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 Time, Fortune & Now Apple 3.0 Journalist Philip Elmer-DeWitt 2:15 PM, May. 31st, 2016

Philip Elmer-DeWitt worked for Time Magazine for 30 years as a technical editor and was, recently, a blogger at Fortune. In this interview, we go…

Podcast Archives

  1. May. 22nd, 2016 MGG 606: The Palindrome Reviver

    Logic Pro X, Hackintoshes and ghost calls are a few brand new topics for the show this week. Of course, some of your old favorites are here, too and, yes, OK, we'll talk a little bit about routers again, as well. All that plus a few Cool Stuff Found entries rounds out the show, brought to you by your two favorite geeks.

  2. May. 20th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-20: Senate isn’t Hip on FBI Mass Surveillance

    A new Senate bill would block changes that give the Department of Justice and FBI mass surveillance powers. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the approved changes to Rule 41 evidence collection procedures, and why Congress wants to stop what amounts to FBI mass surveillance.

  3. May. 19th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-19: Fitbit Buys Coin, Symantec’s Security Bug

    Fitbit wants a piece of the contactless mobile payment game, so they bought Coin. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Fitbit's purchase and how it fits into the mobile payment space, and how it compares to Apple Pay. They also have something to say about Symantec's recent security software exploit.

  4. May. 18th, 2016 ACM 360: Apple Learning to Go Native, iTunes Downloads Will End, Wireless Charging

    Apple has been putting time, effort, and resources into learning how to be a Chinese company and learning how to be an Indian company. Bryan and Jeff discuss those efforts and why it's important. They also talk about an essay from a record executive claiming that iTunes downloads are already being phased out. Plus, Apple has been hiring engineers with experience in wireless charging.

  5. May. 18th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-18: CurrentC’s Slow, Painful Death

    CurrentC is delayed yet again, and it's looking more and more like the alternative contactless payment system will never officially launch. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the eminent demise of CurrentC and the companies defecting from the platform for alternative systems.

  6. May. 17th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-17: iTunes 12.4, ‘System and Security Info’ App Store Rejection

    iTunes 12.4 is out with some new interface changes. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their first impressions with the iTunes update, plus they offer up some thoughts on the System and Security Info app getting bumped from the App Store.

  7. May. 16th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With MacVoices Producer & Host Chuck Joiner

    Chuck Joiner is an insurance company executive. But you probably know him as the producer and host of his video podcasts. It all started with MacVoices, individual interviews. Then came MacNotables with a distinguished cast of Apple subject experts. From 2008 to 2013 Chuck also produced MacJury panel discussions. Now, it's all under the umbrella of MacVoices. Chuck talks about how his experience in the insurance claims industry taught him how to genuinely listen. We hear about his early interest in the Apple II, then Macs, which led to involvement with a local user group, then MUG leadership, then an…

  8. May. 16th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-16: Apple Car and Didi, iPhone Upgrade Burnout

    Apple's car plans may not be exactly what we're expecting. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about shared cars and Didi, plus they debate whether or not iPhone users are tired of annual upgrades.

  9. May. 15th, 2016 MGG 605: Like Oil and Water, iPhones and Key Fobs Don’t Mix

    iPhones and keyfobs, batteries and USB-C, external Thunderbolt GPUs, the internet of things vs. SSIDs... there's a lot to weigh in on here, folks, and John and Dave give you their thoughts along with those of your fellow listeners. Download and enjoy!

  10. May. 13th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-13: The App Store’s 1 Percent Developers

    Most all of the App Store revenue is going to the top 1 percent of developers. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how the numbers break down and discuss whether or not there's a problem, or if this is just the market's natural progression.