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 361: Purism, Privacy, Apple, and Surveillance Capitalism 4:40 PM, May. 25th, 2016

In this special episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk with Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. His company is dedicated…

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  1. Mar. 16th, 2016 ACM 351: Apple Media Event Anticipation, Apple’s Court Filing, and Dueling Intelligence Pros

    Apple announced a media event for March 21st, and Bryan and Jeff talk about what they're going to order. They also go over Apple's most recent court filing in its battle with the FBI, and discuss dueling positions from former intelligence professionals on the value of encryption.

  2. Mar. 9th, 2016 ACM 350: There Used to Be Practical Limits on Surveillance, Plus Steampunk Joy

    Bryan and Jeff think it's important to remember that the ability to surveil almost everything we do is a recent development, and that we shouldn't consider unbreakable iPhones as the precedent, despite claims to the contrary by the FBI. They also dive into something that brought joy and wonder in the middle of this recent spate of heavy news, the Wintergatan steampunk music machine.

  3. Mar. 2nd, 2016 ACM 349: Apple and FBI Hearings, CIA and NSA Kvetching

    Bryan and Jeff dig into a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI Director James Comey. They also talk about comments from the CIA and the NSA blaming the press for terrorists learning about encryption.

  4. Feb. 26th, 2016 ACM 348: Ewen Rankin Dives Deep into FBI v. Apple with Jeff and Bryan

    Ewen Rankin from the British Tech Network joins Jeff and Bryan in this special episode of The Apple Contect Machine to dive deep into some of the legal issues in Apple's fight with the FBI. Spoiler alert, Ewen mostly pwns the hosts.

  5. Feb. 24th, 2016 ACM 347: Dueling Polls on Apple vs. FBI, and the Free Speech Card

    Dueling surveys have been published on whether people support Apple or the FBI in a fight over the government forcing Apple to create a backdoor in iOS. Bryan and Jeff discuss the differences in the polls as well as the demographic differences in opinion they reveal. They also look in on Apple's decision to play the free speech card in its legal fight. Plus, robot overlords.

  6. Feb. 17th, 2016 ACM 346: Apple’s Stand against the FBI and Why can’t Silicon Valley Copy Apple?

    Apple is making a stand against the FBI and a court order to create a backdoor into iOS, and Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications, ramifications, and importance of this fight. They also talk about Silicon Valley's inexplicable failure to do a better job of copying those things Apple does right.

  7. Feb. 10th, 2016 ACM 345: What Is Apple’s Mission?

    What is Apple's mission? You might be surprised to know that Apple doesn't have a mission statement. Bryan and Jeff talk about whether or not this matters and what it says about Apple. They also talk about the relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

  8. Feb. 3rd, 2016 ACM 344: Spying through the Internet of Things and Apple’s Wireless Charging Plans

    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.

  9. Jan. 27th, 2016 ACM 343: $AAPL’s Earnings and Wall Street, Plus Apple’s Virtual Reality

    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.

  10. Jan. 20th, 2016 ACM 342: Apple’s Cracks, Educating Congress on Cybersecurity, Connected Devices

    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.