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 Daily Observations 2016-10-11: Dash's App Store Death, UK Apple Watch Ban 1:43 PM Oct. 11th, 2016

John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton from Mac Geek Gab join Jeff Gamet to talk tech about NFC, Apple Pay, digital keys, breathing new life...

Podcast Archives

  1. Oct. 11th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-11: Dash’s App Store Death, UK Apple Watch Ban

    Dash is gone from the Mac and iOS App Stores, and the story behind why is a big bucket of drama. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what transpired to get Dash banned from the App Store and cost the developer his account. They also offer up their thoughts on the UK Prime Minister banning the Apple Watch from Cabinet meetings.

  2. Oct. 10th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Writer and Raconteur Bob ‘Dr. Mac’ LeVitus

    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. But Bob wasn't always a writer. Early on, he wanted to work in a recording studio and it just so happened, in high school, he had a good friend, Jermaine Jackson. That resulted in Bob touring with the Jackson 5. Later, he became a roadie with Shaun Cassidy. (Bob tells a secret.) Bob's also worked in advertising, a story in itself, and also as the official evangelist for Power Computing in the 1990s. Speaking of Apple, he said "We were their worst nightmare." Does Bob know how to tell stories? Oh, yes.

  3. Oct. 10th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-10: Samsung’s Ongoing Note 7 Fire Issues, Robot Sex

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 battery problem isn't going away and some replacement units are catching on fire, too. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Samsung's burning product failure, plus John schools Jeff on the perils of robot sex.

  4. Oct. 9th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 626: Lightning Struck my Switches

    Quick Tips start this episode, including topics like macOS Sierra's picture-in-picture videos, auto-logout, Sierra upgrade hints, macerror, cleaning up your Keychain, printing to PDF on any iOS 10 device, Apple Watch battery life and more. Then it's on to questions about macOS Sierra's network login changes, running a mixed macOS and OS X household and, finally, a discussion about lightning strikes and how to recover. Enjoy!

  5. Oct. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-07: DJ Remixes on Apple Music, Listener Comments

    The streaming music market just changed because now Apple Music and Spotify can give us DJ remixes. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the implications bringing remixes to the two big music services will have on the market and on SoundCloud. They also respond to listener comments from Wednesday's discussion on Yahoo helping intelligence agencies scan our email.

  6. Oct. 6th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-06: Samsung Buys Viv AI Platform

    Say what? Samsung bought the Viv artificial intelligence platform designed by the creators of Siri. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Samsung could use Viv, and what impact it will have on competing platforms. They also look at Facebook's Secret Conversation encryption for Messenger chats.

  7. Oct. 5th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 379: Apple’s Mysterious October Announcements and Who Cares about Google’s Pixel Smartphone?

    Apple moved its quarterly conference call in October, and it's set off a lot of echo-chamber debate and speculation. Bryan and Jeff weed out the balderdash. They also ask who cares about Google's new Pixel smartphone line.

  8. Oct. 5th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-05: Yahoo’s Secret Email Scanning

    A new report says Yahoo! was secretly scanning user's email at the request of U.S. intelligence agencies. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that was appropriate and to look at what we should expect for privacy in our email.

  9. Oct. 4th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-04: Goodbye Home Button, Hello macOS Sierra Auto-download

    There's an Apple patent that shows the iPhone's Home button is going away. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the future of the Home button, plus they look at what's up with Apple auto-downloading macOS Sierra to user's computers.

  10. Oct. 3rd, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Allegis Capital Partner Jean-Louis Gassée

    Jean-Louis Gassée is currently a V.C. partner with Allegis Capital. He's best known, however, for taking over the Macintosh division in 1985, his startup of Be Inc. and his highly respected Monday Note, a technical commentary. Jean-Louis tells the story about how, as a precocious youth in Paris he built crystal AM radios and vacuum tubes. Later, after some "interesting jobs," he joined Hewlett-Packard (France) in 1968 to launch HP's first desktop computer, the 9100A. Jean-Louis's success as an electronics geek eventually led to a job at Data General then the lead executive job for Apple France. Jean-Louis then came to the U.S., and his time in Cupertino is legendary. Join me as this computer pioneer chats about Apple and Macs, past and present.

  11. Oct. 3rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-03: Apple TV’s Interface Problem, Happy Apple Music Customers

    It's time for Apple to rethink the Apple TV interface. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the problems with Apple TV's app-focused interface and discuss why it should be content-focused. They also have some thoughts on Apple Music ranking at the top of a recent JD Powers satisfaction survey for streaming music services.

  12. Oct. 2nd, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 625: The Spotlight Clone Wars

    Faster chargers, ODB2 dongles, Mac vs. Windows File Paths, MacBook Pro specs, Dropbox, macOS Sierra and the Spotlight Clone Wars are all topics discussed in today's Mac Geek Gab. In fact, they're not just topics, they're your questions answered! Plus, Dave and John go on a good photoanalysisd rant for good measure!

  13. Sep. 30th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-30: iPhone Lightning Headphone Adapters, Listener Comments

    Third party Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapters are starting to make their first appearances for the iPhone 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the headphone adapter market and whether or not most people will really need one. They also respond to listener comments on yesterday's show where we talked about the limitations of Apple's Airport Extreme Base Station.

  14. Sep. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-29: John’s Apple Product Wish List

    Word on the street says new Retina MacBook Pro models are coming in October, and TMO's sources say they'll be announced on the 11th. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about John's wish list for new Apple products, and Jeff disagrees with John's take on Apple TV.

  15. Sep. 28th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

    We've had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of "Hey Siri" support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

  16. Sep. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-28: Blackberry Ditches Smartphones, Apple’s Think Different Ads

    Blackberry is giving up on making smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss Blackberry's long downward spiral, plus they look back on Apple's first Think Different ad from 19 years ago.

  17. Sep. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-27: HealthKit for Diagnosis, Roku vs Apple TV

    Apple wants HealthKit to track your overall health and become a diagnosis tool. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss whether or not Apple is ready to expand HealthKit, and they also look at the state of Apple TV compared to Roku's latest home entertainment appliance offerings.Bonus: Bryan lost his Apple Watch battery life bet with John.

  18. Sep. 26th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder & President of Bombich Software, Mike Bombich

    Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. It's a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He started his career at Bowling Green State University studying aquatic ecology. But he also took computer science classes thinking that one day he would do scientific simulations of ecological systems. Soon, Mike discovered that he had a strong interest the software development process itself. Later, Mike worked for a tech support organization and discovered the real need for software that could back up the new Mac OS X launched in 2001. He created CCC. That got the attention of Apple and landed him a job working on technical solutions for professionals. Mike tells the story about how this app changed his life.

  19. Sep. 26th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF Issues, Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication

    Worried about viewing PDF documents in macOS Sierra? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know now about potential data loss in PDFs, plus they dive into two-factor authentication for Apple IDs and why that matters for HomeKit and Apple Watch users.

  20. Sep. 25th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

    Today it's all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it's high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it's two macOS Sierra questions, then it's onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show... or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!