Regina Dugan, DARPA Executive (now with Google), speaks at TED about the impossible becoming possible, when fear of failure isn’t an obstacle.
Wait for the Q&A session at the end.
Jaw dropping, really!!
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The obvious answer is that they’re going to do a dividend. But remember that Apple doesn’t always do what’s obvious. Also remember that the majority of their cash (and cash equivalents) is overseas. If they try to bring that money stateside, it’s going to be taxed accordingly.
I’d still bet on dividend, but I wouldn’t bet against something else. Maybe building more of their own facilities overseas? Committing money towards something that allows them to control even more of their build process would make sense.
To that end, maybe crazy, but what about buying Samsung? It would both harm Google (Samsung is by far the most successful Android partner) and help Apple (which still heavily relies on Samsung chips and screens, etc). They don’t have quite enough cash to do that (but almost!), but the cash they do have could surely sweeten a deal.
But would they be allowed to do that? And would they want to? The Google/Motorola deal looks to be a nightmare, why would Apple want to take on something similar? Unless, of course, they’re about to get into the television business…
Anyway, I’m just dreaming out loud here. It will probably just be a boring old dividend.
Update: A number of folks have pointed out how odd it would be for Apple to have a press conference just for a dividend. Agreed, that would be weird — but there has been an abnormal amount of interest in this topic due to Apple’s $100 billion stockpile.
Maybe a stock buyback is more likely? Or maybe it really will be something fairly crazy?
It’s not a dividend. That’s a boring old press release, not an interactive conference call.
My single biggest takeaway from SXSW was all the talk about battery life. Every single person. All the time. People changing plans because they needed to recharge their phones. People walking around with chargers. People who were chargers. Mophies galore. People uninstalling apps that would…
If you want to see the phanbois erupt, it’ll be over this. But hear me out. Yes, I know there are more pixels on this beast than on HDTVs. And yes, I know there are more pixels on this display than most 24″ computer displays.
I remember when Soluto presented at (and won) the first TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in May 2010. The pitch was an instant hit: most PCs run like crap, but they don’t need to.
I had solved the problem a few years earlier with an expensive solution: buying a Mac. But I recognized that this wasn’t a feasible option for millions of others. Which is why CrunchFund later became an investor in the company.
Now with Windows 8, Soluto has some interesting new opportunities to expand what they do. And they’re wasting little time taking advantage. Just minutes after the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was unveiled a few days ago, Soluto announced they were bringing their software to the new OS.
Today, comes the cutesy/smart/funny video. And they’re really tugging at my heartstrings by making it an homage to Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial.
If I’m following this correctly, they’re using an ad in which Apple rips into IBM to suggest that Soluto by way of Microsoft’s new “Metro” Windows 8 interface will rip into the new PC establishment — which, of course, Microsoft is the key player in.
The animation is pretty killer! And I love the wall of “Vanquished Technology”, and technology “To be Vanquished”.
Clever ad by Soluto to launch their new Windows 8 product. Great job guys!!