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 307 - Dr. Mac’s One Tip for Mastering Your Mac, Apple TV, and the Importance of Encryption 8:40 PM, May. 20th, 2015

Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making…

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Dec. 3rd, 2014 ACM 283: Apple’s Ebook Conspiracy Appeal and a Plea for Better Music Files

    Apple is headed back to court to appeal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it orchestrated a conspiracy to artificially raise the price of books, and Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on what Apple did, Judge Cote's ruling, and the book industry. They also have something to say about music file formats and the lack of Apple Lossless as an iTunes Store option.

  6. Nov. 26th, 2014 ACM 282: The Steampunk, Sapphire, and Apple Watch Episode

    Bryan and Jeff get their steampunk nerdery on this week after finding some amazingly cool USB drive designs. They also have something to say about the growing momentum behind the not-yet-shipping Apple Watch, and reports that Apple has teamed up with Foxconn for iPhone sapphire glass production.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.