Apple Context Machine Podcast
The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective, brought to you with a sense of humor. Hosts Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin put the Apple world into context.

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ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve Ballmer: Sports Mogul 6:49 PM, Aug. 20th, 2014

Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics…

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  1. Aug. 20th, 2014 ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve Ballmer: Sports Mogul

    Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft's board of directors so he can focus on the Los Angeles Clippers.

  2. Aug. 13th, 2014 ACM 267: Apple, HealthKit and Steve Jobs Design Philosophy

    Apple wants to own the health tracking market, but give us control over the data we collect. Jeff and Bryan look at iOS 8's HealthKit and how it could change the way we handle our own medical and fitness data, Google and Samsung's push to get a piece of the health tracking market, Apple's design philosophy, and the potential for online micropayment systems.

  3. Aug. 6th, 2014 ACM 266: The Rumored iPhone 6 Event and Apple as China’s Political Pawn

    With reports of an iPhone 6 media event on September 9 circulating, Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's timing and what that may mean for other fall product announcements. They also offer up their take on China's decision to ban Apple products from the government's approved purchase list, and Russia's demand for Apple's source code.

  4. Jul. 30th, 2014 ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

    Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.

  5. Jul. 23rd, 2014 ACM 264: Diving Deep into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

    There's a lot happening with Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited ebook service, so Jeff and Bryan invited Dave Hamilton on to go even deeper into the discussion they started on TMO's Daily Observations podscast last week. The result is a serious look at the changes the book industry is facing, and how that impacts publishers, retailers, authors, and readers.

  6. Jul. 16th, 2014 ACM 263: Apple Gets Serious about Enterprise, Samsung Coverage Turns

    Apple is making a new push into the enterprise market with IBM, and that could spell bad news for Android smartphone and tablet makers. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin Share their thoughts on the MobileFirst for iOS program, take a look at the state of the smartphone industry and how coverage of Samsung is beginning to turn, and more.

  7. Jul. 9th, 2014 ACM 262: Apple’s Threat to High-End Watch Makers

    Apple may be set to accidentally impact the high-end watch market when its rumored iWatch ships later this year. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep into that, plus they look at the damage Amazon could unleash on the book industry with its contract fight with Hachette.

  8. Jul. 2nd, 2014 ACM 261: Facebook Has Privacy Issues and Amazon’s Damaging the Comic Industry

    Facebook has broken user's trust thanks to an experiment it conducted where we were the subjects without our knowledge. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into the whole Facebook mess, and online social networking in general. They also have some favorite iPhone and iPad games to share, and take a look at ComiXology's new customer survey than may be getting results the company didn't expect.

  9. Jun. 25th, 2014 ACM 260: Google I/O, Nest and Giving Up Our Privacy

    Google's I/O conference keynote happened earlier today and the Internet search giant made it clear it wants a place on our wrists and in our homes. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about why it's up to Apple to think outside the box in the wearables market, what Google's plans means for our personal privacy, and how they feel about Nest sharing our information with Google.

  10. Jun. 18th, 2014 ACM 259: Apple’s New iMac, Adobe’s Stylus and Amazon’s Phone

    It's hardware-palooza day on Apple Context Machine with Apple introducing a new entry level 21.5-inch iMac, Amazon unveiling its Android-based Fire Phone smartphone, and Adobe launching its own iPad stylus and ruler combo called Ink and Slide. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into all three announcements and don't hold back on what they do -- and don't -- like.