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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ACM 358: The Devil’s Advocate, Apple Scaling, and Tim Cook’s Speeches 5:25 PM, May. 4th, 2016

John "The Devil's Advocate" Kheit joins Bryan and Jeff on this special episode of The Apple Context Machine. They discuss John's argument that Apple has…

Podcast Archives

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Mar. 21st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-21: ‘Loop us in’ Media Event Wrap Up

    Apple's "Let us loop you in" media event is done, and we have some thoughts on today's announcements. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to offer up their first impressions on the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple Watch. iOS 9.3, and more.

  4. Mar. 21st, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Biology Professor Dr. Joanne Manaster

    Dr. Joanne Manaster is a Biology Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She teaches cell biology, including the human genome, and is a well-known public speaker and supporter of science education. She is active in mentoring young people, especially young women, interested in a career in STEM. I first became aware of her on Twitter where she is @sciencegoddess. We chatted about her early life as a U.S. Air Force brat living on Guam where she first became interested in Nature and biology. Later she obtained her Ph.D. at age 23, went on to marry a research programmer and…

  5. Mar. 18th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-18: ‘Loop’ Media Event Predictions, Stonewalling GovtOS

    Apple's "Let us loop you in" media event is set for Monday, so it's time to look at what we expect the company to announce. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton and join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what we will-and won't-see, plus they look at what could happen if Apple's employees refuse to write GovtOS for the FBI.

  6. Mar. 17th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-17: Listener Comments on Siri, 2-factor Authentication

    Listeners have some thoughts on using voice control systems like Siri in a crisis, so today we loop back and respond to your comments. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive deeper how we use our smartphones in a crisis and the responsibility device makers have to their customers.

  7. Mar. 16th, 2016 ACM 351: Apple Media Event Anticipation, Apple’s Court Filing, and Dueling Intelligence Pros

    Apple announced a media event for March 21st, and Bryan and Jeff talk about what they're going to order. They also go over Apple's most recent court filing in its battle with the FBI, and discuss dueling positions from former intelligence professionals on the value of encryption.

  8. Mar. 16th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-16: The Government Authority Debate, Two-factor Authentication

    Does the U.S. government have the ability to grant itself absolute authority in certain situations? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the FBI's push to sidestep the encryption protecting our private data, plus they explain two-factor authentication and why it should matter to you.

  9. Mar. 15th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-15: Smartphones and Voice Recognition in Crisis Scenarios

    A new study shows smartphones aren't very helpful when we talk to Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and Voice S is crisis situations. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about our expectations for voice recognition platforms, how they respond to crisis-related statements, and the responsibility of smartphone makers.

  10. Mar. 14th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Cult of Mac’s Publisher Leander Kahney

    Leader Kahney is the editor and publisher of the website Cult of Mac. He's also famous for a series of books about Apple, including the recent "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products." We talked about Leander's early career as a newspaper reporter in the UK. Right out of college, Leander got a job with a local newspaper which sent to write about the war in (the former) Yugoslavia. That wasn't for him, and so, via some friends, he moved to San Francisco and started freelancing for tech magazines, and that brought him into the Apple world. Soon, Leander…