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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TDO 2016-12-28: Amazon Echo Privacy 1:27 PM Dec. 28th, 2016

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Podcast Archives

  1. Dec. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon Echo, Police, and Privacy – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-28

    With police getting search warrants for Amazon Echo recordings questions about personal privacy are on the rise. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what Amazon's Echo hears and records, what our other smarthome devices may be logging, and what that means for our privacy and police investigations.

  2. Dec. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s AirTunes Trademark, AI White Paper – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-27

    Apple is reviving its AirTunes trademark, which has some thinking there's a new product in the works. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share what they think is in store for the AirTunes name, plus they look at Apple's first artificial intelligence white paper.

  3. Dec. 27th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with the Editor of IPWatchdog Gene Quinn

    Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and founder of IPWatchdog.com. Today he lectures, writes and helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. In college, however, Gene's interest was engineering. An important meeting with a Rutgers professor changed his life, and he graduated with a E.E. degree. Later, with new interests and confidence, he moved into the law. Gene goes into considerable detail about his career progression, having plans, and keeping options open. His first job after his law degree was in litigation, but soon his engineering experience led him into patent law. This is a powerful story about turning your skills and passion into a career when confronted with challenges. Plus, we talk about PCs in law, his current love for Macs and his experiment with the notorious Zune.

  4. Dec. 25th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Christmas Morning with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 637

    Everyone got AirPods except you? No worries, Dave and John have you covered with some AirPods alternatives. Otherwise it's listener questions dominate the show, as usual, with topics ranging from where to store your iTunes Media, network topology, replacements for Dropbox's missing Public folder and much more. Download today and enjoy!

  5. Dec. 23rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Uber Location Privacy, AirPods Followup – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-23

    Uber is in the spotlight again over privacy concerns. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at how Uber is collecting location data and how we can block that, plus Adam shares his AirPods experience.

  6. Dec. 22nd, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Congressional Encryption Working Group Backs Encryption, Thoughts on CES – ACM 390

    The Congressional Encryption Working Group has issued a year-end report on encryption that finds weakening encryption would harm the national security interests of the United States. Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications, as well as a new request from the Turkish government asking Apple to unlock an iPhone 4s owned by an assassin. They cap the show with a preview of CES expectations.

  7. Dec. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Spam Call Blockers, USB-C iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-22

    AT&T is getting in on spam call blocking, so Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how their system works and talk about other spam call blockers, too. They also discuss why replacing the Lightning connector on the iPhone with USB-C might not be a bad thing.

  8. Dec. 21st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Mixed Mac Message, Favorite Holiday Movies – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-21

    Apple seems to be sending mixed messages about its commitment to the Mac platform. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss where the Mac is today and what may be in store for it over the next couple years. They also share some of their favorite holiday movies.

  9. Dec. 20th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    AirPods Review with Michael Johnston – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-20

    Michael Johnston from The iOS Show joins Jeff Gamet to review Apple's just released AirPods wireless earpods. They dive into the setup, performance, sound quality, fit, and more to help you decide if they're worth the $159 price tag.

  10. Dec. 19th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Scrivener Creator Keith Blount

    Keith Blount is the founder of the renowned writing app Scrivener. It's designed for long-form text such as a thesis or novel. Think of it as a 3-ring binder and corkboard for the author. But Keith didn't start life as a programmer. In college he studied history and literature. Later he became a school teacher. Interested in writing, however, he discovered that standard word processors didn't have the facility he wanted for stitching together non-linear work. So he spent six months of evenings teaching himself Objective-C and Xcode. The first major release of Scrivener in 2007 was a huge hit. Today, Scrivener has sold over 500,000 copies and is available for Mac, Windows and iOS. Have you wondered how he named his company? You'll just have to tune in!

  11. Dec. 19th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    AirPods Alternatives, Plastic OLED – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-19

    Apple's AirPods are in the company's retail stores, but that doesn't mean you can buy them. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the limited availability for AirPods, and offer up some alternative wireless earbud options. They also look at Plastic OLED and explain what that means for future iPhone models.

  12. Dec. 18th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The First Rule of The Darknet Is Don’t Talk About The Darknet – Mac Geek Gab 636

    It's true, John and Dave – and you, fellow listeners – have gone acronym crazy! BYOD is discussed, as is TOR browser on iOS and elsewhere. RAM performance under Sierra makes an appearance as do a TON of tips, especially one for speeding up Safari on slower Macs. VPN makes an appearance in this acronym show (as it should!), and then we have some gift guide suggestions from your fellow listeners. Press play and enjoy!

  13. Dec. 16th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Super Mario Run, Astra for iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-16

    Super Mario Run hit Apple's App Store yesterday, so today Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the game and whether or not it's worth the US$9.99 in-app purchase. They also talk about why Astra is an awesome iPhone app for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot owners.

  14. Dec. 15th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Yahoo’s Data Breach, Mac Laptop Battery Time Estimates – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-15

    Yahoo! lost over a billion user's account information in a data breach. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about what happened, and share some tips for protecting your accounts and data from hackers. They also look at some apps for showing the battery time remaining estimate on your Mac laptop.

  15. Dec. 14th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple AirPods, Kickstarter, and Augmented Reality – ACM 389

    Apple shipped AirPods. Sort of. Bryan and Jeff think it was a terrible idea to ship them before Christmas if Apple couldn't meet demand, which is exactly what's happening. They also weigh the merits of Kickstarter and discuss the state of augmented reality and its future.

  16. Dec. 14th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Big Data Storage Deficit – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-14

    Our iPhones, iPads, and Macs can store more and more, but Apple isn't doing much to address our data storage and backup needs outside of those devices. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the issue and talk about what Apple could do to help ensure we have the storage and backup services we need.

  17. Dec. 13th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Big TV App Rant – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-13

    Apple released tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 yesterday with the new TV app. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain why the app is too hobbled in its current state, and discuss what needs to change before it's truly useful.

  18. Dec. 12th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Attorney & Mac Power Users Co-Host Katie Floyd

    Katie Floyd is an attorney by day. By night, she's the co-founder and co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast. Katie tells the story of her original passion to be a journalist. She edited the high school yearbook and newspaper on a Mac and, later, majored in journalism in college. Then, in a magical turn of events, she took a political science class from an attorney. It was an both terrifying and exhilarating. September 11, 2001 happened just after graduation, and Katie decided that she wanted to do more. That led eventually to law school. We cover a lot of ground, including her new law firm, the creation of her MPU podcast with David Sparks and a discussion of her new 2016 MacBook Pro. Join me and Katie to hear her inspirational journey.

  19. Dec. 12th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Ongoing AirPods Delay, Calendar’s Spam Fix – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-12

    Apple said it would ship its AirPods wireless earbuds in October, but that came and went and we still don't know when they'll hit store shelves. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what's keeping Apple from shipping AirPods, and what needs to happen if they ship in time for Christmas. They also dive into Apple's first attempt to address spam invitations in the Calendar app.

  20. Dec. 11th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Filing Mail, Router Follow-up, and Geeky Gift Guides! – Mac Geek Gab 635

    Filing Mail, RAM suggestions, DOCSIS 3.1 and accessing your data from The Dark Side are just some of the topics of questions answered by John and Dave this week. Then it's on to a follow-up from the router show with a sandwich of geeky holiday gift suggestions from your two favorite geeks!