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Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective, brought to you with a sense of humor. Hosts Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin put the Apple world into context.

Daily Observations Podcast

Hosted by The Mac Observer.

Daily Observations Podcast

Join Jeff Gamet each weekday as he assembles a panel of TMO staffers and contributors to talk through the stories and news of the day. Quick, informative, and entertaining. Make Daily Observations a part of your day!

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by The Mac Observer.

Background Mode Podcast

Join John Martellaro every week for fascinating interviews with tech industry pros and luminaries. It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to discuss things of interest to Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-09: Snagging Apple Employee Logins, Error 53 Lawsuit 1:26 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016

Apple's employees in Ireland are being targeted by people or groups wanting company logins. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to speculate on…

Podcast Archives

  1. Feb. 9th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-09: Snagging Apple Employee Logins, Error 53 Lawsuit

    Apple's employees in Ireland are being targeted by people or groups wanting company logins. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to speculate on what those logins could access and what Apple does to prevent unauthorized network access, plus they have some thoughts on the proposed class action lawsuit against the company over the Error 53 debacle.

  2. Feb. 8th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview with The Wirecutter’s Editor at Large Glenn Fleishman

    Glenn Fleishman is currently the Editor at Large for The Wirecutter and a Macworld Senior Contributor. Glenn is also a book author, and his Peachpit Press bio describes him as an "unsolicited pundit." That's because, as you'll hear in this interview, Glenn mind-melded with mechanical devices at an early age and soon discovered that he has a programmer's mind. That led to computers, graphic design and journalism in college. Later, that led to stints at Infoworld magazine and at Amazon as well as technical support for Kodak. And that led to ... well you'll just have to listen in-especially to…

  3. Feb. 8th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-08: Apple’s Error 53, Future Apple Watch Sensors

    Apple says it's protecting users by locking up their iPhones when third-party Touch ID Home buttons are installed. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at iPhone and touch sensor security, plus John has some ideas on what Apple could do with health and fitness sensors in future Apple Watch models.

  4. Feb. 7th, 2016 MGG 591: If You Had a JBOD Would You Hold It Against Us?

    JBOD, Airtime Fairness, Quality of Service (QoS), and RAID are just a few of the mysteries your two favorite geeks help you unravel this week. Add to that some answers about resetting pesky OS X passwords and photo storage plus a few Geek Challenges and a cornucopia of Cool Stuff Found and you've got Mac Geek Gab 591. Enjoy!

  5. Feb. 5th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-05: Streaming the Super Bowl, Time Machine’s Failure

    CBS is making it easy-and free-for anyone to watch the Super Bowl without needing a cable TV subscription or antenna. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming the big game through the CBS Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, plus they dive into why John thinks Apple has failed with Time Machine.

  6. Feb. 4th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-04: Apple’s Hacker Hires, Foxconn Buys Sharp

    Apple bought the security research company behind the Thunderstrike 2 Mac exploit. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's commitment to software and hardware security, and how putting the people who find exploits on its payroll plays into that. They also look at Foxconn's winning bid to buy Sharp.

  7. Feb. 3rd, 2016 ACM 344: Spying through the Internet of Things and Apple’s Wireless Charging Plans

    Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to encryption, and security, of the lack thereof, in the Internet of Things. They also talk about Apple's reported plans for wireless charging.

  8. Feb. 3rd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-03: Apple’s Proximity Sensor Tech, Fitness Tracker Security

    Apple has a patent for no-touch proximity-based gesture sensing, which sounds pretty impressive, and it could find its way into our iPhones and Macs. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how they'd like to see this technology used, plus they look at the state of security for the fitness trackers we're wearing every day.

  9. Feb. 2nd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-02: The Low Down on Google Topping Apple’s Value

    Google is now valued higher than Apple in the stock market, but that doesn't mean Apple is doomed. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out the math that shows Google's valuation above Apple's, plus they worth through the different types of Google stock, and dig into a little Wall Street logic, too.

  10. Feb. 1st, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Smile Software’s Co-Founder Greg Scown

    Greg Scown is the co-founder of Smile Software, well known for the essential OS X and iOS app TextExpander. Greg started his career as a computer science student at Stanford University. Having already interned with Apple, after graduation, Greg was offered a full-time job on campus. A few years later, that led to working for Apple in China, near Hong Kong, writing software. That's a pretty nifty background. Later, Greg would go on to start (along with Philip Goward) a very successful Silicon Valley company that now employs 18 people and makes award-winning products. Near the end of my interview,…