Amazon Doubles Down on Intimidation Campaign Against Hachette

7:30 PM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · The Back Page

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.

Apple + Beats Reportedly about Preserving Music Industry and Hiring Iovine/Dre

8:09 PM, May. 22nd, 2014 · · The Back Page

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

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.

Amazon Bullies Publisher, Proving DOJ Got it Wrong on Apple

5:50 PM, May. 16th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Amazon

Amazon has been accused of bullying Hachette, the smallest of the so-called "Big Five" publishers. There has been lots of mainstream coverage of the issue, but what this situation really highlights is the stupidity of Eric Holder's Department of Justice and its campaign against Apple's iBooks Store.

Biotech Industry Bracing for Apple’s Brand of Disruption

7:10 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Apple in Biotech

Apple's hiring binge in the biotechnology field is already rattling the industry. According to Reuters, Apple scooping up chief medical officers, engineers, and others in field has some executives complaining, a sure sign they're worried. And, they should be. Apple is coming.

Former Intel VP Paints a Future Where Apple ‘Found’ Search

9:17 PM, Apr. 28th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Find This

Imagine a future where Apple disrupts the search market. Avram Miller, retired Intel vice president of business development, has done just that, painting that future in a (maybe, maybe not) fictional look back at how Apple developed that service, which he said would be called "Found." Bryan Chaffin love it.

Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large Screens Will End

7:25 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · The Back Page

The iPhone Crystal Ball

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?

2014 Will Be the Year That Defines Apple CEO Tim Cook

4:10 PM, Mar. 13th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Tim Cook

Time can be a funny thing, and not just in a Stephen Hawking yuk-yuk kind of way. For we intellectual mortals, time has a magical ability to change our perspective on things, making small things become important, and allowing us to all but forget what used to feel like was of end-of-the-world, apocalyptic magnitude. That's what is going to happen in 2014, a year I believe will come to define the Tim Cook era of Apple.

Spending the Night with Mac Legends—the Mac 30th Celebration

9:46 PM, Jan. 27th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Lots of Awesome

On Saturday, I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the amazing Mac 30th Celebration, a gathering of some of the amazing people who invented the Mac. Held at the Flint Center—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced the Mac 30 years before—it featured two panels of Apple legends, a great presentation by advertising luminary Steve Hayden, a panel of 3rd party developers, six songs by the Macworld All Stars, and it was MC'd by Apple employee #4, Bill Fernandez.