Apple is dead! So sayeth Rocco Pendola writing for TheStreet.com. "There's No Question Now," Mr. Pendola wrote in the title, "Apple is Dead." Whoa. That's a doozy of a death knell that goes beyond the usual mantra that Apple is dying by jumping right to the post-mortem pronouncement that Apple is actually dead. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Bryan Chaffin has been thinking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's design guru, Sir Jonathan Ive. It started when Sir Jony was put in charge of the look and feel of iOS 7. As more rumors about the iOS makeover began to come out, he became convinced: working with the software designers is one of many steps in Tim Cook training him to takeover Apple some day.
There's been some recent speculation that bought a company called Grokr. Bryan Chaffin hopes so, because Grokr's technology could allow Apple to go toe-to-toe with Google Now. Considering how cool Google Now is, it would be a great move for iPhone customers.
I've been wrestling with the right way to put this for weeks. There was something about Samsung that's been bugging me since the bizarro world GS4 media event, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Yesterday's news about the Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013 helped crystallize it for me—Samsung has delusions of relevance.
Warner Music Group and Universal Music are both excited about Apple's planned streaming service, but Sony Music is apparently hung up on how much it gets paid for songs that are skipped. Bryan Chaffin is mystified by this kind of myopia and thinks that Sony needs to pull its corporate head out of its corporate behind.
Apple is getting ready to retake control of the narrative, according to Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes. At the same time, that means that Apple lost control of that narrative in the first place, and Bryan Chaffin says that Apple can only blame itself.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins wants the world to know that he's a visionary. By 2018, he sees a future that's so advanced it's gone all the way back to 2009 because by then this whole tablet thing will have gone the way of the dodo.
Tim Cook let us know on Tuesday that Apple will sell no 5-inch iPhone before its time. This is Cook Code for "it's coming, but not just yet." Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts.
Bryan Chaffin has had enough. Microsoft has been stumbling from one disaster to another since Bill Gates stepped aside as CEO, and it's time for the company's board of directors to make some changes. Being the handy-dandy-armchair-quarterback that he is, Bryan put together five free tips for the company.
Eric Schmidt has apparently found religion on privacy, and he's here with a message: mini-drones need to be regulated. Bryan Chaffin thinks that the Google Chairman is plumbing new depths of audacity.
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