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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TMO Background Mode Interview with Freelance Tech Journalist Rob Pegoraro 7:12 PM Jun. 5th, 2018

John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton from Mac Geek Gab join Jeff Gamet to talk tech about NFC, Apple Pay, digital keys, breathing new life...

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 5th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Freelance Tech Journalist Rob Pegoraro

    Rob Pegoraro is a freelance technical journalist who writes about interesting problems and possibilities in consumer technology. Previously, he was a technical columnist for the Washington Post from 1999 to 2011. Lately he has written for Yahoo Finance, USA Today and The Wirecutter. Rob graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1993 with a degree in international relations without taking a single course in journalism or computer science. But along the way he discovered his real talent: learning new things about computer tech and then explaining it to readers. Rob told me how his time with the Washington Post was both rewarding but also prepared him for a better family life as a freelancer. We chatted about Google I/O 2018, the Android platform, his writings about the FTC, the GDPR, 8KTV, and his recent DIY update of his 2009 iMac.

  2. Jun. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 Passwords, iOS and macOS Betas, Shortcuts and Workflow – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-05

    Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference to look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave 10.14 password management, device compatibility, and also Shortcuts and Workflow.

  3. Jun. 4th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    WWDC 2018, Travel Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 712

    Dave's in San Jose covering WWDC, and he and John talk through all of today's announcements and what they mean to you! Then it's on to sharing some Cool Stuff Found, including a few travel-related items that Dave found on his journeys this week. Lastly, some of your questions are answered. All of this and more when you press play and enjoy.

  4. Jun. 4th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 Keynote Wrap Up – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-04

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Gamet share their reactions to the 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation where Apple showed off iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave 10.14.

  5. Jun. 1st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2018 Keynote Announcement Predictions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-01

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to see at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, plus what they wish Apple would announce.

  6. May. 31st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Intel Engineer Hires, iCloud Safari History – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-31

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their ideas on what Apple is doing with the engineers it's hiring away from Intel, plus they look at how much of our Safari browser history Apple retains.

  7. May. 30th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple at Cannes, Essential Reality, 2nd HomePod and AirPlay 2 vs. Soundbar – ACM 464

    Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts is going to be interviewed at Cannes Lions, but the person interviewing her is an Apple employee. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet think that's a little weird. In hindsight, they also think it's weird that Andy Rubin thought he could make money making Android hardware, an Essential(ly) bad idea. In the third segment, Jeff helps Bryan spend money when picking between a 2nd HomePod and a soundbar now that AirPlay 2 is here.

  8. May. 30th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Exploring Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-30

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain Messages in iCloud, plus they explore AirPlay 2 and their experiences so far.

  9. May. 29th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Mobile Nations Editor Russell Holly

    Russell Holly is a Contributing and Managing Editor at Android Central, under the Mobile Nations umbrella. Formerly, he was with geek.com. Over the years Russell has become an Android expert with focus on mobility, smartphones, tablets ... and iOS as well. He also writes about Virtual and Augmented Reality. I took the opportunity to ask Russell about the security aspects of Android, and he had some unexpected answers that will be of interest to Apple-centric listeners. (Get the scoop on Android from a genuine expert.) We also discussed Android's "notch envy." Moving on to Chrome OS, Russell explained what Google is doing with Android app integration and how that fits in with Google's education initiatives. We finished with a revealing discussion of Virtual Reality and the future of Oculus Rift and the less expensive, stand alone Oculus Go.

  10. May. 29th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    FBI’s Router Reset Request, ARM-based Macs – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-29

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what's behind the FBI's warning to reboot your home network router, plus they share their thoughts on the possibility of a Mac with an ARM processor.

  11. May. 28th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The “Man Looking Over Your Shoulder” Attack – Mac Geek Gab 711

    Ever send mail to the wrong address accidentally? Ever want to ask your Mac its serial number? Notifications ever get in your way? All those questions are answered in the just the first segment of the show. Listen for more about syncing your Photos without iCloud Photo Library, managing your calendars, and much more! Press play and learn at least five new things along with your two favorite geeks!

  12. May. 25th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Alexa’s Eavesdropping Incident, Doppler Music Player – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-25

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Amazon's Alexa inadvertently recording a conversation and sending it to someone as a message, plus Andrew has a tip on a Music app alternative for the iPhone and iPad.

  13. May. 24th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Intel’s Mac CPU Roadmap, Network Buffer Bloat Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-24

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to look at what's coming in Intels next generation processors for the Mac, plus Dave explains network buffer bloat and why it matters.

  14. May. 23rd, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Twitter Insanity, Apple’s AI Showdown, FBI Exaggeration, Apple’s HQ Hunt – ACM 463

    Twitter has lost its corporate mind, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet argue in this episode of ACM. They also weigh the importance of WWDC 2018 in terms of Siri, and discuss whether or not Apple has to announce significant improvements to remain competitive in AI. Then there's the revelation that the FBI exaggerated the number of locked iPhones it couldn't get into, and they squeeze in a fourth topic, too: Apple's hunt for a new campus, and how it contrasts with Amazon.

  15. May. 23rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC and Hardware Expectations, Apple Music for Other Platforms – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-23

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about expectations for hardware announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, plus they debate if it's time for Apple Music to come to more platforms.

  16. May. 22nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Lightning Versus USB-C for the iPhone and iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-22

    John Kheit from Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin, and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Apple should move to USB-C from Lightning for the iPhone and iPad data sync and charging port.

  17. May. 21st, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Founder, CEO of StaceyHankeInc, Stacey Hanke

    Stacey Hanke is the CEO and founder of StaceyHankeInc. She specializes in training business leaders in leadership, body language habits and how to choose words wisely. Her clients include those in finance, health care, government and the military. She's the author of Influence Redefined - Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday. She's also co-author of Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. I asked Stacey to be on the show because of her expertise in leadership and influence. These days, there is much discussion about the proper exercise of leadership as well as how executives (and authors) trigger people into taking action. Stacey and I chatted abut how her upbringing and how a very special mentor prepared her to become an acknowledged expert in leadership.

  18. May. 21st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone Addiction, TeenSafe’s Apple ID Login Leak – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-21

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss who should be responsible for controlling iPhone and other electronic device addiction, plus they have something to say about TeenSafe's Apple ID user name and password leak.

  19. May. 21st, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710

    You know how it goes: your computer's working fine one day, the next it's not. That's what John and Dave are here for... to help! They start today's episode with some handy tips that aren't documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including the path of progress upon which APFS travels. Subscribe, press play, and enjoy!

  20. May. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Twitter Killing Client App APIs, Micro.blog Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-18

    Jean MacDonald from Micro.blog and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Twitter's plans to deprecate the APIs third-party client apps use, plus Jean fills us in on Micro.blog.