The BirchTree Podcast

The BirchTree Podcast
A show that covers the most interesting tech and gaming stories of the past week.
022: WWDC Take 2
Jun 12 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 5 min
My first impressions after a day with AirPods.
004: Final Fantasy 15’s frustrating conclusion
Jan 16 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 4 min
It’s been too long, friends. Let’s talk smart home stuff today.