Time can be a funny thing, and not just in a Stephen Hawking yuk-yuk kind of way. For we intellectual mortals, time has a magical ability to change our perspective on things, making small things become important, and allowing us to all but forget what used to feel like was of end-of-the-world, apocalyptic magnitude. That's what is going to happen in 2014, a year I believe will come to define the Tim Cook era of Apple.
On Saturday, I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the amazing Mac 30th Celebration, a gathering of some of the amazing people who invented the Mac. Held at the Flint Center—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced the Mac 30 years before—it featured two panels of Apple legends, a great presentation by advertising luminary Steve Hayden, a panel of 3rd party developers, six songs by the Macworld All Stars, and it was MC'd by Apple employee #4, Bill Fernandez.
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.
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.
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, LG, Asus, and HTC have all been busted trying to cheat on smartphone benchmarks, the kind of thing that would only impress the very nerds capable of catching them at it. It turns out they did, catch them, and it was inevitable. Bryan Chaffin wants to know why the cheaters would bother.
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 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.
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