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iPad Refresh, Mac Sales, App Store Affiliate Program - ACM 473

In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a look at the new iPad icons uncovered in iOS 12. They also discuss the 14% drop in Mac unit sales and wonder why Apple doesn’t use that one weird trick of making new Macs to goose Mac sales. They cap the show with a look at why Apple would cancel the App Store Affiliate Program. Start your hunt for the perfect employee with LinkedIn Jobs and get a special discount for being an ACM fan. Just go to LinkedIn’s jobs site and get $50 off your first job post. Sources referenced in this episode: Thin-bezel iPad with Face ID Hiding in iOS 12 Developer Beta 5 Apple to Cut Apps from iTunes Affiliate Program Because Discovery Will Rock in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave Q3 Sales of Macs Take a Big Hit Thanks to Late MacBook Pro Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

56mins

3 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Social Media, AirPods Pro, Apple Bundles, w/John Kheit - ACM 524

John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss social media, mob rule, and the 1st Amendment. Yikes! They also talk about their hands-on experience with AirPods Pro and look at Apple’s content pricing and whether or not the company is likely to offer more bundles for its content (spoiler: no!). SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its PECO technology goes beyond HEPA filtration to not just capture but completely destroy the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants, including those 1000x smaller than a HEPA filter can trap. Molekule has already helped allergy & asthma sufferers around the country better cope with their conditions and significantly reduce their symptoms. Get 10% off your first air purifier order at the Molekule website with the special discount code ACM10. Sources referenced in this episode: Tim Cook Implies Free Year of Apple TV+ Promo Is Temporary Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 8mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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iPad Pro Mac, Apple TV Games, iPhone Driver's License - ACM 483

In this episode, Bryan Chaffin ask if Apple’s rumored next iPad Pro is the Mac replacement long predicted. They also discuss what went wrong with Apple TV gaming, and the pros and cons and cons and cons of iPhone driver’s licenses. They sneak some Anki Vector love in there, too. Sources referenced in this episode: Anki Unveils Vector Home Robot with AI Learning Don’t Worry, Anki’s Vector Is ‘The Good Robot’ that Won’t Destroy Humanity Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 5mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Apple/Amazon Trillions, 5 Eyes, iPhone Battery - ACM 478

Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone batter replacement program while they can. Sources referenced in this episode: With Thursday Close, Apple Just $9 Trillion from Becoming First $10 Trillion Company Reminder: Apple Battery Replacement Program Ends in December Five Eyes Countries Want to Avoid Public Encryption Debate HEIC Converter to JPEG or PNG Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook TekRevue Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 1min

5 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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Jony Ive, Services, Current Macs, w/John Kheit - ACM 518

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss Apple without Sir Jony Ive, why he might have left, and and how it might have gone down. They also discuss the growing role of Apple Services, and the current state of the Mac lineup. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its PECO technology goes beyond HEPA filtration to not just capture but completely destroy the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants, including those 1000x smaller than a HEPA filter can trap. Molekule has already helped allergy and asthma sufferers around the country better cope with their conditions and significantly reduce their symptoms. Get $75 off your first order at the Molekule website with the special discount code ACM. Sources referenced in this episode: Apple Stops Selling 12-Inch MacBook Apple Updates MacBook Air, MacBook Pro for 2019 Back to School Sir Jony Ive Will Leave Apple to Start Design Company LoveFrom Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 9mins

13 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Dogbot Twerking, Facebook Portal, Listener Mail - ACM 484

In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet make an announcement about ACM. They also talk about the cool horror of BostonDynamics’s twerking dogbot. Oh, and Facebook Portal…please. No. Just, please no. The also take a look at some listener email. Start your hunt for the perfect employee with LinkedIn Jobs and get a special discount for being a ACM fan. Just Go to LinkedIn’s jobs site and get $50 off your first job post. Sources referenced in this episode: BostonDynamics's Dog Not Only Opens Doors, It Twerks and Moonwalks Facebook Says its Portal Chat Camera Can Spy On You for Targeted Ads It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

59mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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iPhone 11/Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 522

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet reunite to discuss Apple’s new product announcements, including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple’s trade-in program, midnight green, glass…it’s Bryan and Jeff, so of course they spin out of control on various and sundry side rails. Buckle up! SPONSOR: Keeps. Losing Hair sucks. Keeps can help. Receive your first month of treatment for free at Keeps.com/acm. Hair today. Hair tomorrow. Sources referenced in this episode: Apple Watch Series 5: Always-On Display, Built-in Compass, More Finishes, Available for Preorder Now Apple iPhone 11 Pro: 3 Cameras, More Battery, Super Retina Display Apple iPhone 11: Improved Camera, Lower Price Here are the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Camera Features Apple iPhone 11 Pro: 3 Cameras, More Battery, Super Retina Display BIGiDESIGN Ti Arto EDC Titanium Pen - Machined Raw CW&T Pen Type-B - Brass Kanex GoPower Watch - Amazon Kanex GoPower Watch Plus - Amazon Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

13 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Twitter Absurdity, iPhone Pencils, Cyborg Vision - ACM 475

Twitter killed some key APIs third party apps used to make their apps useful because Twitter hates influencers and power users. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet drop a few f-bombs. They also talk about the latest rumor that Apple will bring support for Apple Pencil to some new iPhone models. The cap the show by dipping into our cyborg future of enhanced vision. Check out Molekule, the company that reinvented the air purifier. Use coupon code ACM at checkout to save $75 off your first order. Sources referenced in this episode: Twitter Just Killed Key Features in Third-party Client Apps Another Report Says iPhone Getting Apple Pencil Support Found: Sony Patent For Contact Lens That Can Record Video Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

55mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Online Voting, Corporate Public Square, New Star Trek - ACM 474

What will it take to make online or app-based voting safe, secure, and reliable? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by John Kheit to discuss the future of voting. They also explore the idea of corporate platforms (i.e. private platforms) becoming so big that they become synonymous with the public square and subject to the First Amendment. Then Bryan goes off on a weird tangent about how cool Patrick Stewart’s new episode of Star Trek could be if Jean-Luc Picard was a broken and bitter man. Good times! Sources referenced in this episode: West Virginia Introduces Country’s First Voting App Apple Bans Alex Jones Infowars Podcasts from iTunes Store Alex Jones Infowars App Still on App Store Even After Podcasts Were Blocked Patrick Stewart Playing Jean-Luc Picard in New Star Trek Series Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 7mins

8 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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Apple TV+ and Apple Originals Preview - ACM 523

Charlotte Henry joins Bryan Chaffin to talk about Apple TV+, Apple Originals, Apple’s role in the industry, the evolution of original streaming content, and a whole lot more—all in preparation for the November 1st launch of Apple TV+. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its PECO technology goes beyond HEPA filtration to not just capture but completely destroy the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants, including those 1000x smaller than a HEPA filter can trap. Molekule has already helped allergy & asthma sufferers around the country better cope with their conditions and significantly reduce their symptoms. Get 10% off your first air purifier order at the Molekule website with the special discount code ACM10. Sources referenced in this episode: With Apple TV+ About to Launch, Apple Looks Ready For Its Media Moment Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

50mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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iPhone 'S' Year, Headphone Jacks, Siri Shortcuts - ACM 479

Reminder: this was an “s” year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone XS is a solid “nuts and bolts” update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing. Sources referenced in this episode: Business Time - Flight of the Concords Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 4 with Bigger Display, New Watch Faces Apple Unveils iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR iPhone XS, Apple Watch Series 4 First Reactions - TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-12 Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

52mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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Apple's New Mac Pro: Good, Bad, Ugly, w/John Kheit - ACM 515

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit dig into Apple’s new Mac Pro, covering the good, the bad, and the ugly. They talk specs, costs, some of the things that came out since the keynote, and weigh the very important question of whether they want one. Spoiler, yes, but John’s actually likely to pull the trigger. Bryan also makes sure to give John plenty of room to take his victory laps for the many things he got right leading up to this long-awaited announcement. Please show some love and support for all five companies that supported our WWDC 2019 coverage, including this show: iMazing, Smile, Carbon Copy Cloner, Sane Box, Direct Mail. Sources referenced in this episode: WWDC 2019: It’s Here! The New Mac Pro Has Arrived Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr

8 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Pictar Pro, Netflix Narnia, Apple's October Surprise - ACM 482

The Pictar Pro marries old school camera goodness to modern iPhone convenience, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet weigh the pros and cons. They also talk about Netflix’s plans to make new movies and TV series (both) out of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Lastly, they talk about what to expect if Apple does an October media event. Sources referenced in this episode: Pictar Pro Launches Preorders on Kickstarter – Camera-Grip and Viewfinder for iPhone Pictar Pro on Kickstarter – Kickstarter Netflix is adapting the Chronicles of Narnia into movies and a series - TheNextWeb When to Expect Apple's Rumored October Event Based on Prior Years SNL Digital Short: Natalie Raps Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 1min

3 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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iOS 13 & iPad OS, Things We Like and Don't Like, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 519

Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss Apple’s new iOS 13 and iPadOS, both of which are in developer and public beta. They talk about some of the features they really like—and some features they don’t like at all. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its PECO technology goes beyond HEPA filtration to not just capture but completely destroy the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants, including those 1000x smaller than a HEPA filter can trap. Molekule has already helped allergy and asthma sufferers around the country better cope with their conditions and significantly reduce their symptoms. Get $75 off your first order at the Molekule website with the special discount code ACM. Sources referenced in this episode: iPadOS, iOS 13 Developer Beta 4 Now Available iOS 13: How to Set Apple Books Reading Goals WWDC19: Apple Introduces iPadOS Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

40mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Mac Hardware WWDC, AppKit/UIKit, Next-Gen Wi-Fi, w/John Kheit - ACM 513

Bryan Chaffin and guest John Kheit start this week’s show off with an immediate siderail about The Curse of Oak Island and Cooper’s Treasure, because that’s what they do. The real topics, however, include what Apple’s MacBook Pro announcement might mean for Mac hardware at WWDC. They also look at the brewing fight between UIKit and AppKit, and what’s coming in the world of Wi-Fi. Sources referenced in this episode: The Curse of Oak Island - History Channel Cooper's Treasure - Discovery Apple Releases the First 8-Core MacBook Pro Marzipanify Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

1hr 4mins

24 May 2019

Rank #15

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Verizon's $2, Apple's New Football, Netflix's Rebellion - ACM 476

Verizon recently throttled a fire department’s command and control vehicle in a pursuit of $2, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have some thoughts about the propriety of such an action. They also wonder whether rumors of a new iMac mean we can start trusting Apple to update its Macs again, or if Lucy will just yank the ball away instead. They cap the show with a look at Netflix’s baby steps towards rebellion against Apple’s App Store cut for subscriptions. Sources referenced in this episode: Verizon Throttles California Firefighter Bandwidth During Emergency, Demands More Money, Later Calls It 'A Mistake' Mac mini Getting a Significant Update this Fall What We Might Get From Apple's New Mac mini Pro Netflix is Testing a Way to Avoid iTunes Billing Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Jeff's Twitter Bryan's Twitter Jeff's blog: Fresh Brewed Tales Bryan's blog: GeekTells

54mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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Apple Card vs. All Cards, What Apple's Becoming, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 514

Apple Card is coming soon, and Bryan Chaffin and guest-cohost Jeff Gamet compare it to the Amazon Prime card and other credit cards. They also dive into the heady topic of what exactly Apple is in the process of coming. Spoiler, Jeff guesses wrong when he says “a services company.” Sources referenced in this episode: Everything You Need to Know about Apple Card – Apple’s New Credit Card Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's Twitter Bryan's blog: GeekTells

53mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #17