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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Facebook's AI Apocalypse, Eclipse Viewing Tips - TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-01 2:00 PM Aug. 1st, 2017

Kelly Guimont has Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr on to discuss the state of IBM PC packaging and how to interpret Apple Watch heart rate...

Podcast Archives

  1. Aug. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook’s AI Apocalypse, Eclipse Viewing Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-01

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet explain why Facebook's AI experiment isn't the beginning of a technology apocalypse, plus they have some eclipse viewing tips and Dave chimes in on China's VPN app ban.

  2. Jul. 31st, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Hyperledger Project’s Executive Director Brian Behlendorf

    Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation. He's also the co-author of the Apache Web server, now under the Apache Software Foundation. Plus, he holds a seat on the board of the Mozilla Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Brian has been one of the leading proponents of the open source software movement. Brian's parents met at IBM, and so computers became a natural part of his early life: the TRS-80 (he learned BASIC and gaming), Mac IIc's at school, and later IBM PC Jr. He studied physics at Berkeley, but in so doing fell in love with the internet. In 1991, he started thinking about a better Web server than the original from NCSA, and Apache was born. We chat about Brian's distinguished career and current work.

  3. Jul. 31st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    China’s App Store VPN Ban, Apple’s Real Innovations – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-31

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision to comply with China's law banning VPN apps, plus John explains why Apple's real innovation isn't always where we're looking.

  4. Jul. 30th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Backups vs. iCloud vs. Time Machine – Mac Geek Gab 668

    Ever wonder how to test an external battery? Ever want to enforce parental controls from afar? Ever wonder just how different Time Machine and iCloud are from normal backups? Well, your two favorite geeks discuss all this and a LOT more in today's episode. Press play and enjoy!

  5. Jul. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Kills the iPod nano and shuffle, Building a Hackintosh – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-28

    Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano, plus we learn more about building a Hackintosh computer.

  6. Jul. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Making Apple Watch a Cell Phone, TSA’s New Electronics Screening – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-27

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not the next Apple Watch will also be a cell phone, plus they talk about the TSA's new rule requiring separate screening for electronics larger than a cell phone.

  7. Jul. 26th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Peering into the Real Future of AI, AR, VR, and Self-Driving Cars – ACM 421

    Bryan and Jeff don their futurist hats and explore what they think is the real future of augmented reality, virtual reality, AI, smarthomes, and self-driving cars.

  8. Jul. 26th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Flash Finally Dies, Apple’s Hearing Aid MFi Program – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-26

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the official death of Flash, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's Made for iPhone certification for hearing aids and cochlear implants.

  9. Jul. 25th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Selling Your Roomba Data, WebCrypto Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-25

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on iRobot saying it wants to sell data Roomba robot vacuums collect, plus they look at WebCrypto.

  10. Jul. 24th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Author, Photographer and Pilot Maria Langer

    Maria Langer is legendary for the 85 books she's written about computers from 1991 to 2012. That was merely the middle part of her career. Maria started her career with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Hofstra University. After a few stints as a financial analyst and auditor, she decided to dump the 9-to-5 grind and delved into writing computer books. Basically, if you wanted to learn anything about computers in those days, you read her stuff. Around 2011, that came to an end, and so, inspired by a childhood ride, she started helicopter pilot lessons. Today, she owns her own helicopter and tour business, working out of both Arizona and Washington. Maria and I are both aviation enthusiasts, geeked out about aircraft in our chat, and Maria tells some interesting stories about flying choppers.

  11. Jul. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Net Neutrality Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-24

    Net Neutrality can be a tough concept to wrap your head around so Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to help explain what it is and why it matters.

  12. Jul. 23rd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Password Mayhem, iOS Photos, & Preventing Sleep – Mac Geek Gab 667

    You ask, we answer! Tech support every week for over 12 years! First up this episode: Passwords, and lots of 'em. Then it's on to managing Photos and app files on your iPhone. We revisit the topic of waking a sleeping laptop, and then discuss a few tips and tricks we'll keep up our sleeves just for you. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  13. Jul. 21st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    When to Really Force Quit iPhone Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-21

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain when and why you should force quit iPhone and iPad apps, plus they look at the BroadPwn hack and how that plays into the iOS 10.3.3 update.

  14. Jul. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Our Favorite Mail, Calendar, and Reminders Alternatives – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-20

    Jeff Butts and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their favorite iPhone, iPad, and Mac third party app alternatives for Apple's Mail, Calendar, and Reminders apps.

  15. Jul. 19th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Amazon Pay Places, Atari Flashback, and Apple’s New Emojis – ACM 420

    In episode 420, Bryan and Jeff discuss whether or not Amazon was high when it came up with Amazon Pay Places. They also discuss Atari Flashback 8 Gold, the new Atari retro gaming box, as well as Apple's new emojis.

  16. Jul. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Transmit 5, Apps We Miss, When to Buy an iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-19

    Transmit 5's release got Kelly Guimont, John Martellaro, and Jeff Gamet talking about FTP and other apps they used long ago, plus they offer up their thoughts on advice to wait until next year before buying a new iPad.

  17. Jul. 18th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Australia’s Anti-encryption Push, Macstock 2017 Wrapup – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-18

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss Australia's push for encryption back doors, plus the look back at this year's Macstock conference.

  18. Jul. 17th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with the CTO of It’s Borrowed Joe Moreno

    Joe Moreno is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former U.S. Marine officer, a former Apple software engineer for nine years, and is now the Chief Technical Officer of ItsBorrowed.com. In high school, influenced by his father, Joe decided to join the Marines. He was also very much into computers and became a Marine programmer, working on production systems. Later, after the academy, he became a supply & logistics officer, and his skills caught the attention of Apple in 1998. He was virtually hired on the spot at a career fair for military officers. We spent some time chatting about Apple's recent history and his work with databases, WebObjects, Unix and Apple's online store. Listen in to hear us chat about iPhone ordering tricks from the Apple store during the annual September chaos.

  19. Jul. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview with Chuck Joiner from MacVoices – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-17

    Jeff Gamet sat down with Chuck Joiner at Macstock 2017 to chat about podcasting, how he got into hosting shows and interviews, and more.

  20. Jul. 16th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Three Geeks at Macstock 2017 – Mac Geek Gab 666

    For episode 666 your two favorite geeks are joined (raided!) by Guy Serle and the episode becomes a mix of Mac Geek Gab and the MyMac podcast. Recorded live at Macstock 2017, Guy, Dave, and John talk through all sorts of things, including some stellar quick tips just for you. Download, press play, and enjoy!