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Apple History: iMac Edition
Apr 21st, 2020 1:25 PM

John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple Store reopenings, and Apple airing Fraggle Rock on Apple TV+.

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. Apr. 21st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple History: iMac Edition – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-21

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iMac and how it fundamentally changed both Apple and consumer tech.

  2. Apr. 20th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Programmer, Author, Podcaster Rosemary Orchard – TMO BGM Interview

    Rosemary Orchard describes herself as a geek, nerd, and programmer. She works full time as a developer of web applications, but her real loves are automation and productivity. She's also a book author and podcaster.Rosemary told me the story about how she started with computers and programming. After a bad experience with a Toshiba notebook and Windows Vista, she bought a MacBook Air for her university work—and loved it. At this point, she was still pursing human languages, but in time gravitated towards, instead, creating computer software that would make peoples lives easier. And she never looked back. We talked about her Web app development, her books (one on Shortcuts) and finished with how she learned to podcast. Today she does two. You'll enjoy hearing how Rosemary's career has developed.

  3. Apr. 20th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac Screenshot Tips, New iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-20

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss quick tips for screenshots on macOS, and the new iPhone release.

  4. Apr. 20th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Sharing, Streaming, and Securing – Mac Geek Gab 811

    Need to share big files from home? Trying to manage your video streaming and conferencing? Want to secure your setup? Good news, Mac Geek Gab has some ideas for you. Plus, there are Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and lots more answers to lots more questions contained within. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  5. Apr. 17th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview with Gary Orenstein of Bitwarden – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-17

    Kelly sits down with Bitwarden's Gary Orenstein to talk about their password manager and how it can be both open source AND secure software. Learn more about setting up passwords and why it matters on Security Friday!

  6. Apr. 16th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Streaming and Subscribers – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-16

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss new streaming services, and how the "old" ones stack up against them.

  7. Apr. 15th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone SE: 2020 Edition – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-15

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the newly released iPhone SE, or SE: 2020, or SE 2: Electric Boogaloo...whatever it's called, Apple released the new one today and there was a lot to say about it.

  8. Apr. 14th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Releases Mobility Data, Replies to Senate – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-14

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's release of (anonymized) mobility data, and their reply to a Senate letter inquiring about the COVID-19 website.

  9. Apr. 13th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Novelist Christopher Moore – TMO BGM Interview

    Christopher Moore is the author of 17 novels, including Lamb, Coyote Blue, The Serpent of Venice, The Stupidest Angel, and NOIR. Chris published his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, and his latest novel, Shakespeare For Squirrels, will be released on May 12th.We chatted at length about how Chris came to be a very successful novelist. I asked about the influence of author Harlan Ellison as well as his favorite and best selling novels. We explored his writing technique as we delved into two of my own favorite novels, The Stupidest Angel and NOIR. ( He writes on his Mac and uses Scrivener to outline and MS Word to compose. ) If you love Chris's work, you'll be entranced by his charming anecdotes in this stellar interview.

  10. Apr. 13th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and Google Team Up, Contact Tracing – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-13

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple teaming up with Google on new technology for contact tracing, what exactly contact tracing entails, and what sorts of questions come up as a result.

  11. Apr. 13th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Changing the Volume Level…and Icon – Mac Geek Gab 810

    Did you know that with just your fingers on your iPhone screen you can slide to adjust the volume or pinch to delete messages? And with an option-click of your Mac's mouse you can opt-in to distraction free bliss? You will after you listen to this episode, where John and Dave talk you through all of these things... and that's just the first few minutes! There's always more to come with Mac Geek Gab, because you're guaranteed to learn at least five new things or your money back!

  12. Apr. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Location-Based Reminders, Main Menu on iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-10

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss setting up reminders by location instead of time, and a "Main Menu" idea for iPadOS.

  13. Apr. 9th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    John’s Ten iPhone Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-09

    John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss John's ten tips for iPhone users who want to get the most out of their devices.

  14. Apr. 8th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Earnings Call Considerations, Apple’s Pandemic Response – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-08

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what Apple's earnings call might look like, and some of Apple's responses to the pandemic.

  15. Apr. 7th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    App Store Predictions, iCloud Folder Sharing – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-07

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss App Store revenue prediction and what they mean for the App Store, and how to use iCloud Folder Sharing.

  16. Apr. 6th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Writer and Raconteur Bob ‘Dr. Mac’ LeVitus (#2) – TMO BGM Interview

    Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is a writer, book author and raconteur. He writes for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer, and he specializes in the "Dummies" books about Apple products like the Mac, the iPad and iPhone.In this episode, Bob and I focus on the practice of working from home. We covered work strategies and techniques, workspace and hours, software vs. paper tools, clothing and eating, task management, multitasking vs. single focus and more. We delved into microphones and cameras for a Mac as well as some video conferencing apps and touched on the notion of spending time learning unfamiliar but essential internet technologies. We closed with a discussion of music to work by and a great library app called Libby.

  17. Apr. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Listening Habits, Apple TV+ on Apple TV Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-06

    Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the trends in listening habits in the new age, and Apple's (questionable) decisions about Apple TV+ within the Apple TV app.

  18. Apr. 6th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Fusion Drives and Folder Sharing – Mac Geek Gab 809

    iCloud Folder Sharing works, and your two favorite geeks have tested it for you. Should you use your ISP's mesh or your own? How about installing Catalina on a Fusion Drive? These questions answered, plus a LOT more. And John and Dave share your Cool Stuff Found, too. Press play and enjoy!

  19. Apr. 3rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPad at Ten Years On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-03

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPad on the tenth anniversary of release. Looking back, and forward, at its impact and potential.

  20. Apr. 2nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Versions of macOS, Stewart Brand – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-02

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what the new version of macOS could look like (and when we'll see it), and an interesting documentary about an interesting guy, Stewart Brand.