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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Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music - ACM 398 6:34 PM Feb. 15th, 2017

With state-sponsored hackers from Russia developing malware for the Mac, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet fear Mac users can expect more malware in the future. They...

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  1. Feb. 15th, 2017
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    Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music – ACM 398

    With state-sponsored hackers from Russia developing malware for the Mac, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet fear Mac users can expect more malware in the future. They also discuss the negativity that greeted Planet of the Apps, and argue that TV shows are good for Apple Music. Plus, they visit listener comments on Net Neutrality.

  2. Feb. 8th, 2017
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    Apple Doesn’t Love iBooks and Samsung Schadenfreude – ACM 397

    Evidence suggests Apple stopped loving iBooks. Bryan and Jeff go over that evidence and discuss why Apple should rekindle that love and make iBooks great again. They also take a few minutes to experience some schadenfreude over Samsung's battery factory fire, and argue that a loss of market share demonstrates Samsung's lack of software relevance.

  3. Feb. 1st, 2017
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    Apple Profits, Mac Sales, and Fun with Apple’s Cash Hoard – ACM 396

    Apple turned in a record December quarter this week, and Bryan and Jeff look at the numbers. They also look at this one weird trick Apple did to goose Mac sales—the company released a new Mac. And for grins, they discuss some of the things Apple could do with the astounding $246 billion in cash the company has squirreled away.

  4. Jan. 25th, 2017
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    The Goodies in iOS 10.3, Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block – ACM 395

    iOS 10.3 is out in beta, and it has some fun new goodies. Bryan and Jeff look at what they think is most interesting. Net Neutrality is also on the chopping block, one of those situations where politics and technology intersect in annoying ways.

  5. Jan. 18th, 2017
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    FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple Products – ACM 394

    Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.

  6. Jan. 11th, 2017
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    Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV, iPad Rumors, Apple Departures – ACM 393

    Nvidia is adding Amazon Prime TV to its Shield TV settop box, leaving Apple TV as one of the only devices that doesn't support the #2 streaming service. Bryan and Jeff think Apple needs to fix this. They also look at some sketchy iPad rumors and talk about key departures from Apple's executive ranks.

  7. Jan. 4th, 2017
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    Lounging at CES 2017 with Bryan and Jeff – ACM 392

    LAS VEGAS - Join Bryan and Jeff as they lounge at CES 2017. On deck for this week's episode are Q.RAD, the super computer that heats your home, smart clothes (for Android only?), and Eugene, the smart trash can thingy.

  8. Dec. 28th, 2016
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    Bryan Gets Paranoid About the IoT – ACM 391

    Bryan is totally paranoid about the Internet of Things, and he isn't at all happy about the idea of having an Amazon Echo or Google Home listening in on everything in his house. Jeff laughs at him. Once the guffaws die down, they talk about how and why Apple is getting crushed by these good enough devices.

  9. Dec. 22nd, 2016
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    Congressional Encryption Working Group Backs Encryption, Thoughts on CES – ACM 390

    The Congressional Encryption Working Group has issued a year-end report on encryption that finds weakening encryption would harm the national security interests of the United States. Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications, as well as a new request from the Turkish government asking Apple to unlock an iPhone 4s owned by an assassin. They cap the show with a preview of CES expectations.

  10. Dec. 14th, 2016
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    Apple AirPods, Kickstarter, and Augmented Reality – ACM 389

    Apple shipped AirPods. Sort of. Bryan and Jeff think it was a terrible idea to ship them before Christmas if Apple couldn't meet demand, which is exactly what's happening. They also weigh the merits of Kickstarter and discuss the state of augmented reality and its future.

  11. Dec. 7th, 2016
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    Living with Apple’s Touch Bar, the Reverse Toaster Fridge – ACM 388

    Bryan Chaffin quizzes Jeff Gamet about living with Apple's new TouchBar on his MacBook Pro. They also discuss whether or not the so-called Reverse ToasterFridge could be the future of Apple's hardware. Listener comments have been pouring in, too.

  12. Nov. 30th, 2016
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    ACM 387: State of Apple Advertising, Apple’s Product Vision

    John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss the state of Apple's advertising, including Frankie's Holiday, Balloons, and Bulbs. Spoiler, John hates them and Bryan thinks they're lovely. They also talk about Apple's product vision and the end of AirPort. Another spoiler: John is cranky about that, too.

  13. Nov. 23rd, 2016
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    ACM 386: Apple’s Lackluster 2016, Mac Automation, and Black Friday

    Apple released only 13 new products in 2016, an embarrassing lack of riches. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this might mean. They also talk about the future of automation on the Mac, as well as the return of Apple's Black Friday sale. Does Apple feel the need to goose sales for the December quarter?

  14. Nov. 16th, 2016
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    ACM 385: Apple Coffee Table Book and Design Run Amok

    Apple has a new coffee table book out called Designed by Apple in California. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit to talk about it. Spoiler: Bryan likes it and John sees it as a sign of Apple having lost the plot. They also discuss the idea that design has run amok at Apple, starting with the idea that Jony Ive needed Steve Jobs as a counter balance.

  15. Nov. 9th, 2016
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    ACM 384: Demand for iPhone 7 Plus, AWS2, MacBook Pro

    John Kheit guests with Bryan Chaffin to talk about demand for iPhone 7 Plus, for which wait times are still 3-4 weeks. Apple Watch Series 2 has 2-3 week wait times, and MacBook Pros seem to be flying off the shelves. Join them while they explore these topics.

  16. Nov. 2nd, 2016
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    ACM 383: iOS Song Star Ratings Return, MacBook Pro Innovation Rants

    iTunes Song Ratings are back in iOS 10.2 beta, and Bryan and Jeff are stoked, even if it's not perfect. They also talk about the pushback gets when Apple pushes the envelope with its products. They cap the show with a look at MacBooK Pro's Touch Bar being a double down against making a ToasterFridge.