The Committed: A Weekly Tech Podcast

The Committed: A Weekly Tech Podcast
A weekly tech podcast covering a wide variety of topics, including personal productivity, media, and consumer technology. Hosted by Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and Kirk McElhearn.
248: “Bathrob-y at the Top”
Apr 10 • 51 min
We talk about swollen Apple Watch batteries, Apple’s services strategy and branding, the HomePod, troubles using Google accounts in macOS Mail after the 10.14.4 update, and more.
247: “Burn my Pants Pocket”
Apr 3 • 53 min
We talk about Apple News+, the new AirPod wireless charging case, the new iPad mini 5, and the new iMacs.
246: “A Billion Pockets”
Mar 25 • 46 min
We cover select items from this week’s Apple Media Event.
245: “A Picture of Words”
Mar 13 • 45 min
We talk about note taking on the iPad in Apple Books, the stealth new feature in Mail Drop for OmniFocus, sleep tracking with the Apple Watch, and the upcoming Apple Event.
244: “Let-Me-Just Syndrome”
Mar 7 • 52 min
We talk about Apple Watch sales, then launch into a conversation about digital vs. analog, specifically related to doing tasks for work and life.
243: “I’ve Turned Off Lots of Settings”
Feb 27 • 52 min
We cover a variety of news items, including iOS 12 adoption numbers, Goldman Sachs’s rumored relationship with Apple, Amazon counterfeiting, and apps that send your data to Facebook.
242: “Stockholm Syndroming”
Feb 20 • 51 min
We cover a variety of topics, including Amazon’s Eero purchase, the rumored upcoming Apple News event, the “Marzipanning” of macOS, and the fact that it’s been five years since the last Macworld Expo.
241: “We Don’t Know Anything”
Feb 6 • 43 min
We talk about the continued misunderstanding of what the iPad is, and how that misunderstanding is often fueled by Apple’s messaging, then we talk about selling iPhone on eBay, the iPhone XR, Facebook’s hot water situation with Apple, and Angela…
240: “A Metric Lot”
Jan 30 • 54 min
In an all-news episode, we talk Mojave’s Dark Mode, minimal iPhone home screens, the Mac Pro, the FaceTime bug, Apple’s Q1 results, and a lot of other stuff.
239: “All in on Dark Mode”
Jan 22 • 49 min
Ian welcomes Jeff Porten back to the show to discuss the role CES has in the tech world, and how it compares to the old days of Macworld Expo.
238: “Mastering Knife Kills”
Jan 17 • 44 min
We talk about the iPhone Smart Battery Cases, then launch into a discussion about changing up the tools and methods we use to get things done.
237: “It’s All About the Lens”
Jan 9 • 38 min
We cover the news that Apple services will be available on non-Apple devices, including TVs from the major manufacturers, the kerfuffle of bending iPads, and what we hope to see from Apple in 2019.
236: “Kinda Like a Sorting Hat”
Dec 20, 2018 • 42 min
In our final show of 2018, we talk about Kirk’s new car, Apple Maps, the death of Apple Connect, and Mac App Store analytics before briefly touching on several remarkable tech topics of the year.
235: “Universal Reversible”
Dec 5, 2018 • 38 min
We talk briefly about subscription models for software and universal Lightning/Micro USB cables, then cover a small selection of frustratingly non-intuitive features in iOS and macOS.
234: “Holiday Gift Guide”
Nov 29, 2018 • 44 min
We run through our favorite gifts from geeks like us to normal, everyday, well-adjusted human beings.
233: “MacBook iPad Air Pro”
Nov 8, 2018 • 52 min
We talk about Apple’s earnings as well as their technologies that are running out of time, then we quickly cover the new iPad Pro and MacBook Air.
232: “Norman F-ing Rockwell”
Oct 30, 2018 • 40 min
We cover today’s Apple Event, including MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro announcements.
231: “This Mall Has Everything!”
Oct 25, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about the ever-annoying “Do Not Disturb” warning in iOS, the iPhone XS Max, and Apple Stores. We then talk about what we’d like to see out of next week’s Apple Event.
230: “Slumming”
Oct 17, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about bagel emoji, Photoshop on the iPad, and a collection of tips from our own Kirk McElhearn.
229: “Two Hundred Words to Say No”
Oct 10, 2018 • 45 min
We talk iCloud- and iTunes-based iOS backups, Apple Watch faces, and some current headlines related to security and privacy.
228: “The Marzipan Wars”
Oct 6, 2018 • 57 min
We talk about Apple Watch Series 4 complications, then launch into a discussion about Mojave and its oddities with permissions. Then we devolve into a global thermonuclear war about Marzipan apps on macOS.
227: “Mind the Horns”
Sep 26, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about our first impressions with the iPhone XS and the Apple Watch Series 4, including how Ian’s wearing the Sport Loop wrong.
226: “It’s Not a Collector’s Item if You Can Buy it Refurbished”
Sep 19, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about the good, the bad, and the horribly terrible features in iOS 12.
225: “Tennis Match is the New Aluminium”
Sep 15, 2018 • 42 min
We cover the new announcements from Apple’s September event, as Rob gloats about how much money the notch is saving him.
224: “There’s Too Much Invested in Bands”
Sep 5, 2018 • 50 min
On the eve of the September 12 Apple event, we talk about stories that have captured our interest over the summer. Oh, and we return to a weekly schedule.
223: “It’s Chicken-S”
Aug 22, 2018 • 55 min
In the run-up to the fall Apple event, we talk about what we’d like to see, what we’re still waiting to see, and what we probably won’t see.
222: “Just Read”
Aug 9, 2018 • 60 min
The summer is half over, unbelievably. We talk about how, what, and why we’re reading this summer.
221: “Sit and Do Nothing!”
Jul 25, 2018 • 77 min
Ian welcomes Jeff Porten back to the show for a special one-on-one discussion about productivity tools and methodology.
220: “Five Days of Wassailing”
Jul 12, 2018 • 68 min
We welcome Jeff Porten to the show to talk about his new book, Take Control of Your Productivity.
219: “A Tale of Two Nerds”
Jun 28, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about iOS and macOS public betas, and lament the dearth of new Mac hardware.
218: “Microsoft 366”
Jun 14, 2018 • 63 min
We welcome Jeff Carlson back to the show to talk about his new podcast with our own Kirk McElhearn: The PhotoActive Podcast!
217: “One Watt Too Weak”
Jun 6, 2018 • 41 min
We cover our favorite announcements of WWDC 2018, round robin-style!
216: “The Apple School of Tiering”
Jun 2, 2018 • 47 min
We cover a buffet of topics, including iOS 11.4, AirPlay 2, the Apple Watch update trick, smart door locks, and Apple data dumps.
215: “Back to my List”
May 23, 2018 • 45 min
We explore a different way of moving icons around on an iPad in iOS 11, then we talk about things we’d like to see from Apple at WWDC 2018 in a couple of weeks.
214: “One Big Qi Charger”
May 15, 2018 • 45 min
We talk a bit more about the iMac’s 20th anniversary, then talk a lot about CarPlay’s past, present, and future.
213: “If it’s Over 80, I Don’t Wear Pants”
May 8, 2018 • 41 min
We talk about the 20th anniversary of the iMac: Where it came from, what it meant, and what it’s become.
212: “Wi-Fi the Whole Time”
May 2, 2018 • 47 min
We talk about Apple Watch updates, Kindle Whispersync with Audible, DirecTV NOW, and the coming demise of support for 32-bit apps on macOS.
211: “Hard Core Calendaring”
Apr 24, 2018 • 41 min
We talk about Amazon’s announcement of reaching 100 million Prime members, then launch into a discussion about whether or not the Apple Watch should be its own “island” or continue to be an iPhone accessory.
210: “Life’s a Spreadsheet”
Apr 18, 2018 • 62 min
We welcome Adam Engst back to the show to talk about the recent redesign of TidBITS.
209: “It’s a Hobby”
Apr 3, 2018 • 43 min
We cover business card scanning, MDM possibilities, and Apple’s rumored move to in-house chips. We also cover Apple’s new education-focused products and services.
208: “iMac mini”
Mar 20, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about Texture, Zinio, Readly, and Magzter and how they differ and how we think Apple can help solve the problem of getting access to niche magazines. Ian also fixed his iMac and iPhone, with little-known troubleshooting techniques for both iOS and…
207: “You Save on the Second Person”
Mar 13, 2018 • 38 min
We talk about Apple’s acquisition of Texture, Adobe tech support, Ian’s phishing problem, and then conclude our discussion of the road ahead for 2018 and Apple. LINKS Apple is buying Texture, the digital magazine distributor rbdigital Apple Music hits 38…
206: “That All the Robs Hate”
Mar 6, 2018
We talk a bit about how we listen to music vs. how we used to, and how Apple Music and the HomePod change that. Then we start a discussion about where some of Apple’s main product categories can go.
205: “Music Sommelier”
Feb 20, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents synching, then discuss our further impressions of the HomePod, including sound variances. And of course, we discuss the “ring” issue.
204: “Don’t Squeeze it too Hard, or You’ll Need AppleCare”
Feb 13, 2018 • 52 min
We jump right into talking about our experiences with the HomePod: what we like, what we don’t like, and what we don’t understand.
203: “Those Big Chunky Watches”
Feb 7, 2018 • 47 min
We talk about Apple Music’s current subscriber numbers, the concept of an “Apple Prime” bundle of services, then dive into some of the Apple Q1 2018 earnings results.
202: “50,000 Feet is Not Where Airplanes Fly”
Jan 30, 2018 • 44 min
We talk about the HomePod, the Sonos One, iOS 11.3, and then launch into a discussion of device sleep, Power Nap, and how all of it frustrates us.
201: “Everything’s by the Sink”
Jan 23, 2018 • 38 min
We discuss listener feedback about Amazon Alexa usage, the HomePod’s impending release, the iPhone X, Ian’s T-Mobile customer service experience, and Def Leppard.
200: “You’ll Go Feral”
Jan 16, 2018 • 49 min
We celebrate 200 episodes of our little podcast by talking about 5th anniversary of the death of Macworld Expo and the 10th anniversary of the birth of both the MacBook Air and the iOS App Store. We also talk about connected home speakers and try to make…
199: “I’m Still Writing 199 On All My Checks”
Jan 9, 2018 • 49 min
We talk about the demise of Transmit iOS, the affect social media and smartphones have on our brains, and the current state of the Kindle ecosystem.
198: “I’m Not a Big Enough Fan of Anything”
Jan 3, 2018 • 44 min
We kick off 2018 with a discussion of Apple’s iPhone battery controversy, then go on a bit of a tangent talking about sports (yikes!), and then probably make our British listeners hurt themselves while shaking their heads.
197: “It Sounds Bad Because It’s KISS”
Dec 19, 2017 • 42 min
In the final episode of 2017, we talk about music videos, the iMac Pro as a “halo” product, and the fundamental problem with the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.
196: “Not Your Family’s iMac”
Dec 12, 2017 • 43 min
We discuss Apple’s acquisition of Shazam and what that can mean for the service. Then we talk about Apple’s new iMac Pro and who we think it’s for.
195: “System Preferences U2 Album”
Dec 6, 2017 • 48 min
We discuss Apple’s recent software bugs and botched updates. Again.
194: “Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Free Range Eggs Edition”
Nov 29, 2017 • 32 min
It’s time for our annual gift guide, and we continue the tradition of picking items in a variety of price categories: Under $20, $20 to $100, and Over $100.
193: “Thankful”
Nov 21, 2017 • 38 min
We discuss things in technology we’re thankful for, including some great Thanksgiving-table arguments.
192: “The Phone in Craig’s House”
Nov 14, 2017 • 43 min
We talk about fixing odd Apple Music problems using methods that just weren’t possible a couple of years go, then discuss Ian’s experiences with the iPhone X.
191: “Who Moved My Qi?”
Nov 1, 2017 • 47 min
We talk about activating an Apple Watch Series 3, cheap data plans for iPads, Dropbox Professional with Smart Sync, Amazon One-Day pickup, and the new (to us) world of Qi charging pads.
190: “All it Did Was Hide My Movies”
Oct 26, 2017 • 43 min
We talk about sharing Apple IDs, the new Kindle Oasis, the iPhone Upgrade Program (and how it lets you jump the line for the iPhone X), then launch into a discussion about Apple’s entrance into digital video. Then we talk about the unexplained phenomenon…
189: “Firm Air Quotes”
Oct 17, 2017 • 44 min
We talk about the ho-hum nature of macOS High Sierra, then spend some time covering the changes in the Photos app, including Rob’s migration from iPhoto and its similarities to the dead and lamented Aperture. This episode is brought to you by Econ…
188: “The End of the Fork”
Oct 11, 2017 • 44 min
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza
187: “Be Kind, Rewind”
Oct 3, 2017 • 50 min
We welcome Peter Cohen back to the show to talk about old technology (and how long you should reasonably expect it to keep working, the Apple TV 4K, the criticism of Apple’s design decisions, and the Apple Watch Series 3. This episode is brought to you by…
186: “The Soap Opera Effect”
Sep 27, 2017 • 45 min
We talk about Exchange support in iOS 11, the shortcomings of the Files app, the Apple TV 4K, and the iPhone 8 Plus.
185: “Gravity Will Just Pull Harder”
Sep 21, 2017 • 43 min
We talk about the societal dangers with Face ID, then run through significant new features in iOS 11.
184: “Full Dalrymple in a Day”
Sep 12, 2017 • 49 min
On the heels of the Apple Special event, we talk Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, and the iPhone X.
183: “I Can’t Click Buttons”
Sep 5, 2017 • 35 min
We cover Ian’s inability to properly administer SSL certificates, APFS in High Sierra, Microsoft’s support, and why tech support should be considered the best marketing efforts you can do.
182: “I Welcome Our APFS Overlords”
Aug 30, 2017 • 34 min
We talk briefly about Apple’s new APFS file system, then talk about iOS 11’s new features and how they take the iPad to a new level for pro users.
181: “Fetishizing Vinyl”
Aug 23, 2017 • 50 min
Kirk and Ian talk about 2-factor authentication in Amazon, the Like/Dislike features in Apple News and Apple Music, then explore Ian’s recent fascination with vinyl records.
180: “All the Places”
Aug 8, 2017 • 41 min
We welcome Chris Field from Yoti to the show to talk about an new way to authenticate that seriously has the potential to disrupt the “convenience/security” balancing act.
179: “High Tea Requires High-Quality Biscuits”
Jul 25, 2017 • 48 min
We cover an update to the Circle Go service, the new Rock x Siri Apple ad, subscription pricing for apps, and the looming death of Flash Professional.
178: “That’s a Head”
Jul 18, 2017 • 48 min
We discuss the black magic behind the Circle Go service, the mess that’s been made by two-factor authentication, and the potential cause of Ian’s wonky iPhone home button. We also lament how trashy Amazon’s Prime Day has become.
177: “Password Masters”
Jul 12, 2017 • 46 min
Rob and Ian discuss photo exporting, native Apple features like Reading List, and the lack of general security with the SMS protocol.
176: “Camera Hernia”
Jun 27, 2017 • 59 min
We talk about photo management, then reminisce about the 10-year history of the iPhone, and where mobile computing might be ten years from now.
175: “She Can’t Have Nice Things”
Jun 20, 2017 • 49 min
We talk briefly about photography again, then give our impressions of the new 12.9” and 10.5” iPad and which one Ian thinks is the best one for the market (hint: it’s not the one you think). We then open a broad discussion about Apple repair options.
174: “This Guy Named Ansel”
Jun 12, 2017 • 58 min
After some post-WWDC followup, we talk about the new iPad Pro models, then launch into a discussion about photography and the current state of tools and techniques.
173: “WWDC Extended Edition”
Jun 5, 2017 • 54 min
In the wake of the 2017 WWDC keynote, we cover a small collection of announcements.
172: “There Are Things Wolverine Does With His Claws”
May 31, 2017 • 55 min
We welcome Dan Moren to the show to talk about the process of creating his novel, The Caledonian Gambit.
171: “We Walk Miles in Parking Lots”
May 23, 2017 • 55 min
With WWDC right around the corner, we talk about the kinds of things we’d like to see from Apple.
170: “Dental X-Rays Aren’t Taking Me Down”
May 16, 2017 • 61 min
We briefly talk about the WannaCry ransomware attack, then discuss the current state of the MP3 format, App Store upgrades, and two-factor authentication.
169: “Gold Coins for Undos”
May 9, 2017 • 49 min
We talk about the eero Wi-Fi mesh product, Apple’s Smart Keyboard, and Handbrake, then ask the question: Is Amazon’s lead in the Internet of Things so large that no one can reasonably challenge them?
168: “Windows Tennis”
May 2, 2017 • 50 min
Before briefly touching on Apple’s Q2 earnings, we discuss the Kwikset smart locks, the concept of breaking up iTunes, then talk about Microsoft’s Windows 10 S and new Surface laptops.
167: “Frankenmacking”
Apr 26, 2017 • 41 min
We begin the perilous journey of assembling a home-made Mac, explaining motivations, strategy, pitfalls, and frustrations.
166: “1 Degree Short of Boiling”
Apr 19, 2017 • 41 min
We discuss hot GPUs, personalizing radio stations in Apple Music, then dive into Kirk’s recent review of the Netgear Orbi, weighing the pros and cons of mesh networking.
165: “Sorry, No Game For You”
Apr 11, 2017 • 53 min
After closing the book on our discussion of car leases (thank goodness!), Ian talks about comics (oh no!), and once Rob and Kirk wake up we talk about shopping on Apple’s site, connecting a stereo to a Mac, the new iPad, and what it means to be a…
164: “Pros are Leaving in Droves”
Apr 5, 2017 • 50 min
We cover a couple of Robservatory topics, then talk about Apple’s Mac Pro non-announcement. And Kirk bought two cars.
163: “Spoiler: Caesar Dies”
Mar 22, 2017 • 50 min
We cover Apple’s minor announcements, then begin a broad discussion into home lighting solutions like the Philips Hue.
162: “Dumb and Harmful”
Mar 14, 2017 • 45 min
We continue our discussion of digital books, MDM solutions, and then cover auto-play videos (and how to turn them off). We also tease an upcoming car-focused episode.
161: “The Slacking Dead”
Mar 7, 2017 • 46 min
We continue our discussion of declining Apple software quality, MDM solutions, the difference between chat, email, and phone calls when it comes to communication, and the current state if the iBooks ecosystem.
160: “Nope.”
Feb 28, 2017 • 51 min
We discuss the power of “no” and how it can actually be a positive word, the recent Apple Developer certificate problem, and relatively simple tricks to improve your device security and privacy.
159: “Let an iPad Be an iPad”
Feb 21, 2017 • 54 min
We talk about the Facebook Manifesto, customizing the iTunes interface, preview URLs in Messages, and ask why Apple needs to continue to try to compare the iPad to a computer.
158: “We’ll Accept 30% of Anyone’s Revenue”
Feb 16, 2017 • 51 min
We cover animated GIFs, the reboot of Twitterrific, SoundSource, and wonder if Apple has missed the boat on original TV content.
157: “Delicious Smell of Lead”
Feb 7, 2017 • 66 min
We welcome Glenn Fleishman back to the show to talk about iOS and macOS developers soon being able to respond to reviews, Ian’s hesitation to install smart light switches, and Glenn’s new Kickstart project: Hands On: the Original Digital.
156: “Gimme Some Thickness”
Jan 24, 2017 • 59 min
We chat about Apple’s decreased software quality and our hopes for the future, including re-prioritizing things like thinness (a word Kirk hates) over battery life. Then Alexa and the King of Sweden completely derail us.
155: “Before You Know It, You’ll Be Photographing Your Food”
Jan 17, 2017 • 55 min
We welcome Andy Doe back to the show to talk about his year without a smartphone, including the benefits, limitations, and how he runs his consulting business without being “always on”.
154: “They’re Basically One-App Ponies”
Jan 10, 2017 • 48 min
Rob and Ian reminisce about the iPhone launch, discuss the impact it’s had, and look back at Apple over the past twenty years.
153: “Kind of Wonder Woman-y”
Jan 4, 2017 • 51 min
We open 2017 with a collection of topics that collected over the holidays, including how to move away from Apple Music, creative iTunes Smart Playlists, Apple AirPods as wearables, and the Lenovo Flex 4.
152: “High on Alphabet Soup”
Dec 20, 2016 • 48 min
In our final show of 2016, we discuss Ian’s ongoing saga with the Surface Pro 4, Apple’s “we have things coming soon, promise!” non-announcement, and we pit Apple’s AirPods against (Apple’s) Powerbeats3 Wireless.
151: “Arbiter of Value”
Dec 13, 2016 • 48 min
We talk about the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, then launch into a discussion about writing things by hand, including why it’s beneficial and how to manage handwritten notes.
150: “State of Automation”
Dec 6, 2016 • 40 min
After digesting the news that Sal Sahogian has left Apple, we discuss a number of use cases for automation on the Mac and iPhone.
149: “Holiday Gift Guide 2016”
Nov 29, 2016 • 38 min
It’s time for our annual guide of products and services that make great gifts for the holidays!