patents and investing

They are common headlines; “Company X has Y patents” or “Patent A was issued today to Company B”.  But, what is their significance?  Does the author of a press release with such a headline or an article that propagates the release understand its significance?  The unfortunate answer is that both authors likely do not.  Why […]

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apple: well that was all very odd

I do not know if it was just me, but the Apple Event yesterday seemed a bit odd.  I got the sort of queasy feeling when someone tries hard to be approachable and funny, but it doesn’t really work.  There was an apt tweet during the event that the jokes seemed like “father” jokes.  There […]

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Apple’s A8, what the A7 told us

We are now less than one week away from Apple’s September 9th Keynote and the widely rumoured launch of the iPhone 6. Of particular interest at ned will be the likely introduction of the A8.  Yes, there will be new pixel counts, new sensors and new capabilities, maybe including the rumoured NFC, but the A-series […]

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more light on Pond

A tweet taking one to The Globe and Mail’s “Six Canadian companies shaping the future of clean energy” came through the twittersphere the other day.  Of interest here was the first company to be mentioned; Pond Biofuels.  Ned has thought about Pond before.  It is an interesting concept.  The Globe and Mail called it “a […]

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fridge magnet or magnet fridge

The other week there were a few articles published here and there, for example, around GE’s work on the magneto-caloric fridge.  It is a pity there was not more coverage.  These days though if you do not wiggle “app” into the title the masses neither consider it technology nor pay attention.  Cooling is though quite […]

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sapphire – the gem stone in apple’s eye

Yesterday saw coverage of another published Apple patent application.  In this case it was US2014/0023430 i.e. “Attachment Techniques”.  The ‘430 application, as I will call it, is a rather short eleven pages.  It presents, as it appears in hindsight, a rather simple method and structure of attaching sapphire to another structure.  Much of the early […]

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the popularity of power conversion

It seems that power conversion is a popular topic.  One of the more popular articles on the ned matters blog in 2013 was the second one I wrote about Arctic Sand.  While written some 11 months ago it still regularly receives interest.  Why bring this up now?  I bring it up because it touches on […]

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