Mac Observer Podcasts

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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Encryption Debate, Paradise Papers, iPhone X - ACM 436 4:54 PM Nov. 8th, 2017

A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on...

Podcast Archives

  1. Nov. 8th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Encryption Debate, Apple’s Paradise Papers, iPhone X – ACM 436

    The false dichotomy that we must choose between privacy and safety when it comes to encryption has once again reared its ugly head, and Bryan and Jeff discuss why that's so dangerous. They also look at how Apple was affected by the so-called Paradise Papers, and discuss Jeff's initial impressions of the iPhone X. For added fun, Jeff mocks Bryan for not having his iPhone X yet.

  2. Nov. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Twitter’s New 280 Characters, iPhone X Animoji – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-08

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Twitter bumping tweet length up from 140 characters to 280, plus they get a little philosophical about Animoji.

  3. Nov. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone X Questions Answered – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-07

    Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to ask questions from the perspective of someone who doesn't have an iPhone X yet. They talk about the iPhone X screen, Face ID, Portrait Mode photos, Apple Pay, and more.

  4. Nov. 6th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Fighting The Machine & Saying the S-Word – Mac Geek Gab 682

    iOS 11 brought battery life issues for many – but not all – users, and Dave and John have a few solutions for those affected. But that's not all you get, of course. Many tips, questions answered, and Cool Stuff Found round out the episode, including cable modem picks, iPhone X discussion, wireless charging devices, and an interesting backup analysis from a listener. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  5. Nov. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers

    Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of Tidbits.com. He was born and raised in Tennessee except for college years in Kentucky. He always thought he'd leave Tennessee someday and move to California, but it turned out that the people he ended up working with had come from California, so he stayed. Josh grew up loving Macworld, MacWeek and Macaddict, but his favorite was TheNet. Early on, he developed a sense that he'd someday write about tech for a living. In the second segment, we talked about some of the popular Apple topics, ordering an iPhone X at 0200 in the morning, the Mac mini, ARM processors for Macs, the coming Mac Pro, MacBook Pro keyboards, the Apple TV struggles, the Amazon Firestick and Kodi. We had a heck of a good time.

  6. Nov. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone X First Impressions – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-06

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on the iPhone X after spending a weekend with Apple's new smartphone.

  7. Nov. 3rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple 2017 Q4 Earnings, iPhone X Production – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-03

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's Q4 2017 earnings report from yesterday, talk about iPads, and share their thoughts on iPhone X production.

  8. Nov. 2nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Face ID Sensor Privacy Concerns, Live Photos Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-02

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet talk share their insight on concerns about third-party app developer's access to the iPhone X Face ID sensors, plus they have some great Live Photos tips, too.

  9. Nov. 1st, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Bryan’s HomeKit Problems, HomePod’s SiriKit, Apple’s Product Improvements – ACM 435

    Bryan and Jeff explore the good points and less-than-good points of Apple's HomeKit, and the news that HomePod is going to need your iPhone to do some things. They also look at mounting evidence that Apple is back in gear for regular updates across its product line.

  10. Nov. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s iPhone X YouTube Coverage, iPhone X Gestures – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-01

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet talk about Apple's iPhone X YouTube pre-launch strategy, plus they fill you in on some iPhone X-specific gestures.

  11. Oct. 31st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Animoji, Apple Feature Drift, The MacBook’s Future – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-31

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet share their reactions to iPhone X Animoji, talk about Apple product feature drift, and speculate on what could be in store for the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

  12. Oct. 31st, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    What Have Brown Outs Done For You? Get a UPS – Mac Geek Gab 681

    When the power flickers, are your electronics protected? That's the first order of business. Then it's on to some Cool Stuff Found before digging in to prepping for iPhone X, including what to do about AppleCare ... and AppleCare+. VPNs, Battery life, and Certificates round out the episode for you. Press play, enjoy, and learn at least four new things!

  13. Oct. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with GraphicConverter Creator Thorsten Lemke

    Thorsten Lemke is the founder of Lemke Software and the creator of the Mac app called GraphicConverter. This app is now used by over 1.5 million customers worldwide. I asked Thorsten about his early years when he was learning Pascal and BASIC on his Commodore C64 and later Atari ST. Thorsten wasn't sure what he wanted to pursue in high school, but he knew it would be technical. Then, around 1992, with his new Mac, he had a need to convert photos and clipart between file formats. After a lot of file format research, the simple GraphicConverter app on Mac OS 7 was born as shareware. Little did Thorsten know at the time how this Mac app would grow into a major application today. Thorsten tells the amazing story of his career as an Apple developer.

  14. Oct. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook and Smartphone Spying, Bryan’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X Price Theory – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-30

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to shed some light on reports that Facebook uses our smartphone cameras to spy on us for targeted ads, plus the look at the iPhone 8's role in making the iPhone X price tag more palatable.

  15. Oct. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone X Pre-orders, Bryan’s Pepcom SF Cool Finds – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-27

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's iPhone X pre-order process, plus Bryan found some cool tech products at Pepcom in San Francisco.

  16. Oct. 26th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone X Pre-order versus iPhone 8 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-26

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss why they're going to try to pre-order the iPhone X tonight, or in Kelly's case why she's happy with the iPhone 8 instead.