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.

Play Latest Episode

PSAs, Current Mac Lineup 2:17 PM Jul. 10th, 2019

Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple’s job footprint report, and the latest news in the EU tax case.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 10th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    PSAs, Current Mac Lineup – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-10

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont for a few PSAs, then a discussion of the current state of Apple's computer lineup.

  2. Jul. 9th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Macs, New Security Flaws – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-09

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new Mac laptop updates and the latest security flaw courtesy of Zoom.

  3. Jul. 8th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Save Your Data…Safely – Mac Geek Gab 769

    macOS Catalina will bring with it a lot of changes, one of which is that a lotof older apps and related hardware won't work. Dave and John answer your questions and share your tips about how to navigate these waters ahead of time... to avoid surprises. In addition, your archives are only as good as the method and medium you use. It's time to talk about data safety and reliability. Plus, your other questions need answers, and that's what happens here on Mac Geek Gab: everyone learns at least five new things!

  4. Jul. 8th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Director, Vatican Observatory Br. Guy Consolmagno – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Br. Guy Consolmagno earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Planetary Science from MIT and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He's been at the Vatican Observatory since 1993 and is currently the director there where his research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies. Br. Guy has co-authored two astronomy books as well as popular books such as Would you Baptize and Extraterrestrial?" He is a Jesuit Brother.We chatted about Br. Guy's post-graduate work, how he came to be at the Vatican Observatory—and then become the director. He explained why the Vatican has an observatory and how the Catholic Church is not anti-science. Actually he is just part of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that advises the Pope. And there was much, much more.

  5. Jul. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    DNS Over HTTPS, New iCloud Login Method – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-08

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk new DNS security from Mozilla, and Apple's new login system coming to iCloud.

  6. Jul. 3rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Catalina and the Future of Storage – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-03

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about APFS and the new ways files will be managed by macOS in Catalina.

  7. Jul. 2nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook and the Wall Street Journal – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-02

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Tim Cook disputing reports surrounding Jony Ive's departure.

  8. Jul. 1st, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Founder, Bombich Software, Mike Bombich (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. That’s a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He's a former Apple employee.In this timely post-WWDC show, Mike joins me to explain the structure of APFS drives and the new read-only System files in macOS Catalina. He explained new features of volumes in macOS 10.15, especially how the System is isolated from the Data volume (which contains /Users). He also explained the new firmlinks that tie these two volumes together, making them appear as one. Finally, Mike explained how Carbon Copy Cloner external drives can no longer be HFS+ in Catalina but must become APFS.

  9. Jul. 1st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Eddy Cue Speaks, Evolution of iTunes – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-01

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Eddy Cue's new interview and the evolution of iTunes through the ages.

  10. Jul. 1st, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Not That There’s Anything Wrong With Excessive – Mac Geek Gab 768

    Sure you know about copy/paste, iCloud family accounts, selection tools, and password managers. But this week you'll learn at least five new things just learning about all the different ways your fellow MGG listeners are using them to enhance their productivity! Join John and Dave as they dig into all of this and more.

  11. Jun. 28th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s (Design) Executive Shuffle – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-28

    Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the departure of Sir Jony Ive and the new Senior VP of Operations.

  12. Jun. 27th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Science and Macs, Mozilla’s Track THIS – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-27

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac's value to scientists and the new tracking project from Mozilla.

  13. Jun. 26th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Skates to the Privacy Puck, Disney Plus Spanner, with John Martellaro – ACM 517

    Apple has been skating to the privacy puck for years, and Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro argue it's about time Apple got some credit for it. They also talk about John's thesis that Disney Plus pricing threw a spanner into Apple's plans for Apple TV Plus.

  14. Jun. 26th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Catalina System Volume, ISP Lobbying Budgets – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-26

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the new macOS read-only volume and ISP budgets for lobbying lawmakers.

  15. Jun. 25th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Robocalls, Spotify vs Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-25

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a new approach to fighting robocalls and Spotify's complaint against Apple.

  16. Jun. 24th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Contributor John Kheit (#3) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    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.In this special post-WWDC show, we chatted about author Kheit's view of the new Mac Pro. He believes that while the 2019 Mac Pro will meet the needs of most technical and creative professionals, Apple also betrayed an important group of influencers, the Mac enthusiasts by not offering a lower cost model. We discussed various ways Apple could have achieved that goal, and that might suggest a future variation of the current model. John K. has strong feelings about this Mac and wasn't shy about expressing them.

  17. Jun. 24th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Smartphone Skull Horns – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-24

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss new a new bill regarding user data, and that smartphone skull horn story.

  18. Jun. 24th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    I Hate It When My Computer Won’t Behave – Mac Geek Gab 767

    So much Cool Stuff Found, so little time. And Quick Tips? And questions? Topics include controlling your date picker, switching apps faster, getting your storage and backups in order, tweaking autocorrect and much, much more. Oh, and Wi-Fi. Yeah, there's lots here. Let's go learn five new things, shall we?

  19. Jun. 21st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Salting Passwords, Wizards Unite Gameplay – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-21

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about salting passwords and Andrew and Kelly's first day playing Wizards Unite.

  20. Jun. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TV+ Cornered, Apple’s Tariff Stance – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-20

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about how Disney+ has cornered TV+, and about Apple's tariff stance.