CES is over, and thank goodness. It's a lot of work, but it's an increasingly important show for Apple's ecosystem even though Apple isn't even there. Having had the weekend to think about this year's event, I thought I'd offer my view from 10,000 feet.
LAS VEGAS - Samsung's booth in Central Hall at CES is huge. It's pretty cool, too. Lots of stuff, some massive screens, lots of TVs, a bunch of clean white tables holding Samsung gadgets that people can check out. Oh, and lots and lots and lots of people. It was jam packed full of folks on Tuesday, but after checking it out Bryan Chaffin found himself asking, what are these people actually doing?
That wheezing sound you hear is the last gasp of the once-beloved netbook. Asustek and Acer, the last two major OEMs still making netbooks, will both stop making devices in this category at the end of this year. Bryan Chaffin looks back at how Apple called this one correctly.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt put it succinctly, his company's Android platform is beating Apple's iPhone. It's a bunch of nonsense, however; like everything Mr. Schmidt says, this statement tells only part of the story, the part that tells Google's side of the story.
Finally! Reuters has exposed the deep dark secret marring our miserable existence, the "Apple Tax" that we pay to Cupertino every year. Reporting for Reuters, Chris Taylor tells us that we are "slaves" to our devices, and that our families are "indentured servants" to Apple because we buy its products.
Gather 'round, boys and girls. Bryan Chaffin has a rare treat, a twofer for the Apple Death Knell Counter. Death Knell #61 and Death Knell #62 both argue that Apple is on the decline.
Bryan Chaffin found a chap who says that Microsoft is going to beat both Apple and Google in the mobile market. His reasoning, don't worry about it, because he says so. We call it Apple Death Knell #60.
Apple VP Phil Schiller recently said that old technologies are anchors holding us back, and that his company isn't afraid to ditch them. Bryan Chaffin says that this is the essence of Apple's success.
It’s like a train wreck, but in slow motion. It edges forward ever-so slowly, horrific and chilling. You know what’s going to happen, but just like yelling “Stop! No! Don’t do it!” at the movie screen when the girl splits off from the main group in a horror film, your shouts and protestations fall meaningless, echoing off of deaf ears.
Shares in Apple Inc. sold off on Wednesday following the company’s June quarter earnings report on Tuesday. AAPL ended the day at US$574.97, down $25.95 (-4.32 percent) on volume of 31.3 million shares trading, more than triple the average volume. Bryan Chaffin explains why it happened.
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