Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

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 from The Mac Observer put the Apple world into context.

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by John Martellaro from The Mac Observer.

Background Mode

Join The Mac Observer's 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

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to answer your question and discuss things of interest to Apple and Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

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TDO 2018-10-23: Apple's Mystery Manufacturing Space 1:21 PM Oct. 23rd, 2018

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s mystery manufacturing space in Silicon Valley, plus they look at Intel’s 7 nm chip...

Podcast Archives

  1. Oct. 23rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Mystery Manufacturing Space, Intel’s 7 nm Problem – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-23

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple's mystery manufacturing space in Silicon Valley, plus they look at Intel's 7 nm chip manufacturing conundrum.

  2. Oct. 22nd, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 732

    Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and your iPhone? Plus, do you care whether you're using the actual SIM or eSIM on your new iPhone? Press play, listen, and learn together!

  3. Oct. 22nd, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Fiction Writer & Biographer Alec Nevala-Lee

    Alec Nevala-Lee is a science fiction novelist, essayist and biographer. He's known for the scifi novels: The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire. He's written for Analog Science Fiction, and he's had essays and non-fiction published in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Daily Beast and more. We chatted about growing up in California, the influential book that inspired him to become a writer, his early career, life at Harvard, and quitting his job to become a struggling - then successful novelist. Alec also shared a bit about his writing tools and techniques. Finally, we explored his new biography entitled: ASTOUNDING, a critical look at the life, writing and mutual influences of four famous scifi authors: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard during the Golden Age of Science Fiction in the 1940s and 50s.

  4. Oct. 22nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    What else at the iPad event, Apple vs Bloomberg – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-22

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to speculate on what else we'll see at the iPad event (besides iPads), and Apple going toe-to-toe against Bloomberg.

  5. Oct. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dave Buys an iPhone XR – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-19

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about why Dave pre-ordered an iPhone XR, plus they discuss their experiences so far with Shortcuts in iOS 12.

  6. Oct. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s October 30 Media Event, iPhone X Versus iPhone X – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-18

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's just announced October 30th media event in New York City, plus they debate which is a better upgrade: iPhone XR or a used iPhone X.

  7. Oct. 17th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Dogbot Twerking, Facebook’s Portal into Your Home, Listener Mail – ACM 484

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet make an announcement about ACM. They also talk about the cool horror of BostonDynamics's twerking dogbot. Oh, and Facebook Portal...please. No. Just, please no. The also take a look at some listener email.

  8. Oct. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone XR pre-orders, 4K is here to stay – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-17

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone XR pre-orders and who is lining up, as well as 4K television no longer being a fad.

  9. Oct. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac App Store Developer Problems, More Apple Watch Series 4 Experiences – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-16

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the frustration some developers are experiencing with Apple's Mac App Store, plus Jeff and John share how they feel about Apple Watch Series 4 after three weeks.

  10. Oct. 15th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Planetary Scientist Dr. Pascal Lee

    Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute. He's also Chairman of the Mars Institute, and Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. His research includes the history of water on Mars and planning future human exploration of Mars. Pascal has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Space Sciences from Cornell University. We chatted about how he spent his very early years in Hong Kong, inspired by American and British SciFi TV shows. Later, he migrated to Paris where he continued his education and, inspired by Dr. Carl Sagan, made his way to Cornell in the 1990s. He was Dr. Sagan's last teaching assistant. Next, we talked about his trips to the remote Canadian island, Devon, to study Mars-like conditions. We wrapped up with an introduction to his thoughts on SETI.

  11. Oct. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Photoshop CC for iPad, Third-party Apple Watch Faces – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-15

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Adobe's new Photoshop CC for iPad announcement, plus share their thoughts on third-party watch faces for Apple Watch.

  12. Oct. 15th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    APFS Corruption, Wi-Fi Numbering, and Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 731

    APFS has been available on our Macs for a year now, and we're beginning to see the issues with corruption that can't be yet be solved by Apple or third party utilities. Wi-Fi is changing names... and getting faster! And folks, Backups are still important! All this and more in this week's Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  13. Oct. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    What’s New with WiFi Mesh, Apple’s Possible iPad Pro Media Event – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-12

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at what's new in the WiFi Mesh market, plus they share their thoughts on whether or not Apple will host an iPad Pro media event in October.

  14. Oct. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Maybe Free TV Shows Plan, Google and Apple’s AI Battle – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-11

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on how Apple will promote its streaming TV content and follow up on yesterday's subscription TV overload discussion. They also look at competition in the artificial intelligence space with Google's new Call Screen feature.

  15. Oct. 10th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iPad Pro vs. Mac, Apple TV Games, iPhone Driver’s License – ACM 483

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin ask if Apple's rumored next iPad Pro is the Mac replacement long predicted. They also discuss what went wrong with Apple TV gaming, and the pros and cons and cons and cons of iPhone driver's licenses. They sneak some Anki Vector love in there, too.

  16. Oct. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    China Spy Hacks Again, Subscription TV Streaming Overload – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-10

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Bloomberg's latest Chinese server spy hack report, plus they dive into the growing problem with subscription streaming TV service overload.

  17. Oct. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye Google+, USB-C iPad Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-09

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss what's behind Google shutting down its Google+ social network platform, plus they explore a new report saying an iPad Pro with a USB-C port is coming in October.

  18. Oct. 8th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore #5 Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford

    Dr. Kiki Sanford makes her fifth appearance on Background Mode. Kiki is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D. from the University of California. She's a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show. In this episode, we chat about some some recent topics discussed on TWIS that fascinated me. 1) Yale roboticists have developed skins with embedded actuators that can turn just about anything into robots. 2) A 127 million year old fossil was discovered in China that fills in another gap in the story of how dinosaurs became birds. 3) The new NASA exoplanet search mission, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is operational. We talk about its mission and how it compares to the Kepler spacecraft. This is just a sample; we covered much more cool science stuff.

  19. Oct. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Deconstructing Bloomberg’s Spy Chip Report, 7 Years of Siri – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-08

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the responses to Bloomberg's China spy chip report, and what could account for the strong denials from Apple and Amazon. They also look at the state of Siri on the voice assistant's 7th anniversary.

  20. Oct. 8th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Don’t Panic, Kernel. It’s Just a Kill Switch and a Nuke-and-Pave – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 730

    Sometimes things go wrong with your devices, and sometimes the path you think will solve it winds up running you in circles. The same things can happen to your two favorite geeks, and this week's show talks about some of that while also answering your questions and solving your problems. Press play and enjoy!