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.

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TDO 2019-02-15: Webcams and Post-Its 1:42 PM Feb. 15th, 2019

Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to chat about the lack of NYT in Apple News and Apple’s share of app transactions.

Podcast Archives

  1. Feb. 15th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Webcams and Post-Its, Scary AI – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-14

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Kelly Guimont to discuss webcams and security measures, as well as AI that freaks out even Elon Musk.

  2. Feb. 14th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Infrastructure, Attention to Details, Apple Car/AR/Glasses, with John Martellaro – ACM 501

    Does Apple have the infrastructure it needs for a cohesive future? Once that seemed clear, but Bryan Chaffin and guest-host John Martellaro say it's become harder to see, if so. They then pivot to how augmented reality will figure into Apple's future plans and products. They cap the show by weighing Apple's ability to pay attention to details as the company grows.

  3. Feb. 14th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    DuckDuckGo Improvements, Payment System Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-14

    Kelly Guimont has Andrew Orr and John Martellaro on to discuss updates to the DuckDuckGo iOS app, and the current(c) state of NFC payments.

  4. Feb. 13th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple as a Publisher, Sony’s New Watch Strap – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-13

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple possibly becoming "Netflix for news" and Sony's new watch strap.

  5. Feb. 12th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Next to a Crate Full of Chickens – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-12

    Today Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to discuss Angela Ahrendts' departure and the implications of Amazon buying Eero.

  6. Feb. 11th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Touch Bar & The Terminal – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 748

    Do you need an elbow connector? You might after listening to this episode! That, after all, is what Cool Stuff Found segments are all about: discovering stuff you didn't know existed, and now you need! In addition to that, of course, your tips are shared and questions are answered, including some about iCloud Archives, CarPlay, and Watch Notifications. Hosts Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun guide you through all of this and more, just press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  7. Feb. 11th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Princeton Theoretical Physicist Dr. Paul Steinhardt

    Paul Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University, where he is on the faculty of both the departments of Physics and of Astrophysical Sciences. He co-founded the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science and is currently the Director of that prestigious research institution.He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard, and his research interests include cosmology, inflation theory, dark matter and specialized solids, including QuasiCrystals.We chatted about the early influences of his father and, later, Dr. Richard Feynman when he was an undergraduate at Caltech. Then we chatted about cosmic inflation, the Multiverse, Dark Matter, and finally QuasiCrystals, the subject of his latest book. Dr. Steinhardt is a preeminent physicist working at the limits of human knowledge. Come listen and enjoy.

  8. Feb. 11th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Veterans Health Records; Podcast Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-11

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of Apple rolling out health records to the VA, and podcast picks.

  9. Feb. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Still More Data Breach Updates, iPad Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-08

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the newest collection of breached data and some picks for great iPad apps.

  10. Feb. 7th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Yesterday vs. Apple Today vs. Apple Tomorrow, with Dave Hamilton – ACM 500

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Dave Hamilton to take a very high-level look at Apple, comparing the company from its early days to the company of today, and looking ahead to what kind of company Apple might be tomorrow.

  11. Feb. 7th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Screen Recording Your Activity, RIP Do Not Track – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-07

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr discuss iOS apps recording your screen and bid farewell to Safari's Do Not Track option, with host Kelly Guimont.

  12. Feb. 6th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Retail Changes, Spotify Acquisitions – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-06

    Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple and Spotify's latest purchases.

  13. Feb. 5th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Annoyances, Charger Lawsuit– TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-05

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro make a grand entrance to discuss how Apple is currently annoying us and a new lawsuit about iPhone chargers.

  14. Feb. 4th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

    How fast is your connection? How much of that speed matters? How fast is your Mac? Why isn't it faster? What devices can you see on your network? Why can't you connect to all of them? This is what Mac Geek Gab is about. Posing questions, getting answers, and learning at least 5 new things. Learn your 5 now by pressing play!

  15. Feb. 4th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Writer & Skeptic Dr. Michael Shermer

    Michael is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine, a former monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101.He is also a noted science writer and the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, and The Science of Good and Evil. His newest book is: Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia. We chatted about Michael's early religious views, interest in psychology, his doctoral work, and his path to becoming a professional skeptic. He explained the logical traps people fall into (motivated reasoning) as we turned to climate change, human fantasies about ghosts and psychics, the founding of Skeptic Magazine and the influence of Dr. Carl Sagan. Really good stuff here.

  16. Feb. 4th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Siri Privacy and Team Changes – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-04

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro discuss Siri with host Kelly Guimont: Both what Siri should keep to herself and team leadership changes.

  17. Feb. 1st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tech Buying Mistakes, Privacy Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-01

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro chat with host Kelly Guimont about common tech purchasing mistakes and the latest international privacy news.

  18. Jan. 31st, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple’s Earnings, iPhone Pricing, and Mac Sales, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 499

    It's time to break down Apple's earnings, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Jeff Gamet to do just that. They also discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs, and even some sideways aspects of Apple's iPhone strategy. They cap the show with a look at Apple's one weird trick of goosing Mac sales, which is to release new Macs.

  19. Jan. 31st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook Developer Violations, iPhone Hacking in the UAE– TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-31

    Host Kelly Guimont talks to Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin about Apple updating Facebook's frenemy status and iPhone hacking in the UAE.

  20. Jan. 30th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Earnings and Apple’s Future – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-30

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to chat about Apple's earnings report yesterday and some conjecture about what's next.