Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Feb 2014 12:31 UTC
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John Gruber, on Google's Project Tango:

Google is starting to remind me of Apple in the '90s: announcing more cool R&D prototypes than they release actual cool products. Even the R&D team names are similar - Google's is called "Advanced Technology and Projects"; Apple's was called "Advanced Technology Group".

Funny. Google's 'moonshots' actually remind me more of another R&D-focused company. Interestingly enough, without that company, the computer industry would have been set back decades, and Apple would most likely have been reduced to a footnote in computer history.

I would rather large companies spend their cash on potentially awesome research that may (or may not) advance computer technology and the human race, than have them stash it away in shady overseas bank accounts.

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by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Wed 26th Feb 2014 12:56 UTC
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I think maybe people are talking a bit past each other here. If I understand correctly, Gruber talking about what strategies that will quickly lead to user friendly products (and sales). In this view I think he's right. It's a very narrow view though.

Somebody have to do non-product focused research, and Apple have many times reaped the fruits (hah!) of such research (TouchWorks comes to mind).

Considering the cash Apple has I think they should at least fund some research. Not for business reasons, but for ethical contribute-back-to-society reasons.

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