Can Tony Fadell Save Google Glass? Probably Not

6:23 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · · The Back Page

Father iPod and Google Glass

Good Ol' Google Glass is "graduating" from an experimental project at Google[x] Labs, according to a blog post from the Glass team. Though that team didn't directly announce it, reports say that the product is being taken over by Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest and the creator of Apple's iPod. Can he save it? Bryan Chaffin doesn't think so.

TAG Heuer Announces Plans for Mechanical Smartwatch

8:56 PM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · · The Back Page

TAG Heuer Carrera

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer (TAG) is getting on the smartwatch bandwagon, possibly in a big way. Part of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, TAG is working on making an Intel-powered smartwatch that also includes a mechanical movement. Bryan Chaffin argues this is the beginning of Apple Watch's effect on the luxury watch market, even if TAG's head watch person doesn't quite understand why.

DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill Children

10:46 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · The Back Page


The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.

Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, GOP Attacks Plan as ‘Obamacare for Internet’

5:20 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Net Neutrality?

President Barack Obama issued a call on Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." In a multipart plan, President Obama proposed that the FCC reclassify broadband providers as public utilities, and laid out four specific provisions to protect the Internet from deep-pocketed interests. The radical wing of the GOP, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), immediately launched a counter offensive calling the president's proposal "Obamacare for the Internet."

How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by Jony Ive

6:50 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · The Back Page


This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.

FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has Itself (and NSA) to Blame

7:40 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · The Back Page


The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.

Thinking Differently, Apple Watch Gets Wrist-Top Tech Right

7:41 PM, Sep. 9th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch (née iWatch) was finally announced during Tuesday's September 9th media event. The company's first foray into wearables demonstrates what makes Apple different from its competitors, its ability to engineer a device from the ground up to work in ways no one else has imagined.

China Hopes to Unseat Apple, Microsoft, Google with Linux-Based OS

5:18 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · The Back Page


China is going to stick it to those Western tech giants dominating the Chinese desktop and mobile platforms, according to a local report. The country's communist government is backing development of a homegrown, though Linux-based, operating system to compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Google.