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Brittany Smith on Background Mode.
Productivity Coach Brittany Smith
Oct 14th, 2019 6:46 PM

Brittany Smith is a productivity coach who provides a variety of consulting services through her business, Devise and Conquer, that includes ADD/ADHD coaching, technology coaching,...

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.

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

Apple Context Machine is a weekly in-depth look at Apple and the tech world from Bryan Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer with special guests from the tech world.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Oct. 14th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Productivity Coach Brittany Smith – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Brittany Smith is a productivity coach who provides a variety of consulting services through her business, Devise and Conquer, that includes ADD/ADHD coaching, technology coaching, productivity consulting, and more. She is a self-designated “well-rounded geek.” She holds an M.S. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience.In our chat, Brittany told me about her adventures with homemade videos, with a PC, as a youth. Her father was a podiatrist and her mother was a programmer, so there were always computers in the house. But the Vista version of Windows drove her into the arms of the Mac. In the second half of the show we delved into just what cognitive neuroscience is, her productivity and Apple tech coaching. Along the way we chatted about the influence of Star Trek (and Disneyland) on her career. Brittany sparkles in this interview.

  2. Oct. 14th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Safari Browsing Data, iPhone Present/Future – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-14

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss where Apple is routing browser data, iPhone 11 sales, and the SE 2.

  3. Oct. 11th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple vs China Over Hong Kong – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-11

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s recent decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors.

  4. Oct. 10th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac Memory, Catalina’s Potential – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-10

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the right amount of RAM in a Mac, and Catalina's place in macOS history.

  5. Oct. 9th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    NYC And Cellebrite, Lightning Cables – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-09

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Cellebrite's new partnership and other iPhone hacks like Lightning cables.

  6. Oct. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Credit Where Credit is Due – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-08

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple history and how Tim Cook may or may not be credited with change.

  7. Oct. 7th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Astrophysicist Dr. Brian Keating (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Dr. Brian Keating is an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. His specialty is cosmology, and he is the father of the original BICEP project (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization). Last year, Brian published a terrific, courageous book about his team's research, some life lessons, and the challenges of scientific research: Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor. It's now out in paperback.This time, we expanded on the discussion in his book about his quest for the Nobel prize. At the core: what the polarization of the cosmic background radiation tells us about the Big Bang. We also delved into the theory of the multiverse and its relationship to the anthropic principle. Finally, find out how you could win a piece of a 4.5 billion year old asteroid.

  8. Oct. 7th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Eight (GB) is Enough – Mac Geek Gab 783

    Catalina is out and your geeks have migration and installation tips to share from their experiences. Take a listen to this episode before you upgrade, for sure. But Catalina isn't the only topic this week, folks. Lots of iOS 13 tips and tricks, lots of other macOS stuff, and all of your questions answered, too!

  9. Oct. 7th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple News+ in UK, Bundle Pricing – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-07

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss experiences with News+, Andrew's cancellation, and Apple offering bundles.

  10. Oct. 4th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Cryptocurrency Comments – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-04

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook's comments about Libra and the IMF's statement on cryptocurrency.

  11. Oct. 3rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tech vs Governments, Siri Learning and Unlearning – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-03

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss apps vanishing from App Stores, and how Siri can now use third party apps.

  12. Oct. 2nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sign In With Apple, Managing Logins – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-02

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Sign In With Apple, and how to use and manage those logins.

  13. Oct. 1st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Today in Data Breaches, “Think Different” Reminiscing – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-01

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Zynga breach and look back at the 1997 Think Different ad campaign.

  14. Sep. 30th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    NASA Chair, Lib. of Congress Dr. Susan Schneider – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Dr. Susan Schneider is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at The University of Connecticut. She writes about issues in philosophy, AI, cognitive science and astrobiology. Within philosophy, she works on both the computational nature of the brain and the metaphysical nature of the mind. The topics she has written about most recently include radical brain enhancement, machine intelligence, consciousness, and the nature of persons. Her new book is Artificial You - AI And The Future Of Your Mind. In our chat we covered many of the major issues of AI: the computational nature of the mind, consciousness, the question of whether consciousness is restricted to humans, extraterrestrial post-biological intelligence, AI implants in humans, and the ethical and cybersecurity issues of AI. Susan talks to AI issues you may have never thought about before. Join me in this awesome 30 minute virtual seminar on AI.

  15. Sep. 30th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Quick iOS 13 Messages Tips; Beginning Catalina Prep – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-30

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss some hints for iMessage in iOS 13, and we start talking Catalina prep.

  16. Sep. 30th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Don’t Fear The Reminders – Mac Geek Gab 782

    Reminders change things for third-party apps, too, it seems, especially those that rely on CalDAV. Plus, a Quick Tip or two about typing more efficiently never hurt anyone. This, folks, is what Mac Geek Gab is all about. Listen as John and Dave answer your questions and share your tips to ensure everyone learns at least five new things!

  17. Sep. 27th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Films in Theaters, iPhone Adoration – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-27

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a security PSA, Apple content in theaters, and Charlotte's iOS conversion.

  18. Sep. 26th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Corporations vs Governments, Always-On Watch Display – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-26

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss regulating tech companies, and Bryan's watch display adventure.

  19. Sep. 25th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sharing Locationless Photos, Apple Security Flaws – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-25

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss sharing photos (but not their location data), and Apple's OS security.

  20. Sep. 24th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Thriller Novelist Carter Wilson – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Carter Wilson is the USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author of six critically acclaimed, standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his novels have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. His latest novel, The Dead Girl in 2A, was released in July 2019.Carter didn't plan to become a novelist. It was really quite by accident. He got his bachelor's degree from Cornell and planned to work in hotel services. Then, on a spring day in 2003, an exercise to ward off boredom during a continuing-education class evolved into a 400-page manuscript. Since that day, Carter has been constantly writing. We chatted about the craft of thrillers, his writing technique, killing off characters, and how he plans his storylines. It's been an amazing journey.