3.4 Billion USD: What Apple Spent On R&D In 2012

We had spotted some interesting Apple sales stats in the past – while we understand that sales would lag R&D and other spending, that would seem to indicate some solid products coming from Apple in the next couple of years – we spotted this interesting stat that Apple spent a total of 3.4 Billion USDs on R&D for the whole of 2012 (Source)

How do we digest this number? By comparing it with other biggies, of course. Microsoft spent a whopping $9.8 Billion on R&D last year (Source). Solid difference, that.

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‘PInteresting’ Halloween Stats: Americans To Spend 8 Billion USD This Year

We had spotted some Black Friday stats before – but well that was okay, since it was shopping, shopping and shopping. We spotted a stat today, that says Americans would spend a total of about 8 Billion USDs this year on Halloween (Source)

Actually more interesting is this – “Pinterest is a popular source of ideas for All Hallows’ Eve, with 4.2% consulting the online pinboard, while 2.8% are logging on Twitter to get inspiration for costumes.” (Source) Well that one, definitely is pinteresting !

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Big Data Statistics: 96 Billion USD IT Spending In 2012

Estimating IT spends on things like big data, cloud etc is a tricky exercise – the closest one can get is a “direct and indirect” spend estimate, the data on big data for that comes in at 96 billion USD for 2012 (Source).

Well given the total IT spend in 2011 (3.6 Trillion) this is definitely a small number, particularly given the fact that everyone has been focusing on big data this year. But such scales can trick us.

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Music Statistics: File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers

Well this is one strange scenario to be in – what do you do, when your most misbehaved customers are also your most wanted ones? Turns out, the same folks who share music illegally, are the ones who buy the most music as well (Source)

Is there a business term to describe this? We dont know. But the music labels need to figure out a way to fight piracy while not endangering revenues. Tough ask for sure.

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Sad: Every Third AMD Employee Could Be Laid Off

We spotted this rather disturbing stat on AMD’s plans to lay off employees (Source) – the company is looking at a 30 percent lay-off target. The direction of everything has been downhill at the company in the recent past, and this is just a reaction to the whole thing, and come as no surprise to people who have been following the firm for a while.

The company had a profit of just 37 million dollars this last quarter.

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Stunning: 2.4 Million People Found Jobs Last Month

When a number is way out of the normal, people notice it, like the latest number on jobs – that more than 2.4 million found jobs this last month (Source: WSJ)

Why is it surprising: two reasons. One – This is an election month more or less and Two – seasonally this has not been the case. But if you change the focus to Net jobs added – 114000 – thats more in sync with what we have been hearing, regardless of what Jack Welch says.

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$385 Billion: What The Treasury Got Cheated On Tax (Tax Gap Report)

People underreporting income is common. Overstatement of deductions or other benefits also exists. Non-payment of taxes owed is also not very rare. The problem is, these things add up. We spotted this today:

“In August, the IRS issued yet another Tax Gap report. The IRS estimates that in 2006 alone, the Treasury missed out on $385 billion in revenue due under the current tax law from a combination of underreporting of income, overstatement of deductions or other benefits, or non-payment of taxes owed. To put that in perspective, increased revenue of $385 billion annually likely would be enough to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and to permanently patch the Alternative Minimum Tax.”

Statistics Source: CapitalGainsAndGames

We had spotted the amount of food wasted earlier.

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Web Video Stats: Watched More On TVs Than PCs – A Change In Trend?

Stats generally do no lie, particularly when they indicate a trend change – we spotted this today:

“Consumer-tracking service NPD says TV sets are now the most popular way to watch streaming video.
NPD says 45 percent of consumers report that TV is now their primary Web video screen, up from 33 percent last year. It basically swapped places with the PC, which used to account for 48 percent of viewing but now represents 31 percent.”

Statistics Source: AllThingsD

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60 Million Cars Were Added To The World’s Stock In 2011

We had spotted multiple stats on auto, including the total number of cars in the US and the world’s best selling small car – we spotted this today:

“Nearly 60m new cars were added to the world’s stock in 2011. People in Asia, Latin America and Africa are buying cars pretty much as fast as they can afford to, and as more can afford to, more will buy.”

Statistics Source: Economist

In fact there are many more stats on that economist post around cars in OECD.

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14 Percent: Romney’s Effective Tax Rate In 2011

Well, we spotted this interesting stat today:

“Mitt Romney made $13.7 million last year and paid $1.94 million in federal income taxes, giving him an effective tax rate of 14.1%, his campaign said Friday.

His effective tax rate was up slightly from the 13.9% rate he paid in 2010.”

Statistics Source: CNN Money via Filll.com

Of course we had spotted multiple stats on how much tax the rich pay. We had also spotted John Paulson’s taxes

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