The BirchTree Podcast

The BirchTree Podcast
A show that covers the most interesting tech and gaming stories of the past week.
048: The Apple Watch Doesn’t Really Have a Peer
Jan 16 • 6 min
I discuss the unique challenge of coming up with new features for a product that doesn’t really have anyone to steal ideas from. iOS can look to Android for things to improve, and macOS can look to Windows, but watchOS really has no peers at this point in…
047: A Detail Often Forgotten
Jan 8 • 7 min
We often forget that people make different choices on what computing platforms to use. This leads to heated, sometimes angry debates about why the other person is clearly making a bad decision and they should change. That is not a helpful way to talk…
046: My iPad Pro Setup
Dec 18, 2017 • 7 min
I have 100% more iPad in my life this week than last week so you know I have to talk about it! Today I’m just talking hardware, not software just yet.
045: 3 Reasons I Prefer iOS to Android
Dec 11, 2017 • 7 min
It comes down to 3 main things for me: 1. Third party software 2. General look and feel 3. Sync with my Mac
044: Back on iOS
Dec 7, 2017 • 3 min
I put my SIM card back in the iPhone!
043: The camera you have with you
Nov 28, 2017 • 7 min
My updated thoughts on the Pixel 2 camera and why I am actually pulling out the Pixel before my iPhone when it’s time to take a picture.
042: Tech I’m thankful for this year
Nov 20, 2017 • 6 min
A quick look back on some of the tech that I am thankful to have this year.
041: Third party software on Android
Nov 13, 2017 • 7 min
It’s still terrible, even through the operating system itself has gotten better over the years. Here’s the list I mention in the episode of apps I have not been able to replace yet. Apple News Files Reddit OmniFocus HomeKit Ulysses Mic Scanbot Television…
040: Face ID and changing your engrained habits
Nov 6, 2017 • 7 min
I don’t have an iPhone X yet, but I’ve been talking to a lot of people who do and had to take today’s episode to talk about Face ID, how our habits change, and what I expect we’ll see in Face ID 2.0.
039: The Pixel 2 camera
Oct 30, 2017 • 10 min
Today I’m mulling over my feelings about the camera in the Pixel 2. Does this camera live up to the hype?
038: A key iOS advantage (bonus episode!)
Oct 24, 2017 • 5 min
In an off-the-cuff episode, I talk about third party services and why iOS has a fundamental advantage over Android in this area.
037: Let’s talk fanboys
Oct 23, 2017 • 8 min
Consider this: if you were hired by Apple or Google tomorrow as a social media specialist who’s job it is to report only the good news about their company and only the bad news about their rival, would the things you share online change at all? Are you…
036: It’s officially time to gush about the Nintendo Switch
Oct 16, 2017 • 8 min
The Nintendo Switch was released 7 months ago and for the first time in a while, I feel like the software library available on the console is worth of gushing over for a few minutes.
035: Switching to Android
Oct 11, 2017 • 9 min
I ordered a Google Pixel 2 this weekend and will be using Android as my main phone for at least a month. We’ll see if my results are better than they have been in the past.
034: Siri, Alexa, and Google
Oct 2, 2017 • 13 min
I’ve been using the 3 major voice assistants constantly for the past year, and took today as a chance to reflect on what I like and don’t like about each of these services.
033: iPhone 8 First Impressions
Sep 27, 2017 • 10 min
My thoughts after a couple days with the iPhone 8 Plus.
032: watchOS 4 Review Preview
Sep 18, 2017 • 6 min
Why watchOS reviews are fundamentally different from iOS reviews, and 3 of the features in watchOS 4 that I think you’ll love.
031: This isn’t some generic sky!
Sep 12, 2017 • 15 min
My first impressions of the Apple iPhone event. We talk iPhones and Apple Watches and Apple TVs, weeeee!
030: Lessons from first week on the App Store
Sep 5, 2017 • 7 min
My first app, Today’s Forecast, on the App Store was released 7 days ago and I’m still catching up on sleep and emails as we roll into week two. There is lots to do when releasing an app, and I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about some of the…
029: Crappy privacy policy? Get out of there!
Aug 28, 2017 • 9 min
AccuWeather and Sarahah have both been hit with news stories in the past week about how they are sharing your personal data for shady purposes.Today I walk through why stories like this get under my skin and why all of us (including me) need to take a…
028: Embarrassing code that works
Aug 21, 2017 • 8 min
I’m getting close to being done with my new weather app for iOS, and I took a few minutes this morning to reflect on the process of going from web to iOS development. It’s messy, it’s challenging, and I’d be ashamed to show a professional developer my…
027: Figuring out your competitive advantages
Aug 14, 2017 • 5 min
This week we’re thinking about your personal advantages and how to leverage them. It’s hard to always know what you’re advantages are over everyone else in the room, so hopefully this episode will get you thinking about that a little more this week.
026: Be aware of your own narrative
Aug 10, 2017 • 6 min
A quick bonus episode on a trapball of us fall into all day, every day. We all have pre-conceived notions for how the world works, and that carries over to tech. This impromptu episode had no prep and was recorded and posted in 15 minutes!
025: The Nintendo Switch 3 months later
Aug 7, 2017 • 8 min
I’ve owned a Nintendo Switch for about 3 months. Today we’re taking a look at how my initial impressions have panned out over time.
024: Of course there’s an asterisk next to iPad
Aug 1, 2017 • 6 min
I take a quick look at Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings. Growth! iPhones up! Macs flat! iPads up! But are they the right iPads?
023: Quick Podcast Update
Jul 28, 2017 • 4 min
The podcast is getting back to its regular schedule soon! See the video version of this episode here:
022: WWDC Take 2
Jun 12, 2017 • 13 min
I wanted to take another look at WWDC now that I have played with some of the betas more and watched some of the developer sessions.
021: WWDC Reactions with Matt Bonney
Jun 7, 2017 • 44 min
Recorded immediately after the WWDC 2017 keynote, special guess Matt Bonney and I discuss Apple’s latest announcements. Follow Matt Bonney on Twitter or at
020: 2 Years of Apple Watch
Apr 22, 2017 • 7 min
The Apple Watch is about to turn 2 year old, and I’ve been there since day one. I reflect on what the last 2 years have been like for me with the Watch. This episode sounds a lot different from normal, and that’s because instead of recording this in my…
019: Talking about Apple’s new Clips app
Apr 11, 2017 • 5 min
Sorry I’ve been away for so long! Quick thoughts on my first week with Clips for iOS. Links Discussed This isn’t a vlog (using Apple’s new Clips app) Clips on the App Store
018: C by GE’s rocky first impressions
Mar 20, 2017 • 5 min
I got some new C by GE smart bulbs over the weekend and my first run with them is pretty shaky at best. We’ll see how they grow on me, but my advice after one day is to stay away and spend a little more on Phillips Hue bulbs.
017: Reimagining the iOS lock screen
Mar 15, 2017 • 11 min
We’re talking about the iOS lock screen again! Links: BirchTree Podcast episode 15: The next big thing in iOS notifications Concept: iOS 11 lock screen - BirchTree How location-based, persistent reminders could change the game for iOS - BirchTree
016: When pros legitimately need more power
Mar 11, 2017 • 5 min
Okay, so due to some weird scheduling yesterday, I was able to record, but not post yesterday. If only I hadn’t called out the day on numerous occasions in this one! I hope you can still accept me as I am. This episode is all about the very real…
015: The next big thing in iOS notifications
Mar 7, 2017 • 8 min
In which I run down my thought process when writing my piece on location-based, persistent notifications on iOS. How location-based, persistent reminders could change the game for iOS - BirchTree
014: Horizon + Zelda = Heaven
Mar 2, 2017 • 5 min
We’re in a very good couple of weeks for video games, and I had to take a few minutes to gush about them.
013: I just find Android so damn boring
Feb 24, 2017 • 5 min
Quick episode today about my experience using Android Nougat over the past month. It’s just not doing it for me.
012: Calendars as task managers
Feb 22, 2017 • 7 min
I have recently started using calendars to manage my tasks and it’s working out surprisingly well so far! Today I walk through why it works better with my brain and his currently helping manage both my busy and non-busy time better. WWDC17 wallpapers…
011: Apple Pay is the best Apple service you’re probably not using
Feb 15, 2017 • 10 min
I know a thing or two about payments, and Apple Pay is very impressive tech. Much like AirPods, Apple Pay is a simple idea executed incredibly well. I did my best to sum up why you should se this up on your iPhone today.
010: The demise of premium hardware?
Feb 10, 2017 • 5 min
I discuss this argument that some people make about Apple being in a lot of trouble because their high-end hardware will cease to be an important differentiator in the near future as low-cost smartphones start to take off. If hardware is commoditized,…
009: You need to go find inspiration
Feb 8, 2017 • 5 min
Brief discussion on how I make the time to create all the content for BirchTree, and why there is no magic bullet for creating great content online.
008: Upgrading to Android Nougat
Feb 2, 2017 • 7 min
I upgraded my Mogot G4 to Android Nougat this week and have playing with the new things that the latest version of Android offers. My opinion is basically unchanged about Android, as this seems to be a nice, if unexciting release from Google.
007: Siri is no Scarlett Johansson w/ special guest G. Keenan Schneider
Jan 26, 2017 • 29 min
I’m happy to be joined by Keenan Schneider for this extra long episode of the show. We talk AirPods, AirPods, and why we love AirPods. It was a lot of fun! Follow Keenan on Twitter and find his other work at
006: Could YouTubers’ video editing move to the iPad soon?
Jan 24, 2017 • 5 min
I don’t think there’s any good reason why Apple couldn’t make a very capable version of Final Cut Pro X for the iPad Pro, and I think it could help with Apple’s image of the iPad as a true desktop replacement.
005: AirPods are a quietly brilliant product
Jan 20, 2017 • 5 min
My first impressions after a day with AirPods.
004: Final Fantasy 15’s frustrating conclusion
Jan 16, 2017 • 5 min
I’ve gotten to the part of Final Fantasy 15 that every reviewer said is where the game goes off the rails, and boy where they right. This is a prime example of bad game design and I just had to talk about it for a little bit. Still a great game overall,…
003: I’m not saying PCs are going away soon, but…
Jan 12, 2017 • 7 min
I’m planting my flag in the sand for iOS and Android taking over more and more of the PC marketplace, until we’re all saying “why did I need a PC again?”
002: 3 things I love about Android
Jan 9, 2017 • 5 min
In which I remind everyone who think’s I’m somehow and iOS fanboy that I am using Android as my daily driver and really like some parts of Android.
001: What do you want to talk about?
Jan 4, 2017 • 4 min
It’s been too long, friends. Let’s talk smart home stuff today.