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 2016-12-05: Fake News and Snatched iPhones 1:28 PM Dec. 5th, 2016

In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the fun they’re having with Memoji in iOS 12. They also talk about Siri Shortcuts...

Podcast Archives

  1. Dec. 5th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Fake News and Snatched iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-05

    The UK police got unlocked access to a suspect's iPhone but, unlike the FBI earlier this year, they didn't have to ask Apple to hack it. Interestingly, though, the FBI did something very similar to the UK police a few years ago. Listen to hear more. Then it's on to how Apple might just be our last hope to save the integrity of the internet. John Martellaro explains!

  2. Dec. 4th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Mail Tips & Solving Generic Dock Icons – Mac Geek Gab 634

    Quick tips to start: copying mail (instead of moving it), editing your default Touch Bar, a new way to create pinned tabs in Safari, ejecting an external Blu-ray, and disabling notifications. After that it's time to answer your questions about secure email, SSD upgrades, keychain errors, portable audio recording setups and much more. Press play and enjoy!

  3. Dec. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Uber Sees You When You’re Sleeping…Around – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-02

    "I'll be watching you" is a line that might make Sting look a lot more prescient after you hear this episode. Uber and Waze want to know where you are even more than they used to, and Apple wants to put drones in the air over your roads and in front of your homes, at least for a little bit. It's a brave new world. Our advice: don't go outside without pants on.

  4. Dec. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Tribes and Cloud Services – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-01

    There is a long history of tribes discussing, analyzing and, yes, chastising Apple. That's more true today than it ever has been... or is it? How much of the past reflects in the future? Those very same tribes often talk about Apple's need to increase the amount of free iCloud storage provided to each user. Are they right? Join TDO today as John Martellaro, Adam Christianson and Dave Hamilton discuss!

  5. Nov. 30th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 387: State of Apple Advertising, Apple’s Product Vision

    John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss the state of Apple's advertising, including Frankie's Holiday, Balloons, and Bulbs. Spoiler, John hates them and Bryan thinks they're lovely. They also talk about Apple's product vision and the end of AirPort. Another spoiler: John is cranky about that, too.

  6. Nov. 30th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-30: Offline Netflix and AirPods Alternatives

    Netflix is now beginning to allow offline viewing for some content and Tim Cook suggests that he anticipates AirPods will ship in the next few weeks. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Dave Hamilton today to chat through all this... and more, including a few recommendations for AirPods alternatives that you can buy today.

  7. Nov. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-29: Why the iPhone isn’t Made in the US

    There's a call for Apple to bring more of its production into the United States, but will that work for the iPhone? John Martellaro and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what could be keeping iPhone production in China.

  8. Nov. 28th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with DynAgility CTO Chuck Shotton

    Chuck Shotton may be the CTO of DynAgility today, but he's legendary in the Apple community for having created the original web server for the Mac back in 1992. That was when technical pros were working with the private Internet, years before it went public. The equally legendary Peter Lewis delivered an FTP server, so Chuck took a week and put together a free web server, MacHTTP 0.1 for System 7. Quickly, he had a maling list near 100,000. In 1993, more refined, MacHTTP became shareware, and Chuck's mailbox was overflowing with money, more than his day job. Join me and listen as Chuck tells the awesome story of his career, MacHTTP, and his decision to release a brand new version for macOS Sierra! A student's dream come true.

  9. Nov. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-28: 2017 iPhone Design Changes, Calendar Invitation Spam

    Apple may have some big changes in store for the 2017 iPhone model. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on a 3D camera, thinner display bezel, and removing the Home button, plus Bryan has a tip on dealing with spam invitations in the Calendar app.

  10. Nov. 27th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Deep Dive: How to Choose a Router in 2016? – Mac Geek Gab 633

    This week we answer all your questions and queries about which router you should buy and how to go about deciding this for yourself. Standalone vs. mesh, eero vs. Orbi, 2x2 vs 4x4, we cover it all. After listening to this episode you'll have both the information and even some deals to be able to make your choice and know you've got the right Wi-Fi for your home.

  11. Nov. 23rd, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 386: Apple’s Lackluster 2016, Mac Automation, and Black Friday

    Apple released only 13 new products in 2016, an embarrassing lack of riches. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this might mean. They also talk about the future of automation on the Mac, as well as the return of Apple's Black Friday sale. Does Apple feel the need to goose sales for the December quarter?

  12. Nov. 23rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-23: Apple’s Automation Plans, Thanksgiving Tech Tips

    Apple's Craig Federighi says the company isn't abandoning automation tools on the Mac, but the way he said it wasn't reassuring. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what's in store for system-level Mac automation tools, plus Kelly has some tips for helping our less tech-savvy family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  13. Nov. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-22: Listener Comments on Apple’s WiFi Plans

    Yesterday's show about Apple dissolving its wireless networking team got lots of comments and questions from listeners, so today Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their responses to your reactions, and share their thoughts on your questions.

  14. Nov. 21st, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with the Founder of olloclip Patrick O’Neil

    Patrick O'Neil grew up in a family of photographers, and so designing a portable, add-on lens set for the iPhone was a natural thing to do. It all started as a Kickstarter project over five years ago at his kitchen table. Immediately successful with the iPhone 4, Patrick, along with his partner, was able to launch the olloclip company and has built these amazing lens kits ever since. The olloclip lens system is designed to have different creative options in your pocket: macro, fisheye, wide-angle or telephoto. We talked about the optics and engineering of these lenses, the mobility emphasis, keeping up with Apple's changes, and how the product has evolved. Here's Patrick's story: from kitchen table to a company with almost 50 people readying the new lenses for the iPhone 7 and (joy!) the 7 Plus.

  15. Nov. 21st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-21: Farewell AirPort Extreme, MacBook Pro Touch Bar First Impressions

    Apple's wireless routers look like they're headed down the same path as the now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple's WiFi router lineup, and explain why they think it's fine the AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule are heading out to pasture. They also offer up their thoughts on the new Retina MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.

  16. Nov. 20th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 632: The Truth and Its Relatives

    Your questions answered, including those about Sierra's keyboard viewer, recommended OS and RAM configurations for older (and newer!) Macs, Stopping apps from launching on login, finding photos on your iPhone, Bluetooth interference and more. Then it's Cool Stuff Found and some tips. How can you go wrong? By NOT downloading this episode.

  17. Nov. 18th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-18: Apple’s Bulbs and Listener Email on Apple TV

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro talk about Apple's new Bulbs commercial for MacBook Pro, a spot centered around big ideas. They also take in some listener email about whether or not 4K TV is really something Apple should be worried about on Apple TV.

  18. Nov. 17th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-17: Goodbye AppleScript, Apple Axes Sal Soghoian

    Apple's Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian is out of a job, and that doesn't bode well for the future of AppleScript and Automator. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what's likely in store for automation on the Mac, the impact that's going to have on pro users, and Sal's efforts to keep automation tools alive.

  19. Nov. 16th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 385: Apple Coffee Table Book and Design Run Amok

    Apple has a new coffee table book out called Designed by Apple in California. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit to talk about it. Spoiler: Bryan likes it and John sees it as a sign of Apple having lost the plot. They also discuss the idea that design has run amok at Apple, starting with the idea that Jony Ive needed Steve Jobs as a counter balance.

  20. Nov. 16th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-16: Why is $feature Missing from Apple TV?

    Today it's time to look at Apple TV and ask one tough question: why don't we get $feature on Apple TV? Good thing we're geeks and we understand variables, too, because for this episode $feature = array("4K Output","Amazon Prime Video","Netflix Inside of TV App"); Listen and hear what John and Dave have to say about all this... then send us your feedback and let us know!