Mac Observer Podcasts

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Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers (#7)
Aug 17th, 2020 5:26 PM

Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news, tips for secure payment options, and some new shortcuts.

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 questions 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.

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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Aug. 17th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers (#7) – BGM Interview

    Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS, as well as the author of many Take Control Books: Notes, Home Automation, Apple TV, co-author of Take Control of Preview. He also published Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. And he's recently joined The Prepared as an editor.In his seventh appearance on the show, Josh explored the new faetures of iOS 14 and what he likes most—as he prepares for his forthcoming Take Control book. The App Libraries feature was at the top of his list. In segment two, Josh and I discussed a major, impressive research article he recently wrote about the often contentious relationship between developers and Apple and its handling of the App Store. We finished with thoughts on a next gen Apple TV 4K.

  2. Aug. 17th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Episode 1500! – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-17

    Original TDO host Jeff Gamet joins current host Kelly Guimont for a 1500 episode celebration, including the story of how it came to be.

  3. Aug. 17th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Do Attachments Last Forever? — Mac Geek Gab 829

    What happens to Mail attachments in your archive? Have you ever done a three finger drag? How do you manage your trash can? We mean *really* manage it? All these questions — and a lot more — are answered for you this week as Dave and John pour through the mailbag and help you learn at least five new things. Press play and enjoy listening as your two favorite geeks help make it all happen!

  4. Aug. 14th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday: Instagram, Packet Loss, and Fortnite – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-14

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security (read: Facebook) news, Apple Card id protection, and Fortnite. Extended edition brought to you by intellectual laziness.

  5. Aug. 13th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Ready Apple One – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-13

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss news of Apple's bundled services, and Charlotte starts a rumo(u)r.

  6. Aug. 12th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mysterious Convenience, Weapons Grade Woz – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-12

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss new paywall behavior in Big Sur, and birthday plans for Woz.

  7. Aug. 11th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Martin Scorsese at Apple, Mean Tim Cook – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-11

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Martin Scorsese's TV+ deal, and the ruthless efficiency of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  8. Aug. 10th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Physics Professor Dr. Brad Marston – BGM Interview

    Dr. Brad Marston is a professor of physics at Brown University and Associate Director of the Brown Theoretical Physics Center. A graduate of Caltech, he received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. Brad is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and is also an Apple developer.Brad and I chatted about his computational and theoretical physics career. At Caltech, he attended physics classes taught by two of his heroes, the legendary physicists Dr. Richard Feynman and Dr. Kip Thorne. There, he developed his interest in quantum physics and computational models. Later, when he left Sun workstations behind, he adopted the UNIX-based Mac and Xcode as his tools of choice. That's what he used to build his visual climate model, GCM, already compiled for Apple Silicon. Tune in and geek out with me and this amazing physicist and Mac guru.

  9. Aug. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music on Android, Apple Silicon and Trackpads – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-10

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple Music on Android, and the trackpad possibilities of Apple Silicon.

  10. Aug. 10th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Audio Tips, Cool Stuff Found, Rural Broadband, and More! — Mac Geek Gab 828

    The summer heat hasn't stopped your two favorite geeks — or you, with your questions — and this week's episode shows all of that and more. You've had a ton of questions about audio devices and podcast management lately, so John and Dave dig into that first to re-open the doors on that conversation. Then it's on to tips and Cool Stuff Found, with a couple of return entries in the latter, including the very, very first Cool Stuff Found to ever have been mentioned! Press play, and enjoy watching (or listening) as you learn five new things.

  11. Aug. 7th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday – Intel, LastPass, Clario – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-07

    Andrew Orr and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news, and a new headphone option coming with iOS 14.

  12. Aug. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Stars Head to TV+, Apple Music Goes Gaga – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-06

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's newfound appeal with stars, and the latest Apple Music radio show.

  13. Aug. 5th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Acquisition, Phil Schiller Transition – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-05

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's latest company acquisition, and Phil Schiller's new role.

  14. Aug. 4th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New iMac Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-04

    John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the updates to the iMac and iMac Pro, and whether John might be in the market for one.

  15. Aug. 3rd, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    H.S. Principal Dr. Amy Fast – BGM Interview

    Amy Fast is a high school principal in the McMinnville School District in Oregon. She holds a Ed.D. degree. Previously, she's been an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She is also an education commentator and author of the book, It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates.After a brief overview of Amy's career and a discussion of her book, we dug into the issues facing educators amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We covered planning for remote vs. in-person classes, the technology of remote classes, teacher concerns about in-person class safety, funding for cleaning, effectiveness of remote teaching, mental health issues, and long-term changes to education in the post-pandemic era. Parents with schoolchildren and educators will find this interview enormously helpful.

  16. Aug. 3rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Silicon Pricing, Oprah’s Conversations – TMO Daily Observations 2020-08-03

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss rumors of Apple Silicon pricing, and The Oprah Conversation's debut.

  17. Aug. 3rd, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Geek Challenges, Quick Tips, and Your Network Questions Answered — Mac Geek Gab 827

    John and Dave take a few deeper dives today to solve your peskier problems... Geek Challenges, we like to call them (though sometimes we call them "Stump the Geeks!"). Listen as your two favorite nerds talk through creatively increasing your broadband speeds, diagnosing those CPU spikes, managing battery life, Wi-Fi issues, and more. Of course, your favorite Quick Tips are here, and maybe even a few more surprises. Press play and watch while you learn five new things!

  18. Jul. 31st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Earnings Insights – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-31

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what was (or wasn't) said during Apple's latest earnings call.

  19. Jul. 30th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Antitrust Appearance – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-30

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook's appearance as part of a Congressional antitrust hearing.

  20. Jul. 29th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dr Mac on Storage and Also Backup – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-29

    Bob "Dr Mac" LeVitus joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss hard drive options and what to consider when you consider more space.