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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iCloud Issue, NFC Tags, Smart Home Friction Point, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 545

Apr. 9th, 2021 - 11:25 PM | 00:57:24

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...

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  1. Nov. 9th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Sep. 28th, 2016
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    ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

    We've had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of "Hey Siri" support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

  8. Sep. 21st, 2016
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    ACM 377: Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

    Bryan and Jeff talk about iPhone 7, whether or not it's a must-have upgrade, and even what constitutes a must-have upgrade any more. They also talk about their immediate impressions of Apple Watch Series 2 after spending a day with the new models.  All this and more.

  9. Sep. 8th, 2016
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    ACM 376: Deep Dive into iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2

    Bryan and Jeff go in-depth with our hands-on experience with Apple's new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Edition (Ceramic), the button-less Home Button on iPhone 7, the new cameras, the bright's all in this episode of The Apple Context Machine.

  10. Aug. 31st, 2016
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    ACM 375: Google Want to be Your Ride, Tim Cook’s Message Pivot

    Google is entering the ride-sharing business, and Bryan and Jeff take an in-depth look at what that means. They also dive back into how and why Apple is opening itself up to journalists, and some of the things we've learned because of that.

  11. Aug. 24th, 2016
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    ACM 374: The Apple Narrative, Music Industry Directives, and Samsung’s Spoiled Milk

    Adam Christianson joins Bryan Chaffin in this week's ACM to discuss Apple's recent efforts to more directly control its narrative. They also chat about Universal Music Group's directive to stop doing exclusive streaming deals, and the deserved demise of Samsung's Milk.

  12. Aug. 17th, 2016
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    ACM 373: Apple’s Engineering Demands, Fake iPhones, Intel’s ARM Move

    Apple is relentless with its design ideas regardless of what the hardware engineers say. Bryan and Jeff explain why that's a good thing for consumers, plus they show you how to spot fake iPhone 7 photos, and look at Intel's decision to start making ARM processors.

  13. Aug. 10th, 2016
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    ACM 372: Samsung Pay’s Security Failure, the Story Behind Apple’s Public Betas

    Bryan and Jeff dig into Samsung shenanigans, including reports of a way to hack magnetic stripe reader transactions, and the mysterious case of Apple Watch drawings in a Samsung patent. They also discuss the interesting story of how the flawed Apple Maps rollout led to public beta programs for OS X and iOS.

  14. Aug. 3rd, 2016
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    ACM 371: iPad Pro (Surface) Ad, Siri’s Shortcomings, Apple’s Big Developer Payout

    Bryan and Jeff discuss Apple's commercial that embraces many of the things Microsoft has used to tout Surface Pro. They also talk about Apple's remarkable success with the App Store, as well as some of Siri's shortcomings.

  15. Jul. 27th, 2016
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    ACM 370: A Deeper Look at Apple’s Earnings Report, 3D Printing Fingers

    Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple's earnings report and the company's quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook's upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street's reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.

  16. Jul. 20th, 2016
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    ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation, Twitter Harrassment

    BlackBerry CEO John Chen had some seemingly irrational things to say about Apple's stance on encryption, and Bryan and Jeff break it down. They also take a deeper look into black boxes and self-driving cars with a focus on regulating these devices and surveillance worries. Just to keep things light, they dive into Twitter harassment and social media censorship.

  17. Jul. 13th, 2016
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    ACM 368: Jeff’s HomeKit Breakthrough, Pokémon GO, Post-PC Era

    In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk about HomeKit, sparked by Jeff's triumph over something that shouldn't have been hard to begin with. They also talk about Jeff's initial foray into Pokémon GO, and look at the Post-PC Era (or lack thereof) in light of Scrivener coming to iOS.

  18. Jul. 7th, 2016
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    ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

    Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can't wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.

  19. Jun. 29th, 2016
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    ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google’s Phone, and Bryan’s Rant

    In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country's surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google's plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.

  20. Jun. 22nd, 2016
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    ACM 365: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0, and Differential Privacy

    Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they've learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it's all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it's important.