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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TDO 2018-04-03: Proprietary Mac Processors 2:21 PM Apr. 3rd, 2018

Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why macOS and iOS won’t merge into a single operating system for now, and...

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 3rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Proprietary Mac Processors, HomeKit’s Big Fail – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-03

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the possibility of Apple designing its own Mac processors, plus Jeff explains how HomeKit failed for him.

  2. Apr. 2nd, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Migrating Your Data, Home Automation, and macOS 10.13.4 – Mac Geek Gab 703

    Apple released macOS 10.13.4 this week and, well, it changes some things. No worries, your two favorite geeks talk through it all. Then it's on to managing duplicate contacts and properly migrating your data. There are other questions, too, as well as a few other Quick Tips and some Cool Stuff(s) Found. Press play and enjoy!

  3. Apr. 2nd, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Tidbits Security Editor Rich Mogull

    Rich Mogull has twenty years experience in information security, physical security, and risk management. He specializes in data security, application security, emerging security technologies, and security management. Prior to founding Securosis, Rich was a Research Vice President at Gartner on the security team where he also served as research co-chair for the Gartner Security Summit. Currently, he is the security editor at Tidbits. We chatted about Rich's career, then delved into some security issues of interest to Apple customers: the relative security of macOS vs. Windows 10, the security of iOS, whether AES-256 encryption is still "good enough," iCloud security, and the technical feasibility of an unhackable backdoor into our iPhones for law enforcement. If you're interested in all things security, this is the show for you.

  4. Apr. 2nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Understanding DNS, Dave’s Wi-Fi Mesh Router Update – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-02

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to dive into DNS and Cloudflare's new server, plus we get an update on the state of Wi-Fi Mesh routers.

  5. Mar. 30th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Profile Downloads, Business Chat Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-30

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple letting us download the data associated with our Apple ID, plus they take a look at Business Chat in Messages.

  6. Mar. 29th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Jumping into Home Automation with Smart Lights – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-29

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about getting started with smart lights now that Dave has some Philips Hue bulbs. They also share some smart home automation tips.

  7. Mar. 28th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Talking to an E-Learning Teacher about Apple and EdTech – ACM 455

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by Laura Bain, E-Learning Coordinator at a private school in Brisbane, Australia, to talk about Apple and the "Let's Take a Field Trip" event. They discuss what it's like in the trenches of E-Learning, including the ongoing battle between Apple, Google, and Microsoft. You've been hearing a lot of tech pundits talk about Apple and education, but this conversation has a voice from the trenches.

  8. Mar. 28th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Finding Apple’s Place in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-27

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's push into education, how the new iPad fits in, and why Logitech's Crayon stylus works only with the new model.

  9. Mar. 27th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple ‘Let’s take a field trip’ Event Reactions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-27

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's announcements at its "Let's take a field trip" media event.

  10. Mar. 26th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    As Far As You Know He’s Not a Real Doctor – Mac Geek Gab 702

    Your questions, answered! That's what we do here. Today's show starts with some Cool Stuff Found items, including at least one that answers a question from a previous show about auto-captioning your videos! Then it's on to figuring out where all your storage is being used, whether or not you should ignore those iOS relogin requests, and migrating Aperture to Photos. You like Quick Tips? We've got those, too. All this and more, folks!

  11. Mar. 26th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Kelly Guimont and Jeff Gamet – Everything 4K/UHD TV

    In this very special edition of Background Mode, The Mac Observer's Kelly Guimont and Jeff Gamet joined me to continue a previous discussion we'd been having about 4K/UHD television. It all started when I published an article, an adventure actually, about my project to get all my home video components working together to achieve 4K/UHD and Dolby Vision. One TMO Daily Observations podcast wasn't enough to answer all the questions, and so we just kept on chatting, laughing and recording. Herein is most everything you need to know about setting up a 4K/UHD TV system with advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), especially Dolby Vision.

  12. Mar. 26th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple TV Shows Coming Next Year, Jimmy Iovine Stepping Back from Apple Music – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-26

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's time table for releasing its original TV shows, plus they talk about Jimmy Iovine reportedly scaling back his role in Apple Music.

  13. Mar. 23rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Awesome Terminal Alternatives and Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-23

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at some cool alternatives to Apple's Terminal app, plus they share some handy command line tools.

  14. Mar. 22nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook Privacy Tips and More – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-22

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on managing your Facebook account and privacy settings.

  15. Mar. 21st, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, and our AI Future – ACM 454

    Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it's a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

  16. Mar. 21st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    John’s Crazy Apple TV 4K Dolby Vision Adventure – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-21

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what it took to get 4K Dolby Vision working with John's Apple TV and entertainment center, plus they look at the confusing options for streaming HD and 4K content.

  17. Mar. 20th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Understanding Uber’s Autonomous Car Fatality – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-20

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the Uber self driving car fatality, people's reactions, and how the government may respond.

  18. Mar. 19th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Navigating The Apple Support Mire – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 701

    Sometimes things go very wrong with Apple's tech support department. And hey, that's why Mac Geek Gab is here to help. But what happens when MGG has issues with Apple's support? They get answers is what happens, and then they share what they've learned about properly navigating that murky mess.That's not all they share, though, because you have your questions, too. Scheduled restarts, spam management, subtitles on your own movies, and more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

  19. Mar. 19th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Apple World Today’s News Editor Dennis Sellers

    Dennis Sellers is a seasoned journalist, reporter and news editor. He knew at a very early age that he wanted to become a journalist and that led to his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee. He worked in the newspaper business for over 20 years, wrote freelance while he taught, earned his Master's degree, signed on with MacCentral in the 1990s. After MacCentral was assimilated, he launched Macsimum News, an online newspaper covering the Mac industry and Apple news. In 2015, he joined Apple World Today as news editor. Dennis and I chatted about the state of Apple, hopes for macOS, his experience with his HomePod, Apple and education and what Apple might reveal at WWDC in June. He also explained the interesting domain his website uses.

  20. Mar. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s microLED Plant, iPhone Hacking GrayKey – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-19

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's microLED facility in California, plus iPhone security and the GrayKey hacking device.