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. Jan. 13th, 2016 ACM 341: Apple and Time Warner, Apple vs. the EU, and Trip ‘Still Wrong’ Chowdry

    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.

  2. Jan. 7th, 2016 ACM 340: Looking for Apple at CES

    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.

  3. Dec. 30th, 2015 ACM 339: Flying Star Destroyers, Silly Apple Lawsuits, and Apple’s Year in Beta

    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.

  4. Dec. 22nd, 2015 ACM 338: Taylor Swift, BlackBerry on Encryption, Apple’s Executive Evolution

    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.

  5. Dec. 16th, 2015 ACM 337: Apple’s R&D Machine, the BB8 iPhone App, and Banksy’s Steve Jobs

    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.

  6. Dec. 9th, 2015 ACM 336: Steve Ballmer, More Gifts, and Trump’s Internet

    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!

  7. Dec. 2nd, 2015 ACM 335: Apple’s Mac App Store and Some Holiday Gift Ideas

    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.

  8. Nov. 25th, 2015 ACM 334: Apple’s Mac Pro vs. The Devil’s Advocate

    John Kheit, the infamous Devil's Advocate, joins Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on this episode of the Apple Context Machine. Together they dig deep into Apple's Mac Pro and question its suitability for professional use.

  9. Nov. 18th, 2015 ACM 333: Apple Pencil, New Assault on Privacy, Anonymous vs. ISIS

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dive deep into Jeff's hands-on time with the new Apple Pencil. They also dip their toes into more heady waters concerning a new onslaught against encryption and how it could affect our privacy and security. For an end cap they discuss Anonymous's newly declared war against ISIS and what it might mean.

  10. Nov. 12th, 2015 ACM 332: Hands On with iPad Pro, Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Is Doomed (Again)

    Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep with Apple's new iPad Pro, which Jeff picked up earlier on Wednesday. He also spent some time with Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard. Believe it or not, there was even a new Apple Death Knell this week, and Jeff and Bryan deconstruct the argument that Apple's success hides how much trouble the company is really in.