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 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK, and Protecting Our Privacy 8:36 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014

Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take…

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  1. Nov. 19th, 2014 ACM 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK, and Protecting Our Privacy

    Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Microsoft's lack of vision in its product designs and marketing messages, plus they have plenty to say about yesterday's Apple Watch SDK beta announcement and the DOJ's efforts to pressure Apple into making a back door into iPhone encryption.

  2. Nov. 12th, 2014 ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality, and GTAT Woes

    Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.

  3. Nov. 5th, 2014 ACM 279: Apple Watch Price Check, and the New Microsoft Philosophy

    With a refined launch time frame and new information on pricing out for Apple Watch, it's time for Jeff and Bryan to take a look at Apple's market strategy, and whether or not the not yet released smartwatch makes for a good investment. They also look at Microsoft's decision to go cross platform with its Band fitness tracker, and the surprising support deal with Dropbox.

  4. Oct. 29th, 2014 ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking Differently about iPhone

    Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.

  5. Oct. 23rd, 2014 ACM 277: Apple Pay, Apple Designs, and iPad as a Laptop Replacement

    Apple Pay is out and in the wild now that Apple has released iOS 8.1. Jeff and Bryan share their thoughts on how successful the new iPhone-based mobile payment system will be, plus they talk about Apple's iconic product designs and debate whether or not the iPad is finally a viable option as a laptop replacement.

  6. Oct. 16th, 2014 ACM 276: So Long Macworld/iWorld and Apple’s October 16th Media Event

    With Macworld/iWorld out of the picture for 2015, Bryan and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus take a look at what led up to the conference's hiatus and the current state of the trade show industry. Plus, Apple had a little shindig in Cupertino, where the company released new iPads, Mac minis, and the stunning iMac with Retina 5K display. We also got updates on Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and Yosemite.

  7. Oct. 8th, 2014 ACM 275: Apple’s Oct 16 Media Event, GTAT, and Plastc vs Coin vs Apple Pay

    With Apple's October 16 media event a sure thing, Jeff and Bryan have some ideas on what we can expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage next week. They also offer up their thoughts on what's up with GT Advanced Technologies's surprise bankruptcy filing, and debate whether or not Plastc's consolidated credit card device stands a chance against Apple Pay.

  8. Oct. 1st, 2014 ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value, Protesting and Jailbreaking

    What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.

  9. Sep. 24th, 2014 ACM 273: Hands on iPhone 6, Bendy iPhone 6 Plus, and Beats Music

    Jeff and Bryan wax poetic when trying to describe the displays on their new iPhone 6 models, but Jeff goes apoplectic when iOS 8.0.1 runs amuck. People are also talking about iPhone 6 Plus being bendy, and Apple itself plays coy on its plans for Beats Music. Plus, there's singing. So watch out.

  10. Sep. 17th, 2014 ACM 272: iPhone 6, iOS 8, and Tim Cook

    iPhone 6 preorders went off with a few hitches, and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin discuss the process and why they picked what they picked. iOS 8 was released on Wednesday, too, and they talk about what is and isn't in the new mobile OS. Apple CEO Tim Cook also gets put under the microscope after he revealed a company that is firing on all cylinders.