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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MGG 592: Taming Wi-Fi Chaos 4:51 PM, Feb. 12th, 2016

iTunes spring cleaning, solving Error -43, revisiting Wi-Fi extensions and monitoring .plist files live as they're being written by apps are just a few of…

Podcast Archives

  1. Jan. 19th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-19: Donald Trump’s Plans for Apple, Email Phishing Scams

    Donald Trump wants to force Apple to make its products in the United States if he's elected president. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out his plan and whether or not it makes sense, plus they look at a fairly sophisticated email phishing scam that landed in Bryan's email.

  2. Jan. 18th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With iOS Developer and Book Author Erica Sadun

    Erica Sadun is an expert in all things related to iOS. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech's Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center, did early development work in Objective-C, has written many books about iOS development, and has recently embraced Apple's Swift language, culminating in her latest book: the "Swift Developer's Cookbook." I've had the pleasure of meeting Erica many times, back when she had time to manage the Denver Apple Geek lunches. Erica presented me with some intriguing ideas about the state of Apple, iOS, and Apple's product line imagination. Your Apple thinking will be challenged…

  3. Jan. 18th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-18: Swift and the Apple Car, Deceased Family Member’s Passwords

    Apple's Swift coding language is most likely making it easier for the company to develop the software that controls its rumored car. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at why that is, and to discuss why John's idea that Apple had its car in mind when developing Swift may be a little off base. They also offer up their thoughts on the troubles one woman has had in getting her deceased husband's Apple ID password.

  4. Jan. 15th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-15: Apple’s CEO Succession Plan, Listener Comments

    There's no need to worry today, but at some point Apple will need to replace Tim Cook as CEO. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at who in Apple is best suited today to take over for Mr. Cook and why. They also respond to listener comments on whether or not Apple should buy Time Warner.

  5. Jan. 14th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-14: Mac Video Buffers and Privacy, Big Changes for iAd

    Turns out private Web browsing leaves behind more than you think thanks to your Mac's graphics memory buffer. John Martellaro and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to talk about the bug that's leaving our browser activity and more tucked away in our Mac's video card. They also look at a report claiming Apple is shifting to an automated sales system for iAds.

  6. Jan. 13th, 2016 ACM 341: Apple and Time Warner, Apple vs. the EU, and Trip ‘Still Wrong’ Chowdry

    Rumors are flying that Apple may be interested in buying Time Warner Entertainment. Bryan and Jeff discuss how it might work and why Apple might want the company. They also look at another story coming out of Europe about Apple agreeing to make an iOS-to-Android migration tool. To cap the story off, they discuss Trip "Still Wrong" Chowdry's pronouncement that Tim Cook and Apple's management are "completely clueless" and need to go. Sounds fun, right.

  7. Jan. 13th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-13: Apple, Time Warner, Pharrell, and Pop Culture

    Word on the street says Apple is interested in buying Time Warner. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that's a good plan, plus they look at the legal headache Pharrell is facing over his Beats 1 OTHERtone show. Bonus: John makes a pop culture reference.

  8. Jan. 12th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-12: iOS 9.3, Robots, and Voldemort

    Apple announced new features coming in iOS 9.3, and they're more than just minor bug fixes. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what's in iOS 9.3, and how it fits into Apple's update cycle. They also look at the state of personal robots, the confusion we'll have when iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 are out at the same time. Their solution: iOS 10 is now iOS Voldemort.

  9. Jan. 11th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Freelance Journalist and Macworld Sr. Contributor Kirk McElhearn

    Kirk McElhearn is an expert technical journalist for all things Apple. He's known as "The iTunes Guy" and has a regular column at Macworld. His career started in France as a translator of technical material, and that led to his career as a writer. Kirk has written many books about the Mac as well as several "Take Control Books," including tutorials on iTunes, Audio Hijack and Scrivener. Kirk lives in the UK, and he loves Shakespearean plays and classical music. Clearly this is a man after my own heart. We've followed each other for years, and so I was eager…

  10. Jan. 11th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-11: CES 2016 Wrap Up, USB C

    We survived another year at CES, so its time to look back at what the event had to show this year. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to talk about show trends, what was interesting, and how USB C is changing how we think about our laptops.