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 AquaMinds Co-founder Scott Love 3:45 PM, May. 23rd, 2016

Scott Love is the co-founder of AquaMinds, famous for its NoteTaker software. Like many successful developers, Scott got an early start with Steve Jobs at…

Podcast Archives

  1. Mar. 31st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-31: Apple’s TV Shows, Goodbye Disney Infinity

    Apple is starting to produce its own original television content, although we haven't seen any of it online yet. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's push into TV shows and offer their thoughts on where the company may be headed. They also offer up their thoughts on Disney abandoning Apple TV for its Infinity gaming series.

  2. Mar. 30th, 2016 ACM 353: a Changing Apple, the FBI Fight Continues, and North Carolina

    Apple continues to grow and diversify, and with that kind of change, we're beginning to see media events that don't appeal to every Apple fan. Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications and discuss what it means. They also look at the newest salvos in the FBI's fight to gain back door access into encrypted communications, and dip into the maelstrom of North Carolina's House Bill 2.

  3. Mar. 30th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-30: Smartphone addiction, Encrypting Files

    Our smartphones seem to be taking over more of our lives, but it doesn't have to be that way. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about our dependency on smartphones and the compulsion many people have to immediately respond to every alert and notification. They also look at ways to keep your documents private and encrypted with the tools built into OS X on your Mac.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.