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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Podcast Archives

  1. May. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Wizards Unite, Lazy Guide to Backups – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-20

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest video about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the Lazy Guide to Backing Up Data.

  2. May. 20th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Protecting Your Mac and Router, New Handy Shortcuts, & Troubleshooting System Lags – Mac Geek Gab 762

    First things first: make sure your Mac's XProtect database is regularly updated. With that out of the way, we can have some fun learning some handy new keyboard shortcuts, new ways to filter Mail on your iPhone and iPad, some tricks for truly securing your router, and a discussion about guest networks, just to name a few topics included in this week's episode. Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  3. May. 17th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Marzipan, iMessage’s Social Media Play, WWDC Spoilers, with Andrew Orr – ACM 512

    Will Marzipan be locked to the Mac App Store, and what effect will it have on the Mac experience? Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss this, as well as the idea that iMessage is slowly backing its way to being Apple's first successful social media play. They cap the show with a look at recent WWDC spoilers.

  4. May. 17th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Huawei Concerns, Shortcut Inspiration – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-17

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest issues with Huawei's hardware and some ideas for Shortcuts.

  5. May. 16th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Apple TV App – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-16

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont for a deeper dive into the new and "improved" Apple TV app on tvOS and iOS.

  6. May. 15th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Wi-Fi 6, Apple Pay Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-15

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of the new designations for Wi-Fi networks, and some Apple Pay tips.

  7. May. 14th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Intel Updates, Push Notifications – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-14

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Intel's latest announcements and push notification adjustments on iOS.

  8. May. 13th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iPad Dreams…and More Cowbell – Mac Geek Gab 761

    It's worth digging into your Mac's auto-startup items every now and then, just to clean things up. That's especially true when your two favorite geeks discover a new place to look... and find some very old stuff out there. Listen as John and Dave talk through all this and more. Plus, some great Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found from your fellow listeners, including one that'll help you keep all your power tools charged. And, we might just have an answer to listener Scott's iPad dreams. Press play, listen, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  9. May. 13th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Historian Dr. Matthew Stanley

    Dr. Matt Stanley is a teacher and researcher in the history and philosophy of science. He holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics, and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. His Ph.D. is from Harvard in the history of science, and he is currently a professor at New York University.We chatted about how Matt came to be immersed in physics as well as the history of science and religion. He found that a proper modern perpective depends on an understanding of how science evolved throughout history. We also briefly touched on how science and religion don't really contradict each other. Matt told me about a very interesting class he teaches, his podcast "What the If," and his new book EINSTEIN’S WAR: How Relativity Conquered the World.

  10. May. 13th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Supreme Court’s Apple Decision, Apple Retail – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-13

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling against Apple and the state of Apple Retail.

  11. May. 10th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mother’s Day Gifts, Family Support Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-10

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Mother's Day gifts and family tech support tips and tricks for home visits.

  12. May. 9th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Angela Ahrendts Speaks, Shortcut Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-09

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Angela Ahrendts' time at Apple and tips for automating in Siri Shortcuts.

  13. May. 8th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Earns Money, Services vs. Hardware, and AT&T’s Fake 5G with Ken Ray – ACM 511

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple's earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple's outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T's fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T's claims of a "5G" network are fake.

  14. May. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Privacy and Luxury, Apple’s Magic Levels – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-08

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Google's assertion privacy is not a luxury item, and Apple's "magic."

  15. May. 7th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Death of Passwords, iPhone Phone Calls – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-07

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss better security than passwords, and prioritizing phone calls on an iPhone.

  16. May. 6th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Special Edition Chat #6 with Kelly Guimont

    Kelly Guimont is a long-time podcaster, Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer, the host of the Mac Observer's Daily Observations podcast, a tech support guru, and a Founding Volunteer of App Camp for Girls.Kelly first appeared here in December, 2015 to tell her career story and has returned several times for interesting technical discussions. In this encore special edition, we chat about our favorite TV shows of late. John: Stargate SG-1 (Amazon), Endeavour (Amazon), Electric Dreams (Amazon). Kelly: Daredevil & The Punisher (Netflix), The Goldbergs (ABC), and Westworld (HBO). Join us as we explore together why we like these shows and how, in some cases, our feelings have changed upon repeat viewing.

  17. May. 6th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Spotify vs Apple, Journalism vs Spoilers – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-06

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the EU investigation into Apple Music, and journalism versus surprises.

  18. May. 6th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    New vs. Used/Refurb, USB Disconnects, Notifications, and Ethernet Locations – Mac Geek Gab 760

    This week your two favorite geeks tackle your questions about USB disconnects, "no Internet connection" reports, creating short video clips from long segments, and when (and whether!) to buy new or look for refurb/used. Listen as John and Dave talk you through all of this and much, much more. Press play, download, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  19. May. 3rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Glasses As Health Tracker, TMO Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-03

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple making glasses as health trackers and share some tips and tricks.

  20. May. 2nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Cable Purge and Management, Streaming Quality – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-02

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing or disposing of cables, and the state of streaming content.