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MGG 782: Don't Fear The Reminders
Sep 30th, 2019 7:15 AM

Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro are back with guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss the seemingly dizzying array of iOS updates Apple has released in the...

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 30th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Don’t Fear The Reminders – Mac Geek Gab 782

    Reminders change things for third-party apps, too, it seems, especially those that rely on CalDAV. Plus, a Quick Tip or two about typing more efficiently never hurt anyone. This, folks, is what Mac Geek Gab is all about. Listen as John and Dave answer your questions and share your tips to ensure everyone learns at least five new things!

  2. Sep. 27th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Films in Theaters, iPhone Adoration – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-27

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a security PSA, Apple content in theaters, and Charlotte's iOS conversion.

  3. Sep. 26th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Corporations vs Governments, Always-On Watch Display – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-26

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss regulating tech companies, and Bryan's watch display adventure.

  4. Sep. 25th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sharing Locationless Photos, Apple Security Flaws – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-25

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss sharing photos (but not their location data), and Apple's OS security.

  5. Sep. 24th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Thriller Novelist Carter Wilson – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Carter Wilson is the USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author of six critically acclaimed, standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his novels have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. His latest novel, The Dead Girl in 2A, was released in July 2019.Carter didn't plan to become a novelist. It was really quite by accident. He got his bachelor's degree from Cornell and planned to work in hotel services. Then, on a spring day in 2003, an exercise to ward off boredom during a continuing-education class evolved into a 400-page manuscript. Since that day, Carter has been constantly writing. We chatted about the craft of thrillers, his writing technique, killing off characters, and how he plans his storylines. It's been an amazing journey.

  6. Sep. 24th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Google Play Pass, Apple Arcade Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-24

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to compare Google Play Pass to Apple Arcade, and include a few Apple Arcade picks.

  7. Sep. 23rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac Pro Made in USA, Oprah’s Book Club Returns – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-23

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac Pro's US-based manufacturing, and Oprah's book club selection (don't call it a comeback).

  8. Sep. 23rd, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Answers and Tips for iCloud, iOS 13, iPhone 11, macOS, and More – Mac Geek Gab 781

    Lots of new stuff from Apple this week... and lots of technical landmines to navigate. Thankfully, you've been sending your questions into John and Dave, and they've been doing the research to get you answers. Listen to the answers to your questions – and everyone else's, too! Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things... one that might even save your bacon this week!

  9. Sep. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Bionic Chip Deep Dive; Happy Phonemas – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-20

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a closer look at the A13 Bionic chip, and the iPhone and iOS releases.

  10. Sep. 19th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s EU Tax Case, Charlotte’s New iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-19

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's EU tax case as well as tips and apps for Charlotte's new iPhone.

  11. Sep. 18th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Legislation and Tech Conflicts, iPhone Battery Life – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-18

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss tech and legislation colliding in unfortunate ways, and iPhone battery life.

  12. Sep. 17th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple TV+ Subscribers vs Users, Calculus of Success – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-17

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's eventual reporting of TV+ users, and what success looks like.

  13. Sep. 16th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Journalist & TMO Contributor Charlotte Henry (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Charlotte is a London-based technical journalist. A self described media junkie, she writes about Apple—and now for the Mac Observer as well. She has also written for City A.M. (London’s daily business tabloid,) Computer Business Review, and the Independent on Sunday. Her new book is: Not Buying It.In this special edition of BGM, Charlotte chats about her reactions to Apple's September 10 iPhone event. She noted how Apple is in a new balancing act, promoting hardware to sell services—and vice versa. Charlotte told me about how pleased she is with the new iPad and plans to buy one. Then we took a closer look at the value proposition comparing the iPhone Xr to the iPhone 11. Charlotte also filled us in on her experience watching the event in the Apple London flagship store.

  14. Sep. 16th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Iger Leaves Apple Board, Revolutionary iPhone Chip – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-16

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Bob Iger's board departure, and the iPhone 11 chip Apple didn't discuss.

  15. Sep. 16th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Subscription vs. Private Cloud, Archiving Data, Geek Challenges Galore – Mac Geek Gab 780

    Many Dropbox users are going to experience a device-limit issue with new iPhones coming this week. Listen as John and Dave talk through how to use your Synology DiskStation to solve this problem. That's not all, though: Mac Geek Gab always aims to have everyone learn at least five new things. Your two favorite geeks answer questions about managing email, archiving your backups, mesh networks, iOS upgrade strategies, and more. Press play and enjoy!

  16. Sep. 13th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone Order Fever, Accessory Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-13

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone ordering and ship times, and offer some picks for iPhone treats.

  17. Sep. 12th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 522

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet reunite to discuss Apple's new product announcements, including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple's trade-in program, midnight green, glass...it's Bryan and Jeff, so of course they spin out of control on various and sundry side rails. Buckle up!

  18. Sep. 12th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg (#7) – 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 seventh appearance on Background Mode, Michael and I analyze Apple’s September 10, 2019 iPhone event: "By Innovation Only."We started with a discussion of the overall content and tenor of the event. Was the scripting more evident than usual? Is the format wearing thin? Why were there no success numbers touted as is customary? In the second segment, we looked at some of the new products announced. Michael and I also pondered whether some of the traditional inspirational and aspirational elements were in too short supply. And, crucially, why was Phil Schiller's shirt tucked in? Michael is well versed in Apple marketing strategies and is always a delight to have on the show.

  19. Sep. 12th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Card 3% Club, NSA in NYT – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-12

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest 3% back offers on Apple Card, & a letter from the NSA in the NYT.

  20. Sep. 11th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TV+ Details, New iPad Decisions – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-11

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new details of the Apple TV+ rollout and iPad comparisons.