A financial analyst thinks Apple needs to share the wealth, a lone astromech prototype is uncovered, and Steve Jobs’s car is scrutinized in a frankly creepy fashion. That’s what you’ll find in the remainders for Thursday, August 12, 2010.
Analyst to Apple: Time to stop hoarding cash (CNet)
Sanford Bernstein financial analyst Toni Sacconaghi has written an open letter to Apple’s board of directors asking them to pay out dividends instead of sitting on a $46 billion cash war chest. Reasons include so that Apple won’t make an ill-advised gigantic acquisition (which they have no history of doing), so the company can attract new investors (because they’re doing so poorly in that regard currently), and because—I kid you not—it doesn’t really need the money anyway. It’s like asking your parents for a chunk of their life savings because, hey, you’re going to get it eventually, right?
i(Pad) of the Tiger (TUAW)
A music video of the classic ’80s song, “Eye of the Tiger,” performed entirely with iPads. Now if only there were an app for practicing your boxing moves on sides of beef.
Droid 2 R2-D2 edition spied in the wild, ready to repair your X-wing (Engadget)
The newly announced Motorola Droid 2 also comes in an R2-D2 special edition, and Engadget claims to have gotten a spy shot of it. Kind of looks like poor R2 was run over by a Jawa sandcrawler.
The Mystery of Steve Jobs’ Plateless Benz (Gizmodo)
I hope you like unsolved mysteries, because Gizmodo spends 1300 words speculating about why Steve Jobs’s Mercedes has a barcode instead of a standard license plate without managing to actually answer the question.