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 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'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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Justice doesn't want much, just control over Apple's entire iTunes business. This, because Apple had the audacity to do something that same DOJ had failed to do, which was bring competition to the ebook market.
Apple released its Q3 2013 earnings report today, and yet Bryan Chaffin still has a new Apple Death Knell for you, #63. Writing for CBS News, one Dave Logan penned a piece titled, "Why Apple is a dead company walking." It should have been tited, "Why I don't understand Apple."
Apple has been shopping networks and studios a service that would allow users to skip commercials for a fee. The negotiations represent a new spearhead from Apple to bring a premium TV platform to market, with the company seeing revenue-for-ad-skipping as an opportunity to get its corporate foot in the door.
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.
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