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 2018-04-20: No Unified Apple OS for You 1:14 PM Apr. 20th, 2018

Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why macOS and iOS won’t merge into a single operating system for now, and...

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 20th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    No Unified Apple OS for You, Daisy iPhone Recycling Robot – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-20

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why macOS and iOS won't merge into a single operating system for now, and they look at how the iPhone's long life span stands in contrast to Greenpeace criticism.

  2. Apr. 19th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cyberwar Is Now, Social Network Inertia – ACM 458

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.

  3. Apr. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Broken iMac Pro Controversy, Amazon’s Fire TV Edition – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-19

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to discuss the controversy surrounding an iMac Pro Apple reportedly isn't fixing, plus they look at the viability of Amazon's new Fire TV Edition.

  4. Apr. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dave and Jeff Nerd Out on Wi-Fi Routers – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-18

    Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Wi-Fi routers, what to look for when replacing your AirPort Extreme, why you may want a stand-alone router instead of Wi-Fi Mesh, and more.

  5. Apr. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhones, Strong Passcodes, and GrayKey – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-17

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why longer iPhone passcodes are becoming more important, plus they discuss the GrayKey iPhone hacking device available to law enforcement.

  6. Apr. 16th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Tweaking Your iPhone, Keeping Your Mac Awake, Automation Radios, and More – Mac Geek Gab 705

    The iPhone isn't really built for you to tweak and troubleshoot, though sometimes that's exactly what you need to do. Never fear, your two favorite geeks come to your rescue. John and Dave also talk through how to keep your Mac happy and awake, radios for controlling automation, and much, much more!

  7. Apr. 16th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Gravitational Wave Astrophysicist Dr. Chiara Mingarelli

    Dr. Chiara Mingarelli is an astrophysicist currently working at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics where she's a Flatiron Fellow. Chiara received her Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2014, and her specialty is the study of gravitational waves: ripples in spacetime born of a cataclysmic collision of distant, super-massive objects. She's been a Marie Curie International Fellow at Cal Tech and has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. We chatted about her early years, how she was inspired by the night skies of her hometown in Canada and her early years studying mathematics and physics. There were definitely some challenges in her early career, but her mathematician father nurtured her through. If you're curious about gravitational waves and Pulsars, this is the show for you.

  8. Apr. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod Sales, Third-party Apple Watch Faces – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-16

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of HomePod sales, plus they share their thoughts on third-party Apple Watch faces.

  9. Apr. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook’s Shadow Profiles – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-13

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet take a look at Facebook's shadow profiles on people who don't have accounts, and how those accounts may impact online privacy legislation.

  10. Apr. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    32-bit Mac App Support’s Demise, Shows We Want Apple to License – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-12

    Adam Christianson from The Maccast and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet talk about what Apple's coming end to 32-bit Mac app support means, plus they share some properties they'd love to see as original shows on Apple Music.

  11. Apr. 11th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Mac Keyboards, Trusting Facebook, and Being Profitable and Green – ACM 457

    In this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss Mac keyboards, and what they like about clicky, long-throw keyboards, including the Azio Classic Retro BT keyboard Bryan just reviewed. They also go through a thought experiment on whether Facebook could ever earn our trust on privacy by radically reshaping their policies. They cap the show with a look at how Apple manages to be profitable and green, both.

  12. Apr. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Web Authentication Tech, Apple Lands Foundation TV Series – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-11

    Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at a new Web API that could make passwords obsolete, plus they share their thoughts on Apple landing a deal for Asimov's Foundation series for Apple Music.

  13. Apr. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Companies Committing to User Privacy, Apple’s R&D Efforts – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-10

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss the push to get tech companies on board with user security pledges, and to talk about Apple's R&D efforts.

  14. Apr. 9th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Answers to Your Questions: Photo Tagging, Mac App Store, Thunderbolt, and a Bluetooth Rant – Mac Geek Gab 704

    Answering your questions, it's what John and Dave do! Listen this week to learn about advanced photo tagging, managing your emails, fixing the Mac App Store, using Thunderbolt, accessing minimized windows, Gmail, and much, much more.

  15. Apr. 9th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Ruby Receptionists CTO Katharine Nester

    Katharine Nester is the CTO and Chief Product Officer for Ruby Receptionists, a virtual receptionist service. She owes early influence to her father, a computer engineer, and that led to her B.S. degree in computer science from the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley. Her first job was as a Hewlett Packard software engineer. Katharine is an active member of Portland’s growing tech community where she advocates for more inclusive environments to support women and minorities in the field and is a benefactor of App Camp for Girls. We chatted about the founding of Ruby Receptionists, early technical decisions that were made and how it operates. Katharine tells a great story about her personal career arc as well as what it's like to be the CTO of a company that supports 7,600 other companies.

  16. Apr. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Predicting What We’ll Get in Apple’s New Mac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-09

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore why they think the Mac Pro in 2019 will be a departure from Apple's current desktop computer design.

  17. Apr. 6th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Latest Mac Pro News – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-06

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's latest news about the upcoming Mac Pro, what they're hoping for in the new machine, and what they think of its 2019 time table.

  18. Apr. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook’s Powerful Draw, Limiting Online Tracking – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-05

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss how Facebook works to hold our interest, and talk about ways to limit how much the social network tracks us.

  19. Apr. 4th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Mark Zuckerberg vs. Tim Cook, Apple’s New AI Chief, and Making HomeKit Great – ACM 456

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been trading public barbs on privacy, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the public tiff. They also discuss Apple's hiring of Google's former head of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for Siri (hint: good things!). They cap the show with a look at what it would take to make HomeKit the premier home automation platform.

  20. Apr. 4th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Windows versus Mac Security, Listener Comments – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-04

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Windows 10 security versus macOS, plus they respond to listener comments on Jeff's HomeKit fail.