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 2018-05-17: Getting Ready for WWDC iOS and macOS betas 5:15 PM May. 17th, 2018

John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton from Mac Geek Gab join Jeff Gamet to talk tech about NFC, Apple Pay, digital keys, breathing new life...

Podcast Archives

  1. May. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Getting Ready for WWDC iOS and macOS Betas, App Camp for Girls Fundraiser Concert – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-17

    Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about WWDC's upcoming iOS and macOS developer betas and how you can prepare for them, plus Kelly tells us about the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints fundraiser concert for App Camp for Girls.

  2. May. 16th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Senate Net Neutrality, Nader’s Whiff, Jony Watchman – ACM 462

    The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would restore Net Neutrality in the country, but Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explain why they don't think it will go any further. They also break down Ralph Nader's kind-of-weird whiff in complaining about Apple's share buyback program. They cap the show with a look at how Sir Jony Ive is a watch-man, though Steve Jobs wasn't involved with Apple Watch.

  3. May. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Designing Apple’s Personal Robot, Yanny or Laurel – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-16

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what a personal robot from Apple could be, plus they explain what's going on with the "Yanny or Laurel" meme.

  4. May. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Leadership Without Steve Jobs’ Influence – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-15

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the impact Steve Jobs had on Apple's current leadership, and what happens when Tim Cook is gone.

  5. May. 14th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Music Composer John Lunn

    John Lunn is a classically trained music composer in London. He's probably best known for scoring the TV drama Downton Abbey — for which he received two Primetime Emmy awards. His recent work includes the scoring of the feature film Electricity and the hit TV shows: The Grantchester Mysteries, Shetland, and The White Queen—for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination. John and I chatted about how he always wanted to be a music composer and the journey that made his dream a reality. I asked him about the various mechanics of scoring a TV show, his tools (Mac, Logic Pro), the production process, and how the music is keyed to the scene to produce desired emotions. I played sound snippets and he explained the instruments. If you love his music and the TV shows he's scored, this is show is essential listening.

  6. May. 14th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Charm of the Chime – Mac Geek Gab 709

    You have questions, Dave and John have answers. Today's topics include malfunctioning AirPods, setting Apple Pay addresses, restoring a Recovery Partition, email and iMessage encryption, and much, much more. Download, press play, enjoy, and learn!

  7. May. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Microsoft and Apple Team Up Debate, Efail Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-14

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the possibility of Microsoft and Apple forming a business partnership, plus they explain the Efail email encryption security flaw.

  8. May. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Debating the Mac mini’s Fate, iMessage for Windows – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-11

    John Martellaro and Bryan Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's Mac mini and debate whether it needs an update or to go end of life. They also discuss Microsoft's push to bring iMessage to Windows.

  9. May. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Google Duplex, Voice Assistants, and AI – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-10

    Kelly Guimont, John Martellaro, and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Google Duplex and what human-like voice assistants will have on our conversations.

  10. May. 9th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Share Buybacks and Apple’s Future, Same Old Facebook, Google Duplex – ACM 461

    Warning, this one went long: Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what Apple's share buybacks say about Apple's future. They also weigh WhatsApp's founder leaving Facebook, and what it says about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. They go over when diving into Google Duplex, a demonstration that was as awesome as it was devoid of real value.

  11. May. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Exploring the iPhone Black Dot Bug – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-09

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain the iPhone black dot bug, explore what's behind the bug, and how to recover from it.

  12. May. 8th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Encrypted Twitter Messages, Face ID for the iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-08

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about end-to-end encryption in Twitter direct messages, plus what the possibility of landscape-orientation Face ID in iOS 12 means for the iPad.

  13. May. 7th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Dear Overlords of MacLand – Mac Geek Gab 708

    It's always something, and thankfully John and Dave are always here to help. This week we share some advice about geotagging your photos when shooting with a non-geo-smart DSLR camera. Then some talk about how to format Flash drives, and lots, lots more. It's always a blast and you always learn at least 5 new things each and every time you get together with John and Dave.

  14. May. 7th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Special Edition #4 With Former Apple Executive Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. In his fourth encore appearance on Background Mode, Michael and I chat about expectations for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) to be held June 4-8, 2018. We delved into potential improvements to HomePod, the state-of-the-art of Siri, the competition with Amazon's Alexa, possible changes to iOS and watchOS, the state of the Mac, the much anticipated Mac Pro, what we'd like from macOS 10.14, Apple's recent issue with premature product announcements, and the MacBook evolution (and its keyboard). We also discussed Apple's discontinuation of AirPort products, and why that's something Apple may or may not need to be involved with anymore.

  15. May. 7th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Complicated Tech Conundrum, Jeff’s Unified Health Record Dream – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-07

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss the benefits and problems the average tech user experiences, plus they talk about the lack of a real unified health and medical record management system.

  16. May. 4th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Twitter’s Plain Text Password List, MacBook Pro Recall Petition – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-04

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Twitter's plain text password list, and a petition to recall and replace the Touch Bar MacBook Pro's built-in keyboard.

  17. May. 3rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Alexa’s Lead in the Voice Assistant Market – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-03

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss Amazon Alexa's apparent lead in the voice control platform game and how Apple's Siri on HomePod fits in.

  18. May. 2nd, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The Myth of the Failing iPhone X and Other Earnings Report Notes – ACM 460

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the myth of the failing iPhone X, where that myth comes from, how it's sustained, and how Apple's own data says otherwise. They also talk about how Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri tried to dispel those reports during Apple's quarterly conference call with analysts. They also look at the indicators that HomePod, on the other hand, isn't doing well, and Tim Cook's continued insistence on focusing on sound quality when we really want a capable home assistant. They cap the show with some perspective on just how much money Apple is paying out to shareholders.

  19. May. 2nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Q2 2018 Earnings Report, Mobile Safari Alternatives – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-02

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings, plus Andrew tips us off to some alternatives to Safari on the iPhone and iPad.

  20. May. 1st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WhatsApp’s Future, No Project Marzipan this Year – TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-01

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Jan Koum leaving Facebook means for WhatsApp, plus they look at when we can expect Apple's unified Apple app development platform.