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TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-18: Apple's Bulbs and Listener Email on Apple TV
Nov 18th, 2016 1:35 PM

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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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Nov. 18th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-18: Apple’s Bulbs and Listener Email on Apple TV

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro talk about Apple's new Bulbs commercial for MacBook Pro, a spot centered around big ideas. They also take in some listener email about whether or not 4K TV is really something Apple should be worried about on Apple TV.

  2. Nov. 17th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-17: Goodbye AppleScript, Apple Axes Sal Soghoian

    Apple's Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian is out of a job, and that doesn't bode well for the future of AppleScript and Automator. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what's likely in store for automation on the Mac, the impact that's going to have on pro users, and Sal's efforts to keep automation tools alive.

  3. Nov. 16th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 385: Apple Coffee Table Book and Design Run Amok

    Apple has a new coffee table book out called Designed by Apple in California. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit to talk about it. Spoiler: Bryan likes it and John sees it as a sign of Apple having lost the plot. They also discuss the idea that design has run amok at Apple, starting with the idea that Jony Ive needed Steve Jobs as a counter balance.

  4. Nov. 16th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-16: Why is $feature Missing from Apple TV?

    Today it's time to look at Apple TV and ask one tough question: why don't we get $feature on Apple TV? Good thing we're geeks and we understand variables, too, because for this episode $feature = array("4K Output","Amazon Prime Video","Netflix Inside of TV App"); Listen and hear what John and Dave have to say about all this... then send us your feedback and let us know!

  5. Nov. 15th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-15: Apple’s Coffee Table Book, HP’s Campaign to Win Mac Users

    Apple has a new product out. It comes in two sizes, small and large, at $199 and $299, respectively. And it's a coffee table book. Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton, and John Martellaro discuss the book and ask if it's a sign that Apple has lost sight of the game. They also discuss HP's new Z2 Mini and that company's efforts to lure Mac users to the world of Windows.

  6. Nov. 14th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Creator & Host of The MacCast Podcast Adam Christianson

    Adam Christianson is the creator and host of the acclaimed MacCast podcast. Adam is also the very awesome webmaster for The Mac Observer. However, Adam didn't start out in high tech. At an early age, he wanted to become a cartoonist, inspired by Garfield's creator Jim Davis. In high school, somewhat wiser, he transitioned to graphic design. Later, Adam attended Cal Poly which has a fabulous art and graphics design program. Early in his career, Adam gained experience in eCommerce and web mastering with Upper Deck, Corp. learning HTML, Perl, CGI forms, Visual BASIC and C#. However, by 2004, he'd discovered that his true love was tech talk and podcasting, and The MacCast was born. Adam was able to use his career skills to follow his dream, and he's still living it today.

  7. Nov. 14th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-14: Samsung Buying Harman, HomeKit Security, AT&T Stream Saver

    Samsung is buying audio company Harman and it may be in part to compete with Apple's CarPlay. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Samsung's motives, plus Dave explains HomeKit's security versus other Internet of Things devices, and they take a look at AT&T's Stream Saver.

  8. Nov. 13th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 631: The Odd Couple Episode

    We asked, you shared your top Mac apps, we share them back! Some great additions in the list here, too. Some mutual favorites and some surprises. Listen to hear if yours made the list! Then it's on to discussion about trackpad scrolling, iOS Mail swiping, ripping movies (with subtitles!) and more. Download, listen and... enjoy!

  9. Nov. 11th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-11: Interview with TMO’s Bryan Chaffin

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today TMO's own Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his experiences writing fiction, the evolution of his novel, and finding a publishing agent.

  10. Nov. 10th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-10: Interview with Amy Gahran

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today author and journalist Amy Gahran joins Jeff Gamet to talk about how her books took her deep into research, self publishing, and more.

  11. Nov. 9th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 384: Demand for iPhone 7 Plus, AWS2, MacBook Pro

    John Kheit guests with Bryan Chaffin to talk about demand for iPhone 7 Plus, for which wait times are still 3-4 weeks. Apple Watch Series 2 has 2-3 week wait times, and MacBook Pros seem to be flying off the shelves. Join them while they explore these topics.

  12. Nov. 9th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-09: Interview with John L Forrest

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today science fiction author John L Forrest joins Jeff Gamet to talk about writing novels and short stories, his process for bringing his ideas to life, self publishing, and more.

  13. Nov. 8th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-08: Interview with David Sparks from MacSparky

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today David Sparks joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his earlier Apple-focused books and his transition into self publishing with the MacSparky Field Guides.

  14. Nov. 7th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford

    Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She's a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science podcast and radio show. She grew up in the country, and that ignited her interest in wildlife preservation. Early in her career, she obtained her B.S. degree in conservation biology, a field that covers animals, their environment and how humans impact them. Finding post-doctoral research unappealing, she shifted to her current role as a brilliant science communicator. We chatted about her prior research into the brains of small birds, how they store memories, and how they navigate during migration. We also delved into neuro-gaming as well as the perils of being exposed to sophisticated AI agents. After hearing this show, you'll want to become a scientist too!

  15. Nov. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-07: Interview with Ted Landau

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today long time author, journalist, and blogger Ted Landau joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his history in the Apple community, writing one of the top selling Mac titles, running his own Apple-related website, and more.

  16. Nov. 6th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 630: Label Your Cables!

    This episode is all about geeks helping other geeks. First it's tips from you helping us and other listeners, including a way to bypass macOS Sierra's network-mounting password dialog! Then we help you with importing just your Health data, musicians using an iPad at gigs, migrating data from one iPhone to another with an older Mac, managing different photo clouds and much more. Join us by downloading and enjoy!

  17. Nov. 4th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-04: Finding the Touch Bar’s Market, New Mac Buyer Poll

    The new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar looks great, but it can't be the primary way for accessing an app's features. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how the Touch Bar may fit in to third-party app developer's plans, and why it may not get adopted as quickly as users may like despite its coolness factor. They also look at the results from TMO's Twitter poll for new Mac buyers.

  18. Nov. 3rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-03: Finding the Touch Bar MacBook Pro’s Target Market

    Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pro carries the "pro" moniker, but it isn't clear exactly who the new laptops are targeting. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on who will want the new MacBook Pro, what could be coming in future models, and what pro users are saying about Apple's latest laptop offerings.

  19. Nov. 2nd, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 383: iOS Song Star Ratings Return, MacBook Pro Innovation Rants

    iTunes Song Ratings are back in iOS 10.2 beta, and Bryan and Jeff are stoked, even if it's not perfect. They also talk about the pushback gets when Apple pushes the envelope with its products. They cap the show with a look at MacBooK Pro's Touch Bar being a double down against making a ToasterFridge.

  20. Nov. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-02: App Store Blocks Vigilante App, Goodbye Mac Startup Chime

    Vigilantes may be cool in the movies, but no so much in the App Store. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on Apple pulling an app that alerted iPhone users to crimes in progress, plus they have some thoughts on the death of the startup chime in the new MacBook Pro models.