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 592: Taming Wi-Fi Chaos 4:51 PM, Feb. 12th, 2016

iTunes spring cleaning, solving Error -43, revisiting Wi-Fi extensions and monitoring .plist files live as they're being written by apps are just a few of…

Podcast Archives

  1. Dec. 30th, 2015 ACM 339: Flying Star Destroyers, Silly Apple Lawsuits, and Apple’s Year in Beta

    This week Bryan and Jeff start you off with a tangent on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the movie it inspired, Bladerunner. Jumping franchises, they careen into the video of a 15-foot Star Destroyer from Star Wars that actually flies. But then they remember that this is the Apple Context Machine and discuss a new class action lawsuit brought against Apple, as well as the idea that 2015 was the year of betas for the company.

  2. Dec. 30th, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-30: The Case for Coding on iPads

    The iPad has grown up a lot since it was introduced in 2010, and John Martellaro thinks its time for Apple to expand their tablet's capabilities. John joins Jeff Gamet to explain why he wants to see serious coding tools available on the iPad and how that's a good thing for today's tech users.

  3. Dec. 29th, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-29: John’s Apple Wish List for 2016

    It's the end of the year, which means it's time to start looking forward to what's in store for 2016. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to share his wish list for Apple in 2016, and it's probably not what you're expecting. Also, we get his take on the new Star Wars movie.

  4. Dec. 28th, 2015 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Apple World Today’s Steve Sande

    Years ago when I first met Steve Sande, I was amazed by our common interests. Macintosh, all things Apple, technical writing, astronomy, aviation and cats. You name it. We even had the same model car at one point. It was almost as if we were separated at birth. In fact, I first learned about Steve in 2009 when I read his excellent Take Control Book on iWeb (cancelled by Apple in 2011), and I thought, I need to get to know this guy. And there he was, right in the Denver, CO area along with me. Listen in as the…

  5. Dec. 28th, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-28: Tips and Apps for the New Apple Friends in Your Life

    With the holiday gift giving season winding down it's a safe bet there's someone in your life that's new to the Apple family. Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton, and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on making your life as the go-to for Apple answers and help easier, plus they have a few app suggestions, too.

  6. Dec. 27th, 2015 MGG 585: It’s Better to be Lucky Than Good

    A failed hard drive can teach us some lessons and listener Jon helps us with a few of those. Some tips about printer drivers and the iOS-related lockdown folder follow and then it's time to talk TiVo BOLT. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun have been long-time TiVo users and TiVo's latest offerings add some new features as well as some confusion your two favorite geeks talk through. Then it's onto Cool Stuff Found for some post-holiday bliss. Add a Geek Challenge to the mix and you've got yourself a fully-stocked episode!

  7. Dec. 23rd, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-23: Apple Music gets The Beatles, Apple’s New Shareholder Rules

    The Beatles are finally coming to streaming music services, including Apple Music, but is it a big deal? Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming music, how The Beatles fit in, and whether or not it's going to make a difference for online music subscriptions. They also look at what Apple's new proxy access for shareholders really means.

  8. Dec. 22nd, 2015 ACM 338: Taylor Swift, BlackBerry on Encryption, Apple’s Executive Evolution

    Taylor Swift debuted her 1989 World Tour (Live) movie on Apple Music, and Jeff and Bryan want to know how much it cost. Up in Waterloo, Canada, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said some stuff about encryption and Apple, and most of it didn't make any sense. And down in Cupertino, Apple has been shifting the roles of some of its executives, leading to two people not known as "product guys" to be in charge of products.

  9. Dec. 22nd, 2015 TMO Daily Observations 2015-12-22: Apple Defends Encryption, Save Your Battery from Facebook

    Apple is officially talking out against the U.K.'s bill for access to encrypted personal data. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the government push for encryption back doors and Apple's argument against them, plus Dave has a tip on how to keep the Facebook app from killing your iPhone battery.

  10. Dec. 21st, 2015 TMO Background Mode: Interview With App Camp for Girls Founder Jean MacDonald

    Like many in the high tech field, Jean MacDonald's career started out with an academic bent as she worked on a Ph.D. in Russian history at Princeton University. Her experience with foreign language literature naturally led to work in the book publishing world, which in turn led to considerable web development work. And then, as many know her, her nine years with Smile Software. But one day, at WWDC, she noted the dearth of young women writing commercial software. The idea for App Camp for Girls was born and launched in 2013 in Portland, OR. Today, App Camp for Girls…