Apple CEO Tim Cook Continues Public Campaign for LGBT Workplace Rights

6:27 PM, Nov. 8th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Tim Cook and Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his public campaign in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). On November 3rd, Mr. Cook wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal asking Congress to pass the bill, and on Friday, Mr. Cook tweeted his thanks to the Senate for doing just that, and asked that the House of Representatives follow suit. Bryan Chaffin examines the issue in this editorial.

Apple and Microsoft-Owned Rockstar Muddies ‘Patent Troll’ Waters with Google Suit

9:54 PM, Nov. 1st, 2013 · · The Back Page

Patent Troll?

Patent holding company Rockstar has raised a ruckus by launching a major patent-infringement suit against Google and several Android OEMs targeting—if you can believe this—search-related advertising. That's a big deal because it's targeting Google's corporate heart and soul, but it casts Apple in the role of a patent troll, something that Apple itself has railed against.

Tim Cook Tries to Explain Apple to Wall Street…Again

5:40 PM, Oct. 29th, 2013 · · The Back Page


There's one phrase from Apple's conference call with analysts on Tuesday that has resonated with me, and that was when CEO Tim Cook talked about the importance of customers being able to "access the entire ecosystem" with Apple's products. Behind that phrase is the fact that Apple isn't interested in market share for market share's sake, but that's something Wall Street has never understood.

Samsung Wants the World to Know It Had Gold Phones FIRST so SHUT UP!

10:20 PM, Sep. 27th, 2013 · · The Back Page


Samsung plumbed new depths of "WTF?" on Friday by publishing a blog post titled, "‘Golden’ History of Samsung Phones [Editorial]." The point of the piece appears to be to everyone knows the gold GS4 was available in Arabia on September 8th, two days before Apple unveiled the gold iPhone 5s on September 10th. SO SHUT UP EVERYONE WE DIDN'T COPY!

It’s Time for Microsoft to Be One Company with Two Systems

5:27 PM, Sep. 6th, 2013 · · The Back Page

The Notebook

It's time for Microsoft to think differently. The company announced earlier this week that it was buying Nokia. That's certainly thinking differently, but Big Redmond needs to go much further. In today's unsolicited advice column for Microsoft's board of directors, Bryan Chaffin is suggesting that Microsoft turn to Communist China for inspiration and become one company with two systems.

Amazon’s New ‘Matchbook’ Shows Brick and Mortar Stores How to Survive

7:02 PM, Sep. 5th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Kindle Matchbook

Amazon announced an interesting and important program this week called Matchbook. This program allows customers who purchase some physical books to also download a Kindle Edition version of that book at a discount, or for free. Bryan Chaffin explains why this could show brick and mortar book stores how to remain relevant in the emerging age of ebooks.

Samsung Should Call It the Galaxy Fear

8:05 PM, Sep. 4th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Galaxy Gears

Samsung's Galaxy Gear, the smartwatch that has been rumored for about half as long as Apple's iWatch. The company announced it today, and the biggest thing Bryan Chaffin gets from it is that it should have been called the Galaxy Fear.

Finding Color on Why iPhone Owners Do More than Android Owners

7:20 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2013 · · The Back Page


Bryan Chaffin has been asking a basic question about Android for quite a while: what the heck are they doing with all those Android devices? Thanks to a couple of recent studies from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), we're starting to get some color on that question.

iOS 7’s iBooks: Apple, Leave The Skeuomorphism Alone

4:33 PM, Aug. 12th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Skeuomorphism in Ebooks

We got our first taste of a flat iBooks in OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5. Bryan Chaffin thinks it looks great, but he's woried that Apple plans to sacrifice skeuomorphic page turning in iOS, too. He thinks that iBooks should be the exception to the rule on Apple's Altar of Flatness, and here's why.