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 2016-08-03: iOS 10's Squirt Gun Emoji, Instagram Stories 2:19 PM Aug. 3rd, 2016

Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to chat about the lack of NYT in Apple News and Apple’s share of app transactions.

Podcast Archives

  1. Aug. 3rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-03: iOS 10’s Squirt Gun Emoji, Instagram Stories

    Apple is replacing the pistol emoji in iOS 10 with a squirt gun. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet share their take on the squirt gun and Apple's apparent anti-gun stance, plus they look at Instagram's Snapchat copycat feature, Instagram Stories.

  2. Aug. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-02: FBI Director Comey’s New Encryption Debate

    FBI Director James Comey says it's time to restart the debate over whether or not government agencies should have back doors into our encrypted data. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at encryption and what should be kept private and out of the government's hands. They also dive into how technology may be making people more machine like.

  3. Aug. 1st, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with SCC Director of Mobile App Development Tim DeBenedictis

    Tim DeBenedictis is the co-developer of the astronomy sky charting app SkySafari. He's now the Director of Mobile Application Development at Simulation Curriculum Corp. Tim was first inspired by the sky as a youth going on camping trips and being able to see the stars at night, something city dwellers seldom see. His dad was an avid bird watcher and always had a birding scope on the trips. One night, they pointed the scope at Jupiter and its moons. Tim described it as captivating and launched his interest in amateur astronomy. Later, that led to being a planetary science major at M.I.T. where he developed an extensive C++ code base for celestial mechanics. Years later, with that expertise, he co-developed SkySafari for the Mac, iOS and Android. Come take a grand celestial tour with us.

  4. Aug. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-01: Licensing iOS, Didi Buys Uber China

    It's time for Apple to start licensing iOS to cheap handset makers, or so says one pundit. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's business model and decisions to not license its operating systems to other companies. They also take a look at Didi buying rival car sharing service Uber China.

  5. Jul. 31st, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 616: DHS, DHL, DFS It’s All The Same

    It's tips, tips and more tips. And also your questions. iOS Mail power searches, unleashing the power of Image Capture, a free photo-management tool that uses folders, removing and detecting malware, and demystifying 5GHz wireless channels are just some of the topics covered in today's show!

  6. Jul. 29th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-29: Automous Driving Apple Car, a Year with USB-C

    Apple hired QNX founder Dan Dodge to help with its Project Titan electric car project. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for Apple Car and the company's autonomous driving plans. John also shares his experiences with using USB-C for the past year.

  7. Jul. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-28: Apple’s Evolving Business Model, iPhone Digital Crown Patent

    John Martellaro thinks Apple's "skate where the puck is going" philosophy now includes manipulating where the puck will be. John, along with Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share discuss Apple's long term philosophy, plus they offer up their thoughts on why Apple would patent a Digital Crown for the iPhone and iPad.

  8. Jul. 27th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 370: A Deeper Look at Apple’s Earnings Report, 3D Printing Fingers

    Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple's earnings report and the company's quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook's upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street's reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.

  9. Jul. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-27: AAPL Earnings Report, Banning Olympics Tweets

    Apple's 2016 third quarter earnings report is out, and the results both pleased and disappointed analysts. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's numbers, and offer their take on what they mean for the iPad market. They also have plenty to say about the U.S. Olympic Committee trying to control who gets to Tweet about the games.

  10. Jul. 26th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone Glass, Debunking iPhone 6SE

    Apple's iPhone display glass is pretty strong, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not the iPhone needs stronger glass, plus they shoot down the idea that the iPhone 7 will really be called the iPhone 6SE.

  11. Jul. 25th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview With Ken Ray, Host and Producer of ‘Mac OS Ken’

    Ken Ray is the host and producer of several notable podcasts, including the Mac OS Ken shows. It's not surprising that Ken started out in radio broadcasting. Early on, he was a behind the scenes person at a small radio station in Boston. There, he became operations director and learned a lot about radio tech without the on-air disc jockey pressure. He learned the station's digital editing suite, and that led to producing some commercials and radio shows. Later, at ZDTV radio, he had the opportunity to interview some high-profile people: Jesse Jackson and Ray Kurzweil. It's not hard to see how, after he fell into the world of Apple, he brought all his skills to bear into a whole suite of modern-day podcasts, including work with Rod Roddenberry, Gene's son.

  12. Jul. 25th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield’s Apple Car, iPhone 7 Launch Date

    A new report claims Bob Mansfield is in charge of the Apple Car project. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bob running Project Titan, plus they have some things to say about a report tagging September 16th as the iPhone 7 release date.

  13. Jul. 24th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places

    Quick Tips: All those little things you know that you don't think about? Other people know and don't think about them, too... so we think about them and share them, enhancing everyone's knowledge! Then it's on to some questions, with a surprising number about Ethernet. Go Figure!

  14. Jul. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones with 3D Printed Fingers, Uber-waterproof iPhone 7

    Scientists are working with the FBI to 3D print fingers so they can unlock smartphones. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the potential privacy and security issues related to 3D printing copies of our fingers. They share their thoughts on a report claiming the iPhone 7 will sport pro-grade waterproofing.

  15. Jul. 21st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-21: Apple Car Delays, Listener Feedback

    A new report says Apple's car won't ship until 2021, but is that a problem? Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to weigh in with their opinions, plus they respond to listener comments from yesterday's show where we discussed black box recorders in autonomous cars.

  16. Jul. 20th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation, Twitter Harrassment

    BlackBerry CEO John Chen had some seemingly irrational things to say about Apple's stance on encryption, and Bryan and Jeff break it down. They also take a deeper look into black boxes and self-driving cars with a focus on regulating these devices and surveillance worries. Just to keep things light, they dive into Twitter harassment and social media censorship.

  17. Jul. 20th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car Black Boxes, WebP in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

    Germany wants black box recorders in autonomous cars. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Germany's plans and what that means for anyone considering buying a self driving car. They also explain WebP, Google's image format Apple is supporting in the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas.

  18. Jul. 19th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-19: Iran’s Smartphone Database, Apple Music Improves Song Matching

    Iran wants Apple to join a smartphone registry, or it'll ban and confiscate iPhones in the country. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Iran's demands, plus they dive into the changes in Apple Music song matching.

  19. Jul. 18th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 614: Travel Tips and Cool Stuff Found

    Dave's back from Europe and he and John have a metric ton of Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips for you and from you! Plus, Dave's got some travel tips from Europe to share with you, too. Download... and enjoy!

  20. Jul. 18th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Rogue Amoeba Software Co-founder Paul Kafasis

    Paul Kafasis is the co-founder and CEO of Rogue Amoeba Software. His company specializes in stellar audio products for the Mac such as Audio Hijack, Loopback, Piezo and more. His early work with colleagues (2001) was with MacAmp, an MP3 player. That led to the founding of Rogue Amoeba in 2002 and Audio Hijack 1.0. Paul and his co-founders realized that audio was emerging as an important niche where his team had special talent. Paul starts off with the story about how they chose such a memorable name for the company and then explains the evolution of Audio Hijack, then the pro version, and now Audio Hijack 3. We chat about challenges for the Mac developer and why an app like this, and its siblings, are not found in the Mac App Store.