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Stephon Alexander on Background Mode
MGG 821: WWDC Deep Dive
Jun 24th, 2020 12:19 PM

Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). He received his BSc...

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 questions 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.

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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 24th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    WWDC Deep Dive – Mac Geek Gab 821

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts and experiences with the new technologies Apple announced at WWDC this week.

  2. Jun. 23rd, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford (#9) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Dr. Kiki Sanford makes her ninth appearance on Background Mode. Kiki is a neurophysiologist with a B.S. in conservation biology and a Ph.D. avian neurophysiology from the University of California. She's a popular science communicator and creator/co-host of This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show.In this episode, we spend the first segment clearing up some confusion about COVID-19. Mask theory of use, the value of lockdowns, how the U.S. is doing compared to Europe, how blood type affects the body's response, presymptomatic vs. asymptomatic, and what we know about how the virus survives on surfaces. In part II, we discussed how computer neural networks trained to learn like developing human brains also need something akin to sleep. Also, how dogs have a genetic desire to save their owner from trouble. And more. As always, Kiki is delightful as she makes science both fun and interesting.

  3. Jun. 23rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Theoretical Boot Camp – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-23

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what emulation looks like on newly announced Apple Silicon processors.

  4. Jun. 22nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Keynote Quick Take – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-22

    Bryan Chaffin, Charlotte Henry, and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont for a quick analysis of the WWDC Keynote just after it finished.

  5. Jun. 22nd, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Zooming the Web and Learning Your Ms — Mac Geek Gab 820

    It's hours before WWDC begins, and there's just enough time to get Mac Geek Gab into your hands ahead of the new stuff we're all about to learn. And, with that, we can still learn at least five new things, including how to Zoom (and unzoom) the web, how to encrypt your files, why you might want to change your cable modem password, and what those three Ms mean. Buckle up, press play, and enjoy the ride with John and Dave!

  6. Jun. 21st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday, Apple’s AR/VR Future – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-19

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news and what Apple's AR/VR past and future look like.

  7. Jun. 18th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Interview: Patrick McCarron – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-18

    Kelly Guimont is joined by Patrick McCarron, a full-time iOS Developer. They discuss WWDC 2020 and how it compares to a "regular" dubdub.

  8. Jun. 17th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    App Store Rejections, Antitrust Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-17

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss App Store policy and what constitutes a violation, and updates to EU antitrust cases.

  9. Jun. 17th, 2020
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    macOS on ARM and WWDC, HomePod Hopes with Jeff Gamet – ACM 532

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss macOS and Mac hardware on ARM processors, along with their ideas about how much we might see at WWDC. They also discuss their hopes for HomePod and how it might improve.

  10. Jun. 16th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Wishlists – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-16

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what they're looking forward to seeing in the WWDC keynote next week.

  11. Jun. 15th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO UK Associate Editor Charlotte Henry (#6) – TMO BGM Interview

    Charlotte is the Mac Observer’s UK Associate editor, based in London. A self described media junkie, she has also written for City A.M. (London’s daily business tabloid,) Computer Business Review, and The Times, amongst others. Her new book is: Not Buying It.In this episode, Charlotte and I dig deep into Apple TV+. We look at its current market share and growth potential based on a zero sum game, the possible addition of live sports, and a customer satisfaction survey. In passing, Charlotte believes that the naming conventions Apple has used for its Apple TV hardware and software have created a giant mess of customer confusion. We explored some new shows and also examined the character of Apple TV+ content compared to other streaming TV services.

  12. Jun. 15th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Speculation: ARM Mac Rollout – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-15

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what the ARM Mac rollout could look like next week at WWDC 2020.

  13. Jun. 15th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Five Catalina Volumes and Foolproof Migration — Mac Geek Gab 819

    Have you ever noticed your Mac tells you Catalina uses up 5 volumes? How about encrypting specific files and folders? And what about that cable modem password...should you change it? These are just a few of the questions answered.This episode is chock full of everything you love: Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and yes, answers to your questions! Send yours in to [email protected]eekgab.com, and now press play to listen and learn at least five new things.

  14. Jun. 12th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday: Ransomware, DNS Options – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-12

    Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news including a new ransomware attack and some alternative DNS options.

  15. Jun. 11th, 2020
    WWDC Details, Apple’s Charitable Efforts – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-11

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss WWDC details, as well as Apple's charitable efforts for racial equity and COVID-19 aid.

  16. Jun. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Shortcuts And You – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-10

    Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Shortcuts on iOS, how they're different from Siri Shortcuts, and some useful examples.

  17. Jun. 9th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Alleged ARM Announcement – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-09

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss reports of Apple announcing new processors at WWDC later this month.

  18. Jun. 8th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Apple Industry Analyst Rene Ritchie – TMO BGM Interview

    Rene Ritchie has been covering personal technology for over a decade. He currently hosts his own YouTube channel where he provides news analysis and insight on Apple and related technologies and culture. He also co-hosts MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT network and writes a column every Monday for iMore. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of iMore.Rene and I discussed an incredible range of Apple topics: the MBP's awful 720p FaceTime camera, the aging iMac design, the future of iMac Pro, the Butterfly keyboard, Rene's enthusiasm for Apple and the trustworthiness of the company. I also got to know Rene better as we chatted about growing up with Macs, his love of Apple Watch bands, Pokémon and years of studying martial arts. Rene finished with several tips for video podcasters.

  19. Jun. 8th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Humans vs Robots, iOS 14 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-08

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss humans beating robots at manufacturing, and a peek at iOS 14.

  20. Jun. 8th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Great Backup Debate — Mac Geek Gab 818

    Do you backup or clone? Which is more important? What do you do first? Ok, let's battle. Well, not really.Lots of Cool Stuff Found in this episode, including a way to turn your iPhone into a webcam for your Mac. Internet upgrade options are popular among the questions that came in this week, so your two favorite geeks have answers.Listen along with John and Dave as they share, answer, postulate, and everyone learns (at least!) five new things.