TV sucks, we're stuck with glorified VCRs, and it's time for a change. So said Apple's senior vice president of Internet services and software Eddy Cue at Re/code's Code Conference on Wednesday, hinting that its time for Apple TV to evolve again.
Tomes have been written about Tim Cook's interest in TV
and what Apple might be doing with a next generation TV system. So far, the discussion has been around a next generation Apple TV black puck or maybe even a full UHDTV. However, when cast in the light of a home automation system, many doors seem to open right and left.
Amazon issued a statement on Tuesday explaining the tactics the company is using to get better ebook terms from publisher Hachette Group, and defending those tactics as normal business practices. Amazon also said that customers who need Hachette titles on a timely basis should order from one of its competitors. Bryan Chaffin explains.
The initial reaction to a report that Apple will unveil a home automation platform during WWDC has been to characterize it as reaction to Google buying Nest Labls. Bryan Chaffin argues that the reality is that Google buying Nest was the defensive move.
Apple announced on Tuesday that it will stream the keynote event from the company's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) on June 2nd. In the announcement, Apple went so far as to say it would have "exciting announcements." The event takes place in San Francisco at Moscone West, starting at 10:00 AM PDT.
Amazon has doubled down on its campaign of intimidation with book publisher Hachette, actively pulling high profile Hachette books from preorder. J.K. Rowling's The Silkworm is now listed as "Currently Unavailable," rather than preorder, and the same is true for the paperback version of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a biography by Brad Stone. Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.
In a moment that exemplifies today's Apple reality, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney told investors on Wednesday that his company was going to be more like Apple. It's fascinating to see Apple invoked to gain cachet by a company that is—some might argue was—an American icon.
Apple wants to buy Beats mainly to bring CEO Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre on board, according to online reports. Apple is also cognizant of its role pumping money into the music industry through the iTunes Store, and plans to operate Beats Music as a standalone service-on-the-side in order to provide a smooth transition from music downloads to music streaming. Bryan Chaffin explores these ideas.
Guess what? We have a new entry into the Apple Death Knell Counter, #65. One John Benjamin believes that "Apple is rotting from the inside," and he offers nothing to support the idea. Bryan Chaffin takes you on a tour.
Reportedly Apple and Samsung were in talks to settle all this legal goings-on once and for all, and Apple is responsible for those talks breaking down. Except there were never any actual talks.
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