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post #41 of 52
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Perhaps Apple decided against in spite of the technology being good. Apple is famously good at staying focussed and saying no. I am sure Kinect technology has any applications beyond gaming but perhaps none that fits within Apple's roadmap?

Having used Kinect at home to control the Xbox UI, I think the obvious application for Apple is controlling an Apple TV with gestures. The Kinect experience is a bit hit and miss, but polish it up a bit and converting gestures to iOS touch events would make a nice UI.
post #42 of 52
You're reaching pretty deep if one of your main criticisms of a corporate culture is that they don't give you free meals!

Oh, the horror!
post #43 of 52
Who cares! I heard a long time ago that Apple was a crap company to for. Just be happy with your stuff and stop worrying abut their weird internal culture.
post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by kimgh View Post

Don't kid yourself about Google: yes there are great perks, ...

Typo?
post #45 of 52
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

You really think Kinect can ONLY be used for game consoles?

No... but if the company behind the Kinect approached Apple first... they were probably looking for a payday. I would... Apple has lots of money.

I mean... that's what Apple's good at. They turn an idea that isn't quite finished yet into something amazing.

Clearly the guys behind the Kinect had a great idea... but no execution.

Apple might have thought motion tracking technology was cool... but they probably had better things to do. If you recall... Apple's been pretty busy setting the phone and tablet world on fire. (hehe)

Maybe it just wasn't a good fit. I wouldn't call this an Apple-blunder.
post #46 of 52
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It doesn't matter if the yarn is true?? Isn't that the entire point of book like this? To separate the myths from fact?

No. The point of this book is to make money for the author and publisher.
post #47 of 52
Eric Schmidt and Bill Gates don't remember there being that much secrecy at Apple when they were there. Schmidt even got to take home a prototype iPhone.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #48 of 52
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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post

Eric Schmidt and Bill Gates don't remember there being that much secrecy at Apple when they were there. Schmidt even got to take home a prototype iPhone.

I've always wondered about this.

Eric Schmidt was on Apple's Board of Directors... how close do Board members get to the engineering department?

I thought Boards handled policy and other executive tasks... I find it hard to believe that anyone outside of Steve and a handful of super-engineers ever saw the iPhone before January 9, 2007.
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by Steven N. View Post

I met an engineer that had 7 years at Apple and 5 years at Google. He said they are two very different places to work. Apple really is a pressure cooker but you always get this amazing feeling of having accomplished things when a product ships. You learn new things very fast and skills sets jump up very fast. The company runs very lean and you are expected to produce.

Google is much more laid back and is great if you have no family since they have activities to keep you there 14+ hours/day. Not all of it working but "on campus". But after 5 years, he could not look at anything that felt like accomplishment. Lower stress but lower accomplishment level. He was also convinced Google could lay off 9 of 10 engineers and not impact current or future earnings potential.

Sure google is much more laid back, all they do is copy apple.
post #50 of 52
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Thanks! Unfortunately, unavailable in the Dutch store. So off to check out a pre-order from the Kindle app; hmm, comes up in search, but when tapped it's 'unavailable'. Oh well, just wait till it gets released next week.
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post #51 of 52
One sentence could be said to the employees "No shop talk outside the shop"!

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post #52 of 52
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Originally Posted by satcomer View Post

One sentence could be said to the employees "No shop talk outside the shop"!

That's the first and second rule of shop club.

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