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 344: Spying through the Internet of Things and Apple’s Wireless Charging Plans 6:11 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016
Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to…
Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to encryption, and security, of the lack thereof, in the Internet of Things. They also talk about Apple's reported plans for wireless charging.
Bryan and Jeff dig into Apple's December record quarter and why Wall Street reacted by selling off the stock. They also talk about Tim Cook's comments on virtual reality during the conference call and what Apple might do with VR technology in the future.
Apple seems to be letting more things slip through the cracks, and Bryan and Jeff discuss some of the reasons contributing to the slippage. They also take a look at the Congressional Cybersecurity Lab being set up by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and talk about the current state of connected devices.
Rumors are flying that Apple may be interested in buying Time Warner Entertainment. Bryan and Jeff discuss how it might work and why Apple might want the company. They also look at another story coming out of Europe about Apple agreeing to make an iOS-to-Android migration tool. To cap the story off, they discuss Trip "Still Wrong" Chowdry's pronouncement that Tim Cook and Apple's management are "completely clueless" and need to go. Sounds fun, right.
Jeff and Bryan have been looking for Apple's presence looming over CES like it usually does, but so far, they've come up emptry. There's plenty of Apple ecosystem products at CES 2016-they also talk about their favorites so far-but Apple isn't dominating the show like it usually does.
This week Bryan and Jeff start you off with a tangent on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the movie it inspired, Bladerunner. Jumping franchises, they careen into the video of a 15-foot Star Destroyer from Star Wars that actually flies. But then they remember that this is the Apple Context Machine and discuss a new class action lawsuit brought against Apple, as well as the idea that 2015 was the year of betas for the company.
Taylor Swift debuted her 1989 World Tour (Live) movie on Apple Music, and Jeff and Bryan want to know how much it cost. Up in Waterloo, Canada, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said some stuff about encryption and Apple, and most of it didn't make any sense. And down in Cupertino, Apple has been shifting the roles of some of its executives, leading to two people not known as "product guys" to be in charge of products.
Apple's research and development machine is a legend in the making, and Jeff and Bryan talk about two new developments that hint at the company's efforts. They also look at Tickle, an app for controlling the BB8 toy and a whole more, and for a closer they discuss Banksy's use of Steve Jobs's likeness in a piece meant to remind the world of the benefits of migration and immigration.
Bryan and Jeff explore the realm where Steve Ballmer thinks he's earned the right to criticize Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella decisions. The also offer you four more gift ideas and discuss Donald Trump's call to talk to Bill Gates about "closing that Internet up in some way." Fun times!
Bryan and Jeff talk about the Mac App Store and why Bohemian Coding pulled Sketch for Mac. Apple runs lean and mean, like a massive multibillion startup. Is having products like the Mac App Store languish the price we must pay for the rest of Apple's product line being great? Onto lighter affairs, they offer up some gift ideas for the holidays.