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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FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple Products - ACM 394 6:08 PM Jan. 18th, 2017

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...

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Oct. 27th, 2016
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    ACM 382: How Pro Are the New MacBook Pros?

    Apple just announced new MacBook Pro models, and Bryan and Jeff talk about their pros and cons. In particular the "pros" part, because while these devices are powerful, they question whether they are really that pro at all. They also talk about the new TV app for Apple TV.

  14. Oct. 19th, 2016
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    ACM 381: Tim Cook as Veep and iTunes Star Ratings

    Tim Cook was apparently on a list of possible running mates for Hillary Clinton. Bryan and Jeff talk about Mr. Cook as a possible candidate and whether or not he would have wanted the gig. They also discuss iTunes Star Ratings for songs and the fact that they've been taken away in iOS 10.

  15. Oct. 12th, 2016
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    ACM 380: USB Kill 2.0 and Samsung Schadenfreude

    Bryan and Jeff talk about USB Kill 2.0, a device that looks like a hard drive, but can damage—if not destroy—a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or any other device with a USB port. They also take a few moments to enjoy some schadenfreude at Samsung's defense.

  16. Oct. 5th, 2016
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    ACM 379: Apple’s Mysterious October Announcements and Who Cares about Google’s Pixel Smartphone?

    Apple moved its quarterly conference call in October, and it's set off a lot of echo-chamber debate and speculation. Bryan and Jeff weed out the balderdash. They also ask who cares about Google's new Pixel smartphone line.