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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  1. Jun. 22nd, 2016 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.

  2. Jun. 16th, 2016 ACM 364: Tim Cook Brings Diversity to Apple’s Stage and Other WWDC Observations

    Apple CEO Tim Cook put his money where is mouth is and brought significant diversity to the WWDC stage this week, including four powerful women. Bryan and Jeff think it was cool. They also dig into watchOS 3, Swift Playgrounds, and ask if Steve Jobs would have opened up Siri, Maps, iMessage, and Phone to third party developers.

  3. Jun. 9th, 2016 ACM 363: The State of Music at Apple, Quality, and iTunes Downloads

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about the state of music at Apple, including iTunes, rumored changes to iTunes, and where they'd like to see it go. They also discuss the value of music downloads and who is driving the push towards streaming services (Bryan says it's consumers and John screams something about getting the kids off his lawn).

  4. Jun. 1st, 2016 ACM 362: In-Depth Look at Building AI While Maintaining Privacy

    Bryan and Jeff are joined by John Kheit, TMO's Devil's Advocate, for an in-depth look at ways to improve AI and machine learning while maintaining user privacy. There are some interesting technologies out there, including Apple's own VocalIQ, fully homomorphic encryption, and the less formally named "learn and purge."

  5. May. 25th, 2016 ACM 361: Purism, Privacy, Apple, and Surveillance Capitalism

    In this special episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk with Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. His company is dedicated to protecting the privacy and security of its customers, and they discuss the importance of privacy, surveillance capitalism, and where he thinks Apple falls short on the topic.

  6. May. 18th, 2016 ACM 360: Apple Learning to Go Native, iTunes Downloads Will End, Wireless Charging

    Apple has been putting time, effort, and resources into learning how to be a Chinese company and learning how to be an Indian company. Bryan and Jeff discuss those efforts and why it's important. They also talk about an essay from a record executive claiming that iTunes downloads are already being phased out. Plus, Apple has been hiring engineers with experience in wireless charging.

  7. May. 11th, 2016 ACM 359: General Hayden on Inevitable Encryption, Apple and AI

    General Michael Hayden gave an interview on the inevitability of unbreakable encryption, and his message to law enforcement was simple: "Get over it." Bryan and Jeff dig into that and Apple's Siri as compared to Amazon Echo and Microsoft's Cortana. They talk about different ways Apple can use our data to make our services better.

  8. May. 4th, 2016 ACM 358: The Devil’s Advocate, Apple Scaling, and Tim Cook’s Speeches

    John "The Devil's Advocate" Kheit joins Bryan and Jeff on this special episode of The Apple Context Machine. They discuss John's argument that Apple has failed to scale its product delivery even while it scales its work force. They also argue about whether or not Tim Cook is a compelling speaker (hint, Bryan has the correct opinion).

  9. Apr. 25th, 2016 ACM 357: Interview with John Sculley on Apple, Steve Jobs, Moonshots, Healthcare, More

    In this special edition Apple Context Machine, Bryan interviews John Sculley, former CEO of Apple. Topics include his time with Apple, a look at Apple today, walks with Steve Jobs, moonshots, the role of Big Data and Healthcare, and some anecdotes Bryan hadn't heard before.

  10. Apr. 20th, 2016 ACM 356: Apple Pencil Rants and Raves, Apple’s Recycling Program

    Bryan and Jeff both have an Apple Pencil now and that makes it a perfect time to dig into everything wonderful about it, as well as a couple of gripes they have. They also talk about Appel's recycling program and all the gold the company has recovered, and briefly dip into whether iPad Pro is a laptop replacement.