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TDO 2017-05-17: Siri and Cyber Protection
May 17th, 2017 2:03 PM

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss breaking up “big tech” companies, and Apple as a media company.

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Hosted by John Martellaro from The Mac Observer.

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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. May. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Siri the Cyber Security Guard – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-17

    As artificial intelligence systems improve, voice assistants like Siri make take a more active role in protecting our computers and our online activity. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Siri may play a bigger part in our personal cyber security, and whether or not that's something we want.

  2. May. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPad mini on Life Support, Michael Lombardo at Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-16

    A new report is in line with our belief that the iPad mini is in its final days. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the pending demise of Apple's smallest iPad model, and on the company's tablet strategy in general. They also look at what Michael Lombardo potentially joining the company could mean for its original TV show and movie plans.

  3. May. 15th, 2017
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    TMO Background Mode Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann

    Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Her research specialty is black holes and gravitational waves. For as long as she can remember, she wanted to be an astrophysicist. In our interview she tells the story about, as a teenager, lying in a field under dark Montana skies and gazing at the Milky Way (the edge of our galaxy). She wondered about all those stars and planets and whether there were other civilizations out there looking up at their own starry skies. It was transformative. Today, she uses a Mac and supercomputers to study how black holes generate ripples in the fabric of spacetime and deepen our astronomical understanding and perspective. Kelly, her students and associates are also devoted Mac users, and she tells me why.

  4. May. 15th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Day the Music Died, Hello Alexa Calling – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-15

    The internet is up in arms over the news that MP3 patent licensing has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain why that's not the end of the work, or even something to worry about. They also explain why people may be overreacting to the ability to use Alexa Calling to contact anyone who enables the service.

  5. May. 14th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Guardians of the Geek Galaxy – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 657

    Ever wondered how to share iCloud contact groups amongst family and team members? Ever have to mix iOS, Android, and macOS? Ever wonder what AppTranslocation folders are? How about the best thing to put in your walls before you close them up? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have your answers to all of this and more.

  6. May. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Dangers of Voice Assistants in Our Homes – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-12

    Apple, Amazon, and Google want voice assistants to be a bigger part of our lives. Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and privacy implications as voice assistant appliances become more deeply intertwined in our lives.

  7. May. 11th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iPhone and Social Platforms – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-11

    Apple has a supplier for 3D cameras for the iPhone 8, and the question is exactly how will they be used. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple intends to do with 3D on the new iPhone, plus they look at how the iPhone's hardware features may be more important than its software.

  8. May. 10th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Imagining a Siri Smarthome, Apple and Sleep Tracking, and the Real iPhone 8 – ACM 410

    With Alexa Show and Microsoft Invoke, Bryan and Jeff envision the Siri smarthome of the future to make the case for an Apple Siri device. They also talk about what Apple might do with sleep tracking technology from Beddit, as well some sexy new renders of Apple's unannounced iPhone 8.

  9. May. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Microsoft Invoke and Smart Home Fatigue – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-10

    Microsoft has its own Amazon Echo competitor coming, and it's called Invoke. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Microsoft's new Cortana-based product, voice assistants, smart home fatigue, and more.

  10. May. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon’s Echo Show, FBI’s iPhone Hack Price Tag – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-09

    Amazon unveiled its Echo Show, and it has a display. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Amazon's newest Alexa device. They also have some thoughts on the unintended confirmation that the FBI paid $900,000 for the San Bernardino iPhone hack, plus Bryan coins "I'm gonna up that up."

  11. May. 8th, 2017
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    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Writer and Editor Jennifer Ouellette

    Jennifer Ouellette is a freelance science writer, editor and book author. Her work has appeared in Physics World, Discover, New Scientist, Physics Today, Salon and Nature. In 2010, she published the book "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse." With a degree in English literature, Jennifer didn't start out intending to be a science writer. But thanks to serendipity, she landed her first job with the American Physical Society who discovered she could write really well. The thinking was that it would be easier to teach her physics than teach physicists how to write! It opened her eyes to the field. So how does one become a famous science writer? Jennifer tells a great story.

  12. May. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Siri Assistant Displays, Handbrake Malware – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-08

    A Siri appliance needs a display, or so says Apple's Phil Schiller. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about voice assistants and how they feel about including a display. They also look at the recent malware attack on Handbrake.

  13. May. 7th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Follow The Dots…to Mac Geek Gab 656

    Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips in the same episode? You bet! John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton aim to deliver for you each and every week. And since the goal is to learn at least four new things each week, some options might include keeping your Mac awaken only when you like, managing Siri's holidays when set for a foreign voice, yet another replacement for DeskConnect, and a segment one listener calls "follow the dots." You'll just have to listen to see what that is all about. Press play and enjoy, folks!

  14. May. 5th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPad’s Downward Trend, Fitbit’s Wearable Decline – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-05

    iPad sales are on the decline, and John Martellaro thinks that fits into Apple's master plan. John, along with Bryan Chaffin, join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's long term iPad plans, plus they have something to say about Fitbit losing its place as the top wearables device maker.

  15. May. 4th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Developer Job Stats, iPhone 8 Function Bar – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-04

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company has created about 2 million developer jobs. John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to dive into those numbers, plus they look at a rendering of what may be the function bar area on this fall's iPhone 8.

  16. May. 3rd, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Dr. Mac on Procrastinating, Touch-Screen Macs, and Siri at Home – ACM 409

    Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus joins Bryan and Jeff to talk about his new book, Working Smarter for Mac Users. It's all about beating procrastination. They also talk about Apple, toasterfridges, and touch-screen Macs, and whether Apple would compete with Amazon's Alexa in the home.

  17. May. 3rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Q2 Earnings Report, Microsoft Surface Laptop – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-03

    Apple reported some big numbers during its second quarter earnings report yesterday, and raised a few questions, too. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet look share their reactions to Apple's iPhone and iPad sales, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft's just announced Surface Laptop, too.

  18. May. 2nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Microsoft gets Serious About the Education Market – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-02

    Microsoft wants a bigger piece of the education market, and the company's just announced new products mean the game is on for Apple and Google, too. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet look at Microsoft's new education strategy and what it means for the fight to win students.

  19. May. 1st, 2017
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    TMO Background Mode Interview with The Mac Observer Co-founder Dave Hamilton

    Dave Hamilton is the co-founder, publisher and president of The Mac Observer. He's also the co-founder of BackBeat Media. And he's the co-host of the legendary Mac Geek Gab Podcast. Dave's interest in computers goes back to his high school days and his family's Apple IIc. As Dave describes it, his talent evolved from "getting into a pickle," so he had to learn himself how to fix things. At the University of Connecticut, he studied computer engineering, but also discovered his talent and passion for music. "Everything good that's happened in my life, I can trace back to music," he said. And that includes The Mac Observer because that's how he met Bryan Chaffin. Dave The Nerd tells the fascinating story of the creation of this publication with his customary boundless energy.

  20. May. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Textalyzer’s Privacy Threat, Wi-Fi Security Tip – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-01

    Tragedies can lead to a push for new laws, but sometimes that legislation leads to unintended consequences. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on Textalyzer and giving police access to our smartphone activity for accident investigations. Dave also has a tip for easily improving Wi-Fi network security.