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MGG 786: iCloud Keychain vs. Catalina Cage Match
Oct 28th, 2019 7:30 AM

Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Amazon’s foray into streaming sports, and the latest TMO Holiday Gift Guide.

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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Oct. 28th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iCloud Keychain vs. Catalina Cage Match – Mac Geek Gab 786

    Today, your two favorite geeks dig into your questions about recovering photo data, removing malware, resolving iCloud Keychain in macOS Catalina, and more. But that's not all! You've got some great tips for automating those un-automatable Personal Reminders, fixing DNS, Mono Podcast Listening, and creating disk images. All of this and more from Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, as soon as you press play. Do it now and don't get caught!

  2. Oct. 25th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Happy Birthday iPod! – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-25

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPod turning 18, and how Apple and its events have changed since 2001.

  3. Oct. 24th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Subscription Management and Deals – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-24

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing subscriptions on macOS, and the future of paid vs free users.

  4. Oct. 23rd, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The Apple TV+ and Apple Originals Preview Show – ACM 523

    Charlotte Henry joins Bryan Chaffin to talk about Apple TV+, Apple Originals, Apple's role in the industry, the evolution of original streaming content, and a whole lot more—all in preparation for the November 1st launch of Apple TV+.

  5. Oct. 23rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CASE Act, Dolby Vision on Netflix – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-23

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the CASE Act passing the House, and John explains Dolby Vison on Netflix.

  6. Oct. 22nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    AirPods Pro or Airpod Pros? – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-22

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss speculation about new AirPods, their features, and earning the "pro" name.

  7. Oct. 21st, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Former Apple Engineering Director Don Melton – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Don Melton is probably best known as the person who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple and his rise to Apple Engineering Director of Internet Technologies. These days he's an aspiring writer, podcaster and recovering programmer. Don walks us through his early career starting with his aspiration to become a comic strip or comic book artist. His artistic talent led to a newspaper job which led to information graphics which led to work with Macs. His tinkering with the Mac revealed that he had a special talent for programming, and that ultimately led to his job at Netscape developing the Navigator browser. Later, a relationship with Andy Hertzfeld and Bud Tribble led to his job at Apple in 2001, chartered by Scott Forstall, to write a web browser. Don tells a fascinating story about the development of Safari for Mac OS X and the race to replace Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

  8. Oct. 21st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Current Apple = Old Linux, iPad Buying Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-21

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's Linux similarities, and how to decide which iPad to buy.

  9. Oct. 21st, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    macOS Catalina and iOS 13 Tips and Troubleshooting – Mac Geek Gab 785

    macOS Catalina and iOS 13 have been out for a few weeks now, and your tips and questions have been coming in. Plus, Dave learned a few things at MacTech last week to add. Mix in some Cool Stuff Found, a few Quick Tips, and some follow-ups from last week and we'll all learn at least five new things!

  10. Oct. 18th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Rapid iOS Releases, macOS Upgrade Warning and Prep – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-18

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro are back with guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss the seemingly dizzying array of iOS updates Apple has released in the last few weeks. They also talk about the special case needs of macOS Catalina and whether Apple could do more to proactively warn users of everything they might face with their Mac systems.

  11. Oct. 17th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    FitBit’s Health Play, EU’s Weird Apple Play Probe – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-17

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss FitBit's efforts to claw back some space from Apple Watch with a heart-monitoring feature. They also discuss the EU's weird antitrust concern about Apple Pay.

  12. Oct. 16th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Breaking Up Big Tech, Apple as Media Company – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-16

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss breaking up "big tech" companies, and Apple as a media company.

  13. Oct. 15th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Don’t Outsmart Yourself – Mac Geek Gab 784

    Sometimes the best thing you can do is to not overthink a solution... and sometimes it happens anyway! Join your two favorite geeks to learn about Catalina tweaks, AirPods tips, iOS scanners, and more. Plus, listen as John and Dave troubleshoot a network issue in real time with just tools available on every Mac!

  14. Oct. 15th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tencent Update, Catalina with Dr Mac – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-15

    Charlotte Henry and Bob "Dr Mac" LeVitus join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's statement on Tencent, and Bob's take on the latest macOS (he literally wrote the book, after all).

  15. Oct. 14th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Productivity Coach Brittany Smith – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Brittany Smith is a productivity coach who provides a variety of consulting services through her business, Devise and Conquer, that includes ADD/ADHD coaching, technology coaching, productivity consulting, and more. She is a self-designated “well-rounded geek.” She holds an M.S. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. In our chat, Brittany told me about her adventures with homemade videos, with a PC, as a youth. Her father was a podiatrist and her mother was a programmer, so there were always computers in the house. But the Vista version of Windows drove her into the arms of the Mac. In the second half of the show we delved into just what cognitive neuroscience is, her productivity and Apple tech coaching. Along the way we chatted about the influence of Star Trek (and Disneyland) on her career. Brittany sparkles in this interview.

  16. Oct. 14th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Safari Browsing Data, iPhone Present/Future – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-14

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss where Apple is routing browser data, iPhone 11 sales, and the SE 2.

  17. Oct. 11th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple vs China Over Hong Kong – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-11

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s recent decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors.

  18. Oct. 10th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac Memory, Catalina’s Potential – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-10

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the right amount of RAM in a Mac, and Catalina's place in macOS history.

  19. Oct. 9th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    NYC And Cellebrite, Lightning Cables – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-09

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Cellebrite's new partnership and other iPhone hacks like Lightning cables.

  20. Oct. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Credit Where Credit is Due – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-08

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple history and how Tim Cook may or may not be credited with change.