Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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RE[3]: When it comes to taxes...
by Fergy on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 06:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: When it comes to taxes..."
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

"Apple takes years of previous work, polishes it up a bit and releases. Which is why all of their new releases are evolutionary instead of revolutionary.


Name just one thing that Google has released that is revolutionary.
"
1GB great webmail
great webreader
great searchengine
youtube
etc.

Revolutionary is when your product changes the future direction.

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Ithamar Member since:
2006-03-20

IIRC, besides the search engine, all the other things were bought, not developed by Google itself....

And besides, none of what you're listing is revolutionary, as any of those things did already exist, they just "improved" it, just like Apple did with the iPhone ;)

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

IIRC, besides the search engine, all the other things were bought, not developed by Google itself....

And besides, none of what you're listing is revolutionary, as any of those things did already exist, they just "improved" it, just like Apple did with the iPhone ;)

That is why I explained how I use the word revolutionary. Youtube on my homepc is nothing. Youtube with millions of GB/s in storage and bandwidth with a lot of processing power for free for everyone is revolutionary. The iPhone changed how people use phones, computers and the internet.

Read the comment and then reply.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

At least Gmail was an internal development, active for several years within Google before public launch.

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21


Revolutionary is when your product changes the future direction.


Sure, except the claim is that Apple doesn't do revolutionary tech. So are you claiming the iPod, iPad, and iPhone didn't change the future direction of those markets? If you aren't, then your missed the point of this thread.

Edited 2014-06-03 05:17 UTC

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