Mac Observer Podcasts

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TMO Background Mode: Interview with with Tech Community Facilitator Jonathan Bernstein
Feb 6th, 2017 4:42 PM

Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss speculation about new AirPods, their features, and earning the “pro” name.

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.

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.

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. Feb. 6th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with with Tech Community Facilitator Jonathan Bernstein

    Jonathan Bernstein is an attorney. He's an Apple product expert. He's worked for the Federal Election Commission. He's on the board of directors of the legendary Washington, D.C. Apple Pi Users Group. He's involved with the Silver Spring, Maryland Citizens Advisory Board where he's active in facilitating communication between citizens and local government. Oh, my. After Jonathan told me a little bit about his background, being the son of a rabbi father and pediatrician mother, it soon became clear where his roots of public service originated. Out of law school, he clerked for a judge in the U.S. Claims Court, and that eventually connected him to the FEC. We chatted about Jonathan's unique gift for bringing people together utilizing technology. He'll inspire you with collaboration methods you never realized were possible.

  2. Feb. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and the Broken FaceTime Lawsuit – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-06

    Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over claims it intentionally broke FaceTime to force users to upgrade to iOS 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the case and decide whether or not they think it has any merit.

  3. Feb. 5th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    You Scratch Your Head, I’ll Scratch Mine – Mac Geek Gab 643

    Cool Stuff Found kicks off this week's show, with email clients, Wi-Fi Widget(s), combo iPhone/Watch chargers, disk utilities and much, much more. Then, after a few additional tips from you, dear listeners, it's time for your questions. Topics this week include comparing local vs. Cloud storage for things like your music, videos and documents; memory interleaving and when to use it; solving corrupt user accounts that won't login; and solving the issues with web pages that are slow to load. Press play and enjoy!

  4. Feb. 3rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Newseum Free Expression Award – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-03

    Apple CEO Time Cook is receiving a Newseum Free Expression Award for free speech. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on CEOs speaking out on social and political topics.

  5. Feb. 2nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Ebook Sales Take a Hit, Apple Watch Battery Band Patent – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-02

    Ebook sales are down, tablet and ebook reader sales are down, and there may be a correlation. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of ebook sales, plus they weigh in on an Apple patent for an Apple Watch battery wristband.

  6. Feb. 1st, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Profits, Mac Sales, and Fun with Apple’s Cash Hoard – ACM 396

    Apple turned in a record December quarter this week, and Bryan and Jeff look at the numbers. They also look at this one weird trick Apple did to goose Mac sales—the company released a new Mac. And for grins, they discuss some of the things Apple could do with the astounding $246 billion in cash the company has squirreled away.

  7. Feb. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The iPhone’s Future, Prince and Streaming Music – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-01

    Apple made truck loads of money during its first fiscal quarter for 2017, but that wasn't the only news from yesterday's earning report. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Tim Cook saying the iPhone hasn't reached maturity yet, plus they look at the news that Prince's music is coming to Apple Music.

  8. Jan. 31st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and Worker Visas, HomeKit Falls Behind in the Smarthome Game – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-31

    Work Visas for the tech industry may be changing thanks to an executive order that's said to be coming from the White House. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the draft order and the impact it could have on Apple and other Silicon Valley companies. They also have some thoughts on the rapidly changing smart home market and Apple's apparent lagging position.

  9. Jan. 30th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Science Journalist and Author Maryn McKenna

    Maryn McKenna is a science journalist and author. Her undergraduate degree was in 16th century theater and 20th century poetry. That led to a small theater company, but after a few years, she realized that a paying job would be a very good idea. When Maryn realized she really wanted to be a writer, she was off to graduate school and journalism. After graduation, she discovered that the only jobs in journalism were business related. That led to a career in investigative journalism and eventually, she landed with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering the CDC. In time, Maryn became an expert on bioterrorism, the over use of antibiotics with both humans and animals, superbugs, food policy and the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service. (Yes, that's real.) Her stories, at times, were scary, so brace yourself.

  10. Jan. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye iPhone Activation Lock Checker, Presidential Immigration Ban and Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-30

    Apple shut down its iPhone Activation Lock Status checker without any explanation, which raises a few questions. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be behind Apple's decision, plus they look at what impact the presidentail executive order banning immigration from certain countries could have on Silicon Valley companies such as Apple.

  11. Jan. 29th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Safari Passwords, Shopping Lists, and Synology RT2600ac Router – Mac Geek Gab 642

    Have a website with multiple passwords and Safari always chooses the wrong one? Want a shopping list app to manage as a family? Photos showing greyed-out people? That's just how this week's Mac Geek Gab starts, folks. Then it's on to Dave's review of the new Synology RT2600ac standalone router, plus some related router questions for good measure. That's not where it ends, though, because there are more questions and tips answered in here, as well. You'll just have to listen to find out everything. After all, you must learn at least four new things each week, right? We're here to help you do just that!

  12. Jan. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Clean Energy Efforts, Partnership on AI – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-27

    Apple is expanding its solar farms, and that's a good sign for clean energy in the United States, according to John Martellaro. He joins Jeff Gamet to explain how Apple is setting an example for other companies, plus they look at Apple's just announced involvement in the Partnership on AI.

  13. Jan. 26th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Making iPhones in the US, APFS Comes to iOS 10.3 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-26

    There's pressure for Apple to bring iPhone production into the United States, but is it practical? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what it would take for Apple to set up an iPhone factory in the states, plus they dive into Apple's APFS system that's coming to iOS 10.3 and eventually macOS, too.

  14. Jan. 25th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The Goodies in iOS 10.3, Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block – ACM 395

    iOS 10.3 is out in beta, and it has some fun new goodies. Bryan and Jeff look at what they think is most interesting. Net Neutrality is also on the chopping block, one of those situations where politics and technology intersect in annoying ways.

  15. Jan. 25th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    2016 Mac Sales, Developers and App Store Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-25

    Mac sales were down in 2016, and John Martellaro has some perspective on those numbers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, joins Jeff Gamet to look at Mac sales from last year, plus they have some thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store comments.

  16. Jan. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 and Contactless Charging – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-24

    It's looking like Apple is moving away from plug-it-in-to-charge for the iPhone 8. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what technology Apple could use for that, and they dive into benefits and safety concerns of wire-free radio wave charging options from Energous.

  17. Jan. 23rd, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with 9News/KUSA TV Anchor/Reporter Kyle Clark

    Kyle Clark is a 9News TV news anchor and reporter in Denver. His parents were both teachers and, early on, inspired him to learn and then explain to others. When Kyle was in grade school, his father gave him an Apple IIGS and encouraged him to learn about it. By and by, Kyle learned to use computers not as a pastime but as a tool. He majored in journalism and politics as an undergraduate, and, later, work at a small radio station convinced him he wanted to be in broadcasting. Today, in addition to being a Channel 9 news anchor, he's launched a 30 minute news analysis show called Next. His show brings understanding, context, and a sense of community to the news. Listen in to hear how he convinced his station to embrace his successful, Next idea.

  18. Jan. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sprint’s Tidal Purchase, Apple Watch as a Medical Sensor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-23

    Sprint now owns 33% of Tidal, and its cell service subscribers are going to get some exclusive content out of the deal. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what the deal means, plus John explains how our Apple Watches could eventually become our personal medical monitors.

  19. Jan. 22nd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Speeding Up a Sluggish Mac and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 641

    Cool Stuff Found today contains lots of things you suggested after listening to recent shows, including tools to help your Mac sleep, help you manage your keyboard shortcuts and macros, privately sync your notes, auto-file your Mail, and free backup storage! Then its on to sharing your tips and answering your questions. Want to learn how to factory reset your AirPods, enable band-steering on your router, or have Siri search Google instead of Bing? Let's go!

  20. Jan. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s OS Strategy, Netflix on the TV App – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-20

    It's time for Apple to rethink it's operating system strategy, according to TMO's own John Martellaro. John, along with Dave Hamilton, join Jeff Gamet today to talk about how Apple could look at its mobile and desktop operating systems in the future, plus they share their thoughts on Netflix's feeble showing in the TV app.