It’s Time for Microsoft to Be One Company with Two Systems

5:27 PM, Sep. 6th, 2013 · · The Back Page

The Notebook

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’s New ‘Matchbook’ Shows Brick and Mortar Stores How to Survive

7:02 PM, Sep. 5th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Kindle Matchbook

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 Should Call It the Galaxy Fear

8:05 PM, Sep. 4th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Galaxy Gears

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.

Finding Color on Why iPhone Owners Do More than Android Owners

7:20 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2013 · · The Back Page


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.

iOS 7’s iBooks: Apple, Leave The Skeuomorphism Alone

4:33 PM, Aug. 12th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Skeuomorphism in Ebooks

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.

Apple Death Knell #63: Apple Is a Dead Company Walking

9:26 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2013 · · The Back Page

Apple Death Knell #63

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 May Have Found the Chink in TV’s Armor: Pay-for-Ad-Skipping

8:28 PM, Jul. 15th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Apple TV

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 Death Knell #62: Apple Isn’t Just Dying, It’s Dead

5:41 PM, Jun. 27th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Apple Death Knell #62

Apple is dead! So sayeth Rocco Pendola writing for "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.

Redesigning the Look of iOS Is Jony Ive’s First Step Towards CEO

8:04 PM, Jun. 7th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Sir Jony Ive

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.