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. Mar. 25th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-25: Netflix’s Video Throttling, Microsoft’s Tay Fail

    Turns out Netflix video throttling is real, but who's behind it is a surprise. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Netflix's own video quality throttling, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft's Twitter disaster with its Tay chatbot.

  2. Mar. 24th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-24: Apple Laptops and USB C, Cellebrite and FBI

    Does it matter that the MacBook includes just a single USB C port? John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on extra ports for the MacBook and what Apple may have in store for the rest of its laptop lineup. They also look at when the FBI may have known about Cellebrite's method for hacking into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

  3. Mar. 23rd, 2016 ACM 352: The Importance of Apple’s Media Event, Apple vs. FBI Developments

    Apple held a media event on Monday, and Bryan and Jeff talk about the products announced and why they warranted an event. They also discuss what kind of message Apple was sending by talking about the environment and its ongoing fight with the FBI. It's also Bryan has a meltdown when it comes to the new iPad Pro (9.7-inch). The two also dig into the newest legal developments in that fight with the FBI.

  4. Mar. 23rd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-23: FBI and Cellebrite, the Next MacBook Refresh

    The FBI's is teaming up with an unnamed company to unlock Syed Farook's iPhone, but now looks like we know who that is. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Cellebrite fits into the FBI's plans, and how the company may be getting at encrypted iPhone data. They also offer up their thoughts on what may be in store for the next Mac laptop refresh.

  5. Mar. 22nd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-22: FBI Hearing Delay, Listener Comments

    The FBI's fight to get Apple to help unlock an iPhone took an interesting twist when the government asked to postpone today's hearing. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the encryption fight, plus we respond to listener comments on iPad Pro naming.

  6. Mar. 21st, 2016 MGG 597: Why 8068 Is (Now) The Worst 4-Digit PIN

    Some great tips to start off here, including learning that cut and paste is possible in Finder. We also learn what Time Machine excludes natively, and what the most and least popular 4-digit PINs are. Plus, Apple had an event earlier today ... Dave and John had an event right after it, Mac Geek Gab 597. Hear what they have to say about Apple's day, too!

  7. Mar. 21st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-21: ‘Loop us in’ Media Event Wrap Up

    Apple's "Let us loop you in" media event is done, and we have some thoughts on today's announcements. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to offer up their first impressions on the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple Watch. iOS 9.3, and more.

  8. Mar. 21st, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Biology Professor Dr. Joanne Manaster

    Dr. Joanne Manaster is a Biology Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She teaches cell biology, including the human genome, and is a well-known public speaker and supporter of science education. She is active in mentoring young people, especially young women, interested in a career in STEM. I first became aware of her on Twitter where she is @sciencegoddess. We chatted about her early life as a U.S. Air Force brat living on Guam where she first became interested in Nature and biology. Later she obtained her Ph.D. at age 23, went on to marry a research programmer and…

  9. Mar. 18th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-18: ‘Loop’ Media Event Predictions, Stonewalling GovtOS

    Apple's "Let us loop you in" media event is set for Monday, so it's time to look at what we expect the company to announce. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton and join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what we will-and won't-see, plus they look at what could happen if Apple's employees refuse to write GovtOS for the FBI.

  10. Mar. 17th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-17: Listener Comments on Siri, 2-factor Authentication

    Listeners have some thoughts on using voice control systems like Siri in a crisis, so today we loop back and respond to your comments. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive deeper how we use our smartphones in a crisis and the responsibility device makers have to their customers.