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 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue’s Time Warner Deal 1:49 PM, May. 27th, 2016

Apple needs to make sure there's a way to charge its electric car when drivers are out and about. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join…

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 13th, 2016 ACM 355: Textalyzer, FBI, and Chaffin’s Razor

    Cellebrite's "Textalyzer" technology can supposedly tell if a smartphone was being used "around the time" of an accident. That sends up red flags for Bryan and Jeff, and they dig deep into the issues. They also talk about new information from The Washington Post that claims the FBI paid a gray hat hacker to help it break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c, and some of the many ramifications that might have. For fun, they talk about the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, and explain Chaffin's Razor.

  2. Apr. 13th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-13: FBI’s Emotional Encryption Debate, 3D Touch

    FBI Director James Comey says we're too emotional about protecting encryption. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on Director Comey's comments and protecting encryption, plus they look at the state of 3D Touch six months after the iPhone 6s launch.

  3. Apr. 12th, 2016 Apple’s Moving Censorship Target and New York’s ‘Textalyzer’ Bill

    Apple's walled garden approach to a curated App Store comes with lots of unintended consequences, including an ever-moving target on things like censorship. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join substitute host Dave Hamilton to discuss how Apple recently handled Reddit apps over NSFW content. They also talk about a New York bill that would allow the police to perform a so-called "textalyzer" test on your smartphone to see if you were texting in the moments leading up to an accident.

  4. Apr. 11th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Astrophysicist/SciFi Author Dr. David Brin

    Dr. David Brin is an astrophysicist and well-known science fiction author. He's perhaps most famous for his Hugo Award winning Uplift SciFi series. He is also a famous futurist and public speaker who consults with the intelligence and defense communities. We chatted about his early career and how his first SciFi novel, Sundiver, financed his Ph.D. work. In the second half of the show, we got into the Kardashev scale of planetary civilizations, technical means to deal with climate change, "Brin's Corollary" which is related to iPhones, cameras and UFOs, possible interactions with extraterrestrial life and, finally, how human beings…

  5. Apr. 11th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-11: Apple Watch 2 Predictions, Sex Robots

    We have conflicting reports on what features we'll see in the next Apple Watch, so it's time for us to weigh in. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what may be in store for the second generation Apple Watch, plus they look at sex androids and what implication they may have on society and law.

  6. Apr. 10th, 2016 MGG 600: Dave & John’s Crystal Balls

    600 Episodes and (almost) 11 years of podcasting hasn't stopped John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton from answering your questions and solving your problems. That continues with this episode, sharing tips about iCloud login issues, answering questions about Double NAT, Fusion Drives, and downloading iTunes purchases. They help manage your backups and sort out your default mail. And THEN they peer into their crystal balls for the future, just for fun.

  7. Apr. 8th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-08: The White House’s Shifting Position on Digital Privacy

    The White House doesn't seem interested in a bill giving judges the authority to force companies to bypass their own product's encryption. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at President Obama's position on encryption and privacy, and whether or not we're seeing a shift in his stance that law enforcement should be able to access all of our private data.

  8. Apr. 7th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-07: The Subscription Software Debate Followup

    Today Adam Christianson from the Maccast and TMO's Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to take a look at subscription software models from the perspective of the average user. They also share their thoughts on budgeting for app purchases and subscriptions, if developers are sharing their pricing messages effectively, and more.

  9. Apr. 6th, 2016 ACM 354: Apple’s Green Retail Plans, Bernie Sanders’ on Apple’s Taxes

    How important is a bag? Bryan and Jeff talk about Apple's efforts to be ever-greener, sparked by the company's decision to move to paper bags in its retail stores. They also gush over Taylor Swift's Apple Music commercial, and dig into Bernie Sanders's recent comments about Apple, manufacturing, and taxes.

  10. Apr. 6th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-06: Balancing Security and Privacy, WhatsApp’s Encryption

    Finding the balance between security and convenience is no easy task, and Apple learned that again yesterday. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's stance on security and convenience with the iPhone and Siri, plus they share their thoughts on WhatsApp enabling end-to-end encryption for all platforms.