Mac Observer Podcasts

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DNS Over HTTPS, New iCloud Login Method
Jul 8th, 2019 1:55 PM

Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss tech and legislation colliding in unfortunate ways, and iPhone battery life.

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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 8th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    DNS Over HTTPS, New iCloud Login Method – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-08

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk new DNS security from Mozilla, and Apple's new login system coming to iCloud.

  2. Jul. 3rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Catalina and the Future of Storage – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-03

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about APFS and the new ways files will be managed by macOS in Catalina.

  3. Jul. 2nd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook and the Wall Street Journal – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-02

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Tim Cook disputing reports surrounding Jony Ive's departure.

  4. Jul. 1st, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Founder, Bombich Software, Mike Bombich (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. That’s a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He's a former Apple employee.In this timely post-WWDC show, Mike joins me to explain the structure of APFS drives and the new read-only System files in macOS Catalina. He explained new features of volumes in macOS 10.15, especially how the System is isolated from the Data volume (which contains /Users). He also explained the new firmlinks that tie these two volumes together, making them appear as one. Finally, Mike explained how Carbon Copy Cloner external drives can no longer be HFS+ in Catalina but must become APFS.

  5. Jul. 1st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Eddy Cue Speaks, Evolution of iTunes – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-01

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Eddy Cue's new interview and the evolution of iTunes through the ages.

  6. Jul. 1st, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Not That There’s Anything Wrong With Excessive – Mac Geek Gab 768

    Sure you know about copy/paste, iCloud family accounts, selection tools, and password managers. But this week you'll learn at least five new things just learning about all the different ways your fellow MGG listeners are using them to enhance their productivity! Join John and Dave as they dig into all of this and more.

  7. Jun. 28th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s (Design) Executive Shuffle – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-28

    Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the departure of Sir Jony Ive and the new Senior VP of Operations.

  8. Jun. 27th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Science and Macs, Mozilla’s Track THIS – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-27

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac's value to scientists and the new tracking project from Mozilla.

  9. Jun. 26th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Skates to the Privacy Puck, Disney Plus Spanner, with John Martellaro – ACM 517

    Apple has been skating to the privacy puck for years, and Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro argue it's about time Apple got some credit for it. They also talk about John's thesis that Disney Plus pricing threw a spanner into Apple's plans for Apple TV Plus.

  10. Jun. 26th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Catalina System Volume, ISP Lobbying Budgets – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-26

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the new macOS read-only volume and ISP budgets for lobbying lawmakers.

  11. Jun. 25th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Robocalls, Spotify vs Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-25

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a new approach to fighting robocalls and Spotify's complaint against Apple.

  12. Jun. 24th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Contributor John Kheit (#3) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    John Kheit is a New York attorney and a regular contributor to The Mac Observer. We share many common interests, including the 4K/UHD/HDR TV revolution, 8K TV and displays, Wi-Fi/5G technologies and the state of Apple.In this special post-WWDC show, we chatted about author Kheit's view of the new Mac Pro. He believes that while the 2019 Mac Pro will meet the needs of most technical and creative professionals, Apple also betrayed an important group of influencers, the Mac enthusiasts by not offering a lower cost model. We discussed various ways Apple could have achieved that goal, and that might suggest a future variation of the current model. John K. has strong feelings about this Mac and wasn't shy about expressing them.

  13. Jun. 24th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Smartphone Skull Horns – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-24

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss new a new bill regarding user data, and that smartphone skull horn story.

  14. Jun. 24th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    I Hate It When My Computer Won’t Behave – Mac Geek Gab 767

    So much Cool Stuff Found, so little time. And Quick Tips? And questions? Topics include controlling your date picker, switching apps faster, getting your storage and backups in order, tweaking autocorrect and much, much more. Oh, and Wi-Fi. Yeah, there's lots here. Let's go learn five new things, shall we?

  15. Jun. 21st, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Salting Passwords, Wizards Unite Gameplay – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-21

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about salting passwords and Andrew and Kelly's first day playing Wizards Unite.

  16. Jun. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TV+ Cornered, Apple’s Tariff Stance – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-20

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about how Disney+ has cornered TV+, and about Apple's tariff stance.

  17. Jun. 19th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Libra: Finally, a Way for Facebook to Control More, with Andrew Orr – ACM 516

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr dig deep into the possibilities—for good and ill (mostly ill)—of Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. They cover how it work, why Facebook went the cryptocurrency route, and what Facebook has to gain from the project. Spoiler, the answer is everything!

  18. Jun. 19th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    4K Blu-ray Players, Openly Operated – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-19

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a chat about John's 4K Blu-ray player decisions, and the Openly Operated service.

  19. Jun. 18th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Fake App Sales, Cryptocurrency From Facebook – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-18

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS apps running "limited" sales, and Facebook getting into cryptocurrency.

  20. Jun. 17th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Whispering Sweet Nothings at The A-Lady – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 766

    Some folks with Catalina on the brain want to know how to prepare. Some folks want to prepare to reinstall Mojave. Joe has advice for future-proofing your home, and the A-Lady wants you to whisper sweet nothings at her. It's that kind of week here and John and Dave are your stalwart guides. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!