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 2016-04-29: Kicking Off a New Apple Conference 12:00 PM, Apr. 29th, 2016

Starting a new conference can be intimidating, but it can be exciting, too. Indie DevStock's Tammy Coron joins Jeff Gamet to talk about jumping into…

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 20th, 2016 ACM 356: Apple Pencil Rants and Raves, Apple’s Recycling Program

    Bryan and Jeff both have an Apple Pencil now and that makes it a perfect time to dig into everything wonderful about it, as well as a couple of gripes they have. They also talk about Appel's recycling program and all the gold the company has recovered, and briefly dip into whether iPad Pro is a laptop replacement.

  2. Apr. 20th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-20: Why People are Bagging on the New MacBook

    It seems not everyone is happy with the updated MacBook Apple announced yesterday. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the complaints about the MacBook refresh, why some people aren't happy, who this model is good for, where the MacBook Air fits into Apple's computer line up, and more.

  3. Apr. 19th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-19: New MacBooks, Apple’s Latest Tesla Hire

    Apple refreshed the MacBook today, and it may be telegraphing what to expect in the next MacBook Pro update. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop lineup, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and more. They also have some thoughts on the Apple's rumored car plans and the company's latest car-related hire from Tesla.

  4. Apr. 18th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With ScreenCastsOnline Founder Don McAllister

    Don MacAllister is the creator of ScreenCastsOnline, subscription-based video tutorials on the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple Watch. But long before his current work, before people even routinely had computers in their homes, Don got involved with a UK government IT department and started learning about computers. His first personal computer was a Sinclair Spectrum. Don tells the story of how, years later, a Steve Jobs keynote in 2005 introducing the Mac mini sold him "hook line and sinker." After he learned home video editing with iMovie, he left Windows behind forever, and became immersed in everything Apple…

  5. Apr. 18th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-18: Amazon Prime Video Goes Standalone, Apple Music Is Serious

    Amazon just broke Prime Video out as a standalone service, just as Netflix raised its price. It costs more than buying a year of Amazon Prime as a whole, but Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and Adam Christianson say it still might be a great move for Amazon. They also talk about Apple Music and the fact that Apple appears to be investing significant resources in original content.

  6. Apr. 17th, 2016 MGG 601: Cool Stuff Found & Your Questions Answered

    BUBM, Yurbuds, ME05, MM1 QODE, Fastfari and more are not just random characters we typed into this field, they're names of just a few of the products included in this week's Cool Stuff Found segment! Then it's on to your questions about publishing FlickR photo albums, using iCloud on the web from your iPad, Saving space with better versioning and more!

  7. Apr. 15th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-15: App Store Search Plans, Apple Car Designs

    Apple has a team working on App Store and iTunes discoverability, and that may include paid search. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's search efforts, then they get pretty heated when the topic switches to Apple Car designs.

  8. Apr. 14th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-14: Check Your Router’s Performance, No iPhone Leads for FBI

    Your network router may be slowing you down. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain how you can check your network router to see how it performs and what impact it's having on your internet connection speeds. They also offer up their thoughts on news that the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone doesn't have any information the FBI can use.

  9. Apr. 13th, 2016 ACM 355: Textalyzer, FBI, and Chaffin’s Razor

    Cellebrite's "Textalyzer" technology can supposedly tell if a smartphone was being used "around the time" of an accident. That sends up red flags for Bryan and Jeff, and they dig deep into the issues. They also talk about new information from The Washington Post that claims the FBI paid a gray hat hacker to help it break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c, and some of the many ramifications that might have. For fun, they talk about the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, and explain Chaffin's Razor.

  10. Apr. 13th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-13: FBI’s Emotional Encryption Debate, 3D Touch

    FBI Director James Comey says we're too emotional about protecting encryption. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on Director Comey's comments and protecting encryption, plus they look at the state of 3D Touch six months after the iPhone 6s launch.