China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

6:30 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Bleh

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

Apple Death Knell #66 - ‘The Dream Is Over’

6:12 PM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Apple Death Knell #66

Meet Rob Frankel. He's a branding expert. In fact, he's, "The best branding expert on the planet." We know this because he tells us so on his blog. It must therefore be true. Mr. Frankel has a message for Apple fanboys, and it's earning him a spot in the Apple Death Knell Counter. Bryan Chaffin explains.

What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about Hachette

5:55 PM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Save me, Amazon Superhero!

Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children—and indeed publishers and authors, too—and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.

Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

8:23 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Amazon vs. Hachette

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.

Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

4:26 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Facebook's Disgusting Experiment

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.

Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

7:25 PM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Nest

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.