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?

What The Heck Do They Do With All Those Android Devices?

5:13 PM, Mar. 8th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Gogo Infographic

Everyone knows that Android has all the market share in smartphones and has achieved near parity or parity with Apple's iPad in tablets. Bryan Chaffin want to know what the heck people are doing with those devices, because they clearly don't use them to surf the Web or use Internet-connected apps.

Institutional Selling Demonstrates Depth of $AAPL Ignorance

7:29 PM, Feb. 15th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Institutional Selling

Some SEC documents filed on Thursday suggest that hedge fund selling contributed to the precipitous decline of $AAPL throughout the December quarter. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is a demonstration that ignorance has always reigned supreme when it comes to Apple.

Apple Needs to Go Into Search

4:15 PM, Feb. 8th, 2013 · · The Back Page


If Apple is going to offer its own mapping service and  local search through Siri, a bona fide search engine would go a long way towards giving the company user data to improve them. It's like Google, but different, and Bryan Chaffin  explains why.

Forbes Jumps Shark, Calls for Apple to Oust Tim Cook

6:59 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2013 · · The Back Page

Peter Cohan Says Some Stupid Stuff

Forbes has jumped the shark with a new piece calling for the ouster of Tim Cook as Apple CEO based on falling profits that Apple hasn't actually announced yet. You might find this surprising, but Bryan Chaffin flips his lid.

Why Is So Much Stupid Being Written About Apple?

9:28 PM, Jan. 18th, 2013 · · The Back Page


Bryan Chaffin wants the stupid to stop! There has been an unending onslaught of nonsense being written about Apple in the last several weeks, and Bryan rounds up some recent examples and mocks them for the fun of it.

CES - Superficial, but Necessary

9:52 PM, Jan. 14th, 2013 · · The Back Page

CES 2013

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.

What Is Everybody Doing in the Samsung Booth at CES?

2:56 PM, Jan. 9th, 2013 · · The Back Page

What Are They Doing?

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?

Last Gasp for Netbooks as Asustek & Acer Pull Plug

4:29 PM, Dec. 27th, 2012 · · The Back Page

A Pauper's Grave

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.