Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective, brought to you with a sense of humor. Hosts Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer put the Apple world into context.

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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TMO Background Mode: Interview with Open Source Developer & Former Apple Manager Jordan Hubbard 4:05 PM Feb. 20th, 2017

Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s AI boss John Giannandrea, plus they share their thoughts on...

Podcast Archives

  1. Feb. 20th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Open Source Developer & Former Apple Manager Jordan Hubbard

    Jordan Hubbard, the co-founder of FreeBSD, spent a dozen years at Apple bringing coherence to the UNIX core of Mac OS X. Apple calls it macOS today, but in the early years, there were lots of rough spots integrating the partly FreeBSD core into a viable consumer Mac OS X. Jordan was also instrumental in modernizing Mac OS X with features like MacPorts, Launchd, Grand Central Dispatch and application sandboxing. Today, his work complete at Apple, Jordan is an open source developer. We talked about the early development of Mac OS X derived from NeXT and even the earliest BSD origins. Along the way, we also chatted about Jordan's childhood memories as an 8-year old being an electronics geek with Radio Shack as his Mecca. If you love macOS, don't miss this insightful historical tour.

  2. Feb. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Facial Recognition Plans, the AI Race – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-20

    Apple buying RealFace has people talking even more about using facial recognition to unlock our iPhones. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's potential plans and what they think the company has in store for facial recognition technology. They also look at Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa and the race for mainstream artificial intelligence.

  3. Feb. 19th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Don’t Fear The Wi-Fi – Mac Geek Gab 645

    Inexpensive quasi-mesh Wi-Fi, cloud management for your videos, changing your Finder icons and upgrading your Mac's Wi-Fi to the latest standards are just how this show starts out! From there it's on to answering your questions about monitoring iOS data usage, looking at PDF data – all of it! – and then your geeks dive into the Wi-Fi danger conspiracy! We promise you'll learn at least four new things!

  4. Feb. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 Biometric Sensors, FCC and Smartphone Radio Chips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-17

    New reports say Apple won't include a Home button on the iPhone 8 this fall. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for Touch ID and biometric authentication on the new phone, plus they offer up their thoughts on an FCC request for smartphone makers to enable the FM radio chips in smartphones.

  5. Feb. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    4K Apple TV, WWDC 2017 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-16

    Apple may finally release a 4K Apple TV this year. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know about Apple's plans and if 4K support is enough to keep Apple TV relevant. They also look at Apple's new San Jose venue for this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

  6. Feb. 15th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music – ACM 398

    With state-sponsored hackers from Russia developing malware for the Mac, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet fear Mac users can expect more malware in the future. They also discuss the negativity that greeted Planet of the Apps, and argue that TV shows are good for Apple Music. Plus, they visit listener comments on Net Neutrality.

  7. Feb. 15th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Right to Repair Laws, Apple Design Critics – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-15

    Apple doesn't make it easy for people to get parts for do-it-yourself repairs, and some states want to change that. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not companies should be required to make device parts available outside of authorized repair centers, plus they look at a claim Apple is actually pretty crappy ad designing products.

  8. Feb. 14th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music’s Reality TV Plans – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-14

    Apple is making a push into original video content for Apple Music with Planet of the Apps and other shows. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how reality TV fits in with Apple's plans. They also look at the state of personal privacy with smart TVs and more.

  9. Feb. 13th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Christine Corbett Moran

    Dr. Christine C. Moran is an astrophysicist who specializes in computational astrophysics, high performance computing and big data visualization. She's interested in the gravitational force, which she's described as the most beautiful and mysterious of all of nature's fundamental forces. In her undergraduate life, she studied both physics and philosophy, great background for her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Zurich. Along the way, she's also worked for, notably, SpaceX and the M.I.T. Media Lab. She's also a Mac user and iOS app developer. We talked about her interest in gravity, computation, and hobbies: flying and martial arts (Kung Fu). Also, in November, 2016, she returned from the South Pole (radio) telescope where she did research on the Cosmic Microwave Background. Come take a cosmic journey with John and Christine as she tells her story.

  10. Feb. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The State of Apple Pay – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-13

    Some big retailers don't seem interested in Apple Pay, and Apple is having a fight over adoption in Australia. Adam Christianson from the Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple Pay and talk about what they see in the future for contactless payment systems.

  11. Feb. 12th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iOS Geek Gab, Managing RAM, Converting Numbers to Excel – Mac Geek Gab 644

    A little iOS Geek Gab segment starts the show, discussing batteries – both internal and out – as well as screen protection. Your geeks share their picks and, more importantly, how they pick. Then it's on to some great tips from both your two favorite geeks and you, including managing RAM, converting Numbers to Excel (without Numbers!), upgrading your Mac mini and more. Press play and enjoy!

  12. Feb. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone Iris Scanner, Smart TV Privacy Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-10

    Reports say the next iPhone will include an iris scanner for authentication, much like the current Touch ID sensor. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's authentication technology plans (spoiler: Jeff thinks it isn't iris scanning), plus John has some tips on protecting our privacy from smart TVs.

  13. Feb. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Expensive Anniversary iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-09

    Are you ready to drop $1,000 on a new iPhone because it sounds like Apple is hoping you are. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the report of a $1,000 special edition 10th anniversary iPhone, plus John dives into the philosophy of math and Apple product sales estimates.

  14. Feb. 8th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Doesn’t Love iBooks and Samsung Schadenfreude – ACM 397

    Evidence suggests Apple stopped loving iBooks. Bryan and Jeff go over that evidence and discuss why Apple should rekindle that love and make iBooks great again. They also take a few minutes to experience some schadenfreude over Samsung's battery factory fire, and argue that a loss of market share demonstrates Samsung's lack of software relevance.

  15. Feb. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple TV’s New Marketing Boss – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-08

    Apple may have some new plans for Apple TV now that they hired away Amazon's Fire TV boss. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Timothy Twerdahl's now job as Apple TV's vice president for product marketing, plus they look at what could be in store for the next Apple TV refresh.

  16. Feb. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Vizio’s Spying TVs, UAC iPhone Connectors – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-07

    Vizio just settled an FTC lawsuit for using their smart TVs to spy on customers. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Vizio collecting viewing data on users without permission and the settlement with the FTC. They also look at the UAC connector that's going to let headphones connect to Lightning and USB-C.

  17. Feb. 6th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with with Tech Community Facilitator Jonathan Bernstein

    Jonathan Bernstein is an attorney. He's an Apple product expert. He's worked for the Federal Election Commission. He's on the board of directors of the legendary Washington, D.C. Apple Pi Users Group. He's involved with the Silver Spring, Maryland Citizens Advisory Board where he's active in facilitating communication between citizens and local government. Oh, my. After Jonathan told me a little bit about his background, being the son of a rabbi father and pediatrician mother, it soon became clear where his roots of public service originated. Out of law school, he clerked for a judge in the U.S. Claims Court, and that eventually connected him to the FEC. We chatted about Jonathan's unique gift for bringing people together utilizing technology. He'll inspire you with collaboration methods you never realized were possible.

  18. Feb. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and the Broken FaceTime Lawsuit – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-06

    Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over claims it intentionally broke FaceTime to force users to upgrade to iOS 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the case and decide whether or not they think it has any merit.

  19. Feb. 5th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    You Scratch Your Head, I’ll Scratch Mine – Mac Geek Gab 643

    Cool Stuff Found kicks off this week's show, with email clients, Wi-Fi Widget(s), combo iPhone/Watch chargers, disk utilities and much, much more. Then, after a few additional tips from you, dear listeners, it's time for your questions. Topics this week include comparing local vs. Cloud storage for things like your music, videos and documents; memory interleaving and when to use it; solving corrupt user accounts that won't login; and solving the issues with web pages that are slow to load. Press play and enjoy!

  20. Feb. 3rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Newseum Free Expression Award – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-03

    Apple CEO Time Cook is receiving a Newseum Free Expression Award for free speech. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on CEOs speaking out on social and political topics.