Mac Observer Podcasts

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.

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.

Play Latest Episode

Fake App Sales, Cryptocurrency From Facebook 2:43 PM Jun. 18th, 2019

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS apps running “limited” sales, and Facebook getting into cryptocurrency.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 18th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Fake App Sales, Cryptocurrency From Facebook – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-18

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS apps running "limited" sales, and Facebook getting into cryptocurrency.

  2. Jun. 17th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Whispering Sweet Nothings at The A-Lady – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 766

    Some folks with Catalina on the brain want to know how to prepare. Some folks want to prepare to reinstall Mojave. Joe has advice for future-proofing your home, and the A-Lady wants you to whisper sweet nothings at her. It's that kind of week here and John and Dave are your stalwart guides. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  3. Jun. 17th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg (#6) – Background Mode Interview

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. In his sixth encore appearance on Background Mode, Michael and I analyze Apple’s 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).We started with a discussion of the new 2019 Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR. We also pondered why Apple SVP of Product Marketing, Phil Schiller, was noticeably absent from the stage. As an aside, Michael tells a hilarious story about SVP Schiller that happened back at WWDC 2013. Then we turned to Apple's Catalyst system and some of the nuances of building and running iOS apps on a Mac. We also touched on iPad OS. Michael is well versed in Apple marketing strategies and is always a delight to have on the show.

  4. Jun. 17th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Graduation Address, Apple Wants Oscars – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-17

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook's Graduation address at Stanford and Apple's formula to win Oscars.

  5. Jun. 14th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Surveillance and the Legal System, Mac Pro Apologies – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-14

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of surveillance and courts, and John Kheit's take on Mac Pro punditry.

  6. Jun. 13th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sign in with Apple, Telegram Attacked – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-13

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Google approving of Sign in with Apple, and China's attack on Telegram.

  7. Jun. 12th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    A McLaren in a School Zone – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-12

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of the new adjustments to Dropbox and desire for a Mac Pro.

  8. Jun. 11th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    macOS Catalina Moves Us From User Consent to User Intent – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-11

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Dave Hamilton to talk about Apple's march forward towards security-with-flexibility in macOS Catalina. And then it's time to look at Apple TV's future... by the numbers.

  9. Jun. 10th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Professor of Astrophysics Dr. Jo Dunkley – Background Mode Interview

    Dr. Jo Dunkley is a professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Her research is in cosmology, studying the origins and evolution of the universe. She holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from University of Oxford.Jo had an interesting path to her Ph.D. Her earliest love was mathematics, and soon she realized she could use math to answer questions about the real world. That led to a love for physics (at Cambridge) and getting her Master's. While there, she discovered relativity and astrophysics, but another event inspired her to go for a Ph.D. In the second segment, we chatted about her true love, using computer code on supercomputers to model the universe and analyzing the Cosmic Microwave Background (the detectable aftermath of the Big Bang). Also discussed: inflation theory, dark matter and theories of the Multiverse.

  10. Jun. 10th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple vs Ad Tracking, New OS Features – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-10

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Kelly Guimont (and what's left of her voice) to chat about Apple's advertising stance and new OS features.

  11. Jun. 10th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Migrating iTunes, Upgrading Macs, and a Quick Tip from Craig Federighi – Mac Geek Gab 765

    It's true, Craig Federighi let loose a perfect little Quick Tip last week at WWDC, did you catch it? Your two geeks did, and they're here to share it with you. In addition to some more Quick Tips from other listeners, this episode is chock full of answers to your great questions on topics like preparing your iTunes library for Catalina, upgrading to a new Mac, and much, much more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  12. Jun. 7th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple’s New Mac Pro: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, with John Kheit – ACM 515

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit dig into Apple's new Mac Pro, covering the good, the bad, and the ugly. They talk specs, costs, some of the things that came out since the keynote, and weigh the very important question of whether they want one. Spoiler, yes, but John's actually likely to pull the trigger. Bryan also makes sure to give John plenty of room to take his victory laps for the many things he got right leading up to this long-awaited announcement.

  13. Jun. 7th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Day Five – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-07

    For the last day of WWDC, Kelly has an interview with iOS developer Aleksey Navicov, and also chats with Rogue Amoeba's Paul Kafasis.

  14. Jun. 6th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Day Four – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-06

    Today from the WWDC vicinity, Kelly interviews Philippe Casgrain, organizer of NSNorth, and Ken Case, CEO of Omni Group.

  15. Jun. 5th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Day Three – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-05

    Live around WWDC, Kelly sits down with developer Alex Larouche and 360 iDev organizer John Wilker to talk about the week's announcements.

  16. Jun. 4th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Day Two – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-04

    Kelly interviews Ish Shabazz and Kendall Gellner about yesterday's announcements and how it affects what they are developing.

  17. Jun. 4th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Professor of Space Resources Dr. George Sowers – Background Mode Interview

    Dr. George Sowers holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado in Quantum Field theory. He has worked for Lockheed Martin and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) where he was the chief scientist and vice president. Currently, he's a professor of Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.We chatted about George's evolving career, from geologic engineering to physics to rocket launches with Lockheed Martin to General Relativity (GR) and Quantum Mechanics (QM), life at the ULA and finally to lunar mining. We pondered the philosophical differences between GR and QM, and then we turned to the benefits of mining water ice at the poles of our own Moon. We finished with some great advice for young engineering and physics students.

  18. Jun. 4th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Mac Pro: You Want It? You Got It! – Mac Geek Gab 764

    Yes, some things happened at WWDC, and your two geeks discuss them. But first, some Cool Stuff Found. We can't ignore that stuff, after all! Then it's time for a jam session all about macOS Catalina, the new Mac Pro, and a few other things related to Apple's announcements this week. All very cool stuff, and you're guaranteed to learn at least five new things!

  19. Jun. 3rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Day One Coverage – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-03

    Dave and Kelly recap the first day of WWDC including the (public) keynote address and the State of the Union, new hardware, and new software.

  20. May. 31st, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Card vs. All the Cards and What Is Apple Becoming, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 514

    Apple Card is coming soon, and Bryan Chaffin and guest-cohost Jeff Gamet compare it to the Amazon Prime card and other credit cards. They also dive into the heady topic of what exactly Apple is in the process of coming. Spoiler, Jeff guesses wrong when he says "a services company."