Mac Observer Podcasts

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Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers (#6)
Jan 13th, 2020 3:55 PM

Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont for Security Friday, discussing a new data breach and keeping your ISP from selling your web history.

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.

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. Jan. 13th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers (#6) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of Tidbits.com and has published many Take Control (TC) books. He's the author of Take Control of Apple TV and Take Control of Home Automation. He's been writing the Take Control books for iOS since version 8, and his latest book is Take Control iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. In his sixth appearance on the show, Josh and I explored what's in store for Apple in 2020. We started by looking at the iMac Pro and its possible fate. Then we turned to the mythical xMac, and continued with the MacBook Pro line. In part II of the show, we took a look at the HomePod. Is it a dead product? Then we looked at iPhone (2020) 5G wrinkles. We finished by wondering what new thing Apple might do in 2020.

  2. Jan. 13th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Cable Haunt, iPod Timeline – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-13

    Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Cable Haunt malware, and the (rapid) iPod development timeline.

  3. Jan. 13th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    CES Wrap-up, Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 797

    John and Dave are back from CES with new stuff they've learned, Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, and more. Of course, your questions are featured, as well, including analyzing USB power draw, fast external drives, folder permissions, and more. Press play to learn five new things with your two favorite geeks!

  4. Jan. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Trade In Values, Cryptocurrency Attacks – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-10

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss trade-in values dropping in Apple Stores, and a new malware attack.

  5. Jan. 9th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple At CES, New TV+ Shows – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-09

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's (lack of) presence at CES, and the new wave of TV+ content.

  6. Jan. 8th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES Picks, Happy Birthday Aqua – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-08

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their CES picks, and Bryan and Kelly reminisce about Aqua's lickable design.

  7. Jan. 7th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    JBL, SanDisk, Legrand, LE Audio, and More from CES 2020 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-07

    LAS VEGAS – Live from CES 2020, Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts on the new stuff they've found. Cool Stuff Found includes JBL's new Quantum gaming headsets, Legrand's smart electrical panel, ChronoLife's smart Nexkin shirt, SanDisk's latest (r)evolution of the thumb drive (it's got a lot of storage and it's fast!), Bluetooth's first audio evolution in decades, and even more. Listen, enjoy, and let us know what you think at [email protected]

  8. Jan. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Cool Stuff Found from CES Unveiled – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-06

    LAS VEGAS – John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton attended CES Unveiled 2020 on Sunday night, sifting through hundreds of products and companies to bring you this gadget-focused collection of Cool Stuff Found. Listen and enjoy!

  9. Jan. 6th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Dissecting APFS and macOS Catalina with Mike Bombich – Mac Geek Gab 796

    Carbon Copy Cloner developer – and APFS guru! – Mike Bombich joins John and Dave this week to talk APFS, backups, upgrades, and more. Listen as your two favorite geeks become your three favorite geeks, sharing everything they know plus some cool stuff found to kick it up a notch into the new year.

  10. Jan. 3rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2020 Preview – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-03

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join host Kelly Guimont to discuss CES 2020 and what TDO will look like next week as part of that coverage.

  11. Jan. 2nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Purchasing iPad Accessories, Original Streaming Shows – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-02

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss purchasing iPad accessories, and how streaming original shows stack up.

  12. Dec. 31st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    2019 In Review – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-31

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss favorite apps, games, and gear of 2019.

  13. Dec. 30th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    A Decade of Apple Stories – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-30

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to look back at the previous decade of Apple news and notable events.

  14. Dec. 30th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Avoid RISCy Behavior – Mac Geek Gab 795

    Ever have an iOS device that won't stay connected to your Mac? How about needing to connect your Thunderbolt 2 devices to your new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac? What about proving your location in the past? Or looking up phone numbers? These are just a few of the questions John and Dave tackle this week. Of course, Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips are healthily represented as we drive towards the end of 2019. Just make sure to avoid RISCy behavior. Or don't, and be like Chuck Peddle!

  15. Dec. 27th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apps To Delete, Year Of Security – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-27

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss apps you should remove from your devices, and making 2020 more secure.

  16. Dec. 26th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Christmas Aftermath, How-To Guides – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-26

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss setting up new gear and picks for those new iPhones and iPads.

  17. Dec. 23rd, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Cosmologist Dr. Andrew Friedman (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Dr. Andrew Friedman is an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist. He's currently an NSF funded Assistant Research Scientist at the University of California at San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences. He is also a Research Affiliate in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard. We chatted about the apparent, seemingly contrived conflict between science and religion. We explored some of the sources of this conflict and how, with a good perspective, they are not really at odds. We looked at faith, both in science and religion, Gödel's incompleteness theorem, proof of God's existence, varying views about what God is, approaching the subject with humility, and how the Bible cannot really serve as a science textbook. Join us as we get our theology hats on.

  18. Dec. 23rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    NYT and Location Data, Last Minute Gift Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-23

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest location data reporting, and last minute gift ideas.

  19. Dec. 23rd, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    A Festivus for The Geeks in Us – Mac Geek Gab 794

    Cool Stuff Found galore begins this episode, because that's the spirit of the holiday season. Equally as important, though, are the airing of the grievances, and Mail.app provides a healthy platform for that...with some hints and tips, to be helpful, of course. After all, we each need to learn at least five new things! That's not all: there are more tips and questions and answers here to enjoy, as well. Press play and join John, Dave, and the rest of the MGG Family for this week's episode.

  20. Dec. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Satellites, Improved Bug Bounties – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-20

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple getting into satellites for reasons unknown, and new bug bounties.