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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MGG 714: Mac App Switcher, iOS Reminders, iPad Calculator, and Feedbag? 7:27 PM Jun. 18th, 2018

Do you like Quick Tips? Do you think you know everything about the macOS App Switcher? If you answered “yes” to those questions we think...

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 18th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Mac App Switcher, iOS Reminders, iPad Calculator, and Feedbag? – Mac Geek Gab 714

    Do you like Quick Tips? Do you think you know everything about the macOS App Switcher? If you answered "yes" to those questions we think you'll be in for a very pleasant surprise, and that's just the kickoff of the episode! Then it's on to a few other tips, including a great script for unmounting drives that contain iTunes libraries. Plus, your questions answered. Download or simply press play, and enjoy!

  2. Jun. 18th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Georgia Tech Roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard

    Dr. Ayanna Howard is a professor of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. She's also in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ayanna received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. I asked Ayanna how she became inspired by robot technology. Like many of us, it was via science fiction on TV. In graduate school, robotics was still immature, so she wisely elected to pursue electrical engineering. Her first job was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) working on vision, fuzzy logic, and neural network methodologies. Today, she leads her students in the areas of assistive robots in the home, therapy gaming apps and remote robotic exploration of extreme environments. Our discussion covered the whole field of robotics, so tune in and hear all about the state-of-the-art from an accomplished roboticist.

  3. Jun. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iOS 12 and 911 Calls, New Mac Predictions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-18

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's improved 911 location information for iPhones in iOS 12, plus they share their thoughts on when we may see new Macs.

  4. Jun. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Snapchat Courts Developers, the State of Mac Hardware – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-15

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Snapchat is doing with its new APIs to promote its social network, plus they share their thoughts on a developer's complaint about the state of Mac hardware.

  5. Jun. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Bloomberg Interview, macOS Mojave and External Drives – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-14

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bloomberg's Tim Cook interview, plus Jeff has a tip for installing macOS Mojave on an external drive.

  6. Jun. 13th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The AR Demo and the Benefits of Surveillance Capitalism – ACM 466

    If you've been wondering what all the fuss was about augmented reality, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have an AR Demo for you to see. They also take time out from ranting about being the product to talk frankly about the benefits of surveillance capitalism.

  7. Jun. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    John’s Mac mini Idea, AltConf and WWDC 2018 Interviews – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-13

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could blend the Mac mini and Mac Pro into the same design, plus Kelly and John share their favorite AltConf and WWDC 2018 interviews.

  8. Jun. 13th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Thirteen Lucky Years of MGG – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 713

    Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton as they celebrate their 13th Mac Geek Gab anniversary by answering your questions, sharing Cool Stuff Found, solving problems and... you know... doing what they do for you! Press play, download, and celebrate! And also learn!

  9. Jun. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    USB-C iPhones, Carpool Karaoke Season 2 – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-12

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the possibility of USB-C coming to the iPhone, plus they share their thoughts on Carpool Karaoke season 2.

  10. Jun. 11th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with IDA Astronomer Dr. John Barentine

    Dr. John C. Barentine is an astronomer, historian, author and science communicator. He is currently the Director of Conservation for the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) in Tucson, Arizona. He earned his master’s degree in physics at Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his career, he's been involved in education efforts to help increase the public understanding of science. We started with a brief segment on his early career as a observing specialist at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. In the second segment, we chatted about his work at the IDA in Tucson, the organization, its goals, and why it's so important for all of us who live on planet Earth to be able to look up on a clear night and see stars.

  11. Jun. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye, Net Neutrality – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-11

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the end of net neutrality protection in the United States.

  12. Jun. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sonos and AirPlay 2, iOS 12 Live Listen for AirPods – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-08

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet for the final day of Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference to talk about the Sonos and AirPlay 2, the Sonos Beam, and Live Listen for AirPods in iOS 12.

  13. Jun. 7th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 ARKit 2, the End of 32-bit Mac Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-07

    Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference to talk about ARKit 2 and what Apple is doing in the augmented reality space, plus they look at the coming end of 32-bit app support in macOS.

  14. Jun. 6th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Siri Shortcuts and Huge AR Baby Steps – ACM 465

    Siri Shortcuts were the thing Apple announced at WWDC that caught both Bryan Chaffin's and Jeff Gamet's imagination. They also talk about how cool ARKit 2 is, and how we are still in early, early days for AR. As awesome as AR on iOS is, Apple is still taking huge baby steps.

  15. Jun. 6th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 macOS Mojave Privacy, the Perils of Beta OS Versions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-06

    Andrew Orr and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference to discuss privacy in macOS Mojave 10.14, and why installing developer betas isn't for everyone. Bonus: Kelly is internet famous.

  16. Jun. 5th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Freelance Tech Journalist Rob Pegoraro

    Rob Pegoraro is a freelance technical journalist who writes about interesting problems and possibilities in consumer technology. Previously, he was a technical columnist for the Washington Post from 1999 to 2011. Lately he has written for Yahoo Finance, USA Today and The Wirecutter. Rob graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1993 with a degree in international relations without taking a single course in journalism or computer science. But along the way he discovered his real talent: learning new things about computer tech and then explaining it to readers. Rob told me how his time with the Washington Post was both rewarding but also prepared him for a better family life as a freelancer. We chatted about Google I/O 2018, the Android platform, his writings about the FTC, the GDPR, 8KTV, and his recent DIY update of his 2009 iMac.

  17. Jun. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 Passwords, iOS and macOS Betas, Shortcuts and Workflow – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-05

    Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference to look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave 10.14 password management, device compatibility, and also Shortcuts and Workflow.

  18. Jun. 4th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    WWDC 2018, Travel Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 712

    Dave's in San Jose covering WWDC, and he and John talk through all of today's announcements and what they mean to you! Then it's on to sharing some Cool Stuff Found, including a few travel-related items that Dave found on his journeys this week. Lastly, some of your questions are answered. All of this and more when you press play and enjoy.

  19. Jun. 4th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 Keynote Wrap Up – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-04

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Gamet share their reactions to the 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation where Apple showed off iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave 10.14.

  20. Jun. 1st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 Keynote Announcement Predictions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-01

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to see at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, plus what they wish Apple would announce.