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TDO 2017-07-11: EFF 2017 Tech Company Score Card
Jul 11th, 2017 1:50 PM

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to not overthink a solution… and sometimes it happens anyway! Join your two favorite geeks to learn about...

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 11th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    EFF Tech Company Score Card, Smart Home Appliance Surveillance – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-11

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to sort out the EFF's tech company score card, plus they have some thoughts on home voice appliances calling the police for us.

  2. Jul. 10th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Professor of Computer Science Dr. John Gustafson

    Dr. John Gustafson is a professor of computer science, now at The National University of Singapore. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied mathematics from Iowa State University and also specializes in high performance (supercomputer) computing. (HPC). He's worked at Sun Labs, Clearspeed Technology, Massively Parallel Technology, Intel, and AMD. At an early age, he was fascinated by chemistry and also had a good sized electronics lab in his basement (thanks to indulgent parents). But by the time he started his undergraduate degree at Cal Tech, he'd settled on applied mathematics with physics as a second major. It was at Cal Tech where he met and was influenced by the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Richard Feynman. John, describes his career arc, and at the end has some great advice for young scientists just getting started.

  3. Jul. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Controlled Information Flow, Woz Haters – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-10

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to to talk about the controlled flow of information out of Apple, plus they try to sort out why Apple fans bag on Steve Wozniak.

  4. Jul. 9th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Migrating Mail, Managing your Monitor, and More! – Mac Geek Gab 665

    Lots of summer-related Cool Stuff Found here, including stuff for hearing your music while you're out enjoying the outdoors. Don't worry, southern-hemisphere friends, we've got plenty of stuff for you, too, including a new mesh wireless system to discuss. The Q&A portion of the show covers migrating mail, operating with the monitor off (desirably and not-so-much). All this and more. Press play and enjoy!

  5. Jul. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tidal’s Dwindling Exclusive Deals, Touch ID Isn’t Dead Yet – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-07

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their perspective on Tidal's dwindling exclusive artist deals, plus John shares his insight on Apple and Touch ID.

  6. Jul. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 Sans Touch ID, WebVR Community Group – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-06

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at a report claiming Touch ID won't be an iPhone 8 feature, plus they offer up their thoughts on Apple engineers joining the WebVR Community Group.

  7. Jul. 5th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iPhone 8 Face Scanning, Building a Hackintosh, High Sierra Beta – ACM 418

    Bryan is out on vacation so Jeff Butts joins Jeff Gamet to talk about reports saying the iPhone 8 will ditch Touch ID for facial recognition, building a hackintosh, and macOS High Sierra beta experiences.

  8. Jul. 5th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-05

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share some tips that make using their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches easier.

  9. Jul. 2nd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Puck Killed the Wi-Fi – Mac Geek Gab 664

    Keyboard shortcuts, system-wide tools, reversing panorama mode, and putting the finishing touches on your system updates are the things you’ll learn about in just the first few minutes of this episode. From there it goes even deeper, including a great segment about managing your email on macOS and iOS. You won’t want to miss this one. Press play… and enjoy!

  10. Jun. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Get Ready for macOS High Sierra Public Beta – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-30

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts team up with Jeff Gamet to share their macOS High Sierra beta experiences and offer some tips on preparing to make the upgrade, plus they discuss the slow death of software manuals and documentation.

  11. Jun. 29th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The iPhone’s 10 Year Anniversary – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-29

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look back on the launch of the original iPhone 10 years ago and talk about the impact it had on their lives.

  12. Jun. 28th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Mac Malware, Cell Service Providers, Upgrading to macOS High Sierra – ACM 417

    With Bryan out on vacation Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about why Bob doesn't routinely run a malware checker on his Mac, plus the rant a little about cell service providers, and talk about their macOS High Sierra upgrade experiences.

  13. Jun. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Czar of Cool, Hidden Mac Features – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-28

    Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's new Czar of Cool job to help Siri learn about interesting events, plus Mr. B has some cool hidden Mac features to share.

  14. Jun. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Augmented Reality Glasses – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-27

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet take a look at Apple's SensoMotoric purchase, augmented reality, wearable tech, and AR glasses.

  15. Jun. 26th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with TekRevue Founder Jim Tanous

    Jim Tanous is the founder of the TekRevue website. That's where you'll find a wealth of technical articles and reviews for Apple, PC and Linux products. He's also a regular contributor and editor here at The Mac Observer. Jim was always interested in computer technology, even from age seven. There was no computer at home when he was growing up, but his elementary school had Apple IIs, and he learned the BASIC language. However, Jim's father was an attorney, and Jim thought, all the way into his second year of law school, that he would become an attorney also. Then one day, he realized that he wasn't enjoying himself. That, in turn led, by his account, to becoming an Apple Genius. Tune in to find out how he made that grand leap.[Background Mode will return on July 10.]

  16. Jun. 26th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Google to End Gmail Scanning, Nike’s AR Shoe Promotion – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-26

    Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet sort out exactly what Google's plan to stop scanning our Gmail accounts really means, plus they take a look at Nike's new augmented reality shoe promotion scheme.

  17. Jun. 25th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Oh…Snap! – Mac Geek Gab 663

    Proper use of a catchall address, external MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries, granular controls on the volume slider, GPS in Airplane mode, and making an old trackball with with Sierra are just the way this show begins. Listen in for much, much more... and feel free to send your questions in, too!

  18. Jun. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Big Swift Playgrounds Show – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-23

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet take a look at the state of Swift Playgrounds, how it fits into the whole coding environment, and if it qualifies as real programming.

  19. Jun. 22nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music and the Record Labels, Macs in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-22

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet Apple working to renegotiate how much money it pays to record labels for Apple Music, plus they dive into the state of Macs in education.

  20. Jun. 21st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Scott Forstall’s Computer History Museum Fireside Chat – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-21

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss Scott Forstall's fireside chat at the Computer History Museum last night and how it would be nice to see someone with his charisma on stage at Apple events.