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Stephon Alexander on Background Mode
Location-Based Reminders, Main Menu on iPad
Apr 10th, 2020 2:04 PM

Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). He received his BSc...

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 questions 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. Apr. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Location-Based Reminders, Main Menu on iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-10

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss setting up reminders by location instead of time, and a "Main Menu" idea for iPadOS.

  2. Apr. 9th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    John’s Ten iPhone Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-09

    John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss John's ten tips for iPhone users who want to get the most out of their devices.

  3. Apr. 8th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Earnings Call Considerations, Apple’s Pandemic Response – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-08

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what Apple's earnings call might look like, and some of Apple's responses to the pandemic.

  4. Apr. 7th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    App Store Predictions, iCloud Folder Sharing – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-07

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss App Store revenue prediction and what they mean for the App Store, and how to use iCloud Folder Sharing.

  5. Apr. 6th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Writer and Raconteur Bob ‘Dr. Mac’ LeVitus (#2) – TMO BGM Interview

    Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is a writer, book author and raconteur. He writes for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer, and he specializes in the "Dummies" books about Apple products like the Mac, the iPad and iPhone.In this episode, Bob and I focus on the practice of working from home. We covered work strategies and techniques, workspace and hours, software vs. paper tools, clothing and eating, task management, multitasking vs. single focus and more. We delved into microphones and cameras for a Mac as well as some video conferencing apps and touched on the notion of spending time learning unfamiliar but essential internet technologies. We closed with a discussion of music to work by and a great library app called Libby.

  6. Apr. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Listening Habits, Apple TV+ on Apple TV Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-06

    Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the trends in listening habits in the new age, and Apple's (questionable) decisions about Apple TV+ within the Apple TV app.

  7. Apr. 6th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Fusion Drives and Folder Sharing – Mac Geek Gab 809

    iCloud Folder Sharing works, and your two favorite geeks have tested it for you. Should you use your ISP's mesh or your own? How about installing Catalina on a Fusion Drive? These questions answered, plus a LOT more. And John and Dave share your Cool Stuff Found, too. Press play and enjoy!

  8. Apr. 3rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPad at Ten Years On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-03

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPad on the tenth anniversary of release. Looking back, and forward, at its impact and potential.

  9. Apr. 2nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Versions of macOS, Stewart Brand – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-02

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what the new version of macOS could look like (and when we'll see it), and an interesting documentary about an interesting guy, Stewart Brand.

  10. Apr. 1st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    This Year’s iPhone, Dark Sky by Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-01

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's release of a an iPhone in 2020 (or not), and Apple's acquisition of weather app Dark Sky.

  11. Mar. 31st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Blocking Texts on macOS, Alternative Private Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-31

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss blocking unwanted messages on your Mac, and some private alternatives to the iOS apps Apple gives you.

  12. Mar. 30th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO UK Associate Editor Charlotte Henry (#5) – TMO BGM Interview

    Charlotte Henry is a London-based technical journalist. A self-described media junkie, she writes about Apple — and now for the Mac Observer as well as our UK Associate Editor. She has also written for City A.M., Computer Business Review, the Independent on Sunday and CapX. Her new book is: Not Buying It.In this episode, Charlotte and I discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the TV entertainment and streaming industry. We look at the diversion of theatrical releases to streaming, whether indoor theaters will ever return to normal, possible changes to production methods, throttling of streaming speeds, a possible return to more feel-good movies, the impact on binge watching, series vs. movie watching during lock-down, and Charlotte's reaction to Disney+. Plus, John reveals a very personal secret!

  13. Mar. 30th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New MacBook Air, Face ID on Macs – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-29

    John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the newly released MacBook Air, and what Face ID on Macs could look like.

  14. Mar. 30th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    I Made a Loop – Mac Geek Gab 808

    Are your fans blazing during those Zoom calls? Is your laptop plugged in more frequently now? Have an issue printing? How about choosing between NAS vs. USB-C drives? You're in luck! These are just a sample of the questions your two favorite geeks answer during this week's show. John and Dave then share some Cool Stuff Found, some tips, and more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  15. Mar. 27th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday, Kernel Extensions – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-27

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news, and the new kernel extension alert popping up in the latest MacOS 10.15 update.

  16. Mar. 26th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    More Online Resources, Privacy PSA – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-26

    Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest resources available for online work and fun, and include a PSA about a fitness app.

  17. Mar. 25th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Zoom Video Meeting Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-25

    Just in time for social distancing, Bryan Chaffin is joined by Charlotte Henry to go over her tips for using Zoom for video meetings.

  18. Mar. 24th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dr. Mac’s Advice for Better Battery Life – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-24

    Dr. Mac (aka Bob LeVitus) joins Dave Hamilton for a geeky-yet-understandable tour through some quick things you can do to extend your MacBook's battery life. But it's Bob and Dave, of course, so there's a tangent thrown in, this time about the benefits clipboard history switchers. You'll love it!

  19. Mar. 23rd, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont (#10) – TMO BGM Interview

    Kelly Guimont is a long-time podcaster, Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer, the host of the Mac Observer's Daily Observations podcast, and a tech support guru.In her 10th appearance, Kelly and I chat about our favorite streaming TV shows of late. I open segment #1 with a critique of Amazing Stories: "The Cellar" (Apple TV+), then rave reviews for a shared favorite, Star Trek: Picard and a Kelly favorite: Westworld S3 (HBO). In segment #2: Kelly: The Expanse (Amazon), Wynonna Earp (SyFy). John: Outlander (S3) (Netflix) and Night on Earth (Netflix). Join us as we explore together what's great (and not great) about these shows.

  20. Mar. 23rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    China Pulls Apps, Ebook Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-23

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss China's outsized App Store power, and getting free ebooks from a few sources.