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.

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MGG 737: Geeky Gift Guide and Your Questions Answered 7:22 PM Nov. 26th, 2018

Today on TDO: 5G networks flaws/rollout, and an Apple v Qualcomm (software) update. Charlotte Henry, Andrew Orr, and host Kelly Guimont.

Podcast Archives

  1. Nov. 26th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Geeky Gift Guide and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab 737

    The best part about geeky gifts is that sometimes the best person to get them for is yourself. Listen to John and Dave – your two favorite geeks – discuss some of their favorites at this point in the holiday buying season, and decide whether you buy one of these now for someone else... or wait until the gifting season wraps up to get one for you!

  2. Nov. 26th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Fiction Author Darren Beyer

    Darren Beyer is a former NASA Space Shuttle engineer at Kennedy Space Center who worked on launching and recovering more than a dozen missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He also conducted astronaut training and had the honor of working onboard every Space Shuttle orbiter except Challenger. In late 1998, he left NASA to become an entrepreneur, and, lately, an author.The first result was the Anghazi series of novels, Casimir Bridge, released in 2016 to rave reviews thanks largely to his commitment to putting the science back in science fiction. The second installment, Pathogen Protocol was released in October, 2018. We chatted about Darren's early life inspirations, his NASA career, an interesting experience with an astronaut, his scientific approach to SciFi writing, and how private industry may well send manned missions to Mars before NASA.

  3. Nov. 26th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iPad Pro and a Proper Keyboard, Your iPad as a 2nd Mac Screen – ACM 489

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Bob LeVitus to discuss the iPad Pro, whether it can replace a Mac, and the importance of having a quality keyboard. They also talk about two ways Bob has been testing for using your iPad as a second Mac display, which is way cool.

  4. Nov. 26th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    LinkedIn Privacy, Laws on GitHub – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-26

    Kelly Guimont chats with Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton about keeping your LinkedIn Privacy settings current and using GitHub to manage laws.

  5. Nov. 21st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Health Records, Offline Siri Update – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-21

    Host Kelly Guimont is joined by Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr to talk about health records, an offline Siri update, and the new Apple ad.

  6. Nov. 20th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Malware on Macs, Bryan and Dave’s Stock Market School – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-20

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about malware on macOS (real) and Apple's sole responsibility for the stock market's wellbeing (not real).

  7. Nov. 19th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    No Roger, NoSQL, No Rent – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 736

    Before you gobble up all your turkey, gobble up some new tips and info and tricks and, yes, even some fun toys! 'Tis (almost) the season, and you don't want to miss out. Press play and enjoy!

  8. Nov. 19th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Climate Scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

    Dr. Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is the director of the Climate Science Center. She is also the CEO of the consulting firm ATMOS Research and Consulting. She received her undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and a masters and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We started from basics in this chat and defined how science works via observation. Then we delved into the process of climate change research, successful computer models, the significant findings of climate science and whether some changes are exponential rather than linear. Finally, Dr. Hayhoe filled us in on some great resources for further reading.

  9. Nov. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon’s Eventual Failure, Silicon Valley’s Soul – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-19

    Kelly Guimont, Andrew Orr, and John Martellaro chat about Amazon eventually failing and if Silicon Valley has a soul to lose.

  10. Nov. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Offline Siri, SMS Data Breach – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-16

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Offline Siri and the latest data breach, (this one involves text messages).

  11. Nov. 16th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple RAM and SSD Prices, Apple’s Pipeline, the Future of iOS – ACM 488

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit, who has a bee in his bonnet about Apple's upgrade pricing for RAM and storage on the new Mac mini and MacBook Air models. They also discuss whether or not Apple actually has a "deep pipeline," as well features they'd like to see come to iOS in the future.

  12. Nov. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s AI in Education, Facebook PR Problems – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-15

    Host Kelly Guimont talks to Andrew Orr and John Martellaro about how Apple's AI can help college students, and Facebook's latest PR problems.

  13. Nov. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Black Friday Season, Wearable UV Sensors – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-14

    Host Kelly Guimont talks to Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton about Black Friday (which is now a season) and a new wearable UV sensor.

  14. Nov. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dave Goes To MacTech Conference, Software Throttling – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-13

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to talk about MacTech Conference, Apple throttling iOS devices, and Dave gets new vocabulary.

  15. Nov. 12th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Planetary Scientist Dr. Pascal Lee, Part II

    This is Part II. Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute. He's also Chairman of the Mars Institute, and Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. His research includes the history of water on Mars and planning future human exploration of Mars. Pascal has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Space Sciences from Cornell University.In Part I, we chatted about his background and how he became a planetary scientist. We had just started discussing the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), when an internet outage stopped us cold. So I invited Pascal to return for Part II and discuss his analysis of the Drake Equation and its implications for the existence of other advanced, intelligent life in our galaxy.

  16. Nov. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Software Security Reviews, New Apple Product Treadmill – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-12

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Software security audits and the Apple Product Treadmill.

  17. Nov. 12th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Bridge Mode, APFS, and Tips from MacTech – Mac Geek Gab 735

    Dave's back from MacTech and boy is his brain tired from absorbing as much knowledge as he could. He and John talk through a bunch of that, including some important new APFS knowledge, Cool Stuff Found, and a plethora of Quick Tips. Plus, of course, your two favorite geeks answer your questions. All this and more... press play and enjoy!

  18. Nov. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Stores Come To Thailand, Disney’s Streaming Service – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-09

    Andrew Orr and first-timer Charlotte Henry join Kelly Guimont to discuss the first Apple Store in Thailand and Disney's streaming service.

  19. Nov. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    AX Series Macs, iBooks Author’s Future – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-08

    John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the possiblity of A series processors in Macs and the future of iBooks Author.

  20. Nov. 8th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    T2-Chip Video Encoding, Mac Mini Ram, 10Gb Ethernet with Jim Tanous – ACM 487

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to talk about his recent testing of T2 video encoding on some new Macs. They also talk about how easy it is or isn't to upgrade Apple's newest Mac Mini models. They cap the show with the news that you you should probably be thinking ahead to outfitting your house with some 10Gb ethernet.