Mac Observer Podcasts

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.

Play Latest Episode

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye Thunderbolt Display, Spinning off the Mac 1:46 PM, Jun. 24th, 2016

It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means…

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 7th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-07: 2010’s Don’t Buy an iPhone List, Apple’s iPhone Waterproofing

    The advice in 2010 before the iPhone 4 came out was to not buy one. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to jump back in time and share their thoughts on the top ten reasons why people shouldn't buy the iPhone 4. They also look at Apple's quiet iPhone durability improvement process.

  2. Jun. 6th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Astrophysicist Dr. Ethan Siegel

    Dr. Ethan Siegel has a Ph.D. in astrophysics, is an educator at Lewis and Clark College, and is a prolific writer about all things astronomy and cosmology. In college he had a triple major, one of which was astrophysics, but he still wasn't sure what he wanted to do in his career. It was only later when he was teaching physics in highschool that he awakened to his passion for learning astrophysics. Carl Sagan's Cosmos series on TV also had a major impact on him, and all that led eventually to a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Then, we talked about laser…

  3. Jun. 6th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-06: Apple’s Revenue Ranking, Norway’s Gas Car Ban

    Apple is in third place on the Fortune 500 list with revenue behind Walmart and Exxon Mobil. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how much money the top companies are bringing in and how that compares to their profits. They also look at the news that Norway will ban gas car engines in 2025.

  4. Jun. 5th, 2016 MGG 608: Personal Cloud For Photos and More

    Need an expert's guide to the Genius Bar? Forgot your PIN code but Touch ID still works? Hurry up and follow today's advice to save your data. Need to get Internet to another building far away (but not too far)? How about using HomeKit? These are the questions your two favorite geeks answer. Plus, they'll give you some truly expert advice for handling yourself at the Genius Bar. Download and enjoy!

  5. Jun. 3rd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-03: Reinventing Apple, Apple’s Car Navigation Plans

    Apple has navigation expert Sinisa Durekovic on staff and that opens some interesting possibilities for the company. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet share discuss why they think he's part of the Apple Car team and not Maps, plus they look at how Tim Cook is reinventing Apple in his own way instead of mimicking Steve Jobs.

  6. Jun. 2nd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-02: Apple’s 5K Thunderbolt Display, Elon Musk & Simulated Universe

    Word on the street says Apple is working on a 5K Thunderbolt 3 display. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on the current state of Apple's display, the reported specs for the new display, and how long it's been since the last display refresh. Bonus: John gets his science on when Elon Musk says we're living in a computer simulation.

  7. Jun. 1st, 2016 ACM 362: In-Depth Look at Building AI While Maintaining Privacy

    Bryan and Jeff are joined by John Kheit, TMO's Devil's Advocate, for an in-depth look at ways to improve AI and machine learning while maintaining user privacy. There are some interesting technologies out there, including Apple's own VocalIQ, fully homomorphic encryption, and the less formally named "learn and purge."

  8. Jun. 1st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-01: Amazon and Apple TV, iPhone Refresh Cycles

    Amazon's Jeff Bezos says the real reason why we don't have an Amazon Prime Video Apple TV app is because he doesn't like Apple's terms. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out what he means and why Amazon is treating Apple TV differently than the iPhone and iPad. They also share their thoughts on the report claiming major iPhone refreshes are coming every three years instead of two.

  9. May. 31st, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Time, Fortune & Now Apple 3.0 Journalist Philip Elmer-DeWitt

    Philip Elmer-DeWitt worked for Time Magazine for 30 years as a technical editor and was, recently, a blogger at Fortune. In this interview, we go way back to find his early inspirations. In Philip's case it was a computer programming class in highschool in the late 1960s. It seems innocent enough, but when he later joined Time Magazine and was looking to make his mark, it turned out that he knew more about computers than anyone on the magazine staff. That moved him up quickly as a reporter-researcher. In the second half of the show, we spent some time discussing…

  10. May. 31st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-31: EU Social Network Censorship, VocalIQ and Siri

    The big social networks have agreed to work with the European Union to censor hate speech. Adam Christianson from the Maccast Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at government censorhip, and who decides what constitutes hate speech. They also have some thoughts on how VocalIQ could fit in with Apple's plans for Siri.