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. Apr. 13th, 2016 ACM 355: Textalyzer, FBI, and Chaffin’s Razor

    Cellebrite's "Textalyzer" technology can supposedly tell if a smartphone was being used "around the time" of an accident. That sends up red flags for Bryan and Jeff, and they dig deep into the issues. They also talk about new information from The Washington Post that claims the FBI paid a gray hat hacker to help it break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c, and some of the many ramifications that might have. For fun, they talk about the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, and explain Chaffin's Razor.

  2. Apr. 6th, 2016 ACM 354: Apple’s Green Retail Plans, Bernie Sanders’ on Apple’s Taxes

    How important is a bag? Bryan and Jeff talk about Apple's efforts to be ever-greener, sparked by the company's decision to move to paper bags in its retail stores. They also gush over Taylor Swift's Apple Music commercial, and dig into Bernie Sanders's recent comments about Apple, manufacturing, and taxes.

  3. Mar. 30th, 2016 ACM 353: a Changing Apple, the FBI Fight Continues, and North Carolina

    Apple continues to grow and diversify, and with that kind of change, we're beginning to see media events that don't appeal to every Apple fan. Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications and discuss what it means. They also look at the newest salvos in the FBI's fight to gain back door access into encrypted communications, and dip into the maelstrom of North Carolina's House Bill 2.

  4. Mar. 23rd, 2016 ACM 352: The Importance of Apple’s Media Event, Apple vs. FBI Developments

    Apple held a media event on Monday, and Bryan and Jeff talk about the products announced and why they warranted an event. They also discuss what kind of message Apple was sending by talking about the environment and its ongoing fight with the FBI. It's also Bryan has a meltdown when it comes to the new iPad Pro (9.7-inch). The two also dig into the newest legal developments in that fight with the FBI.

  5. Mar. 16th, 2016 ACM 351: Apple Media Event Anticipation, Apple’s Court Filing, and Dueling Intelligence Pros

    Apple announced a media event for March 21st, and Bryan and Jeff talk about what they're going to order. They also go over Apple's most recent court filing in its battle with the FBI, and discuss dueling positions from former intelligence professionals on the value of encryption.

  6. Mar. 9th, 2016 ACM 350: There Used to Be Practical Limits on Surveillance, Plus Steampunk Joy

    Bryan and Jeff think it's important to remember that the ability to surveil almost everything we do is a recent development, and that we shouldn't consider unbreakable iPhones as the precedent, despite claims to the contrary by the FBI. They also dive into something that brought joy and wonder in the middle of this recent spate of heavy news, the Wintergatan steampunk music machine.

  7. Mar. 2nd, 2016 ACM 349: Apple and FBI Hearings, CIA and NSA Kvetching

    Bryan and Jeff dig into a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI Director James Comey. They also talk about comments from the CIA and the NSA blaming the press for terrorists learning about encryption.

  8. Feb. 26th, 2016 ACM 348: Ewen Rankin Dives Deep into FBI v. Apple with Jeff and Bryan

    Ewen Rankin from the British Tech Network joins Jeff and Bryan in this special episode of The Apple Contect Machine to dive deep into some of the legal issues in Apple's fight with the FBI. Spoiler alert, Ewen mostly pwns the hosts.

  9. Feb. 24th, 2016 ACM 347: Dueling Polls on Apple vs. FBI, and the Free Speech Card

    Dueling surveys have been published on whether people support Apple or the FBI in a fight over the government forcing Apple to create a backdoor in iOS. Bryan and Jeff discuss the differences in the polls as well as the demographic differences in opinion they reveal. They also look in on Apple's decision to play the free speech card in its legal fight. Plus, robot overlords.

  10. Feb. 17th, 2016 ACM 346: Apple’s Stand against the FBI and Why can’t Silicon Valley Copy Apple?

    Apple is making a stand against the FBI and a court order to create a backdoor into iOS, and Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications, ramifications, and importance of this fight. They also talk about Silicon Valley's inexplicable failure to do a better job of copying those things Apple does right.