker and a camera-equipped video-calling device, and that it’s designed to go on your bedroom nightstand? Takers? Only $130.Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Spot.See it on AmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 Amazon Amazon Echo Show 5The Echo Show 5 addresses some of the privacy concerns raised by devices like the Spot with a physical shutter you can close over the camera. Amazon’s smart display with a 5.5-inch touchscreen is still designed for your bedside, and it includes the ability to watch videos and control your smart home, and all of the other tricks of the full-sized Echo Show. It also offers a few unique features specifically aimed at the bedroom such as a sunrise alarm setting. Turn this on, and the screen will gradually start getting brighter 30 minutes before you need to wake up. Better yet, the upcoming Echo Show 5 is a reasonable $90. Read the CNET revew of the Amazon Echo Show 5.See it on AmazonFacebook Portal (left) and Portal Plus (right) Chris Monroe/CNET Facebook Portal and Portal PlusSpeaking of privacy, it’s hard to imagine a more trust-challenged company than Facebook entering this category. That said, Facebook took some steps to keep your data protected on its two Portal video chat devices. Both devices have Alexa support, but to make video calls, you need to use the eponymous Portal voice assistant. All of the processing for voice commands issued to Portal happens on the device itself, not in the cloud. Facebook also says it will gather data about the length and frequency of your calls to inform which ads you see on Facebook, but not the contents of your calls. 3 Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Share your voice I wouldn’t blame anyone for not trusting Facebook despite that declaration. It’s a shame the company has earned such a bad reputation with regard to privacy because the quality of video calls on both Portal devices is excellent. The camera has an amazingly wide viewing angle, and it’s also smart enough that you can tag individual people and it will zoom in on them and follow their movements to keep them in the frame. The 15.6-inch Portal Plus is awkward-looking and expensive at $350, but the 10.1-inch, $200 Portal is more competitive with the other smart displays.Read the CNET Review of the Facebook Portal and Portal Plus.See it at Best BuyGoogle Nest Hub Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest HubIf you’re not comfortable with the idea of an Amazon-, Facebook- or Google-provided video camera inside your home, Google is self-aware enough to offer a camera-free alternative, with an aggressive price to boot. The $129 Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) has a 7-inch touchscreen, and no camera. You control it via Google Assistant voice commands, or with the touchscreen, both of which are the most robust in this category. The screen is on the small side for smart displays, which for some people might be a turn-off. But that also makes it easy to plunk it down on a crowded kitchen counter. Guiding you through recipes is one thing every Google-powered smart display excels at. You can also regularly find the Nest Hub on sale for $100 or less, and recent sales have dipped the price down to $67. Read the CNET review of the Google Nest Hub.See it at WalmartThe Google Nest Hub Max Angela Lang/CNET Google Nest Hub MaxGoogle has a new smart display in the works as well. The Nest Hub Max adds a Nest Cam to the mix, so it can watch your home for movement when you’re not there. It features a bigger 10-inch touchscreen than the first Nest Hub and has more powerful speakers as well. Google also used the embedded smart cam for a few unique tricks: You can play and pause music with a gesture, the Hub Max can display personalized notifications when it recognizes you and the camera can follow you around on video calls, much like the main feature of the Facebook Portal. The Nest Hub Max will be competitively priced as well at $230 — the same as the second-gen Echo Show. Read the CNET preview of the Google Nest Hub Max.Join the waitlist on the Google storeJBL Link View Tyler Lizenby/CNET JBL Link ViewJBL is one of a few third parties with a Google Assistant-based smart display, and one of two that were actually on the market before Google’s own Nest Hub. Unlike that smart display, the JBL Link View has a camera for making two-way video calls via Google Duo. It also leans heavily into audio quality as a way to differentiate itself from its competitors, and we found it’s especially good with bass-heavy tracks.At $250, the Link View sits on the higher end of the smart display category. The camera, sound quality and 8-inch screen are compelling enough, but as we see more and more competition in this space, that price has become tougher to swallow.Read the CNET review of the JLB Link View.See it at WalmartLG WK9 ThinQ Chris Monroe/CNET LG WK9 ThinQ XboomThe LG WK9 smart display also uses Google Assistant as its voice platform, but it doesn’t differentiate itself enough from its competition. Its manufacturer suggested retail price was $300 before it launched, but you should be able to find it around $230 right now. It has similar features to the JBL display, and while the LG’s sound quality is decent, it’s not quite as good. If you can find it for a lower price, it might be worth picking up.Read the CNET review of the LG WK9 ThinQ Xboom.See it at AmazonLenovo Smart Display Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart DisplayLenovo’s Smart Displays might be the best of this bunch if you want one with a camera. Lenovo offers a 10-inch model for $250, and an 8-inch version for $200. They both use Google Assistant and come with a camera for making video calls. And while their audio quality isn’t as good as JBL’s, it’s good enough, and the Lenovo’s screen size and the overall design of both the 8-inch and 10-inch models are clean enough that they will match pretty much any decor. Read the CNET review of the Lenovo Smart Display.See it at WalmartLenovo Smart Clock Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart ClockLenovo recently debuted its own bedside smart display to compete with the Echo Spot and Show 5. The Lenovo Smart Clock sports Google Assistant, but the touchscreen doesn’t have all of the same features — you can’t watch videos, scroll through a recipe or access a smart home control panel. What remains are screens for weather, your commute and your calendar — the info you’d need when you’re going to bed or first waking up. As of a recent update, you can also look at personal pics on the screen and use a Google Photos album as your screensaver. The alarms are highly customizable and you can turn on the sunrise feature to ease yourself awake. You can also smack the top of the alarm if you want a few more minutes to snooze. At $60, it’s a little pricey given the limited touchscreen functionality, but if you find it on sale, it would make a great upgrade to an old-fashioned alarm clock. 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Representational imageFlickerThe Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill that seeks to double tax-free gratuity for formal sector employees to Rs 20 lakh, which currently stood at Rs 10 lakh.With the amendment of the bill, the maximum limit of gratuity of employees of the private sector, public undertakings and autonomous organisations under the government who are not covered under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, are now at par with the central government employees, which is Rs 20 lakh, the Economic Times reported.”This move will greatly benefit the middle management and senior management employees. With the ceiling on payment of Gratuity being raised, they will receive a higher amount of gratuity as tax-free compensation. The only thing that one will have to watch out for is whether companies that include gratuity in CTC will restructure salaries or not,” Financial Express quoted Kuldip Kumar, Partner and Leader for Personal Tax at PwC, as saying.With the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the gratuity ceiling for government servants was revised from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh with effect from January 1, 2016.Considering inflation and increase in wage even in the case of employees engaged in the private sector, the government decided to revise the entitlement of for employees who are covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.The primary aim is provide social security to the employees post retirement. The Act serves as a key social security legislation to wage earners in industries, factories and establishments.Gratuity is a sum of money which forms part of employees’ salary. It is paid by the employer to their employee on rendering services for not less than five years in the same company.The amount is exempt from taxation under the I-T Act for state government employees, central government employees or any local authority receiving the amount under the Act of 1972.However, two pertinent questions that arise here are, will everyone be benefitted with this move and how many years an employee should work to be eligible to avail maximum gratuity ceiling limit?”A person retiring with an annual salary (wages as per Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972) of Rs 10 lakh should have worked for approximately 41 years in order to reach the revised maximum gratuity ceiling limit of Rs 20 lakh, whereas a person with an annual salary (wages as per POGA) of Rs 20 lakh at the time of retirement would achieve the maximum gratuity limit of Rs 20 lakh in approximately 20 years of service,” Amarpal S. Chadha, Tax Partner and India Mobility Leader, EY, explains to FE.
Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are reportedly very much in love.Romain Maurice/Getty ImagesSofia Richie and Scott Disick recently posted a snap, showing them relaxing in a bathtub. The couple has been dating for almost two years.Reportedly, Sofia and Scott looked like a relaxed couple, lounging in a bathtub. Scott and Sofia can be seen donning matching sunglasses as they posed in front of an open window. Captioning the snap, Sofia wrote: ‘Staycation .. for now.’Sofia Richie has been bonding with the Kardashian clan recently vacationing with Kylie Jenner. Reportedly, she is among a slew of other Instagram models who jetted off to celebrate the reality star’s new line, Kylie Skin, over the weekend. Ever the businesswoman, Kylie is very likely using the vacation” as a means to promote her cosmetics line. And the daughter of Lionel Richie is not a bad choice to do the promotion either. Though Sofia and Kylie are just hanging out and having fun, this trip could very well result in a future collaboration between the two. We wonder what Kylie’s sister Kourtney would have to say about that? Kylie JennerKylie Jenner Official Instagram (kyliejenner)Apparently, Sofia has been friends with the Jenner sisters for many years, and has more recently gotten even closer by dating within the family. It is known that the model has been in a relationship with Scott for over two years – the ex-boyfriend and baby daddy of Kylie’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian. Well, we have to say that it is good to see Sofia and Kylie get along. Sofia and Scott do look adorable together and if they do get married Sofia Richie might strengthen her position among the Kardashians. You can check out the pic here:
“The good news for Snapchat is that performance advertising can scale rapidly, enabling meaningful revenue beats,” the analyst wrote in the note. But, he added, “it is critical for Snapchat to convince higher quality brands of the performance ROI that can be found on the platform.”Other reasons Greenfield cited for the upgrade: “user stickiness,” saying even the “wide array of missteps over the past two years” has not led to a collapse of users or usage; evidence that Snapchat’s newly rebuilt Android app (code-named Project Mushroom) provides better performance; and improved morale.While “2018 was an awful year for Snapchat with morale at all-time lows,” Snap has made new senior executive hires over the past few months that have boosted morale, according to Greenfield. Specifically, he cited Snap chief business officer Jeremi Gorman, formerly head of Amazon’s global advertising sales, as burnishing the company’s perception among brands and advertisers. Popular on Variety Snap has made a concerted effort to bring professionally produced original and third-party content to Discover, and its much-derided overhaul of the Snapchat app in 2018 was aimed at splitting personal messaging (with friends) from media aimed at general consumption. The company has ramped up its slate of TV-like short-form originals, from partners including Bunim/Murray Productions, the Duplass Brothers, Brad Weston’s Makeready, and Mark Boal, and has continued to expand its media partnerships with players including NBC, CBS, ESPN, Viacom, Discovery, A&E and Condé Nast Entertainment. At the same time, the architect of Snap’s media strategy, VP of content Nick Bell, last fall announced his departure from the company after nearly five years.Based on Snap’s improving advertising-growth trends, Greenfield revised estimates for 2019 revenues upward to $1.65 billion for the year (versus $1.4 billion previously). He predicts an adjusted loss of -$268 million (up from -$500 million) and a net loss of 71 cents per share (versus a net loss of 92 cents prior).Snap’s challenges remain, Greenfield acknowledged. Those include chaos among its the senior management team and high-level exits, a botched redesign last year, its delay in releasing a viable Android version of the Snapchat app, and a failure to recognize the threat of Instagram (which successfully copied Snapchat’s Stories feature). In addition, there’s a pending SEC and Justice Department probe into allegations that the company failed to provide important disclosures leading up to its IPO.Snap reported 186 million average daily users for Snapchat for the fourth quarter of 2018 — down 1 million from the end of 2017 and flat versus to the prior quarter.In his revised estimates, Greenfield predicts negative free cash flow of only $510 million for 2019 and “no longer believe the company will need to raise capital next year, reducing the financial risk/threat of a DOJ/SEC settlement.” Shares of Snapchat parent Snap rose over 10% Thursday — to a six-month high — on an upgrade by a Wall Street analyst who’s turned bullish on the stock, in part because the app has shifted away from “clickbait/seedy influencer content” to more premium-produced content.In a note Thursday, BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield upgraded Snap from “neutral” to “buy,” with a $15-per-share price target based revised financial projections. It’s the first “buy” rating from the analyst since the company’s IPO in March 2017. Shares were up as much as $11.14 in morning trading; note, however, the stock is still well off its 52-week high of $17.97 and less than half its peak following the IPO.Among the factors for his upgrade: Snapchat’s Discover section has made a “meaningful reduction” in content with a “low-quality, clickbait/T&A feel,” in favor of premium publisher content, which reflects the change in Snapchat’s underlying content-recommendation algorithm, Greenfield wrote. That should lead to more user time spent in Discover and more attractiveness to advertisers. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Men accumulate more iron than women, making them prone to Type 2 diabetes, researchers said. Two-fifth of men as compared to one-fifth of women were at risk.Iron is a micronutrient that is required in the formation of some essential body proteins and enzymes, like haemoglobin, cytochromes and peroxidase. However, it is harmful when stored in excess in the body. It promotes the release of free radicals that damage the secretion capacity of beta cells of pancreas to produce insulin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt also decreases insulin sensitivity in peripheral tissues and organs involved in glucose metabolism, the study said.The study, led by Alex O Aregbesola from University of Eastern Finland, showed that men have 61 per cent higher prevalence and 46 per cent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes when compared with women. Excess body iron accumulation is a known risk factor of Type 2 diabetes in hereditary hemochromatosis – a disorder that causes the body to absorb too much iron from the diet. However, the study showed that even mildly elevated body iron contributes to the prevalence and incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis excess iron was found to disturb the glucose metabolism in the body. On the other hand, moderate iron stores were found safer than depletion toward iron deficiency.Iron depletion toward deficiency did not offer protection against Type 2 diabetes.The type of association between iron stores and the risk of Type 2 diabetes showed that the risk was lowest on moderate levels, the researchers said.“This study provides a new body of evidence that mildly elevated body iron is an important risk factor of glucose metabolism derangement, which contributes to the increase in the prevalence and incidence of Type 2 diabetes,” Aregbesola said, in the paper published in the journal Annals of Clinical Biochemistry.
Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway, road trip or a week long holiday, don’t leave your fashion quotient behind, say experts. 4Going to the beach for holidays? Then pull out your sundresses. Pair them up with strappy sandals, oversized sun glasses, and a straw tote bag. Men can go for nautical prints, solid pastel-hued shorts and espadrilles.4If you want to explore cities like Paris and Rome, opt for outfits with a single colour palette and accessorise with a silk scarf or a barrette to keep it elegant. Skip the heels and pick the ballerinas. Guys, pack your Breton tees, pinstriped trousers and classy loafers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Adventure on your mind? Equip yourself with quick-drying cargo shorts or fashionable elastic bottom trousers; you can opt for any of them. Hiking boots are a must as is a pair of flip-flops. If you’re heading into the deep woods, then steer away from attention-grabbing bright colours and opt for earthy tones.4While packing for your mountain trip, it is important to take into account unexpected changes in weather, so pack clothes that can be easily layered to accommodate the change-jackets, mufflers and socks. Also remember to carry a pair of comfortable jeans and a pair of boots.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 4, 2013 If you have a killer idea for a startup, but lack the time, resources and budget to develop a business plan, a business plan-generating app can help you get your plan on paper and, ideally, off the ground.A number of apps simplify the often tedious, complicated process of crafting a thorough bank- and investor-ready business plan. You provide the information, they organize it into a plan, and hopefully soon you’ll be in business.Here’s a look at three apps that can help get your business plan rolling:1. Enloop. This is an all-in-one web app that walks users through every step of creating a traditional business plan. Here’s how it works: Based on the data you enter into the app, Enloop automatically generates sales, profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheet projections for you, complete with explanatory graphs and other compelling visual elements. Enloop also provides standard, yet customizable business plan text for each section of your plan, including portions focused on key company information and financial data.Enloop’s Free & Easy option includes a single custom business plan packaged in a clean, professionally formatted PDF file that you can download, print and share. More fully featured paid versions range from $9.95 a month to $39.95 a month and allow you to make multiple business plans. Enloop is only web-based and not yet available for mobile devices.Related: Reworking Your Business Plan? Consider These Tips2. StratPad. Alex Glassey, who designed this iPad-only app, describes it as “a strategic-planning app that helps entrepreneurs with the thinking and decision-making process.” StratPad can be a smart choice for people who are writing their first-ever business plan. It is packed with several free how-to tools for beginners, including a 58-page business strategy tutorial, view-on-demand training videos, email-based customer service, and more.A free basic StratPad edition is available for students. Paid, one-time fee plans range from $9.99 to $54.99. The more you pay, the more advanced business plan options you get. The easy-to-use app guides users through a series of simple questions and prompts. Your answers are used to develop a summary business plan, complete with revenue projections and full-color graphs and charts.3. Business Plan Premier. This $7.99 iPad app does double-duty for users who are eager to have their business plan backed fast. Not only does Business Plan Premier help you organize and write your business plan at an extremely detailed level, it also enables you to present your finished plan to more than 3,000 high net worth potential investors, who are also members of investment research firm Ben Stein & Accredited Members Inc.Business Plan Premier leads you through writing your prospective company’s vision and mission statements, product descriptions and marketing plans. You can also use it to complete competitive and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, outline your management scheme, identify your startup expenses, define your target market and more depending on your needs.Your completed business plan is exported as a Microsoft Word document that you can edit, print, email or upload to Dropbox. Business Plan Lite is the free (but much less functional) version of the app.Related: Reverse-Engineering Your Business Plan: Success Starts With the End min read
Elon Musk revealed yesterday that Tesla is developing its own hardware in its bid to bring self-driving cars to the public. Up to now Tesla has used Nvidia’s Drive Platform, but this will be replaced by ‘Hardware 3,’ which will be, according to Tesla at least, the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving.’ The Hardware 3 chip has been in the works for a few years now, with Jim Keller joining Tesla from chip manufacturer AMD back in 2016, and Musk confirming the project in December 2017. Keller has since left Tesla, and the Autopilot project – Tesla’s self-driving car initiative – is now being led by Pete Bannon. “The chips are up and working, and we have drop-in replacements for S, X and 3, all have been driven in the field,” Bannon said. “They support the current networks running today in the car at full frame rates with a lot of idle cycles to spare.” Why has Tesla developed its own AI hardware? By developing its own AI hardware, Tesla is able to build the solutions tailored to its needs. It means it isn’t relying on others – like Nvidia, say – to build what they need. Bannon explained “nobody was doing a bottoms-up design from scratch.” By bringing hardware in-house, Tesla will not only be able to develop chips according to its needs, it will also make it easier to plan and move at its own pace. Essentially, it allows Tesla to take control of its own destiny. In the context of safety concerns around safe-driving cars, taking on responsibility for developing the hardware on which your machine intelligence will sit makes a lot of sense. It means you can assume responsibility for solving your own problems. How does Tesla’s Hardware 3 compare with other chips? The hardware 3 chips are, according to Musk, 10x better than the current Nvidia GPUs. The current GPUs in Tesla’s Autopilot system can analyze 200 frames per second. Tesla’s new hardware can run on 2000 frames per second. This significant performance boost should, in theory, bring significant gains in terms of safety. What’s particularly remarkable is that the new chip isn’t actually costing Tesla any more than its current solution. Musk explained how the team was able to find such significant performance gains. “The key is to be able to run the neural network at a fundamental, bare metal level. You have to do these calculations in the circuit itself, not in some sort of emulation mode, which is how a GPU or CPU would operate. You want to do a massive amount of [calculations] with the memory right there.” The hardware is expected to roll out in 2019 and offered as a hardware upgrade to all owners of Autopilot 2.0 cars and up. Read next Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine DeepMind, Elon Musk, and others pledge not to build lethal AI Elon Musk’s tiny submarine is a lesson in how not to solve problems in tech