Some Amazon Appstore Apps Require Rooting, AT&T Need Not Apply

4:54 PM, Mar. 22nd, 2011 · · The Back Page

Amazon Appstore for Android

Amazon announced its own “Amazon Appstore for Android” this week, and a couple of notes from the company caught my attention*. The first is that the company is selling some apps that require users to root their Android devices before they’ll work, and the second is a warning to those on AT&T’s network that Ma Bell doesn’t support apps downloaded from Amazon.

Apple’s App Store Rejects Readability, Readability Abandons App

7:02 PM, Feb. 21st, 2011 · · The Back Page

Apple's Big Pile of Money

Apple has rejected readability’s self-titled iOS app because it violates Apple’s newly-instituted policies on in-app subscriptions. As a result, Readability has abandoned its iOS app, releasing an Open Letter to Apple accusing the company of greed and bad faith. Bryan Chaffin argues further that Apple is operating against its own long-term interests.

Apple Death Knell #54: iPhone Doomed to Niche Status

8:58 PM, Aug. 27th, 2010 · · The Back Page

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Bryan Chaffin was able to find another Apple Death Knell, #54 in our Apple Death Knell Counter. Fabrice Grinda argues that Google is going to put a Microsoft over on Apple’s iPhone platform, dooming it to a niche status.

Microsoft Embarrasses Itself with “PC vs. Mac” Web Site

4:56 PM, Aug. 10th, 2010 · · The Back Page

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Now that Apple has pulled the plug on its immensely popular “I’m a Mac” campaign, Microsoft has fired back with a new Web site called “PC vs. Mac: The PC has Blu-ray capability, more software choices, and more!” No, seriously, that’s the name.

iPhone 4 to 3GS Dropped Call Comparison Meaningless Without Context

7:55 PM, Jul. 16th, 2010 · · The Back Page

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During Apple’s iPhone 4 “Antennagate” press conference, CEO Steve Jobs made what I think is a convincing case that Antennagate is mostly much ado about little. One factoid that he gave us — that the iPhone 4 drops just one more call per hundred than the iPhone 3GS — has little value without context, however, and that’s just how it was presented, without context.

I Come to Bury Gizmodo…

6:28 PM, Apr. 26th, 2010 · · The Back Page

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Bryan Chaffin says that if we want to find fault for Gizmodo paying for a lost iPhone prototype, we need look no further than at ourselves and at one of Apple’s most important marketing tools, secrecy.