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 603: Pronunciation, Rants and The Joy of a Smaller Phone 12:15 PM, May. 1st, 2016

Sound is a funny thing, so are pronunciations and ringtones, and yet your two favorite geeks have some great tips for you about both of…

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 4th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Wirecutter’s Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Cheng

    Jacqui Cheng is the Editor-in-Chief of The Wirecutter. She tells the story of how she arrived there starting with her mom who was an early inspiration, introducing her to computers as a child. Later at Purdue University, she specialized in networking and programming, C# and C++. After graduation and web-database work in Cincinnati, she and her husband made a bold decision to move to Chicago-neither with a job offer-but also as Jacqui had started writing for ars technica. She became a major contributor starting in 2007, specializing in Apple & Internet law. In 2013, Brian Lam, the founder of Wirecutter…

  2. Apr. 4th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-04: iPhone SE Sales, Tesla Model 3

    iPhone SE sales aren't impressing at least some analysts. Adam Christianson from The Mac Cast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on the iPhone SE and who it's for, plus they look at Tesla's Model 3 and how it may impact the electric car market before Apple jumps in.

  3. Apr. 3rd, 2016 MGG 599: Your Two Favorite Geeks, Caffeinated

    The OS X 10.11.4 update breaks some things for folks, Photos storage is a concern to more than a few listeners, and a little more about wireless networks to round out last week's discussion. All that plus tips about making sure your Finder windows are where you think they are and learning how to use Activity Monitor to see what your apps are doing right now. Download and enjoy!

  4. Apr. 1st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-01: The Big Windows on Mac Debate

    Should Apple sell a Mac bundled with Microsoft Windows? John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that makes sense, and if there's a market for a Mac/Windows package.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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…