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. 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.

  2. Mar. 16th, 2016 ACM 351: Apple Media Event Anticipation, Apple’s Court Filing, and Dueling Intelligence Pros

    Apple announced a media event for March 21st, and Bryan and Jeff talk about what they're going to order. They also go over Apple's most recent court filing in its battle with the FBI, and discuss dueling positions from former intelligence professionals on the value of encryption.

  3. Mar. 16th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-16: The Government Authority Debate, Two-factor Authentication

    Does the U.S. government have the ability to grant itself absolute authority in certain situations? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the FBI's push to sidestep the encryption protecting our private data, plus they explain two-factor authentication and why it should matter to you.

  4. Mar. 15th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-15: Smartphones and Voice Recognition in Crisis Scenarios

    A new study shows smartphones aren't very helpful when we talk to Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and Voice S is crisis situations. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about our expectations for voice recognition platforms, how they respond to crisis-related statements, and the responsibility of smartphone makers.

  5. Mar. 14th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Cult of Mac’s Publisher Leander Kahney

    Leader Kahney is the editor and publisher of the website Cult of Mac. He's also famous for a series of books about Apple, including the recent "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products." We talked about Leander's early career as a newspaper reporter in the UK. Right out of college, Leander got a job with a local newspaper which sent to write about the war in (the former) Yugoslavia. That wasn't for him, and so, via some friends, he moved to San Francisco and started freelancing for tech magazines, and that brought him into the Apple world. Soon, Leander…

  6. Mar. 14th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-14: WhatsApp’s Encryption Fight, Pi Day

    The U.S. Department of Justice wants WhatsApp to shut off messaging encryption for a wire tap warrant. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the potential repercussions from the DOJ's request, plus Dave has a cool tip on using Greek characters such as π on your iPhone.

  7. Mar. 13th, 2016 MGG 596: Taking a SIP from Apple’s Fountain

    What is it you've been saving your fourth finger for? John and Dave share a tip with the answer. Lots of tips today, in fact, including more about pasting plain text, finding SSD firmware updates, a NEW tip for deleting pesky files and much, much more. Download and enjoy!

  8. Mar. 11th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-11: DOJ Responds to iPhone Unlock Order, Setting Stronger Passwords

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed its reply to Apple's objection over the FBI's iPhone unlocking order. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the response and share their thoughts on the accusations made against Apple. John also shares a tip on how to make your passwords more secure.

  9. Mar. 10th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-03-10: Apple’s ‘Loop you in’ Media Event

    Apple is hosting a media event on Monday, March 21, with the teaser line "Let us loop you in." John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about the upcoming event and share their thoughts on the growing complexity of Apple's product lines.

  10. Mar. 9th, 2016 ACM 350: There Used to Be Practical Limits on Surveillance, Plus Steampunk Joy

    Bryan and Jeff think it's important to remember that the ability to surveil almost everything we do is a recent development, and that we shouldn't consider unbreakable iPhones as the precedent, despite claims to the contrary by the FBI. They also dive into something that brought joy and wonder in the middle of this recent spate of heavy news, the Wintergatan steampunk music machine.