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 2016-02-09: 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. Dec. 27th, 2015 MGG 585: It’s Better to be Lucky Than Good

    A failed hard drive can teach us some lessons and listener Jon helps us with a few of those. Some tips about printer drivers and the iOS-related lockdown folder follow and then it's time to talk TiVo BOLT. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun have been long-time TiVo users and TiVo's latest offerings add some new features as well as some confusion your two favorite geeks talk through. Then it's onto Cool Stuff Found for some post-holiday bliss. Add a Geek Challenge to the mix and you've got yourself a fully-stocked episode!

  2. Dec. 23rd, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-23: Apple Music gets The Beatles, Apple’s New Shareholder Rules

    The Beatles are finally coming to streaming music services, including Apple Music, but is it a big deal? Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming music, how The Beatles fit in, and whether or not it's going to make a difference for online music subscriptions. They also look at what Apple's new proxy access for shareholders really means.

  3. Dec. 22nd, 2015 ACM 338: Taylor Swift, BlackBerry on Encryption, Apple’s Executive Evolution

    Taylor Swift debuted her 1989 World Tour (Live) movie on Apple Music, and Jeff and Bryan want to know how much it cost. Up in Waterloo, Canada, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said some stuff about encryption and Apple, and most of it didn't make any sense. And down in Cupertino, Apple has been shifting the roles of some of its executives, leading to two people not known as "product guys" to be in charge of products.

  4. Dec. 22nd, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-22: Apple Defends Encryption, Save Your Battery from Facebook

    Apple is officially talking out against the U.K.'s bill for access to encrypted personal data. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the government push for encryption back doors and Apple's argument against them, plus Dave has a tip on how to keep the Facebook app from killing your iPhone battery.

  5. Dec. 21st, 2015 TMO Background Mode: Interview With App Camp for Girls Founder Jean MacDonald

    Like many in the high tech field, Jean MacDonald's career started out with an academic bent as she worked on a Ph.D. in Russian history at Princeton University. Her experience with foreign language literature naturally led to work in the book publishing world, which in turn led to considerable web development work. And then, as many know her, her nine years with Smile Software. But one day, at WWDC, she noted the dearth of young women writing commercial software. The idea for App Camp for Girls was born and launched in 2013 in Portland, OR. Today, App Camp for Girls…

  6. Dec. 21st, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-21: Apple’s Hi-Res Music Plans, Apple TV Upgrade Cycle

    A new report says Apple is planning to switch to 96kHz 24-bit streaming audio in 2016. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain why that may not be the best plan for Apple, and where those larger audio files really make sense. John also explains why we should be prepared for a faster upgrade cycle for the Apple TV.

  7. Dec. 19th, 2015 MGG 584: It’s Saturday and I’m Still Looking For My Stapler

    Today's show includes a new segment: Quick Tips! Those simple things that we all do without thinking about it can really help others do the same, so we've started sharing. In addition to that, today's discussion includes Keychain First Aid in 10.11.2, a fix for Office365 locking up Mail.app, upgrade advice, backup solutions and some geeky tips. Definitely enough here to get you through the holidays!

  8. Dec. 18th, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-18: Mobile Payment Fragmentation, Phil Schiller’s Mac App Store

    Target has plans to launch its own mobile payment system, just like Walmart is doing with Walmart Pay. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about the fragmented mobile payment platform market, and the state of the Mac App Store now that it falls under Phil Schiller's purview.

  9. Dec. 17th, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-17: Jeff’s Star Wars Extravaganza Show

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is opening in theaters around the world, and it's no secret that Jeff is pretty excited about the event. Kelly Guimont joins him to talk about the new movie, some apps to hold you over until you get into the theater, and how to watch the previous movies in machete order.

  10. Dec. 16th, 2015 ACM 337: Apple’s R&D Machine, the BB8 iPhone App, and Banksy’s Steve Jobs

    Apple's research and development machine is a legend in the making, and Jeff and Bryan talk about two new developments that hint at the company's efforts. They also look at Tickle, an app for controlling the BB8 toy and a whole more, and for a closer they discuss Banksy's use of Steve Jobs's likeness in a piece meant to remind the world of the benefits of migration and immigration.