Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine is a weekly in-depth look at Apple and the tech world from Bryan Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer with special guests from the tech world.

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Smart Bulbs vs. Smart Light Switches, Digital IDs, Jeff Gamet

Sep. 13th, 2021 - 5:06 PM | 00:44:35

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dive back into smarthome tech, with a focus on using smart light switches instead of smart light bulbs. This includes Jeff’s recommendation for a smart light switch. They also discuss digital IDs and the perils and promise they offer.

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 13th, 2021
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Smart Bulbs vs. Smart Light Switches, Digital IDs, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 555

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dive back into smarthome tech, with a focus on using smart light switches instead of smart light bulbs. This includes Jeff's recommendation for a smart light switch. They also discuss digital IDs and the perils and promise they offer.

  2. Aug. 28th, 2021
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    Fall Apple Product Hopes, Crypto Solving Real-World Problems, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 554

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss some of the products they hope Apple announces this fall. They also take a look at some of the next-gen cryptocurrencies trying to solve real-world problems, like Fetch.ai and its blockchain-based software agents. You can practically hear Bryan drooling!

  3. Aug. 13th, 2021
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    Mac Gaming, Crypto Credit Cards, iOS 15, with Jeff Butts – ACM 553

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts talk about the current state of Mac gaming, with Jeff focusing on improved Mac support at Steam. They also dive deeper into crypto credit cards where you can either spend your crypto and/or earn cryptocurrency rewards like Bitcoin on your purchases. And, Jeff has been deep into iOS 15 betas, and he talks about some of his favorite new features.

  4. Jul. 30th, 2021
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    The Top Products Apple Inexplicably Killed, with Jeff Gamet and John Kheit – ACM 552

    Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and John Kheit pick up part three of their series on Apple's best features and products with a look back at the products Apple killed, including the best products that were inexplicably canceled.

  5. Jul. 16th, 2021
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    Most Important macOS Features in Hindsight, with Jeff Gamet and John Kheit – ACM 551

    Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and John Kheit get back to their retrospective look at Apple's operating systems by singling out the most important features in Mac OS, OS X, and macOS through the lens of hindsight.

  6. Jul. 9th, 2021
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    Most Important iOS Features in Hindsight, with Jeff Gamet and John Kheit – ACM 550

    Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and John Kheit take a retrospective look at what—in hindsight—have turned out to be the most important features in iPhone OS/iOS.

  7. Jun. 30th, 2021
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    iPhone 12 Low-Light Photography, Movie-fication of TV, Jeff’s Shortcuts Tips, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 549

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about iPhone 12 Night Mode and low-light photography, Loki and the movie-fication of TV, and Jeff's Shortcuts tips.

  8. Jun. 10th, 2021
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    Apple’s OS Announcements, Favorite New Features, and Directions, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 548

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple's WWDC keynote and software announcements, their favorite new features, and where they think Apple may be taking their products.

  9. May. 21st, 2021
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    Proof of Stake vs. Proof of Work Cryptocurrencies, with Dave Hamilton – ACM 547

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton dive into the differences between Proof of Stake (PoS) and Proof of Work (PoW) cryptocurrencies, and what that means in terms of energy consumption.

  10. May. 12th, 2021
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    Bryan and Jeff Peek into the Future of Smarthomes and AI – ACM 546

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to speculate about the future of smarthomes and artificial intelligence, looking towards a future when these technologies work smoothly and have a real impact on how we live.

  11. Apr. 9th, 2021
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    An iCloud Issue, Home Automation, NFC Tags, and a Smart Home Friction Point, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 545

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dig deep into smart home tech and home automation, starting with an iCloud account issue Jeff had with a new HomePod mini. They also discuss NFC tags, a home automation friction point Bryan has experienced, and other aspects of smart homes.

  12. Mar. 19th, 2021
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    Memory Bit-Flip Error, Justin Long’s Change of Heart, Oak Island Catchup, with John Kheit – ACM 544

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit dive into the memory bit-flip error that is apparently becoming common. They also catch up on their favorite show, The Curse of Oak Island, and they discuss Justin Long's change of marketing heart.

  13. Feb. 11th, 2021
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    The World of Apple Leaks and Measuring Apple’s Success, with Ken Ray – ACM 543

    Bryan Chaffin and Mac OS Ken (Ken Ray) discuss the really weird world of Apple leaks and rumors, including how to navigate them and how they try to cover them as journalists. They also talk about how to measure Apple's success, or more specifically, how a lot of folks outside the Apple world seem to measure Apple's success.

  14. Jan. 21st, 2021
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    HomePod mini, Arcade, and Waiting for M-Processor Macs, with Bob LeVitus – ACM 542

    Bryan Chaffin and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus have both spent time with the HomePod mini, and they offer their thoughts on what it sounds like, where it's useful, and who should consider it. They also talk about the value of Apple's Arcade, especially now that it's part of Apple One. They also talk about the power of Apple's new M1 Macs, and discuss if people should buy Intel Macs at all any more.

  15. Jan. 7th, 2021
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    Apple TV Bugs and a ProRAW Primer, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 541

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what happens when everything doesn't just work on Apple TV, including whether or not it's an Apple problem when there's friction from a third party app. Jeff also gives us a great primer on Apple's ProRAW file format for photography on iPhone 12 models.

  16. Dec. 18th, 2020
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    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency, and CES and the Pandemic, with Jeff Butts – ACM 540

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts dig into the world of cryptocurrency, including some of the different cryptos, how Jeff got into it, the different kinds of "mining," and where they think it's headed now. They also talk about the CES tradeshow and the pandemic.

  17. Dec. 11th, 2020
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    AirPods Max, Irish Streaming Law, Replacing iPhone Camera Lenses, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 539

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about Apple's new AirPods Max over-the-ear headphones. They also discuss a proposed law from Ireland that would require 30% of all streaming content to be made in Europe, something that could radically affect Apple TV+. And, Jeff Gamet explains how he broke his iPhone's camera lens cover and how he replaced it.

  18. Nov. 18th, 2020
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    Hands-on with HomePod mini and Big Sur, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 538

    Jeff Gamet is back with Bryan Chaffin to talk about his hands-on experience with Apple's new HomePod mini. How it sounds, how it compares with HomePod, and how it compares with Amazon's Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. They also run over their hands-on time with macOS Big Sur.

  19. Nov. 12th, 2020
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    Apple’s New Macs, the M1 Processor, and macOS Big Sur, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 537

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to dive deep into Apple's new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, with special attention on the Apple M1 processor that powers them. They also talk about macOS Big Sur.

  20. Oct. 16th, 2020
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    iPhone 12, HomePod mini, and 5G, with John Kheit – ACM 536

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to pore over Apple's new HomePod mini, the iPhone 12 product line, and the importance of 5G.