Apple’s ‘iRadio’ Streaming Excites Labels, Sony Hung on Skipping

7:52 PM, May. 17th, 2013 · · The Back Page

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.

Has Apple Lost Control of the Narrative? Yep

3:57 PM, May. 6th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Story Telling

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 Thinks Tablets Are Dead Within 5 Years

2:47 PM, Apr. 30th, 2013 · · The Back Page

BlackBerry Dunce

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. 

Five Free Tips for Microsoft’s Board

3:35 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2013 · · The Back Page

The Microsoft Trainwreck

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.

The Politics of Corporate Taxes & Apple’s Cash Hoard

3:10 PM, Mar. 26th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Reexamining Taxes

Everyone knows that Apple has an enormous cash hoard, but while people talk about the tax hit Apple would take if it brought more of that money back to the U.S., Bryan Chaffin  argues that we should also be looking at the politics of local taxes, too.

Eric Schmidt & Apple Trade Tweaks on Google Now for iOS

5:40 PM, Mar. 21st, 2013 · · The Back Page

Eric Schmidt

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Apple have been tweaking each other over Google Now for iOS. In an interview, Mr. Schmidt suggested—but did not actually say—that Apple was in way keeping Google Now from being released on iOS, but Apple made the rare move of denying in public that Google had even submitted the app for App Store approval.

Hey Samsung, Shouldn’t You Wait for the iWatch?

6:11 PM, Mar. 19th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Reported Samsung Smartwatch Screenshots

The world's atwitter with the latest news from Samsung—Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, told Bloomberg on Monday that his company is making a smartwatch. As I've read over the reports and opinions on the subject I found myself coming back to a simple question: how will Samsung know what to do before Apple shows them?