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 Symply Co-founder and President Alex Grossman 5:04 PM, Jun. 27th, 2016

Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his…

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 1st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-01: Amazon and Apple TV, iPhone Refresh Cycles

    Amazon's Jeff Bezos says the real reason why we don't have an Amazon Prime Video Apple TV app is because he doesn't like Apple's terms. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out what he means and why Amazon is treating Apple TV differently than the iPhone and iPad. They also share their thoughts on the report claiming major iPhone refreshes are coming every three years instead of two.

  2. May. 31st, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Time, Fortune & Now Apple 3.0 Journalist Philip Elmer-DeWitt

    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 way back to find his early inspirations. In Philip's case it was a computer programming class in highschool in the late 1960s. It seems innocent enough, but when he later joined Time Magazine and was looking to make his mark, it turned out that he knew more about computers than anyone on the magazine staff. That moved him up quickly as a reporter-researcher. In the second half of the show, we spent some time discussing…

  3. May. 31st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-31: EU Social Network Censorship, VocalIQ and Siri

    The big social networks have agreed to work with the European Union to censor hate speech. Adam Christianson from the Maccast Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at government censorhip, and who decides what constitutes hate speech. They also have some thoughts on how VocalIQ could fit in with Apple's plans for Siri.

  4. May. 29th, 2016 MGG 607: The Pocket Dial Conspiracy

    When in doubt, apply water, right? Listener Chris did, and it worked! Matthew takes us on a tour (through his mind) of the Pocket Dial Conspirary, and Matt asks some questions about eero. And that, folks, is what Mac Geek Gab is about: answering your questions and sharing your tips. Topics include helping Terry save PDFs to different locations from print dialogs, helping Joan to safely disable iCloud photo library, helping Michael set up his Apple Watch and MUCH, much more. Download, listen, enjoy and learn!

  5. May. 27th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue’s Time Warner Deal

    Apple needs to make sure there's a way to charge its electric car when drivers are out and about. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple will deal with existing charging station standards, competing with Tesla, and creating its own proprietary charging connector. They also have some thoughts on the report that Apple's Eddie Cue wanted to buy Time Warner Entertainment.

  6. May. 26th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple’s Siri Speaker, HP’s Envy 34c Display

    It looks like Apple may be ready to jump into the home listening appliance market, just as Amazon already has with its Echo. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the rumored Siri speaker, and how it might stack up against the Echo and Google's just announced Home. John and Jeff also preview their HP Envy 34c display reviews.

  7. May. 25th, 2016 ACM 361: Purism, Privacy, Apple, and Surveillance Capitalism

    In this special episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk with Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. His company is dedicated to protecting the privacy and security of its customers, and they discuss the importance of privacy, surveillance capitalism, and where he thinks Apple falls short on the topic.

  8. May. 25th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-25: Apple Hires Jon Callas, Microsoft’s Smartphone Failure

    Apple just hired security expert Jon Callas. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to ramp up its security and encryption efforts, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft scaling back its smartphone efforts again.

  9. May. 24th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros this Fall, Spotify’s New Pricing

    It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.

  10. May. 23rd, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With AquaMinds Co-founder Scott Love

    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 NeXT. One genesis of NoteTaker was their early fascination with thinking tools. A well designed notebook is not just a scrapbook-it's powerful personal software. Another inspiration was how Steve Jobs had a strong desire for visual fidelity on the display and an immersive experience with text. Finally, add the emergence of the Internet and more information to manage, and NoteTaker became the obvious, elegant solution. Later in the show we cover the tough decisions faced…