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 2017-06-13: Tim Cook Confirms Project Titan 1:41 PM Jun. 13th, 2017

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to speculate on what else we’ll see at the iPad event (besides iPads), and Apple going toe-to-toe...

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook Confirms Project Titan, eero’s New WiFi Mesh Network Gear – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-13

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming the Project Titan car program is a real thing, plus the look at eero and WiFi mesh network performance.

  2. Jun. 12th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with iOS & Android Indie Developer Graham Dawson

    Graham Dawson is an iOS and Android indie developer who specializes in meteorological and astronomical reference apps. He's the founder and director of Ajnaware Pty, Ltd in Australia and publishes apps under the name ozPDA. Graham holds a B.Sc. in physics and meteorology, and a Ph.D. in oceanography. Graham told me about his early interest in weather thanks to extreme conditions, especially snow. That's because, in his youth, he was skiing in Switzerland. Soon he had a weather observation station in his backyard, and he could think of nothing else as he entered his undergraduate years. Today, he publishes a wide range of apps related to the sun, moon, wind, weather and time. Some feature augmented reality. Thanks to his academic background, these apps have rock solid computational credentials. Graham told me how it all came to be.

  3. Jun. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    No Gigabit Download iPhones, Camera Phone 20th Anniversary – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-12

    Apple isn't supporting gigabit cellular download speeds with this year's iPhone refresh, so Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain why that's not a big deal. They also look at the 20th anniversary of the first camera phone photo.

  4. Jun. 11th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Boys of Summer are Back in Town – Mac Geek Gab 661

    Quick Tips to start (no hints!), and then it’s time for some new Mac advice, which is a fitting question to get on the heels of Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements. Then it’s time to discuss backups, and how much you should worry (hint: a LOT… that’s the point of backing up!). Add in some Wi-Fi chaos and that’s the foundation of a good Mac Geek Gab episode.

  5. Jun. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Big HomePod FAQ Show – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-09

    Today Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive deep into what we know about Apple's HomePod and get you up to speed on what it does—and doesn't—do.

  6. Jun. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iMac and iMac Pro Under the Hood – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-08

    There's a lot going on with Apple's new iMac lineup, so Jeff Gamet dives under the hood with Jeff Butts and TekRevue's Jim Tanous.

  7. Jun. 7th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Gruber’s Talk Show Live, iMac Pro, and HomePod – ACM 414

    Bryan and Jeff share their takeaways from John Gruber's Talk Show Live interview with Apple senior VPs Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. They also discuss Apple's newly announced iMac Pro and HomePod and explore how they'll fit into our professional and personal lives.

  8. Jun. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Pay Cash, Planet of the Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-07

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join jeff Gamet to look at Apple Pay Cash, plus they share their first impressions on Apple's Planet of the Apps premiere.

  9. Jun. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iOS 11 Hands On – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-06

    Now that the developer preview of iOS 11 is out following Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join jeff Gamet to talk about hands-on experiences with some of the new features.

  10. Jun. 5th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC 2017 Keynote Standout Announcements – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-05

    Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was filled with announcements so Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they saw as the standouts from the event.

  11. Jun. 5th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Author and Linux Journal Sr. Editor Doc Searls

    David "Doc" Searls is a book author, consultant, and Senior Editor at The Linux Journal. Doc was inspired by a high school teacher who thought he could write well and encouraged him. Doc, who was already thinking about journalism, started his career as a reporter and photographer at a small newspaper. Early on, he also worked at a university radio station where, he earned the name "Doc." That in turn, led to the founding of a successful ad agency. Today, Doc is an Alumnus fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society at UC Santa Barbara. He continues his work as a book author focusing on consumers and markets. Doc's career is rich and distinguished, and he shared some great stories with me.

  12. Jun. 4th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iCloud Syncing is the Bane of my Existence – Mac Geek Gab 660

    Ever have problems with iCloud syncing? Haha, of course you have. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks, have, too, so they help a few of you with your iCloud syncing problems and, in the process, dig into all the things they've learned about solving this problem over the years. But you know the rule: one must always learn at least four new things each and every episode, so there's a lot more than this, folks. Download, listen, and enjoy!

  13. Jun. 2nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    OneLogin Encryption Breach, WWDC 2017 Expectations – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-02

    Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the security breach that exposed OneLogin encrypted data, plus they share their expectations for next week's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote announcements.

  14. Jun. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Big WWDC Keynote Plans, Siri Speaker vs Sonos – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-01

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how today's announcements from Apple mean we're in store for some big WWDC announcements, plus they discuss how the rumored Siri Speaker may be a Sonos competitor.

  15. May. 31st, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music Is Good, Woz Is Cool, AI Chips Are Important – ACM 413

    Carpool Karaoke is coming to Apple Music, and Bryan and Jeff argue that this is a great move for Apple, whether or not the echo chamber thinks so. Speaking of the echo chamber, what's with the hate on Steve Wozniak? Bryan and Jeff think he's awesome and say anyone who has accomplished half so much as Woz is welcome to cast the first stone. They cap the show with thoughts on Apple developing its own AI chip.

  16. May. 31st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Google Maps vs Apple Maps – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-31

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at a year's worth of data comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps and share which is their favorite.

  17. May. 30th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford

    Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She's a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science podcast and radio show. This is her second appearance on Background Mode. For those who missed her first show, Kiki explained her upbringing and early interests in ecology, conservation and animals. Her Ph.D. work was on how finches store memories and navigate. In this encore appearance, Kiki and I get geeky with science: an in-depth discussion of epigenetics, the ecology of our kitchens, brain size (and language) in animals, probiotics, how wine protects the human brain, and her favorite subject: world domination by robots. We finished with a discussion about how you can support science research. After spending 40 minutes with Kiki, you'll want to be a scientist too!

  18. May. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Courts and Divulging Passcodes, Essential Home – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-30

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on courts compelling people to divulge their smartphone passcodes, plus they react to Essential's Home voice assistant appliance.

  19. May. 28th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Secure Document Syncing, Splitting Audio & More – Mac Geek Gab 659

    Thunderbolt 3 Docks, Quick PrefPane Access, the best iOS PDF viewer, splitting audio files, and finding your lyrics. THAT's what your two favorite geeks start with this week... and then they go from there! Press play and enjoy.

  20. May. 26th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch Tops Heart Rate Monitor Study, Adam Curry’s Podcaster Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-26

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch ranking as the most accurate wrist heart rate monitor, plus Dave fills us in on Adam Curry's all-in-one device for recording podcasts.