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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Apple Earnings, Services vs. Hardware, AT&T Fake 5G w/Ken Ray - ACM 511 3:21 PM May. 8th, 2019

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of surveillance and courts, and John Kheit’s take on Mac Pro punditry.

Podcast Archives

  1. May. 8th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Earns Money, Services vs. Hardware, and AT&T’s Fake 5G with Ken Ray – ACM 511

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple's earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple's outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T's fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T's claims of a "5G" network are fake.

  2. May. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Privacy and Luxury, Apple’s Magic Levels – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-08

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Google's assertion privacy is not a luxury item, and Apple's "magic."

  3. May. 7th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Death of Passwords, iPhone Phone Calls – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-07

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss better security than passwords, and prioritizing phone calls on an iPhone.

  4. May. 6th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Special Edition Chat #6 with Kelly Guimont

    Kelly Guimont is a long-time podcaster, Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer, the host of the Mac Observer's Daily Observations podcast, a tech support guru, and a Founding Volunteer of App Camp for Girls.Kelly first appeared here in December, 2015 to tell her career story and has returned several times for interesting technical discussions. In this encore special edition, we chat about our favorite TV shows of late. John: Stargate SG-1 (Amazon), Endeavour (Amazon), Electric Dreams (Amazon). Kelly: Daredevil & The Punisher (Netflix), The Goldbergs (ABC), and Westworld (HBO). Join us as we explore together why we like these shows and how, in some cases, our feelings have changed upon repeat viewing.

  5. May. 6th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Spotify vs Apple, Journalism vs Spoilers – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-06

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the EU investigation into Apple Music, and journalism versus surprises.

  6. May. 6th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    New vs. Used/Refurb, USB Disconnects, Notifications, and Ethernet Locations – Mac Geek Gab 760

    This week your two favorite geeks tackle your questions about USB disconnects, "no Internet connection" reports, creating short video clips from long segments, and when (and whether!) to buy new or look for refurb/used. Listen as John and Dave talk you through all of this and much, much more. Press play, download, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  7. May. 3rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Glasses As Health Tracker, TMO Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-03

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple making glasses as health trackers and share some tips and tricks.

  8. May. 2nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Cable Purge and Management, Streaming Quality – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-02

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing or disposing of cables, and the state of streaming content.

  9. May. 1st, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    App Camp for Girls, Samsung Follies, Writing about Apple, with Kelly Guimont – ACM 510

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Kelly Guimont to discuss App Camp for Girls, women in tech in both the past and present, and more. They also look at Samsung's folding problems, and what it means to be writing about Apple today.

  10. May. 1st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Earnings Aftermath – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-01

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's earnings report and add a dash of speculation.

  11. Apr. 30th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Machine Learning and Creativity – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-30

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the effects of machine learning on creativity and artistic pursuits.

  12. Apr. 29th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Not all USB-C Is Created Equal – Mac Geek Gab 759

    Just when you thought it couldn't get any more confusing, USB-C cables can add some additional questions to the mix. Add to this lots of Cool Stuff Found, a discussion about the best desktop Mac to buy, some tips and follow-ups from recent episodes, and you've got yourself this week's Mac Geek Gab. You're guaranteed to join John and Dave in learning at least five new things. Press play, and enjoy!

  13. Apr. 29th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Cosmologist Dr. Andrew Friedman

    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 how science fiction inspired him as a youth to become a cosmologist. Also, how important it is to have a Ph.D. thesis advisor who's enthusiastically supportive. Then, we got into some cool topics of cosmology: using Type Ia supernovae to measure the rate of expansion of the universe, why infrared observations of those stars are helpful, whether quantum entanglement suggests a substrate on which spacetime resides, the multiverse, and the implications of the Planck length and Higgs field for our very existence.

  14. Apr. 29th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Parental Controls, macOS-iOS Merging – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-29

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss parental control apps and the (non) inevitable merge of macOS and iOS.

  15. Apr. 26th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Design Team Updates, TDO Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-26

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry chat with host Kelly Guimont about departing members of the Industrial Design team and picks for listeners.

  16. Apr. 25th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    App Notarization, #DeleteFBSDK – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-25

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to chat about Apple's app notarization and devs removing the Facebook SDK from apps.

  17. Apr. 24th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Butterfly Keyboard Woes, SSD Upgrades – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-24

    Today is an all hardware episode, Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss butterfly keyboards and SSD upgrades.

  18. Apr. 23rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Penney’s vs Apple Pay, Tesla Robotaxis – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-23

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about JC Penney's removing Apple Pay and Elon Musk's vision for Tesla taxicabs.

  19. Apr. 22nd, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Author and Artist Michael Benson

    Michael Benson works at the intersection of art and science as both a writer and artist. His new book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece examines the four year long production of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Michael saw the movie 2001 at age six, and it had a profound influence on his career, especially in his art and science/photography books. We chatted about his book: how Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick met, Kubrick's view of the best scifi movies of the time, the development of the 2001 script, the depiction of artificial gravity in the legendary centrifuge apparatus, the depiction of aliens, the visual contributions of Douglas Trumbull, and the enduring influence this movie has had on our technology and psyche.

  20. Apr. 22nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Privacy Wish List, Earth Day – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-22

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to chat about a wish list for iOS privacy features and how Apple celebrates Earth Day.