Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Feb 2014 12:31 UTC

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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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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This is how the line is drawn:

Google, Microsoft: Close to the top in cash hoards, also close to the top in R&D.

Apple: At the top of the cash hoard (By a significant margin), nowhere near the top of R&D spending.

See the difference?

But I understand that some absolutely need to find another reason to dislike Apple.

Nope. Guess not. I don't expect that you do, considering that you seem to automatically assume that any criticism of Apple must not be honest criticism, but rooted in a powerful dislike for the company.

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