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 303: Apple Watch Notifications and Apps, and Samsung’s Glory Days 11:30 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2015

The era of Apple Watch notifications tapping on our wrists is almost upon us, and with it will come the inevitable rush from some developers…

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  1. Feb. 12th, 2015 ACM 293: The Church of Apple Doom and a Car is Coming from Cupertino

    The belief that Apple is doomed has practically become a religion, and Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say about that. They also jump in the middle of reports that Apple is working on designing its own car. Bonus: Bryan explores a career in the railroad industry.

  2. Feb. 4th, 2015 ACM 292: HTC’s Anti-iPhone Groove, the Net Neutrality Fight

    HTC is giving Apple the smackdown in a manner of speaking-or rapping. Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on HTC's painful video about how its smartphones are better than the iPhone, plus they take a look at the current state of the FCC's plans to regulate net neutrality, and they dive into Apple's retail push into China.

  3. Jan. 28th, 2015 ACM 291: Apple’s Massive Numbers and the Rosetta Stone for Apple Timing

    Apple turned in some big numbers on Tuesday-really big. Jeff and Bryan talk about the Macs and the iPhones and the fact that we won't hear about iPods any more.They also delve into the billion iOS devices Apple has sold and speculate on whether Tim Cook gave himself a prize for getting that billionth unit. One of the most interesting things from Apple's conference call, however, had to be when Mr. Cook revealed the Rosetta Stone for understanding Apple's timing.

  4. Jan. 21st, 2015 ACM 290: Apple’s Political Game, and Switzerland’s Smart Watch Plans

    Politics are playing a bigger part in Apple's world, and that means more money spent on lobbying. Jeff and Bryan talk about Apple's growing involvement in the political game and why it had to happen, plus they look at Swiss watch makers and their plans to look outside of Switzerland to make their Apple Watch competitors.

  5. Jan. 14th, 2015 ACM 289: Apple’s iOS Management Morass, Apple Watch, and Mac Market Share

    Jeff and Bryan are on a roll, and Bryan might be a little manic. Whatever the case, they go on a tear about the growing complexity of managing our iOS devices, and they speculate on what it will take to manage the Apple Watch. Speaking of the Apple Watch, the boys chew over some ideas on Apple Watch longevity, or the lack thereof. And to cap off this tempestuous tantrum, they dive into Apple's Mac market share. Fun, right?

  6. Jan. 9th, 2015 ACM 288: CES 2015 and Apple, Home Automation, and Cool New Products

    The Mac Observer was on location this week at CES 2015, and along with all the cool products that are coming soon, the crew picked up on some trends for the coming year. Jeff and Bryan talk about the interest-or lack of-device makers were showing in HealthKit and HomeKit, what's happening with home automation products, who wants to support Apple Watch, and more.

  7. Dec. 31st, 2014 ACM 287: GTAT Bonuses, Twitter Shenanigans, and Favorite Stories for 2014

    GT Advanced Technologies wants to pay out US$6 million in bonuses to company executives in the midst of its bankruptcy proceedings, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Jeff and Bryan look at the pros and cons of GTAT's bonus plan, plus they rant on Twitter's sponsored links in our Following lists, and they share their favorite Apple-related stories for 2014.

  8. Dec. 24th, 2014 ACM 286: Apple and The Interview, Rockstar and the Mobile Patent Wars

    Jeff and Bryan want to know why Apple didn't jump on the opportunity to run The Interview, the Sony comedy about two Hollywood celebrities tapped by the CIA to assassinate the dictator of North Korea. They also explore the implications of the Apple and Microsoft-owned Rockstar Consortium, Inc. selling off all or most of its vast patent holdings. Is this the end of the mobile patent wars? It's a holiday episode that counts as short in their world.

  9. Dec. 17th, 2014 ACM 285: Apple’s iPod Lawsuit Victory and Tag Heuer’s Smart Watch Plans

    The jury in the class action lawsuit claiming Apple violated antitrust rules to unfairly keep competitors out of the mobile device music market shot down the plaintiff's claims, and Jeff and Bryan are pretty pleased with the ruling. They also have plenty to say about Apple's ebook antitrust appeal and Tag Heuer's planned move into the smartwatch market.

  10. Dec. 10th, 2014 ACM 284: Facebook Rants and Apple’s Amazing Growth

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks Apple CEO Tim Cook is off base with his philosophy on relationships with customers, so Jeff and Bryan call him to task for missing the point Mr. Cook was really making. They also look at Apple's growing R&D efforts outside of the United States and what that means for the company's future and us.