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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ACM 368: Jeff's HomeKit Breakthrough, Pokémon GO, Post-PC Era 8:51 PM Jul. 13th, 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. Jul. 13th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 368: Jeff’s HomeKit Breakthrough, Pokémon GO, Post-PC Era

    In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk about HomeKit, sparked by Jeff's triumph over something that shouldn't have been hard to begin with. They also talk about Jeff's initial foray into Pokémon GO, and look at the Post-PC Era (or lack thereof) in light of Scrivener coming to iOS.

  2. Jul. 13th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-13: Mac Sales Decline, Tesla’s Latest Crash

    Mac sales are showing a decline and that has some pundits saying Apple has a big problem on its hands. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Mac sales, the long gap between product refreshes, and the reaction we can expect when new models ship. They also look at the ramifications of the latest Tesla autopilot crash.

  3. Jul. 12th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-12: Goodbye iPhone Mute Switch, Hello Pokémon GO

    The latest round of leaked iPhone 7 pics show a smartphone without the familiar mute switch. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about why this has them concerned, and why it may not be such a big a deal. Jeff also explains why he's enjoying Pokémon GO even though he's not big into gaming.

  4. Jul. 11th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with TLA Systems Founder James Thomson

    James Thomson is the founder of TLA Systems, famous for the apps Drag Thing and PCalc. He tells the story of growing up in the 1980s in Scotland when the personal computer was on the rise. The 1982 movie Tron captured his imagination and inspired him to buy a Commodore 64. At age 12, his school got its first PC, but no one knew what to do with it! James and just three other students became the "Guardians of the Computer." Later, his first Mac was at the university in 1990, and he spent a year learning it inside out. The original PCalc, written in Pascal, launched his career as a Mac programmer. Later James worked for Apple in Cork, Ireland. James chats about his development as an indie Apple developer with a host of charming stories.

  5. Jul. 11th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-11: The (Potential) Demise of the Mac Pro and Mac mini

    With the Mac Pro and Mac mini languishing as years-old machines without refreshes, the future of Apple's desktop lineup is in question. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Apple may‚or may not—have in store for its desktop computers.

  6. Jul. 10th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More

    Dave's traveling, so when he and John pre-recorded this one they decided to take a bit of a different direction and do a bit of a deep dive into one of their favorite topics: Synology DiskStations. But don't worry, they also answered a few of your questions and shared a couple tips. It's still your two favorite geeks, after all!

  7. Jul. 8th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-08: Apple Sabotage, Installing Apple’s Public Betas

    Apple is being accused of intentionally ruining performance on older devices to push sales. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about a petition calling out Apple for planned obsolescence, plus they talk about how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

  8. Jul. 7th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

    Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can't wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.

  9. Jul. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-07: iOS 10 and Sierra Public Betas

    The iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas are here! John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at the public beta releases, talk about what they like, and remind everyone that betas shouldn't go on our primary devices. They also have something to say about gun-shaped iPhone cases.

  10. Jul. 6th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-06: AI Agents and Privacy, Backdoor.MAC.Elanore Mac Malware

    AI agents are great for helping us, but the come with a cost that not everyone is comfortable with. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal data we give up to make AI agents more useful, and how we can limit what we share. They also take a look at the Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware that's threatening Macs.

  11. Jul. 5th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Former Apple Sr. Director of Product Marketing Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg is currently the analyst in residence for iMore.com. However, before that, he spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to SVP Phil Schiller. Michael tells the story about how he got his gig with Apple. After years of working at various tech industry research firms, he was always on the periphery of Apple and working with Apple executives, especially Greg "Joz" Joswiak and Phil Schiller. Then, one day in 2013, he got phone call from Joz, and it didn't sound like it was going to be a schmooze session. Michael was alarmed. What could he have done wrong? But Joz wanted to invite Michael to Cupertino for an interview. Listen as Michael tells me how he got hired and what he did at Apple for three years.

  12. Jul. 5th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-05: iOS 10’s Organ Donor Registry, Tesla’s Autopilot Crash

    Becoming an organ donor will get a lot easier once iOS 10 ships this fall. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's partnership with Donate Life America to add donor registration to the Health app, plus they offer up their thoughts on the impact of the tragic Tesla autopilot car crash.

  13. Jul. 3rd, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 612: The One Where Dave Kanye’d John

    Sometimes things just don't work right, and that's what your two favorite geeks are here for! Listen to them help solve your issues with batteries, email bcc, Photos migration and even CPU QoS. Download and enjoy!

  14. Jul. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-01: Apple Music and Tidal, Spotify’s App Store Gripe

    Word on the street says Apple is in talks to buy the streaming music service Tidal. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a deal between the two makes sense, plus they look at Spotify's complaint that Apple is blocking competition in the streaming music market with its App Store approval process.

  15. Jun. 30th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon, and Google Competition Lockout

    Apple, Amazon, and Google are all big players in the tech market, and Senator Elizabeth Warren says they're stifling competition. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the Senator's concerns and share their thoughts on competition in the tech world.

  16. Jun. 29th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google’s Phone, and Bryan’s Rant

    In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country's surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google's plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.

  17. Jun. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-29: Apple’s Camera Blocking Patent, iPhone Design Lawsuit

    Apple patented a way to block our smartphone cameras from recording. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the patent and its potential for abuse. They also look at a lawsuit alleging Apple stole the idea for the iPhone.

  18. Jun. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-28: iPhone Audio Ports, Facebook is Creepy

    Speculation about the audio ports on the next iPhone are still going strong. Today Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the potentially missing headphone jack on the new iPhone, digital to analog converters, and how we listen to our music. They also get a little creeped out over Facebook's location-based friend suggestions.

  19. Jun. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-27: AAPL, Brexit, Google Blocks

    Apple's stock isn't a high as it used to be and understanding why can be a little daunting. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Wall Street's dysfunctional relationship with Apple and the Brexit impact on the stock market. They also check out Google's new Blocks programming platform for kids.

  20. Jun. 27th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview With Symply Co-founder and President Alex Grossman

    Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his start in storage technology, and it goes back to his EE degree in college and his first job with the Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). Early on, he developed a passion to build great hardware and understand how data got stored. Years later, Alex ended up at Apple focusing on the small and medium business needs for easy to manage mass storage. He tells a great story about Apple giving him the go ahead to change the world with Xserve RAID. Today, Alex carries his years of experience with elegant, easy to manage storage into his new company, Symply, Inc. Alex told me one amazing story after another.