The BirchTree Podcast

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Aug 28, 2017

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 closer look at what data we are freely giving to the apps that we use on a daily basis.

Aug 21, 2017

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 code, but it works, and I'll only get better.

Aug 14, 2017

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.

Aug 10, 2017

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!

Aug 7, 2017

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.

My initial impressions of the Switch.

Aug 1, 2017

I take a quick look at Apple's Q3 2017 earnings. Growth! iPhones up! Macs flat! iPads up! But are they the right iPads? 

Jul 28, 2017

The podcast is getting back to its regular schedule soon!

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Jun 12, 2017

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.

Jun 7, 2017

Recorded immediately after the WWDC 2017 keynote, special guess Matt Bonney and I discuss Apple's latest announcements.


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Apr 22, 2017

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 home studio like normal, I recorded it straight into my iPhone using the Clips app for iOS. I hope you still like it!

See the video version of this here:

Apr 11, 2017

Sorry I've been away for so long! Quick thoughts on my first week with Clips for iOS.

Links Discussed

Mar 20, 2017

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.

Mar 11, 2017

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 roadblocks you can run into when pushing you Mac to its limits.

Mar 7, 2017

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

Mar 2, 2017

We're in a very good couple of weeks for video games, and I had to take a few minutes to gush about them.

Feb 24, 2017

Quick episode today about my experience using Android Nougat over the past month. It's just not doing it for me.

Feb 22, 2017

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.

Feb 15, 2017

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.

Feb 10, 2017

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, then what is Apple to do? It's an argument we've seen for the entirety of Apple's existence, and I see no reason to think this is any more true today than it was before.

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Feb 2, 2017

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.

Jan 26, 2017

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!

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Jan 24, 2017

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.

Jan 20, 2017

My first impressions after a day with AirPods.

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