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Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

The Mac Observer's Apple Context Machine

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.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab

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 9News/KUSA TV Anchor/Reporter Kyle Clark 5:07 PM Jan. 23rd, 2017

Kyle Clark is a 9News TV news anchor and reporter in Denver. His parents were both teachers and, early on, inspired him to learn and...

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  1. Jan. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with 9News/KUSA TV Anchor/Reporter Kyle Clark

    Kyle Clark is a 9News TV news anchor and reporter in Denver. His parents were both teachers and, early on, inspired him to learn and then explain to others. When Kyle was in grade school, his father gave him an Apple IIGS and encouraged him to learn about it. By and by, Kyle learned to use computers not as a pastime but as a tool. He majored in journalism and politics as an undergraduate, and, later, work at a small radio station convinced him he wanted to be in broadcasting. Today, in addition to being a Channel 9 news anchor, he's launched a 30 minute news analysis show called Next. His show brings understanding, context, and a sense of community to the news. Listen in to hear how he convinced his station to embrace his successful, Next idea.

  2. Jan. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sprint’s Tidal Purchase, Apple Watch as a Medical Sensor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-23

    Sprint now owns 33% of Tidal, and its cell service subscribers are going to get some exclusive content out of the deal. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what the deal means, plus John explains how our Apple Watches could eventually become our personal medical monitors.

  3. Jan. 22nd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Speeding Up a Sluggish Mac and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 641

    Cool Stuff Found today contains lots of things you suggested after listening to recent shows, including tools to help your Mac sleep, help you manage your keyboard shortcuts and macros, privately sync your notes, auto-file your Mail, and free backup storage! Then its on to sharing your tips and answering your questions. Want to learn how to factory reset your AirPods, enable band-steering on your router, or have Siri search Google instead of Bing? Let's go!

  4. Jan. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s OS Strategy, Netflix on the TV App – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-20

    It's time for Apple to rethink it's operating system strategy, according to TMO's own John Martellaro. John, along with Dave Hamilton, join Jeff Gamet today to talk about how Apple could look at its mobile and desktop operating systems in the future, plus they share their thoughts on Netflix's feeble showing in the TV app.

  5. Jan. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    State of the App Store, Net Neutrality – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-19

    How we use iPhone apps and Apple's App Store has changed over the years, so today John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact that's had on their app choices. They also share their thoughts on the possibility of the end of net neutrality in the U.S.

  6. Jan. 18th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple Products – ACM 394

    Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.

  7. Jan. 18th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Verizon Nabs Note 7 Calls, Goodbye AT&T 2G – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-18

    Still using a Galaxy Note 7? Verizon is getting agressive about trying to stop you. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Verizon intercepting Galaxy Note 7 calls, plus they look at AT&T shutting down their 2G wireless network.

  8. Jan. 17th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Managing Photos, Fixing Your Apple Watch & Resolving Network Issues – Mac Geek Gab 640

    Migrating Photos to a new Mac, managing and syncing your family's photos, speeding up iOS Spotlight searches, fixing an unresponsive Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and resolving website loading delays are just some of the things you'll learn from your two favorite geeks in this week's show! Listen as Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun answer your questions and solve your problems.

  9. Jan. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Vine’s Demise, Avoiding Weak Passwords – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-17

    The video sharing social network Vine shut down today, and is being reborn as a Twitter feature. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of social networks, plus they dive into the importance of strong passwords.

  10. Jan. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Innovation Fellow for the TechCongress Dr. Chris Soghoian

    Dr. Chris Soghoian is an expert on the technology and politics of privacy. Most recently he's been the Principal Technologist with the ACLU. In 2017, he's one of three Innovation Fellows for the TechCongress where he'll assist in federal policymaking. Chris earned his Ph.D. with a research focus on the role internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance, and he's also known for his work with the FTC and the Do Not Track initiative. Chris started life as a tech geek, and computers were always a part of his life. That led to an undergraduate degree in computer science. Then he interned at Apple and IBM. But a significant event changed his direction in life, and he gained a newfound appreciation for attorneys. Chris makes some interesting observations about today's assaults on our privacy.

  11. Jan. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Listener Comments on Consumer Reports, Apple Music Goes Pop Culture – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-16

    TDO listeners have plenty to say about how Consumer Reports rates laptops, so today dive into their comments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to respond to listener comments, plus they share their thoughts on Apple Music becoming a pop culture nexus.

  12. Jan. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Consumer Reports Loves the Mac Again, Bigger Apple TV Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-13

    Consumer Reports changed its tune and now recommends Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pro. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not we should trust Consumer Reports computer reviews, plus they share their thoughts on the big app size increase for Apple TV.

  13. Jan. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s TV Series Hunt, Pennies in Macs – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-12

    Apple is out shopping for original TV shows for Apple Music, so John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what impact that's going to have on the company. They also talk about the future of Apple TV, mysterious coins showing up inside some Macs.

  14. Jan. 11th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV, iPad Rumors, Apple Departures – ACM 393

    Nvidia is adding Amazon Prime TV to its Shield TV settop box, leaving Apple TV as one of the only devices that doesn't support the #2 streaming service. Bryan and Jeff think Apple needs to fix this. They also look at some sketchy iPad rumors and talk about key departures from Apple's executive ranks.

  15. Jan. 11th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Loses More Key Employees, Killing Unlimited Data Plans – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-11

    Apple keeps losing key people to other companies, most recently Tesla. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not Apple's employees leaving is a sign the company has lost focus, plus they have some thoughts on AT&T and Verizon pushing more customers out of unlimited data plans.

  16. Jan. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2017 Smart Home, IoT, More – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-10

    Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the smart home and IoT gear they saw at CES 2017. They also dive into storage and smart fitness tech, too.