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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MGG 727: iOS 12 and Mojave Upgrade Thoughts, Cloud Storage, and Adapting Thunderbolt 7:35 PM Sep. 17th, 2018

Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and...

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 17th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iOS 12 and Mojave Upgrade Thoughts, Cloud Storage, and Adapting Thunderbolt – Mac Geek Gab 727

    iOS 12 is out, folks, and John and Dave have some experience with it that they're happy to share. Of course, they take your questions, too, including those about your upcoming Mojave migration. Don't miss this one, folks!

  2. Sep. 17th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Early Apple Podcaster Victor Cajiao

    Victor Cajiao was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in the U.S. and became well known in the Apple world for several different podcasts. He's an Apple tech geek as well as a musician (saxophone) and hobby photographer. Victor told me the story about how he came to the U.S. via a special initiative started by President Kennedy. The fascinating story continues as he eventually worked his way into a job with AT&T rising to the level of IT Technical Director. He also told me the story about how he fell in love with the Mac and then launched his podcast, The Typical Mac User. Victor recently retired from AT&T after 26 years and now travels the U.S. in his Airstream trailer. Recently, he's been sighted at Macstock, doing terrific demos of Mac technologies.

  3. Sep. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch ECG, iPhone XS eSIM Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-17

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore the ECG feature in Apple Watch Series 4, plus they explain dual SIM and eSIM in iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

  4. Sep. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch as a Medical Device – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-14

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple Watch as a medical device, plus they talk about what they pre-ordered from the new iPhone and Apple Watch lineup.

  5. Sep. 13th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The iPhone ‘S’ Year, Headphone Jacks, Siri Shortcuts – ACM 479

    Reminder: this was an "s" year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone XS is a solid "nuts and bolts" update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing.

  6. Sep. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Intelligent Guardian – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-13

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch as our intelligent guardian, plus they share their thoughts on iPhone XR and what announcements Apple may have later this year.

  7. Sep. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone XS, Apple Watch Series 4 First Reactions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-12

    Brian Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Apple's iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4 product announcements.

  8. Sep. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Case for Not Upgrading to a New iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-11

    Adma Christianson from the Maccast and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they are—or aren't—interested in upgrading to Apple's soon to be announced new iPhone and Apple Watch models.

  9. Sep. 10th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Skip the Dongle, Learn about Cruft! – Mac Geek Gab 726

    It's time to fully embrace the USB-C interface, folks, at least according to listener Zack. Todd helps us understand Cruft, Phil needs to know about storing IDs when traveling, Felix is curious about storing archives, and that's just the half of it. You'll have to listen to hear Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun talk all about this and more!

  10. Sep. 10th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Academic Director of IT Bradley Chambers

    Bradley Chambers has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Currently he's the IT director at a school in Chattanooga, and he's also a contributor to 9to5Mac via his weekly column: "Making the Grade." Bradley told me about his work as an IT administrator, how iPads and Macs are deployed, configured and repaired. There are some good tools for doing that, but they're also supplemented with Google docs and JAMF tools. His kids are taught programming at an early age with Swift Playgrounds, and it turns out that the iPad offers just what his students need for a K-5 curriculum. We finished with a discussion of a few of his recent columns, including why digital textbooks generally failed in the market as well as thoughts about the state of Apple's iBooks Author app.

  11. Sep. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    USB-C iPad Pro, New iPhone Names – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-10

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on a report saying Apple is replacing the iPad Pro Lighting port with USB-C, along with the reported names for the new iPhone lineup.

  12. Sep. 7th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview Mac Geek Gab’s Dave Hamilton and John F Braun – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-07

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet to talk about the origin of the Mac Geek Gab podcast, hosting BBS systems, and Matt Groening TV shows.

  13. Sep. 6th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview Ken Ray from Mac OS Ken and Mission Log – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-06

    Ken Ray from Mac OS Ken and Mission Log joins Jeff Gamet to look at the changing podcast market, crossing over into new audiences, VR, the Roddenberry Nexus, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  14. Sep. 5th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple/Amazon Trillions, 5 Eyes Magic, iPhone Battery Replacement Reminder – ACM 478

    Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple's iPhone batter replacement program while they can.

  15. Sep. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview Jean MacDonald and James Dempsey from The Weekly Review Podcast – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-05

    Jean MacDonald and James Dempsey from The Weekly Review podcast join Jeff Gamet to talk about their show, getting organized, using OmniFocus, Micro.blog, and Star Trek: Voyager.

  16. Sep. 4th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Backblaze Director of Product Marketing Skip Levens

    Skip Levens is currently the Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze, the cloud storage and backup company. He's very experienced in brand marketing and technology evangelism. Skip is a former U.S. Marine. After leaving the Marines, Skip went to work for Alain Pinel, a real estate company that embraced the NeXT computer, and that launched his successful crusade to work for Apple. We chatted about Skip's work at Apple in early internet technologies, then Developer Relations that involved him with supercomputers. We explored the rise and fall of Apple's Xserve and Xserve RAID as well as the evolution of his expertise in storage technology at Active Storage, Quantum, Symply Storage and now Backblaze. You can't have more geek fun than this show.

  17. Sep. 4th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview with Jason Snell from Six Colors – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-04

    Jason Snell from Six Colors and The Incomparable podcast joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the evolution of media from print to online, Jason's experience in the podcasting world, and the new season of Doctor Who.

  18. Sep. 3rd, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Back to School CSF, APFS on Externals, Cable Modems, and Beware iPhone Lint! – Mac Geek Gab 725

    Going back to school often means needing to take things from the digital world and connect them to the analog. Need sound? Need printouts? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have some Cool Stuff Found for you! Then it's on to troubleshooting external disks (including APFS), cable modem advice and what to do with an extra Mac mini. All this and more, just press play!

  19. Aug. 31st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview with Joel Duggan from The Citadel Cafe Podcast – TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-31

    Joel Duggan from the Citadel Café podcast joins Jeff Gamet to talk about digital art, comics, his creative process, and Battlestar Galactica.

  20. Aug. 30th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Virtual Teachers, Getting Ready for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave – TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-30

    Andrew Orr and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about AI-based virtual teachers in schools, plus some important warnings before upgrading to iOS 12 or macOS Mojave.