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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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TMO Background Mode: Former Apple Sr. Director of Product Marketing Michael Gartenberg 4:47 PM Jul. 5th, 2016

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Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 5th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Former Apple Sr. Director of Product Marketing Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg is currently the analyst in residence for iMore.com. However, before that, he spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to SVP Phil Schiller. Michael tells the story about how he got his gig with Apple. After years of working at various tech industry research firms, he was always on the periphery of Apple and working with Apple executives, especially Greg "Joz" Joswiak and Phil Schiller. Then, one day in 2013, he got phone call from Joz, and it didn't sound like it was going to be a schmooze session. Michael was alarmed. What could he have done wrong? But Joz wanted to invite Michael to Cupertino for an interview. Listen as Michael tells me how he got hired and what he did at Apple for three years.

  2. Jul. 5th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-05: iOS 10’s Organ Donor Registry, Tesla’s Autopilot Crash

    Becoming an organ donor will get a lot easier once iOS 10 ships this fall. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's partnership with Donate Life America to add donor registration to the Health app, plus they offer up their thoughts on the impact of the tragic Tesla autopilot car crash.

  3. Jul. 3rd, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 612: The One Where Dave Kanye’d John

    Sometimes things just don't work right, and that's what your two favorite geeks are here for! Listen to them help solve your issues with batteries, email bcc, Photos migration and even CPU QoS. Download and enjoy!

  4. Jul. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-01: Apple Music and Tidal, Spotify’s App Store Gripe

    Word on the street says Apple is in talks to buy the streaming music service Tidal. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a deal between the two makes sense, plus they look at Spotify's complaint that Apple is blocking competition in the streaming music market with its App Store approval process.

  5. Jun. 30th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon, and Google Competition Lockout

    Apple, Amazon, and Google are all big players in the tech market, and Senator Elizabeth Warren says they're stifling competition. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the Senator's concerns and share their thoughts on competition in the tech world.

  6. Jun. 29th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google’s Phone, and Bryan’s Rant

    In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country's surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google's plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.

  7. Jun. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-29: Apple’s Camera Blocking Patent, iPhone Design Lawsuit

    Apple patented a way to block our smartphone cameras from recording. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the patent and its potential for abuse. They also look at a lawsuit alleging Apple stole the idea for the iPhone.

  8. Jun. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-28: iPhone Audio Ports, Facebook is Creepy

    Speculation about the audio ports on the next iPhone are still going strong. Today Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the potentially missing headphone jack on the new iPhone, digital to analog converters, and how we listen to our music. They also get a little creeped out over Facebook's location-based friend suggestions.

  9. Jun. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-27: AAPL, Brexit, Google Blocks

    Apple's stock isn't a high as it used to be and understanding why can be a little daunting. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Wall Street's dysfunctional relationship with Apple and the Brexit impact on the stock market. They also check out Google's new Blocks programming platform for kids.

  10. Jun. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview With Symply Co-founder and President Alex Grossman

    Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his start in storage technology, and it goes back to his EE degree in college and his first job with the Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). Early on, he developed a passion to build great hardware and understand how data got stored. Years later, Alex ended up at Apple focusing on the small and medium business needs for easy to manage mass storage. He tells a great story about Apple giving him the go ahead to change the world with Xserve RAID. Today, Alex carries his years of experience with elegant, easy to manage storage into his new company, Symply, Inc. Alex told me one amazing story after another.

  11. Jun. 26th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac & Apple Issues

    How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!

  12. Jun. 24th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye Thunderbolt Display, Spinning off the Mac

    It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means for Apple in the display market, plus they have something to say about John C. Dvorak's claim that it's time for Apple to spin off the Mac into its own company.

  13. Jun. 23rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Listeners Comment on Concert iPhone Bans, APFS

    It's listener comment day on TDO. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to respond to your thoughts on Alicia Keys locking up attendee's smartphones at her concerts, and on Apple's new APFS file system for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  14. Jun. 22nd, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 365: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0, and Differential Privacy

    Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they've learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it's all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it's important.

  15. Jun. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Taking a Closer look at APFS

    John Martellaro has been busy learning all about APFS, and he has plenty to share. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to take a closer look at Apple's new file system for the Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and tvOS.

  16. Jun. 21st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-21: Forcing Phone-free Concerts, Russia’s Anti-encryption Bill

    Going to an Alicia Keys concert will get your iPhone locked away, but not by the police. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on concert goers being forced to drop their smartphones in locked bags as a condition to see the show. They also take a look at Russia's bill calling for backdoors into encrypted chat apps.