There are a lot of people comparing a great innovator and visionary Elon Musk with famous hero from comics and movies Tony Stark (Iron Man). After introducing the revolutionary supersonic Hyperloop train that could one day completely change the system of transport, Musk on his Twitter profile revealed that he and his team from SpaceX "figured out how to design rocket parts just whand movement through the air."
Apple was granted a patent that describes a device with a touch screen that has a screen sticking keys and other accessories, which, among other things, mimics the function joystick. The technology was published under the title "Clickable and tactile buttons for a touch surface" and should enable easy button setup and various other additions to the touch screen.
IBM has now been the leading company according to the number of patented technologies for 20 years in a row. Since 1993 IBM in the United States has received a total of nearly 67,000 patents. Even though you most often hear names like Samsung or Apple, recently even Ericsson, when talking about patents, the big daddy IBM wipes all of the competition.
Apple has increased its investment this year in research and development by 40%, but still lags behind competing technology companies. According to information published in Apple's annual report, the company has spent in its fiscal 2012 $3.4 billion on research and development of which is $952 million or 39% more than last year. In 2011, Apple spent $2.4 billion on research and development making it 36% higher than a year earlier.
It looks like the second half of 2012 will be the big show down in the mobile market. The fun could begin as early as September 12th with the possible release of the copycat iPhone 5 and the copycat iPad Mini. Now I know that those terms will make more than a few Apple fans and analysts angry, but a fact is a fact. The iPhone 5 will have a larger screen (just like all of the Android Phones), LTE (Just like Windows and Android Phones), and will incorporate features that have been in other phones for about two years. To call the iPhone anything but a copycat product at this stage is to be very dishonest.
There was a lot going on in the stock market yesterday. Apple became one of the top companies in the world for a number that actually means nothing (Market Cap). The Market Capitalization of a company is the value of a single share multiplied by the number of tradable shares available. This gives the purchase price of market value of a company. In order for someone to buy out Apple they would have to come up with a staggering amount of money. However, that number still means nothing when it comes to the actual company and its “value”.
Wow our patent system is truly messed up in the US. It seems that the US Patent office again has granted a patent to Apple despite CLEAR EVIDENCE of existing prior art. What is going on in that office? The patent that was uncovered today is patent number 8,207,906 and on the surface covers a docking station that provides wireless charging AND a reradiative antenna for boosting wireless signals. However the last line of the patent application makes it clear that Apple is looking to other items. “In other examples, passive coupling is used to charge a rechargeable battery in the handheld device”