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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RE: Very much in agreement Thom
by majipoor on Wed 26th Feb 2014 14:02 UTC in reply to "Very much in agreement Thom"
majipoor
Member since:
2009-01-22

IMHO i'd rather companies such as Google and MS came up with ridiculous concepts such as Microsoft's Home of the Future, and Googles many many moonshot projects instead of hoarding money (looking at you, Apple)


Because Google and MS doesn't have a lot of cash and are not hoarding money? Because Apple's R&D engineers are playing Angry Birds all day instead of designing Ax SoC or coding iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 or designing the next disruptive product?

because at least then, another Steve Jobs might get inspiration for a new Macintosh.


Steve Jobs? The CEO of the company which is hoarding money instead of making the future with some real products anybody can actually use and purchase (unlike XeroX PARC)?

Google etc are blazing the trail that others will eventually follow


Eventually. Or not. Or Apple will do it. Or not.

Edited 2014-02-26 14:05 UTC

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Because Google and MS doesn't have a lot of cash and are not hoarding money? Because Apple's R&D engineers are playing Angry Birds all day instead of designing Ax SoC or coding iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 or designing the next disruptive product?


As of November 2013, Microsoft was #3 in R&D Spending, totaling $10.6 Billion. Google was #13 at $6.7 Billion.

Apple was #46, spending $3.5 Billion.

Meanwhile, Apple's cash horde is more than double that of Microsoft's, and the largest of any non-financial corporation, at $137 Billion (Microsoft is #2).

There is a huge difference between the cash vs R&D budgets of Microsoft and Google, versus that of Apple.

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majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

All these companies makes a LOT of cash and spend a LOT on R&D but apparently you have put a limit on "good R&D companies" and "greedy cash hoarders" somewhere between Microsoft/Google and Apple.

I would be interested to know your analysis and how you set this limit.

And BTW, how much money you put on R&D is not in direct relationship to how useful this R&D is for humanity.

If you want an example, I am sure the US DoD spend more than all these companies on R&D.

But I understand that some absolutely need to find another reason to dislike Apple. What I understand less is that the same consider Google as an altruistic company.

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