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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AirPort Updates, WWDC Plans 2:18 PM May. 31st, 2019

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS apps running “limited” sales, and Facebook getting into cryptocurrency.

Podcast Archives

  1. May. 31st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    AirPort Updates, WWDC Plans – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-31

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss AirPort Base Station updates, and look ahead to WWDC plans and coverage.

  2. May. 30th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Splinternet, WWDC Wishes – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-30

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of walled-off sections of the internet and a look ahead at WWDC.

  3. May. 29th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Pokemon Updates, 4K Blu-Ray Players – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-29

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest in Pokemon news, and what to know about 4K Blu-Ray players.

  4. May. 28th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview #2 with TMO Contributor John Kheit

    John Kheit is a New York attorney and a regular Contributor to The Mac Observer. We share many common interests, including the 4K/UHD/HDR TV revolution, 8K TV and displays, Wi-Fi/5G technologies, and the state of Apple.We chatted about the legacy magic touch of Apple exemplified by the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Has Apple lost the ability to surprise us with solutions to problems we didn't know we had? Along the way, the touchy subject of Apple's Butterfly keyboard came up. In the second segment, we discussed 8K TV, mostly with regard to 8K as a computer display, but also from the perspective of the near future of 8K television and what the HDMI 2.1 standard might bring us. J.K. has some strong opinions, so brace yourself.

  5. May. 28th, 2019
    Apple and Privacy, New iPods – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-28

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of a new interview with Craig Federighi and the new iPod Touch.

  6. May. 27th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Backup Your Syncs – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 763

    Ever get a beachball in Messages on your Mac? Want to re-arrange your CarPlay icons? Need an easy way to find files on your Mac, but the Finder's not cutting it? These are just a few of the ways John and Dave start Mac Geek Gab this week, and then it's time to dive into the harder questions! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  7. May. 24th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Mac Hardware at WWDC, AppKit vs. UIKit, Next-Gen Wi-Fi, with John Kheit – ACM 513

    Bryan Chaffin and guest John Kheit start this week's show off with an immediate siderail about The Curse of Oak Island and Cooper's Treasure, because that's what they do. The real topics, however, include what Apple's MacBook Pro announcement might mean for Mac hardware at WWDC. They also look at the brewing fight between UIKit and AppKit, and what's coming in the world of Wi-Fi.

  8. May. 24th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Setup Calls, Cricut Escapades – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-24

    Lisa Hamilton and Bob "Dr Mac" LeVitus join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple Setup Calls for new products, and Bob's Cricut adventures.

  9. May. 23rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Managing iCloud Passwords, Photo Editing – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-23

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing passwords in the Keychain utility, and some tips for editing photos.

  10. May. 22nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Ad Click Attribution, GSuite Data Exposed – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-22

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss ad blocking in Safari and the latest report of plaintext password storage.

  11. May. 21st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Influencer Data Breach, Consumer Privacy Rollback – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-21

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about a social media database breach and a new wrinkle in consumer privacy.

  12. May. 20th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with iCEO of the Electronic Transactions Association Amy Zirkle

    Amy Zirkle is the interim CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA). Prior to joining ETA, she spent 17 years working as a Senior Economist focusing on technology matters including mobile payments in the developing world. She holds an S.M. degree from M.I.T. where she served as a Research Associate at the M.I.T. Media Lab as well as the M.I.T. Research Program on Communications Policy.Amy and I talked about her work at the M.I.T. Media Lab, the early days of electronic payments and their exploding growth today. We also chatted about the new tap & go cards, their security, and how they work. I asked about the CurrentC disaster as well as restaurants and gas stations and how they seem to lag behind modern payment methods. We finished with a discussion of the future of electronic payments.

  13. May. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Wizards Unite, Lazy Guide to Backups – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-20

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest video about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the Lazy Guide to Backing Up Data.

  14. May. 20th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Protecting Your Mac and Router, New Handy Shortcuts, & Troubleshooting System Lags – Mac Geek Gab 762

    First things first: make sure your Mac's XProtect database is regularly updated. With that out of the way, we can have some fun learning some handy new keyboard shortcuts, new ways to filter Mail on your iPhone and iPad, some tricks for truly securing your router, and a discussion about guest networks, just to name a few topics included in this week's episode. Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  15. May. 17th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Marzipan, iMessage’s Social Media Play, WWDC Spoilers, with Andrew Orr – ACM 512

    Will Marzipan be locked to the Mac App Store, and what effect will it have on the Mac experience? Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss this, as well as the idea that iMessage is slowly backing its way to being Apple's first successful social media play. They cap the show with a look at recent WWDC spoilers.

  16. May. 17th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Huawei Concerns, Shortcut Inspiration – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-17

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest issues with Huawei's hardware and some ideas for Shortcuts.

  17. May. 16th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Apple TV App – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-16

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont for a deeper dive into the new and "improved" Apple TV app on tvOS and iOS.

  18. May. 15th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Wi-Fi 6, Apple Pay Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-15

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of the new designations for Wi-Fi networks, and some Apple Pay tips.

  19. May. 14th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Intel Updates, Push Notifications – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-14

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Intel's latest announcements and push notification adjustments on iOS.

  20. May. 13th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iPad Dreams…and More Cowbell – Mac Geek Gab 761

    It's worth digging into your Mac's auto-startup items every now and then, just to clean things up. That's especially true when your two favorite geeks discover a new place to look... and find some very old stuff out there. Listen as John and Dave talk through all this and more. Plus, some great Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found from your fellow listeners, including one that'll help you keep all your power tools charged. And, we might just have an answer to listener Scott's iPad dreams. Press play, listen, and enjoy learning at least five new things!