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 2018-02-20: iPhone X Perceived Failure 1:08 PM Feb. 20th, 2018

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the perception that iPhone X sales are tanking, plus they explain Siri’s hierarchy in...

Podcast Archives

  1. Feb. 20th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone X Perceived Failure, Siri’s Device Delegation – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-20

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the perception that iPhone X sales are tanking, plus they explain Siri's hierarchy in deciding when it should respond from your iPhone, iPad, or HomePod.

  2. Feb. 19th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Geek Challenges, Voice Assistants, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 697

    Ever wanted to clear recent locations in your calendar? Or alphabetize LaunchPad? How about finding old computer magazines online? These are just some of the Geek Challenges John and Dave talk through this week. Pepper in some Cool Stuff Found, other questions from fellow listeners, and a discussion about playing podcasts with your voice assistant, and you've got this week's episode! Press play... and enjoy!

  3. Feb. 19th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Axios Energy & Climate Reporter Amy Harder

    Amy Harder covers energy and climate change for Axios. She writes a weekly column called the Harder Line that reports on trends, has exclusive scoops and analyzes the news driving the debate about energy and climate. Her coverage includes congressional legislation, regulations, lobbying, and international policy actions affecting the United States. Amy holds a B.A. in Journalism with honors. In our interview, I asked Amy about some of the most important issues of her coverage: what is "clean coal," how does global warming affect climate, do all conservatives deny global warming, what is a good website for scientific information, what is her workday like, and what could scientists do to better to communicate with the public? Come meet and listen to the reporter who has a terrific grasp of these important topics.

  4. Feb. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye Twitter Mac App, HomePod Blind Sound Test – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-19

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the options now that Twitter has announced its Mac client is no more. They also offer up their thoughts on David Pogue's HomePod sound quality blind test.

  5. Feb. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mobile Safari Security Tips, HomePod as a HomeKit Hub – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-16

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on improving your online privacy in Mobile Safari, plus they look at HomePod's place as a HomeKit hub.

  6. Feb. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iOS 11 Telugu Text Bug, the Mac’s Good Old Days of Snow Leopard – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-15

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain the Telugu text bug in iOS 11, and they also look at what we'd miss out on if Apple took us back to the good old days of OS X Snow Leopard.

  7. Feb. 14th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Inside Apple’s Shareholder Meeting, Profiling Hypocrisy, and HomePod Isn’t a Wiretap – ACM 449

    Bryan and Jeff go inside Apple's annual shareholder meeting, and talk about the things that seemed to get Tim Cook excited. A listener also calls them out for being hypocrites on ad profiling, and they talk about how Apple's new HomePod isn't a home wiretap.

  8. Feb. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Skype’s Big Security Flaw, Verizon’s Locked iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-14

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss Microsoft's decision to not patch a Skype updater security flaw, plus they offer up their thoughts on Verizon stopping unlocked iPhone sales.

  9. Feb. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod from a Musicians Perspective – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-13

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at HomePod from a musician's perspective, discuss how the smart speaker works with Apple TV, and more.

  10. Feb. 12th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Network Speeds, HomePod, Vectors, and Dead Drives – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 696

    It's always something, isn't it? The more computers – and devices – we have, the more issues there are. This week, that's no different, as there are several network-related questions your two favorite geeks tackle "on-air" for you to hear. HomePod arrived, and first experiences with that are discussed. Finally, some Cool Stuff Found to help round out the episode.

  11. Feb. 12th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Legislative Counsel for the EFF Ernesto Falcon

    Ernesto Falcon is Legislative Counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). His primary focus is on intellectual property and open internet issues. Ernesto and I chatted about the key issues surrounding net neutrality, the stakes for business and consumers, how the FCC's recent ruling might be combatted, ongoing legal efforts to restore net neutrality, the key players, potential legislation, and what consumers can do to help. But before we got into all that, Ernesto talked about how he became an attorney and his experiences leading up to joining the EFF. For example, during his tenure, Public Knowledge and the EFF scored a major victory for consumers by rallying the Internet community to defeat the SOPA act. Ernesto fills in a lot of important details in the fight for net neutrality that you'll want to hear.

  12. Feb. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    A Weekend with HomePod – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-12

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their experiences after a weekend with Apple's HomePod.

  13. Feb. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod Setup Experience and Some Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-09

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about the HomePod unboxing and setup experience, plus they share some HomePod tips.

  14. Feb. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Complicated Product Mix, Remembering John Perry Barlow – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-08

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's product matrix strategy, plus they remember EFF co-founder and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow after his passing.

  15. Feb. 7th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Can Social Media Be Humane, Smartwatch Diabetes Detection, and Nice Apple Content – ACM 448

    Can social media be "humane," or is the push for addictive platforms just par for the course? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss The Center for Humane Technology's push for reform. They also talk about Cardiogram's ability to detect diabetes from Apple Watch activity data, and they talk about Apple's penchant for avoiding dark and edgy content.

  16. Feb. 7th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iOS 11.3 Performance Management and HomePod FullRoom Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-07

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into iOS 11.3's performance and battery management settings, plus they explain HomePod's FullRoom feature.

  17. Feb. 6th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod Audio Quality and Siri – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-06

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the early HomePod reviews ahead of this Friday's release, plus they talk about audio quality and Siri's limitations.

  18. Feb. 5th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Architosh Founder & EIC Anthony Frausto-Robledo

    Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP is a practicing architect and the founder and editor of the award-winning Architosh.com website. Educated in Boston, he has been an architectural professional for over 30 years and was a senior designer with the distinguished Boston architectural firm Koetter Kim & Associates before launching his web consultancy, BritasMedia. Anthony and I chatted about Apple's ups and downs with technical professionals, his creation of architosh.com, the state of architecture app support on the Mac, what kind of system the pros need, and what might be in store for the 2018 Mac Pro. Even if you're not a architect, you'll find Anthony's perspectives interesting and informed.

  19. Feb. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Hidden Feature Problem, Apple Music’s Growing User Base – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-05

    Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about the problem with finding hidden features in iOS and watchOS, plus they look at Apple Music's steadily increasing subscriber base, and get a little excited over the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer.

  20. Feb. 4th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Evil Address Records of Death … and Files! – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 695

    There's always a theme, and this week it's Files. Sure, your two favorite geeks talk about a LOT more than that, but Files are always there. The Files app in iOS, looking at your files on macOS in new ways, finding files that can be deleted, and time files when you're having fun. What? Just listen and enjoy. It's easier that way.