Let’s Leave Apple’s Tim Cook Alone for Awhile

7:30 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Can We Just Leave Tim Cook Alone?

The poor guy. Everyone writes about him day and night. This and that.  He's no Steve Jobs. Maybe, but he must be his own man. Lamentations: he's just an operations guy. Praise: He sat next to Steve Jobs for over a decade and had Jobs's trust. The reins of Apple were handed over to him, but (tearfully) he doesn't know anything. His hair is funny. He's saving Apple. He's destroying Apple. Can we have the madness stop?

Why the OS X Look and Feel Needs to Change

2:15 PM, May. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The evolution of OS X look and feel

The look and feel of OS X had its origins in the Classic Mac OS, long before we had iPhones and iPads. Today, millions of customers are looking at their iPhones and iPads and wondering why OS X looks the way it does.

Google’s Purchase of Nest May Have Been a Defensive Move

9:01 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Google's Defensive Play

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.

Beats Won’t Get $3.2 Billion From Apple

2:20 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Beats Won't Get $3.2 Billion From Apple

The Apple deal with Beats is probably going to happen. The whole affair is likely in lock-down mode until the WWDC Keynote. What's not going to happen, however, is that Beats gets US$3.2B in this deal.

Amazon Doubles Down on Intimidation Campaign Against Hachette

7:30 PM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The Silkworm - MIA

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.

How Would Apple’s World REALLY End? Compromise Our Credit Cards

4:10 PM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Many Apple observers like to talk about how Apple has lost its innovative edge, how Tim Cook can't carry on without Steve Jobs, how Apple has lost market share in tablets and smartphones and other various and sundry items of complaint. But what would really damage Apple is a breach of the company's Apple ID accounts and credit card data. The planet would rock on its axis.