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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Apple's 'Field Trip' Media Event, Waiting for the Mac Pro - TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-16 1:57 PM Mar. 16th, 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. Mar. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ Media Event, Waiting for the Mac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-16

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think Apple may announce at its education-focused media event on March 27th, plus they discuss the ramifications of Apple holding the new Mac Pro release until 2019.

  2. Mar. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    France vs Apple, Apple’s Families Webpage – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-15

    Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on France accusing Apple and Google of screwing developers, plus what's behind Apple's decision to publish its new Families webpage.

  3. Mar. 14th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Spinner Madness, Apple’s Best Products, and WWDC Tea Leaves – ACM 453

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin leads Jeff Gamet down into the ugly underbelly of FSM, or Fidget Spinner Madness. You can blame Mitsubishi if you want. They also talk about what TMO's staff thinks were recent great Apple products and read the WWDC tea leaves. Does the WWDC website really mean anything?

  4. Mar. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dave Hamilton On Location at SXSW 2018 – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-14

    Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet from SXSW in Austin to talk about Eddy Cue, Apple's stance of free speech, music streaming, Elon Musk, and more.

  5. Mar. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Texture Purchase, Google’s Education Win – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-13

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at why Apple bought Texture, plus they discuss Google's rise in education at Apple's expense.

  6. Mar. 12th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers

    Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of Tidbits.com and has published several Take Control Books. His latest book is "Take Control of Apple Home Automation." And so, I invited him to make a return appearance on Background Mode to chat about that very subject. The book is a complete guide and starts from the very beginning of the design and wiring process and the use of various hubs. Josh clearly explained how to use Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform to control smart devices in the home, such as lights, outlets, thermostats, and more. And he's very frank about various myths surrounding home automation. We also chatted about beginner security concerns as well as the ability to maintain control and terminate any service if necessary. If you have an interest in home automation, this show is must listening.

  7. Mar. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod Ad Focus, and the Crossplatform HomePod Argument – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-12

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to to debate the value in Apple's latest HomePod commercial directed my Spike Jonze along with whether or not HomePod should be opened up to other platforms. They also have a cathartic Daylight Saving Time rant.

  8. Mar. 12th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Cool Stuff Found, Apple Support App, No Laptop Power and More! – Mac Geek Gab 700

    Cool Stuff(s) Found abound, and you're in for a treat. Something for everyone, apps, hardware, macOS, iOS, you name it! Then it's on to some questions about iTunes warning. And have you used the Apple Support app? There's a great story about that, too.

  9. Mar. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook’s Tracking Secrets, Listener Comments – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-09

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Facebook is really tracking you, and they respond to listener comments on Jeff's idea that it's time to drop "Hey" from "Hey Siri."

  10. Mar. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Alexa’s Creepy Laugh, Dropping Siri’s ‘Hey’ – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-08

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Amazon Alexa's creepy laughing bug, plus they weigh in on Jeff's idea that it's time to drop "Hey" from "Hey Siri."

  11. Mar. 7th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Paper Airplanes, Creepy Movie App Tracking, Voice Assistant Wars – ACM 452

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet geek out on paper airplanes, or more properly, powered paper airplanes! They also talk about MoviePass location tracking and the voice assistant wars (spoiler, not all home voice assistants are equal).

  12. Mar. 7th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye iTunes LP, WTF Portrait Videos – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-07

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple ending iTunes LP, plus they have something to say about the growing trend of recording and watching video on your smartphones in portrait mode.

  13. Mar. 6th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Panic’s Download Problem and How Comcast Fixed it – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-06

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the relationship between Comcast and Cogent, Panic's download problem linking the two together, and Net Neutrality.

  14. Mar. 5th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Take Control Books Publisher Joe Kissell

    Joe Kissell is a writer and author with over 60 technical books to his credit. He's a contributing editor with Tidbits, and recently became the owner and publisher of the Take Control series of eBooks. Early in his career, Joe had a strong interest in language and holds a Master's degree in Linguistics. Along the way, however, he also got very technical with computers, and that landed him a job as a product manager with Nisus. Subsequently, Joe was a software developer for Kensington. In 2017, he accepted an offer from Adam Engst to acquire Take Control Books. Joe and his wife run that business—currently using a brand new iMac Pro. When not editing, Joe pursues T'ai Chi, cooking, walking and travel. Joe tells his career story, chock full of technical serendipity, with awesome charm.

  15. Mar. 5th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Why Must Qi’s Light Shine So Brightly? – Mac Geek Gab 699

    Is your Qi charger keeping you up at night? Don't worry, there's a solution that doesn't (necessarily) involve black electrical tape! Also in this episode, your two favorite geeks help you troubleshoot your problems, including diagosing a strange Safari launch trigger, renaming your Home Sharing store, managing multiple email addresses with Gmail, securely deleting files with High Sierra, and much more. Quick Tips abound in this episode, too, folks. Listen carefully and you shall learn!

  16. Mar. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon’s Photo on Delivery, Apple’s Design Change Leadership – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-05

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss Amazon's Photo on Delivery feature and privacy concerns, plus they look at a list of Apple product features that were mocked but later became standards.

  17. Mar. 2nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Product Lifespan, Better Bluetooth Audio – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-02

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on a study showing how long Apple devices stay in use, plus they explain how to get better audio from Bluetooth connections.

  18. Mar. 1st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    How to Spot Apple Phishing Scams, When to Buy a New Apple Watch – TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-01

    John Martellaro and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at ways to spot phishing emails, plus they discuss the conundrum of when to buy a new Apple Watch.

  19. Feb. 28th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Enters Medicine, Vero Viability, Cellebrite Insecurity – ACM 451

    Apple is entering into the business of medicine, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explore the ramifications of this momentous development. They also discuss whether or not the Vero social network is viable, as well as Cellebrite's claim that it can open up most iOS devices.

  20. Feb. 28th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Expanding TV Show Lineup, John’s Big Screen iPhone Love – TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-28

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's original TV show plans, plus John gets all excited about bigger iPhone screens.