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 Background Mode: Interview With Intel Fellow Dr. Bruce Horn 3:00 PM, May. 2nd, 2016

Bruce Horn started his career at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center working with the Smalltalk language and Alan Kay. That's where he was in…

Podcast Archives

  1. Mar. 10th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-10: Apple’s ‘Loop you in’ Media Event

    Apple is hosting a media event on Monday, March 21, with the teaser line "Let us loop you in." John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about the upcoming event and share their thoughts on the growing complexity of Apple's product lines.

  2. Mar. 9th, 2016 ACM 350: There Used to Be Practical Limits on Surveillance, Plus Steampunk Joy

    Bryan and Jeff think it's important to remember that the ability to surveil almost everything we do is a recent development, and that we shouldn't consider unbreakable iPhones as the precedent, despite claims to the contrary by the FBI. They also dive into something that brought joy and wonder in the middle of this recent spate of heavy news, the Wintergatan steampunk music machine.

  3. Mar. 9th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-09: iPhone 7 Sans Headphone Jack, Online Apple II Software Archive

    Leaked photos are backing up rumors that the iPhone 7 won't include a standard headphone jack. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on iPhone designs and the old scholl 3.5mm headphone port. They also wax poetic about's Apple II software collection.

  4. Mar. 8th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-08: Verizon’s Supercookie Fine, Woz on iPhone Encryption

    Verizon got a slap on the wrist for secretly tracking customers with supercookies. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the fine Verizon is paying to the FCC and what impact that will have on the company's practices. They also offer up their thoughts on Steve Wozniak's support of Apple in its fight to overturn the FBI's court order.

  5. Mar. 7th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With TransAstra’s Founder Dr. Joel Sercel

    Asteroid mining! When you think about that, science fiction stories placed many years in the future come to mind. But Dr. Joel Sercel, Founder and Principal Engineer at TransAstra Corp., has other ideas. And he knows what he's doing. Dr. Sercel earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology while working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in advanced propulsion systems. Today, he's at TransAstra developing the technologies and vehicles (space tugs) to mine asteroids and create refueling stations in space. It turns out that with specialized spacecraft, propellant can be extracted, via optical mining, from certains kinds of asteroids.…

  6. Mar. 7th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-07: Apple’s eBook Antitrust Case Ends, KeRanger Malware

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Apple's ebook antitrust appeal. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for Apple and the ebook market, plus they share their thoughts on the KeRanger ransomware hitting some Mac users.

  7. Mar. 6th, 2016 MGG 595: Mike’s Dirty Sandbox

    The apps you choose to run on your MacBook can have a significant impact on your battery life; learn which ones pass John and Dave's muster. Then learn what they have to say about listeners' questions about a dirty Mail sandbox, router recommendations, firewalls and more. Cool Stuff Found starts the episode, too, folks!

  8. Mar. 4th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-04: Who Holds the Encryption Keys for Online Services?

    Who holds the encryption keys for all those nifty online services we use? For most of them, it's the services themselves, but there's a good reason for that. Dave Hamilton and Adam Christianson join Bryan Chaffin in exploring the ins and outs of online service security.

  9. Mar. 3rd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-03: Apple’s Office Space Crunch and Twitter Support Account

    Apple is expanding its office space from Cupertino into San Francisco. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's office space crunch and competing for top talent, plus they look at the company's new support-focused Twitter account.

  10. Mar. 2nd, 2016 ACM 349: Apple and FBI Hearings, CIA and NSA Kvetching

    Bryan and Jeff dig into a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI Director James Comey. They also talk about comments from the CIA and the NSA blaming the press for terrorists learning about encryption.