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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TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-31: Monster v Beats Lawsuit Implodes, Dropbox Data Breach 2:00 PM Aug. 31st, 2016

Today on TDO: 5G networks flaws/rollout, and an Apple v Qualcomm (software) update. Charlotte Henry, Andrew Orr, and host Kelly Guimont.

Podcast Archives

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Aug. 19th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-19: FCC’s Anti-robocall Plans, Moving from Evernote to OneNote

    The FCC wants to stop spam robocalls, and now it has a strike force to help make that happen. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to examine the FCC's plan and share their thoughts on trying to stop unsolicited marketing calls. They also take a first look at Microsoft's new Evernote to OneNote importer for the Mac.

  15. Aug. 18th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-18: Apple’s Ethical Tax Dilemma, Target’s Apple Sales Decline

    Apple has a lot of money outside the United States, and not everyone is pleased with that. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's tax minimization strategy, and whether or not that has ethical implications. They also have some thoughts on Target's claim that declining Apple product sales negatively impacted its revenue.

  16. Aug. 17th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 373: Apple’s Engineering Demands, Fake iPhones, Intel’s ARM Move

    Apple is relentless with its design ideas regardless of what the hardware engineers say. Bryan and Jeff explain why that's a good thing for consumers, plus they show you how to spot fake iPhone 7 photos, and look at Intel's decision to start making ARM processors.

  17. Aug. 17th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-17: Behind the Scenes with Background Mode’s John Martellaro

    John Martellaro has been hosting some great interviews on TMO's Background Mode podcast, so today Jeff Gamet turns the tables and interviews John. They go behind the scenes to learn learn how John makes his interviews happen, and to look at some of the high points from the show so far.

  18. Aug. 16th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple’s China R&D Center, Microsoft’s iPad Pro Dig

    Apple plans to open a research and development center in China before the end of the year. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore why Apple is opening the center and how that fits into the company's plans in the country. They also look at Microsoft's clever iPad Pro slam.

  19. Aug. 15th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Managing Editor of the Backblaze Blog Peter Cohen

    Peter Cohen is the managing editor of the Backblaze blog. Previously, he's written for Macworld, The Loop and iMore. Peter talked about how, as a kid, he had a TI-99/4A with bit-mapped graphics. He drew images on graph paper, converted the patterns to Hexadecimal codes and wrote to the display with Basic. The result was color graphics of spaceships shooting at each other. When he first saw the 1984 Macintosh with MacPaint, "it was like the top of my head blew off." In the second segment, Peter and I chat about how Tim Cook is doing, Apple and its desktop Macs, whether the iPad Pros can replace the Mac and robotics. Peter is very much tuned in and speaks with wisdom on all these subjects. You'll want to tune in too.

  20. Aug. 15th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-15: Apple Pay’s Failing Competitors, Augmented Reality

    Contactless mobile payment platforms are pretty much a mess right now. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple Pay and its competitors, and who may be the real winner in the contactless payment game. They also look at Apple's push into augmented reality.