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NVIDIA kicked off their line of GPU-accelerated single board computers back in 2014 with the Jetson TK1, a $200 USD development system for those looking to get involved with the burgeoning world of so-called “edge computing”. It was designed to put high performance computing in a small and energy efficient enough package that it could be integrated directly into products, rather than connecting to a data center half-way across the world.

The TK1 was an impressive piece of hardware, but not something the hacker and maker community was necessarily interested in. For one thing, it was fairly expensive. But perhaps more importantly, it was clearly geared more towards industry types than consumers. We did see the occasional project using the TK1 and the subsequent TX1 and TX2 boards, but they were few and far between.

Then came the Jetson Nano. Its 128 core Maxwell CPU still packed plenty of power

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Google on Monday said it’s clarifying its policies for app makers on its Play Store marketplace, telling developers they have up to a year to get in compliance with its policies for in-app purchases. 



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The system, which allows Google to take a 30% cut of in-app purchases, has been criticized sharply by developers who argue it’s too high a tax for using Google’s mobile platform. Apple, which takes the same cut from developers who use its App Store for iPhones, has also faced intense scrutiny. Some companies, like Spotify and Netflix, have skirted the policy by encouraging people to use the companies’ own billing systems. 



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The one-year grace period, which expires Sept. 30, 2021, applies to any developers that need to make changes to bring their  apps into compliance, Google said. It also applies to physical

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Thousands of leading architects signed open letters to Autodesk
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complaining about escalating software costs and lackluster development. This is a warning to all industrial software providers: Customers are fed up with being locked in and are demanding open platforms with rapid innovation.

Incumbent software providers in the manufacturing space such as Siemens PLM or Dassault have been following the same playbook as Autodesk. They lock customers into their services either by forcing their platform through as a standard or promising the customer an end-to-end solution. Both these moats are increasingly difficult to defend as online services now make translating between standards a breeze and the pace of software development shatters the claim of incumbents to be providing best-in-class along the entire value chain.

Customers are revolting because it is increasingly clear that incumbents cannot or do not keep up with demands but also because user needs have changed. Customers

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