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Stephon Alexander on Background Mode
Physics Professor and Jazz Musician Dr. Stephon Alexander
Jul 13th, 2020 6:09 PM

Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). He received his BSc...

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 questions 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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 13th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Physics Professor and Jazz Musician Dr. Stephon Alexander – BGM Interview

    Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). He received his BSc from Haverford College and Ph.D. from Brown University. He also explores interconnections between music, physics, mathematics and technology though recordings, performance, teaching and public lectures.Stephon tells his story about growing up in the Bronx amidst a very diverse group of students. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, he showed great curiosity and intelligence. Still, as person of color, he faced many challenges as he worked towards his Ph.D. We chatted about the mind of the physicist, physics intuition, music, the role of mathematics, String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity as well as events before the Big Bang. If you are a young student, dreaming of becoming a physicist, this show is a must - full of inspiration and insights.

  2. Jul. 13th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Media Monday! Greyhound, Idris Elba, and TV+ – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-13

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont for Media Monday! Topics include the debut of Tom Hanks' Greyhound, and the state of TV+.

  3. Jul. 13th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    ICE, ICE, Maybe? — Mac Geek Gab 824

    Is your mail forwarder secure? Are you sure? How about your Internet? These are just two of your dozen-or-so questions that John and Dave tackle this week. It's not just questions, of course. There are Quick Tips, regular tips, Cool Stuff Found, and even some router fun. Press play and enjoy listening to your favorite geeks while learning at least five new things!

  4. Jul. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday, App Store Turns Twelve – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-10

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news items and tips, and the twelfth birthday of the App Store.

  5. Jul. 9th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Updates to Swift Learning, iOS 14 Preview – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-09

    Charlotte Henry and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Apple's Swift educational resources and new features in iOS 14.

  6. Jul. 8th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    PowerBook Origin Story – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-08

    Bryan Chaffin and host Kelly Guimont chat about an interview with a designer of the original PowerBook and their own Apple Portable histories.

  7. Jul. 7th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    APFS and Time Machine and Big Sur – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-07

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest iteration of APFS and how it could affect Time Machine drives.

  8. Jul. 6th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Partner, Many Tricks Software Rob Griffiths – BGM Interview

    Rob Griffiths worked for Apple (1990-95), founded macosxhints.com in 2000, went on to write for Macworld Magazine, has done some podcasting, and is currently a partner at Many Tricks Software, makers of great Mac utilities such as Moom, Witch and Name Mangler.Rob recalled his early years with the T.I. Silent 700, Commodore PET, and Apple II. At Colorado State University, Rob realized programming was not for him and followed a business track. Later, after graduate school, he landed a job with Apple. We chatted about his career, moving on to great years at Macworld Magazine, and then his current partnership at Many Tricks Software. We then delved into WWDC 2020, challenges as an Apple developer, the transition of Macs to Apple Silicon, and the evolution of macOS as a partial touch-screen OS. Good stuff here!

  9. Jul. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Services and Also Hamilton – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-06

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Hamilton's film debut, and Charlotte has an Apple services prediction.

  10. Jul. 6th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    An iCloud of Uncertainty — Mac Geek Gab 823

    When iCloud works, it's great. And, for the most part, that's how it is. But sometimes...it just gets plain wonky. Several of you had several questions about that this week, and Dave and John dig in to get you sorted! That's not all, though. Cool Stuff Found, routers, and even some future stuff is all up for discussion when your two favorite geeks get together this week. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  11. Jul. 2nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Arcade Shakeup – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-02

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a reported Apple Arcade shakeup, and the future of the service.

  12. Jul. 2nd, 2020
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Silicon, Target Mode, iOS Apps Coming to Mac, with John Kheit – ACM 533

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about Apple Silicon and the Mac moving to Apple-designed ARM processors. They also talk about Target Mode's demise and something John Kheit predicted years ago: iOS apps coming to the Mac.

  13. Jul. 1st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    About Intel and Moving Macs to Apple Silicon – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-01

    John Martellaro joins guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss what may have driven Apple's timeline for moving its Mac computers to Apple silicon.

  14. Jun. 30th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New News About News – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-30

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Apple's News app, Google's news partnerships, and iOS 14 updates to News+.

  15. Jun. 29th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg (#11) – BGM Interview

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to SVP Phil Schiller. He is currently a freelance writer and has become a regular guest here on Background Mode. This BGM Interview is his 11th appearance.We explored the WWDC 2020 Keynote in detail. We started with the production values and layout and how some elements of this new kind of presentation might show up in future events. Then we turned to the Mac on Apple Silicon transition and some of the considerations for users. Later, there was a healthy discussion of iOS 14, Scribble and then macOS 11 Big Sur's design language and how that differs from the nature of the Mac for UNIX users. Michael always delivers keen insights on how Apple markets its products and always helps us better understand the WWDC Keynote.

  16. Jun. 29th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone as a Teenager – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-29

    Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPhone anniversary and what is different (or not) then and now.

  17. Jun. 29th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Full Disks, Slow Speeds, and Low Batteries — Mac Geek Gab 822

    Your questions haven't stopped, and neither have our answers! How to deal with a full disk? What to do for slow internet speeds? How to best manage your battery? All of these topics are addressed, plus Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, and more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things with John and Dave this week!

  18. Jun. 26th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday: Privacy Updates, Macworld All-Star Band Reunion – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-26

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest privacy changes from WWDC, and the Macworld All-Star Band reunion.

  19. Jun. 25th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Charlotte’s Bet on AppleOS – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-25

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's future operating systems and the amount of wrong in a theory.

  20. Jun. 24th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC: iOS 14 Preview, Familiar Features – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-24

    Andrew Orr and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iOS 14 preview from WWDC, and why a few of those features look familiar...