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.

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-03: Privacy Criminals, Cheap iTunes Gift Cards 2:22 PM, May. 3rd, 2016

The Department of Justice will soon be able to target computers using a VPN or TOR Web browsers with search warrants. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff…

Podcast Archives

  1. Mar. 29th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-29: FBI Drops iPhone Unlock Fight, Apple’s Magnetic Connector Patent

    The FBI found a way into Syed Farook's iPhone, so now they're dropping the case for a hackable iOS. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the case and what the FBI and DOJ may have in store next. They also have something to say about Apple's magnetic peripheral connector patent.

  2. Mar. 28th, 2016 MGG 598: Cool Stuff Found and Wi-Fi Geekiness

    2016 is the Year of the Router (as crowned by John and Dave), and this week's episode includes some discussion about exactly how to choose the best router for your setup... especially if you're a geek. Bluetooth devices, too, are ubiquitous among us, and a few listeners are having trouble with theirs so John and Dave take to the mailbag to answer those questions, too. Plus, the entire episode begins with Cool Stuff Found. It's guaranteed to be entertaining and informative from beginning to end. That's infotainment, folks!

  3. Mar. 28th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With ITC President Nicole McMackin

    Nicole McMackin is the president of Irvine Technology Corp. ITC specializes in Information Technology staffing. If anyone knows about the challenges faced by women in the the various technical career fields, it's Nicole, and we spent some time during the show discussing that. But first we delved into her background, her desire to become a litigator, her graduation from the University of California, Irvine, and planning for a career as an attorney. What was crucial in her life was the influence of her parents, and later, a major life decision: deciding to marry her high school and college sweetheart or…

  4. Mar. 28th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-28: Curved iPhone 7, New York iPhone Unlock Case

    Word on the street says the next iPhone will be all curvy. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not the iPhone 7 will have a curved display, plus they look at the New York iPhone unlocking case.

  5. Mar. 25th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-25: Netflix’s Video Throttling, Microsoft’s Tay Fail

    Turns out Netflix video throttling is real, but who's behind it is a surprise. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Netflix's own video quality throttling, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft's Twitter disaster with its Tay chatbot.

  6. Mar. 24th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-24: Apple Laptops and USB C, Cellebrite and FBI

    Does it matter that the MacBook includes just a single USB C port? John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on extra ports for the MacBook and what Apple may have in store for the rest of its laptop lineup. They also look at when the FBI may have known about Cellebrite's method for hacking into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

  7. Mar. 23rd, 2016 ACM 352: The Importance of Apple’s Media Event, Apple vs. FBI Developments

    Apple held a media event on Monday, and Bryan and Jeff talk about the products announced and why they warranted an event. They also discuss what kind of message Apple was sending by talking about the environment and its ongoing fight with the FBI. It's also Bryan has a meltdown when it comes to the new iPad Pro (9.7-inch). The two also dig into the newest legal developments in that fight with the FBI.

  8. Mar. 23rd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-23: FBI and Cellebrite, the Next MacBook Refresh

    The FBI's is teaming up with an unnamed company to unlock Syed Farook's iPhone, but now looks like we know who that is. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Cellebrite fits into the FBI's plans, and how the company may be getting at encrypted iPhone data. They also offer up their thoughts on what may be in store for the next Mac laptop refresh.

  9. Mar. 22nd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-22: FBI Hearing Delay, Listener Comments

    The FBI's fight to get Apple to help unlock an iPhone took an interesting twist when the government asked to postpone today's hearing. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the encryption fight, plus we respond to listener comments on iPad Pro naming.

  10. Mar. 21st, 2016 MGG 597: Why 8068 Is (Now) The Worst 4-Digit PIN

    Some great tips to start off here, including learning that cut and paste is possible in Finder. We also learn what Time Machine excludes natively, and what the most and least popular 4-digit PINs are. Plus, Apple had an event earlier today ... Dave and John had an event right after it, Mac Geek Gab 597. Hear what they have to say about Apple's day, too!