Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

The Mac Observer's 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 put the Apple world into context.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to discuss things of interest to Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-14: iOS 10 Messages and Stickers, Wireless Earbuds 1:58 PM Sep. 14th, 2016

A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on...

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 14th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-14: iOS 10 Messages and Stickers, Wireless Earbuds

    With iOS 10 out and on people's iPhones and iPads it's time to dive into some features. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at Messages and Sticker Packs, and to talk about why Jeff decided to make his own. They also talk about wireless earbuds and Apple dropping the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

  2. Sep. 13th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-13: iOS 10 Launch Day, Financing Your iPhone 7

    It's iOS 10 launch day and there's plenty to talk about in Apple's newest iPhone and iPad operating system. Dave Hamilton and TekRevue's Jim Tanous join Jeff Gamet to talk about iOS 10's new features and what they're finding handy, plus they look at the different options for financing a new iPhone 7.

  3. Sep. 12th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Kanopi Studios WordPress Developer Julie Kuehl

    Julie Kuehl is an expert WordPress developer for Kanopi Studios. But there's much more. She built her first website in 1994. She's studied economics, statistics and web design. She's written for publications like MyMac, Tech Lounge and The Mac Observer. She's a popular speaker at conferences. She hosts the SciFi Tech Talk podcast. She's into cars (Mustang), motorcycles (Harley-Davidson) and holds several black belts in Karate, primarily Soto Kan. She's taught Martial Arts to police officers in Japan and learned Japanese in the process. Join me and Julie as we geek out and trade stories on our Martial Arts experiences, our first exposure to Unix and web servers in the 1990s, our car loves (more stories: Corvettes, Route 66), SciFi, and her own SciFi podcast. I was wowed. You will be too.

  4. Sep. 12th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-12: Apple Car Layoffs, Why the Media Loves Hating Apple

    Apple seems to be shaking up its secret car project, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what the reported car project layoffs likely mean, plus John explains why the media loves spinning Apple in a negative light.

  5. Sep. 11th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 622 – Cool Stuff Found & Media Management Holy Grail

    Lots of great Cool Stuff Found has come in lately, and today we share it with you. Then it's time to talk the holy grail of media library management. It promises to be a wild show, folks. Download and enjoy!

  6. Sep. 9th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-09: The Day the iPhone got Faster than the MacBook

    Benchmark tests show the Apple's brand new iPhone 7 Plus A10 processer is faster than the 2016 MacBook. Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit join Jeff Gamet to look at what those performance tests mean, why it's a big deal that an iPhone can be faster than a MacBook, and what would happen if Apple put its own processors in the Mac lineup.

  7. Sep. 8th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 376: Deep Dive into iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2

    Bryan and Jeff go in-depth with our hands-on experience with Apple's new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Edition (Ceramic), the button-less Home Button on iPhone 7, the new cameras, the bright displays...it's all in this episode of The Apple Context Machine.

  8. Sep. 8th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-08: Hands on with Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods

    TMO's Bryan Chaffin was at the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 launch event yesterday and got to get his hands on both devices as well as the AirPods. Bryan, along with John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch Series 2 and how AirPods sound and work. Jeff also settles Bryan and John's Apple Watch bet.

  9. Sep. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-07: Hello iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods

    Apple's "See you on the 7th" media event just wrapped up, and there were plenty of big announcements. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what stood out to them, like the new wireless AirPods, the A10 quad-core processor in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 2.

  10. Sep. 6th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Thriller Novelist & Entrepreneur Joanna Penn

    Joanna Penn is a best-selling thriller novelist. She's published over 20 books and sold over 450,000 copies in 74 countries and five languages. She's most famous for her ARKANE series described by readers as 'Dan Brown meets Lara Croft.' Joanna is also an entrepreneur who teaches writers how to hone their craft. I interviewed Joanna about her past which includes a Master's degree in Theology from Oxford. Joanna spent years working on computer code before she realized that she wanted to write fiction. And she's a self-admitted techie, using a Mac and Scrivener. Today, Joanna leverages her background in theology and psychology plus extensive travel to write her thrillers. We talked about the craft of writing fiction and finished up with whether AI agents will ever put us both out of work.

  11. Sep. 6th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-06: Apple and Age Discrimination, Apple Music’s $99 Deal

    The New York Times says Apple age discriminates against potential retail store employees. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think may have really happened with the former Apple engineer who applied for a Genius Bar job, plus they look at Apple Music's new discount annual price deal.

  12. Sep. 4th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 621: Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box

    Tips, and lots of them, start today's show. Audiobooks, Finder tweaks, securing your Mac and more! Then it's time to talk about how your accounts can disappear and reappear, why your printer driver might want to listen to the network, how to view 35mm slides on your Mac and how your iPad keypad might change names! All this and much more on today's Mac Geek Gab.

  13. Sep. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-02: HP Exploits Slow Mac Refresh Cycle, App Store Cleanup

    Apple's slow Mac refresh cycle is HP's opportunity. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how HP is taking advantage of the ongoing lack of new Mac hardware, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plan to clean house at the App Store.

  14. Sep. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-01: FBI Still Wants its Encryption Back Door

    FBI Director James Comey isn't ready to give up the fight to punch a hole through our encryption and privacy. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the FBI's stance on mandated back doors into encryption and the Director Comey's need to save face in this argument.

  15. Aug. 31st, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 375: Google Want to be Your Ride, Tim Cook’s Message Pivot

    Google is entering the ride-sharing business, and Bryan and Jeff take an in-depth look at what that means. They also dive back into how and why Apple is opening itself up to journalists, and some of the things we've learned because of that.

  16. Aug. 31st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-31: Monster v Beats Lawsuit Implodes, Dropbox Data Breach

    Monster's Noel Lee is having a pretty bad day because his lawsuit against Beats fell apart. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Lee's claims he was duped to cut him out of the deal where Apple bought Beats. They also talk about the why Dropbox's 2012 data breach is news again, and get a little excited about Stranger Things season 2.