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    Apple’s R&D Budget Soars

    July 28th, 2016

    In past years, Apple has been criticized for spending far too little on R&D, especially when you compare it to the competition. Indeed, some companies just pour loads of money into projects that have very little potential, or just hope to throw money at insoluble problems in search of the fantasy of success. Google, for […]

    Electric Car Charging Systems and Compatibility

    May 26th, 2016

    Consider this scenario: You’re taking the family on a long trip, and the gas gauge is about to hit the empty zone, and you soon locate a sign about gas stations at the next exit. With fingers crossed that there’s enough gas left in the tank, you turn to the offramp and, within a few minutes, you […]

    Newsletter Issue #859: Is the Apple Car a “Johnny Cab”?

    May 16th, 2016

    It’s a lot of fun to speculate about a future Apple product, particularly one that has, as yet, not been officially announced. With a dearth of major announcements from Apple, might as well use our crystal balls and ouija boards to figure out where all that extra R&D cash is going. The key rumor has […]

    The Apple R&D Tea Leaf

    May 13th, 2016

    In wondering what Apple is doing to jump start the company after the March quarter debacle, some commentators have pointed to clues from the R&D budget. Apple’s estimated investment now stands at $10 billion for the year. It has steadily risen in recent years, so clearly something huge is afoot. One industry analyst, Neil Cybart, wrote some perfectly […]