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Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

The Mac Observer's 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 put the Apple world into context.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to discuss things of interest to Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

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MGG 692: Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi-Mesh 7:21 PM Jan. 15th, 2018

Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don’t always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by...

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  1. Jan. 15th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi-Mesh – Mac Geek Gab 692

    Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don't always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by answering some of those questions. Then it's on to where you should – and shouldn't – be using APFS. After that, the questions jump around a bit, including one about mesh vs. quasi-mesh. All this and more on Mac Geek Gab 692 today!

  2. Jan. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Asst. Dir. of Operations at NWRDC John Welch

    John Welch is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Northwest Regional Data Center at Florida State University. Over the last 30 years, he's become an expert Mac IT administrator, using UNIX systems and the UNIX-based Mac to work with them. He's worked for the military, major businesses and several universities such as MIT and FSU. John told me about the incredibly serendipitous events that led to each of his many IT jobs. In the second segment, we chatted about macOS server, Apple in the enterprise (Apple's approach and strengths), and perspectives on the recent High Sierra root access security snafu in light of several other historical Mac events that he lived through. John also provided his insights about the new, amazing iMac Pro. His deep experience with Macs makes for great listening.

  3. Jan. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    MacBook Pro Refresh Expectations, iPad Pro in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-15

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be in store for the MacBook Pro in 2018, plus they talk about Apple's target audience for the iPad Pro and the tablet's place in the educational market.

  4. Jan. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2018 Apple’s Shrinking Presence, Cool Product Finds – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-12

    John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet for their last day at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to talk about Apple's diminishing presence at the event, plus they share some more cool products they found.

  5. Jan. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2018 Xfinity’s Smart Home Strategy, Cool Product Finds – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-11

    Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to discuss Xfinity's plan to make smart home tech more accessible to the average person, plus they share more cool products they've found.

  6. Jan. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2018 and Voice Appliances, Cool Product Finds – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-10

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to talk about voice control devices' strong presence at the event, plus they share more cool products they've found.

  7. Jan. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2018 and HomePod Talk, Cool Product Finds – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-09

    John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet CES 2018 in Las Vegas to look at how Apple's HomePod is a big topic this year, plus they share more cool products they've found.

  8. Jan. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Special Edition #3 With Former Apple Executive Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. In this very special edition, Michael and I chat about what we think Apple will ship in 2018. We go from certain, HomePod, to very speculative, a new Mac mini, and everything in between. iPhone 11? iPhone 9? Coffee Lake MacBook Pros? At the end of the show we also offer up some fantasies about what we'd personally like Apple to do.

  9. Jan. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2018 Trends and Unveiled Cool Products – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-08

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet CES 2018 in Las Vegas to talk about technology trends and share some of the interesting products they saw at CES Unveiled.

  10. Jan. 7th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Standards Are Great Because There Are So Many of Them – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 691

    Your two geeks are traveling in Las Vegas for CES, but that doesn't stop them from bringing you their weekly dose of help, tips, and Cool Stuff Found. Listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton help you understand how to manage the /Volumes folder, resolve a Contacts syncing problem, and decipher just how Location Services knows where you are when you have no GPS or Cell radio active. And that's just the beginning. You'll have to tune in for more! Press play, download, and enjoy.

  11. Jan. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple, CES 2018 Predictions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-05

    Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on a report that Jimmy Iovine is planning to leave Apple, plus they offer up some CES 2018 predictions.

  12. Jan. 4th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Meltdown and Spectre Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-04

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to dive into and explain the issues in the Meltdown and Spectre processor security flaws.

  13. Jan. 3rd, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Make Apple TV Great Again, Apple Is Doomed, iMac Pro Listener Comment – ACM 444

    What would it take to make Apple TV great again? Or, maybe just make it great? Bryan and Jeff dive deep into Apple's challenges in the settop market. They also deconstruct our newest Apple Death Knell addition, where Paul Pampilly tells us "Apple Is Doomed." They cap the show with some great listener comments about the iMac Pro.

  14. Jan. 3rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Big Apple Buying Netflix Debate – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-03

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on speculation that Apple could buy Netflix this year.

  15. Jan. 2nd, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Diagnosing Photo Syncing, Managing Restrictions, and Solving macOS and iOS Problems – Mac Geek Gab 690

    Have any problems with iCloud Photo Library? Want to remove DRM from your movies? Are your apps failing to launch? Have other restrictions that your Mac or iPhone are imposing on your life? This is what Mac Geek Gab is all about: solving your problems and sharing tips. Press play, download MGG 690, and enjoy!

  16. Jan. 2nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple TV 4K and Dolby Vision Explained, Italy’s Steve Jobs Company – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-02

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain HDR and Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K, plus they react to Italy's Steve Jobs company.

  17. Dec. 29th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s iPhone Battery Response, Favorite iPhone Accessories for 2017 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-29

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for the last show of the year to look at Apple's response to the worn out iPhone battery controversy, plus they share some favorite iPhone accessories.

  18. Dec. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Top Apple Hardware Announcements for 2017 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-28

    Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what they think are some of Apple's top hardware announcements for 2017.

  19. Dec. 27th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple’s Battery PR Disaster, Social Media’s Negative Impact, and the Importance of Animoji – ACM 443

    The boys are fuming over Apple's self-induced iPhone battery fiasco, and argue the company will lose lawsuits over the issue, whether or not they lose in court. They also discuss Chamath Palihapitiya's argument that social media is ripping society apart. They cap the show with an in-depth discussion on why Animoji is important, and how Apple is turning iMessage into a hybrid social media platform.

  20. Dec. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Favorite ARKit Apps for 2017 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-27

    Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share some of their favorite iOS 11 ARKit-based apps for the iPhone and iPad.