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 2016-09-07: Hello iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods 3:48 PM Sep. 7th, 2016

Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the new Echo and Alexa products Amazon announced on Thursday.

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-07: Hello iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods

    Apple's "See you on the 7th" media event just wrapped up, and there were plenty of big announcements. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what stood out to them, like the new wireless AirPods, the A10 quad-core processor in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 2.

  2. Sep. 6th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Thriller Novelist & Entrepreneur Joanna Penn

    Joanna Penn is a best-selling thriller novelist. She's published over 20 books and sold over 450,000 copies in 74 countries and five languages. She's most famous for her ARKANE series described by readers as 'Dan Brown meets Lara Croft.' Joanna is also an entrepreneur who teaches writers how to hone their craft. I interviewed Joanna about her past which includes a Master's degree in Theology from Oxford. Joanna spent years working on computer code before she realized that she wanted to write fiction. And she's a self-admitted techie, using a Mac and Scrivener. Today, Joanna leverages her background in theology and psychology plus extensive travel to write her thrillers. We talked about the craft of writing fiction and finished up with whether AI agents will ever put us both out of work.

  3. Sep. 6th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-06: Apple and Age Discrimination, Apple Music’s $99 Deal

    The New York Times says Apple age discriminates against potential retail store employees. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think may have really happened with the former Apple engineer who applied for a Genius Bar job, plus they look at Apple Music's new discount annual price deal.

  4. Sep. 4th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 621: Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box

    Tips, and lots of them, start today's show. Audiobooks, Finder tweaks, securing your Mac and more! Then it's time to talk about how your accounts can disappear and reappear, why your printer driver might want to listen to the network, how to view 35mm slides on your Mac and how your iPad keypad might change names! All this and much more on today's Mac Geek Gab.

  5. Sep. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-02: HP Exploits Slow Mac Refresh Cycle, App Store Cleanup

    Apple's slow Mac refresh cycle is HP's opportunity. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how HP is taking advantage of the ongoing lack of new Mac hardware, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plan to clean house at the App Store.

  6. Sep. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-01: FBI Still Wants its Encryption Back Door

    FBI Director James Comey isn't ready to give up the fight to punch a hole through our encryption and privacy. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the FBI's stance on mandated back doors into encryption and the Director Comey's need to save face in this argument.

  7. Aug. 31st, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 375: Google Want to be Your Ride, Tim Cook’s Message Pivot

    Google is entering the ride-sharing business, and Bryan and Jeff take an in-depth look at what that means. They also dive back into how and why Apple is opening itself up to journalists, and some of the things we've learned because of that.

  8. Aug. 31st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-31: Monster v Beats Lawsuit Implodes, Dropbox Data Breach

    Monster's Noel Lee is having a pretty bad day because his lawsuit against Beats fell apart. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Lee's claims he was duped to cut him out of the deal where Apple bought Beats. They also talk about the why Dropbox's 2012 data breach is news again, and get a little excited about Stranger Things season 2.

  9. Aug. 30th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-30: Apple’s EU Tax Bill, September 7 Media Event

    The European Union says Ireland's tax laws aren't legal, so Apple owes an extra €13 billion in back taxes. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at the ruling, how it impacts Apple, Ireland's response, and more. They also offer up their quick predictions for Apple's September 7th Media Event.

  10. Aug. 29th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Omni Group Software Engineer Liz Marley

    Liz Marley is a software engineer for the Omni Group. Early in life, there never was a time when Liz didn't have computers. At age four, she started with her dad's Apple IIGS, and she was encouraged to use it freely. Later, she majored in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd college and soon thereafter landed a job as a software tester. Over the years, her career has taken a series of interesting twists. From software coding to testing to being a product manager and then back to coding. In fact, her work with App Camp For Girls led her to a remarkable career decision and turn of events at the Omni Group. This is must listening for everyone interested in computer programming as a career.

  11. Aug. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-29: Apple Watch 2 Battery, Microsoft’s Smart Surface Pro 4 Ad

    New photos show what looks like the battery for the Apple Watch 2, and it seems to support John Martellaro's premise that the next model won't be any thinner. Today John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for a little gloating at Bryan's expense because he's been championing a thinner Apple Watch 2. They also look at Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 4 ad and dive into why slamming the MacBook Air was a smart move.

  12. Aug. 28th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 620: Backups Deep Dive

    It's time for a Deep Dive! This time, Backups. Local backups, online backups, remote backups, paid backups, free backups. Just promise us one thing: no matter what you choose after listening to this episode, please make sure you're backing up your data!

  13. Aug. 26th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-26: Interview with Fling’s Dave Hamilton

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Dave Hamilton from Fling and Mac Geek Gab joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his musical life outside of the podcasting world, recording and producing Fling's Bovine Abduction, the tools he uses for recording and mixing, and more.

  14. Aug. 25th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling’s Jean MacDonald

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Jean MacDonald from Ruby Calling and App Camp for Girls joins Jeff Gamet to share how she became a musician, how music inspired App Camp for Girls, and more.

  15. Aug. 24th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 374: The Apple Narrative, Music Industry Directives, and Samsung’s Spoiled Milk

    Adam Christianson joins Bryan Chaffin in this week's ACM to discuss Apple's recent efforts to more directly control its narrative. They also chat about Universal Music Group's directive to stop doing exclusive streaming deals, and the deserved demise of Samsung's Milk.

  16. Aug. 24th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-24: Interview with Andrew Tokuda, aka Digital Droo

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Andrew Tokuda, also known as Digital Droo joins Jeff Gamet to talk about creating his own music, working with MacAddict, and his own musical past, and his most popular song.

  17. Aug. 23rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-23: Interview with Victor Cajiao

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today jazz musician and podcaster Victor Cajiao joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his new album with Joe Christina, Surrender, his experience producing and mastering the album, working with musical legends, and more.

  18. Aug. 22nd, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn

    Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Founded in 1990, the EFF is a nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. The EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism and technology development. It has won some important court cases that preserve our rights online, including the use of encryption. (Which wasn't always a given.) Cindy and I talked at length about her career, notable cases she fought and the work of the EFF, especially in the Apple vs. FBI conflict last spring. Cindy starts with notion that "privacy is fundamental to human dignity and... we can't have a free society unless people have a private space." Even if that means law enforcement has to work a little harder. Cindy explains it all.

  19. Aug. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-22: Interview with Airplane Mode’s Dave Wiskus

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Airplane Mode's Dave Wiskus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the band, his musical journey, and finding success as an indie band.

  20. Aug. 21st, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 619: Security Breach!

    Listener Jason had a security breach on his home network. Learn what he did that allowed this to happen, and what you can do to prevent it. Lots of other tips in this episode, too, like removing phantom app storage, enabling iCloud for iBooks after the fact, starting up in Safe Mode with a wireless keyboard, and much more.