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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 Daily Observations 2016-09-30: iPhone Lightning Headphone Adapters, Listener Comments 1:38 PM Sep. 30th, 2016

Third party Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapters are starting to make their first appearances for the iPhone 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff...

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 30th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-30: iPhone Lightning Headphone Adapters, Listener Comments

    Third party Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapters are starting to make their first appearances for the iPhone 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the headphone adapter market and whether or not most people will really need one. They also respond to listener comments on yesterday's show where we talked about the limitations of Apple's Airport Extreme Base Station.

  2. Sep. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-29: John’s Apple Product Wish List

    Word on the street says new Retina MacBook Pro models are coming in October, and TMO's sources say they'll be announced on the 11th. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about John's wish list for new Apple products, and Jeff disagrees with John's take on Apple TV.

  3. Sep. 28th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

    We've had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of "Hey Siri" support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

  4. Sep. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-28: Blackberry Ditches Smartphones, Apple’s Think Different Ads

    Blackberry is giving up on making smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss Blackberry's long downward spiral, plus they look back on Apple's first Think Different ad from 19 years ago.

  5. Sep. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-27: HealthKit for Diagnosis, Roku vs Apple TV

    Apple wants HealthKit to track your overall health and become a diagnosis tool. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss whether or not Apple is ready to expand HealthKit, and they also look at the state of Apple TV compared to Roku's latest home entertainment appliance offerings.Bonus: Bryan lost his Apple Watch battery life bet with John.

  6. Sep. 26th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder & President of Bombich Software, Mike Bombich

    Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. It's a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He started his career at Bowling Green State University studying aquatic ecology. But he also took computer science classes thinking that one day he would do scientific simulations of ecological systems. Soon, Mike discovered that he had a strong interest the software development process itself. Later, Mike worked for a tech support organization and discovered the real need for software that could back up the new Mac OS X launched in 2001. He created CCC. That got the attention of Apple and landed him a job working on technical solutions for professionals. Mike tells the story about how this app changed his life.

  7. Sep. 26th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF Issues, Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication

    Worried about viewing PDF documents in macOS Sierra? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know now about potential data loss in PDFs, plus they dive into two-factor authentication for Apple IDs and why that matters for HomeKit and Apple Watch users.

  8. Sep. 25th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

    Today it's all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it's high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it's two macOS Sierra questions, then it's onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show... or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!

  9. Sep. 23rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-23: Apple, AI, and Buying Tuplejump

    Apple is diving deeper into the world of artificial intelligence with its recent Tuplejump purchase. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's AI efforts, balancing privacy with data collection, and how Apple's HomeKit is still frustrating.

  10. Sep. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-22: The State of Apple Car, Apple’s Bag Patent

    Apple's car project is still something of a mystery, and that's leading to all kinds of speculation. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at reports that Apple wanted to buy a high end car maker, plus they have some thoughts on Apple's paper bag patent.

  11. Sep. 21st, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 377: Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

    Bryan and Jeff talk about iPhone 7, whether or not it's a must-have upgrade, and even what constitutes a must-have upgrade any more. They also talk about their immediate impressions of Apple Watch Series 2 after spending a day with the new models.  All this and more.

  12. Sep. 21st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-21: Upgrading to macOS Sierra

    With macOS Sierra out the big question is whether or not you should upgrade now. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at who should install Sierra now and who should wait, how to check for compatibility issues, their data backup routines, and more.

  13. Sep. 20th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-20: macOS Sierra Launch Day, ProDOS gets an Update

    Heads up, everyone! It's macOS Sierra release day. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about the new Mac operating system, issues with incompatible software, and some best practices ahead of installing the upgrade. They also note a just released update for ProDOS on the Apple II and IIGS. Seriously.

  14. Sep. 19th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with MyMac Founder and Publisher Tim Robertson

    Tim Robertson is the founder and publisher of MyMac. He's one of the pioneers in our business. Tim tells the story about how, in 1995, he was more or less a jock, but realized that his daughter was going to need to know about computers. After some research, he bought an Apple Performa 410. Learning how to use this computer, and wanting to be a writer, launched Tim into a lifelong love affair with Apple and publishing. Like many, he started writing about what he learned. But at that time, one had to create digital publications with Doc Maker, downloadable from a BBS. Soon thereafter, he was on the internet with the now legendary Mymac.com and a team of contributors. Come listen as we chat about the remarkable evolution of Tim's publishing career.

  15. Sep. 19th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-19: The iPhone 7 First Impressions

    to share their thoughts and first impressions on Apple's latest smartphone. John also talks about what went right—and wrong—with his iPhone trade in at the Apple Store.